Posts Tagged Apple

Extending the macOS Dictionary.app

Two weeks ago, I covered the basics of using Apple’s Dictionary.app. What I wrote covers the bases for my work as a journalist, technical writer and automotive reviewer. But as a translator, I need references that cover different languages. Fortunately, Apple enables me to look up terms in

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Using built-in dictionaries in macOS

On any given workday, I wear one or more of the following hats: journalist, technical writer, translator, automotive reviewer, editor, student. The written word follows me all day long (or do I follow it?) My grasp of grammar and vocabulary are good, but there’s always room for

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Thoughts on email signatures

With a blog post title like this, you can tell I’m a hit at parties… Productivity for me means doing the little things as efficiently as possible. But efficiency isn’t always possible. Here’s a prime example.

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Microsoft Word 2016: a rant in ten parts

Late last year, I took the advice of a friend and upgraded to Microsoft Office 365. I regret that decision. I lean mostly on Word, and until I upgraded to 365 I had no idea how much I depended on Word simply being a canvas that I

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Switching languages on Apple iOS

Two weeks ago, I published a blog post explaining how I switch between English, French, Italian and Spanish on my Mac. Today’s post talks about similar options on my iOS devices. Switching keyboards in iOS When I type any sort of text in iOS, I need to

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Switching languages on the Mac

I speak four languages and I regularly switch between them on my digital devices (all from Apple). When I bought my MacBook Pro years ago, I got it with the French keyboard. (That’s an option here in Canada, with its two official languages.) That keyboard makes it

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How Screen Shot Tools Help You Communicate

A picture is worth a thousand words, and pictures of your device’s screen are no exception. Those screen shot images can help people troubleshoot problems with your device — and help you better communicate how-to instructions as well. Sometimes you will see people taking pictures of their

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Personal reflections on dictionaries in e-readers

I’ve been reading books and articles using various apps on my iPad for years. I’ve even used a Kobo for a little while. It’s much slower and less capable (and much less expensive), but the good folks at Kobo did not cheap out on one important feature it shares

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Working from external monitors

Whether I work in my office or my girlfriend’s office, I connect my Mac to external monitors (two at my place, my girlfriend’s 27” iMac at hers). The extra screen real estate means I spend less time flipping from one window to another. This saves time and keystrokes when,

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Speeding up the Mac Calendar.app

Computers can experience slowdowns for esoteric reasons. A machine can have maximum RAM, a capacious and speedy SSD, a processor that moves, and still occasionally leave owners puzzling over why it’s slow to react. Here’s a story about a slowdown I experienced in the macOS Calendar.app.

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