If you use your Mac for word processing, creating and editing spreadsheets, or putting the finishing touches to a slideshow presentation, you need a suite of office applications with the right tools. The Microsoft Office suite is near ubiquitous, but we’ve been waiting for an update to the Mac version since 2011, and it’s still relatively expensive. While iWork is now free, it lacks some of the features that come with other office suites. LibreOffice, however, is not only completely free, but it’s constantly updated with improvements and new features.
If you’ve used any reasonably recent Apple gear along with iCloud, you’ll know how valuable and convenient cloud-based data syncing can be. Instead of manually copying contacts and calendar appointments to individual devices, for example, everything’s up to date within seconds of you opening the relevant app. The main problem with iCloud is that it’s not (yet) universal. Many apps and games lack any kind of cloud sync at all. There are, however, ways around this.
Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!
Ever had to sign documents quickly and return them to a sender? No matter the type of document that you're trying to sign, if you can avoid the print, sign, scan, and send workflow, it's always appreciated. Mac OS X's Preview application has long allowed for digital signatures, and now in Yosemite you can sign your documents using the trackpad, too. Continue reading, and we'll show you how this feature works, and how you can put it to use to sign your PDFs in the future.
AirPlay is a technology created by Apple that lets you stream the display signal from your Mac to your second- or third-generation Apple TV. As well as beaming movies and music from iTunes, more-recent Macs let you use AirPlay mirroring to extend or duplicate your Mac’s desktop to your TV. Older Macs can’t stream AirPlay video out of the box, because Apple restricts mirroring to newer models, citing hardware requirements, but with an app called AirParrot, you can overcome those restrictions.
OS X Yosemite brought some much-needed love to a utility on the Mac that has barely changed at all since its introduction in OS X Tiger (OS X version 10.4): Spotlight. The little indexed search engine that could gained some powers that even long-time Spotlight lovers (or even haters) can't help but adore. In this article, we've delve into the top three new features of Spotlight in Yosemite and show you how to take advantage of each.
If you've got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question, we've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we let you know how to turn off autocorrect so it stops putting the wrong words in your mouth. Or at least in your docs and email.
If you’re ever forced to use your Mac late into the night, you need f.lux. This free tool automatically changes the color temperature of your monitor’s display as the sun sets and night approaches. It’s designed to help relax your eyes, so you’re less wired after a long day’s work and better able to get some sleep.
Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X functionality such as Terminal, Apple’s command line application. These easy tricks can make life better and simpler, and don’t require any special knowledge of coding — all you need to do is follow the instructions!
QuickTime Player received a new feature in OS X Yosemite that makes it extremely easy to view and record your iOS device screen by connecting it to your Mac. This is great when you want to show off something on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch when giving a presentation, or if you need to record something on your device to show off later or upload somewhere online.