Utilities

Mac Essentials: Chipmunk

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
Chipmunk Screenshot

Mac Essentials: Onyx

 

Titanium Onyx
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
Cyberduck

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.

Click here to download for free.

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.

Mac Essentials: VLC

VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player

VLC is an open-source multimedia player and framework that plays nearly every type of multimedia file. VLC is simple, clean and has a small footprint and because it is open source it can be extended as per need.

We all need to play videos on our computer both at home and in office for one reason or the other. There are various of video formats in the wild and each company choosing to support a particular format for their own reason. But this does not leave the user(us) in a very good shape as the video files that we want to play or receive from someone may not necessarily be in the same format all the time. iTunes does not support all available formats because of license issue and the fact that there are just too many formats out there in the wild. It is always a pain to install format specific application on the machine as you would end up with too many applications that are not doing too much.

This is where VLC comes in handy. VLC can play almost all possible video formats flawlessly. In terms of interface, VLC has a very simple and basic interface that is fun to use. Hidden behind the simplicity is the power to play anything(video) that makes VLC media player so good. It can also download streams from the internet. Because of the simple and minimalist look, VLC is very quick in streaming video from the internet.

Over all, VLC is a very good media Player for you Mac. It is simple, lightweight and will successfully play the most stubborn of the media files.

Click here to download..