Tips

Turn off App Nap

Turn off App Nap

App Nap is a brand-new feature of Mavericks that reduces resources for apps in the background, in hopes that they will reduce power consumption. However, some apps may behave poorly with this new feature. If you notice erratic behavior from your backgrounded apps, you can turn off App Nap on a per-app basis by opening(…)

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Fixing Multiple Menubars and Spaces

Fixing Multiple Menubars and Spaces

One of the biggest potential annoyances with Mavericks and a second connected display is that the OS X Menubar is available on all displays, and not just the primary one. Fortunately, Apple has included a way to turn this off, and it fixes a second annoyance. To do this, visit System Preferences > Mission Control,(…)

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Safari Tips

Safari Tips

1. Cut through your bookmarks clutter Overwhelmed by bookmarks? The first step is to organize them into folders (Bookmarks > Add Bookmark Folder). The next step is to organize the bookmarks within the folders. It’s not hard if you use the Finder to alphabetize them. Go to your bookmarks window (Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks or Command-Option-B),(…)

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iMovie Tips

iMovie Tips

Get Your Touch On Apple may not feel that touchscreen computers are in its future, but they aren’t shy about adding multitouch gestures to their desktop apps for laptop users and those of us rocking a Magic Trackpad. iMovie ’11 is no exception, and features a trio of such gestures. The first multitouch tip enables(…)

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iPhoto Tips

iPhoto Tips

1. Full Screen Image Editing Click images to embiggen Use this feature to remove the clutter of the Desktop, Menu Bar, Dock and other photos by editing a photo in Full Screen mode. To enter full screen editing mode, you have three options: Option #1: Select a photo to edit. in the Menu Bar select(…)

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Final Cut Pro Tips

1. Gamma setting A couple of versions ago, FCP added a gamma settings preference (User Preferences / Editing). This lets you compensate for gamma differences in graphics created on other platforms. Ever since FCP7, we have found that the best setting to use is 2.2 (the native gamma of PCs). “Source” and other options don’t(…)

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Logic Pro X Tips

Logic Pro X Tips

Tip 1 – Notes The Notes feature in Logic can be really useful when going back to an unfinished project or when sending a project to somebody else. Very handy for writing mix notes or to do lists. You can write notes for the project or for a track. We’ll do a track. Select the(…)

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Pages Tips

Pages Tips

Pages is a word processing application developed by Apple. It is part of a productivity suite called iWork along with both Keynote and Numbers, and is recognised for its user-friendly, intuitive interface. With Pages, you can create professional-looking documents that are compatible with other word processing software such as Microsoft Word and OpenOffice. Additionally, each(…)

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Keynote Tips

Keynote Tips

For many people, presentations are overwhelming. They struggle with the delivery or design of the slides, and the result is a mess that bores audiences. Taking cues from Apple’s iconic production introductions, we can learn a lot about how to showcase your important slides. In this tutorial I’ll share five tips, to use with Apple’s(…)

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Numbers Tips

Numbers Tips

How to Format Cells According to Your Needs One of the most common issues of Numbers (which is also present on MS Excel) is the way the application handles fields with numbers that are not always intended to be seen as numerical values. Take the example of screenshots shown below, where I typed 002715 but(…)

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GarageBand Tips

GarageBand Tips

The new GarageBand features are impressive. You can fix your guitarist’s inability to keep a beat. You can extend that final note of your song. You can even keep track of your progress as you learn the guitar or keyboards. But before you get the guitar, keyboards or mics out, it’s actually helpful if you(…)

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OS X Mavericks Tips

OS X Mavericks Tips

Finder The gesture to show the Desktop by holding down your thumb and spreading with three fingers has been reworked to allow for a gradual activation. Try this by holding down four fingers and slowly spreading to show the Desktop. In Mavericks, there is a new character popover to access emoji and other special characters.(…)

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Mac Videos

Mac Videos

Watch Mac Video Tutorials, Tips and Tricks of all Mac OS X Productivity, Consumer and Professional Software right in your Mac OS X Dashboard. ↓ Download   

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iCloud FAQ

What is iCloud Keychain? iCloud Keychain keeps your Safari website usernames and passwords, credit card information, and Wi-Fi network information up to date across all of your approved devices that are using iOS 7.0.3 or later or OS X Mavericks v10.9 or later. iCloud Keychain can also keep the accounts you use in Mail, Contacts,(…)

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OS X Internet Recovery

Some computers that did not come with OS X Lion or later installed can use the OS X Internet Recovery feature after applying a firmware update. Download and install an updated EFI Firmware ROM for these computers to use the OS X Internet Recovery feature: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011) (…)

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iCloud Tips

iCloud Tips

Love it or hate it, iCloud is a big part of Apple’s ecosystem and it has a number features of which OS X can take advantage. In this guide, I’ll show you how to set up and begin using iCloud on your Mac, as well as the features and benefits it provides. What is iCloud?(…)

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Speed Up Your Mac

Speed Up Your Mac

1. Clearing Your Desktop Your desktop plays a part in how long it takes for you to boot the system because it’s the first screen that it has to load up. As much as possible, try to keep it simple by minimizing the number of icons from the dock and clearing up the amount of files you can see. You(…)

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Disable Startup Sound

Disable Startup Sound

OS X users can name a hundred features off the bat that they love about the operating system, but the startup chime isn’t likely to be on that list. It’s hard to say just how many versions of OS X have gone by with consistent hate for its startup sound, but it remains a problem(…)

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Top Tips

Top Tips

OS X has some really great features that Windows’ users might envy; There are the well documented and much talked about features like Mission Control, Desktop Spaces, and the Launchpad, but OS X is also stocked full of several smaller and less hyped about features and tricks that even some veteran Mac users are unaware(…)

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Tools and Downloads

Tools and Downloads

Get the latest software to use iCloud Storage APIs in your app. Xcode Developer Tools Xcode is the complete toolset for creating apps for Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Download Xcode and enable your apps for iCloud. Get Xcode for free. iCloud Web Tools Debug your iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion apps that(…)

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System requirements

Recommended system requirements Meeting the following system requirements will allow you to take advantage of all the latest iCloud features and get the best overall user experience. iPhone, iPad, iPod touch iOS 6 or later iWork for iOS 1.7 or later: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote (for purchase from the App Store) Mac OS X Mountain(…)

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Create Ringtones

Create Ringtones

Step 1: Select your song   Right click and select Get info   In iTunes, find the song you want to use for your fancy new ringtone. Right-click and select ‘Get Info’.   Step 2: Set a Start and Stop time     Navigate to Options   Once you’re in the info view, navigate along(…)

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Podcast Tips

Finding Podcasts Go on a free podcast spree. The iTunes Store puts thousands of free podcasts at your fingertips. To find them, select iTunes Store underneath the Store subheading in the left column of the jukebox window; then select “Podcasts” from the menu bar along the top of the store. Or, here’s another way to(…)

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Making a Podcast

Making a Podcast

This document covers the following topics: Submission and Feedback Processes Creating Your Feed and the Importance of Good Metadata Understanding the iTunes Client and the iTunes Store Testing Your Feed Submitting Your Podcast to the iTunes Store Submission Errors and Duplicate Feeds The Submission Queue Linking to Your Podcast Adding Episodes Troubleshooting Your Feed Removing(…)

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iTunes Tips

iTunes 10: Download and Install iTunes Download or update iTunes on your Mac or PC and start collecting, organizing, and playing all kinds of audio information and entertainment. http://support.apple.com/kb/VI67 iTunes: Frequently asked questions about viewing and syncing videos Can I view widescreen movies? to turn on or off). When viewing a widescreen movie with the Widescreen setting turned on, black bars display above(…)

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