OS X: Using Icons from System Preferences

8:45 AM, Dec. 11th, 2014 · · Mac OS

In today's Quick Tip, we're going to learn how to find and use high-quality icons for items that appear in System Preferences. So for example, if you need to send someone instructions or want to refer to a particular preference pane in any documentation, you'll be able to access large (up to 1024x1024!) and attractive versions of those icons. Neat, huh? We think so.  

OS X Yosemite: Using Dictation Commands

8:49 AM, Dec. 5th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Have you ever wanted to talk to your Mac and have it not just transcribe what you say but follow commands, too? There's a neat new way to do that under Yosemite, and with this feature, you can hide and quit programs, select and interact with text, and even transform what you've typed into uppercase or lowercase. It's pretty useful, especially if you work in a place where you won't feel too odd speaking commands out loud! We've got it all here in this Quick Tip.

OS X: Removing Adware with AdwareMedic

8:43 AM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · · Mac OS

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover how to find and remove adware on your Mac using a great little utility called AdwareMedic. So if you're constantly seeing bizarre pop-up ads or if your home page is now some Russian promo site for Viagra, this should help!

iPhoto: Comparing Photo Edits with the Shift Key

8:00 AM, Dec. 1st, 2014 · · Mac OS

Today Melissa Holt's got a doozy of a Quick Tip for us. She's going to talk about how to use the lowly Shift key to compare edited versions of images in iPhoto with their originals, which makes it really easy to tell if the enhancements you've made are worth keeping. This is great for those of us with less-than-stellar photo-editing skills!

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Naming Group Conversations in Messages

8:50 AM, Nov. 26th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Did you know that the newest versions of iOS and OS X will let you name your Messages conversations? This makes it easy to identify which pals are chatting with you, as the title shows up in your notifications, too. However, there are some very important caveats for this feature, which we're going to talk about in today's Quick Tip (hint: don't name the conversation with your boss!).

Apple Blocks Outdated Flash Players Over Security Issues [Update]

9:44 AM, Nov. 21st, 2014 · · Mac OS

Flash Bugs

Apple updated the Web plugin blocking system in OS X on Thursday to prevent outdated versions of Adobe Flash Player from launching. The change means you'll need Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.223 to view Flash content in Safari on OS X.

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New Flash security flaws are cropping up all the time, so if you need it on your Mac, be sure you're always running the latest version.

iBank 5: Dr Mac Can Finally Say Goodbye to Quicken

3:30 PM, Nov. 19th, 2014 · · Mac OS

iBank 5 = no more Quicken! YEA!

I love managing my finances on my Mac, but I have never liked depending upon Intuit or its Quicken for Mac products. Intuit, as you probably know, has no love for Mac users. Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has been looking for a personal finance solution for the Mac since 1998, and he finally found it: iBank 5.

Using AirDrop with OS X Yosemite and iOS

9:01 AM, Nov. 18th, 2014 · · Mac OS

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover a new way to share files between your iOS devices and your recent-model Macs running Yosemite—AirDrop. Using this nifty little feature, you can pop a bunch of images from a trip onto your iPhone quickly and easily, say, or you could send a PDF file and import it right into iBooks. Neat, right? We think so.