Apple updates iMovie for Mac with various visual and speed improvements

By Cody Lee on Apr 28, 2016

Apple on Thursday pushed out a solid update for iMovie for Mac, bringing the popular video-editing software to version 10.1.2. The release brings about several improvements, including faster project creation, easier clip selection and more.

The focus of the update seems to be visual cues and speed. Apple added a New Project button in the Projects Browser and Larger project thumbnails on the visual side, and the ability to begin editing a project with a single click on the speed side. Read More

 

How to configure Automatic Downloads on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 26, 2016

Mac users can take advantage of Automatic Downloads, which allows your Mac to automatically download apps, movies, music and other media that were downloaded on other Apple devices you own.

Unfortunately, some users may not want this. Some apps and media take up a lot of storage space, and there’s no reason to sop up all of your individual devices’ storage space to keep home to one specific app.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can configure Automatic Downloads on your Mac so you have better control over the content that is downloaded to your machine. Read More

 

Limiting kids’ access to apps and media to only those with age-appropriate ratings

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

With the handy Restrictions feature on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV (and let’s not forget about Parental Controls on the Mac!), blocking or limiting certain capabilities and services on your Apple devices becomes a simple task.

Maybe you’re a parent to a kid who extensively uses your iOS hardware and other Apple gear?

Perhaps your colleagues at work, or potentially other people, have access to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? If that’s the case, you might want to consider restricting apps and media on your devices to only those with appropriate age-based ratings.

As always, iDownloadBlog comes to the rescue: step-by-step instructions in this tutorial will guide you through the process of restricting access to music, movies, television shows, digital books and apps on iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS platforms. Read More

 

This Mac app tracks how often you slack off

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 30, 2016

A lot of us use our Macs not only for our daily lives, but also for our work. The problem is, with all of the internet at our fingertips, it can be hard to stay focused when the allure of social networking, like Facebook and Twitter, as well as other things you can do to slack off, are no more than just a click away.

That’s the idea behind the creation of an awesome free app for your Mac called Escape by FocusList, which tracks how much you slack off each day and provides you with a daily report for your viewing pleasure.

In this piece, we’ll give you a look at the software and how it works; you might even find interest in trying it out for yourself! Read More

 

FreeChat for WhatsApp brings a free native desktop app for WhatsApp to Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 28, 2016

Anyone who uses WhatsApp Messenger who has been looking for a truly free native-style desktop app experience on their Mac has been hard-pressed to find a really good client that didn’t have hidden costs and worked extremely well in the same package.

Fortunately, FreeChat for WhatsApp is an app on the Mac App Store that you can download on your Mac at no cost whatsoever, and it will work exactly how you would expect a WhatsApp Messenger client to work on your Mac without any hidden costs, ads, or caveats Read More

 

‘Ask to Buy’ lets you control what your kids buy in iTunes, iBooks, or App Store

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 10, 2016

After a period of Apple being under fire because kids were running up their parents’ credit card bills with App Store and in-app purchases, Apple decided to do something about it. Apple’s answer was to create a parental control system for the App Store so parents could approve or deny purchases that would otherwise have an impact on their credit card.

This parental control system is known as ‘Ask to Buy’ and it’s available on both iOS and OS X in the latest releases of the operating systems, and in this tutorial, we’ll tell you a little bit about how to configure and use Ask to Buy. Read More

 

5 Mac apps I have set to launch at system startup

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 1, 2016

There are some apps I use so much that I have them set to launch automatically every single time my Mac turns on. This is a handy feature that I like to take advantage of because it not only saves time, but it gets my favorite apps up and running as soon as I’m ready to start using my computer.

In this piece, I’ll share my top 5 OS X apps that I allow to start up when my Mac turns on each time I use it. Read More

 

How to change how frequently your Mac checks for software updates

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 23, 2016

Apple used to let you configure the frequency at which your Mac would check for updates via the System Preferences app, but recent OS X releases have done away with that. Instead, your Mac automatically looks for software updates, whether they’re for OS X or your Mac App Store apps, on a weekly basis.

If you’re interested in changing how often your Mac checks for software updates, you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to change the frequency that your Mac looks for software updates and notifies you of them so you can more easily stay up to date with the latest bug fixes, security improvements, and new features among other things. Read More

 

5 third-party Mac apps I use every day

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 18, 2016

Although there are plenty of great apps already built into OS X, I use a lot of third-party apps on my Mac to give it more functionality tailored to my needs, as I’m sure many other Mac users do too. In this piece, I’ll be sharing what my five favorite third-party apps to use on my Mac on a daily basis are, and I’ll also share why I love using them. Read More

 

Removing duplicate pictures from the Photos app on Mac with Photos Duplicate Cleaner

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 15, 2016

Love it or hate it, the Photos app is a tool Apple includes in the stock installation of OS X on every Mac. It’s a way to view and manage your photos and videos on your desktop, and the app even makes importing photos from iCloud or your iOS devices very simple.

Unfortunately, bugs and user error can sometimes leave you with photo duplicates in your Photo Library, and if you’re one to take a whole lot of photographs, then you might not even realize you have duplicates. These duplicates easily eat up valuable space on your Mac’s storage drive, so in this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to quickly and easily examine your Photo Library for duplicate photos and remove the duplicates. Read More

 

Using Gatekeeper to help secure your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 12, 2016

OS X comes with a security feature known as Gatekeeper, which can help prevent unwanted apps from launching on your Mac without your permission. It can also prevent potentially malicious apps from launching because it can be used to limit the kinds of apps that are allowed to open on your Mac.

In lieu of the recent Sparkle updater framework vulnerability having been uncovered in a variety of popular OS X apps, now is a great time to set up your Gatekeeper settings to prevent potential issues with malware on your Mac in the future. In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how Gatekeeper works and how you can configure it to keep your Mac just as secure as you want it to be. Read More

 

Viewing your download history in the Mac App Store is as easy as that

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 8, 2016

Heavy Mac App Store users will download, install, and delete apps from their Mac all the time. It may be because you’re interested in experimenting with new utility releases, downloading games to get a thrill, or checking out the productivity apps that developers claim to be the “best” out there.

Through all this downloading, installing, and deleting, you may want to check out one of the apps you remember using from a long time ago to see if it got any cool new updates, and sometimes you don’t particularly remember what the name of said app might be.

Fortunately, the Mac App Store comes with a way to see your purchase history, allowing you to see all of the apps you’ve ever downloaded from the Mac App Store whether they were free or paid ones. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to see your Mac App Store’s download history. Read More

 

Multiple iCloud services experiencing downtime, App Store/iTunes purchases affected

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2016

Apple on Thursday morning reported a number of issues with various iCloud services. According to the iCloud Status webpage, these problems are preventing many users around the world from making purchases in Apple’s app and content stores.

In addition, “new and recently changed content may not have updated across devices for iCloud Drive, Backup, iCloud Notes, iWork for iCloud and Photos,” reads a notice on the webpage.

UPDATE: As of 9:10am PT, all of the affected iCloud services had been restored. Read More

 

How to update the Apple TV to the tvOS beta without losing apps, settings, or data

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 26, 2016

If you’re a developer, there are two ways to update to the latest tvOS beta on the Apple TV. Both methods require a USB-C cable, so be sure to have one of those at your disposal.

The first method, and perhaps the way the general public is more familiar with, requires downloading the full tvOS beta software and restoring using iTunes. This method works, but it also means that everything that’s on the Apple TV, from settings to apps, will be wiped. You’re essentially setting the Apple TV back to factory defaults when using iTunes to update to the tvOS beta.

The more sensible approach is to use Apple Configurator 2, a Mac App Store app that can be used together with Configuration Profiles, to update to the latest tvOS beta.

The advantage of using the Configuration Profiles method is that all of your data, apps, and settings stay put. That way, you can enjoy all of the latest features of the tvOS beta, without having to go through the tedious initial setup process. Read More

 

Logic Pro X 10.2.1 brings tons of new features to Apple’s flagship music production app

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 21, 2016

Alongside the release of Music Memos and a significant update to GarageBand, Apple dropped a major new update to its flagship music production suite for OS X. Logic Pro X 10.2.2 brings tons of new features to the table, and a changelog that’s long enough to qualify as a light novel.

I’ve seen the idea that “Apple no longer cares about professionals” tossed around more often than it should. All you need to do is look at the Logic Pro X changelog to see that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Read More

 

TMNT, Brandr, Proud, and more apps to check out this weekend

By Lory Gil on Jan 9, 2016

Earlier this week, gadget makers blew our minds with new products at the Consumer Electronics Show that will hopefully come out sometime in 2016. We also finally found out how much Oculus Rift costs and when we will get our hands on it.

It was a bigger week for hardware than it was for apps. Although, if you were lucky, you downloaded Vidyo before it was pulled from the App Store. As the weekend rolls by, if you are looking for apps and games that are still available, check out our list below. Read More

 

Controller review: a mini player for Mac that doesn’t get in the way

By Lory Gil on Jan 7, 2016

When you are blasting beats on your Mac, sometimes it is helpful to have easy access to playback features right on your desktop without having to open the root music player. It is also nice to be able to see the name of the song and artist that is currently playing at a glance.

Controller is a mini player for Mac that works with iTunes and Spotify to display the current track and provide playback controls. We’ve got a hands-on app review of Controller for you below. Read More

 

How to easily share GIF animations on Mac with GIF Keyboard

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 20, 2015

The name “GIF Keyboard” is a bit of a misnomer for the Mac version of the popular GIF sharing utility. While the iPhone version of the app truly does work as a third-party keyboard on iOS, there is no such implementation on Mac, despite it retaining the same name.

Unlike the iOS version, GIF Keyboard runs in the menu bar on OS X, but the end result—the ability to quickly and efficiently share GIF animations with friends—is largely the same.

Released back in late October, GIF Keyboard was selected by Apple as one of the best new Mac apps for 2015. Even better is the fact that it’s available for free on the Mac App Store. Read More

 

Mac App Store authentication glitches forcing users to reinstall apps

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2015

As first spotted by Tweetbot developer Paul Haddad, some Mac owners are being forced to download and reinstall apps on their computer following what appears to be a security glitch in the Mac App Store.

The affected users are seeing a message saying that their app has been damaged and cannot be opened, with the prompt advising folks to download the app again from the Mac App Store.

Here’s what you can do about it. Read More

 

iMovie updated with 4K video support alongside new 4K iMac launch

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 13, 2015

iMovie for Mac just received a significant new update that brings 4K support and support for full HD videos at 60 frames per second. The update, which corresponds with the launch of Apple’s long-expected new 4K-toting 21″ iMac, allows users to edit and share 4K movies.

Billed as version 10.1, the new iMovie update will allow those using Retina Display-enabled iMacs, or a MacPro with a connected 4K display, to edit videos in 4K resolution. Although Apple doesn’t explicitly state it, I’m assuming that iMovie’s 4K ability will work with MacBook Pros that are capable of driving an external 4K display as well. Read More

 
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