Par­al­lels Tool­box

Tools to fill in macOS’ gaps

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Nick Peers

Free trial, $19.99 an­nu­ally From Par­al­lels, par­al­lels.com Needs OS X 10.10.5 or later

Tool­box is a dis­parate col­lec­tion of tools that are ac­ces­si­ble via a menu bar icon. Click this and a col­lec­tion of large icons with de­scrip­tive names make it easy to choose from the tools on of­fer — now num­ber­ing more than 30.

The tools are de­signed to plug the gaps in macOS, and range from Down­load Video (drag and drop links from YouTube and the like) to adding a menu bar icon for swiftly switch­ing between dif­fer­ent res­o­lu­tions.

The last two ma­jor up­dates to Tool­box have added six new tools: Find Du­pli­cates, Make GIF, Clean Drive, Free Mem­ory, Re­size Im­age, and Screen­shot Page. Most are self– ex­plana­tory — Screen­shot Page is de­signed for cap­tur­ing long web pages as a sin­gle im­age in your browser.

The lat­est up­date also im­proves ex­ist­ing tools, and it’s now pos­si­ble to as­sign key­board short­cuts to fa­vorite tools. This is a lit­tle awk­ward — there’s no prompt to warn you that a key combo isn’t avail­able; the short­cut sim­ply doesn’t ap­pear. An­other less wel­come devel­op­ment is that Par­al­lels has dou­bled the cost of Tool­box.

the bot­tom line. What should be a tri­umphant up­date is spoiled by the price rise. Par­al­lels Tool­box Large se­lec­tion of tools Sim­ple, but ef­fec­tive Key­board short­cuts Price in­crease Good

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