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

 

Reeder 3 now available in the Mac App Store

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 30, 2015

Reeder, Silvio Rizzi’s well-regarded RSS feed reading app, just received a major update for Mac, and is now available for purchase on the Mac App Store.

Reeder, which first made waves on iOS, has been a Mac App Store staple for quite some time now. The latest version, Reeder 3, is priced at $9.99, but it’s a free update for Reeder 2 users.

I’ve been testing out Reeder 3 in beta for a few months, and I can assure you that it lives up to the hype. If you’re still into RSS feeds in 2015, then there is perhaps no better app for the task than Reeder 3. Read More

 

Snag a $100 iTunes gift card for only $75 (US only)

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 8, 2015

The folks over at eBay are selling US-only instant $100 iTunes gift cards for 25% off, which makes for a killer deal.

True, $100 is a lot of money, but if you’re planning on buying an expensive app in the near future, this deal could save you some major coin.

Say you were in the market for Final Cut Pro X, an app that’s $299.99 on the Mac App Store. You could buy three $100 gift cards for only $225. That means you’re essentially getting FCP X for $75 below its retail price, a significant savings.

Or perhaps you’re in the market for Logic Pro X, Apple’s professional DAW. That app runs at $199.99, but with this deal, it could be yours for $50 off.  Read More

 

DaisyDisk: the best app for cleaning up your Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 7, 2015

As an owner of a Late 2013 MacBook Pro with a measly 256GB of flash storage, space is at a premium for me. Yes, I keep an external drive for all of my video content, but with a drive this small I still find it necessary to keep tabs on my storage space and delete unneeded files on a regular basis.

You can always use the Finder to manage storage space, but that can get tedious. Although it’s technically capable of doing so, the Finder isn’t the best tool for analyzing your available storage space and deleting files.

Instead, I find that a Mac App Store app called DaisyDisk does a superb job of helping me managing my Mac’s storage space. DaisyDisk is a $9.99 Mac App Store app with an awesome looking interface that makes managing storage space a walk in the park. Read More

 

Final Cut Pro X updated to version 10.2.2 with new camera support and export options

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 3, 2015

During its normal Thursday update, Apple issued a new version of Final Cut Pro X. Version 10.2.2 is primarily a bug fix update, but it does usher in a few new features.

Users of Final Cut Pro X will benefit from the addition of new camera support, new export options, and improved compatibility with third-party asset management apps. As you might expert, it’s recommended that all Final Cut Pro X users update to this latest version at your earliest convenience.  Read More

 

Sale: 1Password is now 30% off on Mac and 1Password Pro is now 50% off on iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 2, 2015

If you’ve yet to purchase a copy of 1Password for your Mac, iPhone and iPad, now is definitely the time to consider doing so. Despite our urgings over the years via blog posts, and via our podcasts, we’re aware that there may still be a few of you out there who have yet to make this great security investment.

Starting today, both 1Password Pro for iOS and 1Password for Mac are both reduced in price significantly. Now is a great time to get in the game, and start taking responsibility for your security.

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How to create animated GIFs on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 2, 2015

From time to time, I like to include GIF animations in my posts on iDB. I usually use GIFs when I want to demonstrate some functionality without making a full blown video to do so. GIFs are great for quick demonstrations where videos aren’t necessarily needed.

Whenever I include a GIF animation on a post, there’s usually at least one comment inquiring about how I went about making the GIF. Although there are many options out there for creating GIFs, including using Photoshop, I personally prefer GIFBrewery ($4.99 on the Mac App Store) from the folks over at Hello, Resolven Apps.  GIFBrewery is solely focused on creating GIFs, and thus, it’s fairly straightforward and easy to use.

In this post, I’ll show you my GIFBrewery workflow, and how I use this awesome Mac app to quickly create great-looking GIF animations from videos. Read More

 

Apple Music, Beats 1 & store services experience downtime during VMA nominee announcements

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2015

In what’s become a norm for the company these days, another outage has hit a number of cloud-based services as users around the world report issues accessing Apple’s content stores: the App Store, the Mac App Store and the iTunes Store.

We’re also tracking issues with Apple Music and Beats 1.

Indeed, I’m currently struggling to stream my Apple Music songs and Beats 1 radio.

UPDATE 1: Apple has now acknowledged the outage on the iCloud status page. “Users are experiencing a problem with the services listed above,” reads the notice. “We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available.”

UPDATE 2: The iCloud dashboard says all services have been restored after three and a half hours of downtime. Read More

 

Review: HazeOver dims background apps on Mac to reduce distraction

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 2, 2015

There never seems to be a shortage of apps that promote focusing on a single task, especially writing apps. And then you have hardware like the iPad, which forces you to focus on a single app at a time.

With the Mac, focusing has never been that easy, because multitasking is at its core.

HazeOver is a new Mac App Store utility that seeks to change the way we work on the Mac. By dimming background apps, it aims to help users focus on one app at a time by reducing distractions from surrounding apps. You can still have other apps open, they’ll just be dimmed in such a way that they’re less noticeable.

Does the idea work? Check out our video walkthrough for all of the details. Read More

 

Review: Magnet window manager for OS X

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 1, 2015

The ability to snap windows side-by-side has been one of my most missed features since switching from Microsoft Windows years ago. Fortunately, there have been quite a few apps over the years that have provided window snapping on the Mac.

One such app, HyperDock, has been my go-to app of sorts for managing windows on OS X. Another app, BetterSnapTool, is also popular among Mac users for window management.

But today, Sebastien made me aware of yet another window management tool. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first, because I’ve I didn’t see how anything could be much better than HyperDoc for my needs, but I stand corrected.

Magnet ($1.99) is a really good Mac App Store release that focuses solely on window management, and does a very good job. It has several key features that have made me seriously contemplate switching over to it full time. Watch our video review to see what I mean. Read More

 

How to use the Pixelmator Repair Tool extension on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 21, 2015

One of the most under-the-radar new features to hit OS X Yosemite was the addition of extensions. Action extensions are particularly nice, because they allow apps to interface with other apps directly.

Some app developers, such as Pixelmator ($29.99 on the Mac App Store), have brought third-party extensions to the Mac, which demonstrates how beneficial extensions can be. Watch our video that showcases Pixelmator’s Repair Tool extension to see what I mean. Read More

 

Manage your clipboard in style with Paste

By Josh Gallagher on Apr 9, 2015

The Mac’s copy and paste function is generally not something I think about. Sure, I use it. In fact, I use it every single day. It’s just that I never have to think about it. It’s a universal constant. No matter what machine you’re on or what you are trying to accomplish, copy/paste always works the same way. It always does the exact same thing and with the exact same limitations. Dmitry Obukhov’s Paste seeks to change that. Read More

 
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