Finder Alternative: PathFinder

The Finder is perhaps the weakest link in the OS X interface. It seems that it hasn’t evolved much from OS 9. There have been a number of good Finder replacements created over the years, but this one stands out. Path Finder 4.6 combines an intuitive interface with feature-laden file management tools. And it’s fast. Check it out: Path Finder 4.6

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OpenOffice To Go With Aqua Interface

One of the truly great opensource projects around is OpenOffice. This community has set the standard for excellence in opensource applications. Currently, for Mac users, it runs in OS X via X11. But the OpenOffice community has announced an Aqua build, due out in the next few months. For those of you who are not comfortable with X11 on your Mac, keep an eye on this. Check it here: OpenOffice

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Do You Like Jack Johnson?

If so, check out Donavan Frankenreiter. Apparently, he’s a friend and confidant of JJ. Good, easy, mellow listening–with some especially tasty licks. If you like tasty licks, give a listen. Donvan Frankenreiter

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WordPress Made Easy

As blogging becomes a more common way for small businesses to establish a web presence, the need for easy blogging tools increases. Most folks don’t want to learn PHP or even CSS in order to create a blog for their business. If you are using WordPress (opensource and used by many hosting services) then you’re in luck. Canvas (1.2) makes blogging on WordPress much more accessible to the less geeky population. Check it out: Canvas 1.2

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Create Enhanced Podcasts

ProfCast allows you to create enhanced (audio synced to slides) Podcasts from KeyNote or PowerPoint presentations. It couldn’t be easier. Drag your KeyNote/PowerPoint presentation onto the ProfCast window, click on “Start Recording”, and narrate your presentation as you click through your slides. Nice idea, nice implementation! Check it out: ProfCast 2.0

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