The Mac – or “Macintosh” if we’re going back to 1984 – is the first computer to effectively market a graphical computer to the masses, all delivered by Apple (or, at the time, Apple Computer).

The Mac has gone through several stages of evolution and iteration since 1984, including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Performa, Power Mac (including the G4 Cube!), iBook, and more. It remains one of the most popular computers you’ll see in business, schools, and homes today.

Update to 'Sensei' Brings a Monitoring Tool to Check Your Mac's Performance

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Sensei Monitor is a new feature in Sensei that allows you to monitor your Mac performance in realtime, right from the menu bar. Create and customize panels and status bar items with different widgets to create the ultimate Mac menu bar system monitor, tailored just for you. Sensei Monitor has been in development for over a year, and features an advanced statistics engine as well as a design that fits in perfectly with modern versions of macOS. Developed using cutting-edge technology such as SwiftUI, it features an intuitive editor where the user can customize their monitoring using drag and drop. Here are the Mac features you can monitor: CPU,  CPU Cores, GPU, RAM, Storage, Network, Temperature Sensors, Fan Speeds, Battery, Process Usage (CPU / RAM / Energy).

Update to ‘Sensei’ Brings a Monitoring Tool to Check Your Mac’s Performance

'A Total War Saga: TROY' and MYTHOS Expansion Pack out for Mac

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

A Total War Saga: TROY is now available on Steam for macOS. TROY brings Total War’s irresistible mix of grand strategy and real-time battles to the Bronze Age, putting players at the centre of a war of vengeance alongside both heroes and gods. Today also celebrates the release of the new MYTHOS Expansion Pack. MYTHOS fully embraces the classical setting while unleashing creatures of myth to fight at your side – if you can harness their power. Whether Cerberus, the Griffin, or the Hydra, they are each devastating in combat and bring with them monstrous armies. Until 30th September 2021, players can get the game for a discounted price, with a 25% discount on A Total War Saga: TROY, 30% off the Mythic Edition (which includes the base game and new MYTHOS Expansion Pack), and a 40% saving available for the Heroic Edition (comprising the base game as well as the MYTHOS Expansion Pack, plus the Amazons and Ajax & Diomedes DLCs).

‘A Total War Saga: TROY’  and MYTHOS Expansion Pack out for Mac

'Yoink' Drag and Drop Tool Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Sale

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Today – September 1, 2021 – marks the 10-year anniversary of Yoink on the Mac App Store. Matthias Gansrigler, the developer, shares the story: “The app started out as a quick fix intended solely for myself: Back on macOS 10.7 Lion, I couldn’t figure out how to drag a file from Finder to a fullscreen Xcode window. After using it a bit, I figured it might be useful to other file-drag’n’droppers as well, and after releasing it on the Mac App Store, it soon became – if I may say so myself – quite beloved and popular. Over the years, it became more powerful function-wise, more beautiful UI-wise, and also received a sibling for iPad and iPhone.” The app is currently US$4.99 for a limited time, a 37% reduction from its original price of US$7.99.

‘Yoink’ Drag and Drop Tool Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Sale

Bare Bones Software Releases 'BBEdit' 14.0.1 With Bug Fixes

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

BBedit 14.0.1 builds on a new, major release foundation that presents more than 100 new features, changes and improvements. Most of these are designed to enhance the productivity of web developers, desktop and mobile software developers, data scientists, and anyone producing or editing markdown documents. BBedit 14 introduced a notes system; the ability to integrate anaconda environments; new built-in support for syntax coloring and function navigation for source files written in r, go, rust, toml, arduino, pixar universal scene description (usd) and lisp-family languages; plus enables significantly enhanced code completion, error checking, interactive help and code navigation when using new support for microsoft’s language server protocol (lsp).

Bare Bones Software Releases ‘BBEdit’ 14.0.1 With Bug Fixes

4 More Must-have Mac Menu Bar Add-ons

· Jeff Gamet · News

We have four more great Mac menu bar add-ons to follow up from last week’s list. They’ll all help do even more with your Mac, so read on to see our list.

Quit Every Running App on Your Mac the Easy Way with Amico App's Quit All

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Quitting all the open apps on your Mac involves a lot of Command-Q typing or building your own Automator action, or now just installing Quit All from Amico Apps. This cool app lets you quit every running app on your Mac from the menu bar with a mouse click, and you can view and quit hidden processes, too. You can also force quit frozen apps, or quit just the one or two apps you don’t need running. Quit All costs US$5 and is available for download at the Amico Apps website.

Quit Every Running App on Your Mac the Easy Way with Amico App’s Quit All

The Secret Security Features in macOS Big Sur

· Andrew Orr · Link

macOS Big Sur on MacBook Pro

There are security features that Apple tells us about on stage at keynotes, and then there are hidden improvements it doesn’t mention.

macOS has gradually made the UNIX security model irrelevant. For example, even the superuser is only allowed to access the private documents of a regular user with the user’s permission—permission that is given on a per-application basis, through that protector of users and bane of developers known as the Transparency, Consent & Control (TCC) framework.

Video Editor 'DaVinci Resolve' Now 3 Times Faster on M1 Macs

· Andrew Orr · Link

davinci resolve on M1 Macs

Blackmagic Design announced on Friday that its DaVinci Resolve video editor is now up to three times faster on M1 Macs. It also gives customers up to 30% longer battery life.

DaVinci Resolve 17.3 also supports a new option on Mac computers with M1 for H.265 hardware encoding. Customers can choose to prioritize speed vs quality when rendering, further improving render times up to 65%. Plus, DaVinci Resolve will now decode AVC Intra files using the media engine built into the Apple M1 chip, making decoding and playback faster when working with these file formats.