Or, it could mean a foreign life form bent on destroying the world as we know it. I came across a couple of Mac apps; elegant and useful tools which do a little of both. One converts documents from this format to that format. And one destroys files completely.
Convert Documents? Or, Destroy Documents?
Remember the Ori of Stargate SG1? Taking a page from the history of Christendom, the self righteous Ori converted the masses of various planets to their religion. If they didn’t convert, they were destroyed.
AlienDestroyer is what you think it is. Except it doesn’t destroy aliens. It’s a Mac app that destroys files. Wait. Doesn’t a Mac already do that when you Empty the Trash?
Yes. And no. Files emptied in the Trash remain on your Mac and can be recovered with the right app. Even files erased by OS X’s Secure Empty Trash (which erases the files many times) can be recovered.
AlienDestroyer completely erases, obliterates, eradicates, expunges, pulverizes, wipes out, blots out, and nearly removes all traces of files that meet your criteria for permanent destruction.
Data is sliced and diced and Julienned so it cannot be recovered. And it starts with drag and drop.
That makes AlienDestroyer an excellent tool to destroy sensitive digital data, clean off old hard disk drives or even memory cards, iPods, USB flash drives, or any Mac device that stores data.
On the other hand, AlienConverter is a Mac app that converts a document from one format to another without having to swap files back and forth between different Mac apps.
For example, this alien converts a single file or multiple files to and from Microsoft Word (.doc), Rich Text (.rtf or .rtfd), simple text (.txt), and more. Wait. There’s more. AlienConverter converts, so it also converts images. PDF, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG, PICT, PSD, and more.
One Alien app destroys. The other Alien app gives life. Both are easy to configure and simple to use. The end result is a document with a new life (format) and a new app. Or, it’s a file that you don’t want anyone else to have and it gets completely destroyed. Choose wisely.