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Lightweight alternatives to Apple Pages, Numbers and Keynote

Do you need Apple Pages, Numbers and Keynote? save the disk space and use these lightweight alternatives instead. They will save a gigabyte or more of disk space.

Apple’s office suite - Pages, Numbers and Keynote - are huge apps that are getting bigger with each update. If you have a low end Mac with a small disk, here are lightweight alternatives.

PhotoScape X is the best free photo editor you’ve never heard of

App review: PhotoScape X is a superb free photo editor for the Apple Mac that is great for enhancing digital camera photos and phone photos. It is packed with excellent features.

Are you using PhotoScape X on your Apple Mac? If the answer is no, you are missing out on one of the best free photo editing apps available. Here a quick overview of what you are missing.

Dr. Unarchiver fixes one of the most irritating things in macOS

Dr. Unarchiver adds a missing feature from macOS on the Apple Mac. It lets you extract single files from zip archives. This is a free utility for the Apple Mac.

There is a major irritation in macOS on the Apple Mac that has been around for many years. Probably forever. Now a free utility in the Mac App Store called Dr. Unarchiver fixes it at last!

Uninstall apps and find app leftovers with this free Mac utility

Review: App Cleaner & Uninstaller for the Apple Mac. It uninstalls apps, and finds and deletes files from apps not properly removed. It keeps your Mac's disk clean.

Dragging apps to the Trash on the Apple Mac leaves many files behind and they use disk space and might even cause problems. App Cleaner & Uninstaller cleans and uninstalls apps more thoroughly.

6 Safari extensions that will increase productivity on your Mac

6 ways to increase productivity with Safari extensions on the Mac

We are all faced with increasing workloads and busy social lives, so if you are not managing to get everything done that needs doing, these 6 Safari extensions will increase your productivity.

Replace the missing battery time remaining menubar indicator on the Mac

Add the missing battery time left indicator on the Apple Mac

Apple made a tiny change to macOS 10.12.2, but it is a major irritation for some people. That change is the removal of the ‘battery time remaining’ menubar indicator. Here’s how to put it back.

Add amazing effects to your photos with Polarr Photo Editor for Mac

Free photo editor for the Apple Mac - Polarr Photo Editor reviewed

If your photos are dull and lifeless, Polarr Photo Editor for the Mac can make them look exciting with special effects, editing tools, filters, face detection and more. It is a brilliant tool!

A much improved Dr Safety scans your Apple Mac for malware

Mac malware - is your Apple Mac infected with malware?

When I first looked at Dr. Safety, a security app from Trend Micro, it had some irritations and was disappointing. However, it has been  improved and it now much better. It is worth another look.

XnConvert is the best image converter for the Mac by far

Batch convert and process images on the Apple Mac

When you need to convert images from one format to another, what’s your favourite software? XnConvert for the Apple Mac is one of the most powerful you’ll find. What’s more, it’s free!

Get a handy 3D Weather widget for your Apple Mac desktop

Get a weather forecast for your desktop computer and don't be caught out in a shower

OS X, soon to be called macOS, has some weather forecasting ability, but it is very limited. The Today widget provides some information, but 3D Weather Free is far superior and a great app.

Weather Dock free Mac app puts weather forecasts in the Dock

Everyone dreams of clear blue skies, but will it rain instead? Get a weather forecast!

The Dock on the Apple Mac is normally full of unexciting static icons, but they don’t have to be dull. You could have a live animated weather forecast. Here’s a free app that does just that.

Clean up your Mac and boost the speed with Dr Cleaner Elite

Clean up, sweep up, scrub and polish to make like new

We all want a faster computer, especially when it it old and not quite the latest specification, but what can you do? Dr. Cleaner Elite can help speed up your Mac by cleaning and optimising.

Review - Trend Micro App Cleaner for the Apple Mac

Apple MacBook - sepia style

Trend Micro has a new utility that is designed to thoroughly clean the system when you uninstall apps you no longer need on OS X. Just how good is it and will it keep your Mac’s disk clean?

Turn your Apple Mac into an aquarium with amazing fish

The Mac comes with some nice images for the desktop, but to really impress people you should get an animated image. Desktop Aquarium Free turns your Mac into a fish tank!

Avast vs Sophos Mac security apps on test

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The recent ransomware attack on Apple Macs has brought security to the forefront of the Mac community and you might be thinking it is time to install Mac security software to keep your computer safe from malicious threats. On test are two free security applications from Avast and Sophos.

Clean your iPhone and iPad with iMyfone Umate

Apple Mac, iPad and iPhone

When you have just 16GB of storage in your iPhone or iPad it is quickly filled. Then what? One option is to free up storage using a utility like iMyfone Umate, which can breathe life into a clogged up iOS device.

LastPass Mac app puts a password manager on your desktop

Password

LastPass is a great password manager and the usual way to access it is by using a web browser extension. However, there is also a desktop app that you can run on your Apple Mac. What’s that for?

Monitor the memory and battery in the menu bar on your Mac

On test are two menu bar utilities that provide useful system information. One shows the battery status and health and the other shows memory usage. Both are free and provide useful info.

Wunderlist - the best alternative to Reminders on the Mac?

Reminders is a simple but effective app bundled with OS X that is adequate for very simple tasks, but it has its limitations. When you need something more powerful, Wunderlist should be on your shortlist.

Grammarly on test - intelligently correct writing errors

Grammarly is an app, a browser extension and a website that aims to improve your writing by correcting mistakes and typing slips. What can the Apple Mac app do for your writing?

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