Software Projects Overview

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Cocoa Projects

Applications utilizing the full power of Mac OS X.


Hit Me Gently!

Hit Me Gently! is a project I developed for the office...learn more...


Tea Timer

Tea Timer is a simple timer application. See Tea Timer for details.



Poschtler is a simple mail-checking application. Yes, there tons of that kind out there. But, as usual, I wanted my own :-). See Poschtler for details.



GPSMinna is the all-in-one geocaching solution. See GPSMinna for Details.


Monoalphabetic Substitution Code Converter

Monoalphabetic Substitution Code Converter decodes ROT13, ROT18 and MIRROR en/decoding. See SoftwareProjectMonoalphabeticSubstitutionCodeConverter for details.



ScreenCast shows the Desktop of a remote computer in a web browser. Might come in quite handy if you want to monitor a machine via internet. See ScreenCast for details.



ARDMonitor shows the state of Apple Remote Desktop (disabled, enabled, connected) - even if the Administrator asked for permission to monitor/control (that's what ARD's menu extra doesn't). See ARDMonitor for details.



Raclette is a nice add-on if you like to listen to CT - Das Radio! Visit Raclette for details.

Screen Saver Projects


NixieClock Screen Saver

Many might have thought this is vaporware! But finally, after 8 years of developing (and waiting for the images to be edited[1]) it is here:


Blank Screen Saver

There it is, THE REAL screensaver. Since this screen saver will only display a black blank screen it should actually save your screen. Of course, if you REALLY want to save your screen use the "Energy saving" settings in your system's preferences. Now featuring transparency! It's Freeware, so don't hesitate to download the 1.2.0 version (for Snow Leopard).
Requires MacOS X 10.6 Snow Leopard! (For older MacOS X please visit SoftwareProjectsThatAreNotLongerSupported)


Flying Toasters Screen Saver

Small screensaver displaying flying toasters. Before someone else says it: NOT THRILLING THOUGH. It's Freeware, so don't hesitate to download it: Now compatible with MacOS X 10.5 and higher (including Snow Leopard)! (For Mac OS X 10.4 version please visit SoftwareProjectsThatAreNotLongerSupported)


NettWaer Screen Saver

Remember the good old times when "DOS was removed and it's memory given to the disk cache"? This screen saver will bring back the great screen saver of Novell Netware 3.x. It's Freeware, so don't hesitate to download version 1.2.0 (Snow Leopard compatible).


Huepfer Screen Saver

One more screensaver displaying fractal-like graphics known as Hopper or Hüpfer. It's Freeware, so don't hesitate to download the Snow Leopard compatible 1.1.0 version here.
Requires MacOS 10.5 "Leopard" or higher. (Users of MacOS 10.3 or 10.4 see SoftwareProjectsThatAreNotLongerSupported)


Apfelmaennle Screen Saver

One more screensaver displaying a fractal-The famous mandelbrot char. The screen saver has a bunch of configurable options as zooming speed, iteration depth and color schemes. It's Freeware, so don't hesitate to download version 1.2.0 (Requires MacOS X 10.5 "Leopard" or newer, including Snow Leopard, for older versions visit Software Projects That Are Not Longer Supported).



This screensaver is ideal for monitoring servers while screen saver is running (and keyboard is locked). Will display load averages, logfile and -if you like- the desktop using transparency. It's Freeware, so don't hesitate to download the Leopard/Snow Leopard compatible version (for older versions visit Software Projects That Are Not Longer Supported).


Übersatz Screen Saver

Small screensaver displaying messages. Highly configurable. Before someone else says it: NOT THRILLING THOUGH. It's Freeware, so don't hesitate to download Leopard/Snow Leopard compatible 1.2.0 version.

Web-based Projects

This are not really applications since they are completely browser-based.



See CoordinatesConverter.



The Wishlist offers a technique to tell the world what you would like to get on your next birthday, x-mas or similar anniversary, without actually knowing who will buy you which gift. And best of all, the "buyer" can mark it as bought, so no-one else will buy it. (Did you ever get something twice?) Visit WishList for details.

AppleScript- and Automator-Projects

These programs will run on Mac OS X AppleScript / Automator environments. They are mostly provided as source.


Heikos Little Helpers

Heikos Little Helpers is a collection of the scripts I wrote for my own purposes. Check it out!



For those of you that missed a feature in iTunes allowing to play a single track, here's your solution: PlaySingleTrack


VLC Remote Control Shell Scripts

If you want to remote control your VLC Player by shell commands, take a look at VLCRemoteControlShellScripts.


iTunes Backup and Restore Rating Scripts

Since iTunes Library keeps crashing occasionally I was searching for a way to preserve all metadata. The tags are safely stored inside the files. Only the rating is not. That's what my script does - it backups the rating into the (at least for me) useless BPM-Tag.
It's also an script for restoring into rating included. You may the scripts here. They're free! (Best installed at /Library/iTunes/Scripts/) ||


iTunes Control Scripts (for remote shell like ssh)

I needed a way to control my iTunes running on my other Mac - since I found nothing which fits my needs I made up my own (as usual). The scripts can show all details of the current track, control iTunes (volume, play, pause, quit, next, previous) and set rating for current song. You may Media:ITunes.tgz the scripts here. They're free!



Mount-O-Matic was originally planned as a Cocoa Application but it turned out to be a easy task in AppleScript. It's purpose is to automatically mount EtherShare, Netatalk or Mac OS X Server volumes. You may ask why this is necessary! That's easy Since Chooser is gone, there's no easy way to do this, Volumes with Umlauts in it can't be mounted with Startup Items, For every server a window is opened (nasty). Visit for details or just ||



CreateLowRes is an AppleScript I wrote for a friend who wanted to automagically create low res images from incoming high res images. See CreateLowRes.


Adium Automatic Reconnect

If you want your Adium to reconnect at a specified time, take a look: Adium Automatic Reconnect.

Carbon Projects:

This programs will run on Mac OS Classic 8.6+ and Mac OS X 10.1.x and higher.


Mac Uptime PPC

Mac Uptime is a simple program to display the time since the last reboot. On various Unixes this is called "uptime". You may also copy-paste uptimes to mails so you may impress your friends how long your Mac is up. You may also automate this by using AppleScript. New in the PPC version is the widely configurable display. It's Freeware, so don't hesitate to Media:MacUptimePPC.1.210.sit it. There's also a Media:MacUptime0.015bv.cpt 68K Version available.

Shell Projects

These programs will run in the most Unix/Linux environments. They are provided as source.



Solves a special sort of puzzles. SoftwareProjektSolver.



If you want to convert from PCX5 to CSV-Format, you can use this Script. See ConvertPCX5ToCSV.



You might want to let non-administrator-users set the region code of their DVD-drive. This is how you permit this: LetUserSetUpDVDROMRegionCode.

  1. What I finally did myself, because...that's another story...