Tweaking Your Mac

Erasing Free Space To Ensure Those Files Are Gone 1

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Erasing Free Space To Ensure Those Files Are Gone

When you delete a file on your Mac (or any other operating system), you don’t actually delete the file. The data for each files still resides on your hard disk and given good recovery techniques you can get it back. When you empty the trash all you Mac is doing is removing the entry to where you the file is located. Since the block of data on your disk doesn’t have an entry file associated with it, your Mac will write over the space. This is why files you have stored on your Mac don’t get over written. Now if you want to ensure those files are gone for what ever reason, I am soon going to do a block level duplication of my drive and I only want the actual data, you can erase the free space by over writing it.

Download Manager For Mac – Folx – App Review 5

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Download Manager For Mac – Folx – App Review

I remember back in the era of dial up, where downloading a file in two days was good going, that to get the best performance out of your connection would be to use a download manager. I remember using GetRight for Windows, which always helped speed up any download. Now most of the Internet has moved to either cable, fiber optic or ADSL, the use of download managers has changed from speeding up your connection, to managing the download process, even going so far to slow it down. Today’s app review is going to be Folx, a fully fledged download manager for the mac that can handle all of you downloads. As a bonus, I also have a discount code to get 20% off.

Disable Font Cache Rebuilding Every Time In VLC 1

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Disable Font Cache Rebuilding Every Time In VLC

I use VLC as my main video player, however in the recent update to 2.0 I have noticed that every time I open the VLC app or play a video, it will build the font cache. Although this takes a second or two to finish, it is a bit annoying. This post will show you the setting you can change within VLC’s preferences to stop the app rebuilding the cache.

AudioBook Stitch – Make Your Own Audio With This Simple App 1

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AudioBook Stitch – Make Your Own Audio With This Simple App

There is a popular market out there for audio books, Amazon has thousands of them, some very popular. However, if you want to make your own audio books, this can be quite difficult, there are probably various methods around on the Internet which you can follow. Today I am going to show you a cool little app called AudioBook Stitch, it is a very simple and easy to use app for putting together your own audio books. The app also extends as a way of joining other audio files, great if you want to join an album together into one long audio track with chapters.

Summarise Any Text On Your Mac With Summary Service 0

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Summarise Any Text On Your Mac With Summary Service

Sometimes you get a PDF or another text document that has paragraph after paragraph, page after page of text. If there is no informative summary or abstract this can be a pain to read. However, Apple has kindly built in a summary service which you can use to summarise long paragraphs of text into something that is quickly readable. For the most part it is pretty good, and useful in forming quick a quick summary of long complicated articles. It only takes a moment to set up and can be used for almost anything.

Snapheal – A Cheap Image Touchup App For Mac 0

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Snapheal – A Cheap Image Touchup App For Mac

Everyone wants perfect photos, with the advent of high quality cameras in point and shoot cameras and even iPhones, it isn’t hard to take a good photo. However, with a small amount of image editing most people can take those photos and make them look excellent. Although built in apps such as iPhoto have image editing tools, some people may not have iPhoto installed (or don’t like to use it) but still want to edit images without having to pay out thousands for a tool such as Photoshop or the cheaper version Elements. That’s why an app called Snapheal, was invented. Its a cheap photo retouch that can edit images and make them look fantastic.

View Which Files Are Being Used By Running Apps 2

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View Which Files Are Being Used By Running Apps

This little trick I came across while I wondered why my hard disk was being used when no apps were actively running. Its a basic Terminal command that shows you which files are being accessed and by which program. Its very useful and customisable, and interesting to watch to see how you Mac uses the files stored on your hard disk. You can use it when a file is in use or an app is accessing your disk. The resulting output is great for determining if you have a rogue app accessing files it shouldn’t or if an app is heavy on file access, something which can slow your Mac down.

Keep Your Mac In Tip Top Shape With CleanMyMac 4

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Keep Your Mac In Tip Top Shape With CleanMyMac

One of the hottest apps out there is CleanMyMac, its a simple yet useful app for ensuring your Mac stays clean and efficient as you use it. You may not know this but as you use your Mac it generates log files, caches, as well as other system Junk which you can remove on a regular basis. By removing the stuff you don’t need, you can keep your Mac free and hopefully running well. CleanMyMac is designed to clean your system and keep it in tip top shape. Its very efficient at doing this.

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