Automator: Pulling Out Text from PDFs

8:45 AM, Jun. 12th, 2014 · · Mac OS

One of the nifty things you can do with Automator is create small applications to handle all sorts of tasks. For today’s Quick Tip, we’re gonna learn how to make one that’ll extract the text from PDFs for us, no copying or pasting required. Come on in and find out how!

Apple Video Highlights OS X Yosemite’s New Look

8:53 AM, Jun. 11th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Apple gave us a taste of what's to come when OS X Yosemite ships this fall during the keynote presentation that kicked off this year's Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this month, and now you can get a closer look at some of the new interface elements in a short video, too. The video highlights Finder windows, Messages, Calendar, redesigned app icons, and more.

OS X: Archiving Messages from Apple Mail

8:25 AM, Jun. 6th, 2014 · · Mac OS

If you’re the kind of person who’s got 47,000 messages in his inbox, then you might also be the kind of person who’d like to learn how to archive some of those emails out of the Mail program. This simple process can clean up your inbox and any other mailboxes you have while still letting you access your old messages if you need to in the future. Come on in to find out how!

Netflix Finally Moves Away from Silverlight with OS X Yosemite

9:28 AM, Jun. 4th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Netflix is finally moving away from Microsoft's Silverlight for video streaming on the Mac, at least for OS X Yosemite users. The company said it is instead relying on a feature called Media Source Extensions which will give subscribers 1080p quality video without taxing your Mac's CPU or battery.

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Finally! We'll be able to watch Netflix streaming on our Macs without having to install yet another proprietary media streaming plug-in.

How to Join Apple’s OS X Yosemite Beta Program

8:54 AM, Jun. 3rd, 2014 · · Mac OS

Apple announced OS X Yosemite during a keynote presentation on Monday at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. The major update won't be ready until this fall, but Apple is offering a public beta some time this summer. You'll need to sign up to get your hands on the public beta, and it's easy to do.

Apple Announced OS X Yosemite Public Beta

1:52 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · Mac OS

Apple is giving developers access to the beta version of OS X Yosemite now, and will let the public get in on the beta action some time this summer. The company tried out the public beta program with OS X 10.9.3, and now is ready to do the same with its next major Mac OS upgrade.

Apple takes on Dropbox with iCloud Drive

1:30 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · Mac OS

Apple's Craig Federighi unveiled iCloud Drive as a new feature for OS X Yosemite during the company's Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday. The feature lets users store files on iCloud, and sync them between their Macs and Windows PCs, much like Dropbox.

Alleged OS X 10.10 Screenshots Appear ahead of WWDC Keynote

10:54 AM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · Mac OS

It isn't any secret that Apple will be showing off OS X 10.10 during its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event Monday morning, but until now there have't been any images showing what to expect from the next version of the Mac operating system. Four photos, however, appeared -- and then were pulled -- at Reddit showing a more iOS 7-like flat look is in store for the next OS X update.

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Regardless of whether or not these leaked OS X 10.10 photos are legit, it makes sense that the Mac OS will start to look more like iOS over time.

AirPort Utility: Restarting Your AirPort Base Station

8:45 AM, May. 30th, 2014 · · Mac OS

If your network stops working, one of the first troubleshooting steps to try is restarting your modem and your router. However, if your equipment is all stuck down in your basement, say, or in some other inconvenient place in your house, it’s good to know how to restart your Apple base stations right from your Mac or your iOS device. In this Quick Tip, we’ll tell you all about it.