Posts Tagged Apple

Controlling Flash using Firefox

Adobe’s Flash technology is practically a standard on the Internet. Web developers use it on all sorts of pages since it adds, well, “flash” to a page. Whether “flash”¬†adds value to the page is a debate for another post… Unfortunately, Flash (Adobe’s) has its drawbacks. It has

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The power of Preview

Sometimes software developers cram more features into their products than most people know about, and they don’t think to go looking for them. Take the humble PDF reader. Not something to get excited about, right? Well, maybe I can change your mind on that.

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Revising documents using markup

I write. A lot. And I sometimes share what I write with other people who might revise what’s written. Conversely, I might review things that other people write. Whichever the case may be, I tend to work onscreen as much as possible. (If I work on paper,

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Manipulating images

There’s a widespread idea that image manipulation is difficult and only done with lots of expertise using expensive tools. Let’s put that idea to rest. Check out the video below for an idea of how easy it is using the Preview app. You might not get “professional”

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Working faster with spreadsheet lists

Several years ago, I published a blog post that shows how to create sequential lists in a spreadsheet. Truth be told, you can use tricks like this to more quickly create many different types of lists in spreadsheets.

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Force-quitting applications

You’re using your computer, everything seems to be running smoothly, and suddenly your computer slows to a crawl. What do you do?

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Tagging files

Sometimes I come across features that seem cool, but in my case amount to overkill. Apple’s Finder Tags are one such feature.

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Sync your phone

I recently watched a podcast (embedded below) about syncing a phone’s contacts with Google contacts. It reminded me of what happens to people who: rely on their phones exclusively for contact information for hundreds, if not thousands, of people don’t back up their phones to their computers

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Finding things on your computer

Every day, people need to find things stored on their computers. Some people store them on the desktop, to the point that the desktop looks impossibly cluttered. Others put shortcuts on the desktop – same effect. I still keep files in my Documents folder so that it

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Custom keyboard shortcuts

I frequently add comments to both Word documents and PDFs. In Word, there’s an “Insert Comment” menu command and in Preview (the software I use to view PDFs) there’s a “Thought Bubble” menu command. Another thing I frequently do is save my documents as I work on

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