Picture files come in all sorts of formats such as JPEG and TIFF. Each has its own individual strengths, but it’s common to need to change the format of one or more images. For example, you might need to convert a sizable TIFF file into a smaller JPEG to email it to someone. Doing this manually -- even for a single file -- takes time, so we’re going to show you how to set up an automated process for converting one or more image files from one format to another. The input files can be in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PDF, PICT, PNG or TIFF format. All you’ll need to do is drop the files’ icons onto an app in your Mac’s Dock and they’ll be converted to the format you’ve specified.
The Store ’n’ Go ($174, www.verbatim.com) is a handy, bus-powered 500GB external drive that can connect to your Mac with FireWire 800 and super-speedy USB 3, and it’s back-compatible to USB 2 as well. Plus, Verbatim includes all the cables, and it comes preformatted for your Mac. Just tear open the packaging and start hard-drivin’--if you win our contest.
Apple was slow to adopt USB 3, but now that it’s here, Verbatim’s Store ’n’ Go USB 3.0/FireWire 800 for Mac lets you harness the faster USB 3 transfers, while also packing FireWire 800 and backward compatibility for USB 2.
We've got a bit of How-To action going on this week, as most newsy stories took their vacation just like lots of staffers all over. So the news was slow as the mercury climbed. So now that you've retreated indoors with the air conditioning, these how-tos might just be the ticket. A little something to keep you occupied.
Before WWDC, conventional wisdom was that Apple would release a 15-inch MacBook Air, and a lot of people hoped Retina displays would make it to the Mac lineup as well. What we got instead was a reimaginging of the MacBook Pro: dramatically thin, less than 4.5 pounds, but still powerful enough to handle whatever you can throw at it -- and with the highest screen revolution of any notebook computer ever built.
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Andreas Haas is persistent, I'll give him that. Approximately three years before the original iPad was released, the co-founder and his company Axiotron, attempted to bring the world its first MacBook Pro tablet. Using the insides of the MBP, Axiotron's engineers were able to design a tablet computer running OS X. Axiotron didn't take off, but Haas and his OS X tablet dream never died.
Today, Haas and his new company Modbook Inc., announced that he once again will venture into the OS X tablet market. The tablet market in 2012, traditionally consists of a mobile platform. Haas however, plans on releasing "the world's most powerful and largest-screen tablet computer" this fall, running the soon to be brand new, OS X Mountain Lion.
Early adopters of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display have been complaining of image ghosting issues with the laptop's display at Apple's Community forums. Users are referring to the issue as a screen "burn-in" and the forum threads contain a slew of comments echoing the problem. The issue appears after leaving a bright static image up for awhile and then immediately switching to a dark grey image, with the previous image reporting leaving its trace behind for up to five minutes.
We reviewed Mission Workshop’s Vandal backpack last year, and while we were impressed by the fact that it could carry a lot of stuff, we were not happy with its lack of protective padding for a MacBook. This time around, we appreciated how the VX Small Rucksack includes a little more structure for your stuff, but Mission Workshop missed the boat on the laptop padding once again.