Pretzel Logic with a MacBook Pro…

3:00 PM, Mar. 16th, 2006 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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I want to tell you a little about Logic Pro because it's so freakin' cool, but first let me give you my impressions of the MacBook Pro after putting it through its paces for a couple of weeks...

Easy to be Hard(ware)

3:00 PM, Mar. 2nd, 2006 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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I'm a nut for input devices - keyboards, mice, trackballs, tablets, etc. And because my job is to test Mac products and relate my impressions of those products to you, gentle reader, I have the opportunity to try a lot of different input devices, including these two keyboards (one from Logitech, and one from Microsoft)

Path Finder: It’s Like the Finder Only Better…

3:00 PM, Feb. 16th, 2006 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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Dr. Mac gives us a tour of Path Finder, a replacement for Mac OS X's Finder. He also shows off some pics from this year's Geek Cruise, including a cool pic of him and The Woz on "The Mac Gems" panel.

First (Big) Look at New Features in iLife ‘06

3:00 PM, Feb. 9th, 2006 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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When last we spoke here (or at least when last I spoke here), we looked at some of the new features in GarageBand 3. This week I'll show you some of the sweetest new features in other iLife '06 apps, namely iMovie, iDVD, iPhoto, and iWeb.

GarageBand 3: First Look

3:00 PM, Jan. 19th, 2006 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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I received and installed my copy of iLife '06 yesterday. I have only played with GarageBand so far, so I'm not ready to give you a real review of any of the iLife '06 apps just yet. Instead, here's a "first look" at some of GarageBand 3's new or improved features and my first impressions.

The Print Shop 2 for Mac ROCKS!

3:00 PM, Jan. 5th, 2006 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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I don't often dedicate an entire Rants & Raves column to a single product, but there's so much that is cool about the latest release of The Print Shop for Mac (version 2) from Software MacKiev that I just couldn't help myself. Simply put, it's stunning.

Free Stuff at the iTunes Music Store…

3:00 PM, Dec. 22nd, 2005 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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The holidays mean gift buying and gift giving for most of us, but they also mean feeling a bit strapped for cash? So this week I'd like to highlight a few cool things you can get for free at the iTunes Music Store, including free guitar lesson videos and lots of excellent (and free) podcasts.

Who Kneads Spill Chicken?

3:00 PM, Dec. 1st, 2005 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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I last wrote about Spell Catcher X in this space way back in February of 2004 but the program has been upgraded and updated countless times since then with useful features added or improved. And since it's a program I use every day, and one of the first things I miss when I use a Mac other than my own, I feel it's time to write about it again.

Up Close & Personal with the New iMac G5

3:00 PM, Nov. 17th, 2005 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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Apple was kind enough to ship me one of the new iMac G5s for review, making me the first on my block to experience an iMac G5 with a built-in iSight video camera, and the Front Row "media experience" which utilizes the new Apple Remote five-button infrared remote control. After putting one through its paces for a little over a week, here are my first impressions:

Three System Preference Panes I’d Hate to Be Without

3:00 PM, Nov. 3rd, 2005 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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Over the years I've tried literally hundreds of user-installable System Preference panes, all of which purport to make using a Mac more pleasant and/or easier. While some have fallen into disuse over the years, a few have remained in service. Allow me to introduce you to three of my favorites: WindowShade X, MenuMeters, and Synergy.