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If you are looking for an application launcher for your Mac, Alfred can be a great option for you. Though Alfred is still not as good as QSB or Quicksilver, it has all the potential to become a competitor to these 2 in future.


Using Alfred

You have to hit the keystroke combination (By default, it is Option+Spacebar) and then type the application name that you will like to open. The default keystroke combination can easily be changed from Preferences menu. After the search results are displayed, you can open the applications with a keystroke combination as well. If it’s the first result, hit Return. If it’s something else, hit Command+Specified Number (The number at which the application is displayed in search results). You can use the arrow keys to navigate through the search results as well.

Accessing Dictionary

If you need word definitions quickly, you can use Alfred for that purpose. Suppose, you want to know the meaning of word “Butter”, then you have to search with “define Butter” (Without the quotes) and search results will be displayed. Now, similarly like app results, you can browse through the definitions.

Quick Calculation

You have to activate it from the Experimental Tab of your application. Then in the search box, type the expression whose value you want to find out. Suppose, you want to find the value of 20+5. Then in the search box type = (20+5) and it will present you the answer 25. Alfred is for simple calculation only though.


Web Access

You can set the websites to access from the Preferences->Web menu.  You can also set customized searches of specific sites through Alfred, if you wish.

Alfred is easy to work on. However, it’s still cannot be your first choice as a Mac application launcher. The developers are definitely planning on improvements and if you have something to share about Alfred, please use the comment feature.

If you’re using a Mac and basically looking for an alternative to the Photoshop, Pixelmator may suit your needs perfectly. Pixelmator is an image editing software and it’s definitely more intuitive than Photoshop. The sleek interface is perfectly suitable for a Mac app. Plus, it supports more than 100 different types of image files such as: TIFF, JPG, PSD, PNG etc. If you wish, you can get the 30-day free trial and test the waters. The normal price is $59.99 though and it is available at Mac store. Below, I’ll try to explain how this software works:


Image Editing Toolkit

The software is tightly integrated with Mac OS X and you’ll have access to iSight, iPhoto, Aperture and Smart Albums. The toolbars are kind of floating and you can rearrange those as you wish (Unlike the bounding window of Photoshop). On the left pane, you’ll see different instruments for editing the image. There are 4 different selection tools available in the app such as: Polygonal Lasso, Elliptical Marque, Rectangular Marque, Magic Wand etc. The highly sought Clone Stamp Tool is also available. As far as freestyle painting tools are considered: Brush, Pencil and Eraser – all the basic ones are included.


 Image Correction

You’ll see all the powerful image corrections tools here: Color Balance, Color Replacement, Channel Mixer, Levels, Curves, Hue, Exposure, Saturation, Brightness and Contrast. You’ll also get 130 Core Image powered filters and can preview any image correction on real time.

Pixelmator supports usage of a graphics tablet and you can customize every brush property from size, spacing or hardness to stroke jitter or flow. You can even adjust the graphic table sensitivity if you wish.


I just loved Pixelmator and it definitely justifies the price. Try the free trial first and if you’re satisfied, buy a copy for your Mac. It shouldn’t frustrate you. Whatever your experience may be, please share the same through the comments section so that other readers can be benefited.

If you spend a considerable amount of time in front of your Mac, I’ll recommend Growl to you. This System Preferences Program shows you different notifications in case of some event occurrences in your computer. After you install the program in your Mac, you can set which notifications you want to receive. Some of the things for which Growl can notify you of are: Apple Mail, Twitter Clients, Games, iTunes, File Sharing, Feed Readers, Web Browsers etc.



After installing Growl, open the application and see which third-party programs are being supported by it. If you download and install new applications quite frequently, you can configure the newly installed programs to be automatically supported by Growl as well.

Now, let me give you an example of exactly how Growl works! Suppose you are a user of Tweetie. You can configure settings so that you receive notifications whenever you receive a message, mentions or tweets.



Till date, a total of 15 different styles are supported by Growl. You can preview any available style by a single click on the same. Choose the one you like the most.


The default setting will let you see the notifications on upper-left corner of your computer screen, but, you can change that anytime. You can control for how long a notification should appear as well. If you select the option “Always,” the notifications will stay as long as you don’t click on the same. If you wish, you can even play sound when a notification arrives (I don’t recommend doing this, you can get confused in case of notifications generate from multiple applications at the very same time). You can also prioritize application notifications for Growl.


Growl is free to use, so, if possible, test this out once. You’ll probably like it! If you face any problem, please share that with me through the comments section.

Google voice has found extreme popularity among US based users. It is free and easy to use, alas; Google has not released it for worldwide users. Google voice has SMS functionality and you can use it just like a chat program, if you have Mac. VoiceMac lets you do that, however, you must note that this is not an official app released by Google.


How to use?

After installing VoiceMac, you need to login to your Google account. Then, the program will synchronize your Google account with the Mac contacts and you will see a list of all of your contacts. You can make a search any time here. If you double-click on a contact, you will actually be calling them via Google Voice.

SMS Functionality

Click any contact and then click on the SMS button. You will now see a new window and that’s where you type whatever you want to. As far as my experience is concerned, the SMS that I sent to my other cell phone appeared just a few moments after it appeared on the application. So, I would say that VoiceMac works almost real-time.

If you wish, you can check your voicemails through this application as well.


Phone Locations

In case, you are not aware of the person behind a phone number, VoiceMac can help you out even there. You can see different details such as name of the person, address, city, state and zip code. It’s kind of a reverse phone lookup option.

www.mrgeckosmedia.com/applications/info/VoiceMac – you will find the program here. Keep one thing in mind that the page opens only for Mac users.

Though VoiceMac is not mandatory, you can always make use of it, if you use both Google voice and Mac. If you have any experience regarding this application, please feel free to share the same through the comments section.

Using Pixa to Organize your Photos

October 15th, 2012 | Posted by Costea Lestoc in Mac - (0 Comments)

Pixa is a Mac app that helps you keep your photos organized. Still in its beta version; this is an app that shows great promise.

With it’s drag-and-drop functionality, importing images into Pixa is a breeze. Even if you have thousands of photos, all you need to do to organize them quickly is create a folder and put all your pictures inside. Then simply drag the folder into the Pixa and you’re done! This creates a new album. You can also make sub-folders and projects.


The two features of Pixa that I love are: auto tagging images and detecting duplicate photos. Though the auto tagging feature is determined by image size and color; you can always add custom tags of your own. You can even turn this default setting off. In addition to the tags, Pixa displays a whole wealth of information on any particular picture such as; file format, size, dimensions, date created, metadata, color model, and EXIF data – just to name a few.

If you use Dropbox or CloudApp, Pixa can sync to these virtual environments and directly upload an image to the cloud of your choice by right clicking. However this feature is only for individual photos at the moment, not folders it seems.

You can also export photos from the Pixa program to your Mac. You can export them in their original size and format (default), or change the file format and size if you like – saving time.


With Pixa, you can easily take screenshots as well. In your menu bar, you will see a Pixa icon.  If you click on that icon, you can take  a screenshot using the Pixa program. The screen shot then becomes easily editable in Pixa. Three options are available for screenshots which I found to be a nice touch; snap area, snap window and snap full screen.

I just loved Pixa and found it to be an absolute breeze to use.  Using Pixa is quite simple, and I think many people alike will have similar experiences with it just as I did. Give it a shot- you might just love it.

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