Category : Apple

Mac Tips and Tricks

Navigating in the Mac OS can be very daunting to users who aren’t familiar with the OS, or for those whose primary OS is Windows. Here are some simple tips and tricks to help you get around.

1 – Show Hidden Files in Open & Save Dialog Windows
Have you ever wanted to access a hidden file from an Open window or Save dialog? You can easily toggle hidden files by hitting Command+Shift+Period in any dialog window.

2 – Go To Folder
Hitting Command+Shift+G in the Finder brings up a Go To Folder dialog, this is without a doubt the fastest way to navigate deep into the OS X filesystem. The next best part? Tab completion works, so you don’t even have to type out the full paths. It also works in Open & Save dialogs too

3 – Hide Current Application & Current Windows
Your boss is coming, quick, hide that Facebook window! Whether you’re trying to keep a secret or just want to do something else, you can instantly hide the currently active app or windows by hitting Command+H

4 – Instantly Lock the Screen
Control+Shift+Eject instantly locks the screen and summons the screensaver, just remember that the password lock feature must be enabled separately before you’ll get use out of this one, otherwise the display simply turns off.

5 – Make ~/Library Visible Again
OS X Lion and later defaults to hiding the user library directory, it’s still accessible through a variety of ways, but you can make it always visible in the home directory again with the following terminal command: chflags nohidden ~/Library/

6 – Cycle Through All Open Applications
Command+Tab the application switcher gets a lot of use by power users for good reason, it’s one of the quickest ways to move between open apps there is, without your hands ever leaving the keyboard. Combining this with cycling through active windows is a big time saver.

7 – Quickly Force Quit the Currently Active App
Hold down Command+Option+Shift+Escape for about 2-3 seconds to force quit the currently active application without any confirmation dialog, and without having to kill it through activity monitor or the Force Quit menu.

Online Recovery – Mac OSX Re-install

One of the coolest things Mac has come up to re-install the OS is the Online Recovery menu options. You don’t need to have a copy of the OS to do this. This works on Mac models from late 2010 and current models.

Important: To reinstall Mac OS X, you need to be connected to the Internet.

1 – Choose Apple menu > Restart, and then hold down the Command (⌘) and R keys while the computer restarts.

2 – Select “Disk Utility,” and then click Continue.

3 – Select your startup disk from the list on the left, and then click the Erase tab.

4 – From the Format pop-up menu, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled), type a name for your disk, and then click Erase.

5 – After the disk has been erased, choose Disk Utility > Quit Disk Utility.

6 – If you’re not connected to the Internet, choose a network from the Wi-Fi menu in the right corner of the menu bar (in the top-right corner of the screen).

7 – Select Reinstall Mac OS X, click Continue, and then follow the instructions.

iPhone Signal Bar – Engineering Mode

The iPhone 5 tries to make its signal bar and reception look better than it really is. Do you Want to know what your reception actually is? You need to use the Engineering mode. Type *3001#12345#* into the dialler and hit the call button and you’ll enter Field Test mode. This changes the bar-based signal indicator to a “proper” numerical figure. There are also menus to tell you all sorts of other signal information, however many are lost on how this works.

Iphone – How to Add an Email Attachement

Iphone – How to add and email attachment

Have you ever wanted to attach something in an email you were writing in our iOS device but simply couldn’t figure how to do it???
To add an attachment you simply hold a finger down on the boxy of the email for a second, let go and a menu will appear. Scroll right
in this “select/paste” menu and you’ll be given the option to add a photo or video to your email. It’s not quite as flexible as the attachments you can add on a proper computer, but it’s something.

Photoshop Touch – for iPhone or iPad

In today’s world of smartphones replacing the use of caring a camera it would be also be great to have a tool that can easily manipulate and fix your photos. This tool will give you a bit more features to edit photos, lighten, darken or and filter your photos. Below are some of the features you might find handy.

• Layers: Combine multiple images, adjust layer order, control individual layer opacity, edit layers individually
• Versatile image browsing and acquisition: Select photos from multiple sources (including Facebook, Google Image Search, or iPad camera live feed)
• Sharing through Facebook: Share to Facebook and see comments within Photoshop Touch
• Interactive tutorials: Step by step instructional video tutorials within the app.
• Selection tools: Standard selection tools plus protection selection to protect parts of the image you do not want to edit.
• Photoshop effects and filters: Variety of filters and effects popular in the full version of Photoshop available within app.
• Filter brushes: Add filter effects onto photos only where you want them.
• Edge-aware painting: Auto-detects where paint should stop, eliminating the need for tedious selections.
• Refine Edge: Tool assists in selecting complex photo elements such as hair or fur.
• Tone and color adjustment: Tone and color adjustments can be made to entire images, selections, or individual layers.
• Photoshop compatible file format: Compatible file format for Photoshop CS5 (after plug in download) allows you to move work between your computer and iPad via the Adobe Create Cloud.
• Text: Add text and text effects such as strokes, drop shadows, and fades.

Cool iPad Keyboard – FabricSkin Keyboard

When the Microsoft Surface came out with its keyboard it drew attention with its thin profile and slick design. Logitech has come out with its version of this keyboard for the iPad called FabricSkin Keyboard Folio. This keyboard covers the screen and the back of the iPad and keeps an ultra-thin profile, with an magnetic clasp that keeps the folio close when you are on the move. It also comes in a variety of colors (red-orange, black, blue, and yellow). They keyboard seems to be seamless and of course is Bluetooth for each connection to iPad. It is also made with a liquid resistant material. Rechargeable and has an instant on/off feature. I haven’t had to test this out yet because it’s not available just yet, but you can pre-order if you’re interested. The price is $149.99 which is a little higher than some of the iPad keyboard cases.

How to Remotely Find and or Wipe Your iPhone

Did you know that if you ever lost or had your iPhone stolen you can remotely find your phone and or wipe it? You simply need to make sure iCloud is activated on your phone. You can then log into the website From there go to Find My iPhone. You would then select the device, and as long as its turned on you can locate where the phone is presently by selecting the phone… then you can select to have it play a sound…you can select Lost Mode which locks the phone or you can simply click on Erase iPhone. You will have to enter you apple ID and password to perform the erase but its that simple. Now if the phone is offline, the phone will be erased the next time its online.

Video Streaming – Air Video

Watching movies today has come a long way. Renting videos or playing dvd’s is not as necessary as it once was. If you have an APPLE TV and an iPhone or iPad, you can wirelessly stream any video you have stored on your Mac or PC. If the video you have is not in the format supported by iPhone or iPad, Air Video will convert them on the fly. Meaning you don’t have to wait for the entire video to convert before watching, you can do this immediately. Also, lets say you have a movie you want to load onto your iPad, but the format is correct, with Air Video you can convert the video file, and then load it into iTunes and thus onto your iPad. To find out more go to

DLink Cloud Services – Cameras

In today’s busy lifestyles many people are looking for ways to monitor their homes, children, and pets when they aren’t home. DLink has come out with a set of Cloud Services to meet this need. I recently purchased a few of these DLink DCS-932L Cloud Cameras. This camera can be connected via Ethernet cable or it runs great wireless. I have 7 of them setup at various points inside and outside of my house to monitor my dogs while I’m away. With the MYDLink App (available for iphones and android phones) you can view your cameras anywhere you have an internet connection. There is also a website available so you can log in via the internet to view and make changes if you need to.