Tool­box 1.7

Easy ac­cess to use­ful tools

Mac|Life - - REVIEWS - ALAN STONE­BRIDGE

$9.99/year De­vel­oper Par­al­lels, par­al­lels.com Re­quire­ments OS X 10.10.5 or later

This util­ity’s menu bar icon re­veals a menu of tools for com­mon tasks, in­clud­ing down­load­ing videos from the likes of YouTube by past­ing a link; an en­hanced Do Not Dis­turb mode that stops Dock icons bounc­ing; and hid­ing icons on your desk­top.

This ver­sion en­hances the video down­load and screen­shot tools, and adds four brand new ones: an au­dio down­loader, a screen res­o­lu­tion switcher, a pre­sen­ta­tion mode that sup­presses in­tru­sive sys­tem be­hav­iors, and Air­plane Mode to tog­gle both Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth on or off in fewer clicks.

Tools are shown as large icons, which you can add to the Fa­vorite & Re­cent area at the menu’s top, the menu bar, or the Dock. The li­brary can be col­lapsed to make the app’s menu more com­pact; still, color to aid nav­i­ga­tion would be wel­come.

It’s also a pity you can’t as­sign sim­ple key­board short­cuts to your fa­vorite tools. Par­al­lels promises the ad­di­tion of more tools, but you’ll need an ac­tive sub­scrip­tion to re­ceive them.

THE BOT­TOM LINE. A nice bunch of tools, yet icons are a bit lack­ing, and there are no key­board short­cuts to fa­vorites.

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