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.
There are over 575,000 apps in the App Store. You’d think that they’d cover every conceivable base, but the truth is, there are gaps here, there, and everywhere -- missing heavy-hitters like Microsoft Access, not to mention the little Mac utilities you've come to rely on. Your only choice is to access your PC from your iPhone or iPad.
We are increasingly encouraged by social networks to flag things we find online that we like. The Facebook "Like" button is now almost ubiquitous, popping up on myriad websites, but you’ll also find similar functionality in Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and many other networks.
Edovia’s Screens VNC is a versatile and capable VNC client that lets you access other computers remotely over a local network or, if the free Screens Connect server software is running, across the internet. After the initial setup, when you double-click on a computer (or "screen") stored in your local Screens Library, its desktop appears in a window on your local Mac. The computer you’re trying to reach has to be switched on, and although a Screens VNC connection can wake a computer from Sleep Mode over a local network, this isn’t possible when you’re connecting over the internet.
It’s easy to make your own comics, even without drawing skills. ComicBook! ($1.99, universal) lets your kids take a bunch of photos, then turn those into superheroic comic pages. The app is universal, so this can also be done with an iPhone or iPod touch, but the end results are certainly more impressive on the iPad’s larger display.