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Lyrics Finder grabs and embeds song lyrics in your MP3s

If you like to keep your Music library complete or like to sing along to your songs, here’s a great little app called Lyrics Finder.

Lyrics Finder

Lyrics Finder scans your music library for MP3s and downloads the lyrics.

To get started, drag-and-drop a file or a folder containing MP3s.

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You’ll of course need to make sure your Music Player app supports lyrics, otherwise there’s no point in embedding lyrics inside the MP3s.

For example, on Android, there’s Poweramp, Shuttle and more music players which support lyrics. On Mac, I use Muzzy, a great mini player for iTunes.

If an MP3 file already has lyrics, then the app leaves it intact, i.e. no overriding.

Searching and downloading lyrics is pretty fast, it took less than a minute to grab lyrics for 400 songs in my iTunes library. A green indicator is shown on the song’s album art, if lyrics were available for that song (see the above screenshot).

Lyrics Finder is available for OS X and Windows, the link is below.

Link: Lyrics Finder

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Dive into nostalgia with OpenEmu Console Emulator for Mac

Here’s a christmas present for all you video gaming nerds who played the epic 8-bit and 16-bit console games of past.

OpenEmu – a console game emulator, lets you run all the pixel games seamlessly.

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As the name suggests, it’s an open source project and a few days back, stable release of Mac app has been out.

To get started, download the Mac app from OpenEmu’s website. Also download the Starter Game pack, and drop them in the app to import. That’s all you have to do, to install a game, i.e. just drop the ROM file.

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The app’s design is strikingly good, which is not something you expect from a console emulator. You can build collections, categorise your games and rate them.

Games can be played in fullscreen and can be saved for resuming at a later time.

You can even plug in your game pad/controller and use it just like that. I tried with my Xbox 360 controller and it worked fine, though I did needed to install the Mac-specific driver. Controls can be changed in the preferences window.

On a whole, it’s a polished and well made app. Also free, so why not give it a try?

Link: OpenEmu

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Twitter updates its Mac app, brings image previews and refined design

While Twitter frequently updates its Android and iPhone apps, that’s not the case with the Mac app. Back in the year, it got updated when everyone thought it’ll be discontinued.

A few days back, they brought another update to the app, making it more inline with design of their Mobile apps.

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The stand out feature is, the Mac app will now show image previews, i.e. you don’t have to click the pic.twitter.com links to view images. This is obviously a very basic feature which the app has missed. Don’t want images filling your timeline? You can turn it off in settings.

Next up, is a more refined design for Twitter profiles, tweet details page and so on.

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You can now see the cover image (or whatever it is called) on profiles page and it looks much better overall. Tweet details page now show all the mentions (not previously), retweets, favourites a tweet has got.

Update includes other small things like refined iconography.

The best part of the app is that, no features are taken out. It’s the same iconic Mac app designed by Loren Britcher. The scrolling and transitions are just as smooth as before.

Twitter for Mac still does not have every single feature power users expect. And that’s why Tweetbot exists. For example, the Mac doesn’t sync timeline position with Mobile apps. Tweetbot does it perfectly.

Personally, I still love and use Twitter for Mac, that might change if Tweetbot comes to Android (highly unlikely).

Link: Twitter for Mac

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Chatology makes iMessage more tolerable, lets you search messages easily

I love how Apple baked IM functionality into iPhone’s Messages app instead of building a¬†separate¬†iMessage app. This is something I look forward in Google’s Hangouts. iMessage is a pretty good service by Apple, except that it just doesn’t work. It’s almost the most annoying thing, both on OS X and iOS, for many reasons.

To start off, server down times for iMessage have been very frequent. Adding to that, there are times when your messages would be delivered a little late to your recipient. The worst thing though, is searching through messages. Most of the times, the chat balloons get misplaced and overlooked. The app even gets freezed for no reason.

Flexibits, the company which made Fantastical, a popular Calendar app for OS X and iPhone – has now released Chatology, a better way to search your chat logs.

Chatology for Mac

The interface is pretty self explanatory. You’ll see a three pane layout, showing messages sorted by time. You can choose the time period. If you’re specifically looking for images/links in a chat log, you can filter that way using options in the third pane. Search works fine, and the results are highlighted with the search term. It’s also much snappier compared to searching on Messages for Mac.

Chatology is a paid app, costing 20$. That’s probably a bit too much for an app which ‘fixes’ things, but if you use iMessage at work, exchanging reference material with your co-workers, then it perfectly makes sense to get this app.

You can give the app a try for 14 days. Hit the link below to download it (it won’t be available in Mac Appstore).

Link: Chatology for Mac

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Instashare brings super easy file sharing to iPhones and Macs

If you’re an OS X user, you must have tried AirDrop sometime. It’s a feature which lets you share files between Macs, provided they’re on the same Wi-Fi network. Now, though it does work like magic, it’s very limited.

It won’t work with iOS devices at all, for that matter. Instashare tries to fix this.

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It brings dead simple file sharing to iOS and Mac devices (Android app soon!). You just open the app on your iOS device, drag the file and boom, it pops up on your Mac (or any other iOS device). It’s that simple. Your devices should be connected either by Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

It’s one of those apps which makes you think why this didn’t exist before. You could use iCloud for this, but then you have to wait for it to upload and sync and then download it. Then there is this terrible software called iPhoto which will take forever to actually work.

So, in short, Instashare works like magic and can potentially change your workflow.

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The app can be downloaded for free, though there’s a paid ad-free version. A companion Android app (and may be, even Windows) is hopefully in the works.

Link: Instashare for Mac and iOS

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Reeder App for iPad and Mac is Free for Limited time

If you own a Macbook or iPad from Apple, chances are you might be using a popular feed reader app called Reeder. The Reeder app was available for the price of $4.99 previously but now has dropped the price to ‘zero’. So now Reeder is available free for iPad and Mac users. The iPhone users are not so lucky, the app remain a paid one for the phone.

The app will probably not remain free for a long time. It will remain free until Reeder releases a version 2.0 for iPad and Mac users.The new version will also be a time when it moves away from its dependence on Google Reader.

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Reeder’s move away from Google Reader

  • Though Reeder app has a healthy community, its future is a bit unclear. This is because it was totally dependent on Google Reader. But Reeder insists they will continue beyond 1st July, 2013 the date when Google Reader goes offline.
  • Reeder will be also experimenting with a standalone local RSS Feed reader.
  • The iPhone app will also integrate with FeedBin a RSS feed reader which is a paid service.

So if you own a Mac and/or an iPad, then it will be a good idea to check out Reeder app. You can also look up other Google Reader alternatives.

(via Reeder)

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The Mac Freebie bundle lets you download 8 paid Mac apps for free

Mac software is generally pricey, especially for Windows converts like me. Thankfully, there are app bundles which let you buy software at bulk and get discount. Sometimes you can get lucky and could get an app bundle totally for free – which is exactly what StackSocial is offering.

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StackSocial is popular for giving discounts on software and they have just released ‘The Mac Freebie Bundle’ which essentially gives you 8 paid Mac apps for free.

The apps list include IconBox, Ondesoft Screen Capture, VidConvert, Image Smith, Wallpaper Wizard, ClipBuddy, TypeFu and Sweetie. As you may have guessed, it’s mostly productivity software and can be really useful.

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Of all the apps listed, I already use Wallpaper Wizard (got it from another Mac bundle) and really love it. It lets you change your desktop’s wallpaper automatically from a curated list of wallpapers.

Even if you aren’t much of a productivity guy, nothing hurts from grabbing a bunch of paid apps for free. The offer will last for 15 days, the site looks slow from here, probably because of heavy traffic. You just have to register for the site, share on your social network and you’ll gain access to the apps.

Link: The Mac Freebie Bundle

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Bluestacks App Player brings Android apps to Mac

Around an year back, Bluestacks App player was released for Windows, letting users sync and use Android apps. It quickly got popular among Windows users and now they got the beta version of app for OS X.

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The OS X version does pretty much everything you’d expect, which includes Cloud Connect letting you sync your Android with Mac. You have access to the gigantic library of over 7,50,000 Android apps from different app stores of Android.

It works as a standalone app and stays in menu bar – so even if you close the window, it runs in background.

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I have tried a few reading apps like Flipboard and Pulse, and interestingly, you can set the resolution you like, in settings.

Mobile-only apps like WhatsApp (you can finally send WhatsApp texts from desktop) work well.

Many popular games are optimised, so they should do fine even with a keyboard, Bluestacks seem to have worked closely with developers for this.

A big set back about this app is that, it’s very slow – even on my 6-month old Macbook Pro. I had the same experience with the Windows version. This is something the developers should look into.

Try out Bluestacks and tell us what you think.

Link: Bluestacks

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Write more with less effort using Mou for Mac

I was a Windows user since the day I started using computers, but over a six months back, I switched to OS X. I loved it and prefer it to Windows, but there’s one thing which bugged me, and that’s there is no good free blogging client for Mac. Sure, there’s MarsEdit but it costs over 40$, which I think is really costly.

Windows on the other hand has Live Writer – Microsoft’s own blogging client which is pretty good. This is where Markdown comes in, making blogging on Mac awesome.

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So what’s Markdown?

It’s a light weight markup language which converts plain text into HTML.

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It started as a project by John Gruber – famous for his blog, Daring Fireball.

The syntax is pretty easy to learn, for example, if you put a # before a sentence, Markdown turns it into a h1. Put ##, it’ll be turned into a h2.

To make a word bold, wrap it in two asterisks – like this.
These are just a few examples, the full syntax is available on Daring Fireball.

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Blogging should be solely about writing stuff and not code, that’s why Markdown is ideal for it.

Mou for Mac

Markdown clients are in plenty for OS X (and iOS) and that’s apparent as Markdown is made by Gruber himself. I’ve tried many of them, but Mou impressed me with its minimal interface and features while still being free.

The concept is simple, you write marked text on the left column of app and it shows the live preview on right. After you’re done, you can post to Tumblr or Scriptogr.am if your blog is hosted there, otherwise you can just copy the HTML (that’s what I do).

In the preferences, you can change fonts, default CSS applied and theme used.

Mou can also be great for web developers who want to quickly write HTML without any fuss.

Link: Mou

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Pocket for Mac makes reading articles a breeze

Read It Later, a popular app for saving articles for reading later, has reinvented itself this year as Pocket. I used to be a Readability fan, but then switched to Pocket as it was rebranded.

On desktop, Pocket is available as a webapp, but I always prefer Mac apps to their web counterparts. But wait, they’ve released their Mac app today, just what I wanted.

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The best part of Pocket’s Mac app is that its interface will never come in your way – there’s nothing flashy or eye-catchy here. That’s important for an app intended to use for reading articles.

The standard two-column layout lets you swift through the articles, you will be able to watch videos too (if they appear in the articles).

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You can’t change the background of the article, like you can in its Android app. But you do have control over text size and readability.

You can share articles through Twitter, Facebook, Buffer, Evernote and Email. It doesn’t use Mountain Lion’s default sharing options, but that’s okay.

The app automatically downloads the articles, so you can read them even when you’re offline.

It’s a free download and if you’re Pocket user, it’s a must try.

Link: Pocket for Mac