How to Sync Non-iBooks Epubs from iPad to iBooks in Mavericks

5:20 PM, Dec. 23rd, 2013 · · Mac OS

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After years of an inexplicable absence from the Mac platform, Apple finally brought iBooks to Mavericks. If you have epub ebooks and PDFs in your iPad or iPhone iBooks library that didn't come from iBooks, you may have noticed that they didn't appear in iBooks on Mavericks, but it's easy to fix that. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

OS X: Dock Functions for Finder and Trash

8:35 AM, Dec. 20th, 2013 · · Mac OS

There are quite a few useful things you can do with the Dock icons for the Finder and Trash. With the right combinations of modifier keys, you can relaunch a misbehaving Finder, empty the Trash, and even securely empty the Trash. It's all here in this Quick Tip.

Final Cut Pro Adds 4K Display, New Mac Pro Support

9:00 AM, Dec. 19th, 2013 · · Mac OS

Apple rolled out Final Cut Pro X 10.1 on Thursday with support for high resolution 4K displays and the just released Mac Pro's dual GPUs. Final Cut Pro is Apple's pro-level video editing application for Mac OS X.

OS X: Downloading URLs in Safari

6:40 AM, Dec. 19th, 2013 · · Mac OS

Usually downloading files in Safari is a pretty simple task, but what if all you have is the URL of the thing you want, such as some audio or video played that plays via Safari's QuickTime plugin or something else that you just want a local copy of? Thankfully, there's a tried and tested way of downloading such URLs, though it's just not totally obvious. Michael Johnston shows you how.

12 Essential Mac Apps for Amateur Astronomers

12:15 PM, Dec. 17th, 2013 · · Mac OS

12 Essential Apps for Amateur Astronomers

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.

Older Safari for Mac Stores Unencrypted Passwords

8:52 AM, Dec. 16th, 2013 · · Mac OS

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.

Safari in Mavericks: Auto-Opening Bookmark Folders, Part Two

9:52 AM, Dec. 13th, 2013 · · Mac OS

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.

Preview: Extracting Frames from Animated GIFs

8:25 AM, Dec. 6th, 2013 · · Mac OS

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?