Category Archives: Mac OS X

Shrook, a free RSS and Atom reader for OS X

I’ve been using Shrook to efficiently keep track of the ‘blogosphere’. Check it out here. All you have to do to keep track of a new RSS feed, atom feed etc is to find the feed page for the blog and enter the URL after creating a new channel. If you use Firefox you can click the orange bubble in the URL field and this should tell you what the URL for the feed is. For example, the URL for this blog’s feed is:

Here is a screenshot of Shrook on my machine. Click on the thumbnail to get a bigger view.


A couple of screenshots

Just a couple of screenshots for the two utilities I wrote and blogged about earlier. Of course, the UI and the application logic for both these apps needs a lot more polish to make them true Mac apps, but I am swamped with work. I did put them up on Google Code with a GPL license (see the original announcement above) if someone wanted to improve them. Click on the thumbnails to get a bigger view.

cocoagcalc screenshot

visualdot screenshot showing usage of neato

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

“If I have seen further it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”

–Isaac Newton

Well, it is that time of year again–university summer classes. I won’t update this blog as frequently as before, but I will try to post from time to time, depending on how much time I can free up.

I made two small Cocoa projects on Google Code which leverage existing code and tools(hence the quote above)



I have uploaded the code and binaries from a different machine instead of my Mac, so let me know if something is broken.


  1. Andreas Mayer for AMShellWrapper
  2. Greg Miller for gcalc

GraphViz for Mac OS X

It is straightforward installing GraphViz for Mac OS X. The easiest way might be using the Mac port of the same name, GraphViz. However, I think this has not been updated in a couple of years.

You can install the commandline version of the latest GraphViz tools, dot, neato, etc by using MacPorts. Assuming you have MacPorts properly installed and configured, I think the following command is used(I have to check to be 100% sure):

sudo port install graphviz

Once the installation is done, do a simple sanity check by typing in dot and neato in the Terminal.

Navigating Wikipedia with style

From MacResearch,

If you use wikipedia as one of your favourite sources of information then you should definitely take a look at Pathway. It will allow you to navigate wikipedia in a graphical way, creating a pathway as you move from page to page. Its creator, Dennis Lorson, is an electrical engineering/CS student at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. If this is his first program he made, I can only look forward to what we can expect from him in the future!

Innovative little apps like this one are one of the reasons I like Mac OS X. Here is a sample screenshot. Click on the thumbnail to get the full view.

Nice utility

Nice Very nice window management app(found this through MacResearch).

A nice utility called SpotInside

According to the programmer:

Spotlight was introduced in Mac OS X Tiger. Spotlight can search the local hard drive and it is great! However, Spotlight only displays a list of the files that contain the query keyword. Users must open each file to see what it is and how the keyword is used in the file. That’s ridiculous and I think Apple should improve this bad user experience. That’s why I made this small software, SpotInside, which shows its contents just by clicking the result list and it highlights the keyword as well.

Here is the link: SpotInside