OS X: Switching Quickly Between Open Windows

8:36 AM, Dec. 27th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

If you're working with multiple windows in an application, switching back and forth between them can be kind of a pain, especially if they're hiding behind each other. In this tip, we'll talk about how to use a keyboard shortcut to go to the window you need, which we find is much quicker than Exposé. And no more moving windows around to get to the ones underneath them! Whew. 

OS X: Dock Functions for Finder and Trash

8:35 AM, Dec. 20th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

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 · · Mountain Lion

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 · · Mountain Lion

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 · · Mountain Lion

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 · · Mountain Lion

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.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

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.

Preview: Extracting Frames from Animated GIFs

8:25 AM, Dec. 6th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

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: An Easier Keyboard Shortcut for Paste and Match Style

8:28 AM, Nov. 26th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

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.

OS X: Quick Mute Audio Feedback when Changing Your Mac’s Volume

6:03 PM, Nov. 22nd, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

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.