Since Picnik (a fantastic free web based photo and image editor) closed down as a result of being bought by Google, I’ve been on the hunt for a suitable replacement. I’m happy to report that PicMonkey, built by some of the same people who built Picnik, is a great new web app that fills this niche.
PicMonkey has all of Picnik’s features, including cropping, rotating, recolouring, adding text and graphics. Some cool new features that PicMonkey offers are textures, where you can paint in your own texture (or one of the many provided textures) over an image. You can see an example of textures being used in my profile picture in the sidebar (see it larger on my Google+ profile): the are out the window is actually a texture which I painted over an over exposed area.
PicMonkey is currently my photo editor of choice!
In my explorations of the intertubes, I’ve found quite a cool hidden feature in iTunes. As shown in the image above, with a simple Terminal command, you can make iTunes’ dock icon have a little bubble above it with the name and artist of the current song. This bubble is shown whenever a new song begins.
To enable this, quit iTunes, and launch Terminal (located at /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app). At the command line, paste in the following, and press the return key:
defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool TRUE;killall Dock
The dock will disappear for a couple of seconds, and then come back. Now, you’ll magically be notified of the name and artist of each song.
If you decide that you don’t like having these alerts, just repeat the steps above, and in the command, change the word “TRUE” to “FALSE”