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10 Must-Have Mac OS X Apps

Apple may have some work to do to restore its reputation for software, but third-party developers have got the company's back.
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Lighter Than Air
My favorite app of the moment is a recent discovery. Jaden Geller's Helium for OS X creates a floating browser window that can be positioned over other active windows. To understand why that might be useful, imagine trying to watch a webcast video while taking notes in Google Docs. To do so, you have to put two browser windows next to each other, so one doesn't obscure the other. This ends up reducing your writing space and allows only one pane to have input focus.
Helium provides a way to work in one browser or app window while another window is overlaid on top. There's no switching focus back and forth, and clicking on the window beneath doesn't hide the window on top. It just works. It's perfect for taking notes or writing code while watching a video. You can even control the overlaid window's transparency to see what's behind it.
(Image: Jaden Geller)

Lighter Than Air

My favorite app of the moment is a recent discovery. Jaden Geller's Helium for OS X creates a floating browser window that can be positioned over other active windows. To understand why that might be useful, imagine trying to watch a webcast video while taking notes in Google Docs. To do so, you have to put two browser windows next to each other, so one doesn't obscure the other. This ends up reducing your writing space and allows only one pane to have input focus.

Helium provides a way to work in one browser or app window while another window is overlaid on top. There's no switching focus back and forth, and clicking on the window beneath doesn't hide the window on top. It just works. It's perfect for taking notes or writing code while watching a video. You can even control the overlaid window's transparency to see what's behind it.

(Image: Jaden Geller)

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jries921
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8/6/2015 | 11:43:58 AM
Macports
My UNIX bias might be showing, but it is turning into the first place I look for free software I'm missing on my MacBook.
batye
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batye,
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8/3/2015 | 9:47:28 AM
interesting to know
I'm not a Apple fan... but due to my customers need, I'm trying to keep myself up to date with Apple tech/soft/apps... thanks for the info...
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7/31/2015 | 3:43:00 PM
Gahtdamb click-throughs
QUIT IT WITH THE CLICK-THROUGHS! No one wants to re-load their browser 11 times to get to the end of your article. And no one wants to back-click 11 MORE times to get back to the page they started from. 
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