Wirelessly Mirror

Wirelessly Mirror

AirPlay Mirroring lets you send what’s on your Mac to an HDTV wirelessly with Apple TV. If your Mac supports AirPlay Mirroring, an AirPlay Mirroring status icon appears in the menu bar when an Apple TV is on the same network as your Mac. For information about Mac and Apple TV requirements to use AirPlay(…)

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Speed up your Dashboard

Every widget creates a cache file. In theory, these cache files are meant to speed up Dashboard performance. But, the cache files can get bloated or corrupted, resulting in the exact opposite effect. If your Dashboard seems to be running unusually slow, you may want to try clearing those caches. Go to: YourUserFolder/Library/Caches/DashboardClient You’ll find(…)

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Top OS X Tips

Top OS X Tips

1. Control a Mac remotely   There are dozens of ways of controlling a Mac across the internet, which you might want to do to schedule a recording, start a download and so on. You could try LogMeIn, or share a desktop using Google Hangouts and Skype; you could try port forwarding the built-in VNC client(…)

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Siri Tips

Siri Tips

Ensure that your device is connected to the Internet Siri works by sending your requests to Apple servers. Because of this, Siri sends information such as your voice input, contacts, and location (if you have Location Services turned on) to Apple to process your requests. For Siri to work, your device must be connected to(…)

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iOS 7 Tips

iOS 7 Tips

Bug: White screen of death A bug that seems to have cropped up for a lot of people, particularly on the iPad, but also various iPhone models is a random crash from the home screen which soft reboots the device and brings up a screen with the Apple logo. The background color matches the device, so a(…)

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Terminal Tips

Terminal Tips

The first thing to know about the Terminal is how to launch it, which you do by 
going to\Applications\Utilities\Terminal. Also, you’re no longer in graphical user-interface land: Most of what you’ll do in the Terminal is enter specific text strings, then press Return to execute them. When you see generic references like name-of-file or path-to-file(…)

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The Dock on Multiple Displays

The Dock on Multiple Displays

The Dock can automatically appear on a secondary display if you drag your mouse to the bottom of the screen on the secondary monitor (this will cause the Dock to switch displays from the primary display). Unfortunately, this can get annoying if you’re not used to this behavior. A simple fix is to move your(…)

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Quickly Turn Off Notifications

Quickly Turn Off Notifications

Notifications are great, but sometimes they can really be annoying. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to ensure that you get no notifications for the entire day. All you have to do is hold down the Option key on your keyboard while you click the Notification Center icon in your Menubar. Optionally, you can open the(…)

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Turn off Away Notifications

Turn off Away Notifications

Notifications in Mavericks now appear on your lock screen to show you items that happened while you were away. This new feature can be annoying, especially when you open your MacBook in a meeting, only to see multiple Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus notifications appear on your screen. Fortunately, you can correct this by opening(…)

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Turn off App Nap

Turn off App Nap

App Nap is a brand-new feature of Mavericks that reduces resources for apps in the background, in hopes that they will reduce power consumption. However, some apps may behave poorly with this new feature. If you notice erratic behavior from your backgrounded apps, you can turn off App Nap on a per-app basis by opening(…)

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Fixing Multiple Menubars and Spaces

Fixing Multiple Menubars and Spaces

One of the biggest potential annoyances with Mavericks and a second connected display is that the OS X Menubar is available on all displays, and not just the primary one. Fortunately, Apple has included a way to turn this off, and it fixes a second annoyance. To do this, visit System Preferences > Mission Control,(…)

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Run Widgets On Your Desktop

Run Widgets On Your Desktop

Open your favorite Mac widgets directly, without the need for any sort of special hacks. WidgetRunner is a free Mac app that opens your widgets outside the Dashboard, allowing you to use them more-or-less the way you would any other program. Relegated to a separate desktop since Lion, developers seem to have abandoned the Dashboard(…)

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Safari Tips

Safari Tips

1. Cut through your bookmarks clutter Overwhelmed by bookmarks? The first step is to organize them into folders (Bookmarks > Add Bookmark Folder). The next step is to organize the bookmarks within the folders. It’s not hard if you use the Finder to alphabetize them. Go to your bookmarks window (Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks or Command-Option-B),(…)

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Aperture Glossary

additive color – Images with color elements derived from the light source itself. RGB is a common form of additive color. See also RGB. adjustment – Any change to the appearance of an image. See also brushed adjustment. Adobe RGB (1998) – A color profile commonly used for printing. See also color space. album – A type of(…)

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iMovie Tips

iMovie Tips

Get Your Touch On Apple may not feel that touchscreen computers are in its future, but they aren’t shy about adding multitouch gestures to their desktop apps for laptop users and those of us rocking a Magic Trackpad. iMovie ’11 is no exception, and features a trio of such gestures. The first multitouch tip enables(…)

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iPhoto Tips

iPhoto Tips

iPhoto lets you do more than you ever thought possible with your photos, with easy ways to find, sort, and rediscover your favorite shots. Simple but powerful editing tools let you turn good photos into magnificent ones. Share directly to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and Messages. iPhoto also works with iCloud, so the photos you take(…)

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Final Cut Pro Tips

1. Gamma setting A couple of versions ago, FCP added a gamma settings preference (User Preferences / Editing). This lets you compensate for gamma differences in graphics created on other platforms. Ever since FCP7, we have found that the best setting to use is 2.2 (the native gamma of PCs). “Source” and other options don’t(…)

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Logic Pro X Tips

Logic Pro X Tips

Tip 1 – Notes The Notes feature in Logic can be really useful when going back to an unfinished project or when sending a project to somebody else. Very handy for writing mix notes or to do lists. You can write notes for the project or for a track. We’ll do a track. Select the(…)

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Pages Tips

Pages Tips

Pages is a word processing application developed by Apple. It is part of a productivity suite called iWork along with both Keynote and Numbers, and is recognised for its user-friendly, intuitive interface. With Pages, you can create professional-looking documents that are compatible with other word processing software such as Microsoft Word and OpenOffice. Additionally, each(…)

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Keynote Tips

Keynote Tips

For many people, presentations are overwhelming. They struggle with the delivery or design of the slides, and the result is a mess that bores audiences. Taking cues from Apple’s iconic production introductions, we can learn a lot about how to showcase your important slides. In this tutorial I’ll share five tips, to use with Apple’s(…)

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Numbers Tips

Numbers Tips

How to Format Cells According to Your Needs One of the most common issues of Numbers (which is also present on MS Excel) is the way the application handles fields with numbers that are not always intended to be seen as numerical values. Take the example of screenshots shown below, where I typed 002715 but(…)

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GarageBand Tips

GarageBand Tips

The new GarageBand features are impressive. You can fix your guitarist’s inability to keep a beat. You can extend that final note of your song. You can even keep track of your progress as you learn the guitar or keyboards. But before you get the guitar, keyboards or mics out, it’s actually helpful if you(…)

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iOS Safari Tips

iOS Safari Tips

Smart search field Safari on iOS 7 has a unified “smart search field” that allows you to type the url of the website or search for text. When you start typing, it displays the top url hit, suggestions from Google Search or your favorite search engine, your Bookmarks and history, and results of the text search on the(…)

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Locating Thunderbolt and display adapters

Locating Thunderbolt and display adapters

Thunderbolt or display accessories may be packaged in your new computer’s document folder. This is the case if your computer is listed below and you ordered it from the Apple Online Store: MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012) MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch and 15-inch, Early 2013) MacBook Air (11-inch and 13-inch, Mid 2012)(…)

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Move Dashboard Like Spaces

Move Dashboard Like Spaces

The Dashboard can be moved around now, just by clicking and dragging it to where you want to leave it. You can even move it to your secondary monitor on a dual monitor setup.

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