Speed up your Dashboard

Every widget creates a cache file. In theory, these cache files are meant to speed up Dashboard performance. But, the cache files can get bloated or corrupted, resulting in the exact opposite effect. If your Dashboard seems to be running unusually slow, you may want to try clearing those caches.

Go to:

YourUserFolder/Library/Caches/DashboardClient

You’ll find a cryptic set of folders with no names, just numbers. Delete everything inside the “DashboardClient” folder.

In order to complete the process, you need to restart the Dock (it controls Dashboard). You can do this in two ways:

Type in the Terminal:

killall Dock

This will quit and restart the Dock.
Open the Activity Monitor application (in your Utilities folder). Type “dock” in the search field. Once you find it, select it and hit the “Quit Process” button. The Dock will quit and restart.
That’s it. You’ve successfully cleared the cache files for your widgets. For me, this resulted in a significant performance boost. Dashboard is actually usable again.

Note: If you run several widgets, it will probably take several seconds for Dashboard to display the info in each widget the first time it’s activated after clearing the caches. Dashboard needs to rebuild the cache for each widget. Don’t be alarmed when they initially come up blank.

It should also be noted that the caches do NOT hold the actual data in the widgets. So, if you’re running widgets like, Mint, iClip lite, or Daily Grind Timer, the data will NOT be lost by clearing the cache.

Docs for Xcode

Docs for Xcode

View in Mac App Store

  • Free
  • Category: Developer Tools
  • Updated: Oct 23, 2013
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Size: 2.0 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Václav Slavík
  • © 2013 Václav Slavík

Description

Install additional docsets into Xcode 5 and keep them up to date.

Xcode 5 no longer supports 3rd party docsets. It can display them, but you cannot add new docsets from within Xcode and it won’t update them. You have to do it manually — unless you use Docs for Xcode. It installs docsets, subscribes to feeds and keeps the documentation always up to date.

Docs for Xcode works with both Xcode 4 and 5.

What’s New in Version 1.0.3

- Better error reporting.
- Improved sandboxing explanation.

1.0.2:
- Fixed problems with adding feeds directly from cocoadocs.org and with opening some docset files.

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Resizer

Resizer

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  • Free
  • Category: Developer Tools
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2012
  • Version: 1.4
  • Size: 0.2 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Bonobo Labs
  • © Bonobo 2012

Description

★ Formerly Unretina / Unretiner, this is the original, and most popular resize app for developers! (Name changed at Apple’s request).

Develop iOS apps? Easily resize your @2x or -hd cocos2d images in seconds! Great for testing out non retina devices before the big painful export from Photoshop.

Supports .png .jpg .tif and .bmp.

To use simply drag @2x or -hd named images (or a folder containing the images) onto the application, choose an output folder and you are done!

Remember that Resizer is great for some images, but nothing beats recreation.

We’ve had some great requests for features for Version 2:
* AppleScript Support (Automatically convert a folder when files appear)
* Sharpness Filter
* Other (better quality) scaling methods
* Drop files onto icon
* Settings to default to same folder and hide the message box.

Let us know what you’d like to see!

For more kickass apps and tips for developers, follow @Bonobo on Twitter.

What’s New in Version 1.4

Lion / Mountain Lion Support
Name changed from Unretina/Unretiner to Resizer.

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