Two More Cool-But-Semi-Hidden Yosemite Features

4:50 PM, Mar. 24th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Yosemite semi hidden feature

Continuing the theme I began here last week, allow me to introduce you to another pair of useful but semi-hidden OS X Yosemite features. Feature #1 is recording movies of your Mac or iDevice screen;  #2 is putting your written signature onto a PDF document.

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A Pair of Cool-But-Semi-Hidden OS X Yosemite Features

12:32 PM, Mar. 19th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

hidden Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite features

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite has gotten better since its initial release… But I notice that several of useful features are semi-hidden by default. For example, your Mac can take dictation and turn your words into text without having to buy Dragon Dictate. But it’s disabled by default. To enable it... 

Intuit Hoses Quicken (Mac) Users…Again

4:40 PM, Mar. 4th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Intuit crippling Quicken Essentials and then charging for the upgrade! Outrageous!

Intuit recently sent a message to users of Quicken Essentials for Mac:  “Your connected services will be discontinued on 4/30/15. Upgrade to maintain services. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered." But that's only part of the story... 

Dr. Mac Looks for a Lovable List Manager for Mac and iPhone

3:25 PM, Feb. 10th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Dr. Mac Looks for a Lovable List Manager for Mac and iPhone

In the OS X era I’ve tested close to a dozen list-making/time management apps including Things, OmniFocus, and many others. And I’ve read books on productivity and task management, too. But Dr. Mac found all the software and books were either too complicated, too simple, or just too crappy. The bottom line is that while Reminders and BusyCal don't suck, he finally found something he likes much better.

MacPhun = The Easy Way to Improve Photos

11:00 AM, Jan. 24th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

MacPhun has a sense of humor...

I have good news for those who want to improve your photos but don’t want to spend a lot of time or money... That good news comes from a cool little company out of San Diego, CA called MacPhun, which makes nearly a dozen different inexpensive apps specifically designed to help you fix imperfections and improve mediocre photos quickly and easily, for not a lot of dough.

Editing Photos on Your Mac Without Breaking the Bank

3:45 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Adobe Photoshop CC, Acorn, Adobe Photoshop Elements 13, image editors

Listen up! If you don’t have the time, money, or inclination to master Photoshop CC, you’re not out of luck. I know of at least two less-expensive yet full-featured Mac applications that do much of what Photoshop CC can do but cost significantly less...

Why Dr. Mac Thinks Redundant Backups are Essential

6:30 PM, Jan. 8th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Data Rescue 3

Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus ended his last column with words that couldn’t have been more prescient: “I sleep better knowing that my data will survive almost any eventuality. So will you.” A few days after that he walked into my office to find an alarming onscreen alert: "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer." Thank heaven for Data Rescue.