A bit of a mixed bag this week as the news cycle recovers from the iPhone 5 launch. Hey, didn't Amazon do something that no one is talking about anymore? I guess now we batten down the hatches and see whatever became of all those iPad mini rumors. We're just shy of October when the drop is supposed to happen. Here's to waiting.
Not long ago, writers were entirely at the mercy of the picky publishers who stood between an author and his or her potential readership. But thanks to the rise of digital books and open publishing platforms like Apple’s iBookstore, anyone can get their stuff out there and have a shot at finding an audience. And with the added interactivity of the iBooks format, authors can raise their books to a new kind of next-generation reading experience. You’d think that producing such a book would require high-level programming skills, but no--Apple has taken its trademark approach to empowering the masses with easy creation tools to digital bookmaking with iBooks Author (Mac App Store, free).
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.
The Mac is a wonderful tool for both work and entertainment, but how do you know that your Mac is performing at its optimum? Do you know if your hard drive is about to fail? Fortunately, you can take a few simple measures to find out how your system is performing, and ensure that the hardware is working properly. Continue reading to learn more, and help save your Mac!
When I open iTunes on my MacBook Pro to play music or listen to the radio, I get a popup showing “Sign in to use this computer for automatic downloads.” It asks for my iTunes account credentials. I’ve tried to get rid of this message, but it keeps popping up every few minutes. I’ve taken the computer to the Genius Bar, but they were unable to remove the message. What can I do to stop this annoying popup?
Can you advise the steps that I should take in order to transfer my contacts from Outlook on Windows so that I can easily import them to my Mac? I will be retiring from my employer and turning in my PC, and my new MacBook Pro hasn’t arrived yet.
I have a life-long passion for art. Unfortunately, due to the usual demands of adulthood, I haven’t drawn since architecture school 20 years ago. I’ve also been slow to try my hand at creating digital art because the software and graphics tablets seemed too darn expensive.
I have a new iMac with the newest version of OS X. I recently purchased a Magic Trackpad, and in the new system settings for Mountain Lion, I cannot find the “Double-click to drag a file or folder” option. I do, however, see the three-finger drag option.
You can’t edit a PDF, right? Actually, you can, and it’s a lot easier and cheaper than you might think. We compare two apps, based on the same engine, that let you do more with PDFs than you may have thought possible.
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
The Mac comes with a lot of command line tools, but sometimes you may need a tool that Apple doesn’t ship with OS X. In a previous Terminal 101, we showed you how to install a command line browser with MacPorts, but we didn’t really cover it in detail. Today, however, we want to share two command line package managers: Homebrew and MacPorts.