Whether you’re moving to a new Mac, or just switching up that machine that you sync your iOS or iPod device with, moving your library can be a daunting task. Fortunately, the process is relatively straight-forward once you understand a few basics of how iTunes stores your data. The method that we’ll use in this article not only copies your audio and media files over, it also retains your ratings and playlists. Follow along with this guide to move your iTunes library to another computer.
When it comes to the Mac, there’s no Siri, but there is built-in speech capability, which is configured and activated in the Speech System Preferences pane. Primarily, speech on the Mac is designed for disabled users, but we’ve argued in the past that well-designed accessibility functions are beneficial to everyone, and we reckon that’s the case here. We explore this System Preferences pane and show how anyone can potentially improve their OS X experience by talking to their Mac and having it talk back to them--and now through a user-definable accent, no less!
When the name of your software is already synonymous with image editing, can there be anything left to add or improve upon after 13 versions? Although it wasn’t altered for last year’s Creative Suite 5.5 (aside from adding support for subscription pricing), Adobe Photoshop is the main attraction in Creative Suite 6, loaded with time-saving features that make it a joy to use.
When Apple released Final Cut Pro X last year, many veterans were up in arms. FCPX wasn’t just an update to the program they’d come to rely on--it was a complete departure from what they were used to. You either loved it or hated it, and Adobe was only too pleased to welcome new clients to its platform. With Premiere Pro CS6, Adobe is working very hard to make sure its clientele stays put.
Gone are the days when you needed complicated software to use a scanner with your Mac. Preview is all you need to scan, edit, and save any image or document. It even includes handy features such as the ability to detect multiple items in a single scan. This is ideal if you’re scanning lots of photographs, since you can place several on the scanner at once, rather than having to scan one at a time. Let’s get started!
After dipping its toe into the subscription-pricing waters with last year’s Creative Suite 5.5, Adobe has moved onto the next phase with Creative Cloud. While the new service offers cost-effective access to the full Creative Suite 6 Master Collection for under 50 bucks a month, the cloud cover feels a little thin as far as other worthwhile features, at least for the time being.
If you want your Mac to be seen but not heard, that’s easy: hit the handy Mute button on your keyboard, or slide the volume slider in your menu bar all the way down. If your needs are a little more complex than that, turn to SoundBunny.
After you've made your movie trailer with iMovie, you'll want to spruce it up a bit with special effects so that the "premiere" of it doesn't turn out to be anticlimactic. You can tweak the timing of your clips, customize what order they show up in, and adjust the audio to really hone in on the dialogue of a specific scene. Read on to find out how!
When you’re out and about with your Mac laptop, there are a few things you can do to extend your battery life. First, I shut off Bluetooth in the menu bar, then bump down the screen brightness as much as I can stand, close applications I’m not using, and if I’m desperate, turn off AirPort. That’ll do the most to prolong my battery life, but it sure hampers the experience of using my Mac.
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.