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SecondBar put the OS X menubar on both of your Mac's dual monitors

If you are among the fortunate souls who run a Mac with a dual monitor setup, you'll want to check out SecondBar. Normally, you'd be stuck with the OS X menubar on just one monitor, forcing you to move your mouse back to your main screen whenever you want to access it. SecondBar solves that problem by putting a second menu bar on your other monitor. SecondBar has a few weaknesses -- it's Snow...

Portable Hotkey Resolution Changer does super-fast display mode changes

If you do a lot of resolution swapping on your PC, it get to be kind of a pain clicking through to your display properties all the time. While there are plenty of apps which provide hotkeys to change display modes, Hotkey Resolution Changer is a nice alternative. HRC is totally portable, making it a nice utility to add to your USB flash drive. Set up the modes you need on your desktop, laptop,...

Clever app keeps your mouse from jumping between monitors too quickly on dual-display setups

Running dual (or triple, or quad) displays has gotten a lot more common of late, thanks in part to constantly falling monitor prices. Some things about multiple displays can be a little frustrating -- minding the divide, for example. If you have Windows set to extend your desktop, your mouse moves instantly from one screen to the next. That can be bothersome when a program's controls (like a...

Nocturne switches your Mac's display into night time mode

The Universal Access preference pane on a Mac allows you to invert the colors on your display, but a neat little app called Nocturne goes a lot further, providing a highly-customizable way to deal with issues of colorblindness or eye strain. Nocturne has two modes -- day and night -- and you can change the color and brightness settings on each to suit your individual demands. If you have a...

SheepDog rounds up stray application windows on multi-monitor setups

It doesn't happen often, but every now and then I receive a customer's laptop which just doesn't want to believe it's no longer attached to an external monitor. And it never fails - some important app is going to appear in the display Twilight Zone. If only there was some kind of digital shepherd to corral those errant windows. Hey, if not a shepherd, why not SheepDog? It's a tiny, portable...

F.lux adapts your display to the time of day

Let's face it: some of us don't get outside as much as we should. When you're working or playing in front of your computer all day, you don't always notice little things like a sunset. An ingenious little app called F.lux lets your monitor adjust to ambient lighting conditions around you, even when you're glued to the keyboard. It adjusts your display settings based on location and your current...

Find and Fix Dead Pixels With Your Browser!

You've probably heard of Dead Pixel Buddy, a free app that helps you locate dead or stuck pixels on your LCD monitor. One of our devoted readers has sent us an interesting alternative that runs in your browser. Willy Ci has coded it as part of his portfolio, and it's elegantly simple. Pick a color with the palette tool, click go full screen, and your monitor is instantly awash in glorious...

Zoomin: Today's free file

One of my favorite tricks in OS X is the zoom feature. I can blow tiny UI elements up to a huge size so my students can see those teeny flippy triangles in all those Macromedia apps. Long have I sought a version of this on Windows. Microsoft's little task bar replacement ain't cutting it. But it looks like Zoomin will fit the bill nicely. Zoomin even provides a little windowed interface with color...

iChatStaus a thing of the past

 iChatStatus used to be the hip iChat plug-in that let you display your current iTunes track in a number of ways (albeit small, but a number). But since Tiger's version of iChat (3.0) has been out, many people have just simply stopped using iChatStatus. iChat 3.0 comes with the option of displaying your iTunes music track while you're chatting. Plus, iChatStatus hasn't been updated in quite...