Have you ever wanted to capture an entire web page to a .pdf, .png, .jpg etc? Of course you could do it the hard way and take screenshots while you scroll down but the result of that ends up in a less efficient bundle of images especially if the page you are capturing is miles long. But wait! There’s another way! Printing to .pdf! Safari can print a .pdf of your web page. The down side to this is that it is divided into pages and only shows printable content. Introducing Paparazii!
Paparazzi! is a web page capturing utility designed with the user in mind. Simply enter the URL of any web page and click the big “Capture” button. Paparazzi! shows you a preview of that web page. Click the “Save Image As…” button to, of course, save your image. Now you have a choice of file types. JPEG, PDF, PNG, and TIFF. I definitely recommend the PDF file type. It saves everything including the text. Choose whether or not to include a thumbnail icon, and hit “Save”. Walah! The captured web page is now saved in a perfect image file.
The iTunes Store is now home to two new features. My Alerts and Complete My Album. My Alerts allows you to send email notifications to yourself when new content is available from already purchased music. The My Alerts page shows recent updates to your music, and has a “Send Me Email Notifications” link at the top right corner. The next new feature is called “Complete My Album”. Let’s say you bought a song from an album you like. iTunes will now reduce the price of the whole, supported album for a limited time (6 months after purchase). Now you don’t have to be charged twice when buying the full album.
XTorrent is the (Fillet Minong) of Bit Torrent applicatons. With it’s easy to use interface, one-one click downloading, and amazing searching, this is the best in the buisness. XTorrent is a must have if you are into the Bit Torrent craze. XTorrent is $20 and is highly recommended.
Inquisitor is spotlight searching for the web. Inquires appear as you type in a simple, effective pull-down menu. Inquisitor had more 300,000 downloads in just five months. Now it’s out of beta and the best part of it is that it’s free.
iLife `06 includes an updated version of iPhoto. One of the new features is it’s photo manipulation dashboard. Sliders on the bottom allow you to change the lights and darks in your photo. Other sliders allow you to change the over all temperature of the image making it look cooler (bluer/greener) or warmer (redder/oranger/yellower).
Adjusting your photo can be a hassle. Did you know you can fix the color and over all white balance of your photo with one click? To do this, simply hold the Apple button while clicking on a part of your image that you are positively sure is white. iPhoto automatically adjusts the white balance and temperature to make that part white, fixing your image.
One of the highlighting features of Mac OS X Tiger is Spotlight. Spotlight is an extremely fast searching system embedded into the entire OS. All you have to do is go to the top right corner of the screen and click the little magnifying glass to show a text menu. Spotlight automatically searches all of the meta data (text and info inside files) to find the file you are looking for.
So why am I telling you this? I’m telling you this because Inquisitor does the same thing except this time, it searches the web. That’s right! All you have to do is type in your search and Inquisitor goes out “while you are typing” and shows you your top results and suggestions in a fancy little drop-down menu. What’s even better is that it counts how many times you’ve been to that page so you don’t go in circles. By default Inquisitor searches Google. One of the nice features of Inquisitor is the ability to add multiple search engines.
This is a must have for Safari users. To get this amazing plugin, you have to pay the amazing amount of Free! Go ahead and download here.
Twitterbar is a Firefox/Flock extension used to submit tweets straight from your browser. All you have to do, is type in your tweet into the address bar and press the big button to send it. Hovering over the button shows how many characters you have left.
This makes it easy to tweet exactly what site you’re on. If you use Firefox or Flock on a daily basis, this is the extension for you.
You can download Twitterbar here.
A lot of people use YouTube and a Lot of people have a video iPod. What happens when you put them together? Well….YouTube videos on your iPod. But when you look at some of the apps out there such as tubesock etc, you’ll find that it requires multiple steps to achieve your goal. Cocoamug has come up with a really simple solution called CosmoPod. CosmoPod makes it very easy to take video on the web, convert it into an iPod playable format, and put it in iTunes ready for you to sync.
All it takes is one click while you are viewing a YouTube video and CosmoPod will download and convert it instantly. The video is put on your desktop in flash and MP4 format. A copy of that is added to the “Videos” section in your iTunes library. Just like that your video is ready to be synced and played.
Introducing the greatest disk-burning application since Roxio Toast Titanium, Disco! Disco is completely user-friendly and has an amazingly beautiful interface. Disco has quite a number of features. “Spanning” which allows you to burn large files or folders over a number of disks. “Discography” which allows you to index all of the files and folders on each of your disks with easy searching. It even includes multisession support for burning more than once to a disk. Perhaps the greatest feature of Disco, however, is the smoke effect during burning sessions. Here is my full review of Disco. Continue reading
I can’t believe I won! I entered a contest at the wphj blog and won a copy of iClip 4! Yay! =D I installed it quicker than you can see a jack rabbit on a log rolling down the hickory smokes of the Titanic. I’ve heard about it before. iClip is the best clip board manager…ever!
iClip is simple to use. You simply drag and drop things into the little “portal like” clips. Then you can drag or paste them out! The first clip is always your clip board and you can make as many clips as you’d like! You can even make new sets that are like different tabs of clips. I could get used to this. =P
I’ve placed it on the left of my screen for easy viewing but I haven’t gotten used to the keyboard short cuts…well duh considdering that I’ve only had it for less then an hour.
Well, here’s to many happy iClip 4 memories! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us. Now all I have do is add it to my log in items. Well, See ya ’round
From the makers of Shiira comes a new widget; Minutes! Minutes is basically a timer. Drag the little slider around to choose how long Minutes will count down. When it goes off, you can tell it to open a file, play a playlist in iTunes, stop iTunes in its tracks, or put your computer to sleep. You can also repeat the timer as many times as you’d like. What makes Minutes very useful is the fact that you can have multiple timers open at once. First you can start a playlist in iTunes, have it play for a while, then fade it out while putting your computer to sleep. Minutes is the perfect sleep timer for your music library.
The design of Minutes is great. It definitely sparks up your dashboard. It’s wooden finish and aqua like knob make it a nice fit to anyone’s dashboard. Minutes is a great widget and does its job well. Here’s the link to their page: Minutes.