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!

OS X Mavericks: Add a Signature to PDF with Preview and FaceTime Camera

3:40 PM, May. 14th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Add Signature to PDF docs in Preview

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.

OS X: Working with Pictures in Your Web Browser

8:40 AM, May. 14th, 2014 · · TMO Quick 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. 

Pages: Finding & Replacing Invisible Characters

8:35 AM, May. 9th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

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 · · TMO Quick Tip

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 · · TMO Quick Tip

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!

Terminal: Exporting Text from Commands

8:25 AM, May. 1st, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Melissa Holt’s love of all things Terminal is no secret, and in this Quick Tip, she’s going to prove her love once more. She’ll cover how to export data from the commands you run in a much simpler way than using pipes or other fancy stuff, so if you need to, you can save pages and pages of output into a text file for easy perusal.

Siri: Asking for Sports Statistics

8:30 AM, Apr. 25th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Using Siri is a great way to see all sorts of information about your favorite sports team, and you can even go beyond asking about schedules or scores into getting pretty detailed statistics. In this Quick Tip, we’ll cover just how you’ll do that for teams and for players. Who knew that Apple’s voice assistant could help you win bar bets?