I’m a sucker for Mac apps that do one thing but do it very, very well. My husband and I manage a few dozen servers and dozens more web sites for our school.
That means constant logging in and logging out, uploading and downloading files. And, importantly, a bunch of different login IDs and passwords to remember. My newest tinker tool is DomainBrain which replaces a bunch of Stickies splattered on our screens.
DomainBrain vs. LoginBrain
I don’t really care what name is attached to a Mac app so long as it works, does the job, and doesn’t cause me grief. Some Mac apps are aptly named. Pages. Numbers. Mail.
Others are in need of an OCD adjustment. DomainBrain? For logins?
The more I thought about it, LoginBrain seemed to cover more instances of remote logins than DomainBrain. Not all logins are attached to a domain, but all logins are, well, logins.
Despite the misname, DomainBrain is what you think it is. It’s a simple, almost elegant Mac app that remembers all those domain names, sites, login IDs, and passwords that you need as webmaster or web designer or content management system manager.
DomainBrain doesn’t even need a manual to tell you how to use it. Create web sites or servers however you wish in the left column. Then enter respective site information in the right column.
Easy enough, right?
Each item in the left column can have plenty of information, or just what you need—ranging from FTP info, to database host, name, username, and password—all related to a single site, server, or domain.
Folders in the left column can also be nested so you’re not likely to have so many sites, domains, or servers that you can’t manage them easily.
If you’re looking for more, well, don’t. There’s not much more. The only niggle I have is that each site, server, or domain carries space for the same information. For example, my site, foo.com, has a URL and notes. And FTP or WebDAV information—usually a URL, Directory, Username and Password.
But the same site also has sections for DomainBrain for Database information, Content Management System information, Hosting information, and Domain Registrar information. Some sites may require all that information. Most don’t.
To see all the information about each site it’s necessary to scroll down.
I’d prefer to see some kind of tabbed design with notifiers that indicate that information is stored for each section.
Otherwise, creating folders and sites and moving them around is a breeze—similar to bookmarks in Safari. Not readily apparent, but almost handy, is the function attached to the little arrow in each section. Click the arrow and a Safari browser window opens to the appropriate URL.
That’s great. But it doesn’t automatically insert the Username (Login ID) or Password. That would be immensely helpful.
DomainBrain is inexpensive and very useful—far better than Stickies or a spreadsheet and far less expensive than more complex apps like 1Password.