If you think different, watch this page closely. You’ll find the best software for doing pretty much anything with your Mac, guides to some of Apple’s lesser-known features, and tips that will turbocharge your macOS workflow.
A little later than advertised, it’s time to take a second look at chiptune creation, this week focusing on using hardware in the form of native music trackers that run on original systems. If it’s software trackers you’re after then check the previous article, and if you’re just interested in listening to chiptune then we’ve got some great resources for that too. Today might just be the day you dust off your old Game Boy, dig out the Commodore 64 and start creating chiptune like a pro.
Sculptris is a 3D design tool by Pixologic, makers of the $699 professional 3D tool ZBrush. It comes from a good home, but unlike its sister app, Sculptris is entirely free. We’ve covered Sculptris in the MakeUseOf directory in 2012, but today I’d like to take you a bit deeper into the app and show you how it works.
Admittedly, there are plenty of different software tools that help you manage your finances. However, a huge portion of those that are worthwhile cost money (sometimes a lot). The solution, obviously, would be to use a worthwhile tool that doesn’t cost any money. Usually the best way is to look for an open source alternative, which thankfully exists. Let me introduce you to GnuCash.
Macs are great, with their neat UI and a Unix back-end. Sometimes you get the feeling you can do just about anything with them. Until one day you’re trying to do something simple and you realise what you need is just not available natively. In this case, I’m talking about wget, an incredibly useful command-line tool to download whole webpages, including media and as much link depth as you require.
If you want to download YouTube videos to your PC, the options are seemingly endless. There are a huge number of options available that are simple and effective, including not only standalone software but also browser extensions. Mac owners have fewer options to pick from – but that doesn’t mean we’re out of luck.
Security is a feature usually built in each software. However, users often have to give…
Here are all the tools you need to create your own chiptune music.
So you’ve programmed your first iOS app and you want to get it uploaded and submitted to the iTunes store? Well, as I found out recently, it’s not quite as easy as it sounds. The latest Xcode 4.2 development tools from Apple have certainly streamlined the process, but it’s still a daunting task your first time around. What I can do is give an overview of the entire process.
Based on what I’ve seen, Stickies (the desktop version – not the dashboard) is a built-in Mac app that doesn’t seem to get a whole lot of love. However, in all truth, it’s actually an extremely useful tool whether you want to use it for a long-term project or something simply short term. As a virtual form of the standard office sticky note, it definitely packs a punch.
Most of what we do in any computer is access, manage, and use files and folders. Having a handful of good tips for using files and folders on your Mac can help you get things done faster and more efficiently. The following are a list of the favorite ways I work within the Finder.
If you are looking for a free, easy to use and effective video converter for…
Last Thursday, Apple held a live event at the Guggenheim in New York, where the company introduced its latest software, iBooks Author, which some critics are calling a game changer for schools, writers, and book publishers. iBooks Author is designed to enable writers and publishers to create multimedia e-textbooks that can be uploaded and sold on the Apple’s iBooks store and viewed in the updated iBooks 2 app.
Podcasting has already proven to be an effective way to communicate or entertain, and thus for basic broadcasting needs, Mac users might want to try out a lesser-known application included in Mac OS X Lion, called Podcast Producer, which is not located directly in the Applications folder, but in the Utilities folder which resides in the Applications folder.
Make XBMC even better by adding these amazing add-ons. Whether you’re into TV, sports or gaming, these plugins will help you get the most out of your television. Last time, I lamented the end of Boxee on the desktop, but I got over it quickly when I started using XBMC. It’s the software Boxee is based on, and it’s fun to use.
Other than just using VNC clients to connect to a remote computer, what can you really use VNC servers for? When you stop and think about it, the ability to connect to and control a remote computer using free software like this is pretty cool. In this article, we are going to put together four remote-control systems that you can use to control various entertainment and display systems throughout your home, from a single, central computer.
For iPhoto users who have travel photos taken in different places throughout the country or world, iPhoto offers a pretty cool slideshow theme that is relatively easy to put together, depending on how well you have managed your iPhoto library. It even includes a great piece of stock background music if you don’t have anything better to use.
I’m writing this on a Windows PC for one very good reason – Macs are too damn expensive. If only Apple was to lower the price of its full range of Mac computers then everyone could own one. Hell, it could even introduce a new entry-level base model of Mac to bring down the cost of owning a Mac, smashing the price-induced barrier to ownership in the process.
Boxee fans – it’s over. There may be more fun to have with the Boxee Box, but Boxee on the desktop isn’t coming back. It’s time to find something else if you have a computer hooked up to your television. We should have seen it coming. There was an entire year between updates for desktop users, during which things continued to break.
Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to start actually backing up your data? If so, you’re in luck because we’ll be discussing today an open-source program that will let you upload to multiple file hosts at once. There are a couple of web apps that can do more or less the same but what distinguishes Neembuu Uploader is that it’s open-source and it also allows you to define your account login details.
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Dropbox is the most popular file-syncing app for the desktop while most remote workers prefer…
All technology companies experience peaks and troughs. Products come and go, execs get up and leave, consumer tastes change. Just look at RiM and the fortunes of the BlackBerry platform for proof. Apple is just another company, despite the faith shown by the true believers. Which means its fate is one of doom and gloom.
Do you spend many hours in front of a computer screen? If you do, you’re probably familiar with the inescapable eye strain that comes with it. Headaches, burning eyes, itchiness and just being tired, are all symptoms of long hours of staring at a screen. I will be the first one to tell you that the ultimate solution is to spend less time at the computer.
Our definitive guide to what iTunes Match is and how to upgrade all your matched songs to high-quality versions.
The end of the year is a good of time as any to tidy up, organize, and back up your iPhoto library. Even if you’re using Apple’s Time Machine to back up the contents of your Mac, your memorable photos are definitely files that you will want to preserve in more than one place. Apple has made the process fairly easy, in that you can simply back up your entire iPhoto library on a disc or external hard drive.