After teasing the feature nearly two months ago, Amazon has finally launched its latest effort to keep readers coming back to its Kindle service by allowing customers to purchase e-book versions of past purchases on the cheap.
If you find yourself performing the same actions on your Mac again and again, open up Automator and see if you can program a workflow, which you can save as an application and run from your Dock or with any application launcher. Alternatively, you can set up a Folder Action, which means that Automator watches a specified folder, and anything you put in that folder gets processed instantly.
In our example, we’ll set up an Automator workflow to resize images for our blog, save them as JPEGs, and rename the files. But poke around Automator’s actions library and you’ll probably find ways to speed up your own most-performed tasks, too.
There’s something to be said for software that does one thing well. Scratch DJ Academy MIX addresses a very specific need: it automatically analyzes songs--especially dance-friendly electronic tunes--for key and beats per minute, and then offers a limited selection of tools for joining matching songs together in DJ-style mixes.
Apple’s iLife is an amazing suite of applications designed to bring out the creative in you. You can make a movie with iMovie, perform a song with GarageBand and keep track of your photos with iPhoto. But while making music and home videos is time consuming, practically everyone who owns a Mac takes photos.
With iOS 5, Apple launched the ubiquitous Photo Stream and made photo sharing and syncing a cinch between Macs and iOS devices. However, the 1,000 photo limit may not be enough for your photography needs. Fortunately, iPhoto has included to option to share with external cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive. Read on to find out how.
If you're running room out of your hard drive and would rather not bother with the task of upgrading it, you can try relocating your iTunes and iPhoto libraries to an external drive. iPhoto’s pretty open to the idea of moving home. Simply close it and copy your iPhoto library (located in your Pictures folder) to an external volume. Now re-open iPhoto while holding down the Option key and select the library you just moved from its new location. Check all is working okay, then you’re free to delete the original iPhoto library in your Pictures folder.
As more homes become networked for modern Wi-Fi technology, having centralized storage that can be shared by the entire household makes good sense. Thankfully, network-attached storage (NAS) is plentiful and cheap -- and with a few caveats, can even be used to get your iPhoto collection off your computer and onto your network.
The tip on organizing PDFs in iTunes was great (50 Things Every Mac
Geek Should Know). Now how about letting us know how to
get back to our original iTunes catalogs, and better yet, how to switch
between the music and the PDF files?