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The past decade has seen Apple transform itself from a fledging competitor in the computing world to ...

The past decade has seen Apple transform itself from a fledging competitor in the computing world to
arguably one of the most popular brands in the world today. In fact, some recent business brand
rankings have shown Apple to have the most powerful brand name in the world. Indeed, never before
has desire for Apple's products been so high, nor the company's profits so elevated.
For many years, independent software developers largely ignored Macintosh computers, simply
because there was not a large enough segment of the population using these devices. It made much
more financial sense to develop programs for Windows machines. While Windows-based systems
continue to outnumber Apple computers substantially, Apple has begun to chip away at the dominance
of the standard PC in recent years. With high numbers of new adopters regularly turning to Mac
products, Apple's market share continues to grow at a rapid speed.
Of course, some of the brand's impressive growth is no doubt due to the other devices Apple produces,
such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The development of those products has introduced the Apple brand
to a new spectrum of consumers who may never before have considered purchasing an Apple product
for their home office, instead of the traditional PC found in most homes. With a flair for elegant
product design and an overall product development mentality that eliminates the need for complicated
computing knowledge, Apple has catapulted itself to the forefront of the computing frontier.
While the number of developers creating software for the Mac has no doubt risen, it is nevertheless
important to sort through the many different products created for these machines. Both freeware and
paid applications for the Mac abound online, but finding the right software package can prove to be a
real challenge. Fortunately, armed with the right information about the specifications and capabilities of
the different products available, consumers can make an informed decision on what product they would
like to welcome to their home.
The information contained within this white paper takes a careful and in-depth look at some of the
premier solutions available for the Mac today. These products have not only proven themselves to be
some of the most popular, but they have also demonstrated proficiency in accomplishing their intended
tasks on the machines in which they've been installed. Armed with this knowledge, consumers can
make a better informed decision on what software package will work best for their Mac.
Professional teams have taken a look at this software, basing their judgements on performance on the
Mac, along with public perception of the application. Those that have been deemed to be some of the
best of their field are competitive with other applications on a variety of different points, including
price factor. Some applications may be available to download free of charge, while others are priced
competitively to compete w

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    • Whitepaper“The Top 10 Applications for Mac Reviewed”Reviewing the premier applications available for computers running the Macintosh operating systemfrom Apple Computers.Tuesday, November 29th, 2011www.mac-reviews.netWhite Paper, “The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed” http://www.mac-reviews.net 1
    • Index Whitepaper..............................................................................................................................................1“The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed”....................................................................................1Summary..................................................................................................................................................3Introduction........................................................................................................................….................4Word Processing and Productivity – LibreOffice ...................................................................................5Notification Systems – Growl ................................................................................................................6Productivity and Note Taking – Evernote ..............................................................................................7Social Networking Tools – TweetDeck ..................................................................................................8eReader Applications – Kindle ...............................................................................................................9Database Management – Bento.............................................................................................................10System Tools – Caffeine .......................................................................................................................11Utilities – The Unarchiver.....................................................................................................................12Media Players – VLC ...........................................................................................................................13Conclusions...........................................................................................................................................14About Mac-Review.net..........................................................................................................................15White Paper, “The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed” http://www.mac-reviews.net 2
    • SummaryThe past decade has seen Apple transform itself from a fledging competitor in the computing world toarguably one of the most popular brands in the world today. In fact, some recent business brandrankings have shown Apple to have the most powerful brand name in the world. Indeed, never beforehas desire for Apples products been so high, nor the companys profits so elevated.For many years, independent software developers largely ignored Macintosh computers, simplybecause there was not a large enough segment of the population using these devices. It made muchmore financial sense to develop programs for Windows machines. While Windows-based systemscontinue to outnumber Apple computers substantially, Apple has begun to chip away at the dominanceof the standard PC in recent years. With high numbers of new adopters regularly turning to Macproducts, Apples market share continues to grow at a rapid speed.Of course, some of the brands impressive growth is no doubt due to the other devices Apple produces,such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The development of those products has introduced the Apple brandto a new spectrum of consumers who may never before have considered purchasing an Apple productfor their home office, instead of the traditional PC found in most homes. With a flair for elegantproduct design and an overall product development mentality that eliminates the need for complicatedcomputing knowledge, Apple has catapulted itself to the forefront of the computing frontier.While the number of developers creating software for the Mac has no doubt risen, it is neverthelessimportant to sort through the many different products created for these machines. Both freeware andpaid applications for the Mac abound online, but finding the right software package can prove to be areal challenge. Fortunately, armed with the right information about the specifications and capabilities ofthe different products available, consumers can make an informed decision on what product they wouldlike to welcome to their home.The information contained within this white paper takes a careful and in-depth look at some of thepremier solutions available for the Mac today. These products have not only proven themselves to besome of the most popular, but they have also demonstrated proficiency in accomplishing their intendedtasks on the machines in which theyve been installed. Armed with this knowledge, consumers canmake a better informed decision on what software package will work best for their Mac.Professional teams have taken a look at this software, basing their judgements on performance on theMac, along with public perception of the application. Those that have been deemed to be some of thebest of their field are competitive with other applications on a variety of different points, includingprice factor. Some applications may be available to download free of charge, while others are pricedcompetitively to compete with similar applications. In no instance are any of the applications includedwithin this whitepaper related to the teams responsible for the reviewing process of the software,professionally or otherwise.White Paper, “The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed” http://www.mac-reviews.net 3
    • IntroductionThe world of Mac applications is a quickly evolving arena, flooded with a wide assortment of differentproducts and software solutions from many different developers located across the globe. The numberof applications developed specifically for the Mac platform continues to grow exponentially, as doesthe number of secondary software packages available that were originally developed for otheroperating systems. Further defining the landscape is the plethora of applications that were originallydeveloped for devices running Apples mobile iOS operating system, some of which now also havedesktop versions for Apple computers.Indeed, the development of applications for Apples mobile devices has greatly impacted the softwareselection available for desktop Mac products. Not only have the products themselves begun to spillover to the desktop world, but Apple has also begun to capitalize on the distribution channels throughwhich consumers are able to purchase and receive their software. Whereas previously computer usershad to seek out such applications in a physical store or through their web browser, the App Storedeveloped specifically for Mac has allowed Apple to become a key component in the procural ofsoftware for its machines.Software developed specifically for iOS has been modified in some instances, in order to make itcompatible with desktop applications. In other cases, the software itself has been rewritten to be viewedon the large screen of a computer. One example of this can be seen through the immensely populargame, Angry Birds. Originally developed for iOS devices, the popularity of this game led to it beingintroduced on a variety of additional platforms, including Mac OS.Many of these applications are now available to customers through the App Store, which comesstandard on new Macintosh computers. In addition to the wide assortment of paid software availablethrough this store, there are also plenty of freeware applications available for download through thechannel. The App Store serves as a powerful way to find new applications available for a consumersmachine, in addition to working as part of the chain used for downloading new applications to thecomputer itself. This entire process is familiar to anyone who has ever downloading something fromthe mobile App Store on their iOS device.Of course, users are still free to download applications elsewhere, as many software packages are notyet available in the App Store. Regardless of the channel through which the product is acquired,however, one thing remains certain: effective applications can greatly improve the overall computingexperience. For this reason, finding the best of the best is an important step for any computer user.By taking the different facets of an application into consideration, consumers can save themselves thehassle and frustration of purchasing a product that turns out to be a poor solution for their machine.These reviews serve to demonstrate some of the strongest contenders in a crowded field of applicationsdeveloper for the modern Mac user. All of these applications has consistently proven to be some of thebest available on the market.White Paper, “The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed” http://www.mac-reviews.net 4
    • Word Processing and Productivity – LibreOfficeCost: Free The successor of the immensely popular OpenOffice suite, LibreOffice is a word processing suite that is quickly gaining ground amongst Mac users. Available on a variety of different operating systems, LibreOffice was built on the code of its predecessor, which is now being developed separately under the Apache Foundation. This powerful processing suite includes several different tools for creating a wide range of documents, from standard text files to spreadsheets and presentations. The capabilities of the software itself, combined with its free price tag, make it an exceptionally attractive solution for computer owners looking for a powerful processing suite.LibreOffice has no shortage of competitors up against it, including Apples own iWork suite. WhileiWork was previously only available as a whole with all of the pieces bundled together, Mac users cannow download each piece of software individually. Pages continues to be one of the most popular wordprocessors around, but it cant begin to perform the same functions of LibreOffice, as it doesnt createpresentations or spreadsheets. While it is available at a relatively attractive price, this lack offunctionality without an upgrade to the entire iWork suite makes LibreOffice the clear winner.In addition to the competition directly from Apple, LibreOffice has many other competitors to contendwith, including Microsoft Word. While all of the available software options have different pros andcons, LibreOffice can hold its own with the big developers. This makes it a logical solution for everyday users looking for a simple software package that can perform the tasks they require.For users who have never before installed an application like LibreOffice, it may come as somewhat ofa surprise that this office suite does not have any official support team in place. As the software isdeveloped independently using free source code, users are instead directed to forums and an establishedFAQ page if they encounter difficulty while using the product. Surprisingly enough, these resources aregenerally more than adequate for solving whatever problem the consumer may find himself faced withwhen using the software.Perhaps one of the most functions available in LibreOffice is the ability to save files in a wide varietyof different formats. Many users have difficulties when exchanging files across operating systems andword processing platforms. LibreOffice eliminates many of these issues by giving users the opportunityto save files in many different ways. From open formats that can be understood by similar softwareprograms, to the popular .doc format created by Microsoft Word, saving in the right format means thereshould be no problem sharing the document across devices.Consumers interested in installing LibreOffice on their own computers can do so by visiting the officialwebsite of the product. The download can be tailored for the exact operating system of the user.Furthermore, the website can be referred to for any further questions regarding the products use andinstallation questions.White Paper, “The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed” http://www.mac-reviews.net 5
    • Notification Systems – GrowlCost: $1.99 Growl is a notifications system developed specifically for the Mac OS X. This application allows all others that are coordinated to work with Growl to send the user updates as soon as activity occurs within the application. For example, Growl is currently supported by mail email clients, such as the native Mail application that was developed by Mac. Whenever an email arrives in your box, Growl can be set up to display information regarding this email immediately in an unobtrusive popup box on the screen. This allows the user to continue working, while also being notified of what is occurring within other applications. One of the best aspects of Growl is that it works once it has been installed on the computer. There are not complicated setupprocedures to follow, in order to link the other applications on your machine with Growl. Instead, onceGrowl has been installed, it will automatically begin to display notifications from all applicationsinstalled on the machine that support its use.Another great feature included in Growl is known as “Rollup.” This allows you to quickly see allactivity that has recently occurred on your computer. This practical function is particularly useful forbusy professionals who may need to step away from their desk to tend to other matters. Upon returningto the computer system, all of the missed activity can quickly and easily be reviewed by looking at theinformation available in the Rollup.The themes used within Growl are completely customizable, which is another nice option for computerusers, as it means that the specific display of your notifications can easily be altered to better fit theoverall style of the machine and the users personal preferences. Presently, there are over 20 themes tochoose from on Growl. Users who feel like tackling a challenge may instead choose to create their owncustom theme for the notifications system.Users also have the ability to alter the notifications shown for particular applications.For example, thisis particularly useful if one would like to see all notifications from the email client, but only wantssporadic updates from the games installed on his system. All of these preferences can easily be alteredand changed directly within Growl. To access the notifications system, the user simply needs to clickon the small icon that is placed in the bar along the top of the Mac screen.If there are any issues encountered when using Growl, they can generally be resolved quite easily byreferring to the website. Help documentation is available both for endusers and software developers,making it a perfect solution for anyone who uses Growl or intends to do so. If a particularlycumbersome issue exists, customers also have the opportunity to directly contact the development teambehind Growl, who will be happy to help resolve the problem at hand.Users interested in purchasing Growl can do so directly from the App Store on their Mac. Furtherinformation can be found by visiting the Growl official website.White Paper, “The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed” http://www.mac-reviews.net 6
    • Productivity and Note Taking – EvernoteCost: Free; $5/month or $45/year for Premium Service Developed for busy students, professionals, and every day workers on the go, Evernote is a helpful program that makes it easy to take notes and shareinformation across all of the platforms and devices in ones arsenal. With software solutions availablefor Mac and Windows, along with mobile applications for several different platforms, includingAndroid, Blackberry, Palm, and iOS devices, Evernote is the perfect solution for anyone looking for anote taking application that can easily sync across multiple devices.Unlike other note taking applications developed for the Mac, Evernote is not solely capable ofunderstanding text entries. Instead, users can include photographs, web clips, audio, and files withinEvernote. Browser extensions are also available, making it easy to forever save favorite websites andpages online. This information can in turned be accessed from all of the different devices one uses withEvernote. Simply login with the account information established when Evernote was installed, and theuser is ready to go.While Evernote is certainly a practical solution for keeping ones thoughts and notes organized in oneplace, it is also a great way to share information with friends and colleagues at the touch of a button.This is the perfect answer for those working on a major project together, as it allows individuals toconvene ideas and inspiration in one single location. Furthermore, for companies and schools that dontuse the same platform across the board, Evernotes adaptability makes it a great fit.While Evernote is free to use and install on all devices, a premium version of the application is alsoavailable. For $5/month or $45/year, users can access all of the features includes within the premiumversion of Evernote. Some of these many features include the ability to search PDF documents forinformation, up to 1 GB of storage for files uploaded each month, and pin lock on certain mobiledevices. The pin lock simply adds another level of security to the information stored within Evernote.One thing that users should be aware of when using Evernote is that all information submitted to theservers can be used and viewed by the Evernote team, as explained in the user agreement. While thisshouldnt present an issue for most endusers of the product, it could potentially be a stumbling block forthose wishing to work with confidential information from third parties. For this reason, Evernote is nota suitable solution for most lawyers, doctors, or other professionals working on the part of anotherperson. While this information will not intentionally be exploited by Evernote, it should neverthelessremain in a safe location where it can only be accessed by those who have been granted the properauthorization.Evernote is available for the Mac free of charge through the App Store located on the desktop. Versionsfor other platforms are available through the respective application marketplaces of the platformsrepresented. For further information and help documentation, the official website of Evernote should bereferred to. Here, users can access information regarding group discounts for the premium service,inspirational stories about other Evernote users, and follow the blog to learn more about recentdevelopments in the Evernote service.White Paper, “The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed” http://www.mac-reviews.net 7
    • Social Networking Tools - TweetDeckCost: Free TweetDeck is a social networking client designed to make managing ones social networking accounts a more streamlined process. Utilizing the power of Adobe AIR, TweetDeck was originally designed for those looking to effectively stay on top of all of their tweets. For this reason, it has long been favored by major corporations, celebrities, and individuals who use Twitter on a daily basis. In addition to serving as a client for displaying Twitter feeds, TweetDesk also includes links to major social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Linkedin, and Foursquare, making it a true solution for those who want to stay connected to an assortment of different networks. TweetDeck is the most popular Twitter client available, with mostestimates showing that it dominates with approximately one-fifth of all Twitter traffic. In addition tothe desktop version available for Mac OS X, TweetDeck can also be used on Windows-based machines,Chrome OS, and Linux. The client is also available in two mobile versions, with phones and tabletsrunning iOS and Android able to access the client.TweetDeck works by establishing columns of information on the users machine. The user provideslogin information for all of his accounts to TweetDeck, which in turn displays the information from thenews feeds and status updates of other individuals. This is a practical solution for diehard Twitter fans,as information from different groups of people can be displayed in different areas. For example, a usermight choose to establish a column for friends that he follows on Twitter, and another column forbusiness acquaintances. In this way, the two can be kept separate from one another and can be repliedto more effectively.In addition to allowing the user to establish multiple columns of information, TweetDeck is a greatsolution for individuals who use multiple Twitter accounts. This may occur if someone has a personalTwitter account and another that is used to manage a companys brand, for example. In this instance,different columns can display tweets from either account. A simple button at the top of the applicationmakes it easy to switch from one account to another, eliminating the need to login each time a tweetneeds to be posted from the other account.TweetDeck was purchased by Twitter earlier this year, so the development of the software now liesdirectly in the hands of Twitter. To that end, the applications ties to other social networking couldpotentially be in jeopardy. Twitter has yet to announce any major changes to the application, aside fromthe removal of deck.ly compatibility. This was a function that once allowed users to tweet longer than140 characters.Users interested in downloading the software for their computer can do so at TweetDecks officialwebsite. Additionally, information regarding updates to the program and help documentation can befound here. For mobile versions of the software, users should refer to the Android Marketplace or theApple App Store respectively.White Paper, “The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed” http://www.mac-reviews.net 8
    • eReader Applications – KindleCost: Free For fans of reading eBooks on their computer screen, no other application is able to offer what Amazons Kindle application can do. While Mac continues to offers books through its digital marketplace, the content purchased can not be viewed on the Mac itself. Instead, users must possess a iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPad to access such information. The Kindle removes this barrier, allowing users to easily share reading material across a wide assortment of different devices. Indeed, it is this feature that makes Kindle for the Mac a popular reading tool. Users can easily access any eBooks purchased through Amazon.com on their machine, simply by logging into the accountestablished on that website. This is particularly useful for users who like to read on multiple devices atthe same time. For example, a busy commuter may start a novel on his iPhone while sitting on the train,and choose to pick up his reading again on his home computer once he arrives home.In addition to the Kindle application available for Mac, content for the Kindle can be accessed on theKindle device released by Amazon, PCs, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7. A cloud readerfor the content is also available. This means that any eBooks purchased from Amazon can easily beread through compatible browsers.While the ability to share content across a variety of different devices is no doubt the prime factor inthe Kindle for Macs popularity, the access it gives users to the reading content available from Amazonis another major plus. Amazon is often the first to have access to eBooks from some of todays mostpopular authors, due to it being the number one retailer of such material in the world. Prices aresometimes more competitive on Amazon, which further gives customers an incentive to purchase theirreading material there, versus through Apple.Many of the great features available on the Kindle make the transition to the Mac application. WithLion, users have the opportunity to read their material in fullscreen mode. Of course, AmazonWhispersync also makes the transition to the Mac, meaning all content read on one device isautomatically synced to the appropriate page on other devices. This helps make reading on multipleplatforms a seamless transition. Dictionary word lookup is another feature available in the eReaderapplication, and the background color and font size of the reading material can easily be altered to fitthe users preferences.Further information about Kindle applications and the content available can be accessed directlythrough Amazon.com. Downloads for other systems can also be found here, though the download forMac is instead available free of charge through the App Store on the computers desktop. Supportfeatures are also available on Amazon.com, where customer service representatives can respond tospecific inquiries and offer advice about purchases.White Paper, “The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed” http://www.mac-reviews.net 9
    • Database Management - BentoCost: $49.99Bento is a database management tool favored by business owners and professionals who need to keeptrack of multiple individuals and clients, along with projects and precise information regarding eachindividual. Projects can easily be tracked and customers can be organized efficiently using this tool.Furthermore, versions available for the iPad and the iPhone mean all of this information can be sharedcross-platform by syncing to the server.Many individuals enjoy using Bento because of the included templates. 35 different templates make iteasy to add information about a variety of different specifics, including client information and projectmanagement. The applications links to other applications on your machine is another great featuresthat allows for seamless management of large amounts of data.For example, Bento brings together iCal and Address Book, making it easy to schedule appointmentsand meetings with specific individuals. The application is also linked to iPhoto. This means thatkeeping multimedia files and dynamic graphic information linked to specific projects and clients iseasily done.Additional features include the ability to quickly print mailing labels and address information for thecustomers in the database. Name badges and inventory stickers are also easily created using Bento.Location aware services make it easy to enter in information and record where it was created, which isperfect for those who are constantly collecting data on the go. Of course, all of the informationcollected in templates within Bento can be exported for print.Bento is also a good fit for sharing information with colleagues and other employees, thanks to theability to link with up to five others across a network. One feature that has yet to become available inBento, in spite of customer requests, is the ability to complete a mail merge. Nevertheless, Bento is byfar the winner in terms of the easiest software available for tracking complicated clients and projects inone simple database. Furthermore, at a mere $49.99, customers can experience the power of anadvanced database for much less than one would expect to pay for a dedicated database server.For further information regarding Bento 4 and the different variations available, users should consultthe official website of FileMaker, the development team behind the product. Support and helpdocumentation can also be found here. Users can also demo the software by visiting the site.White Paper, “The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed” http://www.mac-reviews.net 10
    • System Tools – CaffeineCost: FreeSometimes the greatest tools for your computer can be those that provide just a simple fix for acommon problem. Such is the case for Caffeine. This small program adds a little icon on your machine,which can be clicked whenever you would like to disable the power settings that have been created forthe computer using the system preferences. This is a perfect solution for someone who is stepping awayfrom the computer for a few moments, but does not want the computer to launch the screensaver or dimthe screen.The power settings of the computer can easily be altered by visiting the System Preferences panel ofyour machine. To get to this important area, simply click the small Apple icon that appears in the upperlefthand corner of the computers screen. Here, you will select System Preferences from the list. Thespecific preferences you would like to alter can be found under Hardware, where the heading EnergySaver is located. Here you can set the intervals that you want the computer to respect before going tosleep.While this is the right course of action if you have determined that you do not like the intervals yourcomputer currently follows, Caffeine fills in the gap for those moments in which you simply need theinterval to be extended until you can return to your work. Some individuals use this function whenworking with video editing software or watching clips on their machine. If the computer does notrecognize that video is being viewed, it may automatically dim the lights. This can easily be avoided bysimply clicking on the Caffeine icon.Although the software is relatively simple in nature, there are nevertheless a few preferences that canbe altered directly inside of Caffeine. If you would like Caffeine to be launched when the computerstarts up, simply click the small box next to this option. Additionally, you can choose to have a messagedisplayed on the computer when Caffeine launches. This is a good way to be reminded that there areprocesses happening in the background that may not necessarily be evident to your eye.In order to download Caffeine for the Mac, simply visit the App Store on the computers desktop. Theapplication can also be downloaded directly from the developers official website. Remember, once youlaunch this software, you may wish to alter the duration of Caffeines intervals for dimming thecomputers screen or launching the screensaver. By default, Caffeine will run indefinately, though youmay wish to alter this slightly if you only want the computer to remain awake for a set period of time.White Paper, “The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed” http://www.mac-reviews.net 11
    • Utilities – The UnarchiverCost: Free Exchanging files with other computers can be a tricky task when the file in question is bloated in size. This is often the case for large video files, software applications, and multimedia packages. In order to make these files more manageable and more easily uploaded and downloaded, many computer users will compress the file in question. While this theoretically makes the exchange take place more efficiently, it can also prove to be a challenge, as certain compression methods arent understood across a wide variety of different platforms.Fortunately, The Unarchiver is here! The Unarchiver is a powerful tool that can be used to openarchived files that have been saved in a wide assortment of different formats. Apple computers comewith their own utility for unpacking files that have been archived, but The Unarchiver is much moreeffective at opening difficult files. Its free price tag also makes it an attractive solution for computerusers looking to save some dough.All of the most popular formats are supported by The Unarchiver, including Zip, RAR, Stuffit, and7Zip. In addition to these modern archive formats, many outdated and older file saving methods arealso easily understood by The Unarchiver. This makes the software a good fit for computer users whomay be attempting to access information saved by older computer systems.While the software was developed specifically for Mac, computer users looking to port it cross-platform can do so, thanks to the code being made available directly by the developer. This means thatWindows and Linux machines can also benefit from The Unarchiver. This is a perfect solution for userswho use their files on a variety of different machines.In the event that a files encryption or archive method is unknown, users can still attempt to open thefile by using The Unarchiver. The software should recognize the archival methods immediately andbegin working to open the file on the machine. In the event of a misread or if the file has beencorrupted in any way, the software will notify the computer user that the unarchiving process can notcontinue as requested.For further information about The Unarchiver, visit the development teams official website. Theapplication itself can be downloaded either from the site, or by visiting the App Store on the MacDesktop. If users have questions about using the product or any difficulties are encountered, discussionforums on the site may be able to help solve the issue.White Paper, “The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed” http://www.mac-reviews.net 12
    • Media Players - VLCCost: Free Arguably one of the most popular media players available for modern computer systems, VLC is an open source multimedia reader available across a variety of different platforms. It is this compatibility with several different systems that makes it so popular. Particularly on Mac machines, the VLC media player is incredibly useful, as it allows the users to view files that were saved to be viewable in native Windows applications. Examples of this include .wmv files, which are meant to be opened with Windows Media Player. Unfortunately, while it was previously available for the Mac, no supported versions of this player are currently in development for computers running Mac OS.VLC can be used to read both digital files and those on external media. CDs, DVDs, and video files areall easily rendered through the software. Blu-Ray disks can also be read, assuming the computer isequipped with the hardware necessary to read such media.Support for subtitles is another great feature available in VLC. Many players have difficulty decodingsubtitles, as they can be compressed in a variety of different ways. VLC can easily decode subtitlessaved in a wide assortment of different formats, including Vobsub and Closed Captions. This makes itideal for individuals who may rely on such subtitles, such as the deaf and those watching foreign films.Further adding to the appeal of the VLC media player is the reality that files opened with thisapplication often load much more quickly than those rendered using the traditional softwareapplications available for the Mac. In some instances, this means reduced loading times and the abilityto watch a film more quickly. Many users experiment with VLC to see whether they can improveloading times often observed in other players.Corrupted files are also occasionally able to be opened by VLC. This powerful player is also capabel ofopening files that have not yet completed downloading. This is of particular use to those who may beattempting to view a video file online, but do not want to wait until the entire download has completedbefore launching the file. As VLC has relatively no loading times associated with it, it is able to quicklyread files as they are written.For further information about the VLC media player, visit the official site of the development teambehind the software. Donations are accepted for ongoing development efforts, but the software is freeof charge to download. Support documentation included on the website could also be of use to userswho are having difficulty utilizing the software on their machine.White Paper, “The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed” http://www.mac-reviews.net 13
    • ConclusionsFinding the perfect application for your computer is no easy task. There are plenty of different optionsto consider, and many of these software solutions have similar features. This can lead to frustration andconfusion when attempting to sort through the many different options available.Fortunately, many times some of the most popular applications are in fact those that are best geared fora users machine. This is because generally the population prefers applications that are easy to use andunderstand over those that offer more functionality but are cumbersome to navigate. When selecting apotential software package for your computer, referring to the general publics perception of a particularprogram can prove immensely useful.In addition to using this information to make an informed decision, reviews from independent partiesare a valuable tool that can help customers get a better idea of what a product has to offer. Thesereviews may include specifics about both the good and the bad of a particular product. By reviewinginformation that isnt biased, but instead fairly assesses what a particular product has to offer, customerscan make a more informed decision on the product they ultimately choose.Further complicating the purchasing process is the reality that buying a software package doesnt comecheap in some instances. If you are considering a paid application, it is even more essential that yourefer to available resources to help narrow down the different options available to you. This is a goodway to make certain that you dont end up wasting money on expensive applications that are not well-suited to your computer or your specific needs. This is particularly relevant for customers who turn tothe Internet to buy their products, because unlike a physical store, it is almost always impossible toreceive a refund for software downloaded online.If you ultimately feel that a paid application is likely the best solution for your needs, it often pays tovisit the official website of the softwares development team. Here, you can find information about thespecifics of the product, and you may be able to demo the product for free. Other developers oftenallow the product to be used on a trial basis, meaning you will be able to get a feel for the software,without having to splurge on the purchase price. This is a great way to conduct a “test drive” of thesoftware package and determine whether or not it might be the right fit for your machine.White Paper, “The Top Nine Applications for Mac Reviewed” http://www.mac-reviews.net 14
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