iPhoto: Prevent the Program from Automatically Opening

8:30 AM, Apr. 4th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to cover how to stop iPhoto from opening every time you plug in your iOS device. Hey, sometimes you want to import images and sometimes you don’t, but dagnabbit, you should be able to control what your applications do. We think so, anyway.

Hider 2 Hits the Mac App Store

11:56 AM, Apr. 2nd, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

MacPaw showed off Hider 2 for the Mac at Macworld/iWorld 2014 last week, and impressed The Mac Observer enough to win an Editors' Choice Award. Now it's available for download at Apple's Mac App Store.

4 Mac Pranks for April Fools’ Day! (Part 2)

8:45 AM, Apr. 1st, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

In honor of April Fools’ Day, Melissa Holt has written her second article about fun pranks you can play. C’mon, everybody—this is the one time of the year that we can all get away with being complete annoying idiots, so we should take as much advantage of that as possible! 

Spotlight on the Mac: Searching the Current Folder by Default

8:35 AM, Mar. 24th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

If you'd rather look through the current folder when using Spotlight's search field in Finder windows instead of searching every drive connected to your Mac, you aren't alone. Lucky for you, Michael Johnston knows how to tell Spotlight to do just that, and he's ready to show you how, too.

Apple Digital Camera RAW Update Adds New Fujifilm, Nikon Camera Support

9:04 AM, Mar. 21st, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

If you're headed to Macworld/iWorld 2014 next week and plan on snapping photos with your brand new Fujifilm, Nikon, Panasonic or Pentax camera, Apple has you covered. The company released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.04 for the Mac on Thursday, adding support for new camera models from all four companies to iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3.

iPhoto: Search Your Photos by Date

8:33 AM, Mar. 19th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Wondering where certain pictures ended up in your iPhoto library? You can find them by the date they were taken, without having to page through all your events! We think this built-in date search is pretty darned handy, especially if you’ve got a ton of images, and it’s easy to use, too. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will tell us how.

Microsoft Steps into Evernote Territory with OneNote for the Mac

9:13 PM, Mar. 17th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Microsoft is making a move into Evernote's market on the Mac with its OneNote app. The app has been available to Windows users for some time, but not for the Mac until now.

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This is something Microsoft should've brought to the Mac years ago. Instead, they left the market open for Evernote -- and by extension, they left the iPhone and iPad market in Evernote's hands, too. Microsoft may be big, but that doesn't mean they can take down Evernote.

iTunes: Show What Playlists Your Songs Are In

8:40 AM, Mar. 14th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Within iTunes, you can easily check to see which playlists a song, album, or artist belongs to, and there's even a sneaky way to figure out which items aren't in any playlists at all. In this Quick Tip, we'll go over how to do just that, and afterward, maybe your iTunes library will be a happier, better-organized place. That's our hope, anyway.

Audio MIDI Setup: Your Mac’s Secret Sound Manager

8:00 AM, Mar. 8th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Your Mac's Sound Preference Pane is the go-to place for choosing audio inputs and outputs, but it isn't the only place you can go in OS X to manage your Mac's sounds. Even though Audio MIDI Setup may sound intimidating, it's loaded with controls that go far beyond what its name implies and can help you fine tune the audio quality your Mac pumps out.