What are the essential Mac apps for the backyard astronomer? John Martellaro catalogs some of the most notable OS X apps for beginners that round out a complete technical package for the amateur astronomer.
Apple released OS X 10.9.1 on Monday. The maintenance release includes more Gmail fixes in Mail, Smart Mailbox reliability, a contact group issue in Mail, a VoiceOver problem with Emoji, and improved performance for shared links in Safari.
Apple's Safari Web browser for the Mac may be convenient, but that comes at the price of security through the app's ability to restore open webpages after relaunching. The problem, according to security analysis company Kaspersky Labs, is that Safari 6.0.5 stores the passwords for site logins in an unencrypted file, which means anyone that knows where to look can potentially read your site credentials without any special software.
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Storing user passwords in an unencrypted file is a really bad idea, and it's unfortunate that Apple did just that with Safari 6.0.5. The issue was fixed with the release of Safari 6.1, which is exactly why it's important to stay on top of software updates.
Melissa Holt has written before about using Safari's handy Auto-Click feature to automatically open a folder full of bookmarks into new tabs. But under Mavericks, the checkbox to enable it seems to be missing! Oh no! Hey, don't panic—Apple just changed the way you turn it on, and this article's all about how you'll do just that.
If you've ever wanted to pick apart an animated GIF and check out its individual frames, then this tip's gonna make you happy. Using Preview on your Mac, you can view and save the separate pieces of an animated GIF into several different formats, with no third-party software required. Melissa Holt's even used her favorite GIF of all time in this article, so you don't wanna miss that, do you?
OS X makes it easy to retain or ditch the original formatting of text when using the Copy and Paste commands, but what if the keyboard shortcuts Apple uses for each option are the opposite of what you really need? That's an easy fix, and Michael Johnston is on the job and ready to share the secret.
By default when you use the volume keys on your Mac’s keyboard to adjust its volume, a neat little “blip” sound is heard in order to give you a sense of how loud its speakers are. It’s definitely a handy feature, but sometimes you just don’t want to hear it. Michael Johnston shows you how.
Mavericks' Finder tabs feature is a neat new way to keep things organized, and in this tip, Melissa Holt will cover her five favorite tips for using it. She'll include merging all of your Finder windows into a single tabbed one, using keyboard shortcuts to control the tabs, moving files between them, and more.
Apple has released updates for all three iWork apps—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—that begins the process of restoring popular features missing from Mavericks makeover updates released in October. All three updates start with restoring the ability customize your toolbar, and the Keynote update restores some missing transitions and other effects.
Notifications are a really great feature—we like being able to tell who has sent us emails, for example, without having to switch to Mail. But sometimes getting previews of your messages may not be a great idea, especially if you're in an office environment. Under Mavericks, you can keep your notifications but nix those potentially embarrassing previews, and here's how.
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