In my last post we talked about Skim (a really good PDF Reader) and I thought it would be more fulfilling to add this great utility that will help you to fill out the blank spaces on your PDF file. As I mentioned before, I don’t handle PDF files too often, but this app is probably quite beneficial to have installed in case you ever need to fill out and print online forms, as filling out forms by hand can be tedious at the best of times!
This is a light post. Actually, it’s more like a mention than a post and I will be honest with you…it’s because I don’t use PDFs a lot so and I already have Preview installed, so using Skim isn’t a necessity. I don’t like having extra/unnecessary software or apps installed on my computer. But if Preview doesn’t support your PDF file needs, you should take a look at this program. Skim is not only a PDF reader but also allows you to create/edit notes on the top of your PDF, highlight important information, or just mark what is important so you can come back to all your notes and highlights later on. I think these are very good features for students or those who are doing projects and gathering a lot of information. Skim offers more features that will change the way you use/read PDF.
Some people prefer to follow news very closely and these days news runs so fast and in so many web-sites/blogs that it is almost impossible to check for each site to be updated. So to make our life easier there are options out there to keep us updated and better organized. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and once you add the link in your favourites, sooner or later you will have time to catch up. Usually all the options are very similar with e-mail clients and if you use Mail 4.5 from Apple you don’t need to worry about installing anything extra because this version of Mail is able to read RSS but it is only for Intel Mac OS 10.6. If you are like me, and also have a PowerPC machine, running OS X 10.4 your Mail won’t be able to be read. After spending a few hours researching my options, I found a couple of free applications for Mac PowerPC running Tiger and also a couple of applications for Mac PowerPC running Leopard. Take a look…
* NetNewsWire – It’s a great application with many features, easy to use and a very nice interface. Runs easily on PowerPC Tiger. It also has support for iPad + iPhone. Don’t miss any updates and download this powerful app. http://netnewswireapp.com/
* Vienna – It’s my second choice, but not second place for Mac PowerPC Tiger users. It’s an Open Source and also supports 10.3 users. It’s has a typical Mac interface, it’s easy to use and very organized. Take a close look because this option probably will fit your computer very well. http://sourceforge.net/projects/vienna-rss/
* Times – (Shareware $30.00) It’s a whole new way to treat your news. Usually you add the link on your RSS reader client and that’s it. Times shows you all the latest news as headlines and you choose what you want to subscribe to and you can separate your favourites. If you run 10.5 on your PowerPC this application will bring you to a different site to be updated. http://www.acrylicapps.com/pulp/
* Gruml - Compatible with PowerPC 10.5 or later. This application works together with your subscriptions on Google reader and is very similar to Mail from Apple. Easy to use and very fast. http://www.grumlapp.com/
I hope you guys enjoy the post, if you like you can subscribe or just leave me a comment or feedback. I will try to find more available apps for PowerPC. If you have any suggestions, please share them with us! We are a small but steady group of Mac supporters…and I’d like to keep options coming our way!