10 reasons why the iPad Pro might be a better computer than your Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 23, 2015

In my review of the iPad Pro, I made sure to establish that it wasn’t necessarily a replacement for your Mac. At the same time, that doesn’t mean that it can’t replace your Mac, or that it doesn’t do some things better than a Mac can.

To be honest, the iPad Pro does quite a few things better than my MacBook Pro with Retina display. In this post, I’ll consider 10 reasons why the iPad Pro might be the better computer of the two for your workflow. Read More


How to copy file or folder’s complete path on your Mac directly from Finder

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2015

The Mac’s Finder isn’t as versatile a file manager when it comes to copying a file or folder’s full path as the Windows Explorer app is.

To be sure, OS X has long allowed you to enable an interactive file path at the bottom of Finder windows, and even show the complete path in a window’s titlebar, but these methods won’t let you copy an item’s full path to the system clipboard easily.

With OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has introduced a new Copy Pathname option that makes it very easy to do just that. And in this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to copy a file or folder’s complete path on El Capitan-enabled Macs, directly from the Finder. Read More


WordPress launches native Mac app

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2015

If you blog in any capacity at all, chances are you’re on WordPress, the world’s top blogging platform that now powers one out of each four websites on the Internet. Automatic, the company behind WordPress, has been updating its mobile blogging app on a regular basis and today they’re introducing a brand new WordPress for Mac app.

Billed as “a new way to write,” the free app lets you manage, edit and publish content to your WordPress-hosted or self-hosted sites and WordPress VIP ones.

The Mac app is available now alongside a thorough redesign of wordpress.com, both of which are also going open-source today with the launch. Read More


Fix “Fetching” delay when selecting “Open With” on Mac

By Sébastien Page on Nov 20, 2015

In my mind, computers are always supposed to work the way they should. And because they are computers, I shouldn’t have to wait for them to process basic tasks. That’s all in my mind of course, because in reality, things don’t always go the way they should.

A perfect example of that is the Open With menu you get when right clicking on a file. Sometimes, for no apparent reason, my iMac will spend several seconds “fetching” the applications that can be used to open that specific file type.

Like with most things computer-related, the fix is pretty simple. Read More


Spark for iPhone adds Exchange support, iPad and Mac version in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

Readdle’s incredibly efficient (and free) email client, Spark for iPhone, has just gotten a whole lot more useful with full support for Microsoft Exchange accounts in the latest update in the App Store.

This was the main feature request from thousands of people who wanted to use Spark with Exchange in the workplace, developers tell me.

Even more exciting than that, the team has confirmed that they’re hard at work putting finishing touches on Spark for iPad, which should be released “soon”. In addition, a spokesperson for the company tells me via email that their next step will be “creating the best email client for Mac.” Read More


How to delete documents and data stored in iCloud

By Sébastien Page on Nov 19, 2015

Apps’ documents and data stored in iCloud can quickly add up, and depending on the size of your storage plan, you might need to do some cleaning in there from time to time to ensure that you don’t waste any of that precious space. In this post, we’ll show you how to delete documents and data in iCloud. Read More


Tweetbot for Mac updated for El Capitan’s Split View multitasking and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

The Mac edition of Tweetbot, Tapbots’ popular Twitter client, has received an update this morning in the Mac App Store. The refreshed app now supports El Capitan’s Split View multitasking mode and can be taken to OS X’s native full screen mode as well.

With design refinements made to match Tweetbot 4 for iOS, this edition of Tweetbot for Mac also brings out muting changes and introduces an overahuled tweet details view that now shows conversation and replies in the same order as its iOS counterpart. Read More


Apple seeds OS X 10.11.2 beta 4 to developers and public testers

By Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2015

Apple on Tuesday released the fourth beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2. The update is labeled build 15C47a, and is available to developers and public testers via the Updates section of the Mac App Store, or through Apple’s beta test site.

Today’s release comes just one week after Apple pushed out beta 3 of OS X 10.11.2, suggesting the firmware is nearing completion, and it has been nearly a month since the last public update to OS X (10.11.1), which added 150 new emoji. Read More


How to disable suggested events in Calendar on iOS and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2015

In addition to suggesting contacts from Mail data, the new Proactive assistant in iOS 9 and El Capitan can make smart event proposals based on information found in Mail.

For example, when you get an email with a date and time in the message body, Mail will offer to add a proposed event to the stock Calendar app. Emails from known providers (i.e. restaurant confirmations) end up in a special “Events Found in Mail” section in Calendar, awaiting your final confirmation.

Should you find this behavior distracting, annoying or downright creepy, don’t worry because Apple has kindly provided controls to disable the feature. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to prevent your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac from rummaging through your email looking for calendar events. Read More


Fix: stuck progress bar below LaunchPad icon

By Sébastien Page on Nov 16, 2015

I had this issue for a while on my MacBook Air where there would constantly be a progress bar below the LaunchPad icon. Typically, this progress bar means something is downloading, but after checking, I couldn’t find anything being installed on my Mac, so I figured the problem had to be deeper than that. In this post, I will share with you a few things you can try if you are facing the same issue. Read More


Tim Cook on why making converged Mac and iPad doesn’t make sense

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with The Independent to talk the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Apple’s latest addition to the iPad lineup.

Asked to shed more light on his statement to The Daily Telegraph last week that most mainstream consumers might no longer be interested in buying a PC, Cook reiterated that “We don’t regard Macs and PCs to be the same” and argued that people “are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad”. Read More


Apple launches 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2015

Like every year, Apple has now released its 2015 Holiday Gift Guide offering a range of product ideas and suggestions, divided into six distinct sections: Gaming, Music, Photography, Learning, Travel and Fitness.

The company is offering free shipping on items purchased during the holidays within the United States, Canada, Europe and other countries. Read More


Readdle launches PDF Expert for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle has released a Mac edition of its popular PDF management app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, PDF Expert.

Available for $19.99 in the Mac App Store, this powerful app will empower your PDF workflow on the Mac and increase your productivity.

It includes such features as smooth scrolling and fast search, robust editing and annotation tools and more.

File exchange with other apps is much simplified through the Mac’s multi-purpose Share sheet and the app supports Continuity and Handoff to allow seamless switching between PDF Expert on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac, and much more. 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


Apple seeds OS X 10.11.2 beta 3 to developers

By Cody Lee on Nov 10, 2015

In addition to beta 3 of iOS 9.2, Apple also released the third beta of OS X 10.11.2 on Tuesday. The update is labeled build 15c40a, and is available to registered developers via the Updates section of the Mac App Store or through Apple’s Developer Center.

Today’s release comes just one week after Apple pushed out beta 2 of OS X 10.11.2 to developers and public testers, suggesting the firmware is nearing completion. It has been 3 weeks since the last public update to OS X (10.11.1), which added 150 new emoji.

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MacPhun unveils new Mac app co-developed with renowned HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2015

San Diego, California-headquartered MacPhun, the makers of some of  the finest photography and image editing applications for the Mac, iPhone and iPad, today announced what’s being billed as “the most advanced HDR software in the world,“ a brand new Mac app called Aurora HDR.

Available for pre-order today and arriving November 19, the Mac-only app contains every tool you’ll ever need to produce high-quality HDR images and includes handy one-click presets, support for layers, custom textures, native RAW file format and more. Read More


How to record Apple TV video output on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2015

There are lots of reasons why you might invest in a USB Type-C cable for the new Apple TV. One of the most compelling reasons is because a USB Type-C cable allows you to record Apple TV video output. Via QuickTime’s video capturing capabilities, first introduced in OS X Yosemite, it’s possible to record and save direct-feed footage from the Apple TV to your Mac. Read More


Alien: Isolation – The Collection swarms its way into Mac App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

In addition to releasing Tomb Raider: Anniversary in the Mac App Store this morning, Mac gaming specialist Feral Interactive also unleashed another premium title in the store, Alien: Isolation – The Collection, a survival horror game set fifteen years after Alien.

This gigantic 20.89-gigabyte download packs in all previously released downloadable content, including two stand-alone missions set aboard the Nostromo and five mission packs adding new maps, playable characters and challenges to the Survivor and Salvage modes. Read More


Tomb Raider: Anniversary hits Mac App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

Tomb Raider: Anniversary, the grand reimagining of the original 1996 Tomb Raider video game for the new audience, is now available on the Mac as a $9.99 download in the Mac App Store. Created by Feral Interactive and Square Enix, the game retraces Lara Croft’s original adventure in pursuit of the legendary Scion artifact.

Tomb Raider: Anniversary is powered by an enhanced graphics engine, dubbed Tomb Raider: Legend, with enhanced physics and animations delivering a fluid experience and bringing life to the game’s massive environments on your Mac. Read More


Review: take a Quick Look inside OS X installer packages with Suspicious Package for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2015

I download apps for my Mac from the Mac App Store whenever possible. Going through the Mac App Store gives me a piece of mind knowing Apple screens all submissions and keeps harmful software at bay.

But every once in a while, an app comes along and gets distributed outside the Mac App Store’s safe haven. True, one can verify signing information for non-Mac App Store apps in Terminal, but it isn’t for the faint-hearted.

That’s precisely the kind of problem that a nifty little Mac app, called Suspicious Package, solves in one fell swoop.

Created by a company called Mothers Ruin Software, the free of charge app is actually a plug-in for the Mac’s Quick Look feature, allowing you to easily and quickly inspect contents of  a .PKG installer file after you’ve downloaded it but before it’s launched. Read More

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