Software for Mac Lost Data Rescue-Protect Your Mac Hard Drive Data Away from Data Loss Problem

help in lost file rescueOne of the nightmares that Mac user doesn’t want to suffer is a crash to the Mac hard drive. It is not a good experience especially if you haven’t backup for your important files or data.

Luckily, there are several ways to recover data on Mac that is not functioning properly. They include repairing the hard drive and using applications that are designed to recover files. When looking for data recovery software Mac computer users have several options.

Some operating system versions have a backup utility. If you configure it well you should be able to get the data back after the hard drive has been damaged. If your machine is covered under the warranty you can have the data recovered for you by the manufacturer. You can also look for professionals who can repair you drive.

There are several reasons why files become corrupt or lost in systems that use the Mac operating system. They include Virus and Trojan attacks, volume header corruption, bad sectors and problems with the disk initialization. Other problems are caused by block corruption of the master directory as well as node corruption of catalog files.

There are many programs for this purpose. The process of extracting files from a damaged drive can last from a few hours to several days depending on the extent of the damage. For the best results it is advisable to research on the best program to use.

The chances of recovering your files successfully are high if you know the best application to use. There are many factors to consider before buying recovery software. You should read the user manual before making the purchase. By going through the technical specifications you should be able to tell whether the program is compatible with the Mac operating system you are using.

Another important factor to consider is the type of drives that are supported. The best applications are able to recover files from all USB, IDE, SATA and SCSI drives. A good software should also recover partitions. If you lost some data because of a formatted partition, you should be able to retrieve it if you choose the right application.

If you are looking for lost emails you should look for the appropriate application. It is important to research about the type of files that a program is able to recover. Files range from documents to music and videos. Most reliable programs have demo versions that users can use to preview the capabilities. You can use the demo version to preview the files that are recoverable. If you are not satisfied with the demo it is advisable to move on to another application.

It is important to buy a program that has a money back guarantee. This means that you should be refunded if you do not get your files back for any reason. If you consider the above factors you should an application that is worth every coin. When in need of data recovery software Mac computer users have many options to choose from.

Backup Tips and Notes for Apple Products

what should be careful when back up filesRule 1:  All hard disk drives fail, even SSDs, so a backup is essential.

Rule 2: Updating you backup does not have to be a chore.

Rule 3: Syncing to the cloud is not enough.

Rule 4: You are really only protected if you have at least 2 separate backups.

The data loss problem also happen on your iOS device. Have you upgraded to iOS 7 yet? It was released to UK users at on Wednesday 18 September 2013.  Did you backup first?  If you are not sure you have a backup or if it is up to date open iTunes and under devices it will tell you where you are backing up to and when was the last backup made.  It will be either to your Mac or to iCloud. An import note about the backup, it does not include all your photos, music or documents.

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The List of the Essential Mac Apps for Your Mac

There’s no shortage of useful, interesting apps for the Mac, but some of them you just can’t live without. In this article, we’re highlighting the best downloads for better productivity, communication, media management, and more.

Alfred

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Last year, Quicksilver was our pick here, but since Alfred recently picked up a feature-rich update and some great new automation features, we’ve crowned it as our favorite application launcher for Mac. It’s free and worth a download on its own, but if you have the itch to do some automation and serious tweaking, the $27 Powerpack is worth every penny. If you’re new to Alfred, this beginner’s guide to using it—and all of its hidden features—is worth a look, and will probably be enough reason for you to download it on its own. Once you’re familiar with it, check out this massive list of workflows you can automate with Alfred. If you’re familiar with an prefer completely free, Quicksilver is still available, and still great.

Notational Velocity and/or Simplenote

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Notational Velocity has earned its massive fan-following. It has just the right number of features required to help you take quick notes and get back to them later, without a whole bunch of fluff or other bloat that you don’t need. It syncs with other services (namely Simplenote or Dropbox) and is still one of our favorite syncing note-takers. If Notational Velocity is too much for you, consider the lighter alternative, NVAlt, which includes tons of additional features. However, if you want to go right to the source, Simplenote’s Mac app has come a long long way since we last looked it over, and is worth your attention if you’re just syncing there anyway (or use Simplenote’s mobile apps.)

Evernote

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If you’ve been reading more post on our site for any amount of time, you know we love Evernote and once you get the hang of it, it can be extremely powerful. You can use it to keep notes, make to-do lists, create reminders, make a recipe book, save travel plans and itineraries, and pretty much anything else you can think of. It’s powerful and feature rich for some, daunting and overwhelming for others. Some might prefer the simple comforts of previously-mentioned Notational Velocity, but it all depends on your needs and how you like to work.

Chrome

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Which web browser is the best is a matter of opinion, but it’s our opinion that Chrome is your best, fastest option. It’s fast, functional, and syncs everything across your computers (including iOS or Android devices with Chrome mobile). Safari certainly has iCloud in its pocket, and Firefox is a great option if you use Firefox on other computers (or on Android), but Chrome is available everywhere. Both Safari and Firefox are good browsing tools, but if you want to sync up across devices Chrome is your best option.

Skype

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The best thing about Skype for the Mac is that just about everyone has a Skype account, so it’s probably the easiest way to get a hold of someone via video or voice chat. It’s easy to use, and while it’s definitely a heavy install, it exists on just about every platform, everywhere. It’s far from perfect, but the Mac version has seen stability improvements over the last year. If you’re not a fan of Skype or just don’t want the extra software, Google+ Hangouts is a fantastic, web-based alternative, and Apple’s built-in Facetime is great if all of your friends are also OS X or iOS users.

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Basic to-do apps for iPhone and iPod touch

Back when the original iPhone was released, in June 2007, one of the most frequent complaints was that it didn’t include a program for keeping track of tasks and to-dos.

We’re still waiting for iCal’s to-do lists to find their way onto the iPhone. But the good news is that with the release of the iPhone 2.0 software and the App Store, third-party vendors can (partially) fill that void.

I decided to focus on the first group—basic list managers—as I suspect that most iPhone owners will be more than satisfied by a simple app for tracking lists of to dos. Specifically, I looked atChores, Dobot Todos, Lists, Lists (yes, two apps with the exact same name), My Lists, myTo-Dos with email, Tanjas Checklist, Tasks, and To Do.

List limitations

Before I get to my impressions, I should point out a couple major caveats that apply to most to-do and task-management programs available for the iPhone. First, none take advantage of Leopard’s Calendar Store technology, which means none sync directly with your to-do lists on your Mac—in iCal or in Mail. And although some we’ll be covering later do sync with online services, none of those services sync directly with OS X. In other words, there are currently no to-do-list apps that can sync with your existing to-do lists in iCal or Mail.

Second, unless a particular app is a client for an online service and can back up your tasks online, or has a Mac OS X version that can sync with the iPhone, all your to-do data is stored on the iPhone, within the app itself. So if you ever delete the app from the phone, your to-do lists are deleted, as well. (Similarly, if your phone ever has a problem that requires you to restore it, and iTunes is unable to restore your data from its backup—something that’s happened to me numerous times—that data is gone for good.)

Chores 1.0

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TapeShow’s $5 Chores —which gets its name from the app’s term for tasks—provides an attractive interface for keeping multiple, simple to-do lists. The main screen displays the name of each list along with the total number of tasks and the number of completed tasks in each. You add new lists by tapping on the plus (+) button and then typing the name of the item; similarly, you add a new task to a list by taping the Add Chore button while viewing that list. Both completed and pending tasks are displayed; to get rid of a completed task you use the iPhone’s familiar swipe-delete action.

While using Chores, I liked the little touches that make it more efficient. For example, when creating a new list, instead of tapping an OK button to confirm your action, you get options to Add This List And Return Home or Add This List And Create Chore. Similarly, when creating a task, you get options to add the task and immediately create another or to add the task and return to the main screen. You can also assign a new task to any list, not just to the list you’re currently browsing. (Although I wish Chores defaulted to the current list, rather than to the first list alphabetically; too often I accidentally assigned new tasks to the wrong list.)

On the other hand, despite these useful conveniences, Chores lacks many features found in the other task-tracking apps covered here. For example, you can’t include notes with tasks, e-mail tasks or lists, or move a task from one list to another. Chores also doesn’t support schedules or priorities (although you can manually reorder items within a list). And despite having fewer features, it’s more expensive than the three apps below.

What kept Chores on my list, in addition to its attractive interface, is that the developer promises a Mac OS X version of Chores in August; according to TapeShow, the iPhone and OS X versions will synchronize your lists, filling a major hole in the iPhone’s to-do-list functionality (and likely earning Chores a higher rating).

Dobot Todos 0.1

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The best of the free to-do apps for iPhone, Aria Haghighi’s Dobot Todos features a plain-as-text interface, but one with a good number of useful features. Tap the plus (+) buttons to create a new list and to create new tasks within lists. You can assign a priority (Low, Medium, or High, represented by one, two, or three horizontal bars, as shown in the screenshot here) and a due date to each task, as well as include a note with details about the task. When viewing a list, you can sort by priority, due date, or creation date, and you can opt to view all tasks, just unfinished tasks, or just those tasks due today. You delete a task permanently by swiping.

On the other hand, a few standard to-do-list features are missing. For example, you can’t rename a list once it’s created, nor can you move tasks between lists. You also can’t e-mail a task or a list. Finally, Dobot Todos’ features require quite a bit of tapping and typing to use.

My Lists 0.1

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Paze Inc.’s $2 My Lists is the most visually appealing of the basic list apps I tested, and includes the clearest instructions (in the form of pre-configured lists of information that appear the first time you launch the program). Like the other apps, you create new lists using the standard plus (+) button, but I like that My Lists provides a larger, easy-to-tap button for adding items within lists. Both completed and pending tasks are displayed in lists, though you can delete entries permanently using swipe-delete or Edit mode.

Each task you create can include a text note, and My Lists is the only app here that lets you email lists—including task notes—to yourself or other people. You can manually reorder lists and tasks within each list; however, you can’t move tasks between lists, and you can’t schedule tasks.

A feature I really liked is the ability to add one of 18 color icons to a list by tapping on the list’s info arrow rather than on the list name. I found that when I had many lists, these icons made it easier to quickly find a particular one; for example, as you can see in the screenshot above, my Groceries list has a grocery-cart icon.

Tanjas Checklist 1.0

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Volker Funke’s $2 Tanjas Checklist —which, confusingly, appears as Checklistson the iPhone’s Home screen—has a few unique features that make it the best choice if you tend to re-use lists. The first is Items, a list of all tasks (or, for shopping, products) you’ve ever included in a list; the Items list comes pre-filled with a good number of sample items. The second is Templates, which are predefined lists of tasks/items; two templates, Business Trip and Supermarket, are included as starters, but you can edit these and create your own.

When you create a new list, you can choose a template to use as a starting point; if you do, your list is automatically filled with the Items from that template. For example, whenever my family goes to Costco, we buy eggs, tortillas, bread, and several other staples; I created a Costco template that I use when making our shopping list. You can add items to, or remove them from, a template-started list as needed.

The Items feature comes into play when you add items to a list. Instead of a text field, Checklists displays this Items screen; tap an existing item to add it to the current list. If you want to add a task/item not shown, you tap on the plus (+) button to create a new Item; this item is added to the current list, but is also added to Items for future use. The Items feature is useful for tasks/items you end up using frequently, since you have to type them only once; in the future, you just choose them from the Items screen. On the other hand, the Items feature is a bit of a hassle for one-time or infrequent tasks, as it requires an extra step and then leaves those tasks in your Items list. (You can delete them if they bug you.)

What to do?

After testing these apps (and the others that didn’t make the the cut—Lists, Lists, myTo-Dos with e-mail, Tasks, and To Do), I was disappointed to find that there wasn’t a single program that includes all the “essential” features of a basic to-do-list app without adding several additional layers of GTD or project-management complexity. Which means that if you’re looking for a simple task manager, you’ll have to decide for yourself which features are the most important. I found myself using My Lists for traditional to-do task tracking, and Tanjas Checklist for shopping lists, although if you want to be able to schedule tasks—or if you’re just looking for a free option—Dobot Todos is the way to go.

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Useful Software for Your iPad

It took a little while for the apps to come into their own, but we’re at a place now where the iPad has nearly as good of a selection of apps as the iPhone. Now, it’s harder than ever to find apps that are worthwhile. Let us save you some time with this collection of the best iPad apps. Now, let’s check it out.

Mailbox or Evomail

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When it comes to email, you have a billion options on the iPhone, but things are slightly more limited on the iPad. Which option is best for you really depends on what you need. For a brand new approach to dealing with email, we like Mailbox, and the iPad version is really well done. If a more traditional approach to email is more your bag, we like Evomail because it keeps things simple. Evomail is not perfect, but it’s free, and worth a look.

Feedrly

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Reading RSS feeds on your iPad is great, and it’s a great way to use your iPad to get things done. To that end, we really like Feedly as a RSS reader if you’re using the Feedly service now that Google Reader is dead. With it, you can easily browse your feeds, bookmark your favorites, and do just about everything you can with the desktop version.

Instapaper, Pocket, or Readability

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Bookmarking services are great on the desktop, but they really excel on the iPad. Save articles wherever you find them, and you get access on your phone so you can read when you’re bored. Each service has its own set of benefits and downsides, but they’re all terrific and look fantastic on the iPad. So, pick one and run with it.

Drafts

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We adore Drafts as a note-taking app because it manages to blend simplicity with a ton of power user options. Drafts operates as a central hub for all your text notes, and it works with pretty much every other service around. For example, if you’re a fan of Simplenote, you can use Drafts to write up a quick note and send it to Simplenote right in the app. Prefer Evernote? Drafts can instantly export there as well. Drafts is about the quick capture of notes and ideas, and it’s incredibly good at doing both. Drafts also syncs up across devices, so everything you do on your iPad will sync up with your iPhone.

Wunderlist

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Like email apps, you have a billion options for to-do apps on the iPhone, but the iPad is a bit more limited. That said, we’re huge fans of Wunderlist, and it’s great on the iPad. The iPad version is easy to use and Wunderlist looks fantastic on the big screen.

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The Must Have Apps for Your iPhone

Apps make the iPhone the powerful little device that it is. And Here are ten apps I want every iPhone owner to know exist.

Picking ten essential iPhone apps isn’t easy, especially considering there are dozens of excellent apps, and hundreds of very good ones. Beyond the most highly acclaimed apps are ones that fit different personality types or special interest groups. I, for one, love language-learning apps and fitness apps, but I recognize that they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. Rather, this list aims to hit the most important apps that are applicable to just about everybody.

Awesome Note (+Todo/Calendar)

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Awesome Note (+Todo/Calendar) is among the best multi-purpose task management apps in the App Store. It gives serious list makers and task masters utilitarian tools to help them keep track of ideas and chores, and graphical customizations at nearly every turn. With customizable alerts, repeat settings, a handy calendar, and the ability to sync with Google Drive and Evernote, Awesome Note is hands-down the to-do app worth buying.

Dashlane

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Dashlane is a simple and elegant password manager app for iPhone. As with any password manager, you need to set one strong password for your Dashlane account, and all other passwords can be generated (on a computer or laptop) and saved automatically to your account. From the iPhone app, you can access your login credentials and even copy and paste the encrypted passwords into apps and mobile websites when you need to use them. The app is free to download and use, but you’ll hit some a few limitations with the free version. A Premium account costs $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year and includes syncing, which is a vital part of the service if you use the iPhone app. (Some legacy users are grandfathered into getting syncing with a free account.) Most importantly, Dashlane is extremely secure, keeping your information private and encrypted.

LinkedIn

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LinkedIn remains one of the most important online networks for professionals to join. The thorough iPhone app helps you stay on top of business relationships, job opportunities, and other career-related events like no other app. Having access to your professional network and all the details of those important relationships at your fingertips when en route to a meeting or while at a large conference is invaluable. The LinkedIn iPhone app is an essential tool for business professionals no matter which industries are the core focus of their work.

EasilyDo

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EasilyDo connects to your email accounts, social media accounts, and other online spaces, then asks if you want it to automate simple tasks that you might need to do, such as post a “happy birthday” message to a Facebook friend or add contact details to your address book of someone new who has just emailed you. Some of my favorite tasks are package tracking (after you purchase an item online and receive a shipping number) and saving the contact information of a new person who has emailed you to your iPhone Contacts.

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The Best To-do App for Your Mac

We spend a good majority of our lives completing tasks. Whether that’s buying groceries or finishing assignments or scheduling projects, keeping everything straight and getting things done in the most time effective way possible can sometimes be a task in and of itself. If you’re a Mac user, there are lots of apps available that can help you organize the chaos. Most even have iOS counterparts to keep you productive on the go too. Todo apps can come with a high price tag, however, so it can be hard to decide on which one to go with. Here are our current favorite todo apps for Mac and the workflows they’re best suited for.

Omnifocus

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Omnifocus by the Omni Group has the most features and organization options of any todo app avialable for either Mac or iOS. You can attribute this largely to the amount of customizations and sort options you’re given. Omnifocus supports projects, contexts, due dates, flags, and more. A task can have a context attached to it as well as be a part of a project and an organizational folder. The search and sort features of Omnifocus let you drill town to broad or very specific filters. There isn’t any tag support but with all the other sort and search options you’re given, I doubt you’d even miss them.

If you want power and flexibility and aren’t afraid of a steep learning curve, get Omnifocus.

Todo

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Todo by Appigo has a great interface, is easy to use, and gives you a section for lists, contexts, and tags. The main view separates the tasks you have coming up into several sections including overdue, today, tomorrow, next 7 days, and future. You can customize the view to show more or less information for each task. Expanded views give you a quick glimpe at not only due date but any contexts or tags you have attached to tasks. You can also customize your Focus list. By default it hides tasks due after tomorrow but you can easily change it within settings.

If you have a hard time prioritizing tasks and want a quick way to see what needs your immediate attention and what can wait until later, get Todo.

Things

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Things by Cultured Code is easy to pick up and start using. From the way it’s laid out to how you can configure options, it’s works just the way you expect it to. Things can also tie into the native Reminders app for Mac and iOS and import items into Things, which means using Siri to create tasks becomes an option. The Today and Next Focus lists show what tasks you have due dates for. Scheduled shows you anything you have that is recurring. Another feature called Areas that lets you create virtual workspaces for different categories.

If you want ease of use and Siri integration for creating tasks and reminders, get Things.

Wunderlist

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Wunderlist is available for pretty much every platform. Like many other task apps, Wunderlist features an Inbox that lets you dump tasks there until you’re ready to categorize. While Wunderlist doesn’t support contexts, it does have support for a very smart search including keywords and the names of teammates attached to a task. The free version of Wunderlist function more as a scaled down task app while the Pro version supports tons of collaboration features and attachment support for a nominal monthly fee.

If you need to share lists, collaborate with others on items, and attach media to tasks, get Wunderlist.

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Some Useful Mac Apps to Increase Your Productivity

Years ago, one of the criticisms lobbed at the Mac platform was that when it comes to software, there just isn’t much out there.

Any Mac user will know that that stopped being true a long time ago, but in the last five or six years especially, the Mac as a platform has undergone a sort of software renaissance. Not only are the big mainstream programs available for the Mac (with the exception of games, where Windows still consistently rules the roost), but independent software developers have put out some of the most spectacular software available for any platform – much of it only available for the Mac.

I’m always trying to juggle lots of different projects and looking for the best ways to make my time and my work as efficient as possible, so I love productivity applications. I don’t quite have a GTD obsession, but I’m close.

For the Mac addicts and newcomers alike, I’ve compiled lots of my favorite Mac productivity applications. This list is by no-means exhaustive, so chime in with your favorites in the comments!

Task Management

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One of the most common types of productivity applications is the task manager. This is an app that can do anything from storing notes, integrating your calendar and to-do lists and popping up reminders and linking information. For many users seeking productivity bliss, the task management app is their productivity hub. The Mac has some great options, but here are 3 of the strongest (verified against an informal poll of my Twitter followers):

Things – Cultured Code’s Things was easily the top choice on my Twitter followers’ lists of “best Mac productivity app.” Not only is the interface gorgeous (it won a 2009 Apple Design Award), the app is both simple and powerful.

Not only can you manage all your tasks on the desktop, the fantastic Things iPhone app is a great way to keep track of your tasks while on the go, as well as a fantastic portable task manager and to-do list.

The Hit List – After Things, The Hit List won my impromptu Twitter poll. Like things, The Hit List is elegant, but powerful. If you participated in MacHeist this year, you got a copy of The Hit List, and as a task-manager, this is one of my favorites. It syncs with iCal, makes it easy to add lists and tasks, as well as attaching and organizing notes onto certain items, and it has an interface that is uncluttered and easy to use.

Information Organizers

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Shawn Blanc calls these kinds of applications “anything buckets” and I have to agree. Although you can use information organizers as task managers, they really excel at collecting and collating lots of different types of information for different projects.

So, you can have a way to store all the files associated with a project, all the pictures and the contact information of your co-workers, all in a way that is taggable and searchable.

Bento - Bento is from the FileMaker, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, Inc., so the interface and features of Bento naturally match and work with those of native Mac applications. Bento describes itself as a personal database program, and that’s true.

You can attach e-mail content directly to a Bento box, just by dragging and dropping, it automatically syncs and can integrate with your iCal and CalDAV calendars. You can also use it with Excel spreadsheets to view and search items and terms more easily. What’s more, there’s an excellent Bento iPhone app that works both independently and in conjunction with the original application.

Yojimbo – Yojimbo 2.0 was recently released and the application has gained some new features, but it remains pretty much the same tried and true information organizer. Drag information into Yojimbo and tag it – it’s searchable in Spotlight, you can find it in Yojimbo, and if you want to take the information or files out of Yojimbo, you just drag it out.

Calendars and Address Books

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Although Google integration for calendars and address book entries is built-into Mac OS X Leopard and improved with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, managing your calendars and address books across systems (or keeping them updated both in Google and on your Mac) can still be a challenge. For instance, when you sync Google calendars with your Mac, many times they are only read-only, and you only have the option to sync five calendars at a time – a real bummer if you have lots and lots of calendars. Additionally, the systems don’t always work together as well as they should.

Fortunately, there are a couple of great Mac apps that do the trick.

BusyCal – The successor in many ways to the fantastic BusySync, BusyCal is like iCal on steroids (BusyMac calls it “iCal Pro”). BusyCal lets you share your iCal calendars across a LAN (great for business users) and also lets you sync with Google Calendar (including the ability to edit Google Calendar events), without Google/Apple’s 5 calendar limitation and with the ability to sync with more than one device. If you just use OS X and you want to sync a calendar with both your iPhone and say a BlackBerry or another phone, you can’t – BusyCal lets you do this sort of syncing.

You also get the option to add weather reports, notes, graphics and other media into your iCal view. Very, very nice.

Spanning Sync – Spanning Sync does much of what BusySync does, but with the addition of Google Address book syncing too. OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard can be set to sync with your Google Address book, but as a former BlackBerry user, I quickly found the problem with this: if you are using another mobile phone (or want to sync multiple Google accounts), the whole thing breaks.

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List of Antivirus Software for Mac PC

Malware attacks targeting Macs should have made it abundantly clear that Mac owners can no longer go without an antivirus. The “security through obscurity” that many Mac users have relied on over the years just doesn’t stand up anymore (if it ever did). Fortunately, security vendors have made a wide variety of Mac solutions available. Most come from the familiar vendors who make the security software for your PCs; a few are Mac-specific. We’ve rounded up a dozen for your consideration.

Free Protection

mac-antivirus-1Given the long-time perception that Macs don’t need antivirus protection, you may not have budgeted for such a purchase. Don’t worry! Fully half of those we’ve rounded up here are free.

Norton’s iAntivirus (Free) is a lightweight model that specifically performs on-demand virus scanning, without on-access or scheduled scanning. On the plus side, it can detect and remove Windows malware as well as Mac-specific threats, so your Mac doesn’t serve as a carrier. Kaspersky Virus Scanner (for Mac) ($9.99 direct) isn’t quite free, but the price is low. It, too, detects both Mac and Windows threats and scans only on demand. Avira Free Mac Security (Free) detects both Mac and Windows malware, and does offer on-access and scheduled scanning.

Comodo Antivirus for Mac (Free) and Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition version 8 (Free) are straightforward solutions that scan on demand, on access, and on schedule. avast! Free Antivirus for Mac (Free) omits scheduled scanning, but does scan for threats in email.

ClamXav (Free) is a bit different from the rest. It relies on the open source ClamAV engine and aims to please the more technically inclined user. It does scan email, but in place of full on-access scanning it just scans each new file that appears.

Social Engineering Protection

Social engineering threats like phishing work by fooling the user, independent of the computer platform or operating system. Straight antivirus protection can’t do anything to block such an attack. However, quite a few Mac antivirus solutions include some type of Web reputation reporting, to steer users away from dangerous or fraudulent sites.

Website rating is a strong component in Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security for Mac ($49.95 direct) and Intego’s VirusBarrier 2013 ($49.95/year direct). Trend Micro checks over 50 million IP addresses daily and offers three levels of protection. Intego blocks fraudulent and malicious sites and also protects against Web-based attacks such as cross-site scripting and malicious JavaScript. Sophos’s latest edition blocks access to known malware-hosting sites and scans all downloads.

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac ($39.95 direct) focuses specifically on blocking access to fraudulent sites. The similar feature in avast! relies on user ratings to determine a site’s reputation. You can see at a glance whether the site is safe or dangerous, with an indication of how many votes support the rating. Users can also tag a site with specific safe or dangerous attributes.

Unusual Features

While quite a few of the Mac antivirus products stick to malware protection, others offer a range of additional security features. For example, Panda Antivirus for Mac($49.99 direct) can scan any iOS device that’s attached to your Mac.

mac-antivirus-2VirusBarrier and F-Secure Anti-Virus for Mac ($39.99 direct) both offer firewall protection along with antivirus. VirusBarrier also offers a private data protection feature, to help avoid inadvertent transmission of user-specified personal information. Trend Micro’s antivirus includes optional parental control features.

In general, Mac antivirus products don’t seem to update as often as their PC counterparts. Of the twelve products in this roundup, just four experienced significant updates: Panda, Sophos, Trend Micro, and VirusBarrier. VirusBarrier now scans for Windows malware passing through your Mac system, and Panda added scheduled scanning. Panda ditched the wildly unusual user interface for something just slightly tamer. And blocking malicious URLs is a new and useful feature for Sophos.

The field of Mac antivirus solutions spans a wide range of prices and of features. Choose the product that suits you best, but don’t take too long deciding.

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How to Protect Computer from Viruses Attack

prevent-computer-virus-2Computer viruses are harmful programs written intentionally to enter a computer without your permission or knowledge. These viruses are more than just a disaster as they can actually cause serious problem to your system, just as a biological virus can cause damage to your body. There are number of viruses such as memory resident viruses, boot sector viruses, Macro viruses etc. Some are just annoying and may cause a message to flash on your screen where as others are more malicious and can actually delete files necessary for you or to run your computer’s operating system.

Low-risk viruses can be removed manually by deleting certain files and changing your system registry setting. However, the same doesn’t apply to high-risk viruses. The excellent and most effective way to remove viruses is by using a dependable anti-virus application and running a complete scan of your computer. Follow the steps given below to run the antivirus software:

#Click on the Start button. Right-click ‘My Computer’ if you are using Windows XP OS or ‘Computer’ if you have Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating system. Now choose ‘Properties.’

#Click on ‘Performance’ and then ‘File System’. Now press on ‘Troubleshooting’ and select ‘Disable System Restore’. If you are using Windows Vista OS then click the link ‘System Protection’ which you can see on the left pane. Now click to remove the check mark next to your system drive i.e. C:\ drive and select ‘Turn System Restore Off.’ If you are using Windows 7 OS, click the button that says ‘Configure’ below the list of drives. Soon after, click on ‘Turn off system protection’ which can be seen under the sub-heading ‘Restore Settings.’ Now disable System Restore. It prevents the computer calling up an earlier version of the infected file.

6228-000620#Run your anti-virus application from the Start menu. Do complete scan of your computer. If at all you do not have an anti-virus program installed on your computer then install one immediately.

#Follow the on screen procedure to remove the viruses from your computer. If your antivirus software gives you an option to repair an infected file then do it immediately after the scan.

Hope this can help you to protect your computer from viruses. If you need more info about protecting computer data or operating system just view more tips on our site.

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The Best Free Software for Your Mac OS X

With the advent of “iDevices”, OS X has arguably become one of the fastest growing user bases in the last decade. Not only for graphic design and audio/video editors anymore, OS X, with its simplistic design, has caught the appeal of many more common users who want a system that just works.

One of the largest short fallings, however, is that enhanced functionality comes at a cost. Many software solutions for OS X are paid options that allow certain functionalities. The goal of this group is to break down that barrier and provide a large database of free software for OS X to enhance your Mac experience.

Ranging from comic book readers to programming editors, chess to media centers, our team has taken the time to review and recommend the best free software for Mac OS.

LibreOffice

best-mac-free-software-1“A prime choice when it comes to freeware office suites. For both the average and the more advanced user the writer is easy to use and very productive, and it offers all the tools they will ever need. The spreadsheet editor, just like the writer, is very easy to understand. All modules of LibreOffice are spectacular alternatives for those who don’t wish to fork out the big bucks.”

Calibre

best-mac-free-software-2“An open source eBook library management application supports extensive file conversions, with the ability to convert over thirteen document formats into EPUB, PDF and MOBI formats for use on popular eBook-readers like the SONY PRS 500/505/700, Cybook Gen 3, Amazon Kindle (1 and 2) and the iPhone (with the stanza reader software).

You can also set up Calibre to fetch news from websites and RSS feeds and convert it into a compatible format, so you can load up your eBook-reader with information from your favorite sites. There’s even a built-in web server so you can access your eBook collection remotely. It even has a cover-flow browsing feature for your books.”

PDFsam

best-mac-free-software-4“PDFsam (PDF Split and Merger) is well worth trying if you need to visually re-order or recompose multiple pages of PDF files.

You can mix, merge or extract, split and rotate pages by specifying the page numbers. However, PDFsam also lets you re-organize PDF pages in a thumbnail view. In this mode, you can easily work with thumbnails to merge, delete, rotate or re-order PDF pages and save the results as another PDF file.”

GnuCash

best-mac-free-software-5“If you are looking for a quick education in double entry accounting, look no further than GnuCash. It will ease you into the “Assets = Liabilities + Equity” accounting equation and help you keep tabs of your budget without using the categories commonly used in commercial personal finance applications.

It also allows you to create various accounts in each category and a full suite of standard and customizable reports.”

GanttProject

best-mac-free-software-5“It is a very good project management tool and very usable for small to medium size projects, with a surprisingly good depth of features and accessories for a free product.

As its name suggest, it’s excellent for making Gantt charts, great for making logical and easy-to-understand development plans. One of the features I particularly liked was the ability to put in a percentage complete bar inside the timeline of that particular stage.”

Evernote

best-mac-free-software-6“An outstanding product provides you with an excellent solution to manage notes and snippets of information. You can create notes on the page, drag-and-drop or cut-and-paste them with material including text and images.

This application supports multiple notebooks. To help organize your notes, the program allows for attaching multiple tags to a note. You can then choose to enter your tags, in addition to any keywords, to search for the stored information, while you can also sort your notes easily by a column title in a list view.”

Conclusion

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Use Professional PDF Editor to Edit Your PDF File on Mac

Adobe invented the PDF file format to solve a problem that had dogged people for years: how to view and print documents if the user didn’t have the original software or fonts. It launched the Acrobat software which packaged documents into special .pdf files. Adobe then made Acrobat Reader (now simply known as Adobe Reader) completely free to download and use so people could open, read and print the files, but you needed the expensive Acrobat Professional to create and edit them.

In 2008 Adobe made the PDF file format an open standard and since then there has been an explosion of PDF-related software. Many programs can save documents in PDF format, but few can edit them directly.

What if you receive a document in PDF form and need to change it? Or you might save a file as a PDF but lose the original (editable) document through a disk or human error? In all of these situations you need a PDF editor.

Some PDF editors let you load and annotate PDF documents. The original content cannot be changed, but you can insert notes and comments, use a highlighter pen, strike through text, delete pages, fill out forms and so on. Many of these ‘editors’ are free and some are really good, but they don’t let you edit the original content. So, how to edit the PDF you want? I suggest you to have a try on the prefessional PDF editor software.

A Best PDF Editor-What Features It Should Has

As a good PDF editor, it should has the feature below:

Modify Text

Click and start typing-it’s that simple. Add, revise and delete text in 2 steps: Simply click Edit, then move your mouse over the text to start. Adjust font, size, color and more.

Edit Images

Editing images is easy as type. Insert, crop and delete images accurately at high speed. Even adjust image height and width.

Manage Pages

Keeping your PDF organized is easy. Add, delete, and extract pages to create new PDF, making it so simple to generate new informative documents without starting from zero.

Edit Watermarks

Watermarks can identify so much about a document at a glance, no matter what page you’re on. Insert, delete, and update a watermark across multiple pages to promote your organization or the document’s status.

Compress PDF Files

It’s very easy to compress your PDF file to a suitable size for uploading to the Internet, attaching in email or printing. There are preconfigured settings for the output PDF files. And you can also set the settings by yourself.

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Actually a good PDF editor not only has these ability but also has the ability to create or convert the PDF files. I just list some main features here, if you find you have the better ideas about the PDF editor you can share with us on this site. If you need more info about Mac file, for example, you need to learn more about Mac lost file recovery ’cause you just accidentally deleted some important files, you can keep viewing other post on our site.

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