MacFixIt Answers is a feature where we answer questions e-mailed to us by our readers. This week, we have questions on free file recovery options for OS X, managing Finder error -36 with firewire devices, installing iPhone ringtones, and managing many duplicate song entries in iTunes.… Read more
There are a variety of file recovery utilities for the Mac these days, some of which target specific media and file types, and others that are for more general uses. One I have mentioned in the past is Stellar Phoenix's Data Recovery for the Mac. Recently I decided to run the program through some basic tests to see if it performs as expected. The overall verdict is the program is not as stellar as I would have liked.… Read more
It's called iHound, and it tracks lost and stolen iPhones.
This app's been around for some time, but like similar tracking tools, it suffered from one major shortcoming: it couldn't run in the background, and therefore couldn't transmit its location unless it was activated. (I don't know about you, but I rarely run my tracker app before I lose my iPhone.)
Now that iOS 4 has arrived, however, iHound can communicate automatically, at regular intervals, even when it's not running. And it does exactly that, sending location data to iHound's servers every few minutes. (Thankfully, there are other interval settings, including 10 minutes and 30 minutes.)
If your phone does go missing, you simply sign into the iHound site to see its last transmitted location on a map. You can also send a push notification with a custom message and even a spoken alert. (Example: "This...is...iHound!" That should get some attention.)
There's even an option to remotely activate a siren, which could help you find a misplaced phone--or startle a thief into ditching it. And the siren can be deactivated only from the site (though an iPhone-savvy thief could simply turn the volume down to zero).… Read more
Even those of us who back up files religiously sometimes lose things, and it's safe to say that a lot of us don't back up quite as religiously as we should. ParetoLogic Data Recovery can help you recover files that have been lost due to accidental deletion, hard drive corruption, or other causes. Note, however, that we said that it can, not that it will.
The program's interface is well-designed and intuitive, with its major features arranged in four sections. Users can choose between a quick scan, full scan, or guided scan, as well as an advanced … Read more
Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though utilities can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems. This week there are updates mainly for cleaning utilities, but also for one or two hardware, system monitoring, and maintenance utilities. Additionally, a new file and data recovery utility is available.… Read more
Decryption specialists PSW-soft's Guaranteed Word Decrypter (GuaWord) is a simple command-line utility for decrypting DOC files used in Microsoft's Word 97 and 2000 and Word XP, 2002, and 2003 in its default (40-bit) mode. It won't decrypt files from Word versions prior to 97, French versions of Word, Word files using newer 128-bit or 256-bit encryption, or other passwords such as read-only passwords; the developer offers other tools for those jobs. It doesn't recover passwords, either; it simply removes them. But for opening compatible Word files, it's a fine tool, if a bit old-school.
GuaWord'… Read more
The software world is full of PDF utilities from the four corners of the globe. PSW-soft's Guaranteed PDF Decrypter (GuaPDF) is an example; its developers' page is called Russian Password Crackers, which sounds like something out of the Cold War but in fact is a group specializing in cryptosecurity. GuaPDF is designed to remove various restrictions from PDF files, up to 256-bit key encryption, and to decrypt 40-bit key passwords of any length in any language. It can also harness the processing power of Nvidia CUDA-capable graphics cards to accelerate decryption.
GuaPDF downloads as a ZIP file but opens … Read more
Remo software today announced the availability of their Remo Recover data recovery software for the Mac OS. The software is available in two versions, one for media files only and a Pro edition that will recover disk structure from HFS and FAT volumes as well.… Read more
Microsoft Word documents are susceptible to corruption and loss from a variety of causes, including viruses and other attacks, system crashes, software incompatibility, and even media read errors and other inexplicable events. Stellar Information Systems' Phoenix Word Recovery Software can help users recover and repair damaged Word documents. It doesn't promise to recover every lost document, but it can undo a wide range of damage.
This program's job is to find Word docs gone on walkabout in your system and, if they're damaged or corrupted, restore them to a previous state, including all links, OLE objects, and … Read more
The ubiquity of computers in the workplace has created a legion of workers who spend long days typing and staring at screens, often to the detriment of their bodies and their productivity. Oh, we know we should take breaks to rest our eyes, wrists, and minds, but that's difficult to do when the work seems never-ending and deadlines are looming. WorkPace is an ingenious program that reminds--or forces--you to take periodic breaks, ensuring that both your mind and body have a chance to refresh themselves.
The program is extremely well-designed, and first-time users will find a thorough introductory video … Read more