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Software to run on Apple's OS X operating system.

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Markdown editor for OSX that includes a preview, ideally in real time?

I'm looking for a native OSX desktop application (needs to work offline) in which I can edit plain text documents, and preview how they'll look with markdown formatting applied. At a minimum, I need ...
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Screen-recording GIF 'video' tool for Mac OS X

I'm looking for a free program that allows me to record my screen and save the 'video' as an animated GIF. This will be useful when making instructions / steps to do something. Requirements: free (...
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Open-source image organiser with face recognition (alternative to Picasa) with OSX/Linux support

I'm looking for free (ideally open-source) image viewer and organiser which has the following features: Full screen preview of images with basic zoom in/out abilities. Image thumbnail grid view of ...
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Tool for optical character recognition (OCR)

Is there a tool that can recognise text in a scanned document (PNG, JPG) and convert it into a regular text file (DOC, TXT)? It should Work on Ubuntu and Mac OS X Be free Work with most common ...
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Is there a program to control other computers from another computer?

Is there a good remote desktop software tool that I can use to control my Windows and Linux PCs from my Mac, and vice-versa? I don't care if it uses up lots of internet bandwidth. Desired features: ...
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App to convert existing image files to vector graphics?

I have some rather large PNG files, and I'd like to convert them to vector images for future use. Is there an app that can do this? I'm thinking something like I have to specify what is what in the ...
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Alternatives to Google Drive with emphasis on privacy and user experience?

Could you please recommend some alternatives to Google Drive? I am concerned about my privacy, security; plus I need to have an Android, OS X, and a web client as well. If there are such alternatives ...
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Python GUI automation library for simulating user interaction in apps

I'm looking for Python library which can help with window automation tasks (either on macOS or Linux). By automation I mean finding the application/game window, gets the content of it and be able to ...
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Is there an OS X app for reducing an image to a specific file size

I'm currently dealing with a few applications that impose a 2mb limit on import file/image size. Currently, the only way I have found to deal with this is to manually find all images that are above ...
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StreamTransport for Linux/Mac: detect and download videos from any website

On Windows I use StreamTransport (recently renamed as FreewareTube Studio) to download videos from any website: it can detect and download videos with HTTP/RTMP/RTMPE/RTMPTE protocols which cover the ...
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File integrity checker

I have a large amount of files that should never change, including RAW photographs and video files. I'm worried about silent bit rot. I do have backups to restore lost/corrupted files, but comparing ...
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Free PDF comparison tool

I am looking for an application to compare two PDF files. Application must: be able to highlight differences between the two documents be mac-compatible as I will be using it on a mac be free, I do ...
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Record screen section as animated GIF

Often while trying to explain a problem I have with my PC, a screenshot is not enough. Is there a tool that lets you capture a section of the screen and save it to a .gif file? It needs to Work on ...
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Software to create automatic subtitles (OS X)

You know how Youtube creates "automatic" subtitles based on the sound on a video? (sound-to-text) I have an MP4 file on my computer. How do I create "automatic" subtitles based on the video's sound, ...
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Syntax highlighting text editor for Mac OSX

When I'm writing or reading code (Java, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, XML, etc.), I prefer something more lightweight than an IDE, that highlights syntax but doesn't do much else. What options are there for ...
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What is a good newbie friendly graphical Git client for OS X?

Personally I'd just pop open a terminal and brew-up the usual *nix shell tools, but I need to make a software recommendation to some clients that need something a bit more newbie friendly. The ...
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Cross-platform calendar that stores data locally - I want to sync it myself

I'm looking for a calendar application, ideally one that can run on windows, Mac, and iOS. I want my data to be available offline, and -- here's the kicker -- I don't want to store my data on Google's ...
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App to quickly generate correctly resized iOS app icons

In iOS development, there are quite a few different sizes of icons needed to make your app look the best throughout the system. Here's what the average list of icon files looks like in an iOS project: ...
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Cross-platform LAN messenger that can run on multiple user accounts of the same machine at once?

I'm looking for a (free) program that allows me to chat to other computers on my network (over LAN). Desired features: Internet connection not required Available for Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6.8 (...
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Smear/blur text/image in a screen shot

I often seen screen shots with areas of sensitive information smeared/blurred to make it unintelligible. How can I do that image-smearing simply and inexpensively as a Mac user? The words "simply" ...
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OS X PostgreSQL client with a GUI?

I've recently found a need to work with a PostgreSQL database. As I'm completely new to PostreSQL, I'd like to have a nice GUI for it, much like one for MySQL. It must: Support tunneling over SSH ...
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A good editor for technical tutorials on Mac?

I write a lot of tutorials and publish them as HTML. Usually, I type them directly in HTML but each time I use <code> tags to show a code example, I have to manually update the content of the ...
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OS X MySQL client?

I'd like to have a nice GUI for MySQL on OS X. The app must: Support connecting to external databases Support tunneling over SSH Show a nice GUI for editing and creating table schema Give access to a ...
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CD Ripping Software for OS X

When I was primarily a Windows user, I used a program called CDex to rip CDs to my hard drive. I loved this program primarily because of the following features: Automatic ID3 tagging using CDDB ...
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Web-browser for heavy browsing, alternative to Chrome

I'm heavy web user which requires a lot of tabs being opened during my everyday work (>=50-200 tabs). I'm using Google Chrome browser for couple of years and become very slow and an overkill for my ...
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Accounting software for small business

I just started a dry cleaning small business in California. My accounting skills are limited. I am looking for advice on software that can help me manage my finances such as profits, expenses and etc. ...
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Command line SQL formatter or beautifier

I am looking for a command line SQL formatter = SQL prettifier = SQL beautifier (offline, not an online formatter) for Mac. The goal is to run it on the command line and also inside the editor (Emacs) ...
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Highlight mouse position on OS X

I often lose track of the location of the cursor when I bring my attention to something off-screen (a book, a mobile device, etc). Since I have a big display, moving the mouse a little won't do the ...
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Free WYSIWYG xml editor for Mac (preferably cross-platform)

Until now I was working with Syntext Serna XML Editor on Mac which had a free version. It seems that it was renamed in CORENA Studio which is no longer free. I need a free WYSIWYG xml editor with: ...
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Tool to disable part of an external display

Sometimes I find the need to "turn off" part of a display I'm using. For example, I might move my laptop in front of the display to save space, and I no longer can see the bottom half of the external ...
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How to collect statistics on how many times a keyboard shortcut I use?

I would like to collect the statistics on how many times a keyboard shortcut I use. I need this because I want to make some analyses on productivity improvement. I use OsX.
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Monitor mobile phone network signal

I do a lot of work on the train, with my mobile phone (Android) projecting a wifi hotspot for me to work on. Since the phone is right beside my laptop, I can always get full signal bars on my wifi, ...
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Synchronize two external hard drives (for backup)

I am looking for Mac software to synchronize two exFAT formatted external hard drives, for backup. Hard drive B should reflect all changes from hard drive A (including deletions) but hard drive A ...
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Photo organizer for Mac

I am looking for a Mac OS X application to organize my photos. The default iPhoto is lacking two major features which I really want/need: automatically organize and group the photos by date: I tried ...
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Melody transcription from microphone

I'd like the simplest possible software that can convert an audio file of an instrument into a musical score. I specifically want to use this for quickly grabbing violin melodies to a musical score ...
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Tool to convert online HTML documentation to EPUB from the command line

I have a bunch of intertwingled HTML web pages that I want to convert to EPUB format. For instance the index page is at http://example.com/documentation/index/index.html While the chapters linked ...
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MP3 classification with CDDB

I am currently using TagScanner to reorder, renamed and take ID3 tags for my mp3 collection under my Windows 7 computer. I am looking to buy a MacBook and I am wondering what alternative to ...
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Tree-graph visualisation. Convert table to a graph

I need a software, which will allow me to convert a table with tree-like dependences between objects to a picture. For example table like this: object dependsOn B A C A D B E B ...
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Powerful presentation app that allows animating slides

I've been using Apple Keynote for the past few years. Very effective, very powerful. It's my go-to presentation app. However, I need something more powerful than Keynote, in a sense that I can animate ...
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What is simple way to sync contents in my local computer to the contents in a remote server using the terminal/Unix?

In short I wanted to have a local folder be in sync with a folder in a remote server. The long story: I have a folder called master where I store a bunch of data. This data is organized in folders ...
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