Apple’s Address Book is a central part of the Mac experience. It’s
integrated with Mail, iCal, iChat, Safari, Fax, Dashboard, and
Spotlight. It synchronizes to MobileMe, iPhone, iPod, and a wide
variety of third-party software and hardware.
Yet for such an
essential tool, it’s curious that Apple has kept Address Book so
bare-bones basic. At first glance, there’s not much power to eke out of
Address Book, but we’ve collected a few handy tips to help you squeeze
some extra functionality out of this vital application.
What do you do when you come across some info you want to remember? If
it’s a webpage maybe you bookmark it; if it’s an email or a file, you
might stick it in a folder called “Important!” Evernote is a
super-useful service that comprises a Web-based application, a free Mac
desktop app, and even an iPhone app, all kept effortlessly synced. And
it’s ready to store all your digital info--receipts, serial numbers,
snippets of code, articles, photos, PDFs, audio files, recipes, you
name it--with handy tagging, indexing, and searching features so you can
actually find it all later. We’ll walk you through setting up Evernote,
then encourage you to tinker around and discover how it fits into your
Who knew zombies were omnivores? Plants vs. Zombies presents a cuddlier
take on these murderous undead. They really want to eat your brains,
but they shamble in a straight path to your house, snacking on
landscaping that gets directly in their way. Thankfully, your garden
fights back, with pea-shooting plants, exploding peppers, giant
flytraps, and dozens more. You’ll plant these defenses to stop the
zombies in a sly, simple game with compelling strategy.
Ah, the App Store, what would we do without your dramas? Fresh off the Google Voice debacle, all eyes turn again to the mysteries of the App Store approval process as Vonage finds their app in limbo awaiting approval.
We’re divided on The Sims 3. We partly see the dollhouse-style people
simulator as a fun way to vicariously experience parts of life that are
far removed from our everyday monotony--and monogamy. On this level,
The Sims excels. You can become a master thief, buy a mansion, or wreck
marriages without any real-world consequences.
If an entire iTunes library was purchased from the iTunes Store, all
the tracks came with complete metadata. Those lucky (and wealthy) users
can scroll through iTunes without seeing any jarring blank spots in the
Artist, Album, and Genre columns, or songs named Track 01 and Track 02.
The rest of us? Our multi-gig libraries were patchworked together from
ripped CDs, mixes from friends, tracks digitized from analog sources,
and, um, “found” audio files that could’ve come from anywhere.
Painter has been around the computer graphics world almost as long as
Photoshop and has always been the absolute leader in the realm of
simulating natural media (paintbrushes, pencils, inks, and so on)—and
retains the title to this very day. While this latest version of
Painter continues to be the go-to app for painting on your Mac, this
update is possibly the least exciting in the program’s history and
doesn’t offer much in the way of upgrade incentive for existing users.
Even if it’s been a few decades since you wore a towel as a cape and
declared the family dachshund to be your loyal sidekick, who doesn’t
want to be a superhero? Four years after its initial release on the
Windows platform, the superhero MMORPG City of Heroes has landed on
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. And now that multimedia
has taken over the Web, flat 2D images sometimes just aren’t enough
anymore. But going from a series of photos to an interactive 3D image
can take a bit of work. After stitching the photos together, additional
processing is required to turn them into interactive, virtual reality
files viewable in a Web browser. Some stitching programs have the
capacity to output QuickTime VR (QTVR) files. Flash developers,
meanwhile, have made huge strides in coding Flash to display
interactive virtual reality images, and a handful of dedicated programs
now create Flash-based VR files.