Apple is really great at creating highly functional devices that are simple to use. They’re also notorious for furthering that image by going light on useful extras…like owner’s manuals. After all, if it’s so easy, who needs instructions?
By now, anyone familiar with the iPhone OS is probably pretty comfortable with the basics--installing apps, browsing the web, sending emails, and the like. But in order to get the most out of your iPad, you’ll need to bone up on some other subjects that Apple isn’t going to broach, like ripping your own DVDs, swapping out your AT&T SIM card, or building your own ePubs to read with iBooks. We even have the details on how to keep your data safe and how to add functionality that the iPad lacks, like a camera, texting, and making phone calls. It’s all easy to do if you know how. And now you will.
Tilt-shift photography produces images that have a very sharp focus but also have a very shallow depth of field, making the landscape, buildings, and figures in the photo look like toy representations of their actual-size counterparts. To shoot genuine tilt-shift photos, you need a small- or medium-format camera with special lenses, and the image composition requires precise rotation of the lens parallel to the image plane and a proper orientation of the plane of focus--in other words, you need to be a professional photographer with some pretty pricey equipment.
Fortunately, it’s still possible for novice photographers to emulate this look on the cheap thanks to Photoshop. With the right source photo and the application of a few filters, you’ll be able to simulate the tilt-shift look, making cars look like Micro Machines and houses look like miniature-scale models made out of cardboard and toothpicks.
Many people wouldn’t take a second look at the $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit because they could simply transfer photos and videos from their computer via iTunes. But, this little unsuspecting accessory has hidden powers, with which comes great responsibility.
I just got rid of my Mighty Mouse and bought Apple’s new Magic Mouse. I like it, but I didn’t realize that it only has two buttons. The old Mighty Mouse had four buttons that I could configure to trigger Dashboard and Exposé and Spaces.
Please help! I’m a web designer, and I just upgraded to Snow Leopard. As soon as I did that, everything went awry. Text files that I created in BBEdit are now opening in TextEdit, HTML files that I created with Dreamweaver are now opening in Safari, JPG images that I created with Photoshop are now opening in Preview, and PDF files that I created in Acrobat Pro are opening in Preview! What in the world is going on here?
iMovie’s a fantastic editing program that does a good job of organizing your footage. It’ll let you save your media and iMovie Events on external drives if you like, but what if you run out of space and need to move your clips to an even bigger drive? Apple’s engineers did think of this eventuality and provided an easy solution for it, but it only works well if you create one Project per Event and don’t use clips from multiple Events in a single Project. Otherwise, you may encounter problems--and fixing them can be trickier than you might think.
We’ll walk you through the easier, built-in way to move your iMovie files around; then we’ll guide you through the process of fixing your Projects and Events (if needed) once they’ve reached their new home. This should also help you understand why some of your clips may have become unlinked--rendering them invisible to iMovie even though you haven’t deleted them--and then fix that problem too.
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?