OS X Recovery

OS X Recovery

OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks include OS X Recovery. This feature includes all of the tools you need to reinstall OS X, repair your disk, and even restore from a Time Machine backup without the need for optical discs. Recovery System OS X Recovery includes a built in set of utilities as part of(…)

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Migrate Windows Files

Migrate Windows Files

You don’t have to start your Mac life from scratch. You can transfer over many of your PC files and use them just like you have before. You can easily move your Windows files to your new Mac and use them with Mac applications. Macs can open many different kinds of files from your PC,(…)

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Manually Migrating Data

Manually Migrating Data

If your computer is too old to work with Migration Assistant, you can manually copy your data from one computer to another using these steps. Migration Assistant is the easiest way to move users, documents, computer settings and other items from an older computer to your new Mac. You can use it to migrate data from(…)

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Migration Assistant

Migration Assistant

OS X Mavericks allows you to easily migrate important information from one Mac to another. Transferred information includes user accounts, applications, documents, network settings and computer settings. Important: The steps in this article apply to migrating to a computer with OS X Mavericks; for help with migrating to Mountain Lion or Lion, please see OS X: How to(…)

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Finding your OS

Finding your OS

To get the latest enhancements and security updates, you should use the latest version of OS X. You can install updates you can install updates from the Mac App Store, from Software Update, or from the Apple Support website. To find build numbers for the version of OS X that came with your computer, refer to MacOS/OS X versions(…)

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How to install Safari ?

How to install Safari ?

Looking for Safari ? Safari is included with OS X. To install Safari , download and install OS X Mavericks from the Mac App Store. To keep Safari up to date, use Software Update to install the latest version of Safari available for the version of OS X you’re using. If you need to reinstall Safari, simply reinstall(…)

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Wirelessly Mirror

Wirelessly Mirror

AirPlay Mirroring lets you send what’s on your Mac to an HDTV wirelessly with Apple TV. If your Mac supports AirPlay Mirroring, an AirPlay Mirroring status icon appears in the menu bar when an Apple TV is on the same network as your Mac. For information about Mac and Apple TV requirements to use AirPlay(…)

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Speed up your Dashboard

Every widget creates a cache file. In theory, these cache files are meant to speed up Dashboard performance. But, the cache files can get bloated or corrupted, resulting in the exact opposite effect. If your Dashboard seems to be running unusually slow, you may want to try clearing those caches. Go to: YourUserFolder/Library/Caches/DashboardClient You’ll find(…)

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Top OS X Tips

Top OS X Tips

1. Control a Mac remotely   There are dozens of ways of controlling a Mac across the internet, which you might want to do to schedule a recording, start a download and so on. You could try LogMeIn, or share a desktop using Google Hangouts and Skype; you could try port forwarding the built-in VNC client(…)

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Siri Tips

Siri Tips

Ensure that your device is connected to the Internet Siri works by sending your requests to Apple servers. Because of this, Siri sends information such as your voice input, contacts, and location (if you have Location Services turned on) to Apple to process your requests. For Siri to work, your device must be connected to(…)

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Siri Tips

Siri Tips

Ensure that your device is connected to the Internet Siri works by sending your requests to Apple servers. Because of this, Siri sends information such as your voice input, contacts, and location (if you have Location Services turned on) to Apple to process your requests. For Siri to work, your device must be connected to(…)

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iOS 7 Tips

iOS 7 Tips

Bug: White screen of death A bug that seems to have cropped up for a lot of people, particularly on the iPad, but also various iPhone models is a random crash from the home screen which soft reboots the device and brings up a screen with the Apple logo. The background color matches the device, so a(…)

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The Dock on Multiple Displays

In Mavericks, the Dock can automatically appear on a secondary display if you drag your mouse to the bottom of the screen on the secondary monitor (this will cause the Dock to switch displays from the primary display). Unfortunately, this can get annoying if you’re not used to this behavior. A simple fix is to(…)

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Quickly Turn Off Notifications

Notifications are great, but sometimes they can really be annoying. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to ensure that you get no notifications for the entire day. All you have to do is hold down the Option key on your keyboard while you click the Notification Center icon in your Menubar. Optionally, you can open the(…)

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Turn off Away Notifications

Notifications in Mavericks now appear on your lock screen to show you items that happened while you were away. This new feature can be annoying, especially when you open your MacBook in a meeting, only to see multiple Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus notifications appear on your screen. Fortunately, you can correct this by opening(…)

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Turn off App Nap

App Nap is a brand-new feature of Mavericks that reduces resources for apps in the background, in hopes that they will reduce power consumption. However, some apps may behave poorly with this new feature. If you notice erratic behavior from your backgrounded apps, you can turn off App Nap on a per-app basis by opening(…)

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Fixing Multiple Menubars and Spaces

One of the biggest potential annoyances with Mavericks and a second connected display is that the OS X Menubar is available on all displays, and not just the primary one. Fortunately, Apple has included a way to turn this off, and it fixes a second annoyance. To do this, visit System Preferences > Mission Control,(…)

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Reset iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Reset iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

How to restart Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top of your device until the red slider appears. Then drag the slider to turn your device completely off. After the device turns off, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again until you see the Apple logo. How to reset You should reset your(…)

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Restore iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Restore iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Use iTunes to restore your iOS device to factory settings You can use iTunes to restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to factory settings and the latest version of iOS. Restoring iOS software deletes all your data and content from your device, including songs, videos, contacts, photos, and calendar info. Before you restore your(…)

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Run Widgets On Your Desktop

Run Widgets On Your Desktop

Open your favorite Mac widgets directly, without the need for any sort of special hacks. WidgetRunner is a free Mac app that opens your widgets outside the Dashboard, allowing you to use them more-or-less the way you would any other program. Relegated to a separate desktop since Lion, developers seem to have abandoned the Dashboard(…)

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Safari Tips

Safari Tips

1. Cut through your bookmarks clutter Overwhelmed by bookmarks? The first step is to organize them into folders (Bookmarks > Add Bookmark Folder). The next step is to organize the bookmarks within the folders. It’s not hard if you use the Finder to alphabetize them. Go to your bookmarks window (Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks or Command-Option-B),(…)

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Aperture Glossary

additive color – Images with color elements derived from the light source itself. RGB is a common form of additive color. See also RGB. adjustment – Any change to the appearance of an image. See also brushed adjustment. Adobe RGB (1998) – A color profile commonly used for printing. See also color space. album – A type of(…)

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iMovie Tips

iMovie Tips

Get Your Touch On Apple may not feel that touchscreen computers are in its future, but they aren’t shy about adding multitouch gestures to their desktop apps for laptop users and those of us rocking a Magic Trackpad. iMovie ’11 is no exception, and features a trio of such gestures. The first multitouch tip enables(…)

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iPhoto Tips

iPhoto Tips

1. Full Screen Image Editing Click images to embiggen Use this feature to remove the clutter of the Desktop, Menu Bar, Dock and other photos by editing a photo in Full Screen mode. To enter full screen editing mode, you have three options: Option #1: Select a photo to edit. in the Menu Bar select(…)

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Final Cut Pro Tips

1. Gamma setting A couple of versions ago, FCP added a gamma settings preference (User Preferences / Editing). This lets you compensate for gamma differences in graphics created on other platforms. Ever since FCP7, we have found that the best setting to use is 2.2 (the native gamma of PCs). “Source” and other options don’t(…)

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