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.
When it comes to organizing your data on a Numbers spreadsheet table there are a variety of ways to sort figures, positioning them in order from low to high and so on. The same is true with text, however, and categorizing information in this way can help make complex tables of information far easier to deal with.
We all know how easy it is to share photos online with iPhoto or via iCloud’s Photo Stream, but what about when you want to get back to the old school and print them? iPhoto offers some great photo printing options and you can even create your own printed photo books, but don’t overlook Pages because it also has a few tricks up its sleeve.
Cheap, plastic, and good enough: not the best descriptors for something you want to use with your Mac. But AOC’s 16-inch USB monitor, the less than charmingly named E1649FWU, really is “good enough.” It’s an OK second monitor for a laptop. It’s light and the kickstand folds flush with the case, if you want to bring it to a small presentation. It doesn’t need a power cord, the height of convenience. And you can find it online for just $100. But for a price that affordable, you can’t have everything.
With the likes of iMovie and Final Cut Pro available to cater for all your video editing needs, it can be easy to overlook the fact that your Mac comes with QuickTime Player 10: a free basic video editor. Granted, it’s nowhere near as sophisticated as iMovie or Final Cut Pro, but it won’t cost you anything either.
Recently, I tried to recall a joke I’d heard, but I stumbled over my words and missed the punchline completely. How embarrassing. The lesson? Don’t copy if you can’t paste. On that note, iClipboard’s newest version, 4.1.2, is better than ever.
Being in the post-PC world is fantastic: you can easily carry your information with you in easy-to-handle devices, like iPhones and iPads, and if the need arises, you can wirelessly transmit that information to your widescreen TV via AirPlay--as long as that TV’s connected to an Apple TV. I don’t know about you, but that’s one heck of a frustrating limitation.
For those about to rock, Altec Lansing’s inAir 5000 is a glorious set of AirPlay speakers. Setup is easy. Download a free app for your iOS device, plug that in to the speaker, and walk through the couple of steps it takes to name the device and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. You can also configure it by connecting to a network it creates temporarily through a browser on your computer, or using WPS on supported routers. You can then send music wirelessly straight from an iOS device running iOS 4.2—which can only stream to one speaker at a time—or by streaming music to one or more speakers from iTunes on your Mac or PC.