Posts Tagged “software”

  • HoudahSpot 4.1

    I'm months late in writing about HoudahSpot 4.1, which is odd because it adds the one feature I'd always wanted: the ability to save HoudahSpot searches as Finder Smart Folders. I'll get to that in one second. Full disclosure, Houdah has sponsored this blog, but this review is 100% unpaid and prompted by love.…

  • HomeKit with older home automation devices

    I love home automation. I'm enamored with the idea of a house that knows where I am, intelligently controls lighting for me, talks to me, and the goal I've worked toward for years with varying degrees of success: voice control. While solid close-range proximity triggering has still eluded me, my voice control dream is here.…

  • Taking advantage of YouTube music on Mac and iOS

    There are two new solutions, one for Mac and one for iOS, for taking advantage of the wide array of music available on YouTube.…

  • Dropzone 3.5 Giveaway Winners

    On behalf of myself and the Giveway Robot, I'd like to congratulate the five lucky winners of Dropzone 3.5 licenses from last week's contest:…

  • Post-vacation Dropzone 3 Giveaway!

    I went on my third real vacation in the last 10 years. My wife and I headed out to New Hampshire and Maine for a bit of East Coast flavor. We had a great time, thank you for asking.…

  • New features and fixes for BitTorrent Sync

    I've become an even bigger fan of Sync since BitTorrent released 2.0, so I thought I'd mention the 2.0.120 update they posted yesterday.…

  • How I Mind Map

    I've been working on a mind mapping post for some time now. It started as a Macworld piece, but I took too long...…

  • Clarify for Markdown blogging

    I've mentioned this before, but wanted to do an official post now that Clarify fully supports Markdown and has become a great blogging tool.…

  • Review: Dropzone 3

    I'm a bit late in covering this major update to one of my favorite applications. I've been too busy enjoying it, I guess.…

  • Curio 9 winners and 10% off for everyone!

    I'm really excited for the winners of the Curio 9 giveaway. It's an amazing piece of software that is not only easy to build in, but can make project management and brainstorming so much fun you'll want to do even more of it. Congratulations to the lucky two:…

  • Win a copy of Curio 9!

    I mentioned yesterday that Curio 9 is out, and I'm really excited about the plethora of new features and enhancements. I talked with developer George Browning and he was happy to provide two copies of Curio 9 to give away on brettterpstra.com.…

  • Giveaway: 5 codes for Yoink

    I first mentioned Yoink back in 2011, and I've run it every day since. It's a small utility that shows up when you start dragging files and gives you a convenient shelf to collect them on until you're ready to drag them out into another folder or application. It's extremely handy.…

  • Arq 4 Giveaway!

    Arq 4 is a major step forward for the offsite backup application. Along with support for myriad new storage types (including GreenQloud, DreamObjects, Google Cloud Storage, and any Amazon S3-compatible service), it also added SFTP backup so that I could use my remote mini as a backup storage device.…

  • Shoots & Leaves Valentine's Day Giveaway

    I wrote about Shoots & Leaves back in January, and it's been on my iPhone ever since. It lets you snap a picture and immediately turn it into a text link and send it to a variety of other apps and services.…

  • ProductiveMacs rules the productivity roost, again

    It's not the first time there's been a great offering from ProductiveMacs, but the current bundle is awesome. It'll set you back a mere $30, and includes multiple apps that cost that much on their own (and are worth more).…

  • nvNotes drawing winners!

    Here are the winners of the nvNotes drawing! Names are linked to comments so you can confirm that you are (or are not) a winner. Codes have already been mailed to the addresses left with each chosen comment, so if yours is listed and you haven't heard from me, please contact me.…

  • Win a free copy of nvNotes: iPhone note-taking app

    nvNotes is a relatively new app for iPhone that emulates the note-taking style of Notational Velocity (and nvALT). With the omnibox search you can quickly find all related notes or start a new one immediately, and it makes taking notes a breeze and finding them simple.…

  • Drafts 2.0 and Drafts for iPad

    I mentioned this was coming on the last episode of Systematic: Drafts 2.0 and Drafts for iPad are out. If you're looking for a solid and elegant solution for inputing notes, tweets, emails, markdown text or just about anything you can type on your iOS device, this one is perfect.…

  • An open response

    George Entenman recently wrote a blog post where he expressed confusion over some of the things I talk about, build, or endorse. I wanted to take a moment to respond as I'm sure he's not alone in this.…

  • You won Day One

    Over 250 entries showed up for the Day One giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered, below are the names of the lucky 10 winners (with links to the original comment to confirm that it is or is not you).…

  • Mountain Lion Paparazzi!

    I'm not sure why, but it warms my heart to see an update to Paparazzi!. This has long been a useful tool and I had assumed that it would eventually die off. The latest version came out yesterday with the usual Mountain Lion goodies.…

  • Celebrate the Day One updates with a free copy!

    While my uses for it may be unconventional, I'm a fan of Day One for journaling and logging on Mac and iPhone/iPad. I've been beta testing new versions for both and am excited to announce they're finally available!…

  • Ulysses 3 preview at WWDC

    I left a comment in response to a note from the Ulysses guys on my "dream Markdown editor" piece. It just said "I want a beta." They let me know they heard me by publishing the quote on their devblog. Today, they gave me a beta, and a hilarious T-shirt:…

  • A word about Magic Launch and nvALT

    Here's a quick tip about two apps that I love: nvALT and Magic Launch. I'm not sure about the project status of Magic Launch, or how it will fare with Mountain Lion, but for now it's one very useful app. This is more of a multi-tip than a review, but take it as you will.…

  • Some of my favorite Mac apps in 2011

    I've compiled a list of some of my favorite apps from 2011. I wrote a TextMate command to link all of these (60+ links in four minutes!), so if you spot any misfire links that I missed, let me know in the comments. This isn't an all-inclusive list (despite its length), but it's a good chance to highlight some gems that may have passed under the radar of the big sites.…

  • Productive Macs Bundle

    I mentioned it on Twitter a while ago, but an email from a reader just prompted me to mention it again. As a perfect follow-up to my tagging article yesterday, some of the best apps for OpenMeta tagging are on sale through the Productive Macs Bundle!…

  • Byword for keyboard nerds

    When it comes to keyboard navigation, Vim impresses the hell out of me, but TextMate keyboard shortcuts take up more of my muscle memory than any other app. I'm sure anyone who's used any IDE for a while has their share of keyboard chops and preferences. Even in the graphics world, you are absolutely not considered a Photoshop pro until you've learned at least 36 keyboard shortcuts.…

  • Seriously easy HTML5 video encoding

    NOTICE: I am officially recanting any endorsement for Easy HTML5 Video. Read the comments below to find out how bad they are at licensing and customer service. For now, let's stick with Miro or our own ffmpeg scripts.…

  • MultiMarkdown Composer hits the App Store

    Fletcher Penney's latest project, MultiMarkdown Composer, is now available in the App Store. It provides a text editing environment with a full set of MultiMarkdown features. Unlike most of the other editors in this area, it auto-continues lists (ordered and unordered) and handles auto-pairing and wrapping. I'm working on a full review to post very soon, but I wanted to let you all know about it as soon as possible!…

  • Flickery and ScreenFloat 60% off

    I'm buried in a little project I'm calling "Pinboard Beyond" this weekend (it's Instapaper Beyond for Pinboard). I thought I'd take a little break, though, and let you know that two apps from Eternal Storms (creator of Yoink) are on sale right now at 60% off on the Mac App Store.…

  • What? You want QuickCal for free? Ok.

    Yet another giveaway here at brettterpstra.com. We're wheeling, we're dealing... and I got you five licenses for the excellent QuickCal application for Mac (and iOS, but we're not giving those out... yet). If you haven't used it, it's a way to add events and todos to your calendar using natural language. I could say, for example, "End the QuickCal giveaway noon on Wednesday" and I'd get a new calendar event set for noon on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 with the title "End the QuickCal giveaway."…

  • Listary giveaway, get yours!

    The developers of Listary have kindly handed me five promo codes to give away. Listary is a simple and flexible list-making iPhone app which syncs with Simplenote. I did a quick review of Listary yesterday and saw a very positive response from people already using it.…

  • Why a plain-text nerd uses Evernote

    People always seem surprised to find out I use Evernote, despite all of the plain-text tools at my fingertips. I thought I'd offer some explanation as to why and _how I use Evernote.…

  • Yoink giveaway winners

    The Yoink giveaway ended yesterday, and my automated winner-picking scripts randomly chose and notified five lucky readers! The winners are:…

  • Tunesque 1.1.2

    I reviewed Tunesque the other day, and had some nice things to say about the free App Store search utility. I thought I'd mention that they rapidly put out another update and added a few very handy features, including the system-wide hotkey I'd hoped for.…

  • The Mac and iOS mind mapping app extravaganza

    Most of my projects start out as mind maps (which I may have mentioned before). Whether it's a packing list, a blog post or a TextMate bundle, I find it easiest to organize my (often scattered) thoughts using what Tony Buzan calls radiant thinking. Lists and outlines are rarely as effective as the non-linear format of a mind map. For me, if it involves brainstorming, it involves mind maps.…

  • Fun with MarsEdit, part I

    I'll be the first to admit that I get a little obsessed with projects that aren't really going to improve my life all that much. Those projects can be fun to blog about, though, so I present you my brief obsession for this Sunday afternoon.…