AppZapper 2


Appzapper 2 is my pick this week and is an uninstaller application for Mac OS X 10.6, with a number of extra features that make it well worth a look.
There are a number of other uninstallers available for OS X. I’ve been using the excellent AppCleaner on my mac for some time now, and when such a good utility is available for free why would anyone buy Appzapper at $12.95 ?
Appzapper is a lovely looking app, with a simple switch to toggle between the basic initial view to the main view.

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It not only shows all your installed applications, but has options to show only those apps that haven’t been used for a selected time period. Very handy when you’re trying to decide if you should keep an app or just zap it with the extremely satisfying sound effect. In addition to applications, Appzapper also tracks widgets, preference panes and plugins.

For me though, the great new feature in version 2 is the “My Apps…” window.

This is where you can drag apps onto the window, click the image and enter the licence info on the back. It would be great if you could import this info from a file as it can be a bit tedious to go through all your apps manually, and I did have some issues with some strange input methods for the date field, but these are minor gripes and ‘My Apps’ is an unexpected but welcome addition.

All in all it’s a great little utility.

Appzapper 2 is a free upgrade from version 1 and the Appzapper website is http://www.appzapper.com,

Dterm

One of the great things about Mac OS X from the Geek perspective, is the Terminal.app.  It’s a simple Command Line Interface that exposes the Unix like operating system underpinning the glorious eye candy which Apple are more famous for.

Your mac works perfectly well without you knowing a gnats dropping about the terminal, and Mac users unfamiliar with  *nix are often a little overawed when they first encounter it.  But many of the more technical users love the terminal and the things they can d that aren’t available to the uninitiated.

If you are a die-hard terminal lover, then you really need to download dterm from decimus.net. It’s very simply a context sensitive terminal window with the working directory set to your current window. It appears when you press a hotkey.

For a developer using a version control system like git, using Dterm this is a huge boost to productivity.

eMotion – Mac graphics app

I did a terrible job this week of describing my pick, so I’m hoping a picture is worth a thousand words.  My pick was for a  live animation/graphics app for Macs that allows some amazing effects to be created.  Called eMotion , best results are to be had by using a graphics tablet (like Ian’s Bamboo Fun), but you can use a Wii remote or, in my case, the standard trackpad or mouse.

The app is a little buggy, and the interface isn’t very intuitive, but with a little practice you can get some quite pleasing results.  I’d have had better results I’m sure with a pen and tablet, but you’ll get a bit of an idea of what’s possible from the video below.