You know Mac OS 10.6 lets you customize contextual menus with services, the handy shortcuts that use features from one application in another. But did you know you can build custom services with Automator? This is an outstanding way to banish mundane repetitive tasks -- like cropping and resizing photos, shortening URLs, changing file extensions, and much more -- from your life.
iTunes, iPods, and iPhones make it easy to carry tons of music around at all times. But that just means it’s even easier to get stuck in a rut listening to your current ear candy of choice. So set up some Smart Playlists to cherry-pick your favorite jams and forgotten gems, and you’ll quickly start enjoying every part of your ever-expanding collection in ways you hadn’t imagined. To get started, launch iTunes and go to File > New Smart Playlist, then set up your playlist as indicated in the screenshots below.
iMovie is a great piece of movie editing software for beginning to intermediate videographers, but did you know it can handle some advanced features like picture-in-picture? This simple trick can improve the professional look and feel of any iMovie project and we’ll show you how you can put a custom logo as a lower third in any of your videos.
Hated by some, loved by others, the act of auto-tuning your voice with software has become a phenomenon used by internet celebrities and pop artists alike. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune just to auto-tune your own voice. If you've got iLife ’11 with GarageBand in your arsenal, you can record your own auto-tuned masterpiece in a jiffy.
My 2008 Mac Pro was limping along with the supplied 2GB of RAM, so I bought a couple more 1GB sticks. I know for sure that the sticks and the risers were pushed all the way in. But System Profiler still showed 2GB, instead of the 4GB installed. I downloaded the tech manual for the system and found that one of the original Apple-supplied sticks had gone bad.
So I bought another 2GB. This time around there were no LEDs lit on either riser, but the system still insists it has only 2GB installed! I put two modules on each riser (but I also tried putting all four on one riser), and they are the same brand as the ones supplied by Apple. The System Profiler report is only registering the module installed in the first slot of each riser—according to the tech manual, if the risers were bad, then all four LEDs would be solid red.
Apple recently announced that they had upgraded iWork.com, their online document storage software, to work with iWork ’09 (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote). The new features include the ability to upload Keynote presentations and view them in the browser, as well as the ability to embed a presentation on a website easily. Learn about these new features and how to use them by reading on.
With the the continuous popularity of the iPad and iPod touch, the iPhone's upcoming availability on two American networks and the Mac's growing market share, Analysts are predicting that by 2012 there will be 200 million FaceTime capable devices in the hands of consumers. Consequentially, we predict that by 2012, approximately 200 million people will be fixing their checking for goop between their teeth every time they think about answering the phone.
These days, life is hectic for everyone--and it’s getting harder and harder to find large chunks of time to devote to making your Mac the best it can be. But often, you don’t need hours to make amazing improvements--you can accomplish loads in just minutes. That’s why we focused this story on 10 awesome tweaks you can make in 15 minutes or less.