Hey, you know, you have that Mac and you use it every single day. You probably use it for work, or you probably use it for school. Or, maybe it's just the Mac that sits in the kitchen for the family to use. Either way, there are probably apps on it that you use constantly, and ones that are proverbially collecting dust. Well, we're not going to help you with that right now, but we can suggest five apps that will definitely see some use from you if you're a diehard Mac user. From organizing your Launchpad, to remembering passwords, read on and find out what they are!
A pair of Mac apps received updates over the weekend, adding high resolution updates for the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display and in the case of the latter, a whole big list of other changes as well.
As we get closer to WWDC we can expect the rumor mill to heat up and it's already started. Bigger iPhone, smaller iPad is the refrain you're going to hear until they don't and then we'll move on to something else. Pocket sized Steve Jobs! The Apple iApple digital fruit! Instead of that nonsense, let's take a look at some real news from the week past.
The death of Perian is bittersweet for Mac users. On one hand, the open-source Swiss Army knife of video codecs will be missed by millions of video junkies who relied on its seamless integration with QuickTime to play media files that were otherwise ignored. On the other, its demise seems to be due to a lack of necessity; as the iPad and iPhone have grown in popularity, so have their video formats--namely MPEG4 and H.264--pushing lesser-known codecs to the background.
It’s no accident that the folks at the Perian project chose the image of a Swiss Army knife for its versatile System Preferences pane -- when it comes to QuickTime video, the extension enabled all sorts of files to be played back, but its creators have announced one final version that marks the end of its development.
I need to play my videos using codecs not recognized by default on the iPad. Are there any more alternative video players for the iPad that will oblige? My friend uses an app called VLC Player on his iPad, but it’s no longer in the App Store.
It’s President’s Day here in the U.S., which means most of us are working at half-mast since the banks and post office are closed for business. But the news business never slows down, and in the tech world, a Monday holiday is usually reserved for a few curveballs, such as the curious case of Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard going missing from Netflix streaming in the wake of her death (which turns out to be a case of mistaken license term, apparently). With that in mind, here’s the rest of the news for this slow Monday, February 20, 2012.
How about that Apple Inc.! Today marked the fateful day when the company’s stock price soared above the $500 per share mark, so there was likely a cascading fountain or champagne in ol’ Cupertino today. Definitely a nice early Valentine for Apple, but the week is young and there’s plenty more excitement to come, we’re sure. For now, let’s kick back and bask in the glow of a warm Monday, February 13, 2012, shall we…?
In the April issue’s Ask column, you recommended “CineXPlayer for iPad ($1.99) or the universal GoodPlayer ($2.99)” for watching AVI videos without needing to convert them first. But you left out the free VLC Player application! Its capabilities appear to be equivalent, but it doesn’t require any financial commitment.
If you want to get your DVD collection onto your Mac, Apple TV or portable iOS device, chances are you’ve already discovered the free HandBrake software, which handles the task like a champ. What you may not know is that there are some simple tricks and tweaks to make HandBrake really sing, particularly if you’ve been challenged by getting commercial discs from your personal collection properly encoded.