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2012 Model of a Mac Mini Buying Guide
The 2012 Mac minis are a great choice if you're moving to the Mac from another platform, or if you want an inexpensive Mac. This buying guide takes a look at the pluses and minuses of the 2012 models.
OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Installation Guides
OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) is still available from the Apple web site. Having the last version of the Mac OS that Apple sold on DVD can be a nice piece of insurance should you ever experience a drive failure. These guides will take you through the process of installing Snow Leopard on a Mac.
What You Should Know Before You Buy an Apple Mac Pro
A tower of 8-core power, the Mac Pro is nothing if not powerful and expandable. Its elegant design makes adding memory, hard drives, and add-in cards a simpler task than almost any other computer can claim.
iMovie 11: How to Create a Movie Trailer
How to Create a Movie Trailer in iMovie 11: One of the new features in iMovie 11 is movie trailers. Creating a movie trailer is easier than you might think. Select one of 15 movie genres, complete a simple outline, and select some appropriate clips for the storyboard (a visual outline of a movie). There's not much more to it than that. The most difficult, or at least the most time-consuming part of creating a movie trailer is selecting the best footage to use.
Mac App Store Part of Mac OS X Lion - Mac App Store Included in OS X Lion
Mac App Store Included in OS X Lion: The Mac App Store is already available in the latest edition of OS X Snow Leopard. You can actually think of the Snow Leopard version of the Mac App Store as a preview. Sure, it works fine, makes it easy to buy software, and provides a one-step download and installation process, but with Lion, the Mac App Store will get a few new features.
Mac Performance Tips - Give Your Mac a Tuneup
Is your Mac slowing down? This collection of Mac performance tips will keep your Mac running in tip-top shape and all it takes is a few minutes of your time.
AppCleaner: Tom's Mac Software Pick
AppCleaner is a free application for the Mac that will help you track down all of the files associated with an app you wish to delete.
File Sharing With Mac OS X Tiger & Leopard
File sharing with Mac OS X is a wonderfully straightforward operation. A few mouse clicks in the Sharing preferences pane and you’re ready to go. In this article we will show you how to configure both OS X 10.5 and OS X 10.4 for file sharing.
Apple Releases Safari Update 8.0.2: This Time It Works
Apple released Safari update 8.0.2 (Yosemite), 7.1.2 (Mavericks), and 6.2.2 (Mountain Lion) today (12/11/2014), correcting an issue with the previous updates, which proved to be corrupt and caused Safari not to function for some users.
Set Up an AOL Email Account Using Apple’s Mail App
Apple's Mail is one of the most intuitive email applications currently available for Macs. It can easily handle AOL and other web-based email accounts.
Using the Finder to Access FileVault Backups on a Time Machine Drive
Time Machine uses a compelling interface to restore files and folders. But what happens when the file you want to restore is located within a backed-up FileVault image? The answer is that individual files and folders in an encrypted FileVault image are locked away and cannot be accessed using Time Machine. But Apple provides another application that can access individual FileVault data; it's called the Finder.
Shining the Light on Spotlight in OS X Yosemite
These tips for using Spotlight's newest features could help you get more out of Spotlight, and make it your go-to search service, even for finding information on the web.
QuickLook Window Opens Off Screen - How to Restore QuickLook Windows
QuickLook Windows in OS X can sometimes become situated off-screen, making them impossible to use, and to remove. This guide will let you restore the QuickLook windows to where they belong.
Favorite Holiday Games
Although some individuals love to shop, for many of us, holiday shopping is a chore. Take a break from all that stress and play a holiday game or two.
Data Bus- Definition and Example for Macs
In computer parlance, a data bus is a group of electrical wires used to send information (data) back and forth between two or more components.
Disk First Aid - Mac OS Disk Repair Utility
Disk First Aid is the name of a disk repair utility that was included or available for download with Mac OS 9.x or earlier. Disk First Aid was able to analyze and repair basic hard drive problems.
SuperDuper 2.7.5: Tom's Mac Software Pick
SuperDuper is one of the go-to apps for creating bootable clones of your Mac's startup drive. SuperDuper has desirable features, including Sandboxing, Smart Updates, and the easy-to-use custom scripts that allow you to fully customize the backup process.
BBEdit 11: Tom's Mac Software Pick
BBEdit 11 from Bare Bones Software is the text editor that every writer, author, developer, and programmer should have installed on their Mac. Really, it's that good, and with version 11, it just keeps getting better.
Apple Updates Boot Camp With 64-bit Windows 7 and 8 Drivers
Apple today released Boot Camp 5.1.x, the newest version of its Windows support software that allows you to run Windows on an Intel Mac. Boot Camp 5 includes full support for 64-bit drivers for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
2014 iMac with Retina 5K Display Faster Than 2013 Quad-Core Mac Pro
In Geekbench benchmark testing, the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display outperformed all Mac Pro models, at least in single-core processor performance. Multi-core performance showed all but the base model of the Mac Pro coming out on top.
Apple Releases Firmware Update for 2012 Mac mini to Fix HDMI Issues
Apple today released a new EFI update for the Mac mini that is said to correct a problem with using the Mac mini's HDMI output. Ever since the 2012 Mac mini was released in the fall of 2012, there have been occasional reports of poor image stability or quality when connecting the HDMI output directly to the HDMI port on an HDTV.
Memory Clean: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Memory Clean is a free app that can free up RAM, either at your command or when a threshold you set is crossed. With an easy-to-use interface, and important information available in the menu bar, Memory Clean deserves a place on your Mac.
Amadeus Pro 2.x: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Amadeus Pro is an easy-to-use but very powerful multi-track audio recording and editing system that can turn your Mac into an amazing DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), at a very low price.
2014 Mac mini Preview: Processor and Graphics Upgrades Add Performance
The 2014 Mac mini brings new processor and graphics updates to a Mac that hasn't seen any attention from Apple since 2012. This long overdue upgrade may be enough to rekindle sales. Take a look at our preview to find out more.
2014 Mac mini in October: Will It Be a Haswell-Based Speed Bump?
The 2014 Mac mini may be announced in October at an iPad and OS X Yosemite coming-out party. If so, this could be the basic configuration of the new Mac mini.
12-inch MacBook Air to Drop Ports for New USB Type-C Connector
Rumors suggest that the new 12-inch MacBook Air will abandon current port configurations for the new USB Type-C connector, which supports both USB 3.1 and DisplayPort, all in the name of a thinner design.
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 8 and Public Beta 3
Apple releases OS X Yosemite for both developers and participants in the public beta. The dual release is significant, since Apple usually waits a few days before updating the public beta. This may be a sign that the development schedule is quickly coming to a conclusion, and the luxury of supporting a two-tier testing track is coming to an end, as Apple gets ready for a fall release of Yosemite.
Weather Dock: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Weather Dock provides current local weather information with just a glance at its animated dock icon. You can quickly discern current weather conditions, temperature, and even wind speed, all from the dock icon. If you need more details, a quick click opens the app to reveal the weather forecast, as well as a detailed look at the current conditions.
Erase or Format a Startup Disk Using Disk Utility
When it comes to erasing or formatting a Mac's startup (boot) disk, Disk Utility needs a little help. To successfully use Disk Utility on a startup disk, you must first boot from your Mac OS X Install DVD or the Recovery HD. Page 5.
Disk Utility: How to Erase a Non-Startup Volume
Disk Utility included with OS X can be used to quickly erase data from a disk volume.
Disk Utility: Securely Erasing a Volume’s Data
Disk Utility offers four different methods of securely erasing the data on a volume. Two of the four methods meet or surpass U.S. Department of Defense requirements for erasing confidential data from hard drives.
Format a Hard Drive Using Disk Utility
Disk Utility provides several options for formatting a hard drive. You can select the drive format, as well as the method of erasing and testing the drive, during the format process. Page 4.
Apple's NFC-Based Payment System Will Use Tokenization for Security
Apple's iPhone 6 and iWatch may include a tokenized NFC payment system to enhance security and protect users from credit card and identity theft.
WhiteHat Aviator Browser: Tom's Mac Software Pick
WhiteHat Aviator is a web browser designed to enhance your security and privacy while browsing the web. With its ability to prevent online tracking, and to manage the use of extensions and plug-ins, Aviator is able to help keep you safe and protect you from many of today's common malware and adware threats.
Create a Weather Widget For Your Mac With Safari
Use Safari to add a weather radar map widget to your Macs Dashboard. This guide will show you how easy it is to create the widget and stay up to date on local weather.
Turn the Weather Map Web Clipping Into a Widget
Your home made weather widget should included the radar controls so you can control your Macs new weather widget.
Spruce Up Your Macs New Weather Widget
Once you create a weather widget for your Mac, you can jazz it up a bit by changing one of the widget options.
Microsoft Remote Desktop: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Microsoft Remote Desktop is an effective way of sharing your Windows desktop with your Mac. Simply launch Remote Desktop, connect to the Windows PC, and the Windows desktop will display on your Mac. You can interact with and use Windows apps, even connect to Windows peripherals, all without leaving your Mac.
Time Capsule: Network Storage for Your Mac
Time Capsule provides network storage capabilities for home networks, allowing Mac and/or Windows computers to access and share its internal hard drive. Designed for use with Time Machine, the backup service included with OS X 10.5 and later, Time Capsule is an elegant solution to home backup needs.
Apple's New CDN (Content Delivery Network) Is Live
Apple's new CDN (Content Delivery Network) went live this week (07/30/2014). The CDN will ensure faster data transfers between iCloud, iTunes, support downloads, and the various app stores and your Mac. Faster is always good, and with Apple's new CDN there should be quicker access to the upcoming OS X updates and beta programs, along with higher quality access to all of Apple's streaming services.
Using OS X as a File Server for a Network
Using OS X 10.5 as a File Server: File servers come in many forms, from dedicated computer systems like Apple’s Xserve, which has a base sticker price of $2,999, to NAS (Network Attached Storage) hard-drive-based systems, which can be found for as little as $49 (you supply the hard drives). But while buying a preconfigured solution is always an option, it’s not always the best option.
Using OS X as a File Server - Selecting the Mac to Use
Selecting the Mac to Use as a File Server: For most of us, this decision will be determined by the Mac hardware we happen to have lying around. Luckily, a file server doesn’t need a great deal of processing power in order to perform effectively. For must uses, a G4 or later Mac will more than suffice.
Using OS X as a File Server - Hard Drives to Use With Your Server
Hard Drives to Use With Your Server: Choosing one or more hard drive can be as simple as making do with what you already have installed in the Mac; you can also add one or more internal or external drives. If you’re going to buy additional hard drives, look for ones rated for continuous (24/7) use.
Using OS X as a File Server - Installing OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
Installing OS X 10.5 (Leopard): Now that you have chosen a Mac to use, and have decided on the hard drive configuration, it’s time to install OS X 10.5 (Leopard). If the Mac you intend to use as a file server already has Leopard installed, you may think you’re ready to go, but that may not quite be true. There are a few things to consider that may persuade you to perform a fresh install of OS X 10.5.
Using OS X as a File Server - Configuring File Sharing
Configuring File Sharing: With OS X 10.5 (Leopard) freshly installed on the Mac you will be using as your file server, it’s time to configure the file sharing options. This is the main reason we chose Leopard as the OS for our file server: File sharing in Leopard is a snap to set up.
Using OS X as a File Server: Energy Saver
Energy Saver: If you’re going to run your file server 24/7, you probably want to ensure that your Mac will restart automatically if there’s a power outage or your UPS runs out of battery time. Either way, 24/7 or not, you can use the ‘Energy Saver’ preferences pane to configure your server as needed.
WeatherSnoop 3: Tom's Mac Software Pick
WeatherSnoop 3 is simply one of the best weather apps for connecting a Mac to a personal weather station, or to a publicly available weather station hosted on Weather Underground. Once connected, you'll enjoy a rich set of tools for viewing instruments, graphing results, and sharing data with others. You can even use WeatherSnoop to help with home automation.
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta: How to Join the Beta Program
The OS X Yosemite Public Beta web site is open for business. You can sign up for the beta program, generate a redemption code, and download the Yosemite beta from the Apple App Store. If you've been wondering how you can participate in the beta program, our guide will walk you through the process.
iPhoto '11 - Create a Smart Album to Find Photos Without Keywords
iPhoto '11 Keywords: You can use iPhoto Smart Albums to display all of your iPhoto images that lack keywords, and then add keywords to the images.
Apple Looking for Photos Beta Testers Among Its Retail Employees
Apple is looking for Photos for OS X beta testers among its retail employees who have photographic experience. This could indicate that Photos for OS X is meeting its planned development schedule, and could be ready when OS X Yosemite is released. For the retail employees, working with a quality assurance team could provide another career path at Apple.
Using Leopard’s Expose Preferences Pane
Expose’s preferences pane allows you to configure the keyboard shortcuts, mouse buttons, and active screen corners assigned to Expose functions.
FastTasks 2: Tom's Mac Software Picks
FastTask 2 is this week's Tom's Mac Software Pick. By adding commonly used OS X Terminal commands to your Mac's menu bar, you can quickly perform complex processes that we routinely use here at About: Macs to troubleshoot or improve the performance of your Mac.
Magic Trackpad Review
Magic Trackpad Review: Apple's Magic Trackpad brings the wonderful glass trackpad that MacBook Pro users have been enjoying to desktop Mac users. Now laptop users can be envious of desktop users, because along the way, the tracking surface was magically enlarged to 5-1/8 x 4-1/4, an 80% increase over the trackpad surface in MacBook Pros.
Magic Trackpad Review – Alternate Uses for the Magic Trackpad
Alternate Uses for the Magic Trackpad: The Magic Trackpad intrigued me from the moment I saw it. I immediately imagined a couple of alternate uses for this wireless device. Page 2.
Apple Says Photos Will Include Some Pro-Level Tools
Apple has said that Photos will include some pro-level features, but the details are missing and the examples provided so far aren't typical pro-level utilities, but ones common to most photo editing apps.
Printer Sharing- Add a LPD Printer to Your Mac
Share Your Windows 7 Printer with Your Mac: With the Windows printer and the computer it’s connected to active, and the printer set up for sharing, you’re ready to add the printer to your Mac.
How to Disable iAd Data Collection in Your iOS 4 Device
Opt-Out From iAd Data Collection: When Apple introduced iOS 4 for the iPhone and iPod touch (it will also be supported on the iPad in the very near future), the company also introduced a new advertising system that allows apps to host advertising. This may be good or bad, depending on your point of view. It will allow application authors to get some or all of their revenue for a particular app from the advertising stream that results from turning your mobile device into a walking billboard.
Snow Leopard (Mac OS): Nine (Not-So) Hidden Features
Apple intended Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) to be a version of the Mac OS that concentrated on stability, as well as the future, not the past. Snow Leopard was supposed to focus on Intel multi-core processors and abandon previous technologies. Lucky for us, the engineers at Apple couldn’t completely suppress their desire to toss in a few new features, some of which have gotten more press than others. Here are some of the lesser-known features of Snow Leopard.
Brother All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer Review
The Brother MFC-J430w is a reasonable solution for a home or home office that needs print, fax, copier, and scanning tools at a budget-friendly price.
OWC Mercury Elite-Al Pro: Review of the OWC Mercury Elite-Al Pro With Quad Interface
Review: OWC’s Mercury Elite-AL Pro series of external hard drives and cases provides more bang for the buck, not only in having a quad interface made up of USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and eSATA ports, but also in ruggedness and ease of assembly and use. Page 2.
OWC Mercury Elite-Al Pro With Quad Interface Review
Review: OWC’s Mercury Elite-AL Pro series of external hard drives and cases provides more bang for the buck, not only in having a quad interface made up of USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and eSATA ports, but also in ruggedness and ease of assembly and use.
Create a RAID 0 Striped Set: What You Need
Here’s what you need to create a RAID 0 striped set with OS X. This is a guide to create a striped RAID array using Mac Disk Utility.
Create a RAID 0 Striped Set: Use Disk Utility’s Erase and Zero Out Data Option in Preparation for Creating a RAID 0 Striped Set
Use Disk Utility’s Erase and Zero Out Data option in preparation for creating a RAID 0 striped set. In this About: Macs guide, we will take you through the process of creating a striped RAID array using Disk Utility.
Audio Hijack Pro Review - Record From Almost Any Source
Review of Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.6: Audio Hijack Pro 2.96 is an inexpensive and easy-to-use application that lets you record audio from almost any source, including iTunes, iChat, Skype, DVD Player, web sites (via Safari or another browser), other applications, and a microphone. In addition to recording audio for your own use, you can also record audio for projects, such as podcasts.
Guides to OS X Lion Server for Home, Business Users
This collection of guides to installing, configuring, and administrating OS X Lion Server will have you up and running, and managing services, in no time. Geared towards first-time administrators, or individuals who need a quick reference, this collection of guides can get you through the rough spots.
2012 15-inch MacBook Pro Review
The 2012 15-inch MacBook Pro may be the best Mac notebook targeted at the prosumer. It offers faster processors, faster graphics, and USB 3, and still retains all of the benefits of last year's models, such as expandability and FireWire support.
ChronoSync 4.5: Tom's Mac Software Pick
ChronoSync is the backup and syncing app for Mac users who want to have control over how syncing or backups are performed. It's easy-to-use interface lets you create simple or complex backup and syncing rules that don't require cloud-based storage to keep multiple devices in sync.
Review of the 27-inch 2013 iMac
The 2013 edition of the 27-inch iMac provides a very nice performance boost over previous models, especially if you choose one of the SSD-based storage options. In this review, we'll look at how well the iMac performs and make recommendations on configurations.
Current Apple Hardware - Reviews and Previews of Macs and Peripherals
Reviews and previews of the latest Apple Mac hardware and peripherals, including the iMac, Mac Pro, Mac mini, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and the rest of the supporting cast.
RAID 0 (Striped) Array for Mac - Disk Utility
RAID 0, also known as stripe or striped. This Mac guide take you through the process of creating a striped RAID array using Disk Utility.
Create a RAID 0 Striped Set: Use Disk Utility to Create a RAID 0 Striped Set
Use Disk Utility to create a RAID 0 striped set. In this About: Macs guide, we will take you through the process of creating a striped RAID array using Disk Utility.
Create a RAID 0 Striped Set: Add Slices (Hard Drives) to Your RAID 0 Striped Set
Add slices (hard drives) to your RAID 1 striped set. In this About: Macs guide, we will take you through the process of creating a striped RAID array using Disk Utility.
Create a RAID 0 Striped Set: Using Your New RAID 0 Striped Set
Using your new RAID 0 striped set. In this About: Macs guide, we will take you through the process of creating a striped RAID array using Disk Utility.
Working With the Messages Beta for Mac
After you finish installing Messages Beta for Mac, you will need to configure its settings. This guide will take you through the process step by step.
How To Perform a Clean Install of OS X Lion on Your Mac
In this step-by-step article, we're going to look at installing Lion on a drive or partition, either internally on your Mac or on an external drive. For those of you who want to create a bootable USB flash drive with Lion installed, we have two methods you can use, which we will cover in a separate article.
Macs - OS X Lion Clean Install Process
You must have a disk or partition available that uses the GUID Partition Table and is formatted with the Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) file system.
OS X Lion Installer Supports The Clean Install Process
You're ready to start a clean install of Lion. You have performed any necessary backups, and erased a target volume for the installation. Now it's time to start the actual installation process.
OS X Lion Setup Assistant Completes the Install
Once the installation of OS X Lion is complete, your Mac will display a Welcome window. This marks the start of the registration and setup process for Lion. After just a few more steps, you'll be ready to use Lion.
Printer Sharing - Share Your Windows 7 Printer With Your Mac
Printer Sharing: Sharing your Windows 7 printer with your Mac is a great way to economize on computing costs for your home, home office, or small business. By using one of several possible printer sharing techniques, you can allow multiple computers to share a single printer, and use the money you would have spent on another printer for something else, say a new iPad.
Share Your Windows 7 Printer With Your Mac - Configure the Workgroup Name
Share Your Windows 7 Printer With Your Mac: The Mac and PC need to be in the same 'workgroup' for file sharing to work. Windows 7 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.
Share Your Windows 7 Printer With Your Mac - Configure the PC's Workgroup Name
Share Your Windows 7 Printer with Your Mac: The Mac and PC need to be in the same 'workgroup' for file sharing to work. Windows 7 uses a default workgroup name of WORKGROUP. Workgroup names aren't case sensitive, but Windows always uses the uppercase format, so we'll follow that convention here as well.
Printer Sharing - Enable Sharing and LPD on Your PC
Share Your Windows 7 Printer With Your Mac: Your Windows 7 PC needs to have the LPD printer sharing protocol enabled. By default, the LPD capabilities are turned off. Luckily, turning them back on is an easy process. Page 4.
File Sharing OS X 10.5 to Windows Vista - Types of SMB Sharing
The Mac supports two types of SMB file sharing: Guest Sharing and User Account Sharing. Guest sharing is the preferred method, because it limits access to specific folders and doesn't risk exposing your username and password.
File Sharing OS X 10.5 to Windows Vista - Set Up the Guest Account
Now that SMB file sharing is enabled, you still have one more step to complete if you want to use Guest Sharing. Apple created a special Guest user account specifically for file sharing, but the account is disabled by default.
Booting From the OS X 10.5 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. Page 2.
Installing 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.
Installing 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.
Erase and Install Method for OS X 10.5 Leopard
Installing OS X 10.5 Leopard using the Erase and Install method gives you the ability to create a clean, fresh install with no leftover debris from any previous OS you may have had installed.
Installing OS X 10.5 Leopard - Choosing 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 Erase and Install option.
Installing OS X 10.5 Leopard - Customize the 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.
Installing OS X 10.5 Leopard - Setup Assistant and Detecting Your Keyboard
The installation of OS X 10.5 Leopard will continue with the launch of the Setup Assistant and the detection of your keyboard.
Installing OS X 10.5 Leopard - Create the Administrator Account
During the process of installing OS X 10.5 Leopard, you will create an administrator account, which is required by the OS.
Installing OS X 10.5 Leopard - Welcome to the Leopard Desktop
The installation of OS X 10.5 Leopard is complete. Your brand new desktop awaits you. Take a good look, because it may never be this pristine again.
Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Time to Vote
It's time to vote in the Mac edition of the Readers' Choice Awards 2012. There are 8 Mac-related categories in this year's awards, and only you can pick the winners.
Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Mac System Utility
Vote for the best Mac System Utility in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.
Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Mac Backup Application
Vote for the best Mac Backup Application in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.
Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Mac Browser
Vote for the best Mac Browser in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.
Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Mac Application for Running Windows
Vote for the best Mac Application for Running Windows in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.
Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Mac Word Processor
Vote for the best Mac Word Processor in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.
Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Mac Image Editor
Vote for the best Mac Image Editor in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.
Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Mac Home Theater App or Product
Vote for the best Mac Home Theater App or Product in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.
Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Mac Peripheral Reseller
Vote for the best Mac Peripheral Reseller in the Readers' Choice Awards 2012.
Best Mac Browser Performance Benchmark 2013
Which Mac browser is the fastest performer? We tested 5 of the most popular Mac browsers using 6 benchmarks to test the various aspects of browser performance.
Mac Browser Performance Benchmark 2013 - Opera Test Results
Opera's best benchmark results were in the HTML5 test, where it took second place.
Mac Browser Performance Benchmark 2013 - The Benchmarks
Using 6 browser benchmarks (Octane, SunSpider, RoboHornet, Peacekeeper, HTML5 Test, and Acid3), we set out to discover which Mac browser is the best performer.
Mac Browser Performance Benchmark 2013 - Safari Test Results
Apple’s Safari web browser took the top spot in the RoboHornet benchmark test.
Mac Browser Performance Benchmark 2013 - Firefox Test Results
Firefox performance results in the 2013 Mac Browser Benchmark Faceoff.
Mac Browser Performance Benchmark 2013 - Chrome Test Results
Chrome took top honors in three of our benchmark tests.
Mac Browser Performance Benchmark 2013 - iCab Test Results
Mac Browser Performance Benchmark 2013 - Final Results and Recommendations
After completing our browser performance tests, it’s time to reveal the winners and losers. We’ll also tell you which browsers we kept in our Dock.
Best Mac Browser Faceoff 2011 - Opera
Opera breezed through the Peacekeeper test, taking the number two slot in overall performance.
Best Mac Browser Faceoff 2011 - Firefox
Someone had to bring up the rear in our testing, and this summer that dubious honor fell to Firefox.
Best Mac Browser Faceoff 2011 - Recommendations
The final results of our Mac browser testing for the summer of 2011 rank our four contenders as follows.
Mac Browser Faceoff 2011 - Which Is the Best Mac Browser?
It's time once again for a Mac browser faceoff, to determine which browser is the best one to use on your Mac. The question of which is the best Mac browser comes up so often that we try to have Mac browser faceoffs whenever there is a major upgrade among the leading Mac browsers.
Best Mac Browser Faceoff 2011 - Google Chrome
Google's Chrome browser for the Mac had the best overall performance in the Peacekeeper test.
Best Mac Browser Faceoff 2011 - Safari
Safari came away with third place in the overall Peacekeeper scores. It outperformed all other contenders in the DOM and social networking tests.
Temporarily Disable iMovie's Default Ripple Edit Mode
You can force iMovie not to ripple adjacent clips in a timeline by holding down the command key while you edit a clip.
Guide to Using iCloud Keychain
Setting up iCloud Keychain is only the first step. This guide will help you manage all aspects of the keychain service, including managing security issues.
Replace MobileMe Services With These Free Alternatives
You don’t need iCloud to sync your favorite apps; it's also not your only option for cloud-based storage. With this collection of guides, we'll show you how you can replace most of the features of MobileMe and not have to upgrade your Macs to do it.
Readers' Choice Awards 2013 - Winners in 8 Mac Categories
Find out who the winners are in the 8 Mac categories of the Readers' Choice Awards 2013. From the best mac system utility to the best mac reseller, it's all here.
Talk Like a Pirate Day - Add Pirate Icons and Wallpaper to Your Mac Desktop
Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day by outfitting your desktop with swashbuckling icons and wallpaper images of the high seas. Whether your taste leans toward Blackbeard or Jack Sparrow, these images can help set the mood.
Favorite Halloween Fonts & Dingbats
If you're planning to throw a Halloween party, or go all out dressing up your house, you probably want to create your own invitations and decorations. In addition to Halloween clip art, you'll also need Halloween fonts and dingbats. Here are some of our favorites.
Mac Hardware and Software Reviews and Buying Guides
Mac Reviews provides buying guides, ratings, and reviews for Mac hardware and software products, including consumer and professional software applications, Macintosh computers, and peripherals.
Basics: Using Your Mac - A New User’s Guide
Mac Basics is a good place to start when you’re new to the Mac or just need a refresher. You will find guides, tips, and a few revelations that will have you both enjoying your Mac and being more productive.
Get Ready for Mac OS X Lion
OS X Lion (10.7) was first announced by Apple in the fall of 2010, with the promise of a summer 2011 delivery of the Lion OS. Apple seems to be right on track, maybe even a little bit ahead of its internal schedule. We expect a big splash this summer. In the meantime, I'll use this space to keep everyone up to date on OS X Lion features, system requirements, rumors, and anything else that crosses my path about the newest Mac OS. So, get comfy and read about the new OS X Lion.
Back Up or Copy Your iPod Music to Your Mac
Copying music and video files from your iPod to your Mac can be a bit harder than you may think. Follow the wrong process and you can easily find all your iPod files have been deleted; gone for good. But with a little bit of careful planning, you can copy all of the multimedia files off your iPod and onto your Mac.
Mac Buying Guide - Learn More About the Different Mac Models Before You Buy
The Mac Buying Guide can help you learn about the latest Mac models, and decide which one is best for you. MacBook or MacBook Pro? iMac or Mac mini? Mac Pro or iMac? Check out our buying guides and product reviews before you go shopping.
Review - Adobe Bridge CS5 Organizational Tool Gains New Features
Adobe Bridge CS5 Review: Adobe Bridge CS5 is a file manager and asset organizer that can make managing large projects easier. It's designed primarily to work with all of the applications included in Adobe's Creative Suite, but you can use it for asset management in just about any application you may have.
Using an Application's Proxy Icon in the Toolbar
The Macs proxy icon is that little icon located in the center of an application's window. The proxy icon has been around since, well, since OS X was first introduced. But many of us have no idea what its function is, or even where it is.
Parallels 7 Benchmarks - Results for OS X Lion As a Guest OS
Our benchmarks tests of the OS X Lion client within Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac showed a profound drop-off in graphics performance. Page 5.
Parallels 7 Benchmarks - Final Thoughts
Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac breezed through most of our benchmarks, displaying performance increases in both processor and graphics performance, with 3D graphics showing a big increase. Page 6.
Parallels 7 Benchmarks - Results for Windows 7 As a Guest OS
Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac benchmark os x lion windows 7 speed performance geekbench CINEBENCH Description (500): We configured Windows 7 as a guest OS with 2 GB of RAM and 1 GB of video RAM. We then ran the benchmarks using 1, 2, 4, and 6 processors. Page 4.
Parallels 7 Benchmarks - Reference Mac Pro
We benchmarked the performance of the host 2010 Mac Pro to produce a baseline against which to measure Parallels Desktop 7's performance. Page 3.
Parallels 7 Benchmarks - How We Test
We used two benchmarking apps, Geekbench and CINEBENCH, to measure how well Parallels 7 performs. Page 2.
Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Benchmarks
We benchmarked Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac against the previous version to see how well both processor and graphics performance have improved. We were delighted with most of the results, but in one place, Parallels didn't deliver.
Creating SSL Certificates for Lion Server
To get the most out of Lion Server, you need to use SSL certificates. You can choose to pay for signed certificates, or create your own self-signed certificates. This guide will take you through the process of creating and managing your own SSL certificates.
Creating and Managing Certificates in Lion Server
Managing SSL certificates for a Lion Server is easy when you follow our step-by-step guide. Page 2.
Review 21.5-Inch 2012 iMac - Worst iMac Since the G3 Flower Power Model
There are a number of notable changes in the small iMac; some are very nice, others left me scratching my head. Find out more about the 2012 21.5-inch iMac's good and bad points in this review.
Review 27-inch 2012 iMac - Getting Better All the Time
Our review of the 2012 27-inch iMac takes a look at its various options, its performance, and its expandability, and then provides recommendations for configurations. If you're considering the iMac, this guide will help you select the right model and options.
CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) Tools for the Macintosh
The Macintosh has a long history in engineering use. With the advanced UNIX underpinnings of OS X, more and more engineering applications are becoming available. In this category, we look at Mac applications to assist in Computer Aided Engineering and Engineering Design Automation.
Snow Leopard: Expose
Expose got a minor tweak in Snow Leopard. Expose windows are now grouped along a grid. Windows that you collapse (by clicking the yellow window control button) are now included in Expose’s view of open windows. Collapsed windows display at the bottom of an Expose view, at a reduced size. This makes it easy to tell which windows are in active use on the desktop, and which are collapsed in the Dock. Page 6.
Working With OS X Mountain Lion's Software Update Features
Mountain Lion has new Software Update features that allow you to set up or disable automatic system and security installations. You may want to enable the automatic security patches, but there may also be a good reason not to.
Summer 2010 Mac Pro Review – 3.33 GHz 6-Core Mac Pro Performance & Benchmarks
Summer 2010 Mac Pro Review: Benchmarking the summer 2010 Mac Pro is a pretty straightforward task. I’ll use three benchmark applications to gauge how well the 3.33 GHz 6-Core Mac Pro performs.
Summer 2010 Mac Pro Review – Using the 2010 Mac Pro
Summer 2010 Mac Pro Review: Overall, I am very happy with my 2010 Mac Pro. I’ve picked some nits in things I didn’t like, and disagreed with some of the engineering decisions Apple made. But in the end, the 2010 Mac Pro is a winner, and will make a good workstation for anyone who needs a performance-proven expandable Mac. Page 2.
2012 MacBook Pro With Retina Display Review
When it comes to display and performance, the Retina MacBook Pro wins hands-down. But is the gorgeous display enough to make up for the design trade-offs?
Tiger - 10.4, Mac OS X Operating System
Tiger may be yesterday's OS, but it's a cat that is going strong. Learn about using, maintaining, and keeping your Tiger OS up to date.
What You Should Know Before You Buy a Display
If you're in the market for any Mac but an iMac, you'll probably also be looking for an LCD display. Even laptop users can benefit from a larger display when working at home or at the office. There are many sizes and types of displays to choose from; it helps to familiarize yourself with the terminology before you go shopping, whether online or in a retail store.
Review of Office for Mac 2011 – New Versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for the Mac
Office for Mac 2011 promises to achieve parity between the Windows and Mac versions. Over the years, the two versions have diverged, but Office for Mac 2011 brings them more in sync with each other, so Office users can move freely between platforms, with little or no need to learn a different interface.
Mercury Rack Pro Raid Review - Benchmark Performance
Mercury Rack Pro Raid Review: I started the performance testing of the Mercury Rack Pro by benchmarking each individual drive. The idea was to confirm that all four drives had nearly identical performance, and that there was no
Snow Leopard Features - Snow Leopard Coverage on About: Macs
Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) will make its first public appearance in September 2009. To help you get ready for the newest OS from Apple, here are links to all of the Snow Leopard features, articles, tips, and blog entries on About: Macs.
Mercury Rack Pro Raid Review - Benchmark Performance RAID 3, RAID 5
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.
Office for Mac 2011: Conclusion: Office for Mac 2011 Is a Winner
Office for Mac 2011 is a worthwhile upgrade. Its file compatibility with Windows versions of Office, as well as its similar interface, make Office for Mac 2011 a great choice if you use the Windows version in one location, such as at work, and the Mac version in another, such as at home, or you need to share Office files across platforms. Page 2.
Snow Leopard: Dock Expose
Dock Expose allows you to see all of the windows associated with a specific application using the familiar Expose system first introduced in Leopard. Click and hold an application icon in the Dock and all windows associated with that application will display, resized to fit the screen. Page 2.
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Snow Leopard: Stacks
Snow Leopard improves on Stacks, a feature first introduced in Leopard, by adding a scroll bar that lets you scroll through large stacks, and by allowing you to drill down through folders while remaining in Stacks view. Page 3.
Mac & Windows
Getting Mac and Windows computers talking on a network isn't as difficult as it once was. Learn how to share files and peripherals (such as printers) between Macs and PCs.
Mac Troubleshooting Tips
This collection of Mac troubleshooting tips can get your Mac back in shape, ready for work. If you're having problems with your Mac, these tips can help you out.
Backup - Glossary - Backup
A backup is a copy of one or more of your computer data files. You can back up your data manually, by copying files from your hard drive to another hard drive or to removable media. You can also use backup software to automate the process of backing up your files.
Mac Tips & Tricks for Working With Your Macintosh
Mac Tips & Tricks can help you be more productive, troubleshoot problems quickly and easily, save money with DIY projects, or just experiment with new ways of working with your Mac.