How to Add Application Shortcuts to Finder Windows

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If you want quick access to an application on your Mac, you could put it in your Dock, of course, or you could get to it using Spotlight. But in case you didn’t know, program shortcuts can also go into the toolbar within Finder, and this can be pretty handy for your most-used apps! That’s the subject of today’s Quick Tip.

Affinity Designer Comes to iPad

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Affinity Designer made a name for itself as a premier vector art app on the Mac, and now it’s available for the iPad. The app is a full-featured as the Mac version, but with an interface designed just for touch. Designer supports Apple Pencil, includes all the design tools you’d expect in a professional desktop vector design app, and exports to popular formats such as PSD, EPS, SVG, PDF, and PNG. Affinity Designer is currently 30% to celebrate its launch so you can pick it up at Apple’s App Store for US$13.99.

Affinity Designer Comes to iPad

Philips Hue Smart Light App Gets New Interface, More

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Philips Hue smart light users got a nice surprise Tuesday morning with a big update to the Hue controller app for the iPhone. Hue 3.0 sports a new interface that’s easier to use, controls for individual lights instead of just groups, an improved color picker, new scenes, the ability to use the art in a room to create light scenes, and more. The Hue 3.0 app is a free download at Apple’s App Store.

Check Your Mac for 32-bit Apps with 32-bitCheck

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It’s no secret that Apple is phasing 32-bit app support in macOS, so it’s better to find out which apps you rely on that still need updating. Your Mac can give you that information, but 32-bitCheck makes the process even easier. The app checks the apps in the folder you specify, plus you can tell it to check all bundles and Mach-O, too. Checking my Applications folder shows Adobe CS6 apps and FileMaker Pro 11 are 32-bit, so they’ll stop working whenever Apple makes the move to 64-bit only with macOS. 32-bitCheck is a free download at the Eclectic Light website.

Check Your Mac for 32-bit Apps with 32-bitCheck

FaceRig is the Animoji You Wish Apple Made

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Animoji on the iPhone X is pretty cool, but with just a handful of emoji faces to choose from it feels a little limited—plus it works only in the Messages app. FaceRig is an app that fixes those problems by giving you loads of characters to choose from, and you can unlock more through credits you earn by using the app. It uses the iPhone X’s facial tracking feature to do its magic, plus you can record videos to share with friends. You can choose from characters that animate in sync with your movement, or masks that overlay your face. FaceRig is free, and it’s already eating up too much of my time.

FaceRig is the Animoji You Wish Apple Made

Erasing Your Face is the Creepiest iPhone X Camera Trick So Far

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iPhone X invisible face camera app

Mapping your face for Animoji is a pretty cool use for the iPhone X front-facing TrueDepth camera, but making your face disappear completely? That’s creepy, a little cool, and exactly what app developer Kazuya Noshiro did. He made an app that cuts out your face while leaving your eyes and mouth behind. It tracks your face in real time so whatever is behind you is always visible, and it’s pretty impressive if not a little unsettling. He hasn’t released his app, but you can see it in action on his Twitter feed.

Marco Arment's Forecast is a Mac Podcast Encoding App Designed by and for Podcasters

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If you’re looking for a way to streamline your podcast production workflow, well known Mac developer Marco Arment may have just what you need. His Forecast app handles the tedious parts of podcast production like adding show titles and graphics, filling in show length and file size, and entering chapter points. It can also spread MP3 encoding across all of your Mac’s processors, making the whole process even faster. His app has been in use privately for two years and now it’s available as a public beta. Forecast is free and you can show your support my mentioning the app on your show, or buy an ad. You can download Forecast at the Overcast website.

Marco Arment’s Forecast is a Mac Podcast Encoding App Designed by and for Podcasters