Part of my day job is to evaluate Mac applications for the staff, faculty, and students at the private school where I work. That means I come across many useful, one-trick pony utilities that we Mac users may never need but might work for you.
Every now and then I read that the application industry is going away, but I don’t see evidence of that anywhere. I have more than 400 apps on my iPhone. Finder says my Applications folder on my Mac has just over 300 apps. They don’t get used every day, of course, but they can be useful. Here are three you don’t need, but could use.
Not. Quite. Free.
Let me start with the least expensive. 99-cents shouldn’t get you too much so you may not be overly excited by Brightness Menu Bar; a simple utility that puts brightness controls into the Mac’s Menubar. It doesn’t get easier than this.
Instead of having to find System Preferences, then navigate to the Displays tab just to adjust the screen’s brightness, Brightness Menu Bar puts the same control into the Menubar. No, not every Mac user needs it, but it’s useful.
A couple of bucks more gets you a simple utility which lets you access frequently used files and folders. From the Menubar. It’s called QuickLinks. One click and you get what you’re looking for, whether it’s an app, a file, or a folder– whatever you use frequently. Not only will it open items with a click, it also records keyboard shortcuts so you can avoid the trackpad or mouse completely.
It’s like having a few functions from the Finder in the Menubar. Can you do the same thing in the Dock? Sure. But it’s cluttered already.
The last one on my list is one you don’t need until you need it. Password creators are a dime a dozen but Password Creator will cost a few dollars. What it does is give you control over passwords and an option to generate a list of passwords by the tens of thousands. A half million if you want.
Password Creator makes passwords with all sorts of options– alphanumeric, upper and lower case, symbols, and then list them with various sort options. Generate one password, or make thousands. All with a single click. The world may not need yet another password generator, but if you need many, many passwords which conform to specific requirements, this is the one to get.
Mac users get plenty of useful applications, tools, and utilities from Apple but there are plenty of such apps which do more, don’t cost much, and help make your Mac life a bit easier. Mac360 started in 2004 and since then we’ve reviewed a few thousand such utilities that are non-Apple, non-Microsoft, non-Adobe but very beneficial for those who have a need not matched by the big app developers.