I don’t claim to understand the business model behind making an app free, but here’s a perfect example. Every Mac user with a graphic design gene has a variety of useful tools that do more than you get with Photoshop or Illustrator. Here’s the story of one that’s free.
It’s All About Pixels
Screen Utility is a free Mac utility, unofficially classified as abandonware because it hasn’t been updated in nearly three years. Yet it still works.
What you get are three basic functions that many Mac graphic designers need, but probably find in tools which have other functions built-in.
First on the list is the useful Pixel Test function in Screen Utility. It fills your Mac’s screen with various colors so you can text for dead or mis-colored pixels. There’s not much you can do about dead pixels (I’ve massaged a few back to life), but still.
Second on Screen Utility’s list is the Screenshot Helper. For those of us who take screenshots there’s always a need to clean up the clutter on the Desktop– icons for apps, photos, folders, and files.
Screenshot Helper hides the icons on the Desktop with a click. Easy so far, right?
Third, there’s yet another function to Capture Screen with Cursor. That’s ‘with‘ as in displays the screen pointer in the screen capture image. Even the Mac’s built-in screen capture option doesn’t do that. There’s also an option to run a countdown for 5 seconds before the screen capture.
Screen Utility is free so I shouldn’t grumble much about the lack of updates (almost three years), though abandonware seems an apt description. Also not a good sign is the use of Facebook as the app developer’s website and support site. Then again, the app is free and it works. For now.