How to change Mac screenshot file format in OS X

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

OS X, Apple’s operating system powering Mac desktops and notebooks, sports a surprisingly robust set of screenshot-grabbing features.

Better yet, you can save both time and money capturing images of the operating system itself, third-party applications or whatever is on the screen at any given moment using these built-in capabilities.

Yes, a plethora of third-party apps go beyond the Mac’s screenshot-taking features with advanced image management and annotation capabilities.

Still, most normals soon realize that OS X’s built-in features mostly get the job done for common use cases like how-tos, tutorials and other types of blog posts.

By default, OS X saves you screenshots on the desktop, as PNG files. PNG is great if you care about image quality: the format uses lossless compression techniques that won’t degrade image quality. On the downside, PNG screenshots tend to be fairly large in size.

Although you can tap Apple’s stock Preview app, or any third-party image editor, to convert PNGs into JPEGs and other image formats, why take extra steps if OS X can do all the heavy lifting for you?

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to change the image format for screenshots taken on your Mac… Read More

 

How to grab Mac screenshots like a pro

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2014

Ever since the dawn of the Computer Age, screenshots have been essential. Images showing software in action are used all over the web, on social media and in specialized magazines.

Blog about software, you’ll need screenshots. Putting together a useful how-to like this one, are we? Good, you’ll need even more screenshots.

Want to get your point across in an unambiguous manner? You’re definitely going to need memorable screenshots to illustrate your point effectively.

There are plenty applications, both paid and free, which allow you to grab screenshots, such as Skitch from Evernote, for example. But allow me to let you in on a dirty little secret: you don’t need any of them.

Assuming you’re in the vast majority of the population whose needs don’t go beyond grabbing screens, or are among the group that has no use for advanced annotation and image management capabilities, Apple has you covered.

I myself have never used a third-party app to grab screenshots. How’s so? Because OS X sports a compelling set of built-in shortcuts for taking different types of screen images in an instant, without having to even launch any kind of app.

Still, it’s surprising just how many folks are totally oblivious to the fact they can capture Mac screenshots. That being said, we’ve reckoned to do something about it.

This comprehensive tutorial will teach you how to take screenshots on your Mac like a pro and have fun in the process. Read More

 

How to quickly switch between Mavericks and Yosemite beta

By Timothy Reavis on Jul 29, 2014

Following Apple’s release of a public beta of OS X Yosemite, iDB reader Antony Verros sent us some code he wrote in AppleScript, which allows users to quickly restart a computer and automatically boot up in the installed OS of choice. For anyone who installed the OS X Yosemite beta on a separate partition, this is an easy solution for booting up into Yosemite or Mavericks without having to hold down the Option key on boot to select the desired partition. The script can even be tweaked to work with BootCamp.

While it’s mostly a matter of time-saving convenience, this method can prove to be quite advantageous over time, particularly for users who find themselves frequently switching between OSs, whether it be a Yosemite beta, Mavericks, or Windows 7. Having an easily accessible application for booting into another OS while making a sandwich or refilling a cup of coffee, versus having to wait around to hold down Option, can be highly useful… Read More

 

How to restore contacts from iCloud to your iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Jul 28, 2014

In our ongoing series of simple iOS tips and tricks, today we’re going to help my mom (or yours) restore her contacts from iCloud to her iPhone. You’d typically need to do this if you got a new iPhone for example, or maybe if you performed a restore. Or if you’re my mom, you might have just “accidentally” disabled iCloud contacts sync and you just have no idea how to turn it back on.

In this post, we’re going to assume that you previously synced your contacts with iCloud. Note that these steps work just as well for getting iCloud contacts back on an iPad. Read More

 

How to add iDB’s podcasts to Overcast

By Jake Underwood on Jul 27, 2014

Marco Arment’s new podcasting app, Overcast, is undoubtedly a fantastic listening tool. However, if you have been using another podcast app, it may be difficult finding and importing your favorites into Overcast, such as iDB’s Let’s Talk Jailbreak and Let’s Talk iOS. Have no fear, dear reader, as upon finishing this post, you will be hearing the fantastic podcasts (including Jeff’s silky smooth voice) in Overcast. Read More

 

How to get your frayed Lightning cable replaced for free

By Sébastien Page on Jul 25, 2014

Why is this 6 month old cable already falling apart? That’s the question my wife asked one day, referring to the Lightning cable she has plugged by her side of the bed to charge her iPhone at night.

As much as I tried to find a good reason, there was nothing I could say that would actually explain why this fairly new cable was already fraying. The only explanation I could give her was that these cables are crap.

It’s not like we’re rough on these cables either. We actually take good care of them. My wife’s charger, for example, has never been anywhere but her bedside, just being used at night. This is not the kind of usage you’d think would be so detrimental to a cable supposed to last several years.

Since I believed this cable was still covered by my iPhone 5s warranty, I decided to take it to Apple and see if they would replace it. Read More

 

Can’t redeem Yosemite beta code? Here’s a fix.

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2014

Apple today opened the floodgate by posting the public beta of its upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite software, which launches officially sometime this Fall, and already a bunch of people took to Twitter over an error message saying the redemption code has already been used.

Each copy of Yosemite beta requires a promotional code which must be redeemed in the Mac App Store to download the installer. Is there anything you can do about this error message?

Yes, there is – and a remedy couldn’t be simpler. Read on… Read More

 

How to to delete songs from the Music app

By Sébastien Page on Jul 23, 2014

It all started with a text message exchange with a friend who was asking how he could save storage space on his iPhone on the fly so he would have room to take more photos and videos. Deleting photos and videos from the device would usually be my first answer, but it wasn’t an option here since he wanted to keep his photos/videos, and actually add more.

The second option I gave him was to delete music from his iOS 7 device. How do you delete songs directly from the iPhone, he asked? A quick explanation followed by more questions made me realize that if my friend needed directions on how to delete music tracks from his iPhone, then he probably isn’t the only one.

In this post, I will show you several options to delete songs from iPhone and iPad to save up storage space. Read More

 

How to extract Mac icons as full-resolution transparent PNG image files using Preview

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2014

Our new contributor Timothy Reavis last Monday posted a nicely done how-to explaining how one can easily change app icons on the Mac using Finder and a little bit of Terminal trickery.

I myself often get asked about extracting high-quality Mac icons for use in blog posts, on websites and elsewhere. Granted, it’s easy to navigate to your Applications folder and screenshot a desired icon in the Finder’s CoverFlow or Icon view.

On the downside, doing so removes icon transparency and fails to produce a pixel-perfect replica of the original icon. This tutorial will teach you how to export any Mac app icon in its original size as a transparent PNG file… Read More

 

How to get HBO and HBO Go without paying a ridiculous $100+ cable bill

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2014

For all the talk about television networks and cable providers jumping into the 21st century with apps for accessing premium entertainment on the go, through just about any device, cable cutters are all to painfully aware of one huge caveat – you have to be subscribed to your cable or satellite television provider in order to enjoy premium television shows on your devices.

HBO, by and large the most prominent provider of original television shows, has an excellent HBO Go service available on multiple platforms, but again – you need to be a cable customer which means paying a ridiculous cable bill of hundred bucks per month or more.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Turns out you can in fact enjoy shows like Game of Thrones, True Detective, The Leftovers, Silicon Valley and more, without committing your soul to a cable provider. You only need to know the magic word to keep HBO without paying for the additional 500 channels you never watch… Read More

 

How to change a Mac app icon in OS X

By Timothy Reavis on Jul 16, 2014

Sometimes a company or developer will put a lot of effort into making an app function well and forget to take the time to design a nice-looking icon. While a utilitarian app is great, you’re not likely going to want it on your Dock unless it has an attractive icon.

Customizing an app icon by changing it to an image of your choosing is not only possible in OS X, but relatively simple. Whether you want to change it because the default icon doesn’t blend well with surrounding icons, it has an outdated design, or you simply dislike it, you can exchange it for a better-looking alternative in no time… Read More

 

How to free up iPhone storage by clearing Safari’s Offline Reading List cache

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2014

Whenever a new iPhone, iPod touch or iPad comes along, I always go for maximum storage.

Call me insane, but I’m inclined to keeping tons of photos, videos and apps stored directly on the device due to the nature of my work here at iDownloadBlog.

I suppose you don’t need me to tell you that such digital files add up quickly in terms of storage space. Now, there are plenty of strategies out there that can help you get the most out of your iOS device’s storage.

Today, I want to focus on Safari’s Reading List. Having debuted in iOS 5, this useful albeit storage-consuming feature has been around for nearly three years now.

If you save webpages for later to Safari’s Reading List, this tutorial will teach you how to reclaim storage space lost over caching by deleting Safari’s Offline Reading List cache… Read More

 

How to deactivate your Apple ID account

By Sébastien Page on Jul 5, 2014

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Mac, chances are that you have created an Apple ID account at some point. If you have an iTunes, App Store or iCloud account, then you have an Apple ID. Unfortunately, Apple does not allow you to delete your Apple ID account outright. But we’ve prepared this guide on how to deactivate your Apple ID account so that it is no longer linked to any devices or services…  Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 7.1.2 untethered using Pangu

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 30, 2014

Good news ladies and gentlemen. iOS 7.1.2 is out and it’s jailbreakable right now with the Pangu untethered jailbreak. That means that yes, you can update to iOS 7.1.2 and rest easy knowing that it’s jailbreakable out of the box.

If you’ve yet to jailbreak using Pangu, be sure to follow our jailbreak tutorials which lie after the break. We have tutorials for both Windows and Mac OS X. Step inside to learn how… Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x with Pangu 1.1 on Windows [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 29, 2014

The highly anticipated Pangu 1.1 update was just today released for both Windows and Mac users. Obviously, the big news here was Mac compatibility, as Mac users were left without a usable version after the initial Windows-only version of Pangu 1.1 was released.

But Windows users should be happy too, as version 1.1 of Pangu brings with it English text that makes it easier to follow along in the jailbreak process. The update also gets rid of the nefarious checkbox that allowed pirated software to be easily installed on your device.

Pangu 1.1 is a streamlined version of the original tool. If you’ve been on the fence about using it, then perhaps this latest update will ease your concerns. Check inside to view our step-by-step jailbreak tutorial for Pangu 1.1 on Windows. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x untethered with Pangu on Mac OS X [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 29, 2014

Pangu for the Mac was just released today, and it brings with it the ability to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x untethered. The Windows version, which was released last week to much fanfare, has already allowed many people to enjoy the fruits of jailbreaking iOS.

I think it’s safe to say that the Mac version has been highly anticipated since word of Pangu first hit the Internet. For those of you who remained patient, your patience has paid off. You can now jailbreak iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1 using your Mac. Check our our full video walkthrough inside for all of the details. Read More

 

How to watch the NHL Draft on iPhone and iPad

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 27, 2014

The future players of the National Hockey League will be chosen on a pick-by-pick basis tonight at the NHL Draft, which begins tonight at 7:00 PM Eastern on NBCSN in the United States and TSN in Canada. It will be interesting to watch how the first round plays out, as there is no clear consensus on who will be picked first overall. The second to seventh round picks continue tomorrow at 10:00 AM Eastern.

The first pick, which belongs to the Florida Panthers, could be used on anyone from Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett or Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad to Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart or Prince Albert Raiders center Leon Draisaitl. To help you follow the action as it unfolds, we’ve prepared this guide on how to watch the NHL Draft on iPhone and iPad…  Read More

 

How to set up Dropbox on a computer using your iPhone’s camera

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2014

Dropbox just issued an interesting update to its iOS app with several new features in tow, among them one which makes it a lot easier to set up Dropbox on desktop by scanning an image code with your iPhone’s camera.

Now available free in the App Store, Dropbox version 3.2 contains several accessibility and usability improvements, support for an additional four languages, the ability to reorder your Favorites lists and more.

So, how does one set up Dropbox’s desktop app using their iPhone’s camera? Read on… Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x with Pangu on Mac OS X using a virtual machine for free

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 24, 2014

So it’s kind of a bummer that there isn’t a Mac version of Pangu just yet. This is especially true for those of us who only have Macs and don’t own any Windows machines (raises hand).

But just because Pangu is only available for Windows doesn’t mean that you’re dead in the water. There is an easy, if not a teeny bit time consuming, way to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x on a Mac right now. It can be accomplished by means of using a virtual Windows instance.

Check inside to see how you Mac users can jailbreak your iOS 7.1.x devices with Pangu using a Windows virtual machine instance. It’s probably a lot easier than you imagined, and most importantly, it’s absolutely free! Read More

 

How to remove PPSync from iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 23, 2014

While we recommend exercising caution with the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak until the dust settles, there will inevitably be some users that go ahead and upgrade anyways. If you have done so, and you are experiencing bugs or other unforeseen problems on your device, it may relate to issues with PPSync, a package that may be bundled if you use this new jailbreak tool by the Chinese team PanGu…  Read More

 
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