Automator: Pulling Out Text from PDFs

8:45 AM, Jun. 12th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

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!

OS X: Archiving Messages from Apple Mail

8:25 AM, Jun. 6th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

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!

AirPort Utility: Restarting Your AirPort Base Station

8:45 AM, May. 30th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

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.

OS X Contacts: Printing Out Your Data

8:30 AM, May. 21st, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Do you have iPhone Brain Syndrome? Symptoms include distraction, checking Facebook approximately every three minutes, and the inability to memorize phone numbers. We can’t help with the first two symptoms, but for the last problem, you may want to print out a list of your most important contacts and keep it in your car. This public service announcement has been brought to you by today’s Quick Tip.

OS X Security: Encrypting External Disks

8:40 AM, May. 16th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to discuss how to keep data stored on external disks safe (and the steps you’ll use for different versions of OS X). If you’ve got drives just lying around with important data on them, then this feature’ll help you worry less about theft or loss. Less worrying is a very good thing!

OS X: Working with Pictures in Your Web Browser

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

No matter what browser you use, there are some neat built-in options that you’ve got for saving and working with the images you run across. In this Quick Tip, we’ll cover what you can do and how, and Melissa Holt has promised us a little bonus tip for saving pictures, as well. 

Pages: Finding & Replacing Invisible Characters

8:35 AM, May. 9th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

In this tip, we’re going to tell you how to find those pesky hidden characters—tabs and paragraph returns, for example—and replace them. This’ll help a lot when you’re editing documents in Pages and you find, for example, that someone’s used tabs instead of setting margins or has typed two spaces after every period. This works in all of the recent versions of Pages (including Pages ’09) so come check it out!

iPhoto: Adjust the Date and Time of Your Images

8:39 AM, May. 7th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

For today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt is going to discuss how to change the associated dates for your iPhoto pictures and Events, which is handy if you’ve ever imported from a digital camera that was set incorrectly. She’ll also go over sorting Events by date after you’ve gotten everything all cleaned up. It’ll be like spring cleaning for your iPhoto Library!

OS X: Manage Parental Controls from Another Computer

8:25 AM, May. 2nd, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Using OS X’s built-in Parental Controls, you can configure your child’s computer to let you manage its settings while you’re sitting at a different Mac. This’ll allow you to look at the logs of your kids’ online activity, control what applications they can use, and even stop them from being able to use their computers if they’re not behaving. In this Quick Tip, we’ll cover it all!