What Cross-Platform Software do you Need?


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You guys know that I’m a cross-platform Gnomie. I became addicted to software at a very young age, like many of you. I found myself floating between operating systems more often, and looking for developers who created software that was workable no matter what environment I was in at the time.

I recently found a need for a renaming utility for Mac OS X, because the batch renaming utility is pretty lacking, especially in comparison to Vista. I happened to come across PublicSpace online. On their site, I found A Better File Rename. Better yet, there’s a Windows equivalent! They have a few other utilities as well.

One that I’m really excited to talk to you about is called MacBreakZ. This is only available for Mac OS X, so no luck for Windows folks at this point. What this will do is run and remind you that you need to get up from your computer and stretch or take a break. It even gives you examples of different stretches you can do. Their tag line is “Making Healthy Computing Fun”.

Computer-related health problems ranging from eyestrain, headaches, neck, wrist, elbow and back pain to more serious Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI), including carpal tunnel syndrome, writer’s cramp, tendonitis, etc. are the result of inappropriate computer use.

MacBreakZ offers a unique way of acquiring ergonomic skills that can save you a lot of discomfort and shield you from serious health and career-threatening injury.

I’m always looking for new software I can test out, especially if there’s equivalents for more than one operating system. Feel free to pass along anything you think I might be interested in checking out.

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8 thoughts on “What Cross-Platform Software do you Need?”

  1. MacBreakz looks like a great program! I think it can really help you not use the computer for like hours without stretching, which we all do all the time. 😀
    I just wish it was opensouce…. 🙁

  2. MacBreakz looks like a great program! I think it can really help you not use the computer for like hours without stretching, which we all do all the time. 😀
    I just wish it was open source…. 🙁

  3. Hi Chris. I’m a big fan of your.
    Im Ibrahem, from Saudi Arabia. About the renaming app you talked about, there is already a built in app in Mac that helps you do that- very easily too. “Automator” if you know it– sure that you do.
    All you have to do is type the word “rename” in the app search bar and boom!-being Steve Jobs -… there you have it.

    By the way, if you could do a small guide tour for the “automator” app, I would be grateful.

    take care and i hope i hear from you!

  4. Software is amazing. I just bought a HP laptop and I’ve fully realized how much a new laptop doesn’t have initially installed on it. I think that a windows equivalent of this app is definitely something worth looking in to because of my marathon computer sessions until 2 in the morning in some cases. Besides, any simple exercises the better anyone’s health is always a plus.

  5. The need for Cross Platform software is ever evolving I used to be a One Operating System kinda guy whether it was Windows or Linux I always used one but not the other for and extended period of time. Well here recently I have been using Windows, and Linux together in VM’s and have noted that there is ever more increasing need for Cross Platform Software for both systems. I like the ability to be able to use the same applications on both of these systems without constantly having to search for multiple types of software to complete tasks

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