Month: November 2016

Spectacle: Mac’s Window Management

For those who don’t have a Microsoft machine but want the ability to snap windows to either side (or corner!) of their screen: Spectacle is here.

Spectacle is am open source window management app that moves and resizes windows with ease. Upon installation, it requires enabling accessibility, but after that, it just works.

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Unlike with Windows, you can’t merely drag and snap windows to various regions; Spectacle runs via hotkeys. You can change any of these key combinations by going into preferences and setting each to your liking. There is even a guide at the bottom of the window to help decipher each shortcut symbol in case of confusion. And if you happen to mess up, there’s always the option to reset.

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Clicking the arrow beside the symbols at the bottom also allows you options to launch at startup, and run either in the menu or as a background application.

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In the main Spectacle menu, you can also disable it for the current window, such as your browser or word processor.

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For a free and open source application, Spectacle is both robust and light on system resources. It can’t do fancy effects or overlays, but there is power in simplicity and Spectacle pulls it off.

Get the app here.

Windows alternative: AquaSnap.

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ItsyCal: The Cutest Calendar App

With a minimalist yet endearingly friendly icon, ItsyCal is a simple, no-frills calendar application for your Mac menu bar.

It does what it says on the tin, too. Taking up practically zero space, it launches quietly but reliably. Upon clicking the menu bar icon, you’re presented with a view of the current month and day highlighted.

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Along the bottom are four buttons (from left to right): schedule new event, pin to desktop, open iCal/Calendar, and the options cog. From the options, you can easily show week numbers (with a “W” hotkey), highlight weekends, and set the first day of the week.

Nestled also within the options are Itsy’s preferences. Here you can configure ItsyCal to show the month or day (or neither), launch at login, sync with your pre-existing iCal/Calendar lists and show event lists up to 7 days.

And even if you don’t use all the bells and whistles, it can still serve as a convenient at-a-glance date checker. What’s not to love?

ItsyCal is only available for Mac.

The Return of Teching Over

I took a short detour to an entirely different country for a few years. It was definitely an enriching and eye-opening experience I’m glad I got the chance to take.

Now that I’m back home, I want to give TO another chance.

Expect new content at least twice a month as I get back in the swing of reviewing awesome freeware apps.

Cheers,

Admin