Monday, December 17, 2007

Software upgrading.. .. .. ..

It's time to get up and see what new softwares have been made. It's long time that I don't focalize my attention on new software generation. During these days I decided to analyze two different software signed up from MacApp community.
Yet others useful and cheap MAC softwares to organize your computer.
The first one has been named Hazel 2 by designers, it's a MAC cleaner while the second one is a TimeMachine configure tool, named TimeMachineSchedule useful to manage advance time machine capabilities.




From web site (click on the above picture):

Hazel watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create. It features a rule interface similar to that of Apple Mail so you should feel right at home. Have Hazel move files around based on name, date, type, what site/email address it came from (Safari and Mail only) and much more. Automatically put your music in your Music folder, movies in Movies. Keep your downloads off the desktop and put them where they are supposed to be. Hazel can open, archive, set color labels and add Spotlight comments. And in Hazel 2, you can now have Hazel rename your files or sort them into subfolders based on name, date or whatever combination of attributes you choose. Hazel 2 gives you the ability to create even more powerful workflows than ever before. When you throw away applications, they can leave behind support files that never get cleaned up. With Hazel 2's App Sweep, Hazel will detect when you throw applications away, search for its support files and offer to throw those away as well. Uninstalling applications is integrated with your Trash so you don't even have to think about it. Hazel features new actions to import your files into iPhoto or iTunes. Keep your media in line. Add to your library or to a specific playlist or photo album. Improved Spotlight integration allows you to use any Spotlight attribute in your rules. Filter files based on Spotlight attributes or use them in conjunction with the new renaming and sorting actions. Sort your photos by aperture or shutter speed or rename your music files with artist, album and year. Make your metadata work for you. Hazel has options to clean out those pesky unneeded files that clutter your folders, getting rid of incomplete and duplicate downloads for you. And, of course, you can set up whatever rules you want to automatically throw files away.You can have Hazel manage your Trash. Select from different options to keep your Trash in check. And for extra security, Hazel can also shred files like Finder's "Secure Empty Trash" option.Hazel's rules can trigger Automator workflows, AppleScripts and shell scripts. Hazel will run whatever you throw at it, making it easy for you to integrate into your workflow.








From the web site (click on the above picture):

In Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Apple has introduced Time Machine, a very convenient way to make backups.Unfortunately the backup interval is preset constantly to one hour. Apple uses an launchd daemon to control the timing,
but changing the interval value in the launchd.plist file has no effect.
TimeMachineScheduler disables the automatic backup function of Time Machine and installs its own launchd agent.As the agent is located in the main library, the administrator password is required for all (writing) operations.Except disabling Time Machine no further system files and preferences will be touched by TimeMachineScheduler.
There are (still) some access privileges problems in OS X 10.5 Leopard, if the operation system has been updated, migrated or installed with the archive & install option. TimeMachineScheduler takes care of all files and sets owner, group and the privileges to the proper default value.You can install and uninstall the agent as well as only load and unload it to disable making backups temporarily.The interval can be set between 1 and 12 hours, and the agent can be set to run additionally at load, which means also at startup and login.
You can press a button to run a backup immediately. The status of the scheduler will be displayed.During a runnig backup the control elements are disabled. All actions will be written into a log file (~/Library/Logs/TimeMachineScheduler.log).TimeMachineScheduler is not required to run permanently, the scheduler works self dependent in the background. If you want to revert to the original settings of Time Machine, just uninstall the scheduler and enable Time Machine in its Preference Pane.
For the worst case (which will never happen) an "emergency" uninstaller is included.

I've just tried from fews days this softwares but I can say that (in particular the second one) are really useful to manage your big mole of folders, files and whichever. I'm pretty sad for Hazel that 's still under commercial license but it works really fine.

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