When it comes to supporting a robust community of console gamers, Microsoft's Xbox Live pretty much sets the standard. Valve's Steam service has long ruled the roost in regards to the PC games community, and the same may be said of Steam-capable Mac games. But with the release of Mountain Lion, Apple hopes to draw the attention of Mac gamers to its previously-only-on-iOS Game Center. After fooling around with the application for a while, it's clear Game Center for Mac has potential, but there's an extreme void of currently compatible titles.
There was much internet lamentation on the day Sparrow's CEO, Dom Leca, announced that the company had been purchased by Google. If you are one of Sparrow's devotees, you groaned along with us. Sparrow, for those not in the know, is a truly excellent mail app for the Mac and the iPhone that simply puts others to shame with its slick interface, its ease of use, and its outstanding implementation of nearly everything you could want in an email client.
With the development team likely being tasked with improving the Gmail app, it's unclear how long support for Sparrow will continue and if we will ever see the long-teased and longer-hoped for iPad version of the app or push notifications. While on the Mac and on the iPhone, Sparrow continues to shine, a day will come when you'll need a new email app on your iOS device. Here a few we've found to try to take the sting out of losing our favorite little bird.
As professional writers and editors, we can't count how many times Auto Save has saved our butts during crunch time. Auto Save is bar none one of the best features to come out of the mouth of Lion, and now OS X Mountain Lion has taken it and made it even better. It's got new features like enabling you to rename files from the title bar and the ability to save directly to iCloud. Read on and we'll walk you through these nifty new features.
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!
With the release of Mountain Lion last week, many users have now downloaded and installed the latest cat on the block. While the new version of OS X has many great new features, some features and tricks that were present in past versions are no longer available. Let’s take a look at a few of these missing features and re-enable (or disable) them in Mountain Lion.
During the Olympics Opening Ceremonies Friday night, Apple somewhat unceremoniously unveiled the makings of a new ad campaign featuring a young Genius Bar worker ready to help troubled Mac users anywhere and everywhere they need assistance. It’s always a bit exciting to see a new Apple ad -- but this trio of commercials have set off a bit of controversy for two reasons: 1) They’re dedicated to the Mac; and 2) they’re a major departure from what we’re used to.
Apple took a stance against unsigned applications from third-parties by enabling Gatekeepter in Mountain Lion, which only allows users to download apps via the Mac App Store or verified developers. Fortunately, there's a setting tweak that'll let you change this. Continue reading to learn how you can tweak Gatekeeper.
A few weeks passes like...well a summer day. Before you know it, fall is coming and the days are shorter. Speaking of shorter, the iStack bundle is quickly coming to a close. Like today. Last chance to grab ten great, essential, core Mac apps for only $49. If you need a reminder about what's included, check back to the first post. The bundle includes Parallels, SnagIt, Disk Drill, TextSoap, and more. Time to get while the getting is good.
With Mountain Lion, you can now dictate your text. While this isn't exactly Siri functionality we're talking about, Dictation is a step in the right direction for Mac users who don’t have the mobility or typing skills required to compose long emails or documents. The best part is that the new Dictation feature require third-party software manufacturers to make the function available. It works seamlessly with almost every application, including Microsoft Word.
Apple might have us believe that iCloud is the end-all, be-all of sync, but not everyone feels comfortable storing valuable data in the cloud. Using iCloud on the Mac requires OS X Lion, leaving Snow Leopard users out in the cold. And of course, if you dare to use an Android phone, you’re out of luck. This is where SyncMate hopes to find its niche, stretching beyond Apple’s own modest ambitions.
AirPlay is one of the most touted features in OS X Mountain Lion because it allows you to extend your computer’s screen to the Apple TV and your television. This new tool also lets you stream audio from your computer to any AirPlay-compatible deice. We're so excited about it we couldn't wait to tell you about it's features, so read on!