Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X utilities such as Terminal, Apple’s command line application. These easy hacks can make life better and simpler, and don’t require any knowledge of coding — all you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Securely storing certain information in the universal PDF format can be a good thing — after all, your bank, insurance, or other personal information could be contained within PDF documents. That information, if it got into the wrong hands, could compromise your personal security. Lock down your PDF documents using this simple trick in the Preview application.
Time Machine: it's always been there and you've probably always used it. But what you may not have known is that you can tweak things around on your Mac to make the ubiquitous backup app a little more powerful. Here are ten tips to help you rev up Time Machine.
QuickLook lets us peek at the contents of an image or document without having to open the file's associated app. In Terminal you can use QuickLook to generate a preview of a file right from the command line, and in this article, we'll show you exactly how to do it.
The middle of March is already upon us and another week comes to a close as many parts of the country continue to have Old Man Winter huff and puff his way, unwilling to give into the coming spring season. But we've got a pretty nice roundup of news to cap off the week, including a couple of new deals and a peek at what may or may not be on the way for iOS 8 this year...
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors — also known as 999 — grabbed attention for its brutal plot, devilish mysteries, and compelling characters when it hit the Nintendo DS in 2010. On March 17 the title is scheduled to make its iOS debut as 999: The Novel, and we’ve enlisted director/scenario writer Kotaro Uchikoshi to explain why you should care about the story’s unique cast.
In spite of its title, you won’t find hooded killers or acrobatic climbing in Assassin’s Creed Pirates (at least not at first). In fact, its main character, Alonzo Batilla, seems to never even leave his ship. Instead, this upcoming spinoff focuses entirely on piracy and simple naval battles, letting players explore a quasi-open version of the Caribbean in a story set around the same time as the latest entry in the series, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Microsoft PowerPoint doesn’t play nicely with PDFs on the Mac. However, we can use the power of Preview and Automator to automate the process of converting the PDF to individual images, and then creating new slides based on those images.
Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride developer Halfbrick announced its next iOS game, Colossatron: Massive World Threat, at a panel at the PAX Australia gaming convention this weekend, revealing details about its story, gameplay, and development. Colossatron puts you in the role a giant robotic snake from outer space that's intent on doing as much damage as possible to the Earth. Producer Sean Druitt came up with the idea after noting that tower defense games tend to be passive once you’ve set up your defenses. “I wanted to do something where you could build things on the fly, and actually react to the environment around you while you're playing,” he explained during a panel discussion on the game.
Last year's Asphalt 7: Heat marked a pretty significant leap in quality for Gameloft's long-running series, with the arcade-style racer delivering ample driving thrills for only a buck. Still, it was the kind of fun that was tempered slightly by some awkward vehicle physics and animations, not to mention tracks that felt decidedly generic.
The Mac|Life 101 series is where you can come to learn new and simple ways to do things with Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems. Whether you’re new to the platform, or just want to learn a new technique, then Mac 101 is for you.
If you are new to the Mac, then image editing may be a bit confusing for you. In OS X, Preview is the ultimate image editing and viewing application. It can open almost any image file, including PDFs; and, the app includes some pretty nifty markup, editing, and viewing tools. In this tip, we'll show you how to put these features to use.