With the recent launch of the all new Apple Mac App Store, came the arrival of the official OS X Twitter client.  Now, although there are countless twitter based clients available for OS X, the official client has entered the charts near the top in my opinion. 

The client sports a very slick and basic interface, with the various twitter site features in a greyed out menu down the left hand side, and the main content down the right.  This is a design which is certainly not common amongst other offerings in the field.

In an also unusual design is the ‘New tweet’ and new ‘DM’ windows, they are actually separate from the client and can be conveniently placed anywhere around your Mac’s screen.  This along with the applications short cut keys can make tweeting whilst in the middle of things in other applications a breeze.

I am, however, slightly loathed to accept and install the application myself, as I prefer applications such as TweetDeck, with their ability to post direct into several sites at the same time.  However, considering its their first attempt at a native OS X client – I think it’s a pretty good attempt. 

You can download the all new Twitter client from the new Mac App Store. 



If, like me you spend most of your life rooting around in your downloads folder looking for that tar ball or zip file you recently downloaded then maybe this app if for you?

From the makers of the popular file compression software Stuffit comes the latest in their arsenal of applications. Stuffit Expander 2011 - designed to handle over 30 different file compression types including split and segmented archives.
Not only is it powerful enough to expand just about anything an the click of your mouse, it can also be configured to ‘watch’ a folder such as your downloads folder, and automatically expand a compressed file as soon as it’s finished downloading.
But wait – it doesn’t end there.. It’s also capable of monitoring your email for compressed attachments.. An guess what, it automatically expands those too!
“StuffIt Expander opens files created with WinZip®, 7zX, iShrink, SimplyRAR, Rarify, Rucksack (formerly iArchiver), BetterZip, RarMachine, GUI Tar, CleanArchiver, Springy, TarPit, RAR, Ez7z, Keka, and the compression utilities built into recent versions of Windows and Mac OS X.”
Stuffit Expander is available for Max OS X 10.5 or higher or for Windows XP, Vista and 7 It’s features can also be found in the Stuffit Deluxe package


The Mac operating system comes with some pretty powerful tools out of the box. One of which, I am a big fan of. The Mac ‘Automator’ is a basic almost script editor which uses workflows to automate common tasks, and with all tools like this they can be manipulated to replace full blow applications.

A long time ago applications which downloaded entire websites at the click of a button became very popular. However they lively hoods are now hanging in the balance.
Using the automator tool you can replicate the way they used to work. I do often find myself browsing through galleries of images and needing to download all of them on the page. 
To build up such a script all you need to do is launch the Automator application, from the templates window select the Workflow option:
 
Now, using the options on the left hand side, highlight the Internet icon in the library. Then from the ‘actions’ pane double click the ‘Get Current Webpage from Safari’. You should find you will now have a new item in the workflow on the right hand side. This item does what it says on the tin, it will capture the URL of the webpage you are currently viewing in safari.
Next you will need to double click the ‘Get Image URLs from Webpage’. This item will crawl the webpage and grab a list of URLs of any pictures included on the page.
Now select the ‘Download URLs’ item from the list. It’s although worth noting at this stage you will need to specify a destination for your images to be downloaded to. As you can see below I rip my images to a folder aptly labelled ‘Rip’ inside my images folder. I use this as a temporary holding area.
The next step in my workflow in a simple ‘Growl’ notification. This could be expanded on if you so wished, to include a script to email you on completion or something similar. Once done you should find your workflow looks something similar to the one below:
To save you having to build this from scratch, click here to download the workflow.


Have you ever found a clip on you tube of a live eventconcert that you wanted to listen to whilst away from your PC? Well now you can, all you need to do is grab the url of the clip you want. Now paste it into the box provided over at http://www.video2mp3.net/index.php

Select your preference on quality, and then click the convert button. Within minutes you will be redirected to a download link containing your MP3.

It really is as simple as that! 


I would strongly advise against using this for ‘theft’ of music – if you like a track, buy it!



DropBox
Online storage solutions seem to be popping up all over the place thick and fast. Each featuring it’s own good and bad points. One of my favourite’s is Dropbox. As with many online storage solutions drop box features it’s own feature rich desktop client. The client is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and some mobile devices. Some of the clients features include: File Sync, File Sharing, Online Backup and Web access. For a complete list of features check out the website.
One of the best points of the Dropbox client is it’s ease of use. The local Dropbox file system is just like your native file system and fits in seamlessly with it’s surroundings. The only give away being the slightly different icons and different context menu. 
The context menu (right click) gives you access to some of Dropbox’s main features from inside your local Dropbox location. Features include ‘grabbing’ the public URL, navigating to the Dropbox webpage and reverting to a previously backed up file.
DropBox FileEach file stored inside the local Dropbox folder contains an addition to it’s icon, in the form of a tick. This is a quick and easy way of checking the status of files in your local and remote Dropbox locations.
For example, Dropbox has the ability to make files you place inside the ‘Public’ folder available to download by anyone who you pass the link onto. So if you copy a file into you local DropboxPublic folder, wait for the green tick to appear then right click on the file and click ‘copy public link’. Your clipboard will now contain a link to a public version of the file you have uploaded. An example of this is a PDF file stored in my public dropbox:  http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4204803/burgerking.pdf this is a collection of promotional vouchers for a popular fast food chain. This method works with almost any file and on any version of the Dropbox client.
The Dropbox service also offers a web-based front end to your ‘Dropbox files’, thus giving you the ability to access your files from anywhere in the world with an active internet connection. This combined with the ability to Sync the contents to as many devices as you want creates quite a powerful collaboration solution, for groups of people who work on large numbers of files.
The sync’ing also gives you a seamless background backup solution, ensuring that all your critical data is backed up without you having to do a thing!
The online storage can even be used to host a simple website which you can share with your friends and family.
Dropbox accounts are completely free if you are happy with the 2GB’s of storage, however if you are hungry for more you can upgrade your account to either 50GB or 100GB’s of storage space for a small monthly fee.
If you are interested in finding out more information about Dropbox, or in signing up for an account you can find their website here.



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