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 Essentials: Onyx


Titanium Onyx

OnyX is a highly recommended maintenance tool for your Mac. This maintenance program will help you keep you Mac clean and in good running condition.

OnyX starts with a verification of the S.M.A.R.T status of your disk to analyse the structure of your disk and to prevent failure. OnyX has a comprehensive help guide to help you understand each feature and reasons behind each action.

OnyX allows you to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, configure some hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Dashboard, Exposé, Safari, Login window and of some of Apple‘s own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome. All of this to help you be in more control of your system.,

Above all, Onyx helps you keep your system fit and fine so that you can keep using it for a long time without any problem. If you run OnyX maintenance tool for the first time on your system or if you happen to use it after a long time, you’ll see a noticeable difference(better) in the performance of your system.

Do consider to contribute your donations to developers on their site for this awesome tool.

Click here to download Onyx for free.

Mac Essentials: Cyberduck

Cyberduck FTP

If you own a website, you must have come across FTPs and a need of a good FTP to transfer your files. Cyberduck is an opensource FTP client for the Mac that does a very good job in handling FTP, S FTP, Webdav and Amazon S3 transfers.

Cyberduck makes it very easy to handle both uploads and downloads. It’s interface will come across as familiar and intuitive to Mac users as it mimics the Finder’s list view.

Cyberduck also supports external text editing with most of the commonly used text editors. It is very easy to handle and tasks like adding new connections are simple and quick. It is a very good open source program over all.

Recent upgrade released by Cyberduck has added easy to use interface to connect to FTP (File Transfer Protocol), SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer), WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning), Amazon S3, Google Storage, Windows Azure, Rackspace Cloud Files and even Google Docs.

You definitely want to consider to leave some donation for this lot of developers for doing an amazing job and keeping the software free.

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Update: The author was misinformed about the price of the product. It is not free  and carries a reasonable price to download from Apple appstore.