5 tools that changes your Mac life!


Quick Silver

Quicksilver is a handy app and folder launcher has quickly become one of the essential applications on Mac.

For those of you not familiar with Quicksilver, it’s an application that lets you reach any program, folder or file in a few keystrokes. You don’t have to go searching through your files, you don’t have to worry about how your folders are arranged. For many, Quicksilver was a godsend in the pre-Spotlight Mac era. Although it’s lost some of its importance with the new powerful search and Finder features in Leopard it still remains very much an excellent Mac application.

The search function is very quick and powerful and once you’ve found what you’re looking for you can apply a number of actions like simply launching it, emailing or moving. What’s more Quicksilver adapts to the file it finds, so if it’s a document you’ll get to modify or send it, and if it’s an email you’ll get to email or copy it. Quicksilver users also like the fact that the application learns from what you search to bring up what you search for or use most.

Quicksilver wouldn’t be what it is without its large library of plugins though. This includes everything from dialing a phone number to interacting with iTunes or image and text manipulation. This means you can really customize the application to work according to your needs.

The only downside is the stability issues that Quicksilver seems to have. The application is noted to crash every once in a while.

Despite this stability issue, Quicksilver remains an incredibly intuitive and powerful multi-application launcher for Mac. Recommended for productivity geeks.

Pros

  • Large library of plugins
  • Powerful search tool
  • Use of keystrokes to act on files

Cons

  • Stability issues

RestoreMeNot
The window restoration feature of Mac OS X Lion is one of the coolest features of Apple’s new OS. Sometimes however, one might not want the windows of a certain application to be restored when launching it. Unfortunately window restoration can only be disabled system-wide and not on a per-application basis.This is where RestoreMeNot comes in and provides a simple preference pane for disabling window restoration for individual applications.

Growl
When you’re working on your Mac, sometimes things happen in the background that you would like to keep track of while working in another application. Growl works with hundreds of popular Mac apps to notify you of specific events, like when a download is completed or when your CD-burning project is finished.

For example, it can notify you when a friend comes online in Adium, when your EOD backup is done, and even pop up abbreviated versions of incoming e-mails–all while you’re working on something entirely different, often with the help of app-specific plug-ins like GrowlMail, GrowlTunes, and GrowlSafari.

We like having control over what gets a Growl notification (which you can handle through easy preference pane settings) and the ability to choose from numerous skins to customize the look of each notification. Overall, if you’re looking to always know what’s going on with your running applications, this free program is an excellent way to stay notified. The newest version requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

Choosy
Forget the default browser, Choosy opens links in the right browser. When you click on a link Choosy will do the right thing, whether that’s something simple (like using whatever browser is already running) or something complex (like prompting you to pick a browser, but only when you hold down the shift key and click on a link to google.com). 

Tuxera NTFS
Mac OS X does not support writing to Microsoft Windows formatted NTFS volumes out-of-the box. The solution is here. Tuxera NTFS for Mac is our commercial read/write NTFS software for Mac users. It builds and extends upon the proven stability of Tuxera’s popular open source NTFS-3G to deliver a full featured, commercial grade NTFS driver for your Mac. With Tuxera NTFS for Mac you can access your Windows disks as easily as any Mac disk. Tuxera NTFS for Mac delivers the fastest NTFS data transfer speeds you can have on Mac while protecting your data with its new, smart caching layer.

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