Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Caffeinated app for Mac review

Finally I am here with the review of an app I have been using for a while and have seen evolving from the first betas until the final release in the Mac App Store: Caffeinated app by GeekyGoodness. This is in my opinion one of the best Google Reader apps for Mac.

As you might know from other of my blog posts, I have been using Caffeinated app from the very beginning when the first beta started. Before Caffeinated app I have used many other apps, like NetNewsWire, Reeder (when it was in beta), NewsRack, Syndication, Gruml, etc. I am a big fan of Google Reader and I had been trying to find the perfect app for my needs. With Caffeinated app I think I have found it.

Let's have a look in more detail.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Simple and OpenSans Caffeinated themes updated

I have just updated my both Simple and OpenSans Caffeinated themes to correct some small bugs and make it look better. Download here Simple and OpenSans.


If you are running the official AppStore release and your themes do not install automatically by open them, just copy them to the following folder:

~/Library/Containers/com.geekygoodness.Caffeinated/Data/Library/Application Support/Caffeinated/Themes


Thursday, 23 February 2012

Caffeinated app for Mac released

This is a quick note to announce that Caffeinated app has been finally released in the Mac AppStore.

Make sure you have a look at it. You can also visit their new official web site here.

And do not forget to check the themes I have created for it, Simple and OpenSans.

Expect my review coming soon!

Monday, 20 February 2012

Heart Rate iPhone app review

Here I am again with a review of another great app. This time is Heart Rate app by Azumio.

I am doing sports regularly and sometimes I want to know what is my heart rate. This app makes use of iPhone hardware like no other: using the built-in camera and flash, it detects the variations of the color of the skin on your fingertip and manages to detect the changes due to blood being pumped. That way, after some seconds, it can detect your heart beat. It is really amazing and I have to say that quite accurate (although it is not the same as a medical device, of course).

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Postcard growl style

Here I am again with a new Growl style based on AirMail style. I have reused some parts of the previous style, like the stamp that was designed by Yuri for AirMail Classic. Please feel free to download it and share it. All comments are welcome of course. Download from this link.


Friday, 3 February 2012

iChat 6 and Growl 1.3 notification script


I really like Growl notifications and also iChat. Before Lion I was using Chax patch that among other things allowed you to have Growl notifications in iChat. However, after Lion upgrade, the patch did not work anymore. Actually, many of the Chax features were built in the new iChat 6 from Lion.

So, I was researching in the net for a script that would allow me to use Growl notifications with iChat and I actually found this from Scripting OS X. However the script was for older versions of Growl, not the latest 1.3. So with my tiny knowledge of apple script, I managed to modify it to work with Growl 1.3. Also, I modified it the way that I only get Growl notifications if iChat is not the active app. I don't want to receive Growl notifications of messages that I am actually reading if the chat window is the active one.

So if you are interested, please feel free to download it from here

UPDATE: if you do not want message text to show, please try this other script from here.

In order to activate the script, copy it into the Applescript Editor and save it as "Growl iChat" as a script file. Make sure you save or place the file in this directory (create it if it does not exist):

To configure it, open iChat, go to Preferences -> Alerts and select the Event “Message Received”, check “Run Applescript” and choose “Growl iChat.scpt”. Actually, the script also reacts to “Buddy Becomes Available,” “Buddy Becomes Unavailable” and “File Transfer Completed.”