Redundancy Is the New Productivity for Your Mac

2:30 PM, May. 20th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Redundancy Is the New Productivity for Your Mca

Dr. Mac has been teaching people how to use their Macs more effectively for as long as he can remember. So he was surprised to find himself at a loss for words when a friend asked, “If you could only recommend one thing to help me become more productive on my Mac, what would it be?” This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 123 he explains why redundancy makes you more productive. 

Make Your iPhone Camera Even Better (Part II)

2:40 PM, May. 13th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

iphone camera accessories square jellyfish

In addition to using the 645 Pro Mk III camera app he told you about last week for most of his photos, Dr. Mac also uses a handful of third-party accessories to help him take better pictures and videos with his iPhone. Check out his inexpensive yet effective toolkit in this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves (Episode 122). 

Take Better Pictures with your iPhone (Part I)

3:50 PM, May. 6th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

iphone better pictures 645 Pro Mk III

As good as the camera on the iPhone 6 Plus is already, Dr. Mac relies on a handful of third-party camera apps and accessories for features not found in the iOS Camera app.

Mac Window Management Made Easier

3:50 PM, Apr. 28th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Manage windows with Hocus Focus, Optimal Layout, and Spectacle

Bob ?Dr. Mac" LeVitus feels like Mission Control was never meant for a two-display setup like mine -- it never seems to work the way he expects it to on a dual monitor system. So he's always augmented it with one or more third-party apps for managing windows. And since he believes he's more productive when his fingers are on the keyboard, all of the apps support a myriad of keyboard shortcuts...  

Apple’s iPhone 7 Will Make Current iPhones Obsolete

3:55 PM, Apr. 24th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Now that the MacBook and Apple Watch are shipping, it's time  to start thinking about the iPhone 6s (or iPhone 7 according to some rumors). Just when we think the iPhone can't get any better, Apple seems poised to blow us away. Again. 

Apple Watch: Major Hit or Epic Failure?

1:44 PM, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Apple Watch: Hit or epic failure?

The Apple Watch, being Apple's first actual "new" product since the iPad in 2010 (or the iPhone in 2007 if you consider the iPad a sub-species of the iPhone), has already generated more sales estimates and predictions of its success or failure than usual. Dr. Mac has a prediction of his own, but it's not what you think... 

Your OS X Menu Bar is Prime Real Estate

6:30 PM, Apr. 9th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Your OS X Menu Bar is Prime Real Estate

Dr. Mac says, "I'm not normal; I've currently got more than 25 menu bar apps in addition to the handful included with Yosemite. But I happen to like menu bar apps... a lot...  and I find all of the ones I have installed useful in some way."

Here are a few of my faves...

The (New) Mouse of Dr. Mac’s Dreams

3:40 PM, Apr. 1st, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Logitech MX Master Mouse

This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #116, I tell you about my latest infaturation -- Logitech’s just-released MX Master mouse, which includes the best speed-adaptive scroll wheel I’ve ever used. That alone would be worth the price of admission to me, but the new MX Master mouse has much more to love. For example... 

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...