Airy YouTube Downloader – Download, Store, and Play YouTube Content Sans Internet

Ever wish you could save some of those videos you’ve seen on YouTube so you can watch them whenever you want, without needing internet connectivity? Sounds impossible, but it’s not, because there is Airy.

Airy is a YouTube downloader for the Mac that lets sift through all of your favorite playlists and pick favorites to save and play when you want. You can even save entire playlists! What’s even more useful and unique is that you can download just the audio MP3 files, so you can play your YouTube playlists without videos.

I know there are other apps out there that download MP3 files, but Airy was extremely easy to use and provided a clean interface and organization tool to facility easy searches.  The other neat thing about Airy is that you can also choose the format of the audio file besides MP3.

The easy integration of Airy with standard browsers makes the usability top notch. After downloading the Airy app, you integrate with the browser of your choice, and then you will see the Airy bookmark icon, which triggers the download. It was so easy to just bookmark a video link and then save it.

Make note that currently, Airy is in its free trial mode, so when you go to download a playlist, it will capture just the first two items. You will have to go in and download the remainders manually.

I haven’t done much downloading of videos, but the features I found in Airy were quite impressive:

  • Video Quality – you can tweak settings for video download so that when they play you get the quality you want. Videos can download as MP4s, FLVs, and 3GPs, and you have the option to set the resolution, as well.
  • Restrictions – if you have younger folk who will be using the app to download content and want to make sure they are accessing what they are allowed to view, you can easily place password protection on individual downloads. This keeps them out of what they should not have access to.
  • Content Information – when you download a video or mp3, you also get the artist, title and album art.

A really neat feature in Airy is the ability to resume download that may has stopped by accident or that you intentionally paused. You can even have Airy alert you when a download completes.

I really could not ask for more in a YouTube downloader app. Airy seems to have it all. I found it extremely straightforward to use and it had no issues with any of the downloads I tried. I was able to easily save the files wherever I wanted them. I would say the only wish I could have is to have the app download directly into a file sharing app like Box.com or Google Docs, so I can easily share without sending files.

Apart from that, Airy YouTube Downloader has made YouTube downloading so easy and convenient. I never thought I would ever use an app like this, but I am seeing so many benefits to having it that I look forward to buying the official version when it comes out.

Efficiently and Safely Use Your Mac with Combo Cleaner

Macs are fine machines. Left to their own devices, they deliver superb computing power, freeing you from being fettered by slow running operating systems of yesteryear. For the most part, they are also very tightly contained, thanks to robust operations systems and meticulous vetting of apps that are “allowed” to run on Mac’s OS’s.

Yet, one has to think that with the advancement of computing power and the cleverness that so many hackers seem to be wielding these days, our Macs may be in need of some assistance to be thoroughly protected. Combo Cleaner is an app for Macs that I would highly recommend you look into if you are looking to keep your stuff safe and help your Mac run as efficiently as possible.

Sounds like a strange combination, but it will make all the sense in the world once you download and use it.

I was hooked when I saw the main page. The layout is clear and you can get to each of the app’s functions instantaneously and easily, thanks the icons neatly stacked on the sidebar. First off you get a dashboard view of the app’s findings:

  • GBs of storage used
  • GBs of free storage
  • Percentage used

combo cleaner

Underneath this, you get results of each function you may have run. This includes the Duplicate File Finder, Big Files Finder, Disk Cleaner, Privacy Scanner, and Antivirus. The app also offers an App Uninstaller which I found to be brilliant, as so many apps can be “uninstalled,” leaving behind so many files for that app that you don’t need anymore. Why keep all of those files if you are not using the app?

To start, I ran the Antivirus, just to see if anything popped up; and it did! Combo Cleaner found bad files and listed them for me so I could decide on what to do with them. I ran the Full Scan, because I wanted to scrub my machine clean. Other options for antivirus include Quick Scan and Custom. I would highly recommend a Full at least once a month, and an occasional Quick if you have suspicions.

After that, I went over to the Disk Cleaner. I have to admit, my Mac was not running as well as it was when I first bought it, so I thought, let’s give this a try. I was shown a few gigabytes of unused files, which I proceeded to delete. Once I restarted, my Mac was like a new machine.

What would be neat to have in Combo Cleaner is the ability to collect and draw data from reports it creates, just to see if you can find trends of privacy issues like time of year when you see more hacks, or map it against the times of the month you have visited more shopping sites than more work related sites.

Even without this extra, Combo Cleaner is a huge plus to have if you have a Mac. The download is free, and you can choose from several subscription offers to keep your Mac safe and running smoothly. It’s a definite download!

Enhance Presentations with Toolbox for Keynote Mac App

Making the perfect presentation is not always intuitive. It takes a lot of creativity and time to piece together content that delivers the information the way you want it to look, flow, and be arranged on each page.

That’s where a powerful toolset comes in handy. If you use Keynote on your Mac to create presentations, and you love all that has to offer, you can enhance your experience with Keynote by downloading Toolbox for Keynote.

We all know that Keynote provides a superb development environment for presentation creation, but it does lack in variety and options for different layouts, backgrounds, images, and productivity sets. Toolbox for Keynote builds on what Keynote already has and takes it up a few notches.

Enhancements include a multitude of clipart images; preset themes and layouts with built in maps, charts and graphics to match; infographics that are clear, concise, and customizable; small graphics that are customizable, like bullets, patterns, frames, and characters; illustrations like doodles, badges, icons, and more.

What is really cool about Toolbox is that you can download it for free, check out what it has to offer, and then pick and choose the pieces you like? If you want the infographics, you can purchase that product set. If you only need the clipart images with editing feature, you can purchase Clipart Prime. If you like all of the enhancement product sets, you can purchase the full bundle, and save lots of money. The added bonus to the full bundle is that you get free updates for everything for the lifetime of the product.

I fell for the full bundle because there were so many options to choose from and it made sense to pay less for more!

After I made the in-app purchase, I sat down to play around with a practice presentation. Normally, you would open Keynote and choose a theme. Without Toolbox, there were 30 themes to choose from. With Toolbox, I had over 100 different types of themes at my disposal! I was blown away.

Toolbox for keynote

I chose my theme and started adding some basic information on each screen. Then I went back and decided on the enhancements I wanted to add. There were so many to choose from:

  • Over 700 different clipart images
  • More than 100 item sets that include doodles, icons, and more
  • More than 300 graphic styles for bullets, frames, patterns, and characters
  • Over 2100 types of diagrams, data visualization sets, charts, flags, and maps

Initially, I was overwhelmed, but I am sure that as projects come in, I will find great use for the abundant choices offered. What I really liked was that you can get new ideas by just browsing.  I thought I knew what I wanted to add, but when I looked at the different options that Toolbox offered, my mind went in a totally different direction.

The only thing I could possibly offer as an improvement to the app is to offer smaller bundles. I like the full bundle, but I can see a lot of folks who use a certain smaller grouping of product sets getting excited about being able to get a discount on a trio.

I can see in-app sales boosted by offering these smaller packages, as a full on $49.99 purchase can be daunting. I love my full bundle and I get lost in the app just browsing and trying things out. I don’ t have a project on hand to create, so I am doing my best to immerse myself in Toolbox for Keynote so I am at the ready when I get the next deliverable! This app is also available for iOS.

Save Money and the Environment – Create Booklet

These days most folks read written material using electronic devices. Gone are the days where you hold a physical copy of the written word. For some, however, the feel of paper in one’s hand is necessary to fully appreciate and absorb the words that span across a page. Swiping away on a screen and trying to decipher print that is small just doesn’t cut it.

While many still need hard copy print for several purposes, such as for marketing or maintaining business contacts, print is a necessity. And while you will still use some electronic device to create your magical masterpiece, you still need a way to make it print in just the right format you need to organize your content correctly and most productively.

This can range from a Z fold pamphlet to a multi-page booklet. Whatever the case may be, you have a friend in Create Booklet.

Most producers of printed booklets rely on the ease of use and power of Mac computers. Create Booklet has been designed to work seamlessly with Macs, making every product you create easy to design and bring to fruition.

What is really neat about this app is that even if you don’t have a duplex printer, it will allow for you to produce printed materials with content on both side in an easy way.

Costing just $9.99, it is a small investment that will save you a great deal of money over the long run. Just imagine how often you use printers and how much they cost. With this app, you have control over your printed product and can tweak it as you wish, multiple time if needed, before you print.

Create Booklet app

You can even try to print one copy, review it and then make your necessary edits. This is not something easily done by a print shop.

Easy to download, it becomes a part of your Print Panel on the Mac. So, when you are ready to print your booklet, you use the app to configure to your liking and then print.

Small features of the app, that go a long way, include:

  • Addition of empty pages, images, and complete PDF’s
  • Reording of pages
  • Removal of unneeded pages
  • Save to PDF
  • Instant printing from Create Booklet
  • PDF fine adjusting and layout design
  • Auto-rotation for landscape pages
  • Split large booklets into smaller ones, and easily find each section in order

And there is more…

Overall, I found Create Booklet to be extremely easy to use. Most of the functions were straightforward and uncomplicated. You also save lots of paper, too, which means increased cost savings.

The only one small item I would like to see is the ability to use it from my iPad, and I am sure that a mini version of it may be in the works. I anxiously look forward to any such additions.

Until then, I will take advantage of this app to best of my ability. I love using this to produce all sorts of written content, both for my business and for small community projects I help with on the side.