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Fix your photos with Noise Reducer Pro for a clearer picture

Reduce noise in photos from your digital camera or phone with this stand-alon app and Photos extension.

Noise Reducer Pro is a great tool for reducing the amount of noise or grain in photographs taken in low light levels. It makes photos clearer and runs on the Mac, iOS, Android and PC.

Too many menu bar icons on your MacBook? Hide the unused ones

How to hide menu bar icons you do not need to see on the Apple Mac. Free up space on the menu bar if it is full.

The menu bar on a MacBook, especially one of the smaller models ones, has a very limited amount of space. It is easily filled, but you can reduce the overcrowding by hiding the unused icons.

Be Focused is a task and time manager to make you more productive

Manage your time and tasks while working on your Apple Mac more efficiently with the Be Focused app. It uses the Pomodoro technique.

Be Focused is what might be called the offspring of the Pomodoro technique and a To-Do list manager. It enables you to work more efficiently and make better use of your time, while tracking tasks.

Great apps to monitor your MacBook’s battery charge and condition

Monitor the battery on an Apple MacBook and reduce the battery drain so it lasts longer. See the health of the battery

How is your MacBook’s battery? Is it healthy and holding its charge or fading too fast? If you think there may be a problem, these two battery apps help you monitor it and get more from it.

Get amazing live wallpaper and screensavers for your Mac desktop

Two free screensavers and live desktop wallpaper for the Apple Mac reviewed. They will bright up your Mac and add fun to your day!

Are you still using the default desktop image and screen saver on your Apple Mac? If you are getting tired of them, here are a couple of free tools that will brighten up your desktop.

Create fun photos and collages with Composure editor on the Mac

Composure is a free app for the Apple Mac for creating fun photo collages that contains images, text, stickers and frames. App review

Composure is a free photo editor for macOS that enables you to create attractive collages and have fun with your photos by adding text and stickers. Print or share them online. App review.

Monitor the battery in your iPhone and iPad remotely on your Mac

iBetterCharge app for the Apple Mac monitors the battery level in your iPhone and iPad remotely over the Wi-Fi network. See when they need charging.

Do you often find the battery in your iPhone or iPad really low just when you need it most? Add a free menu bar widget to your Mac to alert you whenever they need charging. It works wirelessly.

Automatically move and resize windows on the Apple Mac desktop

Review: Free utility to create keyboard shortcuts to organise the windows and apps on the desktop on the Apple Mac.

One of the great advances in operating systems was enabling apps to run in overlapping windows. It is also a source of irritation too. Spectacle is a free app that makes it work beautifully.

Add a menu bar tool to view calendars and appointments on macOS

Add Itsycal to the menu bar on the Apple Mac and view and access Calendar appointments without opening the app itself. Itsycal is a great free utility.

The Calendar app on the Apple Mac is a useful tool and if you are a heavy user you might want to take a look at a simple free utility that makes it even more useful. Itsycal is a great add-on.

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.

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