HobbyMac Volume Two – Disc of the Month for April

Nicholas Pyers
12 March, 2009
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HobbyMac Volume Two
Hobby – DEF: An activity or interegular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure.
HobbyMac – DEF: A collection of software that allows you to use your Mac to help pursue other hobbies.
HobbyMac Volume contains over 40 different applications to help pursue over a dozen different hobbies using your Macintosh.

Amigos Puzzles: Learn Spanish vocabulary using various word games and puzzles. Fun and easy to use. Demo

Amigos Spanish: Learn Spanish with the Amigos Spanish verb program. Practice verb conjugation using tests and puzzles, including anagrams, word search and crosswords puzzles. Shareware

Anarchysoft Diary: Featuring high quality video and audio recording and an easy to use interface, Diary provides you with the best journaling experience available. Shareware

Aquarist: Designed with the heavily-planted fish tank owner in mind by determining how your weekly water changes affect your tank. Freeware

Celestia: Real-time 3D space simulation featuring a database of over 100000 stars, nearly a hundred solar system, objects, and a complete catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. Freeware

Clover Diary: Simple diary software but it provides basic functions to write a diary like calendar view, password protection. Donationware

Dream Diary: Keep your dreams, memories, day-to-day activities, thoughts and goals in DreamDiary. Freeware

EarMaster Pro: Enhance your musical education, prepare for ear training exams, and start becoming a better musican today. Demo

EPOXY: Create Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) and allows you to create your electronic cards from elementary tools and customable objects library. Freeware

Fish Tank Tool: Simple tool for working out the volume of water held in an aquarium, its surface area, and the approximate number of fish that can be kept in it. Freeware

French Verbs Puzzles: Practice French verb conjugation using tests and puzzles. Fun and easy to use. Shareware

French Word Puzzles: Learn French vocabulary using games and puzzles. Shareware

Guitar Guru: Learn how to play your favorite songs as the virtual fretboard guides you through the music at your own pace and plays in sync with your CDs, audio files, or the included MIDI. Demo

Handwriting Analyst: With this program, you will gain deep insight into the personalities of others – whether you’ve met them or not. Trial

Home Weather Center: A virtual weather station using Internet based weather sources rather than the more traditional and costly hardware based sensors. Shareware

iBird: Organises information about birds and birding field trips. Freeware

iCollect Banknotes: An easy to use, yet powerful inventory tool for collectors of banknotes and other paper currency. Shareware

iKana: A Japanese learning aide which helps to teach you the two Japanese phonetic alphabets Hiragana and Katakana. Shareware

Indigo: A home control server that helps you save money, conserve water, and reduce electrical usage by automating your home with Indigo’s unlimited scheduling and control logic. Demo

INtex Collection vX: Professional and modern software exclusively designed to help manage your collection of paintings and art. Demo

iTrain: Offers an easy to use solution to control your model railroad with your computers, especially if you want to automate only parts of your layout and keep control of the rest yourself. Shareware

Language Alchemist: Your ultimate assistant to translate nearly any foreign language texts on the Macintosh. With more than 20 languages included – it will be essential for your daily work. Shareware

Jisho: The Japanese English Dictionary for the rest of us. It speaks your language, and with over 100,000 entries you’ll never be lost for words again! Shareware

Kanji Go: Makes it easy to lookup and review Japanese and Chinese. Freeware

L’Astrologue: An astrological that computes, draws, and interprets natal charts. Shareware

Mac-MoVe: Administer very easy and flexibly your complete model train collection. Shareware

MacDoppler: Amateur Radio Satellite Tracking Software that gives you a seat right in the heart of the Operations & Command Centre for every satellite in orbit. Demo

Maquarium: Aquarium management software for the novice or expert fish keeper. It allows users to track chemicals, schedule tasks, keep notes, analyze expenses and manage inventory. Shareware

Meander: Route planning software which is ideally suited for walkers, runners and cyclists. Shareware

Moodstats: Allows you to quickly record & rate how your day has been in six different categories. Shareware

More Can I Keep It?: Introduces aquarists to the art of choosing fish for the community aquarium. Freeware

Paradigmatic: View and test your knowledge of Biblical Hebrew and New Testament (Koine) Greek verb paradigms. Any student of Biblical languages should find this program useful. It assumes a certain level of knowledge of Greek and/or Hebrew – i.e. it won’t teach you grammar, but it will help you drill in and learn what you already know. Freeware

Plangarden: Quickly lay out your “virtual vegetable garden”, know the right time to plant your veggies, and track gardening activities and harvests. Demo

rubiTrack: A GPS enabled activity tracking software for the Mac that lets you display, analyze and organize your runs, bike rides, walks, hikes, skiing tours and all other outdoor activities. Shareware

Seasonality: Takes weather monitoring to a whole new level with weather forecasts, radar images, astronomical data, and much more. Keep track of just your hometown or multiple cities around the globe. Shareware

Solar System Simulator Educational Edition (SssimEdu): Simulates astronomical phenomena of the solar system. Freeware

Stargazer’s Delight: Fully featured desktop planetarium which shows you the sky, seen from any location on earth. Shareware

StitchBuddy: Modify and convert embroidery files. Patterns can be flipped or rotated, thread colors can be changed and you can convert i. e. a PES file (used by Brother embroidery machines) into Janome‘s JEF format. Shareware

Tagebuch: Your digital diary to chronicle your life – the journaling app for the rest of us. Demo

Thinking Home: Home automation solution that is savvy about the most popular controllers, like the PowerLinc V2 and ActiveHome Pro. Demo

TimePassages: Gain insight into yourself and others with beautiful astrology charts and in-depth reports at the touch of a button. Demo

Wings: Birding software that can store bird sightings data and the supporting taxonomic, location, observer and source data. Demo

Wx: A specialized internet weather app that downloads and processes weather information and forecasts. Shareware

ps: Don’t forget to check out HobbyMac Volume One, which was released October 2008 and contains more than 50 applications to assist you to pursue over two dozen other hobbies.

HobbyMac Volume Two is available on CD for $10 from participating Apple User Groups, including;

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