Photo Effect Studio Pro Mac
App Review

On November 27, 2011, in Apps, Macintosh, Review, by Mark Greentree

Photo Effect Studio Pro is available on the Mac App Store
App Developer: Liqing Jiang – Everimaging Ltd
Version Reviewed: 2.0.1
License: US$7.99 Requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Photo Effect Studio Pro is a digital photography application specializing specifically in altering your photographs. It’s not a replacement or a competitor for Adobe’s Photoshop or Pixelmator but it does offer some very compelling options to be a very good companion to both these applications.

Many times users may not need the complete feature set available with higher end applications, and with that in mind Photo Effect Studio Pro fills the void. 

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

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Review – Doxie Scanner

On July 13, 2010, in Macintosh, Review, Scanner, by Elisa Pacelli

Doxie Scanner
Company: Apparent Corporation
MSRP: $129 US

Scanners aren’t pretty. They’re not cute or sexy. Sometimes they’re not even easy to use. And they’re definitely not fun. But with Doxie, all that has changed.

Doxie is a small, portable scanner that’s incredibly simple to set-up and use. Download the appropriate software from Doxie’s web site, launch the Doxie application, plug the scanner into a USB port on your Mac, and after calibrating Doxie before the first use you’re ready to let the fun begin.

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

MyMac Podcast 177
Dave Hamilton and Cool Mac Picks

On March 28, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Listen to MyMac 177 or subscribe via iTunes.
A big show this week, with Dave Hamilton of The Mac Observer and the Mac Geek Gab joining Tim, David, and Guy for a lively interview. Sam Levin joins us for a new Cool Mac Picks, while Nemo and David Weeks chat about the Macbook Air. Lee Givens also dials in for a chat about the AppleTV and other happenings around the Mac world. All that, plus a special report from Robert Hazelrigg fills us in after his meeting and demo of the new Adobe Photoshop Express site.

Links from the show:
The Mac Observer
Mac Geek Gab Podcast
Adobe Photoshop Express
i-Luv 1155 DVD and iPod player
Keyspan Presentation Remote Pro
Kensington Portable Power Pack
MCE Technologies QuickStream DV/HDV

Adobe Type Library: Reference Book – Review

On February 7, 2008, in Book Review, by Larry Grinnell

Adobe Type Library: Reference Book
by Adobe Systems Inc.

Publisher: Peachpit
ISBN: 978-0-321-54472-8
Price: $44.99 US, $48.99 Canada, and £31.99 UK
Page Count: 354

The printed catalog of the contents of the Adobe Font Folio CD, and definitive reference guide to Adobe font technology.

This is the third edition of the Adobe Type Library: Reference Book–a very clever way to get you to spend an additional 45 bucks after you have paid anywhere from $2,600 to $9,000, depending upon the number of user licenses, for the Adobe Font Folio 11 CD.

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About Larry Grinnell

Larry Grinnell has been a Mac user since before there were Macs, first being exposed to his brother-in-law's Apple Lisa 7/7 office system, in 1982 or 1983. After a nine year stint in the US Air Force, he took an electronics technician job at Motorola, Inc., where he stayed for almost 27 years. In that time, he held additional diverse positions from manufacturing engineering technician to technical writing to print production consultant to department webmaster. Currently, he's the sole technical writer for a small communications/electronics firm in Davie, FL. He is a member of the writing staff, and recently completed a two-year stint writing a weekly Macintosh and Apple-oriented column for the Palm Beach Business website ( In his copious free time, he does layout and prepress work for the Grinnell Family Association's quarterly newsletter, and runs their website at He also serves on the board of directors for the Palm Beach Phoenix Apple User Group. His next big assignment is to perform the editing, layout, and prepress work for an all new Grinnell family genealogy, which promises to be roughly 2,000 pages in size. Publication date is tentatively scheduled for 2015. He lives in Greenacres, FL. His cat Agnes grudgingly permits him to share her home with him.

Shareware: A Few Cool Applications You May Like

On September 15, 2004, in Opinion, by Tim Robertson

It has been years since I last wrote about Shareware here at That is unfortunate, because one of the main reasons I started MyMac almost a decade ago was to inform people about Shareware programs worth downloading. Of course, things change, and I don’t download very much Shareware (or Freeware, the more cost effective cousin to Shareware) any longer, but there are a few programs out there I have downloaded and paid for which I think you may enjoy.

First up, iTunesCool. This is an AppleScript for (duh!) iTunes. What does it do? It will retrieve cover art (artwork) of your iTunes music for you from the internet. It will also export said artwork, delete artwork, and export your iTunes library to HTML. It works well, costs a whopping $6.00 (Which you can pay via PayPal, which I love to use for this type of purpose) and is updated often enough to quash the occasional bug. You can download and try it by visiting iTunesCool creator Sandme Studio at

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The Greatest Macintosh Application of All Time

On September 24, 2002, in Opinion, by Beth Lock

Recently John Nemerovski posted a message to the My Mac Staff asking what everyone thought was the greatest Mac app ever. The question prompted an immediate response from everyone, which has now turned into a group effort that you will find below.

ClarisWorks/AppleWorks – the kitchen sink of Macintosh apps
By Ralph J. Luciani

When the gang at My Mac Online came up with the idea of a collective article on what we thought was the most outstanding Macintosh application, the suggestions grew faster than the offspring of procreating rabbits. My choice is purely personal and it is AppleWorks – formerly known as ClarisWorks.

Ten years ago when I first started to use a computer it was an abandoned Mac Classic. Times were tough and my primary job had been reduced to a three-day week. In order to survive I took on a second job with a contractor specializing in renovations. My new boss had received the Mac as part payment of a debt and the original all-in-one Classic was gathering dust in a closet because no one knew how to use it. Without any instructions I plugged it in and played with this fascinating “toy.” The only application that was installed was ClarisWorks. My hit and miss introduction garnered more hits than misses and I marveled at the easy to use computer and this amazing multi-faceted piece of software.

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