New details surface of Apple’s quality and stability focus with iOS 9 and OS X 10.11

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2015

It’s been said before that the next major version of Apple’s mobile operating system will be a Snow Leopard style upgrade in that it won’t focus as much on new features as it would on optimizing code base for stability, performance and quality.

In a new report, 9to5Mac details what lies ahead for both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, not just in terms of speed and stability, but also regarding both operating systems’ stronger security and a few new end-user facing features. Read More

 

Apple Watch ‘San Francisco’ font reportedly making its way into iOS 9 and OS X 10.11

By Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2015

The San Francisco font used throughout the Apple Watch’s operating system is expected to replace Helvetica Neue as the new default font in iOS 9 code-named “Monarch” and OS X 10.11 code-named “Gala,” according to sources with knowledge of the preparations who spoke to 9to5Mac.

In addition to achieving a consistent look across Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple Watch devices, it should help alleviate much of the criticism leveled against Apple over its use of thin weights of Helvetica Neue in iOS 7, iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Read More

 

How to fix a “referencing media on the camera” error in Final Cut Pro X

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

Every now and then, you may run into an issue with Final Cut Pro X where a file doesn’t successfully import. Due to this, the media that you’re working with in your project is still referencing the location where the file originally was (i.e. SD Card, Camera HDD, etc.).

When this happens, and you try to share/export a project, you’ll receive an error message that says “This item cannot be shared while it is still referencing media on the camera.”

To fix this problem, you’ll need to reimport your footage from the original source using the File menu. It’s fairly straightforward, but it’s not exactly obvious as to what you should do when you first encounter this issue. Inside, we’ll show you the error message and the quick fix in our brief video tutorial. Read More

 

How to change the default image viewer on Mac

By Sébastien Page on May 15, 2015

The default image viewer on Mac is Preview, a stock OS X app that actually originated at NeXT. Preview does many things. On top of letting you view, edit, and annotate images and PDF documents, Preview can also import and export documents to various file formats. It is, for many, a staple.

Being a default photo viewer, Preview will launch automatically if you open any image or PDF document on your Mac. As useful as it is, some users with specific needs will find this behavior more of an annoyance than a helpful feature, and would like to default to other apps for opening images. For example, you might want to make Photoshop your default image viewer and editor. Or maybe you want Pixelmator to be that go-to app.

Fortunately, you can easily change the default image viewer on your Mac. This is how to do just that. Read More

 

Oculus Rift’s Mac development ‘paused’ as team focuses on 2016 Windows launch

By Christian Zibreg on May 15, 2015

Both OS X and Linux development of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has been put on hold as the team focuses on a strong launch of the Windows version of the product, the company has confirmed in a blog post today.

While Oculus focuses its energies on a “high quality consumer-level VR experience at launch across hardware, software and content on Windows,” they want to “get back to development for OS X and Linux” but “don’t have a timeline” yet, said Atman Binstock, Chief Architect at Oculus and technical director of the Rift. Read More

 

How to filter iPhone and Apple Watch screenshots in the Photos app on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on May 14, 2015

As you might imagine, I take tons of screenshots on a weekly basis for work. Instead of connecting my iPhone to my Mac and importing screenshots manually, or instead of using AirDrop, I simply use Photo Stream to do the grunt work.

Photo Stream allows me to access any photo taken with my iPhone, including screenshots, directly from the Photos app on my Mac. Just a few seconds after taking a picture with my iPhone, the photo appears on my Mac. This is great for quickly grabbing iPhone screenshots, and it even allows you to easily access screenshots taken on the Apple Watch.

In this post, I’ll show you how I set up a simple Smart Album to separate screenshots—Apple Watch screenshots included—from regular photos. Read More

 

How to quickly dismiss an autocorrect suggestion on Mac OS X

By Sébastien Page on May 10, 2015

Autocorrect is a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it can help you fix some of those typos you would probably miss otherwise. But it’s also a curse because sometimes it automatically corrects a word you spelled right in the first place, completely changing the meaning of your sentence in the process. That’s when autocorrect works against you. It can be annoying because you have to manually reject the auto-correction, and that’s if you catch it of course.

There are two ways to dismiss an autocorrect suggestion. There is the obvious one, which lets you use your mouse pointer to reject the autocorrection, and there is a keyboard shortcut that’s actually much quicker to use, especially when you’re currently typing. Read More

 

Apple releases Safari 8.0.6 with security fixes

By Cody Lee on May 6, 2015

Apple this afternoon released Safari updates for Yosemite (8.0.6), Mavericks (7.1.6), and Mountain Lion (6.2.6). The new versions include fixes for multiple memory corruption issues in WebKit, which Apple says could lead to arbitrary code execution or unexpected application termination when visiting a maliciously-crafted website. Read More

 

Review: Logitech MX Master – a good choice for OS X users?

By Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015

The Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse has been at the top of my must-try list ever since it came out. Debuting to glowing reviews, and statements of increased productivity, I had to try this mouse out to see if it would help my workflow on OS X. Does it live up to my high expectations? Check out our review for more details. Read More

 

Twitter content and accounts coming soon to Spotlight search

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 29, 2015

According to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Twitter content such as tweets and accounts are coming to Apple’s Spotlight search engine on Macs and iOS devices, allowing for an even tighter integration between the iPhone maker and the popular micro-blogging service, MacWorld reported Wednesday. Apple added Twitter to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad as the inaugural third-party service integration in iOS 5 three years ago. 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

How to migrate your iPhoto Library to the new Photos app

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 9, 2015

Now that OS X Yosemite has been officially released, it’s time to think about migrating your old iPhoto library to the new Photos app. Migrating over is extremely easy, as there are multiple ways to do so. In this post, we highlight one of the easiest and most straightforward ways to migrate an iPhoto Library over to a new Photos app install. Read More

 

Business owners can now claim POIs as their own via Apple Maps on iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2015

One of the welcome changes in the iOS 8.3 and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 software updates, which hit yesterday, includes the ability for business owners to claim any point of interest as their own using an updated Report a Problem tool in Apple Maps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac, as reported Thursday by AppleMapsMarketing.

The company began allowing local businesses to manage their listing in the service last October, but required them to use its Maps Connect web service.

At the same time, the iPhone maker appears to be removing some TripAdvisor hotel reviews which started showing up in its Maps service last week. 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

 
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