I don't often dedicate an entire Rants & Raves column to a single product, but there's so much that is cool about the latest release of The Print Shop for Mac (version 2) from Software MacKiev that I just couldn't help myself. Simply put, it's stunning.
The holidays mean gift buying and gift giving for most of us, but they also mean feeling a bit strapped for cash? So this week I'd like to highlight a few cool things you can get for free at the iTunes Music Store, including free guitar lesson videos and lots of excellent (and free) podcasts.
I last wrote about Spell Catcher X in this space way back in February of 2004 but the program has been upgraded and updated countless times since then with useful features added or improved. And since it's a program I use every day, and one of the first things I miss when I use a Mac other than my own, I feel it's time to write about it again.
Apple was kind enough to ship me one of the new iMac G5s for review, making me the first on my block to experience an iMac G5 with a built-in iSight video camera, and the Front Row "media experience" which utilizes the new Apple Remote five-button infrared remote control. After putting one through its paces for a little over a week, here are my first impressions:
Over the years I've tried literally hundreds of user-installable System Preference panes, all of which purport to make using a Mac more pleasant and/or easier. While some have fallen into disuse over the years, a few have remained in service. Allow me to introduce you to three of my favorites: WindowShade X, MenuMeters, and Synergy.
I have an addictive personality so it should come as no surprise to you, gentle reader, that I sometimes receive a program for review that keeps me from my "real" work, sometimes for days (or weeks) at a time. The recently released Tiger Woods PGA Golf Tour 2005 is the latest productivity-sucking software to land on my hard drive.
Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus updates his review of iPod speaker solutions with a look at Cambridge SoundWorks' PlayDock MP3. He also adds to his roundup of earphones with the Etymotic Research 6i Isolator Earphones
Dr. Mac gets hands on with Apple's new multi-button mouse, the Mighty Mouse. The short version is that he loves the scroll ball, but has some quibbles with the options Apple allows and the way the other buttons work
Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus shows us iControl and Snowball, two products he says make GarageBand even better
Among the products garnering the most votes from Dr. Mac's "Clean Up The Pile" column last month were earphones, so this installment of Rants & Raves covers several five set of them for your listening pleasure