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We Focus On Macs, OS X and Apple News and Reviews
We review all the new Macs, the latest versions of OS X and offer tutorials for you to get more out of your Mac.

Apple Steals & Deals: The Best Prices on Macs From the Refurb Store
The Apple refurb store has some of the best deals available on fully warrantied Macs. This week, a Mac mini, a Retina iMac, and a 32 GB USB 3 flash drive.

Tom's Mac Software Picks
Each week, I take a closer look at Mac apps that have recently caught my attention. I look for applications that offer exceptional value and quality, and apps that can meet the needs of their target audience. Sometimes the apps I pick are well-known, best-in-class offerings; sometimes they're undiscovered gems. Either way, they must meet my standards. I hope they'll meet yours as well.

Tom's Mac Software Pick 2014
The software picks from 2014 that had that special something required to make it as a weekly Tom's Mac Software Pick. Although some of the software versions listed from 2014 may no longer be current, almost all of the apps listed are still available. In some cases, even the specific version we reviewed in 2014 is still available. So, go ahead; check out 2014's gems.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2016
Tom's Mac Software Picks contains my weekly picks for the best Mac apps I can find. Only apps with exceptional value make it to this list.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2016
Tom's Mac Software Picks contains my weekly picks for the best Mac apps I can find. Only apps with exceptional value make it to this list.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2016
Tom's Mac Software Picks contains my weekly picks for the best Mac apps I can find. Only apps with exceptional value make it to this list.

Enpass Password Manager: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Enpass is a cross-platform secure password manager that provides easy access to your passwords and can auto-fill web forms with your login credentials.

Tips for Using Your Mac
Tips and tricks for improving workflow and getting the most out of your Macintosh.

Back Up and Archive Your Mac's Data
Backing up and archiving your data isn’t an option; it’s a requirement. Look here for backup tips, how to’s, and best practices for keeping your data safe.

Working With Fonts
When Apple first introduced the Mac, its ability to use fonts of various types was one of its unique features. The Mac revolutionized publishing, offering high quality and lower production costs that allowed individuals to publish their own work.Fonts are still a key feature of the Mac. Here you will find guides for working with fonts on your Mac.

iCloud and other Cloud Services
Cloud-based services provide a wealth of options for the Mac, including online file storage and calendar and contact syncing. We'll look at the cloud services available for the Mac, including Apple's iCloud service.

OS X Lion Tips & Tricks
A collection of tips and tricks for OS X Lion.

Mountain Lion Tips & Tricks
OS X Mountain Lion was released in the summer of 2012, and brought a number of new features and capabilities to the Mac. You'll find the majority of our Mountain Lion tips and tricks here. In many cases, these tips will work for subsequent versions of the Mac OS. The tips probably won't work for older versions of the Mac OS, because many of them rely on features that were introduced in Mountain Lion.

How to Use Siri on Your Mac
Siri for the desktop brings Apple's personal digital assistant to the Mac. Find out how to enable, configure, and use Siri on your Mac.

System Utilities for Your Mac
System utilities are applications that enhance the capabilities of the Mac OS. They can be from Apple or third-party developers.

Steps to Format a Drive with Disk Utility
Disk Utility, included with OS X El Capitan, has a new interface and a new process for formatting a Mac's drive.

Format a Mac's Drive With Disk Utility (OS X 10.11)
Formatting a Mac's drive has changed in the version of Disk Utility included with OS X El Capitan and later. Find out how to use the new Disk Utility.

Change the Sidebar Icon and Font Size in Many of the Mac Apps
If you find that OS X's sidebar font and icon size is a little too large, you change it to one that's a better fit for you.

Capturing Screenshots of Individual Elements on a Mac
Capture individual screen elements on your Mac with this keyboard shortcut.

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How to Perform a Clean Install of macOS Sierra
macOS Sierra supports two clean install options that allow you to place a fresh copy of macOS on your Mac's startup drive or on a non-startup drive.

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MacOS Sierra
macOS Sierra is the first Mac operating system to use the new macOS name. Previous versions of the operating system used the OS X nomenclature.

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Create a Bootable macOS Sierra Installer on a USB Flash Drive
The macOS Sierra installer has a hidden command that can create a bootable USB flash drive to simplify installing macOS Sierra.

Fantastic Tips and Fun-Filled Tricks for OS X and Apple Software
A collection of tips and tricks for iLife, iChat, iTunes, GarageBand, and other Apple software.

Talking Terminal: Have Your Mac Say Hello


App Tamer: Tom's Mac Software Pick
App Tamer lets you decide how to allocate processing power to active apps on your Mac. Use App Tamer to extend battery life or help keep your Mac cool.

Mac OS X Mavericks Installation Guides
OS X Mavericks supports the upgrade or clean install method. You can also create a bootable USB flash drive containing the Mavericks installer.

Drive Icons Missing From Your Mac's Desktop?
By default, OS X doesn't show icons for drives, CD/DVDs, iPods, and servers on the desktop. This tip lets you turn the icons for these devices back on.

How to Use Messages or iChat to Share Your Mac's Screen
Screen sharing options are built-in to both Messages and iChat letting you see and take control of a friends Mac desktop.

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How to Upgrade Install macOS Sierra Safely on Your Mac
Installing macOS Sierra on your Mac is easy using the upgrade install method outlined in this guide. Upgrading retains your user data and most apps.

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The Minimum Requirements for Running macOS Sierra on a Mac
macOS Sierra has new minimum requirements that prevent most, but not all, 2009 Mac models from being able to run macOS Sierra.

Reduce iCloud Storage Cost Via Photos With Multiple Photo Libraries
Photos supports multiple image libraries. You can use this feature to reduce iCloud storage cost. Create additional libraries and move photos among them.

How to Create a New System Photo Library in Photos for OS X
You can reduce your iCloud Photo Library storage cost by creating a separate System Photo Library in Photos for OS X.

Import Images Into Photos for OS X Using This Simple Process
Importing images into Photos is the easiest way to migrate images from another Photos or iPhoto library

How to Export Images From Photos for OS X
Photos for OS X can export the original unaltered master, or the current version of a photo. This tip will guide you through the export process.

Mac News: iPhoto Replacement Coming Soon
Weekly Mac news roundup for the week of 02/06/2015. iPhoto replacement appears in new OS X Yosemite beta, Apple will build super data center, and interesting new Apple job posting.

Mac News: Apple Building Cars, Aperture Leaving
Apple has been recruiting personnel with a background in the automotive industry. Is Apple planning to build cars?

Finding the Best Deals on Almost-New Macs
The Apple refurb store is the first place I look for deals on Mac and Apple products. Each Sunday, I check the refurb store and let you know which are the best deals of the week. (1/4/2015)

Changing Your Lion Server's Hostname
Your Lion Server's hostname should be something memorable, as well as short. This guide will take you though the process of changing the hostname of your server.

Selecting Mac Hardware
Tips to help you select Macintosh desktops, laptops, and other popular Apple hardware.

Mac Troubleshooting Tips
This collection of tips can help you troubleshoot and repair a variety of hardware- and software-related problems, so you can get your Mac up and running again.

Basic Upgrade Install of Snow Leopard
The default installation method for Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) is an upgrade from Leopard. If you prefer, you can erase your hard drive and start fresh with a clean install, but in this step-by-step guide, we'll perform the basic upgrade installation.

Snow Leopard Basic Install - Preparing for the Installation
Before you insert the Snow Leopard Install DVD into your Mac, take a bit of time to prepare your Mac for its new OS. A little advance housekeeping will ensure a quick and uneventful installation.

Snow Leopard Basic Install: Welcome to Snow Leopard
After you install Snow Leopard, your Mac will go through its first restart and then either bring you to a login screen or directly to your desktop. Once you reach the desktop, there will be a short wait as Snow Leopard performs a few background tasks and then launches the Max OS X Setup Assistant.

Snow Leopard Basic Install - Start the Snow Leopard Installation
Snow Leopard Basic Install: Insert the Snow Leopard install DVD into your DVD drive. The Mac OS X Install DVD window should open. If it doesn’t, double-click the DVD’s icon on your desktop.

Snow Leopard Basic Install: Copying Core Files and Restarting
Once the Snow Leopard installer copies the core files to your hard drive, your Mac will restart. Don’t worry if you stay at the gray boot screen for a long period; this process can take a little time.

How to Fix a Spinning Pinwheel of Death on Mac
You can use Terminal to fix a Spinning Pinwheel of Death (SPOD), the multicolored pinwheel cursor that means your Mac is waiting for a process to finish.

Enable Safari's Develop Menu To Access Additional Browser Features
Enabling the Safari Develop menu brings a wealth of tools to web developers. The Develop menu also has some helpful features for casual users.

Disk Utility: How to Resize a Mac Volume (OS X El Capitan or Later)
You can resize drive volumes on your Mac without losing data using the Disk Utility app that's included with OS X El Capitan and later.

Mac Pro
The Mac Pro has been Apple's top-of-the-line Mac since its introduction in 2006. Originally a large tower design with room for multiple drives and a PCIe expansion chassis, the Mac Pro was redesigned in late 2013. It now provides an astonishing amount of processing power in a diminutive cylindrical case that's only 9.9 inches tall and 6.6 inches round.

MacBook Pro
The MacBook Pro is Apple's line of notebook Macs for those who need the performance of a desktop machine, but want to be able to take all of that power with them wherever they go. Powered by advanced multi-core Intel processors and high-performance graphics, the MacBook Pro lineup offers power, performance, and portability.

MacBook Air
The MacBook Air is Apple's ultra-portable Mac, with a lightweight design and all-day-long battery life. But lightweight doesn't mean light on performance. The MacBook Air comes standard with SSD storage, the latest in processor and Wi-Fi technology, and fast external connections, such as USB 3 and Thunderbolt.

iMac
All iMacs use a beautiful wide-screen monitor that is arguably one of the best-looking display panels in any computing system. But the iMac goes far beyond good looks. It can be configured to make it a top-performing, powerful system that can meet the needs of photographers, graphic designers, animators, filmmakers, and other multimedia professionals. It can also be configured to be a middle-of-the-road desktop Mac, for less graphics-intensive tasks. Either way, it has the heart of a beast inside.

Mac mini
Desktop computers don’t have to be big towers to be powerful, nor do they need to be underperforming wimps just to fit into compact cases. The Mac mini provides just the right value and performance for those looking for a desktop Mac in a small form factor.

Third-Generation Apple TV Review
In this review of the Apple TV 3, we'll look at its many features and how well they work; we'll also try to help you decide if they're the right features for you.

Review Sandvox Training Course - Features 19 Chapters
A review of Sandvox Training Course, including an overview of course content and pros and cons.

DriveDx: Tom's Mac Software Pick
DriveDx is a utility that can monitor a drive's health and performance, and let you know if the drive is at risk of failure or data loss.

Records for Mac: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Records for Mac is a personal database app designed to make creating and using databases easy. It offers simplified form design, but lacks a few basic features that we hope will be addressed in future versions.

How to Change Your Mac's User Account and Home Directory Name
You can change a user account's home directory name, short name, and full name with this OS X account management tip.

How Do I Install Apple OS X Updates From the Mac App Store?
Apple changed the way software updates are performed, but don't worry; you can still perform a combo update, as well as the quicker basic software update, through the Mac App Store.

iCloud Drive: Features and Costs
iCloud Drive, new with OS X Yosemite includes an upgrade to the existing iCloud service adding file storage features (free for the first 5 GB).

Using Finder Views in OS X
Finder views offer four different ways of looking at the files and folders stored on your Mac. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each Finder view.

Using Finder Views in OS X: Icon View
The Finder’s icon view presents a Mac’s files and folders as icons. Apple provides sets of generic icons for drives, files, and folders. These generic icons are used if no specific icon is assigned to an item.

Using Finder Views in OS X: List View
The Finder’s list view may be the most versatile of the four Finder views. List view shows not only a file’s name, but also many of the file’s attributes.

Using Finder Views in OS X: Column View
The Finder’s column view displays files and folders in a hierarchical view that allows you to keep track of where you are within your Mac’s file system.

Using Finder Views in OS X: Cover Flow View
Cover flow is the newest Finder view. Cover flow view arranges the thumbnail icons in a folder like a collection of music albums you can quickly flip through.

Using Finder Views in OS X: Which Is Best?
If you asked me which Finder view is the best view, I would have to say “all of them.” Each has its strengths as well as its weaknesses.

Tips for Using Apple's Address Book
You can do much more than just store the names, addresses, and numbers of your contacts. For example, you can get easy access to their websites.

Upgrading to OS X 10.5 Leopard
Installing OS X 10.5 Leopard using the upgrade method allows you to preserve all of your existing user data, account information, and network and system settings, and still enjoy all of Leopard's new features.

Booting From the Leopard Install DVD
Installing OS X Leopard requires you to boot from the Leopard Install DVD. There are multiple ways to start this boot process, including a method for when your Mac isn't working correctly.

Customize the OS X Leopard Software Packages
During the installation of OS X 10.5 Leopard, you can choose to customize the software packages that will be installed. Specifically, you can add or remove printer drivers, languages, and x11 and other software packages.

Welcome to OS X Leopard Desktop
The installation of OS X 10.5 Leopard is complete, and your brand new desktop awaits you. Take a good look, because there are plenty of new OS X 10.5 Leopard features to see and use.

Upgrading to OS X 10.5 Leopard - Verify and Repair Your Hard Drive
Before you actually start the installation of OS X 10.5 Leopard, it's a good idea to use Disk Utility to verify and repair the hard drive volume you plan to use for the installation.

Choosing OS X Leopard Installation Options
OS X 10.5 Leopard has multiple installation options, including Upgrade Mac OS X, Archive and Install, and Erase and Install. This tutorial will guide you through the Upgrade Mac OS X option.

Upgrading to OS X 10.5 Leopard - Setup Assistant
The installation of OS X 10.5 Leopard will continue with the launch of the Setup Assistant and the option to register your copy of OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Upgrading to OS X 10.5 Leopard - .Mac Account Information
At the end of the OS X 10.5 Leopard installation process, you can choose to set up a .Mac (soon to be known as MobileMe) account to use with your Mac. It’s tempting to pause here and create a .Mac account, but I suggest moving on and creating the account later, after you’ve verified that your installation of OS X 10.5 Leopard was successful.

Mac Screen Sharing Using the Finder Sidebar
Using the Finder sidebar to access screen sharing has many benefits, including not having to know the IP address or name of the remote Mac. Instead, the remote Mac displays in the Shared list in the Finder sidebar.

Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Review - Performance and Conclusion
In page 2 of our Parallels Desktop 7 review, we take a look at overall performance and graphics performance, and try out a PC game or two.

Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Review
In this review of Parallels Desktop 7, we put the virtualization app to the test, check out its new features, and rate its performance. Is Parallels Desktop 7 for you? Read on to find out.

OS X Yosemite
OS X Yosemite, also known as OS X 10.10, is the first version of OS X that Apple has made available as a public beta before its final release. Yosemite offers a number of new features, including the Handoff service, which lets you pick up on your iOS device where you left off from on your Mac. In this category, you will find tips, guides, and information about working with OS X Yosemite.

Repairing Aperture 3's Library and Database
Because library and database corruption can prevent Aperture 3 from launching, you will need to invoke a sequence of startup keys to access the Aperture 3 Library First Aid utility.

How to Upgrade Install OS X El Capitan on Your Mac
Installing OS X El Capitan can be very easy using the upgrade install method outlined in this guide. But there are a few precautions you should take.

How to Download OS X El Capitan From the Mac App Store
OS X El Capitan is available in the Mac App Store. Once the download finishes, perform these bits of housekeeping before letting the installer continue.

OS X El Capitan Setup Process for an Upgrade Install
When the OS X El Capitan upgrade install finishes, you'll be asked to set up a few of the new features and processes needed by the OS

Start the Upgrade Process Using the OS X El Capitan Installer
With all of the preliminary steps out of the way, it's time to start the OS X El Capitan Installer and perform an upgrade install on your Mac.

How to Delete or Split Your Mac's Fusion Drive
Fusion drives on a Mac can be deleted, split apart into their individual drive components. Apple doesn't allow Disk Utility to split a Fusion drive, but you can do it using Terminal. This guide will show you how, step-by-step.

How to Delete Your Mac's Fusion Drive
Splitting apart a Fusion drive begins with using Terminal to find the UUIDs of the Core Storage components you will need to delete.

Delete Core Storage Volume - Mac's Fusion Drive
Deleting a Fusion drive is accomplished by first removing the Core Storage Logical volume, followed by deleting the Core Storage Logical Volume Group.

Mac Disk Utility to Create a RAID 1 (Mirror) Array
In this About: Macs guide, we will take you through the process of creating a mirrored RAID 1 array using Disk Utility.

What You Need to Create a RAID 1 Mirror With OS X
In order to create a RAID 1 mirror on your Mac, you will need two or more drives, Disk Utility, drive enclosures, and a bit of time.

Use Disk Utility’s Erase and Zero Out Data Option
The hard drives needed for the RAID 1 mirror set should fist be formatted using Disk Utilities security option to zero out data.

Use Disk Utility to Create a RAID 1 Mirror Set
Building the RAID 1 mirror set using OS X and Disk Utility is easy to do using this guide.

Add Slices (Hard Drives) to Your RAID 1 Mirror Set
Once the RAID 1 mirror set is created in Disk Utility, it is time to add slices, or members to the set.

Using Your New RAID 1 Mirror Set
With the RAID 1 mirrored set created, it is time to start laking use of it. Here are some addition tips.

OS X Yosemite Migration Assistant
Moving your data from a previous Mac to a new installation of OS X Yosemite doesn't have to be a chore. The Migration Assistant, an app included with all versions of OS X, can make the process a simple one.

Getting Set Up to Copy Data Between Macs
The Migration Assistant that comes with OS X Yosemite can use wired or wireless networks, as well as FireWire or Thunderbolt cabling, to make a connection between two Macs.

Use OS X Yosemite Migration Assistant to Move Data Between Macs
The Yosemite Migration Assistant can handle duplicate user account names when moving data between Macs. This user account mitigation feature takes the hard work out of transferring data to a new Mac.

The Migration Assistant and Moving Applications
Once you migrate your data from your old Mac to your new Mac, there may be one more task to perform. Most applications will work without a hitch, but there may be a few apps that ask you to provide license keys or activate them in some manner.

Use Disk Utility to Erase and Format a Hard Drive
Disk Utility, a free application included with Mac OS X, is a handy tool for working with hard drives, SSDs, removable media, and drive images. Disk Utility is also a good choice for erasing and formatting drives for the Mac.

How to Set Finder Views for Folders and Sub-Folders
One area where OS X leaves a bit to be desired is in the setting of Finder folder views. Using Automator you can automate the process of setting folder and sub-folder Finder settings.

Permanently Set a Folder's Preferred View
You've set a system-wide default to use for Finder windows, but that doesn't mean you can't assign a different view to specific folders.

Automatically Assign a Finder View to All Sub-Folders
If you want all sub-folders to match the parent folder, you could spend hours assigning views to each sub-folder. Luckily, Automator can speed things up.

Create Folder View Presets
Create Folder View Presets: You can use Automator to create a contextual menu that will apply a pre-defined Finder view to a selected folder and all of its sub-folders.

Set the Default Finder View for Folders and Sub-Folders
Finder windows can open in one of four different views: Icon, List, Column, and Cover Flow. You can set the default view you wish to use for the Finder.

Install OS X on Your USB Flash Drive
After preparing the USB flash drive, use one of these guides to installing OS X to finish creating a bootable drive.

Emergency OS X Boot Device Using a USB Flash Drive
A bootable copy of OS X on a USB flash drive is a great emergency backup tool to have on hand. Add a few troubleshooting apps, and your ready to go.

USB Flash Drives for Booting OS X
Selecting a USB flash drive to use for creating a bootable OS X device is actually relatively straightforward, but here are some concerns to consider and a few suggestions to make the selection process easier.

Format Your USB Flash Drive for Use With OS X
Most USB flash drives are formatted for use with Windows. Before you can install OS X on a USB flash drive, you will need to change the drive's formatting.

Using a USB Flash Drive as a Startup Volume
Using a USB flash drive as a startup volume requires a few compromises, including putting up with slow response times. But by selecting a USB flash drive that has faster read speeds than some of its competitors, you can reduce this problem to a manageable level.

Before Cloning Verify the Destination Drive With Disk Utility
Before you back up your data, check the destination drive to ensure that it's in good working order. Disk Utility can check for and repair many common hard drive errors.

Start the Cloning Process of Your Mac's Startup Disk
Backing up your startup disk with Disk Utility creates a replica of the original, that includes the ability to act as a bootable startup drive for your Mac.

Using Mac Disk Utility
You can create a clone of your Mac's startup drive that is not only an exact copy, but bootable as well. This is the ideal type of backup to perform before updating any system software.

Check Disk Permissions of Your Mac's Startup Drive
Before you use your startup drive as the source for your backup, you should check that the file permissions are correct. You can use Disk Utility's First Aid tab to perform this task.

Check the Clone for the Ability to Boot Up your Mac
Once you clone your startup drive with Disk Utility, be sure and check that the backup can be used as a startup drive.

Using Automator to Rename Files and Folders Page 3
The Rename File and Folders Automator workflow we will create can be used to create sequential file or folder names.

Using Automator to Rename Files and Folders
Using Automator to Rename Files and Folders is an excellent way to introduce new Mac users to the Automator application, while building a custom workflow that can be used over and over.

The Automator Interface
The Automator interface is made up of a single application window broken into four panes. By keeping all of the apps functions in one window, Automator is easy to learn.

Using Automator - Setting Workflow Options
Automator can connect multiple workflows together to create more complex apps.

Using Automator - Running and Saving the Workflow
Automator lets you test your new workflows and apps easily within the application.

Reviving a Hard Drive for Use With Your Mac
If you have an extra hard drive that you would like to put back into use with your Mac, this guide will take you through the process of testing, repairing, and stressing the drive to ensure it's in good shape.

Installing a Hard Drive in an External Enclosure
Using an external enclosure to test, format, and stress-test a hard drive will make the process faster and easier.

Reviving a Hard Drive - Erasing & Scanning for Bad Blocks
Bad blocks are one of the most common issues with older drives. As drives age, some data blocks can no longer be reliably counted on to store or retrieve data. By erasing bad blocks, you replace bad sections of the drive with areas that are held in reserve by the manufacturer.

Reviving a Hard Drive - Drive Stress Test
Now that your hard drive is working, it's a good idea to run it through a stress test before you commit to using it for data storage.

iPhoto Tips: Create and Populate Additional Libraries
An iPhoto library can hold up to 250,000 photos. That's a lot of images in one library. Instead, you can break your images up into multiple libraries.

Create a New iPhoto Library
Creating additional iPhoto libraries isn't a difficult process. While it's true that iPhoto can only work with a single library at a time, it does support multiple libraries. You can choose the library you want to use when you launch iPhoto.

iPhoto FAQ: Export Photos From Libraries
There are a couple of options for exporting iPhoto images. You can export the unedited master of an image or the current version.

Import Photos Into New Libraries
This is by far the easiest part of the process of creating and using multiple iPhoto libraries. All we need to do is launch iPhoto and tell it which library to use.

Delete Duplicates From Your Original Library
The deletion process is a simple one. Open your original iPhoto library in iPhoto, then drag the duplicate images to the Trash icon in iPhoto's sidebar.

FileVault 2 - Using Disk Encryption With Mac OS X
FileVault 2 brings full disk encryption to your Mac's startup drive. This guide takes you through the process of enabling XTS-AES 128 encryption to keep your Mac safe from prying eyes.

Step-by-Step Guide to Enabling FileVault 2
This step-by-step guide will take you through the process of enabling FileVault 2 on your Mac. Once it's enabled, your data will be protected by XTS-AES 128 encryption.

Partition Your Mac's Hard Drive With Disk Utility
Disk Utility is the application of choice for partitioning a hard drive. Disk Utility is straightforward and easy to use, it provides a nice graphical interface, and best of all, it’s free. Disk Utility is included with the Mac OS.

Disk Utility - Definitions of Partitioning Terms
Disk Utility makes it easy to erase, format, partition, and create volumes, and to make RAID sets. Understanding the difference between erasing and formatting, and between partitions and volumes, will help you keep the processes straight.

Disk Utility - Partition a Hard Drive
Disk Utility allows you to divide a hard drive into multiple partitions. Disk Utility allows each partition to use one of the Mac’s five format types.

Disk Utility - Set Name, Format & Size of a Partition
Disk Utility allows you to select a name, size, and format for each partition you create. Disk Utility provides multiple ways to set a partition’s size.

Mac Printer Sharing - Using Your Shared Printer
Using your Mac’s shared printer from your Windows 7 PC is no different than it would be if the printer were directly connected to your Win 7 PC. All of your Win 7 applications will see the shared printer just as if it were physically attached to your PC.

Mac Printer Sharing - Configure the Workgroup Name
Mac printer sharing requires the workgroup name to be the same on both the Macs and the PCs on your network. Follow these instructions to change the workgroup name on your Macs to match your PCs.

Mac Printer Sharing - Add the Shared Printer to Windows 7
Once you enable Mac printer sharing you will need to add the shared printer to your Windows 7 PC.

Mac Printer Sharing - Enable Printer Sharing on Your Mac
For Mac printer sharing to work, you will need to enable the printer sharing function on your Mac. We will assume you already have a printer connected to your Mac that you wish to share on your network.

Printer Sharing from Mac to Windows 7 Tutorial
In this step-by-step tutorial, we will show you how to share a printer attached to a Mac running OS X with a computer running Windows Win 7.

Add New Gestures with BetterTouchTool
BetterTouchTool allows you to add gestures and actions to your multi-touch devices, including the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and MacBook Trackpad.

How to Perform an Upgrade Install of OS X Mavericks
The OS X Mavericks upgrade process is fairly straightforward, but there are some preparations to undertake first. Follow this step-by-step upgrade guide.

How to Perform an Upgrade Install of OS X Mavericks
Once OS X Mavericks is installed, the installer needs to perform some housekeeping tasks and set up a few preferences and services before you can get down to work.

Launch The OS X Mavericks Installer
Once you download the OS X Mavericks installer from the Mac App Store, you can use our installation guide to help ensure your upgrade goes smoothly.

An Easy Fix for a Magic Mouse Tracking Problem
Magic Mouse tracking errors can cause jumpy and jittery pointer movements. Cleaning the sensor or resetting the preference files can fix things right up.

Corel Painter 2017: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Corel Painter 2017's new tools include texture brushes, dab stencils, and glazing brushes. Painter may well be the best natural painting app for the Mac.

Seasonal Projects
Seasonal Projects brings together a collection of how-to's that will help you dress up your Mac in appropriate guise for a season or holiday. You'll find screen savers, icons, desktop wallpapers, and other fun items that have a winter, spring, summer, autumn or holiday theme.

Mac News, Rumors & Events
We gather timely Apple and Mac news and rumors, as well as information about Mac-related events, and present it here for your perusal.

Christmas Holiday Projects
Christmas, New Year’s, and all of the other winter holidays are a great time to get together with friends, relatives, and colleagues. Your Mac can help you create a festive occasion. You will find fonts, icons, clip art, wallpaper, screen savers, and many other items you can use to create invitations, greeting cards, decorations, and other printed items. You can also add a holiday touch to your personal or business web site.

Halloween Projects
Halloween is one of our favorite holidays here at About: Macs, a time for spooks, goblins, and trick-or-treaters to make their appearance. You can use your Mac to get your home ready for the holidays by creating decorations and party invitations. You can also dress up your Mac in Halloween attire and load it up with eerie sounds to help set the mood.

Arrr Talk Like a Pirate
Talk Like a Pirate Day may not be an official holiday, but that never stopped us from having fun. If you’re ready to roll your arrrs, party like a pirate, and hornswoggle your friends, then be sure to outfit your Mac in time to take part in your pirate adventures. Otherwise, someone might make you walk the plank.

Thanksgiving Projects
With the help of your Mac, you can whip up a Thanksgiving day celebration by creating holiday cards, personalized place settings, invitations, and much more. You can even dress up your Mac to help you get into the spirit of things.

Mac Weekly News Roundup 2014
Fridays are the days when we look back at the Mac news of the week. This collection of Mac News Roundups from 2014 may be a good source if you're researching Apple-related news.

Apple Steals and Deals 2014
Looking for the best deals from 2014? Here you will find the weekly Apple Steals & Deals that were published each Sunday during 2014. While the deals are no longer current, they do give you some insight into how Apple prices refurbished Macs and other Apple hardware.

Apple Consumer Software
There's plenty of good software available for the Mac; some of it even comes bundled with your new Mac. Learn more about using iLife, iChat, iTunes, GarageBand, and other Apple software.

Networking Your Mac
No Mac is an island. We’ll help you get your Mac connected to other Macs, the Internet, or Windows computers.

Peripherals and Add-ons for Your Mac
Enhance your Mac with peripherals and add-ons that can make it faster, easier to use, and more productive.

Apple Hardware and Software Predictions
Apple keeps its cards close to its vest, rarely letting anyone see what’s going on in the minds of Apple developers and designers. Before each Apple event, we’ll make predictions about what will see the light of day and what will never move beyond the backrooms and alleyways of the Apple campus.

Snow Leopard – Mac OS X 10.6
Snow Leopard, the latest version of the Mac OS, was designed primarily to increase the efficiency and performance of Intel Macs. Learn about Snow Leopard’s new features, as well as how to maintain and get the most out of OS X10.6.

Apple Steals and Deals 2015
If you're looking for the best deals on refurbished Apple products, including Macs, Mac accessories, and other Apple hardware, then you've come to the right place. Every Sunday throughout the year I check the Apple refurb store, looking for the best deals. The deals come and go, so be sure to check the most recent postings here before visiting the refurb store.

Recommended Update: QuickTime 7.5.5 Addresses Security Concerns
Apple has released QuickTime 7.5.5. This update primarily addresses security issues, and is a recommended upgrade for Mac and Windows users. The update

BusyContacts: Tom's Mac Software Pick
BusyContacts is a Mac contact manager that provides real insight into how you work with those in your contacts list.

2D Dock: Remove Leopard's 3D Dock Effects
You can remove the 3D Dock used in OS X Leopard through Mountain Lion and return to the 2D dock, by using a few simple terminal commands.

Restore Autoplay to QuickTime X
QuickTime X is missing the Autoplay feature found in earlier versions of QuickTime. You can use a Terminal command to restore Autoplay to QuickTime X.

Control System-Wide Text Substitution in OS X
The Mac supports system-wide text substitution. You can use this feature to create shortcuts for commonly used words and phrases, by using this guide.

Apple Releases OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 After March Media Event
Apple has released OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 update, fixing many security issues, as well as adding new capabilities to the Notes app.

Create a Spare User Account to Assist in Mac Troubleshooting
Everyone should have a spare user account (administrator account) that has been set up but never use. The idea is to have a pristine account with a set of untouched preference files that you can use during Mac troubleshooting.

Back Up or Move Your iCal or Calendar Data to a New Mac
You can back up or move you Calendar or iCal data to a new Mac by creating archive files. This guide will show how for all versions of OS X.

Use OS X Combo Updates to Correct Installation Problems
OS X combo updates can fix a wealth of problems, including system crashes, application freezes, or software updates that just don't work.

Use Terminal to Make Translucent Dock Icons for Hidden Apps
You can use Terminal to force the Dock to use translucent icons as a visual clue for hidden apps.

How to Fix Your Safari Top Sites If They Get Corrupted
Safari's Top Sites feature can get bogged down if you lose your Internet connection, even for just a brief time. Whether the cause is your home network router, DNS issues, or your ISP going offline due to a severe storm in your area, an interrupted connection can sometimes cause the thumbnails in Safari Top Sites to either stop updating or display error messages.

Turn Your Mac Keyboard Into a GarageBand Piano
You can play your Mac keyboard like a grand piano or any other software-based instrument you load into GarageBand.

Data Rescue 3 Review - Recovering Your Mac's Data
Data Rescue 3 meets all the requirements for inclusion in my must-have suite of drive utilities. In this review, we take a look at how well this app performs.

Parental Controls - Logs
The Mac's Parental Controls feature maintains an activity log that can help you keep track of how a managed user is using the computer. The log includes information about web sites visited, web sites blocked, applications used, and iChat messages exchanged.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2012 - Quality Mac Apps With Exceptional Value
Tom's Mac Software Picks are a collection of some of the best apps for the Mac. Updated weekly, Tom's Mac Software Picks are a great way to explore new software for your Mac.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2012 - Quality Mac Apps With Exceptional Value
Tom's Mac Software Picks are a collection of some of the best apps for the Mac. Updated weekly, Tom's Mac Software Picks are a great way to explore new software for your Mac.

Mac Backup Software, Hardware, and Guides for Your Mac
Backup options for your Mac included offerings from Apple and third party providers. Picking a backup app is tough, but this guide should help.

How to Install, Manage, and Delete Safari Extensions
You can install, manage, and delete Safari extensions from your Mac's browser giving you control over how the extensions change Safari's capabilities​.

Safari FAQ - Enabling and Installing Browser Extensions
Once you start loading up on extensions for your Safari browser, you're probably going to want to manage their use, or uninstall the extensions you don't like or just never use.

Finding Safari Extensions
You can find Safari extensions by performing an Internet search on the term 'safari extensions.' You'll find many sites that list either a collection of extensions or individual extension developers.

Keep Your Mac's Display, Keyboard, Mouse, and Peripherals Clean
Keeping your Mac's mouse, keyboard, and monitor clean can help with usability and longevity. Our guides will show you how to safely clean your Mac.

Changing Your Mac's Folder Icons
Changing Your Mac’s Folder Icons: To change your Mac’s Finder folder icons, all you need to do is copy the new icon you wish to use, and paste it onto the old one. The process is simple, but it requires a few steps.

iPhoto Tips and Tricks - Tutorials and Guides
iPhoto has long been the image editor app for the Mac. Discover these tips and tricks for using iPhoto as well as learn about the new Photos app

What You Need to Create the OS X Recovery HD Volume
You will need to enable a hidden feature of Disk Utility in order to clone the Recovery HD volume.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2012 - Quality Mac Apps With Exceptional Value
Tom's Mac Software Picks are a collection of some of the best apps for the Mac. Updated weekly, Tom's Mac Software Picks are a great way to explore new software for your Mac.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2012 - Quality Mac Apps With Exceptional Value
Tom's Mac Software Picks are a collection of some of the best apps for the Mac. Updated weekly, Tom's Mac Software Picks are a great way to explore new software for your Mac.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2012 - Quality Mac Apps With Exceptional Value
Tom's Mac Software Picks are a collection of some of the best apps for the Mac. Updated weekly, Tom's Mac Software Picks are a great way to explore new software for your Mac.

Installing Safari Extensions
Now that you have Safari's extension support enabled, its time to actually install an extension or two. The extension installation process is easy; a simple click or two is all it takes.

Personalize Your Mac by Changing Desktop Icons
Your Mac's desktop is like your home; it needs to be personalized to make it your place. Changing desktop icons is as easy as a few mouse clicks.

Create Your Own OS X Recovery HD on Any Drive
You can use this step-by-step guide to create an OS X Recovery HD volume on any internal or external drive that's connected to your Mac.

Create the OS X Recovery HD Volume on Any Drive
Creating the Recovery HD volume can be a simple process, but you need to pay attention to the details.

Set Up Parental Controls on Your Mac
On the Mac, Parental Controls are Apple's user management system for controlling which system functions and applications are available to a managed user. Parental Controls also offer content filtering, web site filtering, iChat and Mail approval lists, and time management, to prevent your children from using the computer when they should be doing something else.

Parental Controls - Content
You can use the Mac's Parental Controls feature as a content filtering system to prevent younger family members from accessing adult web sites. You can also use the Parental Controls feature for simple word filtering, to block access to profanity.

Parental Controls - Mail and iChat
Parental Controls gives you the option to limit the use of Mail and iChat to a list of pre-defined recipients. Using this option, Parental Controls can prevent unwanted email from being received, as well as prevent email from being sent to anyone who isn't on the approved list.

Set Up Parental Controls for Mac - Time Limits
You can use the Mac's Parental Controls feature to control when your Mac will be available for use by anyone who has a managed user account.

Parental Controls - Wrapup
The Parental Controls feature must be monitored by a parent in order to keep its filters and approved contact lists up to date. It's easy to monitor Parental Controls, through its activity logs and its handy 'send permission request' function.

Parental Controls - System and Applications Setup
On the Mac, Parental Controls are Apple's user management system for controlling which system functions and applications are available to a managed user. The Parental Controls feature offers a simplified user interface using Simple Finder.

First Look: Magic Trackpad 2
Magic Trackpad 2 brings Force Touch to any Mac. It also has a new internal rechargeable battery that allows for a significantly larger tracking surface.

The Dock: The Mac's All-Purpose Application Launcher
The Dock is the main application launcher for OS X. With a long history pre-dating OS X, the Dock has developed into a very versatile utility for Mac users.

Spaces: The Mac Version of Virtual Desktops
Spaces, introduced with OS X Leopard enables you to work with multiple virtual desktops. Each Space can have its own windows and applications, and you can switch back and forth between them as needed. Spaces was later incorporated into Mission Control, part of OS X Lion.

Review: BeLight Software Art Text 2
Review: Art Text 2 lets you add texture and special effects to text, logos, buttons, and icons. Version 2.5 supports OS x El Capitan and earlier.

Share Any Attached Printer or Fax With Other Macs on Your Network
Printer sharing capabilities in OS X make it easy to share printers and fax machines among all of the Macs on a local network. These instructions will have you sharing your printers in no time.

First Look: New 2015 21.5-inch iMac Lineup With Retina 4K Display
The 2015 21.5-inch iMac underwent broad changes, including a new Retina 4K model, as well as faster processors and graphics across the entire lineup.

Mercury Rack Pro Raid Review - Quad Interface Hardware RAID Storage Solution
OWC's Mercury Rack Pro is a compact 1U desktop or rack mount external RAID storage solution for the Mac. The Mercury Rack Pro provides a quad interface using eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, or USB 3.0. The USB port is backward compatible to USB 2; the eSATA port uses port multiplier technology to access the four drives when used in a non-RAID configuration.

Mercury Rack Pro Raid Review - RAID Monitor and Conclusion
Mercury Rack Pro Raid Review: The Mercury Rack Pro from Other World Computing (OWC) is out of this world. It was easy to set up, quiet, and performed very well. Page 2.

Canon PIXMA MG6220 - Compact All-in-One Inkjet Printer
The Canon PIXMA MG6220 offers above average print speeds and print quality for photos, but its ink costs are a little on the high side.

OWC Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis
In this review of the Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis, we take a look at installation, configuration, and performance, to help you determine if this system is a good fit for your needs.

OWC Mercury Accelsior E2: Review - Mac Peripherals
The OWC Mercury Accelsior E2 can be the heart of a high-performance storage system for your Mac. In this review, we test performance and compatibility, and come away with a smile on our faces.

OWC Mercury Accelsior E2 Review - Compatibility and Final Thoughts
We finished testing the OWC Mercury Accelsior E2’s performance, and looked at compatibility with various Mac Pro and Thunderbolt-equipped Macs. Page 2.

How to Update a 2009 - 2012 Mac Pro Processor
Upgrading a 2009 - 2012 Mac Pro's processors can be a DIY project. Before you start ordering new processors, though, take a look at our guides; you may decide to go ahead with the upgrade or you may decide to stick with your current configuration.

Office for Mac 2016 is Available as a Free Preview
The Office for Mac 2016 preview is available as a free download from Microsoft. This new version of Office can be tested on any Mac running OS X Yosemite. The final release is expected to be available in the second half of 2015.

Review of Roxio Toast 10 Titanium
Review: Toast 10 Titanium brings a wide selection of data, audio, and video tools to both amateur and professional Mac enthusiasts. Its ability to provide multiple tools does not interfere with its core function: to burn information onto recordable media.

Roxio Toast 10 Titanium: Review
Review: Toast 10 Titanium brings a wide selection of data, audio, and video tools to both amateur and professional Mac enthusiasts. Its ability to provide multiple tools does not interfere with its core function: to burn information onto recordable media. Page 2.

Apple "Magic Mouse" - Product Review and How to Use
Apple's Magic Mouse is the first offering from Apple to mate the capabilities of a Multi-Touch surface with a movable mouse. The result may be the best mouse Apple has ever made.

Apple's Magic Mouse in Daily Use - Review
At first glance, the Magic Mouse’s shape and size seem odd for a mouse. Most mice are bulbous, to conform to the shape of the user’s palm. The Magic Mouse instead has a surface that defines a gentle arc, and its height at mid-point is barely more than half an inch. The Magic Mouse glides on two plastic rails that provide enough resistance to keep movements smooth. The laser-tracking system didn’t miss a beat on any of the surfaces I tried, including mouse pads, magazine, paper, and tabletops. Page 2.

Preview: First Look at Apple's Multi-Touch Magic Mouse
Apple’s Magic Mouse is the first Multi-Touch mouse for the Mac. Picture the MacBook Pro’s glass trackpad on wheels, able to roll around your desk. With gesture support and a unique low-profile look, the Magic Mouse may be the next best thing to magic.

Review: Bean Word Processor for the Mac
Review: Bean is a free lightweight word processor for the Mac designed for writing, note taking, and other similar tasks.

Apple's Time Machine Backup Software Review
Apple's Time Machine is a backup application included with OS X (10.5.x or later). Get the pros cons and more with this review.

Mac Pro Review – Review of the 2010 Mac Pro
Mac Pro Review: Apple last updated the Mac Pro in March of 2009. The 17-month span between the 2009 and 2010 Mac Pros was the longest wait for an update in the Mac Pro's lifetime. With that much time to spend on designing the 2010 version, Apple should have been able to wow us with new features and capabilities.

Summer 2010 Mac Pro Review – 3.33 GHz 6-Core Mac Pro Review
Summer 2010 Mac Pro Review: I ordered a new Mac Pro on the day Apple made the 2010 Mac Pros available in its online store. Unlike some other Apple products I've reviewed here, this Mac Pro is going to be my personal desktop Mac, replacing an original 2006 Mac Pro. Because this will be my personal workstation, I custom configured the Mac Pro to meet my needs. Page 2.

iMovie 11 Timelines - Stacked or Linear Timelines
If you upgraded to iMovie 11 from a pre-2008 version of iMovie, you may miss the linear timeline in iMovie 11. If you do, you can get it back with just a click.

OS X Automatic Spelling Correction
OS X spelling and grammar options, including auto-correct system, can be enabled and disabled both system-wide and at an application-by-application level.

Email a Web Page in Safari Instead of Sending a Link
Share a web page with a colleague or friend, don't just send a link; send the whole page. This tip shows you how to email a web page with Safari.

Mac Firmware Restoration
Before you update your Mac with new firmware, it's a good idea to have a Firmware Restoration CD handy, just in case something goes wrong.

New Mac Computer Setup User Guide and Resources
Congratulations; your new Mac has arrived. Before you dive in and start using it, take a bit of time to discover some setup and configuration tips that can help you get the most from your new Mac.

Share Your Mac or Windows Printer on Your Network
Printer sharing between Windows and OS X can be a bit tricky, but with the help of our printer sharing guides, you should be able to print from your Mac to your Windows computer in no time.

Creating New User Accounts on Your Mac
Creating new user account on your Mac is the simple part. Knowing which account types to use requires more information, which you can find in this guide.

Apple Mail
Apple Mail is the default email application included with every copy of OS X. Since almost every Mac user has Apple Mail, it has become the de facto email client. Learn more about using Apple Mail, including how to set up accounts, troubleshoot Mail, and other tips and tricks.

Safari Web Browser
Safari is the default web browser included with OS X. Because it's installed on every Mac, and perhaps even more importantly, because it's fast, reliable, and performs very well, Safari has become the de facto standard for web browsing on Mac systems.Here you will find information about using Safari, including tips, tricks, and information about troubleshooting problems that may arise.

iTunes
iTunes started life as a basic music player for the Mac, but it's grown far beyond its simple beginnings. iTunes now encompasses a media store for buying music, videos, and podcasts. It has an educational component called iTunes University, where you can audit classes from some of the most prestigious schools in the world. iTunes is also a focal point for purchasing and installing software on iOS devices and Macs.

Monitors and Displays for Your Mac
Reviews of monitors and displays. No matter what you call them, you can’t do without them. Before you buy your next display, check out the monitor and display reviews from Focus on Macs.

Printer Sharing
Printer sharing with a networked Mac is a natural. By sharing a printer attached to a Mac or PC, you can reduce your costs and conserve a little space while allowing everyone to share a computing resource on your network. The About: Macs Printer Sharing category contains tutorials, guides, and tips that will help you start sharing your printers.

Mac Upgrade Guides - Add RAM, a Hard Drive, and More to Your Mac
Mac Upgrade Guides: Thinking about upgrading your Mac? Whether you want to add RAM or increase your hard drive space, this is the place to start your research. You'll find Mac upgrade guides for specific Mac models, as well as general hints and tips to help you make your decision and work your way through the upgrade process.

Web Browsers
When it comes to browsing the web, there are a number of options to choose from. We'll help you find the best web browser for your needs, as well as share tips and tricks on how to use it.

Favorite Sites for Christmas Clip Art
It's never too early to start working on holiday decorations. Using free clip art and your favorite word processor or desktop publishing program, you can create a wide variety of holiday cards and decorations at little or no cost.

Free Halloween Clip Art for your Mac
Eleven free Halloween clip art sites for the Mac. No matter what your project, you, your Mac, and these clip art sites will get it done.

Favorite Sites for Christmas Clip Art
It's never too early to start working on holiday decorations. Using free clip art and your favorite word processor or desktop publishing program, you can create a wide variety of holiday cards and decorations at little or no cost.

Talk Like a Pirate Day: Pirate Clip Art and Fonts
Don’t just talk like a pirate, throw a party like a pirate! This collection of pirate clip art and fonts you can use your Mac to create a Pirate soiree.

Valentine's Day: Mac Clip Art & Fonts
If you like to create your own Valentine's Day decorations and greeting cards, we have a collection of images and fonts that can help you get started.

Valentine's Day: Lighthearted E-cards That Work with Your Mac
Although romance is usually the order of the day on Valentine's Day, some people aren't entirely comfortable with sentiment, especially if the words were written by somebody else. It's not always easy to find a card (for any occasion, not just Valentine's Day) that says exactly what you want to say. Or maybe it's too early in the relationship to declare your feelings, but you still want to acknowledge the holiday.

Halloween Screen Savers for Macs
Halloween screen savers can add a fun, if not downright scary, touch to your Mac during the Halloween season. Scarify your Mac for the month of October.

Apple's 10 Most Unforgettable Moments of the 2000s
Apple had a wide range of hits in the past decade, as well as a few misses. Together they make up the best and the worst of Apple's performance in the 2000s.

Apple's 10 Most Unforgettable Moments: Steve Jobs Takes Leave of Absence, Undergoes Liver Transplant
Best of 2000s: Steve Jobs Takes Leave of Absence, Undergoes Liver Transplant. It had been the topic of conversation ever since 2008's World Wide Developers Conference.

Apple's 10 Most Unforgettable Moments: Apple Abandons Macworld Show
Best of 2000s: Apple stops attending Macworld show in 2009, making the end of an event that started in 1985.

Apple's 10 Most Unforgettable Moments: Steve Jobs Becomes Permanent CEO
Steve Jobs Becomes Permanent CEO. In the late 1990s, Apple looked for a permanent CEO to replace Gil Amelio, and named Steve Jobs as the interim CEO.

Apple's 10 Most Unforgettable Moments: PowerMac Cube
It's the summer of 2000, and at Macworld Expo New York, Steve Jobs introduces his newest creation: the PowerMac Cube.

Apple's 10 Most Unforgettable Moments: OS X Operating System
Apple released OS X 10.0 (Cheetah) in 2001. Available for $129, OS X marked the beginning of the end for the classic Mac OS.

Apple's 10 Most Unforgettable Moments: iPod
The iPod was Apple's answer to a portable music player also known as an MP3 player, and marked Apple first successful move into consumer electronics.

Apple's 10 Most Unforgettable Moments: iTunes Store
Best of 2000s: The iTunes Store may be old hat now, but in 2003 the iTunes store was an incredible new way to buy music for your iPod.

Apple's 10 Most Unforgettable Moments: Motorola ROKR
Best of 2000s: Motorola ROKR. Not all products were hits, and the Motorola ROKR set the bar as what not to do with a cell phone.

Apple's 10 Most Unforgettable Moments: iPhone
Best of 2000s: iPhone. Announced at the 2007 Macworld in San Francisco, and released the following June, the iPhone marked Apple's major move into the smartphone market.

Apple's 10 Most Unforgettable Moments: Apple Switches To Intel
Best of 2000s: Apple Switches to Intel. “Mac OS X has been leading a secret double life the past five years,” said Steve Jobs in 2005.

Apple Steals & Deals: The Best Deals on Almost-New Macs 1/11/2015
The Apple refurb store is the first place I look for deals on Mac and other Apple products. This Sunday, the deals include iMacs and MacBooks.

Best Mac System Utility - Readers' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
Find out who won the Best Mac System Utility category in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.

Best Mac Backup Application - Readers' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
Find out who won the Best Mac Backup Application category in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.

Best Mac Browser - Readers' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
Find out who won the Best Mac Browser category in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.

Best App for Running Windows - Readers' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
Find out who won the Best App for Running Windows category in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.

Best Mac Word Processor - Readers' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
Find out who won the Best Mac Word Processor category in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.

Best Mac Image Editor - Readers' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
Find out who won the Best Mac Image Editor category in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.

Best Mac Home Theater App or Product - Readers' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
Find out who won the Best Mac Home Theater App or Product category in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.

Best Mac Peripheral Reseller - Readers' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
Find out who won the Best Mac Peripheral Reseller category in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.

Readers' Choice Awards Winners 2012 - The Best of the Best in 8 Mac Categories
The Readers' Choice Awards 2012 winners have been decided. This prestigious award is being given to eight winners in Mac-related categories. The voting went non-stop for four weeks, and now it's time to tell you who the winners are.

Printer Sharing - Vista Printer Sharing With Mac OS X 10.5
Vista's printer sharing feature requires a bit of tweaking before it will work with your Mac. Learn how to configure printer sharing in both Vista and OS X 10.5 with these step-by-step instructions.

Printer Sharing – Vista Home Edition
Printer sharing with Vista Home Edition requires you to enable the authentication protocol used by Samba.

Printer Sharing – Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise
Printer sharing with Vista Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise editions requires you to enable the authentication protocol used by Samba.

Printer Sharing – Configure the Workgroup Name
Printer sharing requires the workgroup name to be the same on both the Macs and the PCs on your network. Follow these instructions to change the workgroup name on your Mac(s) to match your PCs.

Printer Sharing – Set Up Windows Vista for Printer Sharing
The next step is to enable printer sharing on your Vista computer. Follow these instructions to enable printer sharing on your PC.

Printer Sharing – Add the Windows Vista Printer to Your Mac
Once you set up Windows Vista printer sharing, it’s time to add the shared printer to your Mac. Follow these instructions to complete the printer sharing setup process.

Printer Sharing – Using Your Shared Vista Printer
You’ve completed the printer sharing setup process; now you’re ready to use the shared printer.

File Sharing With OS X 10.5 - Share Files With Vista
File sharing between a Mac running OS X 10.5 Leopard and Windows Vista is fairly easy. This step-by-step guide will take you through the process of file sharing using the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol.

File Sharing OS X 10.5 to Windows Vista - The Basics
Apple uses the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol for file sharing with Windows users, as well as Unix/Linux users. This is the same protocol that Windows uses for network file and printer sharing, but Microsoft calls it Microsoft Windows Network.

File Sharing OS X 10.5 to Windows Vista
The Mac and PC need to be in the same ‘workgroup’ for file sharing to work. Windows Vista uses a default workgroup name of WORKGROUP. If you haven’t made any changes to the workgroup name on the Windows computer connected to your network, then you’re ready to go. The Mac also creates a default workgroup name of WORKGROUP for connecting to Windows machines.

File Sharing OS X 10.5 to Windows Vista - Set Up File Sharing
File sharing in OS X 10.5 is controlled via the Sharing preferences pane. Using the Sharing preferences pane, you can enable file sharing as well as select the protocols to use.

File Sharing OS X 10.5 to Windows Vista - SMB and Vista Home Edition
File sharing with Windows Vista Home Edition requires enabling the standard authentication protocol for SMB.

File Sharing OS X 10.5 to Windows Vista - SMB and Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise Editions
File sharing with Windows Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise Editions requires enabling the standard authentication protocol for SMB.

File Sharing OS X 10.5 to Windows Vista - Mapping Network Shares
One annoying thing I've noticed when file sharing with Windows machines is that the shared folders sometimes disappear from Windows Vista’s Network Places. One way around this intermittent problem is to use Windows Vista’s Map to Network Drive option to assign your shared folder(s) to network drives.

2009, 2010, 2012 Mac Pro Upgrade Guide
Getting the best performance and longevity out of your older Mac Pro will require a few upgrades. Learn how to upgrade RAM, Processors, Storage and more.

File Sharing OS X 10.5 to Windows XP - Set Up a Workgroup Name
The Mac and PC need to be in the same ‘workgroup’ for file sharing to work. Windows XP uses a default workgroup name of WORKGROUP. If you haven’t made any changes to the workgroup name on the Windows computer connected to your network, then you’re ready to go. The Mac also creates a default workgroup name of WORKGROUP for connecting to Windows machines.

File Sharing With Mac OS X and Windows
File sharing between a Mac and Windows is one of those exercises that can be easy or moderately difficult, but is not impossible or beyond the reach of even a novice user. We have gathered a series of step-by-step guides that will help you get your Mac to share files with Windows XP as well as Windows Vista.The instructions will cover file sharing using OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and various flavors of XP and Vista.

How To Recover Your iTunes Music Library
Easily restore your iTunes library using your iPod. You can use your iPod to recover those lost songs.

OS X History - A Guide to How We Got Here
This guide to the history of OS X versions will take you back to see how it all began and where we are now.

Share OS X Lion Files With Windows 7 PCs
Sharing OS X Lion files with a Windows 7 PC is a simple process when you follow our step-by-step guide. Once you complete the setup process, you will be able to share folders you have specified, as well as gain access to all of your user files, if you wish.

Lion File Sharing with Win 7 - Configure Your Mac's Workgroup Name
To change the workgroup name in OS X Lion, follow these step-by-step instructions.

Lion File Sharing with Win 7 - Configure Your PC's Workgroup Name
You may need to change your Windows 7 workgroup name to match the workgroup name on your Mac. If so, simply follow these instructions.

Lion File Sharing with Win 7 - Configure Your Mac's File Sharing Options
OS X Lion has a file sharing system that is easy to use. These instructions will show you how to specify folders to share, as well as how to assign access rights.

Lion File Sharing with Win 7 - Configure Your Mac's SMB Options
OS X Lion can share folders with Windows 7 users if you turn on the SMB option in File Sharing.

How to Share OS X Lion Files With Windows 7 PCs
With your Mac's file sharing options properly configured, you can use your Windows 7 PC to access your Mac user account files.

File Sharing - OS X Mountain Lion to Windows 8
How to share OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8 files. This guide will take you through the file sharing configuration process on both your Mac and your PC.

Bento Review Screenshots - Bento’s Three-Pane Display
Bento uses a simple, three-pane interface to organize onscreen data. Bento’s Library, Records, and Fields panes let you view all of the necessary data at a glance. Page 2.

Bento Review Screenshots - Adding Relationships in Bento
Bento’s method of creating a relationship between two database sources is by far the easiest I’ve ever seen. Page 4.

Bento Review Screenshots - Bento Shares the Mac’s Address Book Data
Bento’s built-in Address Book library makes a bi-directional connection with your Mac’s Address Book application. Changes made to Bento or your Mac’s Address Book are immediately reflected in the other application. Page 3.

Bento Review Screenshots - Customizing Bento Forms
Bento includes a collection of forms you can customize; you can also create new forms. In addition to adding or removing fields, you can add a limited number of objects to a form. Page 8.

Bento Review Screenshots - Bento’s Checkboxes
Bento supports many different types of fields. Its Checkbox field allows you to create item checkboxes in your database, so you can tick off tasks or indicate the presence. Page 5.

Bento Review Screenshots - Bento’s Pop-up Menu Field
Bento includes a special field that allows you to create a list of items that will display a pop-up menu of choices. Page 6.

Bento Review Screenshots - Bento’s Home Screen
When you launch Bento, it presents a home screen that lets you quickly select the activity you wish to perform.