GarageBand: Better Than Ever (And Free)…

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

GarageBand now includes free lessons!

If you haven’t looked at GarageBand lately, you might want to check it out. Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus thinks you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how mature and usable it’s become and how much fun it is to use.

Modernize Your Mac’s Clipboard

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac says, “While it’s quaint that the Mac Clipboard has remained virtually unchanged for three decades, I’ve never understood why Apple has avoided adding new functionality to the Clipboard. Today’s Macs have plenty of horsepower and can easily manage more than one item at a time on the Clipboard!

What I Liked About WWDC 2019

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

In Rants & Raves Episode #335, Dr. Mac reveals what he found encouraging (or at least interesting) at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference last week.

Cricut Smart Cutting Machines Are COOL!

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Although Dr. Mac was initially attracted to Cricut Maker for its ability to cut wood, he didn’t fall in love with it until he’d used it to create dozens of interesting, fun, and useful projects.

Make Something Cool with a Cricut Cutting Machine

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Cricut (pronounced “Cricket”) cutting machines let you create and design do-it-yourself projects on your Mac, PC, iOS or Android device, and Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus tells us about the cool things you make with one.

Demystifying Mac Disk Space: Dealing with a Full Disk

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac is back with the thrilling conclusion to “Demystifying Disk Space,” explaining that the simple cure is to delete or move files to free up at least 10% of the disk’s capacity, so you have plenty of free space available for your virtual memory swap files.

Demystifying Disk Space on your Mac

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

After restarting my Mac, my Virtual Memory swap file shrunk to 0 bytes.

Dr. Mac says that in his experience, many Mac users do not understand how close to capacity their startup disk is, so he’s here to offer you a quick lesson in disk space.

Why I Love T-Mobile

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac didn’t much care for AT&T Wireless, but he loves T-Mobile, his current wireless provider. Find out why in this week’s thrilling episode (#328 for those keeping track) of Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves.

Let’s Talk About Speech (Recognition) on the Mac

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac claims toI have found three possible options to “replace” Dragon Professional on the Mac, but these replacements include tradeoffs you’ll want to know about.

Snippets and Why You Need Them

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

This week in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves (Episode #326 for those keeping track) he explains what snippets are and why you should be using them to save time and keystrokes.  

Backup (Don’t Be an April Fool…)

· Bob LeVitus · Columns & Opinions

Now that World Backup Day (March 31) has come and gone, Dr. Mac feels it’s prudent to reiterate all the bad things that will happen to your precious data—your photos, videos, essays, proposals, emails, messages, and everything else—if you don’t backup.

Alfred 3: Your Mac Butler

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

This week Dr. Mac celebrates Running with Crayons’ killer utility Alfred, what he refers to as “The Swiss Army Arsenal” of Mac utilities. 

Sans Forgetica: The Font That Helps You Remember!

· Bob LeVitus · News

Dr. Mac has started using an unusual font that, according to researchers, can help you remember more. Read all about it in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves Episode #323: Sans Forgetica: The Font That Helps You Remember!

Apple Watch Report: Why Series 4 Works for Me

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr Mac has had an Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular ($499) since late last year, and he says everything he ever said about the original Apple Watch is still true.

Listen to the Text on Mac, iPhone, and iPad

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac demonstrates how he enjoys having his Mac and iOS devices read almost anything to him without spending a penny.

Dr. Mac on Whether Document Scanners Have Become Obsolete

· Bob LeVitus · Columns & Opinions

Dr. Mac hasn’t used either of his document scanners in months; discover why in this week’s thrilling episode (#320) of Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves at The Mac Observer.

AirSelfie 2: Drone Not Ready for Prime Time

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac had high hopes for AirSelfie 2, a reasonably priced (under $200), pocket-sized drone made of anodized aeronautical grade aluminum with a 12-megapixel HD camera with anti-vibration shock absorbers. Read Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves Episode #319 and learn how his hopes were dashed…

Why I (Still) Love Mac User Groups

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

In this week’s episode (#318 for those keeping track) Dr. Mac explains why he loves Apple User Groups and why you’re missing out if you’re not part of one. 

Writing for Print vs. Writing for the Web

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac says that using a Mac to compose words has changed dramatically over the years. Find out how things have changed in this week’s Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves… a delightful little ditty he likes to call Writing for Print vs. Writing for the Web.