So it's Mother's Day weekend – and you know what we're thinking? Mom sure would love an iPad, don't you think? Of course she would. It'd beat the heck out of flowers. Again. For the tenth year in a row.
Granted, when our significant other, the mother of our child, gets a load out of what we got her for Mother's Day, well...let's just say someone around here is expecting a rather great Father's Day present. Like in the MacBook category. Okay, let's not talk about it anymore. We hate to ruin surprises. Speaking of surprises, you know what's not a surprise? That this weekend brings you a whole 'nother week's worth of the very best gifts of all – the talented writing of the Mac|Life crew.
Apple told us all the iPad was unlocked. We all heard it. But how do you get Micro-SIM into your shiny new iPad 3G when only AT&T offers them? Turns out all you need is some scissors and a steady hand.
The newest installment of Photoshop is now available, but the price tag is probably not too attractive to the average consumer. Though Adobe undoubtedly delivers incredibly reliable and versatile products--not to mention user-friendly--there are free alternatives that can get the job done as much as their pricey counterparts. Take Gimp, for instance. This open source image retouching and graphics editing tool can emulate most of Photoshop's features at absolutely no cost to you. It recently became available for the Mac OS X operating system and now we're here to help you get acquainted.
The thing with open source applications is that, because they have so many developers coding away at them at once, they can be confusing at times. We've compiled a small selection of tutorials to give you a basic introduction of all the essential tools in Gimp--and show you what this free application can really do.
I use a MacBook Air for work, which keeps my backpack light. I’d like your recommendation for software that will let me access my iMac at home from the MacBook Air. I just want to access the iMac to retrieve a file, maybe an email, and that’s it. I know there’s LogMeIn and Back to My Mac (I’m a MobileMe subscriber), but I’d appreciate your expert opinion.
I love Quick Look, easily the best feature Apple’s added to the Mac OS in years. But sometimes when I Quick Look a PDF, the text is too small to read. Can I zoom in on that, or do I have to just open the PDF in Preview and zoom in that way?
My IT department just made me switch from Mail to Entourage 2008, which they swear plays nicer with our Microsoft Exchange server. A few of its quirks really bug me, though, and my trips through the various settings menus and help topics haven’t helped. First, when I’m starting a new message, I have to click between lines in the To field to add more recipients--commas or semicolons between the addresses don’t work. Really? Second, it keeps auto-correcting iPhone to “Iphone,” which just makes me look like I can’t spell. And how do I include my signature on all messages by default?
I used to be a Firefox loyalist, but after reading your browser roundup (“¡Lucha Libre de Web!” Dec/09), I switched to Safari. I’m loving the speed, but I miss being able to reopen the last closed tab. Safari will reopen my last closed window, but I typically use just one window a day, opening and closing dozens of tabs.
I’m trying to scan a number of legal documents into Pages in order to circulate them among family members for their review and comment. They all have Apple computers with iWork ’09’s Pages and would be able to use the Comment and Track Changes features to post their suggested changes. While my Epson Stylus NX415 will scan a copy of each page into my computer, the file format scans the documents into PDF, and Pages will not import them so that I can make my changes for the family to review and comment on. Is there some way to convert the PDF files so we all can use our Pages program to get consensus on these documents without having to type them into Pages first?
Yes, that was the date on Friday, and it was also what everyone who had an iPad 3G was shouting from the rooftops if the UPS truck didn't pull up outside their front door to deliver the sweet mobile goodness into their hot little hands. Round two of iPad madness, though it's never quite the same, the second time around. For solace, let's look at what the Mac|Life kiddies got up to this week, just In Case You Missed It.