djay Pro for Mac gains live video mixing, native Pioneer CDJ/XDJ integration and much more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2015

In addition to transforming the Apple Watch into the world’s first wearable DJ controller with djay for Apple Watch, German developer Algoriddim also refreshed its Mac app this morning.

Djay Pro 1.1 for Mac, the company’s flagship product, includes major new features such as real-time video mixing, native support for Pioneer’s CDJ and XDJ line-up of professional digital decks used by the likes of David Guetta, high-quality Spotify streaming with up to 320 kbps and a host of other advanced features and capabilities. Read More

 

How to manage received AirDrop files with Hazel on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 21, 2015

Every waking day I send tons of screenshots from my iPhone to my Mac via AirDrop. And every day I wish that Apple allowed users to customize the AirDrop save location. Not only is the ~/Downloads folder the default save location, but it can’t be modified, not even via undocumented methods.

As a workaround, I use Hazel ($29 w/ free trial) to automate the process of moving images sent via AirDrop to my Desktop. It’s a great workaround that does the job. While it would be nice if Apple allowed you to specify an exact save location, this is probably the next best thing. 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

 

How to enable iPhone’s power-charging chime on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

When you plug in your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a power outlet, a brief auditory confirmation is played to indicate that a cable is attached and the device is getting power.

Wouldn’t it be cool if your Mac notebook could this?

You’re in the luck: enabling the iOS power chime sound effect on the Mac involves executing a simple Terminal command, which enables the effect on any Mac model, even if it’s sleeping or the screen is locked. Proud owners of Apple’s new twelve-inch MacBook needn’t even finish reading this article because their machine came with the power-charging chime enabled by default. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 beta 1 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Thursday, Apple seeded the first beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 software update to its Mac developers, as first reported by MacRumors. Registered Mac developers can grab the installer manually through Apple’s portal for developers, or automatically, using the OS X Software Update Seed Configuration Utility.

We’ll be reporting on any interesting new features, changes and enhancements in OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 beta 1 as we encounter them. Read More

 

Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 supplemental update to fix video driver issue

By Sébastien Page on Apr 16, 2015

Just eight days after releasing OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to the public, Apple released a supplemental update today to fix a video driver issue that may have preventing some Macs to boot up properly when specific video capture apps were used. Read More

 

Astropad now works with FiftyThree’s Pencil stylus

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Astropad, an awesome iPad application which turns your Apple tablet into a professional-grade graphics tablet for your Mac, now works with the Pencil stylus by FiftyThree.

A major update, Astropad 1.1 includes major accuracy and wavy line improvements for the Jot Touch Pixelpoint stylus, improved palm rejection for Adonit styluses, support for Adobe Ink (choose Adonit when pairing), new settings and built-in help. Read More

 

How to remove date and time from screenshot names on Mac

By Sébastien Page on Apr 15, 2015

By default, every time you take a screenshot on Mac OS X, the file generated will be named “Screen Shot date time” where “date” and “time” are replaced with the actual date and time the screenshot was taken. For most people, this is a useful feature as it allows to quickly sort screenshots depending on when they were taken. But for other people, it might be an annoyance.

In this post, we will show you how to remove the date and time from screenshots that were taken on Mac OS X. Read More

 

A look at five new Final Cut Pro X 10.2 features

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 13, 2015

As we told you earlier, Final Cut Pro X received a significant update today. It adds several new features—a redesigned splash screen, and updated app icon, and more. Along with Final Cut Pro X, both Motion and Compressor received updates as well.

As someone who uses FCP X on an almost daily basis, I wanted to talk about five new features that I really like about the new update. Watch our video inside, and see if you concur. Read More

 

Apple refreshes Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor with new features

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2015

Monday, Apple announced a major update to its pro-grade video editing and processing programs for the Mac — Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor — with a bevy of new features for motion graphics and key enhancements available to accelerate video editing, packaging and delivery.

“From Hollywood blockbuster directors to first time movie makers, Final Cut Pro X is changing the way we edit movies today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. “The updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor make it even easier to edit, title and package everything from short videos to feature-length films.”

Final Cut Pro 10.2 introduces new easy to use 3D titles, improved masking for color grading and effects, and native support for more camera formats, as well as GPU-accelerated RED RAW processing. Read More

 

How to create a new library in the Photos app

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 10, 2015

Creating separate libraries. It’s one of the best ways to go about organizing photos with the new Photos app in OS X Yosemite.  I find that using multiple libraries to separate things like work and personal life is a good strategy. Fortunately, it’s extremely simple to create new libraries and to switch between those libraries on the fly. Read More

 

New MacBook limited to online purchases, shipping times slip to 4-6 weeks across many markets

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2015

It’s not just the Apple Watch, Apple’s one-port $1,299 twelve-inch MacBook with a Retina screen is seeing limited availability across online and brick-and-mortar Apple Stores, with shipping times for gold models in both 256 and 512GB flavors now having slipped to 3-4 weeks. And across many international markets at availability of the new machine has already slipped to 4-6 weeks.

Worse, the sexy new notebook appears to be limited to online purchases in many locations around the world at launch. Indeed, as some users have reported on Twitter, customizing your MacBook may prompt the Online Apple Store to put up a “This customized Mac takes a bit longer to build” message. Read More

 

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 with Photos for Mac, 300 new emojis and other enhancements now available

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2015

As promised earlier this morning, Apple has now released the OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite software update for public consumption. It comes with the long-expected Photos app replacing iPhoto as the default consumer photo-management solution on Macs.

Other new features in the 1.52-gigabyte update include 300 new emoji with racially diverse designs, improvements to Wi-Fi networking, bug fixes, performance improvements and more. The software is available via the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. Read More

 

OS X 10.10.3 with Photos for Mac dropping today

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2015

Get your Macs ready for a major software refresh as Apple gears up to release the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 software update with the long-awaited Photos for Mac app and other improvements.

Associated Press, which ran a review of Photos for Mac earlier this morning and first reported that the software update is due today, praised the software’s professional-level and advanced fine-tuning tools such as granular color correction.

“Apple’s new Photos app for Mac computers, available Wednesday as a free software update, makes it easy to organize and edit your pictures,” the news organization wrote. Read More

 

How to pair Android Wear without an Android Phone using a virtual machine on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

I know, it may sound fairly niche, but hear me out. Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz about using Android Wear devices with the iPhone, and that’s the reason why I started exploring this topic to begin with.

As it turns out, when you buy an Android Wear device, you need an Android device to “activate” the smartwatch (go figure). Since I don’t currently own an Android phone, my LG G Watch was stuck at the pairing screen.

Yes, there are more “in-depth” ways to go about getting passed this screen, but not everyone is up to that task. With this in mind, I’ve created a video tutorial that shows you how to run an Android virtual machine on your Mac with Parallels, and how to then pair an Android Wear device with the virtual machine. Read More

 

1Password for Mac gains 2-factor code generation

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 7, 2015

After releasing a massive update to its freemium iPhone and iPad password-keeping application back in January, developer AgileBits on Tuesday posted a matching update on the Mac App Store, bringing support for two-factor authentication codes and a bunch of other improvements to its 1Password for Mac utility.

In addition to two-step verification, the app has gained the ability to email and start a FaceTime Audio or Skype call by clicking numbers in the Identities section and given some existing features “a big power-up.” Read More

 

Apple wants customers to buy Apple Watch and new MacBook online

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 7, 2015

In an interesting break from the publicity Apple normally gets for free whenever customers line up outside its stores to be the first to get their hands on latest new gizmos, the company is now instructing its retail employees to suggest customers buy the Apple Watch and the new twelve-inch MacBook through the Online Apple Store.

According to an internal memo Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts sent to Apple Store employees entitled ‘Get in line online’, obtained by Business Insider, Apple suggests that “the days of waiting in line and crossing fingers for a product are over”. Read More

 

Latest behind-the-scenes Foxconn report depicts improved worker conditions

By Cody Lee on Apr 6, 2015

Ahead of its upcoming Code Asia conference, Foxconn granted tech publication Recode guided access to its manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China where it assembles iPads, Macs and other products. We’ve seen similar behind-the-scenes reports in the past, but today’s piece offers a current look at employee conditions inside one of Foxconn’s largest factories.

During their tour, Recode says that it observed both the remnants of past tragedies and several signs of improvements. For instance, there are still nets atop of buildings to help prevent suicide jumps, and many buildings are still covered in rust and grime. But Foxconn has added several college-like amenities such as a track, multiple swimming pools and an Internet Cafe. Read More

 

Did LG inadvertently leak an iMac with 8K screen?

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 6, 2015

In a somewhat bizarre move, Apple supplier LG Display may have inadvertently leaked Apple’s unannounced iMac whopping an 8K Retina screen, writing on its website last week that, I’m quoting, “Apple has also announced that they will release the ‘iMac 8K’ with a super-high resolution display later this year”.

Apple, of course, has not publicly announced plans for a new iMac update. LG Display is Apple’s important supplier of desktop and mobile screens and the Cupertino company is known to have cut off suppliers who pre-announced its products. Neither LG nor Apple commented on the matter at post time. Read More

 

How to run Android apps like WhatsApp and Instagram on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 5, 2015

ARC, or App Runtime for Chrome, is a tool that allows you to run many Android apps right on a desktop machine. For the most part, the apps look and function like they do on an Android phone or tablet.

Why is this so cool? Well, it means that you can now have access to whole variety of new apps. Some apps, like WhatsApp, have no native desktop counterpart, so it’s especially nice for apps like these.

While it isn’t a perfect 1:1 solution, and some apps outright don’t work, it’s worth trying if there’s an app that you want that isn’t otherwise available on the desktop. In this post and video, we’ll walk you through the steps of configuring Google’s ARC Welder tool, and show you how to run multiple applications as well.

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