Mac Essentials

Mac Essentials : VirtualBox


VirtualBox, as the name suggests is a powerful virtualisation tool which in lay man’s term means installing the second OS within your existing OS. VirtualBox is a feature rich tool that can not only be used by  home users but can be easily and deployed in an enterprise setup. VirtualBox is very light in weight and is available for all platforms which include Mac, Windows, Linux and of course Solaris.

One would find it difficult to understand the reason why VirtualBox is included in the Mac Essentials list. The main reason on including VirtualBox in this list is because of the fact that many a times you come across an application that requires a specific OS to run it on. This is especially true and critical when this software is deployed by the company you are working for and wants you to use it to carry out certain tasks. On the other hand, if you are a developer, VirtualBox is a must have, purely for the reason that you can test your application that you’ve created on all OS on the same machine rather than owning one machine per OS. This makes life much easier for you to operate from any location of your choice instead of being confined to one location that has all facility.

VirtualBox is a Sun Microsystem product and that is why it is freely available as an open source software under the GNU General public license. You can install a large number of guest OS on VirtualBox on any of the platforms mentioned above. The guest OS include Windows (NT 4.0, XP, 2000, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS 3.x, Linux (2.4 & 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris,  OS/2 and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is constantly upgraded by the developers and there are new features that are constantly added to the software. VirtualBox does not support resource intensive 3D games yet, but for normal usage like office, internet etc it is more than sufficient. With recent upgrade of VirtualBox to 4.0 it has now included the support for modern operating systems (64 bit OS) which runs as smooth as it would on a dedicated hardware.

VirtualBox is available for free at link below

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VirtualBox on Mac


Mac Essentials: NameChanger


NameChanger, as the name suggests is a simple to use tool to change names of multiple files at the same time. You must have come across many situations when you have a list of files on your Mac machine and wish that they were all named in a particualar format or that they all had the same name with a sequential numbering. NameChanger is a handy tool that helps you do exactly that.

It gives you different options by which you can change names of files. The interface is very simple to use. You can drag and drop files that you need to change names and watch the changes take place as you type them. It also contains Image browser for visual re-arrangement of photos, quicklook and an ability to save the rename for a later use.

It offers a variety of ways by which you can modify names which includes wildcard, prepend, append, character removal, sequence, date, replace by occurrence etc. It is possible to write a script on Mac to be able to do the same thing for you. But como’n, how many of us can actually do that? and moreover, how many of us actually want to do it that way?

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Mac OS X Lion launched on Mac App Store

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Today, 20 July 2011 is a historic day in the world of desktop operating systems(OS). Apple today announced the launch of their new OS called Mac OS X Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) on their Mac Appstore. It is the first time that an OS is made available to upgrade straight from the net without use of external device.

The OS is currently only available for download on the Appstore for £20.99 ($29.99). The other interesting thing about this distribution is that since it is distributed through the Mac Appstore is falls under the Appstore policy through which one purchase can be installed on up to 5 devices owned by you. This makes the cost of OS @ £4.20 ($6) per machine

Apple claims to have more than 250 new features, including Multi-touch gestures, full screen apps, iOS (iPad, iPhone) like home screen, Mission control to give you bird’s eye view of all open apps, launchpad, Resume, autosave, version control, Air drop etc to name a few.

OS X Lion requires a Mac notebook or desktop with Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Xeon processor, snow leopard 10.6.6 (Preferably 10.6.8), at least 2GB RAM and minimum free hard drive space of 8GB.


Mac Essentials: Chipmunk


Every one of us has come across this situation where you are frantically trying to find something on your machine but you literally cannot. This may occur not due to a file not found but multiple versions of the file being found. You would take the pain of arranging the files on your machine every once in a while and ensure that files are arranged in the best possible hierarchy and under the right folders so that they are easier to find in the future. But, in spite of all the efforts you still find multiple version of the file when you are actually looking for one.

Chipmunk is a small and effective tool to help you in such situations. Chipmunk will take the pains of comparing files and identifying any/all files that are identical. It does a byte by byte comparison to determine if any two files are true duplicates of each other. Chipmunk not only looks for duplicate file name but also looks for files and folders with similar contents on all mounted volumes on your machine. You can configure Chipmunk to auto delete duplicates that exist outside a particular folder or vice versa. Chipmunk also allows you to view each file in finder and do a quick look of the file.

To download Chipmunk : click here … Mac App Store, Developer’s Site


Chipmunk Screenshot