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Pack for Mac: Our List of the Best Free Mac Apps

Pack for Mac: Our List of the Best Free Mac Apps
Finding excellent free software for your Mac is increasingly tough. In our fourth annual Lifehacker Pack for Mac, we're highlighting the best free downloads for better productivity, communication, media management, and more. The Lifehacker Pack is a yearly snapshot of our favorite, must-have applications for each of our favorite platforms. If you're curious to see how things have changed this year, here's last year's Lifehacker Pack for Mac. Want to skip to a specific category? Productivity Quicksilver Simply put, Quicksilver makes everything you do on your Mac easier. Download Page Notational Velocity What makes Notational Velocity great is that it has the exact amount of features needed in a note taking app with no fluff. Download Page DashExpander Text expansion is one those pieces of productivity software that most people only associate with power users, but it's incredibly handy for just about everyone. Download Page Wunderlist Download Page Internet/Communication Chrome Download Page Adium Related:  Mac Applicationsshaundonnelly

How to Use OS X Mavericks | Gadget Lab Apple's newest desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks, is the best version of the OS yet. You definitely want to get it—and since it's a free upgrade, there's really no reason not to.At this point, Apple has completely transitioned to a yearly update cycle for OS X, so the differences between upgrades aren't as wide-ranging as they used to be. That said, there are still a bunch of under-the-hood tweaks and fixes in Mavericks, not to mention heaps of nifty enhancements that will make your daily computing experience even better. For instance, the battery power management features have been significantly improved, the Finder is much better, and the way incoming messages and notifications are handled is really smart.If you haven't done so, go here and download Mavericks, then come back and get up to speed on everything you'll want to know about your new OS.Photo: Ariel Zambelich/WIREDFinally!

free tutorials Have you ever read through a chapter in one of those Learn Such and Such in 21 Seconds books and realized that somewhere along the way you had started daydreaming about how you would spend a trillion dollars if you were Bill Gates? Well, it happens to me all the time. Computer books are boring. In fact, most technical writing out there bites the big one and there's no sign that the situation is going to get any better in the near future. The really unfortunate thing about this predicament is that now, more than any other period in the history of computing, is when we really need good, clear writing out there. Whether the established priesthood of computer science likes it or not, the web has opened the flood gates and computer science is being secularized post haste. Well, the fact is that most people learning how to make a living on the web are not morons and if given the proper instructions can do just about everything they want to with their web sites, if not more.

Download and Install Google Fonts on your Computer Google Fonts are beautiful web fonts that can be used without restrictions. You can download and install Google Fonts on your computer for writing Office documents. Google Fonts is an absolutely awesome collection of web fonts that you may use in your HTML web pages without any restrictions. These fonts not only look more beautiful than the common typefaces like Arial and Verdana but they are more readable as well since the fonts have been designed specifically for the web. Also, all Google web fonts are offered under the Open Font License meaning you may use them even in commercial projects without having to worry about licensing issues. Google Fonts are hosted on and all you need to do is include a few lines of CSS (or JavaScript) to embed one or more of these fonts in your web pages. Other than websites, you may also use Google fonts in your Office documents, Photoshop designs or any other computer program. There’s no trick involved here. How to Download Google Fonts?

Pack for Chrome: Our List of Essential Chrome Extensions How to Use Text Expansion to Save Yourself Hours of Typing Every Week 1Password 4.2 for iOS gets huge update to browser, sharing features Sometimes there’s an app. I won’t say hero, because what’s a hero? But sometimes, there’s an app. And I’m talkin’ about 1Password for iOS here. How huge is this update? Now, I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is yes: the Strong Password Generator and Go & Fill are on their way to 1Browser on iPhone in a future update. If you’re using 1Browser as, well, your one browser more often these days, you may be pleased to hear that if 1Password sees a URL in the clipboard, it’ll prompt you to open it in 1Browser. Yeah, that’s right. By the way, here’s a ProTip about sharing: if you use the obfuscated option to share items, the item’s ID is included. Just be sure to share with care. Search in 1Password usually focuses on item titles. Honestly, you don’t even need to wait till 3′oclock. 1Browser • Added Go and Fill bookmarks in the 1Browser on iPad. • Added the ability to use the Strong Password Generator in the 1Browser on iPad. • Added the ability to auto-submit on login filling. Sharing

LDraw All-In-One-Installer Quick installation Download the following file Mirror: Peeron.comLDraw_AIOI_2013-02_setup_32bit_v2.zipNOTE: The file is protected by a Captcha image. Please type in the letters you see in the picture.Mirror: Mirror: Unzip the content NOTE: Use 7-Zip (recommended), Winzip or Winrar if the explorer of your Windows OS has no inbuild decompression of .zip files. Start the installer Double-click on the file: LDraw_AIOI_20XX-0X_setup_32bit_vX.exe Getting Started This section will help you set up the files you need to get started with LDraw. What is LDraw? The term "LDraw" can be used to refer to the original DOS based LDraw program, the LDraw parts library, the LDraw file format or the LDraw System Of Tools. In a nutshell, LDraw is a free "CAD"-like set of programs that allows a user to create virtual LEGO® like models on your computer. As stated LDraw is a series of various programs. LDViewPOV-Ray

Top 10 Hardware Boosting Hacks I just did the pogoplug hack this weekend. The LH article is outdated, but the info is available online at I'm not sure rooting a pogoplug is worth the bother now. Rasberry Pi is now available, unless $30, two extra USB ports and Gigabit ethernet is critically important, the RasPi blows the pogoplug out of the water (the additional IO is nice, but the real win is a larger developer community). I did get a pogoplug with the intention of rooting it but realised that its was much more useful to me as it stood. I realize this is article is a few days old, but I just wanted to second this. Now I've just got to figure out what I want to put on it... It's a fun project. I tried running Subsonic, which I used to serve up media from my old computer, but the pogoplug doesn't seem to have enough horsepower for on-the-fly LAME transcoding.