Month / September 2013

top tips for new iPhone iPod iPad users

An iOS device is a powerful device that only gets better the more you know about it. iPhones, iPad, and iPod were designed to be easy to use and figure out, and exploring all the features yourself can be one of the best things about owning a new device. If it is a new device or you are new the iOS world, I encourage you to dig deep into your iOS device and figure out all the neat little tricks and tweaks. In the meantime however, here is my list of 10 things every iOS owner should know and do.

Before we begin, I should apologize for the somewhat misleading title. I tried to keep it to just 10 tips, but I got a little carried away.

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resize images mac automator

There are many reason to resize images, among those reasons are it saves space and makes uploading go faster. Large images are great for their high resolutions, they aren’t as good when you want to upload your photos to Facebook.

Automator, if you’ve never used it before is a very powerful application that is heavily underused. This tutorial will show a few ways how Automator can be used to resize images.

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change default app mac

Changing the default applications that opens when opening a file in Mac OS X is a definite must know, and can save you time as well as a headache.

Maybe you’ve downloaded a new app that you want to set as the default, or opening a picture could default to an app that takes a long time to load, such as Photoshop.

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top mac tips beginner

I remember getting my first Mac, I was excited and somewhat exhausted. Exhausted because I had just walked up 5 flights of stairs carrying my shiny new 27″ iMac. Never before had I touched a Mac, besides playing around with them at the Apple Store.

For my previous computing experience I had only ever used Windows and was feeling fairly confident about switching to Mac. I mean it’s a computer, I know how to use Windows, and a Mac shouldn’t be that much different. Right?

Not 10 minutes after logging in for the first time, I found myself on Google asking how to install an app on Mac OS X. To anyone who’s used a Mac for a while now, installing an app is just common sense. To someone brand new, the little things can be somewhat confusing. Here’s is a list of top 10 things every new Mac user should know.

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what is ds store file?

Until a little while ago the .DS_Store file was well hidden from my eyes. During my daily work process, I started to realize this DS_Store file was appearing almost everywhere. Soon its presence became a question of its occurrence and need. I tried opening this strange file but couldn’t do so.

When I tried to open the DS_Store file I was presented with an error saying, “There is no application set to open the document “.DS_Store”.

My overall experience with DS_Store file made me scratch my head and dig deep into its occurrence & behaviour.

.DS_Store file? What – Why – Where – How?

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auto add holidays to calendar app

Surprisingly there is no simple switch to flick on your iOS device or Mac that auto-adds holidays to the Calendar app. That however doesn’t mean that there isn’t a free and simple solution.

I couple of years ago I actually spent money on an app from the App Store to import calendars to my Calendar app. Granted it was only $0.99, but still, I could be $0.99 richer right now. That being said, I’ve decided to pass on this little tip to all of you, not only to save you a bit of spare change but because a Calendar just isn’t complete until you add the Holidays to it.

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