Extract a .7z file on a Mac

.7z is a file type similar to a zip file. To extract such a file all you need to do is extract the file using an extractor which can be found at http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html

All you have to do is

1.Download this small extractor

2.Install it

3.Double the file you want to extract

4.Done!

Its easy to extract a .7z file!

 

Review: MemoryKeeper for Mac

MemoryKeeper is a free app available on the Mac app store and I thought of trying it out. MemoryKeeper was listed in the “Whats Hot” category of the app store.

I downloaded the application and it look just a few seconds for it to download and install.(just 35MB).

Memory Keeper free’s up your RAM. Even after shutting down a heavy application the mac still uses memory. MemoryKeeper just cleans up this memory to make your Mac run faster.

I ran the application for the first time and a screen popped up saying “Clean Memory”.

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I clicked on Clean Memory and it look about 10 seconds for the app to clean memory and then it showed me a screen with the amount of memory(RAM) cleaned.

However to be frank I did not find any difference in the working speed of my Mac. Maybe  I should try it again sometime when my Mac is behaving sluggish.

Also there is an option to turn on automatic cleanup so you don’t need to go and clean up manually.

However I did not understand one thing. I tried cleaning up my memory back to back without opening any application or doing anything else and to my surprise every time the app showed a different amount of MB’s it had cleaned.

I did not understand that if once my memory is clean then without doing anything how can it be used up again.

Even if there is some basic usage that happens( assuming some processes go on in the background in the OS ) then the amount of clean up should have been the same and not different each time.

 

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After the cleanup I checked my RAM usage in the Activity Monitor and the MemoryKeeper. Both showed same numbers.

Conclusion: You can download the app as its free and run it sometime when you feel your Mac is acting sluggish. Automatic cleanup is not required.

Disk Drill claims to be one of the best recovery software for Mac

There are a great many information recovery program available online, but Disk Drill is perhaps the most user-friendly and cost-effective option by far, making it perhaps the best data recovery for Mac users today.  You’ll want a recovery system that is easy to use and quick to learn, saving you valuable time and money in the process. Disk Drill even offers a great deal of online support to those who purchase its software in the form of online tutorials, videos, and how-to guides.

Not only does this remarkable software manage to delve deeply into the hard drives and backup partitions of your Mac devices, but it can easily retrieve nearly any type of document, image, application, music file, or program imaginable whether it was accidentally deleted within the past few hours or within several months prior to discovering the missing information.

Disk Drill offers several high-powered scanning methods and includes the following file systems: HFS & HFS+, FAT/FAT32/exFAT, NTFS, EXT3/EXT4.

The list of file types Disk Drill can recover is really very comprehensive. For example, Quick Scan and Undelete Unprotected Data methods are able to recover any file type. But these methods will not help in all situations. The deep Scan method will be in use while recovering files in any situations. This method is able to recognize and recover more than 80 different file types including the following: photo files like JPG, PNG and TIFF, graphic files like AI, PSD and INDD, RAW camera files like CR2, NEF and DNG, video files like AVI, DV and MP4, music files like AIF, MP3 and WAV, document files like DOCX, PPTX and XLSX.

Disk Drill performs at such a high level that it can even retrieve information from disk drives and partitions that are beginning to fail or have been corrupted.  For this reason alone, users of Disk Drill have labeled this software the best Mac file recovery system on the market today!

To make the software even more attractive, Cleverfiles is offering a free version on its website.  Users will have the option to upgrade to other packages in the future, but the free version of Disk Drill provides ample recovery abilities that are required for the common Mac owner.  With just a few clicks of the mouse, users can quickly find a recently deleted file by using the Quick Scan feature provided.  For more exhaustive searches, Disk Drill’s Deep Scan provides the perfect solution even though it may take a little more additional time.  These wide range of additional features only support Disk Drill’s reputation as being the best file recovery software for Mac users today!

How To: Mount an ISO on a Mac

A lot of times you have a file ISO and do not know what to do of it on a Mac. Do not worry. Today we are going to tell you how to easily mount an ISO on a mac.

1.Go to /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility/

2.Once you have opened Disk Utility selected the ISO file you need to mount.

3.Then go to file and click on open disk image.

AND YOU ARE DONE WITH MOUNTING AN ISO ON A MAC.

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How To: Speedup your Mac when the hard drive is completely full

There are plenty of tips and techniques available to a Mac user, which upon implementing on the drive bestows immediate relief for the Mac OS X.  An almost completely filled Mac hard drive is choked due to presence of huge pool of data and absence of free space makes the OS X perform slow as regards the user’s expectations. Speedup Mac tips are best suited for old Macs & hard drives but can also be applied to any hard drive that are on the verge of getting almost full.

Let’s ask ourselves about the below mentioned tips:

Starting with the Mac Restarts: Ask yourself, how often you restart your machine even if its working fine. Obliviously, when the OS X freezes, the user had last option to restart it or force shut-down the Mac. But even in normal working conditions it is advised to restart the Mac machine when duration of work is bound to stretch for many hours. The restart makes the machine to boot fresh and re-brush its applications.

Is my software up-to-date: Software updates are frequent and missed by maximum percentage of users. The best place to look out for the latest software is the Mac App Store, where software are reviewed by Apple before making it available to users for installation. Otherwise, if you have any own trusted source of software downloads and updates, it’s completely fine and safe. Here, users must take care that while updating an old tool to its latest version; it may happen that all the files of the older versions are not immediately replaced by the new ones. Later, you may need to remove those left old files manually.

Am I running the hardware test/anti-virus test on my Mac? For Intel based Macs, user can choose to run hardware test which is able to report any flaw encountered while testing. To read more about the hardware test visit Apple.com/KB/HT1509. Same goes with the anti-virus test, although a Mac user may not accept if his machine is vulnerable to viruses and all, but for the machine’s safety, download a free anti-virus from the Internet and launch the scan. However, past malicious activities on Mac can’t be ignored and lets not presume that Macs are 100% safe. (Yeah, they are less targeted by hackers, as hackers seems to be more interested in penetrating PCs)

Run Disk utility maintenance for individual volumes and HDD: Launch Disk-Utility, one stop solution for all Macs, and select volumes, hard drives to run verification of the disk and permissions. The verification report either ends with ‘OK‘ or with some errors highlighted in Red color. If somehow, disk utility fails to fix the errors found on the drive (May happen in worse drive corruption case), use Installation disk to verify and repair permissions on the drive.

How frequently should I use Activity Monitor to keep an eye on the memory consumption: Yes, with the help of the Activity Monitor on Mac, the memory consumption by an application can be monitored and you can know whether the application is consuming more than required space/power/RAM from the Mac OS X. Take widgets for example, they tend to run in background without the knowledge of the user and unnecessarily use the memory.

How can I locate and clean junk files? All the details of the activity done on Mac, browsers are stored in the form of caches and log files. Although, nature of such files may not be harmful for the OS X performance, but few cache files are large in size resulting in occupying huge amount of space on the Mac drive. You can locate such temporary files in the library folder of the Mac. Trash them to save drive space. Deleting Internet cache files may result into slow INTERNET browsing experience.

How can I fasten my browsing experience: Although it has nothing to do with the hard drive space, but many users do face problem in accessing videos on sites. To overcome this problem, open a video site (say YouTube.com) and select a video for buffering, right-click the mouse to view the flash player information. An older version of flash will make the video browsing pathetic, update the flash accordingly, and enjoy playing videos smoothly than before.

Bio: This post is written by Vishal. Other than the above tips, there are hundreds of speed up tools for slow Macs which can be used to fasten Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion version of Mac OS.

Apple Maps soon to be launched on Intel based Macs

There have been recent rumours regarding Apple launching its own Apple Maps app for the Mac. In the new maps apps for iOS there has been a new Avenir typeface . Apple has also displayed its turn by turn navigation system, 3D flyover mode and a completely new Yelp integration.

According to some sources some interesting  evidence of soon to be launched Apple Maps.

Apple Maps for Mac might be using a feature called shading feature but the Shading feature could prove to a problem for older Intel chipsets, which would not support the Apple Maps Shading feature.

Till now there is no such strong evidence of Apple working full fledgedly on Apple Maps but there is a certain chances of being integration between some core apps and features in Mountain Lion and Maps on iOS. There are chances of location features in iPhoto integrating with iOS.

There has been no certain date of release of Apple Maps for Mac but according to rumours its going to be launched later this year. We would research about the same and keep you updated with the news if we discover some.

Via – 9to5mac

 

Apps now taking advantage of the Retina Display that Macs have

Apple has just updated the Final Cut pro and Aperture.

Adobe is working on a brand new photoshop.

Autodesk is working on a new AutoCAD.

 

Macbook Pro has a retina display now

Next-gen Macbook pro by Apple

Macbook Pro updated by Apple

Macbook Air updated by Apple

Apple shows off Mumbai in its WWDC 2012 keynote

Intel launches new 22nm Ivy Bridge processors (finally!)

Intel has finally launched its new breed of Ivy Bridge (Sandy Bridge) processors, bringing along some delightful features in the package. The new 3D transistor chip, measuring just 22-nano-meter in size, is touted to be more efficient than the bigger Sandy Bridge processors it is replacing, and will also make its way into future Apple Macs. The new chip, which will add improved A/V, USB 3.0 support, and much more will initially be available in 13 quad-core models, in both the i5 and i7 versions, and, according to Intel, will launch in lower end i3 and i5 models later this Spring.

Configurator for Mac is your iOS hotspot

Apart from all the crazy announcements (briefed here and here) at the Apple event yesterday, there was another knight in shining armor that came out of Cupertino — Configurator app for Mac. Immediately compared to the Windows/Mac configuration utilityConfigurator for Mac turns out to be a much simpler affair, allowing users to administer many iOS devices at a time like in a school or business setting. In simpler words, it acts as your iOS devices hotspot. Detailed information below:

Apple Configurator makes it easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a school, business, or institution.

Three simple workflows let you prepare new iOS devices for immediate distribution, supervise devices that need to maintain a standard configuration, and assign devices to users. Quickly update 30 devices at a time to the latest version of iOS, configure settings, and install apps and data for your students, employees, or patrons.

Apple Configurator can be used by larger organizations and businesses to set up new devices, install enterprise apps, and enroll each device with a Mobile Device Management solution for remote management by an IT administrator. It is perfect for the classroom or student lab where devices need to be quickly refreshed and kept up to date with the correct settings, approved policies, apps and data. Apple Configurator can also be used to personalize devices with data and documents for specific users.

Prepare devices
• Configure up to 30 devices at a time
• Update devices to the latest version of iOS
• Create and restore a backup of settings and app data from one device to other devices
• Import apps into Apple Configurator and sync them to new devices*
• Use the built-in editor to create and install iOS configuration profiles
• Enroll devices with your Mobile Device Management solution for remote management

Supervise devices
• Organize supervised devices into custom groups
• Automatically apply common configurations to supervised devices
• Quickly reapply a configuration to a supervised device and remove the previous user’s data
• Import apps into Apple Configurator and sync them to supervised devices*
• Define and apply common or sequential names to all devices
• Restrict supervised devices from syncing with other computers

Assign devices
•Add users and groups manually or autopopulate via Open Directory or Active Directory
• Check out a device to a user and restore the user’s settings and data on that device
•Check in a device from a user and and back up the data for later use, possibly on a different device
• Apply custom text, wallpaper, or the user’s picture to a device’s Lock screen
• Import and export documents between your Mac and Apple Configurator
• Sync documents between assigned devices and Apple Configurator

* Installing paid apps from the App Store requires redemption codes from the Volume Purchase Program for Education or Business. The Volume Purchase Program is not available in all regions.