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Week of January 13th, 2019

The iPad may make a great bookreader, but you need your Mac to make, edit and manage your library.

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Use it everywhere and with everything

Calibre

This really does do it all. Manage, read and edit your ebooks all in this one open source program. blank
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iBooks Author is not the only game in town

Jutoh

Create your own ebooks and publish them anywhere. Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, PDF printing services ... blank

Week of January 6th, 2019

What's potentially keeping you from moving to macOS 10.15?

Games, games, games!


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Deathmatch

Quake III: Arena

While the popularity of Fortnite seems to have killed the development of Epic's Unreal Tournament, and Blizzard seems unable to figure out the intricacies of Metal, id's open sourcing of the Quake 3 engine may make this game playable on your Mac for many years to come. blank
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Real-time tactics

Myth II: Soulblighter

Remember when Bunjie was a Mac gaming company first (e.g. Marathon)? Released in the last century, Soulblighter is still one of the best strategy games playable on your new Mac thanks to Project Magma's continuing updates. blank

Week of December 30th, 2018

Vive la France!

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Convert it

Handbrake

Convert virtually any video. blank
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Play it

VLC

Play virtually any video. blank

Week of December 23rd, 2018

Two reasons not to kill Dashboard

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Scientific calculations


Pcalc Widget

Gives you much more than merely the answer to the meaning of life. A very capable scientific calculator easily accessible from your desktop. blank
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Moon landing,
schmoon landing

APOD Viewer

This widget puts NASA's greatest achievement right on your desktop.
The Astronomy Picture of the Day
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Week of December 16th, 2018

Your life in pictures!

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Free and easy


Google Photos

1. Take your folder with 2000 plus photos of your wedding in it.
2. Drop it on Google Photos in your browser.
3. Label it.
4. Delete the fat ones.
5. Send a link to all your friends and family.

Viewing of the the entire album is fast on any device anywhere in the world. blank
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The original photo service

Flickr

So, I like history.

1. Flickr
2. Yahoo
3. Verizon
4. SmugMug

Free storage now limited to 1000 photos.
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Week of December 9th, 2018

Useless? Yes.
Fun. Absolutely!


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Flyover movies

Aerial

Aerial movies from Apple for the Apple TV. Now in a great new Screen Saver for macOS. blank
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'Tis the season

LotsaSnow

Because if you live in a northern clime, it might be snowing. blank

Week of December 2nd, 2018

Fifty years ago it was all ABC, CBS and NBC.
Now they not only have to compete with cable and Netflix but also,
Mariana, Herkimer, George, Martha, Charlie, Raoul, Sasha ....


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Broadcast yourself

Ecamm Live

Not getting enough attention at home? This makes it easy to broadcast yourself on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Twitch and Periscope. blank
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Make another cat cam

Reolink Client

While video surveillance gives me a bit of the willies, making a stupid cat cam or monitoring the weather in my back yard is something I can get excited about. blank

Week of November 25th, 2018

Just sayin'
The iPad can be frustrating if you actually want to do more than passively consume media
... in other ways, it can open up whole new worlds.


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Picture exchange


Grace

Get your point across. A picture says a thousand words. blank
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Augmentative Communication

LAMP Words For Life

From promoting language to a complete communication system, everyone's talking. blank

Week of November 18th, 2018

What's the best protocol for video and voice calls?
Not even a contest...
Whichever one your friends and family use. Period.


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Does it with everyone

Skype

Skype has a native program for Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android. It doesn't need to be linked to your phone.

It's been around forever and works pretty well even over low bandwidth - and works anywhere in the world that doesn't have oppressive government restrictions.

So what's the catch? Grandma can only click a button on Facebook in her Windows browser. blank
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Clear, easy, elegant

FaceTime

Facetime comes free on your Mac or iOS device (that's your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch).

It's pretty. It's easy. It doesn't even need to be linked to your phone. It has a nifty new group call feature.

So why doesn't everyone use it? Because most of the world can't afford to. blank

Week of November 11th, 2018

mp3 is far from dead

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Play all your mp3s in a beautiful layout

iTunes

I don't care what they say, still the best mp3 player ever. blank
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Convert them all to mp3

X Lossless Decoder

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Week of October 7th, 2018

Imagine all your photos organized and your web images efficient.

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Batch rename your photos

ExifRenamer

Make it easy to view your photos by the Exif data. You control how to organize the myriad photos on your Mac. blank
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Optimize them all with one drop

ImageOptim

Save bandwidth by making your web graphics as small as possible without totally ruining the way they look. blank

Week of August 12th, 2018

Sometimes you get what you pay for.
Other times the best things in life are free.


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Keep it clean!


Maintenance

Clear your caches, run periodic scripts, rebuild databases. blank
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What's using up all my disk space?

GrandPerspective

Get a clear view of all your folders and files. blank

Week of August 5th, 2018

Internet Relay Chat

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Chat with people all over the world.

LimeChat

Still one of the best places to meet and chat with people with far-flung interests. blank
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Real geeks use the command line.

irssi

IRC is rarely in the headlines anymore but it's still the meeting place for many of the budding coders developing the next big thing. blank

Week of July 22nd, 2018

The power of Unix

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Database server


MariaDB

Dedicated to open source and capable of running any organization no matter how large. blank
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Relational database system

PostgreSQL

From individuals to large businesses, another open source project that is running the world. blank

Week of July 15th, 2018

Worth the price and they're yours forever!

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Well crafted software

Acorn

This image editor works well, looks pretty and I'm pretty sure is crafted by sprites that do nothing but practice their craft. blank
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An old standby

GraphicConverter

Everything you need to get your images ready for the web. blank

Week of July 1st, 2018

Who cares if the Mac gets all the latest games?

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Kids of the 70's, 80's and 90's

OpenEmu

This one plays them all: Atari; Nintendo; Genesis; MAME etc. blank
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Point and click


ScummVM

Join the parade with Putt Putt or go to Monkey Island. blank

Week of June 10th, 2018

64-bit arcade games

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Tron

GLtron

How long can you keep your lightcycle going? blank
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Asteroids

Maelstrom

Still the best implementation on any platform. blank

Week of June 3rd, 2018

Where am I?

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See the world

Google Earth

Still amazing. Our planet. blank
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See the universe

Stellarium

Learn the constellations and see how your ancestors figured out where they were going. blank

Week of May 27th, 2018

Word!

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Fast and addictive

Ruzzle

Who'd have thought a touchscreen could turn Boggle into a twitch game? blank
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More Boggle type play

Letterpress

Same grid, a bit more thought and strategy. Great game play for Mac and iPhone. blank

Week of May 20th, 2018

Math takes thought, words take genius

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Organize your thinking

Scrivener

Keep all your thoughts, research and notes organized for those complex novels or research papers. blank
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Store and organize all those notes

DEVONthink

Store and organize it all: notes; email; pdfs; images, spreadsheets etc. blank

Week of May 13th, 2018

What you say?

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Cheap learning!

Duolingo

In your browser or on your iPhone, Duolingo makes it fun to learn a new way of speaking. blank
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Even more languages!

Pimsleur

Download lessons straight to your iPhone and learn on the road, or do it on your Mac at home. Pimsleur has an extensive list of languages to choose from. blank

Week of May 6th, 2018

Make surfing the web enjoyable!

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Manage the malarkey, banish the balderdash

uBlock Origin

This content blocker blocks everything by default. It has an easy one click button to turn off blocking on the sites you want and it's easy on resources. Works with Safari, Firefox and Chrome. blank
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Site-specific browsing that works

Epichrome

This script makes site-specific browsers out of Chrome for any site you want. Use Chrome's internal Flash for the one or two sites you still need it. Isolate your social networking sites. Make your own app for Netflix, HBO, Google Docs ... blank

Week of April 29th, 2018

A couple gems to make Apple's mp3 player a bit more useful

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Decode and encode your audio files

Max

This little program is 64-bit, hasn't been updated since 2011 and keeps on ticking. Amazing! blank
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More decoding and encoding galore

xACT

Then again, there's something to be said for something that's updated on a regular basis. blank

Week of April 22nd, 2018

Just because you're paranoid...

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Secure password storage

KeePassXC

Don't trust the cloud? Don't want to share? All the KeePass clones are open source, secure and have interoperability with virtually any platform. blank
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Sign and verify your documents

GPG Suite

Still want to share, but not with everyone? The GPG suite has all the tools you need to securely share documents with your friends. blank

Week of April 15th, 2018

Timeless applications, now 64-bit!

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Task bugger

Pester

Don't forget to pick up your kid from soccer practice. blank
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Tea timer

Cuppa

Don't oversteep your tea. blank

Week of April 8th, 2018

Supporting the Mac from the get go!

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Dawn of the Ancients

DOTA 2

Who'd have thought a mod from Blizzard's Warcraft III would become the next great gaming genre. blank
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Battle Royale

Fortnite

Movies can inspire the next great gaming genre too. blank



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