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Essential Free Software for Mac OS X: My Personal Top 10 Indispensables (plus a few handy extras)

I realised when I was getting my system back to normal (HD faliure – probably post on this at some point) that I have not written any posts about any of the really great freeware I use on my Mac.

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Crazy!!!

I realise that a lot of people do these top ten lists for interesting software or fun software for Macs.  And a lot of them list programs you have to pay for.

My list is for USEFUL SOFTWARE I USE ALL THE TIME. 

And of course all software listed here is 100% FREE SOFTWARE.  

There is NO payware or shareware included.

So here’s my up to date list of all the software I consider indispensable for my happy Mac life.  These are vaguely in order of how often I use them. Continue reading

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Taking Screenshots on a Mac

How to take Ordinary Screenshots

There are several options for taking screenshots on a Mac. They save by default to your desktop but you can probably change this if you want.

a.) Full Screen

To just take a screenshot of the whole screen (you can crop it later using GIMP or Photoshop or even Preview) just use:

cmd+shift+3

b.) Selected Area

To take a screenshot of a selected part of the screen use:

cmd+shift+4

After you have pressed these 3 keys you will be able to select the area you want. As soon as you let go it will take the shot so there isn’t much scope for resizing.

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How to Show Mounted Drives on your Desktop by Default

It can be a problem remembering which discs are currently mounted and which ones you have unmounted (ejected).  When I first got my Macbook Pro I wasn’t used to unmounting things and was constantly removing external drives physically without thinking. 

This is not only annoying because of the nagging reminder

but it’s also bad for your Mac.

By default OS X does not show mounted drives on your desktop.

But I think having them visible is the easiest way to keep track of what you’ve got mounted.  Especially seeing as a drive can be unmounted but still physically plugged in to your Mac.  That way you can actually physically see the devices that need to be ejected.

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So, to avoid the stupid “disk not ejected properly” extravaganza…

The solution is really simple – just set OS X to show all the drives which are mounted by default.

1.)  Click on Finder.

2.)  Go to Finder > Preferences

3.)  Select the drives you want to have visible.

I don’t actually have my “Hard disks” visible as I never mount or unmount internal HDs.  But with my current settings (above) all external items – phones, cameras, iPods, external HDDs, DVDs, CDs etc. – show up as icons on my desktop.

Now you can see exactly what’s going on with your drives. 

Plus you never have to see that annoying message ever again. 

Hooray!

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