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On MBW 48: Pick of the Week is Fly Gesture

MacBreak Weekly 48: The Next Big Thing

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Merlin Mann, Andy Ihnatko, The Macalope

Variable pricing comes to iTunes, iPhone hacks, and where's the Mac?

Here's a direct MP3 download of MBW 48.

My pick for this week's MacBreak Weekly is Fly Gesture, which is a nifty little freeware app from Flying Meat's boy genius, Gus Mueller. Like it says on FG's home page:

FlyGesture is activated like Exposé or Dashboard, bringing up a transparent window of "guides" to move your mouse through. Moving your mouse through the guides lets FlyGesture know what action or actions you want to be performed, such as closing a window or opening an application.

Mac users are familiar with doing stuff by clicking predefined menus with a mouse or by executing key commands, but Fly Gesture -- like Quicksilver's Abracadabra or Firefox's mouse gestures -- takes a different approach, allowing you to invoke bits of Mac functionality by drawing shapes with your mouse.

For certain kinds of tasks -- changing tabs in a browser, jumping to a favorite page -- gestures can be a faster and more painless way to get around. Regardless of preferences, though, I think this is just a really pretty application, and it's cool of Gus to give it away for free.

(Maybe say thanks by picking up the awesome VoodooPad.)

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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