cleave, mac, file, segmentation, osx

Software I've created to fulfil specific requests that I think other people may find handy. This software is free unless specified otherwise.


alldepstodeb for Linux is a dependency to deb downloader.


alldepstodeb-gui for Linux: same as above, but with a GUI


x11-vnc-monitor is a gui frontend for x11vnc server.


cloneFold clones the contents of one folder to another.


Batch-resizes a copy of images to make them smaller for emailing.


Helps you perform a screenshot of the entire screen or a selective area.



(By the way, if you are using Mac OS X 10.7.5 or above you may have to right-click and choose 'Open' because you won't find the following Mac apps on the Apple App Store. Gatekeeper will block you from opening apps not from the 'App Store' by default.)


Araposin is a utility to save and restore the position of your desktop icons.


Photo organiser for Mac OS (OS X 10.6 and higher)


Emufront is an emulation launcher using just a gamepad for the Mac.


DotOff deletes invisible files from a folder you specify.


FolderIcon10 is a mac program to create custom folder icons.


Cleave for Mac creates segmented DMG files and segmented ZIP files.


ppcub3264 identifies the processor architecture for any selected App.


Tweaker customises hidden features of OSX and MacOS. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.


Batch-resizes a copy of images to make them smaller for emailing.


cloneFold clones the contents of one folder to another.

 WineSkin Engine Builder

It builds WineSkin Engines. Read on, you'll get it.


Helps you perform a screenshot of the entire screen or a selective area.


 before and after

before and after for Windows lists changes to the Windows filesystem.


Helps you perform a screenshot of the entire screen or a selective area.


App Store Disabled Icon
Why aren't these on the Mac App Store?

As good as the Mac App Store is, there are some drawbacks to it:

What is my opinion of the Mac App Store?
My opinion of the App Store is that it's good for novice users - it's introduced people to Applications they never knew existed, without them having to look all over the internet for them. It's also reduced the risk of downloading something malicious (malware) and probably saved people multiple trips to the Genius Bar in Apple Retail Stores. It's also made App updates far far easier for people.

My program 'Tweaker' would never be allowed on the App Store as it can modify the behaviour of your system, and Apple would rather most people don't do this. They don't want people to have the ability to change their system settings to that degree.

Imagine you were working in an Apple Store, trying to tech-support a tweak that a customer had made to their system. You'd be unaware of what tweak they'd performed, so it'd be a very in-depth procedure to reverse it if you didn't know how.

(This is why they introduced System Integrity Protection after all. Although it's great at stopping malicious software, it also takes away the ability to customise). For those who appreciate the foundations of MacOs or OSX but would like more control over the interface, then Tweaker serves it's purpose.

If you are a developer using the App store, you reach billions of people, but you have to pay every year for an Apple Developer Certificate, plus a cut to Apple of your Application sales. Many developers have been accused of being tight... I mean, frugal, however it's more outgoings and they have a valid point. Of course, because they are seen by billions of people wont necessarily mean their software will ever be purchased. Worse though is that customers with Apps downloaded through the App Store can't be helped without a fix being reposted to the App Store with the related delays.

Another aspect of the App store relates to self management of software, particularly if you are a business. If you'd purchased apps from the App Store, they aren't like normal apps. Apple can choose to revoke a developer's certificate or even remove the App from the store at any point. You'll not be able to reinstall it again if this is the case. With normal software you can back it up however you please and you have it for as long as you require. This is also better for businesses who have to deploy software to multiple computers, who don't need the software disappearing without notice when it may be critical to their business.

There's nothing wrong with downloading software from outside the App Store, and it'll still run if you right-click an Application and choose 'open', but be absolutely sure you trust the software or use it on a computer that doesn't matter to try it out first. And always have a backup of course!