Category: Cool Software

Subler: iTunes Tagging Made Easy


I archive my movies onto my iMac on iTunes and then play them over AppleTv units to my TVS. Doing it that way works for playing the files, but the cover art and the meta data does not just appear. I have tried a few methods in the past such as Identify and Meta X but they didn’t always work on my files. The automated lookups failed for various reasons such as misspelled titles or adding the year to the file name to differentiate between a classic movie and a remake movie. If the lookup failed I was often stuck with the wrong meta data with no way to change it using the automated options.

Recently I came across Subler. Which works great for my needs. The searching isn’t really as automated as the searching in Identify or Meta X. You have to manually add the files to the program, hit search, find the correct entry, then add that entry to the queue. If there is a way to get it to auto search from your iTunes library I have yet to figure out that process. Where Subler shines is its manual input. If a file is misspelled or has extra text I can fix the spelling or delete the extra text and search a for the info a second time. Subler allows you to select the proper meta info and it allows you to choose from multiple artwork choices.



Skitch For Evernote


I decided to give Evernote another try and came across an awesome tool called Skitch.

Skitch allows you to take a screenshot and annotate it. It is simple, easy to use, and auto saves your files to Evernote. Skitch runs on Mac OSX, Windows, iOS and android.

SkitchMenuOn OSX Skitch sits in the menu bar and when you click on it you can take a screenshot of the whole screen, a timed screenshot, a crosshair selection screenshot, or a screenshot of your previously selected crosshair. That last part is great for a Web Designer who wants to try out a bunch of different colors in a layout.

You can save the files directly to your computer by drag and drop or copy and paste and they are all saved to your Evernote Account. Links to the files can be shared with others as needed. Skitch also allows you to annotate your screenshot with arrows, text, boxes, circles and more. You can even blur out parts of the image. Here are some examples:



Using it on your mobile phone you can take a picture of an area and show off measurements and layout ideas. Great for the interior designer or home staging specialist.

Angry Birds Star Wars

Do we really need more angry birds? Before playing Angry Birds Star Wars edition I would have said no, but after giving it a go I must say I like it more than the original birds.

The abilities of the Star Wars versions of the birds are super fun and the story follows along with that is Star Wars episode IV. You start off as Luke Skywalker bird and all you you can do is bash into things. You then unlock Obiwon bird and can use force push. A little more gaming and Luke bird gets his light saber which can deflect blaster bolts and cut through objects. A bit further in you unlock Han Solo bird who has the ability to shoot his blaster in any direction.

After progressing along in the story you move on to space and the gameplay changes to be more like Angry Birds Space. So you get both styles of gameplay from the first Angry Birds and Angry Birds Space for the price of one game.

Controls are on par with the other birds games. The graphics look amazing for what they are. Clean lines, vibrant colors, and a little added sense of depth make this a good looking game.

I would say pick this up if you are an Angry Birds fan or a Star Wars Fan.