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View Extra Audio Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, Option-clicking the Volume icon in the menu bar displays a list of sound input and output devices. Choose one to switch to it; it's much easier than using the Sound preference pane. Also, hold Shift and click the icon to set the system volume, which is separate from the general output volume.

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BBEdit 10.5.10 and TextWrangler 4.5.8

Both text editors squash a variety of bugs. ($49.99/free new, free updates, 13/9.4 MB)

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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.2

Keyboard Maestro 6.4.1

Typinator 5.9

OmniOutliner 4.0.4

PCalc 4

FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced 13.0.2

Paprika 2.0.2

Type2Phone 2.4.1

Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3

DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.4


Updated! PDFpen for iPad 1.7: Designed for iOS 7, faster, and
better-looking. Edit your PDFs anywhere. Sign contracts, make
changes, fill forms, and more. All while you’re on the move.
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Skype 6.15

Fluid 1.8.2

Keyboard Maestro 6.4

Retrospect 11.0.1

Downcast 1.0.11

PopChar X 6.5

Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2

GarageBand 10.0.2

Alfred 2.2

Default Folder X 4.6.4

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An extra display for just ten bucks!
Air Display 2 lets you use your iPad, iPhone, or nearby Mac as
extra screen real estate for your main computer. Now smarter,
better, and 50 percent faster. <>