If you’re like us, you return from vacations and special events having filmed loads of video, with grand ambitions of one day compiling all your clips into brilliant home movies. But once you return to the daily grind, the task can suddenly seem too time consuming or technically daunting, so the videos sit untouched. Well, what if we said you could make that home movie in about 10 minutes, and that it would look awesome? That’s what iMovie’s handy movie-trailer templates can do for you.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a fancy NAS set up or a Time Capsule to back up your Mac with, then you need to rely on good ol' fashioned external drives for the arduous task of backing up to Time Machine. Unfortunately, this method isn’t the best because it relies on physically plugging in a drive to conduct a backup and -- let’s face it -- we sometimes forget to do that. Fortunately, with iCal and an AppleScript, you can set timed reminders to remind you to do so.
Creating a journal in iPhoto is like crafting a scrapbook page that you can post live on the web for anyone to see, for free. Not only is it fun to design a journal, but it’s a super-fast way to show off vacation pics, or to show distant relatives how much the kids have grown. In addition to creating a journal on an iPad, you can also make one on an iPhone in the same way. The fehttp://www.maclife.com/node/14365/editature is currently missing from the Mac version of iPhoto, however.
Well, even though we're all about the Apple here, we have to recognize what the competition is up to and we are as shocked as anyone to say that Microsoft had what looks like a pretty good week. Windows Phone 8 software is out in the wild and the Metro interface is some of the best work Redmond's done in ages and it looks wicked sweet on the Surface. There were a few stumbles in the MS Keynote, so we'll see if the OS works as well as it looks. So what else happened?
Now let’s take those design muscles you flexed while making your journal and push them a little harder. Using iPhoto on a Mac, you can create your very own book and have it shipped right to your door. (And once you know how to make a book, it’s a cinch to create a calendar or letterpress card in iPhoto as well.)
What kid doesn’t want to be the next Justin Bieber or Hannah Montana? An easy, fun tool for a solo act or a whole band, GarageBand for iOS will help your kids create actual songs, even if they skipped a piano lesson or two.
Keeping your passwords secure is growing in importance. It seems like every few months, websites are getting hacked and usernames and passwords are revealed for the world to see. Using the same password on various sites can increase your chances of having your accounts breached on multiple occasions.
We know--it's way easier to remember one phrase than a ton of different ones. Fortunately, there's password management software out there that can help you keep track of all of your different accounts and their unique logins. 1Password is one of our favorites, because it allows you to create, store, and manage all of those accounts and passwords, as well as store account information, notes, software licenses, and even your credit card information--all without the fear that it'll be discovered by prying eyes.
Read on to learn how to set up 1Password and take the next step toward a more secure online presence.
There are over 575,000 apps in the App Store. You’d think that they’d cover every conceivable base, but the truth is, there are gaps here, there, and everywhere -- missing heavy-hitters like Microsoft Access, not to mention the little Mac utilities you've come to rely on. Your only choice is to access your PC from your iPhone or iPad.
We are increasingly encouraged by social networks to flag things we find online that we like. The Facebook "Like" button is now almost ubiquitous, popping up on myriad websites, but you’ll also find similar functionality in Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and many other networks.