MyMac Podcast 544: Aperature and iPhoto…DEAD

On February 16, 2015, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Gaz gets his OWC Thunderdock and Guy rambles nearly incoherently (like we could tell the difference) of trying to get his book into Apple’s iBook Store. Amazon has it but it’s so easy that it isn’t like it’s THAT big of an accomplishment. Gaz talks about how he’s looking forward to the new Photo’s app from Apple and how he’s getting ready for it. Plus all the usual insanity you might expect from the GMen.

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Alister Jenks review of the OWC Thunderdock
Links to alternatives if you’re unhappy about Photos –
Guy’s App Pick : iBooks Author free
Gaz’s Pick: Because I’m so excited I’m going for Apples not yet released Photo’s App
People’s Pick: Troy Muller Toggl App
Probably something like 3 years ago I was looking for something to help me log the time I take on client tasks. Something I could easily use to help populate timesheets that my clients always need me to fill out. I found and I’ve been using it since.

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Focus 2 – Review

On May 1, 2014, in Apple, Macintosh, Photography, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Focus 2
Company: Macphun
Price: $9.99
Mac App Store Link
Requires: Mac OS X 10.7 or later


I take pictures. That’s it. I don’t edit or adjust because frankly I don’t how. When the opportunity arose for me to review Focus 2 I took it as a personal challenge.

Focus 2 is not a Photoshop replacement; its purpose is to add blurring, focusing, motion blur, or tilting to your photos with a few simple clicks to highlight the subject of your photo. It’s quick, and for someone like me, very simple to use. Focus 2 isn’t used to fix blemishes or delete unwanted portions of a photo; that needs to be done in a separate app.

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Macworld/iWorld 2014-End of Day 2

On March 28, 2014, in Apple, Features, Macworld Expo 2014, by Elisa Pacelli

Day 2 of Macworld/iWorld 2014 is coming to a close, and for me, it's the end. I've met some wonderful people, and discovered some new and interesting products.


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Macworld/iWorld 2014 Day 2

On March 28, 2014, in Apple, Features, Macworld Expo, by Elisa Pacelli

The MyMac gang is getting ready for Day 2 of Macworld/iWorld 2014. Here are some photos taken in the media room before the floor opens. Please forgive my tired eyes!


Steve Sande of TUAW

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Macworld/iWorld-End of Day 1

On March 27, 2014, in Apple, Features, Macworld Expo, by Elisa Pacelli


And the masses descend...

Day 1 is about to wrap up, and frankly, I'm exhausted! So, rather than describe my day, I'll share a few pictures. The audio interviews I did, and will do tomorrow, will be in the next few MyMac podcasts, in addition to the 3 Geeky Ladies podcast. Enjoy!


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PhotoPresenter app – Review

On February 3, 2014, in AppleTV, Apps, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, Review, by Curt Blanchard

PhotoPresenter app
Developer: Boinx Software
Free in App Store (two in-app purchases)

PhotoPresenter-appPhotoPresenter is an app with a very specific, niche purpose. It allows you to wirelessly display the photos from your iDevice on a second screen via AirPlay. If you are a presenter or if you want to show your photos via Apple TV, this is a great solution.

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It seems like I've been planning my trip to Macworld for months, and now it's come and gone. Cross off another item on the bucket list.


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Macworld-Day 2 (so far)

On February 1, 2013, in Features, Macworld Expo, Special Report, by Elisa Pacelli

The action never stops at Macworld. The day began with a session by Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live and Portlandia.

Fred Armisen

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Poster Review

On July 17, 2012, in iPhoto, Photography, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Company: Reinvented Software
Price: $19.99
Mac App Store Link

If you use Flickr, Smugmug, or Facebook there are many ways to post photos and videos to your account. You can do it right through the websites of the company, you can get plug-ins for iPhoto, you can use iOS apps, or you can use an app like Poster. Poster, by Reinvented Software, is made to upload content to your account of one of the three mentioned services. How does it work? Read on.

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20,000 Photos
TechFan #29

On April 29, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by David Cohen

Download & Listen to the show here, and subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode!
On this week’s show, David needs a fill in as Tim is doing his corporate mojo, and so Gaz joins the party. The ramifications of the Sony PSN security breach are dissected, and Gaz’s large photo library gets due consideration!

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Review – FotoMagico 3.5

On July 27, 2010, in Apple, Photography, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

FotoMagico 3.5
Boinx Software

Price: $149US for Pro version (used for this review), $29US for Home version

When I travel, I like to take pictures. Lots of pictures. In fact, my kids make fun of me because I’m always having them pose in front of some landmark, or on the beach, or, well, wherever I feel like taking another picture. I’m sure many of you reading this do the same thing.

But what do to with the pictures once they’re on your computer? There are only so many you can print. And how often do we go back to look at them?

Here’s a really great way to share those pictures, and at the same time, have a back-up of your precious memories: make a slideshow with FotoMagico.

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iPhone data recovery service – DriveSavers

On February 12, 2008, in iPhone, by David Weeks

iPhone data recovery service

DriveSavers is possibly the best-known name in the personal computer data recovery business. The firm recently announced that it now provides data recovery for damaged Apple iPhones.

Being both a happy iPhone owner, and a curious reviewer, I wanted to learn more. Why would anyone need data recovery, when the iPhone syncs each time you dock it with your Mac?

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On December 27, 2007, in Macintosh, Review, by Neale Monks

Company: Joesoft

Price: $29.95

Klix is a utility that recovers photos from digital cameras and memory cards. Klix can’t recover digital image files that have been partially or completely overwritten, but that caveat aside, Klix provides a quick and easy way to bring lost files back.

The basic Klix interface is very simple. When launched, the application scans for attached digital cameras or media cards. Klix can then be used to perform three different functions, the most important of which is to scan for deleted files. Both photographs and movies are located and then presented in an Image Recovery window. Photographs are given thumbnail previews, making it easy to identify the ones of interest. Movies do not have previews, though double clicking the generic QuickTime icon presented opens the movie in the QuickTime Player.

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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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HP Photosmart C4280 All-in-One Printer
Company: HP

Price: $99 (US)

I remember hearing once, long before computers became so popular, that they would become so fast and powerful, with a storage capacity and connectivity, that we would essentially live in a paperless world. And so here we are today, in a world dominated by computers of all shapes and sizes. Computers are so common now that, if we know someone who does not have one, we are mystified how that could even be possible. But the promise, or prediction, of the paperless world has never come to pass. If anything, the commonality of computers has only increased our need for paper. Be it for documents or pictures, printers of all shapes and sizes can be found plugged into most computers, whether using a direct USB connection or over a local area network.

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As I mentioned in my first article, a lot of the topics for these articles are going to be coming from help requests I receive from coworkers at my school. We take a lot of digital pictures at work, and I have found myself giving mini lessons on iPhoto recently. iPhoto is a great tool for simple editing of photos, emailing photos, and more. (For more iPhoto instructions, please see Nemo’s iPhoto Ten Point Tutorial #1)

Before you can do anything with a photo in iPhoto, you have to get the photos from your digital camera into your iPhoto library. Your library is like a catalog of all your photos. This couldn’t be any easier!

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Scanning Photos

On June 12, 2004, in How-To, by Tim Robertson

If you already own a digital camera, you are well aware of how easy it is to share your pictures with friends and family either via email or your own website. With the popularity of home DVD creation software, it is also very easy to archive your digital photos to DVD, allowing you to view all your photos on your television. Much easier on the eyes than a photo album, and a great idea for large family gatherings.

But what about your older photos? With the popularity of easy to use scanners, be it an All-In-One printer-scanner combo, or a stand-alone scanner, isn’t it time to put that technology to use? Imagine having a permanent archive of every photo you own, or perhaps archiving your mothers photo albums!

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Making Movies, Photos, Music and DVDs on Your Mac
Author: Jesse Feiler

Publisher: McGraw Hill/ Osborne
Price: 24.99
ISBN: 0072225548

Imagine for a moment that you have a spiffy new iMac and further suppose that you want to use it to make all kinds of multimedia. Heck if you have a newish Mac you know it comes pre loaded with iTunes for music, iPhoto for pics, iMovie for making your own movies and iDVD for cramming that newly made movie on a DVD disc. That’s a lot of programs to take in all at once and if you have a new Mac you also know that the manuals are nonexistent. So are you left running out to buy a book for each program? Maybe not, perhaps Jesse Feiler’s book “Making Movies, Photos, Music and DVDs on Your Mac” can answer your specific needs for a fraction of the price of four individual tomes and with a good deal more depth than an all-encompassing Mac reference.

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