The new MacTips book, A MacTips Sparkler, Volume 1, March 2013 (US$10), offers 79 Tips for using Macs, iPhones & iPads that will spark ideas and add sparkle to your work and leisure. Buy before the end of March 2013 for a massive discount.
Apple regularly provide updates for the software that runs our iPhones, iPads and Macs, and it’s a good idea to install those updates. With iOS 6 you can do those updates without plugging the device into your Mac. Here’s how.
OmniOutliner is an excellent app that I use for all my ToDo lists and basic record-keeping where simple sums are handy, such as records of sales. I use it for note-taking and project outlines too. It’s powerful software, but here are some reasons I have it open all the time on my Mac.
Many new Macs don’t include an optical drive, so you can’t use CDs and DVDs. You could spend extra to buy a drive, but this Tip on making disk images could save you from that expense. Here’s how to make disk images from physical installation discs.
Did you know you can connect an external microphone to your iPad and make music? I had no idea — but that’s what musician Pat Rice-Moule does. She generously shared her Tips for making it work. Read on.
Dragon Dictate’s Recognition window is my favourite part of the software. It gives me alternatives if Dictate guesses wrongly what I said. Its accuracy is very high, but if I mumble the Recognition window helps me fix the problem.