While seasoned musicians will take to GarageBand like the proverbial duck to water, what about the rest of us? People who can’t play an instrument might be left thinking the app isn’t for them, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Apple has created something called Smart Instruments that allow anybody to play like a pro, even if they have no musical knowledge whatsoever. GarageBand for iPad ($4.99) includes Smart Instruments for guitars, strings, keyboards, bass, and drum--everything you need to make beautiful music.
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.
Even if you’re suffering from Second World War fatigue after all the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty games of the last decade, Company of Heroes can put a fresh slant on the proceedings. It’s not only the most friendly, accessible, and involving of any strategy game we’ve played, but also the closest you can get to taking part in World War II without straying into first-person shooter territory and thus losing the depth that a strategy game can deliver.
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.)
iTunes has always been that featured-filled music-management software that has left us wanting just a bit more. It can be a little finnicky at times, and with iOS 6 creeping up on the horizon, it may be high time to get your bearings with iTunes before it's too late. If you managed to get stumped by iTunes sometimes, or just need a helpful push in the right direction, here are ten quick tips for getting more out of iTunes.
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.
Setting up a network attached storage (NAS) drive used to require the skills of a network administrator. Thankfully, those dark days are behind us. NAS drives such as Western Digital’s My Book Live Duo still take a little getting used to, but you can get one up and running with no advanced networking knowledge required.
We loved Bento 4 for Mac, and now FileMaker has brought its killer features to Bento for iPad. But while Bento for Mac is $49.99 in the Mac App Store, the iPad version is just $9.99 -- with a $4.99 sale through July 31.
Moving files: You have a lot of choices, and they all have drawbacks. Emailing files gets unwieldy when you make a lot of changes, and some people worry about the security of cloud services like Dropbox. You can set up file sharing in System Preferences > Sharing, but it can be a confusing process for beginning users, especially using it cross-platform. iTwin combines the ease of using a USB thumb drive with the seemingly magical convenience of file sharing—the company wants you to think of it “like a transfer cable without the cable,” and that’s pretty much how it works.