TechFan #190 – iPhone Hack Live!

On December 19, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Owen joins Tim this week after his vacation. Owen is having some major Apple software problems, Tim reviews the $79 Kindle and the new Kindle Fire HD 7, and we take control of listeners iPhones! The first over-the-air iPhone Hack happens on this episode!

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HDMI Male to Female Gold Plated Connector, Mini Size

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MyMac Podcast #472: iPhoto Vs Aperture or A N Other

On September 3, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

MyMac472
Guy is in Florida and Gaz is joined by Bart Busschots, the normal items remain with lots of G+ chat and a few MyMac articles discussed. There’s a middle section where we have a chat about moving from iPhoto to Aperture or maybe another programme. Now will Guy be back next week who’s knows maybe he’ll come back with a tan and pictures of him standing on a board.

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Guy’s Pick: No pick as he’s away.
Gaz’s PickiTunes Festival especially the App on the Apple TV
Bart’s PickOmni Graffle – need to create diagrams?
People’s Pick: From Clive Hammett (TruckTrekker) DeskConnect

Photo Transformer
Review

On March 21, 2012, in Apps, Features, Macintosh, Photography, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Photo Transformer
Company: Prosoft Engineering
License: $9.99 (available only from the Mac App Store)

What if you have a large folder full of vacation photos you’d like to share with your family or friends. However, all your photos are on your hard drive at full resolution and some are in RAW or Photoshop format so the file sizes are huge.

What you really want is to keep all the originals organized in your own folders or in your iPhoto albums, but put together a small selection of the best photos reduced to a manageable size so they can be sent easily. That can be a big, fussy, time-consuming task. Now’s the time for Photo Transformer from Prosoft Engineering.

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Apple is Cooking
MyMac Podcast #394

On March 15, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Gaz orders an iPad while Guy gives away an iPod Touch to his sister. Arnie gets REAL tired of Guy being unable to pronounce his name and takes drastic measures. We know we know, you’ve heard ALL about the new iPad and AppleTV…well not yet you haven’t until the GMen give their view. Also why let technical details keep you from installing the new iOS iPhoto app on your iPad 1st gen? Confused? You won’t be after this episode of the MyMac Podcast.

The contest sponsors for the 400th episode of the MyMac Podcast are lining up and you guys are going to get some great stuff. Here’s what’s there so far:

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PhotoPresenter 4
App Developer: Boinx Software Ltd
Version Reviewed: 4.1.6
License: US$9.99 – Requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

If you like showing off your photo collection to family and friends but want something more entertaining than the traditional slideshow then PhotoPresenter may be for you.

PhotoPresenter takes the idea of a slideshow collation of photographs and changes the way it is conceived, developed, and presented.

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MemoryCloud
Review

On September 22, 2011, in Apps, Photography, Review, by Mark Greentree

MemoryCloud
Available For Mac 10.6 or later with 64-bit processor
Mac Desktop Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Licence Reviewed: US$20.00 per month with 100 GBs of storage

Where do your memories live? MemoryCloud is a new online storage service. Their aim is simple. Assist people with their media storage needs.

The online cloud computing and associated storage industry is full of competition. MemoryCloud is separating itself from other cloud storage suppliers by specialising in storage of your memories: your photos and your videos.

Integration with iPhoto and iTunes assures an easy to use service. The way it works is unique. When in iPhoto users can select an event or series of photos they would like to have stored on the service. iTunes compatibility works in a similar manner but is limited to Movies and TV content.

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The Mac OS X Lion Project Book Review

On September 13, 2011, in Book Review, Features, How-To, Mac OS X, Macintosh, Review, by Mark Greentree

The Mac OS X Lion Project Book
Author: Scott McNulty
Publisher: Peachpit Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-78851-1, 240 pages
Price: Paperback US$24.99, Book + eBook Bundle US$31.99, eBook only US$15.99

The Mac OS X Lion Project Book takes a look at stuff you can do on your Mac. It explores the new operating system along with additional popular software and hardware to further enhance your user experience.

The most common projects you would be likely to undertake are explored within this book. Projects ranging from managing the files on your Mac to creating a Podcast are explored in detail.

Each project is presented with the idea of achieving a specific task. It is assumed that you will have a basic knowledge of computing but the author does his best to simplify the process for new users to the Mac platform.

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It’s an iPhoto Finish!
MyMac Podcast #340

On March 10, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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LOT’S of feedback this week (HooRAY! We love feedback!) from Skype and Twitter about iPads and what gear to buy. Allison Sheridon of the NosillaCast Podcast takes exception to Guy calling the Dexim charger fun but worthless, and Gaz’s iPhoto library is slowing to a crawl! What’s up with THAT? Lastly, sometimes the best iOS App is none at all.

Contact info: Drop us a line and let us know you want to be on the show. Gaz and Guy on Twitter, guy@mymac.com and gaz@mymac.com, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501. Also go into iTunes and leave some feedback.

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Dr. Bott
Menulett
L5 Technology’s L5 Remote
NosillaCast Podcast

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Shutterfly’s best products are custom hard cover photo books created using their online software tools. Shutterfly offers a bazillion different sorts of cards, as well as photo prints and Internet image storage

Shutterfly has soft cover and hard cover books in many sizes. Soft cover books are less expensive. When you want a personal photo book with professional presentation and impact, spend the extra money and get a hard cover book. The covers are gorgeous, and the interior pages look and feel like a real book.

Printing quality is excellent, and images are just as bright and colorful on Shutterfly’s book pages as they appear on your Mac’s display. I will never again order an iPhoto book from Apple, given the choice. The Internet is full of raves and rants for a dozen or more competing online book printing companies. Until I am proven wrong, Shutterfly is my first choice.

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Listener Invite Bill Paterson from Toronto
MyMac Podcast #317

On October 27, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Bill Paterson
from Toronto joins Gaz and Guy as a listener invite to talk about his experiences with the Mac and other Apple tech (and the joys of not owning a car!). John Nemo asks the GMen if this is this a good time to buy a MacBook Pro and some first impressions of iLife 11.
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Driver by Gameloft

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Published in 2004, the oddly-titled ‘PowerBook Fan Book’ isn’t about the fans inside PowerBooks, or about the people who rave about PowerBooks in the way that others are keen on Manchester United. The ‘PowerBook Fan Book’ is actually an alternative to the user guide that came with Apple’s PowerBook series of computers, and tells the reader about these machines, what they need to work well, and how to get the most from them.

Of course, in some ways this is ancient history. Apple sold their last PowerBook in 2006, and since then the high-end of their portable Mac line has been filled with the MacBook Pro series of computers. But a review of the ‘PowerBook Fan Book’ isn’t completely pointless. Some of what’s included in this book holds as true for the MacBook Pro series as it did for the PowerBooks, but really, the value of this book nowadays is that it’s simply a neat collectable.

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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
http://www.getdoxie.com/index.html

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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Nemo’s Ten Point Tutorial Number 11

Photoshop CS5 Workflow for Beginners — #1 — Off-color holiday food under glass

When taking a photograph indoors where light is artificial and inaccurate to the eye, don’t worry about in-camera color balance unless you know what you are doing. Available light photos are easier to improve via Photoshop CS5 than images made using a flash.

Below is my original JPG taken full frame with a steady hand inside a high end grocery store. I liked the bizarre irony of the subject matter and the linear chaos of the composition. I wanted to include the butcher’s hand reaching for some chicken apple spice sausages, but he wouldn’t cooperate, and I didn’t want to get thrown out of the store.

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MyMac Podcast 298 – Who the heck is Tom?

On June 17, 2010, in contest, Mac mini, Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Some talk about databases (ACK!) and feedback from Reb Bliefernich which leads into a discussion about iPhoto and managing your pictures. The contest for the 300th podcast is soon going to end! You’re running out of time to enter for some grate free stuff! This week we talk about Hazel for NoodleSoft and Fotomagico Pro 3 from Boinx Software. We also apologize to Tom Schmidt for going outside the box for that weird suggestion from last week. Lastly we have a bit of a chat about Apple’s new Mac Mini! Is it the greatest thing ever or is Apple sending mixed signals about their product lines?

Links:
iPhoto Buddy
iPhoto Library Manager

The 300th MyMac.com podcast is getting ever closer! You only have until June 25th to enter. Here are some of the prizes!

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Macspiration 111
Uncle Joe

On June 10, 2008, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

Last week my uncle made the switch from his Windows computer to a MacBook. Of course, I am his “guide” as he makes the switch and I made him a cheat sheet for some of the common questions he’ll have as he works. When I was done, I thought, “Why not make this a Macspiration article?” So here is the cheat sheet I made him in all of its simple glory. (These are bare bones tips. Some of these tips can be found in more detail in old Macspiration articles. Check my archive for these. )

To Quit a program
Go to the name of the program in the menubar and go down to “Quit.” You can also push the command key and “Q” at the same time.

On the top of a window are three buttons:
Red closes the window
Yellow minimizes the window to the Dock
Green expands the window

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Macspiration 102
iPhoto CD Automator Action

On October 31, 2007, in Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

I recently blogged about a missing feature from iPhoto which lets you burn a CD of photos that is not in iPhoto format, but instead a CD of JPG images that any computer can read and that you could take to the store for developing in a photo machine. Right after I posted that blog, I discovered a way to create an Automator action to do this for you.

I am not an Automator expert. In fact, this might be the second time I’ve used Automator. However, the process to create this Automator application is a piece of cake. Follow the steps in the movie below:

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I use iPhoto as my primary photo editing program. Most of the photos I take just need some minor adjustments and cropping. However, there are those occasions when the editing tools in iPhoto don’t cut it. That is when I call in the big guns, i.e.. Photoshop. There is the quick method for doing this, and one that is a little longer. I’ll cover both in this article.


The Quick Method

You need Photoshop (or another image editor) in your dock for this method to work. It does not have to be open, but if it is not in your dock the easiest way to get it there is to open it. Of course, you need iPhoto open, too.

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Macspiration 75
Baby Announcements in iPhoto

On March 7, 2007, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow


Normally, Macspiration has articles geared towards beginners. This week I have a more advanced tutorial for you.
A few months ago a friend of mine became a grandfather. He asked for my help in making a baby announcement. At first I was going to use Photoshop, but I decided to do an experiment in iPhoto. The experiment worked perfectly, and saved a ton of time. By combining iPhoto’s book tools, and Photoshop, we made a pretty nice announcement.

Before I go any further, I am going to assume the reader can import photos into iPhoto. I’m also going to assume the reader can make albums. If not, check my archive of articles, you’ll find directions there.

One final note- I made a baby announcement for this project, but you can really follow this procedure for any photo project.

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Macspiration 74
Super Quick Tips

On February 27, 2007, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow


This week I have five really quick and easy tips for you.

FIND THAT MISSING EMAIL ADDRESS
Need an email address that is not in your address book, but you have sent to it before? Well, if you’ll know it on site, or you had the recipient’s name in the “to” try this tip. In Mail, go to the “Window” menu. Choose “Previous Recipients.” This will produce a list of every email address you have ever sent to through Mail.

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