Apr 27 2009
Apple has a slew of improvements in store for the next version of the most advanced operating system. I think we can agree that no one does it better than Apple, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get close.
Check out these free applications that will add some very Leopard features to your Mac today.
Better Backup (Time Machine)
Prove Steve wrong and back up on a regular basis with this Tiger-only app. Backity gives you easy access to your most important files.
If you’re still using Panther, Backuplist+ makes a great backup choice. This application includes backup scheduling. You define which folders are backed up.
Virtual Desktops (Spaces)
VirtualDesktops is an advanced virtual desktop manager with advanced capabilities (including Parallels support). This application has a slick interface and is updated frequently. Tiger only.
This is the project VirtualDesktops was based on. This Panther compatible desktop manager lives in your menubar and supports on screen notifications.
Text to Voice (VoiceOver)
Sure it doesn’t come close to the voice quality of Leopard’s new VoiceOver feature. But this free application will read you text or save it to an audio file. Great for turning text to iPod edible audio clips.
Search and Launch (Spotlight)
The new Spotlight will feature better application launching. Quicksilver already launches applications with a few keystrokes. This advanced search and launch system has made junkies out of its users.
Mail Turned PIM (Mail)
With Leopard you won’t have to do it, but one of the easiest and most effective ways to manage your tasks is to email them to yourself. This tiny application makes it easier and faster.
Leopard’s Mail will let you quickly turn an email onto a task or note. So does Chandler, a unique personal information manager. Chandler managers tasks, calendar items, notes and mail in one place with a tagged, integrated approach.
Let that tide you over till Leopard is let lose. Happy downloading.