the day I dropped Default Folder X

Some months ago I got a license for Default Folder X inside a bundle.

DefaultFolderX

For those who don’t know:

Default Folder X enhances the Open and Save dialogs in all of your applications so you can…
— Go faster: Quickly navigate through folders with hierarchical menus that expand as you mouse over them.
— Do it all: Preview, tag, rename, compress, delete or add comments to files in any Open or Save dialog.
— Just click: Need to save a file in a folder you have open in the Finder? Just click on the Finder window!

I was happy with the software, even if sometimes it made Finder behave slowly opening the save dialog windows. And then El Captain arrived and things went ugly.

The developers were caught off-guard by its coming – even if every developer dealing with Cupertino knows about the yearly OS upgrade – and things were delayed for months … Their first blog post of incompatibility with Default Folder X 4 and OS X 10.11 dates back to July 10th, 2015.
For the record I must underline the fact that OS X El Capitan was released to end users on September 30, 2015

Finally January 11th St. Clair Software released the v5 of their software. If you purchase the app after June 1st the new born is a free upgrade, else not. This time they want me to pay ~15$ for a license renewal, after having paid their app and not being able to use it for 100 days for their fault.

For me this is not acceptable, and in the last 100 days I have unlearned to rely on their software … so I’ve removed the app and ciao! Farewell St. Clair Software, it was an half-decent experience with you!

Creative Freedom according to Dropbox

If you give people the freedom to work the way they want…

With this title the Dropbox team created a video to promote the creative work than can be done by people all over the world collaborating together under a common umbrella like the Dropbox service to create something unique. The film, directed by Johnny Kelly, contains original footage shot over five and a half weeks by 141 collaborators from many different corners of the world — all brought together using Dropbox.

This is where Apple differs from a pure web browser vendor like Mozilla, I suppose; Apple has an answer for publishers to the often shitty experience of web advertising: don’t use the web, use apps with iAds, use Apple News, use Apple Music, use Apple… Apple’s answer isn’t a better web, really, it’s Apple’s iOS ecosystem.
Mark Mayo

Emphasis is mine …

ExpanDrive – a network drive for the Cloud

Discovered by chance this morning, ExpanDrive seems to be like to become one of my favorite tools:

ExpanDrive creates a virtual USB drive that connects to all major cloud storage providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, Openstack Swift, Amazon S3 or your own SFTP, FTP or WebDAV server.

It’s available for Mac and Windows. Basic licence is per user, so if you have multiple machines with different OS you’ll need just one licence. Now excuse me, back to testing for my free 7-days full features trial period…

Loose Leaves for Mac, instantly share what you write in Markdown

Loose Leaves for Mac lets you instantly create lightweight, beautiful, hosted pages from the Markdown you write.

Just select the Markdown you want to share, use the keyboard shortcut (⇧⌘C), and you instantly get back a secure link you can pass around.

Not exactly my kind of app, but could be interesting if you are always writing in MarkDown. Oh, and even if it’s a brand new app you can use it with OS X 10.8 or later … You can get the app from the Mac App Store.

Indipendent Publisher

At last The Indipendent Publisher theme has arrived on WordPress.com. Developed by Raam Dev this template is one of the cleanest and best content focued theme born in these last two years.

I’ve even adopted it on my self-hosted blog, customizing it a little, translating it and planning to suggest a couple of enhancement to its author. Read Raam’s annouce: Independent Publisher Announced on WordPress.com

I enjoy it so much that I couldn’t resist but adopt it immediately … now there are going to be some polish here and there, but I think I’ll stick with it for long time.

Deep dreaming

Deep dreaming

Deep Dreamer is the easiest way to process images and videos with Google’s amazing Deepdream engine.

I first heard of it thanks to my pal Filippo Corti on his Bicycle Mind blog. He first reported of Google’s experiment and research in the image recognition field, then reported this brand net app for OS X platform from the talented team of Realmac Software (currently in Beta status).

What is Google deepdream?

The brain behind Deep Dreamer was developed at Google as a tool to try and understand how neural networks work. Google open sourced the code, allowing anyone with the know-how to create these images. However, setting up the code on a server is not a trivial task. We’ve become fascinated with how deepdream processes our photos, and wanted to make it easy for anyone to explore.

The amazing guys at Realmac Software have also made a demo video of their app:

TripMode, a mobile connection saver for OS X

TripMode

Mobile 3G or LTE data plan are expensive. Here in Italy and in many places of the world, even rich countries … like Switzerland, homeland of today’s app in review.

Here, three developers have decided to put a stop on expensive bills of their cellphone operators and write an app for OS X 10.10 (and later) that will make the user choose what applications are essentials when connected over an Hotspot mode to their smartphone and what not. Most of the time, when on the run we want to quickly check our email or a website and we don’t need a full Google Drive or Dropbox sync.

TRIPMODE is a little great app, that comes at a cheap price ( ~ 8S) and has a nice free mode behaviour that I like to recommend to you. This summer vacations could be the right time to benefit from this software. Let me know in the comments if you’re finding it useful …