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What Window Management Options exist for OS X?

I'd like to do something with my windows on OS X, where something includes options like re-arranging, moving, re-sizing, remembering positions, cloning across Spaces, etc. What options exist? Rules ...
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Best app to switch between all open windows

After 4 years of being a Mac user, there is only one thing that I still miss from the Windows world, and that is being able to switch with a single keystroke between all open windows in the computer. ...
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Which OS X Applications do you find indispensable?

Please Search Prior To Posting! There are many applications already listed. In all likelihood, this includes the one you are thinking of. Please check the existing answers to avoid duplicates, and ...
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How can I export SMS text messages from my iPhone?

When answering this question, please note if the solution is: For Windows and/or Mac OS X users The price of the solution If you have successfully—and actually—used the solution How can I export SMS ...
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How to disable battery charging?

From the pmset man page: POWER SOURCE ARGUMENTS -g with a 'batt' or 'ps' argument will show the state of all attached power sources. […] Certain Apple battery calibration tools may ...
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How do I make windows save their position on screen after re-attaching a display?

When I attach a second monitor to my MacBook, I drag many windows onto it. When I detach the monitor, all the windows move back onto my MacBook's display. How can I make it so that when I re-attach ...
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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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How can I free up some disk space?

I'm about to run out of disk space, and I know I have a lot of junk on my macbook but I don't know how to find it to figure out how to delete it. Is there an easy command line way through terminal to ...
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Do any window managers allow me to snap windows to the sides of the display?

Can you recommend a Window Manager for the Mac? I would like to have a keyboard shortcut that would snap a windows to the left or right half of my screen.
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Snap feature for Mac?

Coming from Windows I have gotten extremely used to the Windows Snap feature, which resizes a window when it's dragged to the screen edges. However, it's not built into OS X. Are there any 3rd party ...
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Do you know a simple sound booster app for Mac?

Some videos on websites have the sound volume so low that even with all sound settings at maximum levels it's hard to listen. I'm looking for an app that would allow me to boost the Mac's volume. ...
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Any recommendations for a before&after software installation scanner/uninstaller?

I'm trying to decide on an uninstaller that does before and after system scans. So far, I've come across these three: CleanApp (syniumsoftware.com/cleanapp/) - which I saw someone recommend in this ...
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Which free alternatives to Little Snitch can I use to block internet traffic per applications?

Little Snitch can block internet traffic of a particular app. Can I do something similar without (paying) Little Snitch, either by using free alternatives or configuring the OS X firewall directly?
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Create a Bootable Windows USB from a OS X to work on a PC

What I need to achieve 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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Can I use a Mac Mini as an Airplay audio receiver?

I don't have an AppleTV (yet), but I do have a Mac Mini hooked up to some decent speakers. Is there something I can run on it, so that it acts like an Airplay audio receiver? (Video support isn't ...
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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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Partitioning Software

Is there an equivalent on the Mac platform to Partition Magic or GParted that will allow me to resize, move, and/or change partitions on the fly without formatting, or disturbing the data that is ...
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Can all music and playlists/ratings be transferred back from an iPod Touch to a PC?

How can I get my songs from my iPod Touch to my PC? Some of the songs were purchased through iTunes, and others were ripped from CDs. This is what happened: The iPod Touch was set up to sync with ...
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Can anyone recommend an app for creating flowcharts and diagrams?

I'm seeking a Mac app for creating basic flowcharts and similar diagrams. Google has been no help; I've followed dozens of links to apps that either don't exist anymore, I can't find any real ...
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What's a good graphical SFTP utility for OS X?

I need a small graphical utility, using which I can ssh to a server and see all the files and copy and paste (drag and drop) into my local machine. I am running Snow Leopard.
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What's a good SSH tunneling client for OS X?

I've been using SSH Tunnel manager to easily set up and stop port tunneling over SSH to various servers at my company. That saved me the pain of opening up a new terminal window which will hang out ...
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What orthodox file manager for OS X could I use?

I'm looking for a graphical file manager fro OS X, for console Midnight Commander is ok. I need two panels, function keys operations and preferably FTP and SCP support. Also, it would be great to be ...
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Can anyone recommend a programmers' editor?

I'm looking for a programmers' editor. I know Xcode and I use it for application programming but I'm looking for something that will: Syntax highlight PHP, SQL, Javascript (including jQuery) and CSS ...
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Are there any free alternatives to finder? [closed]

Relatively new to the Mac world, I still find the 'Finder' not really that user friendly. What free alternatives to Finder exist? *I mean really file browsers, not application launchers like ...
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Is there an image editor like Windows' Paint for OS X?

I tried out several image editors mentioned on this site but some of them (like Pixen and Seashore) were very disappointing. These apps were too simple and low level. What do you suggest for a (...
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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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OS X RDP server application [closed]

I am searching for a RDP implementation on OS X, but can't find any. Does OS X have an RDP implementation application?
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What's a good Windows RDP client for Mac?

I administer a number of Windows machines, and am trying to find a really good application to remote desktop in to them from my Mac. I've tried CoRD, and I really like its library approach to saved ...
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What's a good XML viewer/editor for Mac OS X?

I use XML Editor from XMLmind for editing/viewing XML file in Mac. It's not bad, but I expect an XML editor for Mac. What options do I have including the commercial/free software?
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Quick Look support for non-native video files (.avi, .mkv) on Mavericks

In the past, we've been able to get codecs for DivX/XviD/MPEG4 and support for containers like AVI, MKV in Mac OS X's Quick Look feature using Perian (as per this question). As noted on the Perian ...
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Is there a good command-line ID3 tool for OS X?

Anyone know of a command-line* ID3 tool, with support for ID3v2, that you can get working on Mac OS X with reasonable effort? It should support both reading and writing tags. (* I want to be able to ...
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Is there a good automatic time tracking tool for Mac OS X

I'm searching for an automatic time tracking tool for Mac OS X. I regularly mess up manual time tracking with timers etc., so I want something more automatic: The application should run in background ...
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Editor or notes application with Markdown support?

Are there any editors or notes applications out there that support Markdown? I am often having to make notes or documents where markdown formatting would be ideal, and have gotten into the habit of ...
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How can I sync my iTunes music library between two Macs for free?

I have a desktop system that I use as a server. I also have a MacBook Pro that is my main computer. I've done a lot of organization and cleanup of my music library and have it all on my MacBook Pro. ...
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Listing all Openmeta Tags and associated Files

Some month ago I started using openmeta tags to manage my files. Is there a tool which shows all openmeta tags on my mac and the files tagged with these tags?
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What readers annotate PDFs better than the Preview app?

I usually spend around 3 or 4 hours a day working with and annotating PDFs. I've always used Preview, but there's a few things that bother me about it. Mainly the large icons used when you place notes,...
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Is there a file copy utility for OS X that's similar to TeraCopy for Windows?

On Windows, I use TeraCopy for improved file copying. Are there any similar equivalents for OS X? In particular, I'd like to see things like copy speed.
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Raise/lower/move/resize windows with mouse + modifier keys

I'm a longtime FVWM user over on the Linux side and have developed some keyboard + mouse shortcuts that I find very helpful in managing windows. Specifically: left click + command + shift = send to ...
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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 software is available (preferably free) to edit PDF files on Mac OS X?

What free software/app is there to edit pdf files on Mac OS X? Specifically I am looking to edit an existing PDF file and re-save it in PDF format.
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Download Manager for Mac OS X

What is a good Download Manager for Mac? Are there free ones available?
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Saving a Safari page as a PNG image

Is there some way in Safari, possibly via a third-party extension, to save the running contents of a Web page as a PNG image? I understand I could print the page to PDF and use Preview to export it ...
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Is there a relational database with GUI for Mac similar to Microsoft Access or the like? [duplicate]

I need a desktop database that will have a need for extensive 1-many, many-1, and many to many relationships. I've built this kind of app with Microsoft Access, which I don't love, but does combine ...
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Is an iPhone call recorder theoretically possible?

NOTE: I know neither the iPhone SDK or Objective C, just wondering if possible. I know obviously it would have to be on a Jailbroken device anyway, but it is technically possible for a iPhone call ...
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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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Make Solid-state scrolling trackpad behave like Multi-Touch trackpad

I am using an early 2009 MacBook. Is there any way or any APP that can make Solid-state scrolling trackpad on my MacBook behave like Multi-Touch trackpad Solid-state scrolling trackpad supports two-...
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How can I convert MKV files and burn them to DVD?

I have a 5+1 theater system(can use USB or DVD) which doesn't support MKV play. How can I use my Mac to burn the .mkv files into high quality dvds ?
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What OS X tweaks, hacks, or modifications couldn't you live without?

What OS X tweaks or customization applications do you find indispensable? Please search before posting in order to avoid duplicate entries. You can search within this question with inquestion:this &...
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How can I show typing keyboard in record screen

When I record the screen on a Mac, how can I show keyboard typing in the same image (as shown below)? Is there particular screen recording software or settings that will do this?
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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 ...