OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, 14 ports, plenty of style

With 14 ports of connectivity, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock delivers every conceivable connection technology you may need and is available in space grey and silver. The dock’s front is designed for easy connection of portable devices, headphones and media cards, while the rear features a multitude of ports for static devices.… Read More OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, 14 ports, plenty of style

Review of the Crucial X8 portable SSD

External SSDs are becoming increasingly popular, faster and bigger. Crucial sent me their 2TB X8, a 110mm model. It’s not their newest, that would be the X6 which is even smaller at 70mm and available in sizes up to 4TB, but it’s the fastest with a performance that reaches 1050MB/sec. Both X models are drop proof to 2.30m on a carpeted floor, made from aluminium and formatted with ExFAT for use in any device, including Macs, iPad Pros from 2018 onwards, Windows, Xbox One, PS4 and Android devices.… Read More Review of the Crucial X8 portable SSD

Scapple, a free association supporting mind mapping app

If you’ve ever tried using a mind mapping app knowing that you aren’t the structured visualisation type of person, you’ll know that it’s a pain and often leads to more frustration and time loss than just writing a list of things to do and hoping for the best. I am that kind of person. For some of my work, lists are woefully inadequate but as my brain isn’t mind-map wired, they will have to do. I resorted to using project management for a while but even OmniPlan is quite complex and overkill if you’re not a team. And then I found Scapple from the creators of Scrivener and thought I might give it a shot. And it’s been a joy so far.… Read More Scapple, a free association supporting mind mapping app

Hazel 5 automates file management with lists and tables

Hazel 5 is the newest version of Noodlesoft’s file and folder automation tool for the Mac. It, of course, is now compatible with Big Sur, but there’s a lot more to enjoy in this upgrade. It’s become a standalone app with a detachable rule editor so you can see two or more rules at once. Two new features are making Hazel even more powerful as it was: custom list and custom table attributes. With those, Hazel can do things to your files automatically which you could only dream of before.… Read More Hazel 5 automates file management with lists and tables

A Better Finder Attributes Review

A few days ago I encountered an odd problem. I offloaded footage shot that day from a GoPro Hero 7 and when I wanted to open it in Final Cut Pro X the creation date was reported to be sometime in 1976. I checked the actual file and that was indeed the creation and modification date. Later that day I found this sometimes happens with other cameras too. Well, I got a solution for that problem and it’s not going to require you to tamper with macOS Catalina’s Terminal. Let me introduce you to A Better Finder Attributes.… Read More A Better Finder Attributes Review

Document scanning with the Doxie Q

Document scanners are usually bulky, heavy and pricey and if they’re mobile, they often under-perform and/or are easily broken. Doxie is a scanner company whose objective is to deliver portable scanners that are inexpensive, as robust as possible and feature-rich. The top model is the Doxie Q. It has multi-page capabilities and scans without a computer or the cloud. It scans letters, receipts, ID-cards, photos and anything else that you can put through its automatic document feeder or specialty paper slot.… Read More Document scanning with the Doxie Q

Better than a task manager or a calendar: Fantastical 3 Premium

I’ve been wondering how you can set up a scheduling system with a calendar app since I reviewed Sorted 3 a couple of weeks ago. I have Fantastical on my system from its early days, but although the upgrade to the latest version — which was free — enabled some of its Premium subscription features, not all were included and to use Fantastical as an automatic scheduling system you do need a few Premium features such as the proposed meeting time feature and custom colours. However, Premium comes with more good stuff.… Read More Better than a task manager or a calendar: Fantastical 3 Premium

NeoFinder 7 is a full-scale macOS Digital Asset Management app

NeoFinder 7 is a cataloguing app for photos and everything else. It finds items incredibly fast and has no trouble creating catalogues containing thousands of files. It has exellent support for EXIF and XMP/IPTC metadata. With a Business User licence, you can actually store your database on a server and access it from multiple Macs that run NeoFinder.… Read More NeoFinder 7 is a full-scale macOS Digital Asset Management app