Mac apps for Shaun

One of the things that I have loved the most about switching to the world of Mac is the endless supply of cool little applications that people develop to make your computing life better. Every time Shaun and I meet I end up telling him about some cool little Mac application that he just has to download. The last one was 1Password which I absolutely love, but I won’t go into all of that now. That’s in the past.

Yesterday Shaun spoke at a local university’s chapel service on behalf of Compassion and then we went out for a quick lunch/meeting at one of my favorite coffeshops.

As is our custom, at some point I found some hole in Shaun’s life that could only be filled by a free Mac application… actually I found two.

First of all, Shaun used his (old and beat-up) Macbook Pro during his talk to show a few pictures of children who have had an impact on his life. Very cool. But, as is the case with most anyone who uses a notebook in a production environment, he had to fight with his screensaver/sleep settings to keep it awake and ready. Enter Caffeine. It’s a great little app that puts a coffee cup icon in your menubar. Just click the icon and your computer will not go to sleep, dim the screen, or start the screensaver. Then, click it again and it’s back to normal. Simple but effective.

With his computer now sufficiently hopped-up on coffee, now it was time to address his hard drive issues. Shaun is very grateful for his computer. When his old iBook was practically dead, someone lovingly offered him a used MBP at an unbelievable price. However, the more Shaun used this computer to create short movies, graphics, and other media for his blog the more his small hard drive filled up. Now, his hard drive is pretty much full and he doesn’t really know where all of the space went. If only he had a way to visually see what files (and file types) were eating up his precious space.

Well, now he can. Disk Inventory X is a free app that scans your computer’s hard drive and then displays its contents visually so you can easily see what files and file types are taking up all of your space.

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Each color represents a type of file so you can quickly tell whether your music collection is the culprit or it’s your library of ripped (public domain) DVDs. Each block represents a specific file so you can tell what specific files are taking up chunks of space as well.

Both of these apps are free and they both get the Ben Stewart seal of “coolness.” Got any free apps that you just can’t live without? Let me know in the comments.