Windows 7 window management for Mac (#Cinch)

I have to admit, one of the most used features of my Windows 7 PC at the office is the drag to hot zones feature. Where by moving an applications window to a predefined area of the screen performs a specific action. For example, dragging the window to the top of the screen maximises it.

After using this feature for several weeks, I found my self dragging windows around on my MacBook Pro expecting them to do the same thing! Well until now that wasn’t possible!
Irradiated Software have released a toolbar utility called Cinch, this does for Mac what 7 does for Windows. Cinch works with almost any Mac based application. 
Cinch comes in two different versions – the free one with ‘nag screens’, and a pro one for just $7.
You can download them from Irradiated Software’s site (free ~ paid)
Alternatively If you prefer a keyboard-centric approach to window management, you might also take a look at SizeUp or TwoUp. Use Cinch together with either SizeUp or TwoUp to cover both your mouse and keyboard needs.

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Enable iPhone Proximity Lock

If you have a Mac, and an iPhone then M.H.A. have the perfect application for you! Airlock is a bluetooth device proximity sensor, which once linked to your iPhone will automatically lock your mac when you walk outside of the predefined radius. Not only does this work on the iPhone but it even works with the iPod touch.

Not only does it lock your mac, you can set specific applicationsapple scripts to fire when it locks and unlocks. Making it the perfect companion for all those worried about the security of their data.
What if your iPhone dies I hear you say!! Well no worries people, as there’s always the manual override of simply entering your password and away you go!
Airlock is available from M.H.A.’s website for the small fee of $7.99

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More MacUpdate Freebies!

The ever so nice chaps over at MacUpdate are offering a nice winter bonus.. For a limited time they have reduced the price of two of their popular software offerings. 

Both applications have been reduced from $35 to a fantastic completely free of charge!! 
Firstly – videobox, which is an excellent application for extracting and downloading flash video’s from all of the popular web hosting sites. Once downloaded it converts it into a native movie format which can then be copied and played on apple devices such as your mac, iPod, iPhone and in iTunes. If you are interested and would like a copy, click on the TV screen above to download.
Next up for the FOC treatment is the equally brilliant MainMenu. MainMenu groups together some of the Mac’s popular menu options into one simple easy to use toolbar based app. Clicking on the app’s icon provides you with simple menu options to rebuild the spotlight library, repair permissions, clean your application cache and even some of the more advanced features. If you are interested and would like a copy, click on the MainMenu icon above to download.
I would also recommend signing up for the MacUpdate newsletter, they release some pretty nifty software which is always worth a look!

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Prevent iPhoto's autostart 'feature'

One of Snow Leopards less useful and more annoying features is it’s over helpfulness when plugging in devices such as the iPhone. Automatically starting iPhoto like a Jack Russell tugging at your trouser leg wanting to import your camera roll’s contents. Each time I find my self closing the application down mutter “If I wanted you I would have clicked on you GRRR!” So I decided enough was enough, and disabled the feature. Now, you would expect there to be a checkbox inside the iPhoto application. You may be surprised to know that it’s actually inside a separate application if you launch the Image Capture application (from you applications folder) with your iPhone or camera connected you should see an option in the bottom left hand corner of the app, which is similar to Windows “What to do when” app. Here you are able to select an application to launch when Mac OS X detects the connection of the device. Or do what I do, and select do nothing! Don’t worry – it wont stop iTunes from launching! Just iPhoto.

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Rowmote: Software remote app for iPhones

On Saturday morning I picked up my new mobile phone. Despite my previous ravings about Windows Mobile devices this time I chose to go for the iPhone. Which if you have been following my blog possibly wont come as a surprise to you. As I have recently migrated from a Windows based world (with a little Linux) to a pure Apple Mac world. So it seemed to make sense to get one which worked in harmony with my new MacBook.
As with all new devices I spent countless hours customising it and downloading applications from the millions available. One of the main things I was looking for was remote control applications. My MacBook also acts as my digital streaming solution and dvd player so is often tucked away under my TV. Although I have a hardware remote I wanted something ‘built’ into my iPhone.

Of course there is Apple’s own Remote which is all well and good for controlling iTunes. However I was looking for something with a wider range of application support. 

Which is where Rowmote came in.

Rowmote is perhaps the perfect replacement for a hardware remote. (if you have an iPhone obviously) Rowmote works via your wireless network and connect to a ‘listener’ client (Rowmote Helper) running on your Mac. Once connected you have all the controls over your mac that you would expect from a remote. But wait – if doesn’t stop there! Rowmote is also capable of emulating the touch pad, enabling you to control the mouse curser and scrolling around documentswebpages etc.
The touchpad supports all the things you would hope for, such as landscape mode, two finger scrolling and right clicking, dragging, accented / extended character support, and more.
Rowmote supports a massive collection of applications, with more been developed constantly. You can swap between applications without touching the mac’s keyboard of touchpag, using the simple menu system:
As you can see it’s a straight forward interface, which is easy enough for anyone to use! 
It is available for download in two flavours, a ‘light‘ version which comes in at $0.99/£0.59 or a professional version $4.99/£2.99. I wen’t straight for the pro version, and can’t fault it at all.
To add to the applications fantastic ability and styles the developer of the app was quick to answer a support email and provide guidance on working around an issue I had.
Rowmote received 4.5 out of 5 mouses from Macworld
So what are you waiting for? Grab your copy now! 

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