Automator: Pulling Out Text from PDFs

8:45 AM, Jun. 12th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

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 · · TMO Quick Tip

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!

iOS 7: Organizing Books into Collections

8:40 AM, Jun. 4th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Do you read a lot on your iOS devices? Then this tip’ll help you stay more organized. Whether you want to put your books into Collections sorted by author, by genre, or by whether or not you’ve read them, we’ll give you the lowdown.

How to Join Apple’s OS X Yosemite Beta Program

8:54 AM, Jun. 3rd, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Apple announced OS X Yosemite during a keynote presentation on Monday at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. The major update won't be ready until this fall, but Apple is offering a public beta some time this summer. You'll need to sign up to get your hands on the public beta, and it's easy to do.

AirPort Utility: Restarting Your AirPort Base Station

8:45 AM, May. 30th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

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: Controlling Safari’s Location Services

8:25 AM, May. 28th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

In today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover controlling websites’ use of your location data within Safari, including how to reset whether you’ve already allowed a site to see where you are. Location Services are incredibly useful and powerful features, but if you’re concerned about privacy, you’ve got some choices for what you allow your Mac to share.

iOS 7: Search by Email Attributes

8:38 AM, May. 23rd, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Within iOS 7, you can find emails that match certain criteria—such as, say, unread messages or those with attachments—very quickly and easily. Within this Quick Tip, we’ll reveal the secrets for doing so, with a bunch of examples of the types of things you can find in your email. 

OS X Contacts: Printing Out Your Data

8:30 AM, May. 21st, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

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.

Unhiding Your Mac’s Users Directory

9:35 AM, May. 16th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Apple's iTunes 11.2 update brought us an odd side-effect: the Users directory where your Home folder lives will disappear upon reboot if Find My Mac is enabled. Your files are still safe and sound, but a little harder to get at. Luckily, it isn't too difficult to make your Users directory appear again.

OS X Security: Encrypting External Disks

8:40 AM, May. 16th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

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!