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Create a Bootable Windows USB from a OS X to work on a PC

What I need to archive is Create a Bootable usb drive from Windows 7 iso image using a Mac running. Use the flash drive to boot and install windows on a PC (not Mac) What I'm looking for is an app ...
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What's a good iPhone app for playing MP3 music?

I have an extensive collection of video game music that I like to keep completely separate from my 'regular' music (which I use iTunes to sync w/ my iPhone and the stock Music.app to play). I'm ...
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Any iPhone apps for fine-resolution mapping?

I am trying to record tracks at a much finer scale than is possible with GPS, but hopefully using something simple and cheap, ideally an iPhone. The resolution for track data I am after is around ...
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What is the best media player for the mac (besides .mov - e.g., .mp3, .wmv, .avi, .mpg, etc)

I've recently switched from PC to Mac, so I'm slowly building a library of useful utilities. So, any recommendations for the best generic media player? On the PC - I've found the VLC player to be ...
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Can I watch 1080p torrents while downloading?

Most large torrent files (8-20 gb) take quite a while to download. Is there software for Mac OS X that allows me to watch them while downloading?
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What are the best disk cloning tools?

Money is no object. I want a bit for bit perfect copy of a hard drive/partition which is bootable (is either possible) to be used in a backup regimen. I have heard of some tools but your ...
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Mac OS X: How to merge pdf files in a directory according to their file names

I want to merge several hundred pdf files in a directory automatically according to their file names. E.g. The files 1000.1.pdf 1000.2.pdf 1000.3.pdf 1000.x.pdf should be merged into 1000.pdf and ...
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Is there a Terminal-like app for iOS?

I am looking for an app that has some of the same functionality (ssh specifically) as the Terminal application on the desktop. What different apps exist for iOS that have this functionality?
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Mouse Pointer Locator

Due to a stroke, I have had some vision impairment in that I sometimes have a hard time locating my mouse pointer on the screen. I have tried making the mouse pointer larger which helps but is still ...
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How can I rip my DVD to play them on my TV?

I would like to rip a DVD on to Mac then onto a multimedia device to play them on my TV set. Is there a software that will help me to do so?
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Alternative activity monitors for OS X?

I’m a bit intrigued by the new detailed activity monitors and progress indicators in Windows 8 (copying files, the task monitor, network activity, etc.) It got me thinking: surely there must be some ...
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Is there an app that creates a system-wide audio equalizer?

I like using iTunes' equalizer, but that only works in iTunes. I'm looking for some software that lets me apply a global, system-wide equalizer to Mac OS X. The app (or pref pane, etc.) would let me ...
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What programs exist to find and delete “orphan files” left after deleting an Application?

I have transferred my system from Mac to Mac for over 15 years. I have preference files and other plists lurking around in my system for programs I tested years ago. Is there a smart program that ...
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Is there any Mac OS X software I could use to learn keyboard shortcuts? [duplicate]

I saw a program on Windows that helped the user learn keyboard shortcuts in various applications by reminding there is a shortcut every time he used a mouse to particular task. Is there some similar ...
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What is the best icon creator for mac? [closed]

I'm new to mac, I used to use Axialis IconWorkshop on Windows. So I want to know what's the best icon creator for mac?
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CD digital audio ripping tool for OS X that has accurate extraction, error detection, and verbose reporting?

I'm almost ready to say I have found a good OS X replacement for every piece of software I use on Windows (excluding some Windows development tools), but there's still this gap to fill: For CD ...
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What is a good program for timing activities?

I am looking for a program to time projects and activities, both computer- and real life-based, allowing me to tell him to start and stop timing this or that activity, in a very light, background, ...
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Remote Desktop for Mac OS X

Is there any remote desktop solution for Mac? I don't mean a VNC where one can only manage the computer using the logged user on the computer. I want to be able to use my Mac at home using GUI with my ...
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A jabber chat client that displays a list of rooms?

I'm on OS X 10.6.6, and I've tried Adium and iChat, but neither are iChat isn't capable of showing a list of available rooms anywhere on our company chat server. Does anyone know of a Jabber chat ...
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Replacement RSS reader for Mountain Lion, integrated with Notification Center?

I am looking for a recommendation for a replacement RSS reader for Mountain Lion. I have used RSS feeds in Mail.app for semi-important alerts, like maintenance announcements from my webhost or new ...
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Anyone know of a timecard app that uses GPS?

I'd like to log the hours I'm at work using the GPS on my iPhone. (It'd start logging when I get to work, then stop when I leave for lunch, etc) If possible, I'd like to be able to log the time at ...
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What's the best way to extract audio from a video file?

I am a huge fan of HandBrake. It is the epitomé of simple. Select a video file (or DVD), select a preset, select an output path, click Start. A certain amount of time later relative to the ...
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Is there an audio player with waveform seekbar?

I'm looking for a player with seekbar that displays the waveform of the playing song, like http://foobar2000.org + http://foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_wave_seekbar Specifically, a seekBar is an ...
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OSX: Is there a built-in scheduler program?

I would like to schedule a task to execute with parameters at a specific time/date in the future. Does OS X include any such tool (even if it's command-line)? If not, are there any free or relatively ...
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Application for managing a pdf document library

I'm looking for an application that can help manage a library of pdf documents. I prefer open source (or just free beer), but that's not absolutely essential. I am aware of calibre and use it often ...
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How can I automatically keep track of in-office hours when I connect to my office Wi-Fi?

I'm looking for a solution that starts a timer whenever I sign in to my office wifi and stops it when I've left. It should essentially log the hours I've spent at the office. I'm aware that there's ...
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Is there a .eml email file viewer that can also save attachments?

I'm looking for a free .eml file viewer to just read email files and for extracting attachments. I don't want to use Mail.app as it requires account setup - when I click on a .eml file Mail.app opens ...
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Good Newsgroup Client for OS X

I've just switched to OS X and am struggling to find a good, easy to use, and preferably free/cheap newsgroup reader. Does anyone have any good suggestions?
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How can I remotely send an SMS message through my Mac from my iPhone?

Is there an application for Mac OS X which would allow me to remotely send SMS messages through my iPhone? Ideally, just a simple application or maybe a full screen remote application like TeamViewer. ...
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How can I move my data to the new harddrive?

So I am planning to upgrade my Macbook pro's harddrive to a SSD. I don't know much Mac OS X tools, so I was wondering if anyone could let me know how I can copy my entire harddrive (including OS) to ...
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OS X Package Management

I'd like to know if anyone out there has done a comprehensive comparison of the various package manager solutions available for OS X. More specifically, I'm looking for: A list of all the major ...
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What's a good iPhone app that will let me view files on my network?

I'm looking for an app which provides functionality similar to Apple Finder's "SHARED" feature, or Microsoft Windows Explorer's Network Neighborhood. Basically, I should be able to use my iPhone to ...
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What is the best key remapper tool?

I use international keyboards which have ` (~ with shift) next to Z key. I'm used to having `/~ key next to 1 (currently, this key produces § or ± with shift, which I don't use at all). My goal is to ...
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AutoHotkey Equivalent for OS X?

Is there an equivalent product/method for AutoHotkey. For those that don't know, its a product that allows you to program your mouse movements and keyboard. This allows me to "macro" certain functions ...
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How can I keep apps “always on top” in Lion?

With past versions of OSX, I used Afloat, but ever since I moved to Lion, it stopped working for programs like Evernote & Chrome. Does anyone have a suggestion for a program that will let me keep ...
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Is there software that implements John Siracusa's Spatial Finder concept?

Grumbling about how Apple wrecked the Finder when switching to OS X has been going on since OS X was first released. It's been ten years since John Siracusa outlined exactly how the Finder ought to ...
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How to hide or remove useless network names from the wifi menubar icon

I have obnoxious neighbors that think its funny to use offensive words for their SSIDs. I would like to remove those SSIDs from, at a minimum, the wifi menubar icon. If its easier, hiding/removing ...
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Looking for the ultimate IDE for Mac

I am a little disenchanted with development on the Mac right now. I need a single IDE that can handle all of my development needs. I did notice there are other questions on this topic already, but ...
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Any free software for writing HTML?

I've written some Objective-C in Xcode before, but I can't find any free software for writing HTML! I need to create a small website for an online course I'm taking, and figured that HTML is the way ...
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Is there an iPhone App for reading PDF files?

After having used Eucalyptus and Stanza apps on my iPhone, I really can't read printed books while traveling any more. What similar app can I use to transfer, store and read my own pdf files on my ...
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Are there viable and cheaper alternatives to Photoshop?

Is there any software like Photoshop that can also open .PSD files? I don't need an enterprise / extremely feature laden editor, but I do wish to have the following required features at a price point ...
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What are some Textmate alternatives that have the completion key feature?

I am slowly beginning to fear the worst with Textmate and the impending release of Lion and how stable Textmate might be on it. So my question is, are there any Textmate alternatives out there that ...
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iPhone apps to keep a toddler amused in an 'emergency'?

Preferably free - kids shows / films from iTunes are an obvious one.
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Good simple Clipboard manager

I'm used to using Ditto on windows, and need something similar on my mac mini. Any Suggestions?
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Are there any features like Winamp's auto tag exist for iTunes?

It took me 3 months to ID3 Tag all of the MP3s (artist, album, released year, etc) in my iTunes library. It was annoying. I saw that Winamp solves this problem with an "Auto Tag" feature. Is there ...
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How to open (and read) .txt files using iPhone?

I have some notes (a few thousand lines) saved as .txt files on my computer and I was wondering if there is anyway I could export those notes to the iPhone, such that it is possible to read those ...
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Common Lisp on Mac OS X?

Is there a comparison between the different versions of Common Lisp for Mac OS X? Is there a clear frontrunner?
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How can I copy data from an external HDD that is about to fail?

I have an external HDD that is about to fail. I want to copy as much as I can to a new external HDD before it completely dies. I've been able to start copying files for a few minutes before the drive ...
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Recommendation for simple project/task time tracking app

I'm looking for a very simple app to allow me to track my time on particular user-defined projects or tasks. However, my requirement is slightly different to those in questions such as Is there a ...
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Is there a reliable, automatic subtitle downloader for Mac OS X?

On Ubuntu I use SMPlayer or SubDownloader, which both reliably retrieve subtitles from opensubtitles.org. SMplayer even does this automatically for the file you are currently viewing. So far I've ...