In this week’s edition of Friday 5, we have a look at a few handy Mac utilities that I use on a regular basis. Apps include SuperDuper, a long-available tool that lets you create reliable disk clones, and Intel Power Gadget, a handy way to monitor CPU performance on macOS. But it doesn’t stop there, have a look at our full list and video for a brief look at all of this week’s app selections.
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If you’re looking to clone your Mac’s primary drive, then Shirt Pocket software’s SuperDuper is a tool that I can absolutely recommend. With just a few clicks, you can start a disk clone that can be easily restored via macOS’ built-in disk utility. I use SuperDuper (in concert with other backup options) to back up my MacBook Pro. I also use it to create a quick clone of my Hackintosh builds once I have them working just right.
- Price: Basic features are free, unlock full version for $27.95
Intel Power Gadget is an app that lets you accurately monitor your CPU’s current frequency (clock speed), power usage, and temperature. The app even lets you monitor CPU usage over a period of time via a log file that can be activated via a menu bar option.
- Price: Free
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Mr Stopwatch is my go-to macOS stopwatch app for timing benchmarks. I like it because it’s simple to use, relatively inexpensive, and can be configured to always stay on top of other on-screen content. It’s far from the prettiest app (I’d go as far as to call it unattractive), but it’s always worked well for me.
- Price: $1.99
There are lots of window snapping tools available for macOS, but Magnet, with its current 80% discount, is one of the cheapest options.
The app features three ways to initiate snapping — dragging windows, menu bar shortcuts, and customizable keyboard shortcuts. Magnet doesn’t inundate you with a bunch of other features that you may not be interested in; it’s an app that solely focuses on window snapping and nothing else.
- Price: $0.99
Many of us long time Mac users are familiar with Caffeine, a menu bar utility that could override Energy Saver settings and force your Mac to stay awake. William C. Gustafson’s Amphetamine 3 is like Caffeine, but much deeper and more customizable. More importantly, it’s still actively being developed, and is available as a free download from the Mac App Store.
Amphetamine can keep your Mac awake indefinitely via a quick menu bar shortcut. You can also set a custom amount of wake time, or make it so that your Mac stays awake as long as a designated app is running. But the options don’t stop there, just have a look at the app’s preferences for a ton of additional customization features.
- Price: Free
Are there any must-have macOS utilities that you’d like to share? Feel free to sound off in the comments below. Also, be sure to have a look at last week’s edition of Friday 5 where I discuss five of my favorite 1Passwords features for iOS.
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