Now, you can download the beta for the Microsoft graphics application Acrylic. Unfortunately it's only available for Windows. Acrylic is based on a recent purchase by MS of an OS X application called Expression. That was/is a great application. Fortunately the original is still available for Mac.
Sidenote is a free multi-document application by Pierre Chatel. You can create multiple notes which will be displayed in one single drawer on the side of your screen, which pops up whenever you move your cursor towards it.
A note can handle both text and pictures via drag&drop or using the clipboard. Also, notes are automaticaly saved when you quit the application or logout so saving your notes is not a necessity.
shadowClipboard is a multiple clipboard (also called pasteboard) manager for Mac OS X from stupidFish programming. Contrary to the company's name this is a smart little creature. shadowClipboard integrates with the Mac OS X system clipboard and keeps track of copied items so you can easily paste items you copied a few minutes, hours or even days ago. shadowClipboard comes factory set to remember the last 10 copied items (images, texts, files, you name it). This setting is perfect for most users.
If you ever design web sites xScope is a must have! It gives you all the tools you need to take measurements on your screen in several different ways. You can have a semi transparent cool looking pixel based resizeable ruler. You get a screen size mask, which is great to check how your layout work in different screen sizes and browsers. The magnifying glass will help you check the tiny details. You can also have guides, like in PS, but on all your screen.
When shooting in low light conditions with your digital camera you will most probably end up with grainy and not so sharp images. This is especially true for consumer cameras. There is an elegant solution to this problem. NeatImage is a PhotoShop plug-in that can help you remove this noise from your images.
Ever wonder if it's worth learning all the shortcuts that each application offers? Apparently it is.
I did a test to see how much time one gains using key combos, rather than navigating and pointing to menus with the cursor. I timed three versions of a certain set of operation that required moving between applications, opening and saving files and menu operations such as copying, pasting, filters, duplication, etc.
Designers working with hi-res images need bigger storage space and bigger bandwidth than the average Mac user. We need a bigger email account as well. gMail gives you 1GB storage space and it can send attachments up to 10MB, so you'll have plenty of room to send and receive zipped artwork. Hopefully the 10MB attachment size limit will go even higher in the future.
World's first laser sensor gives 20 times more precision and works virtually on any surface. Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery is cost efficient, lighter and lasts longer. Gives you wireless freedom, but unfortunately it's not based on bluetooth technology.