Handbrake is an excellent tool that allows you to take a movie and convert/compress it into a Mac-and-iOS-playable movie file. It's free, and it works. If you also have VLC installed Handbrake will read DVDs and convert them directly. What many users don't realize, though, is that MakeMKV can be invoked on-the-fly to allow Handbrake to rip and convert/compress Blu-ray disks directly, too.
Way back in prehistoric time, well 2011 as it were, TMO published a Quick Tip on how to use OS X Lion and the Mac's FaceTime camera to photograph a signature and then add it to a PDF document in the Preview app. The procedure has changed ever so slightly, so we thought it time to update the tip.
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.
One of the most annoying things for podcasters and their listeners is when one participant's background noise is noticeable even when that person isn't talking. A noise gate can easily solve this problem by only allowing sound through when the input volume reaches a certain level. Follow the simple steps in this video and the next time you're on an interview podcast (or recording one), you'll sound fantastic!
Twitter has officially implement a mute feature for users that will roll out systemwide in the coming weeks.
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Seriously? It took you this long to implement something Twitter clients got right in 2008, and then extended? Explain to me again why it is you keep creating hurdles for those developers.
iPhoto ’11 boasts some very respectable image editing and enhancement tools. Sandro Cuccia shows you how you can make your images pop when using the more advanced set of iPhoto editing tools. These are some great tips, so check it out.
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!
Ever had a phone number to add to a contact that didn't fit into the existing labels in Contacts? Kelly shows you how to create your own.
It's possible, if an iPhone setting is set wrong, for you to see and the iPhone to play unwanted music, music that's in iCloud but which you never specifically synced to your iPhone. John explains how to manage the appropriate setting for iCloud music.
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!
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