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MacMost - Mac, iPhone and iPad How-To Videos

Get the most from your Mac! The show features news, tips, tricks, techniques, tutorials and reviews geared toward the casual, home and business Apple user. Covers the Mac, iPad, iPhone and other Apple products.

Episodes

  • How To Zip and Unzip Files On Your Mac (MacMost #1963)

    Jul 19 2019

    View in HD at . It is fairly easy to compress a single file or multiple files and folders into a ZIP file archive on your Mac. You can also decompress any ZIP file by simply double-clicking it. This is useful for sending files online or to store files you no longer need. The Archive Utility is used invisibly for both commands, but you can run this app by itself and choose from more options when compressing or decompressing ZIP files.

  • Which MacBook Should I Buy In 2019? (MacMost #1962)

    Jul 18 2019

    View in HD at . Apple's new lineup of MacBooks simplifies your choices by removing the 12-inch MacBook and older MacBook Pro models. But you still have 8 base models of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Which one is the right one for you. But looking closely at the specifications and purchase options, there is really one one MacBook Air model and two 13-inch and two 15-inch models. For most people, it comes down to a low-end but light MacBook Air, a mid-range MacBook Pro 13-inch and a high end M...more

  • Managing a Video Library On Your Mac (MacMost #1961)

    Jul 17 2019

    View in HD at . Instead of storing your videos in the Photos app with your pictures, consider storing them as files in a folder in the Finder. You can place this folder on your iCloud Drive, on your local drive only, or on an external drive. You can organize them using file names, subfolders, tags and comments. You can use the Gallery view to look through your videos almost as if they were in a special video management app.

  • Use Hide Instead Of Minimize On Your Mac (MacMost #1960)

    Jul 16 2019

    View in HD at . Many people overuse the minimize button to get applications and windows out of the way. In most cases, it is more efficient to use the Hide command to simply hide the app. Hidden apps can be quickly and easy brough back and you won't clutter your Dock with minimized windows. Today using tabs in windows and autosave to easily quit and relaunch apps means you should rarely need the minimize button.

  • Building an Automator Script To Snap Windows Into Position (MacMost #1959)

    Jul 15 2019

    View in HD at . If you would like to precisely position your application windows without using any third-party tool, you can build a versatile script in Automator to snap windows to portions of your screen. You can give yourself multiple options such as the Left Third, Right Two-Thirds, corners or anything you can come up with. Then you can put the workflow into the Services menu where you can quickly trigger it with a keyboard shortcut. The framework in this JavaScript/JXA script can be used to...more

  • How To Figure Out What Is Taking Up Space On Your Mac (MacMost #1958)

    Jul 12 2019

    View in HD at . When you Mac's hard drive is almost full, you can investigate and figure out what is using the space by simply using the Finder. There is no need to buy a third-party app to manage your hard drive. You start at the top and view all of your folders, digging down to see what is using the most space. Then you'll need to make some decisions about what to remove from yoru drive, being care to only remove files you don't need.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About MacBook Batteries (MacMost #1957)

    Jul 11 2019

    View in HD at . Many MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air owners want to know how to properly use and maintain their batteries. But there is a lot of bad information online. Learn what to expect from your MacBook's battery, what you should and shouldn't do to prolong battery life, how to tell if there is a problem, how to get a replacement and how much it may cost.

  • Hide Desktop Icons With an Automator App (MacMost #1956)

    Jul 10 2019

    View in HD at . If you have a cluttered Desktop, you may want to occasionally hide the icons. You can do this with third-party apps or Terminal commands. You can also write a very simple shell script in Automator and save it as an app. Then you can toggle the Desktop on or off with a simple click in the Dock.

  • Creating Text Links In Mac Pages (MacMost #1955)

    Jul 09 2019

    View in HD at . You can set up bookmarks in a Pages word processing document and then create links in other text to jump to those bookmarks in PDF readers. With a new feature in Pages 8.1, you can also create links in page layout documents to jump from text to a specific page in the document.

  • Filtered Row Insertion, Sheet Links and Other New Features of Numbers 6.1 (MacMost #1954)

    Jul 08 2019

    View in HD at . The new version of Numbers makes things easier for those that use filters. You can also link text to other sheets in the same document and there is better performance and calculation precision. Numbers also gets the same text fill improvements as Pages and Keynote, as well as inline images and face recognition for image cropping.

  • New Text Fill Options In Pages and Keynote (MacMost #1953)

    Jul 05 2019

    View in HD at . The new versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote allow you to fill text using a gradient or an image. You can use linear or radial gradients of two or more colors, change the angle and other options. You can fill with an image stretching that image to fit the text or tiling it across the text. You can also use a new feature to outline text with a line, choosing the line color, style and size.

  • How To Zoom In With iMovie (MacMost #1952)

    Jul 04 2019

    View in HD at . You can use the Ken Burns cropping effect to zoom in to a portion of your video in iMovie. However, this cropping effect will continue over the entire length of your clip. To zoom in starting at a certain point and then to stay at the same zoom level for a while afterwards, you need to split the clip at the right places and use a trick to keep the video zoomed out at the end.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About macOS Catalina (MacMost #1951)

    Jul 03 2019

    View in HD at . Catalina is the name for the next version of macOS. Learn about the new features, features that will be removed from macOS, and other commonly asked questions. With iTunes being broken up into three apps, what will happen to your music library, TV shows and iPhone syncing? Can you run iOS apps on Catalina? When will it come out and how much will it cost?

  • The Best Vintage Mac Designs (MacMost #1950)

    Jul 02 2019

    View in HD at . Apple has produced a lot of different Macs with odd and interesting designs since 1984. Take a look at some of the most interesting, coolest and weirdest vintage Macs from 1984-2002. While some were commercial failures, most containted innovations that we still see as features in Macs today. Included are the Macinotsh XL, the Mac Portable, the Twentieth Anniversary Mac, the G4 Cube, the Titanium PowerBook and more.

  • Bring Out the Blue Sky In Your Pictures In Mac Photos (MacMost #1949)

    Jul 01 2019

    View in HD at . You can use the Mac Photos app adjustment tools to make a blue sky in your pictures deeper and bluer. You can adjust pure blue, or select a color in the sky to make fine adjustments. You can also limit the range of the changes to keep other parts of your photo the same.

  • What To Do About 32-Bit Apps Before Updating To macOS Catalina (MacMost #1948)

    Jun 28 2019

    View in HD at . AFter updating to macOS Catalina, old 32-bit apps will not longer work. If you have an old 32-bit app, then before updating, you should update your app or switch to a new one. Most apps have newer versions that professionals should consider buying. If you are using the app for casual purposes, then consider getting a modern alternative to apps like Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop. These will be cheaper or free, and will probably be much better than using an old outdated pro app...more

  • Recording With Multiple Microphones Using GarageBand (MacMost #1947)

    Jun 27 2019

    View in HD at . You can use more than one microphone or input device with GarageBand on your Mac. Instead of buying more hardware, you can configure your Audio MIDI Setup utility to create an aggregate device that treats each mic like a track in a single input. Then you can set up multiple tracks in GarageBand to use those tracks so each mic records to a different track.

  • Creating Captioned Memes in Mac Photos (MacMost #1946)

    Jun 26 2019

    View in HD at . You can add captions to your photos right in the Photos app if you use the built-in Markup extension. You can add text and provide contrast between the text and the image. You can also add speech bubbles, lines and other elements. You can also do this to image files using Preview.

  • 50 Mac Safari Shortcuts (MacMost #1945)

    Jun 25 2019

    View in HD at . Here are 50 shortcuts that will make it quicker and easier to navigate around web pages and tabs. Learn how to use your keyboard to move around on a page, find information, and jump to different pages and tabs. Also find out about ways to click on links with modifier keys to open them in different ways and how to drag tabs and downloads.

  • Why You Should Use iCloud Email Rules And Not Mail Rules On Your Mac (MacMost #1944)

    Jun 24 2019

    View in HD at . Mail rules in the Mail app on your Mac are robust and powerful but they no longer work well in a world where we get email on multiple devices. Instead, use iCloud email rules, or filters you can set on your email server. These rules will be applied on the server before the messages get to yoru devices, so they will work properly and consistently.

  • 10 Reasons To Buy the New iPod Touch 2019 (MacMost #1943)

    Jun 21 2019

    View in HD at . The new iPod Touch is a modest update, but it does mean continued support from Apple for the foreseeable future. In a world with more capable iPhones, what are some good reasons to desire an iPod Touch? It could be a nice complement to a work-provided phone, a pre-phone gadget for a child, or a dedicated streaming music device. It can even be a decent alternative to a point-and-shoot camera, though many will disagree.

  • Find The Total And Maximum In A Date Range With Numbers (MacMost #1942)

    Jun 20 2019

    View in HD at . It is fairly easy to use a SUMIF function to find a total for rows that meet a condition. But there is no easy way to get the total for rows inside a range of dates. By using extra hidden columns, you can easily mark rows depending on whether they are in a date range, and then use SUMIF to get the total. Getting the maximum value in that range is a little trickier, but can be done with an additional column and the MAX function.

  • Creating A Custom Chime On Your Mac With Crontab (MacMost #1941)

    Jun 19 2019

    View in HD at . If you want to set a custom chime on your Mac you can do so by setting a crontab with the Terminal. You can set it to chime any any interval you wish. It can play a system sound, custom sound, or speak the time in a number of voices. You can even have it only work between certain hours of the day.

  • 10 Tips To Get the Most From iCloud (MacMost #1940)

    Jun 18 2019

    View in HD at . Here are some useful tips for getting even more from your iCloud service. You can backup and sync photos from cameras using just your iPhone, create family Calendars and shared Notes, you can even add funds to your Apple account so you don't have to pay a few dollars every month.

  • Using Dropbox Smart Sync For Remote Storage (MacMost #1939)

    Jun 17 2019

    View in HD at . A new feature added to Dropbox is the ability to set files or folders to be Online-only. The ideal use for this would seem to be archiving your old files to Dropbox instead of vulnerable local hard drives. While it works for that, the process is rather clunkly, forcing you to set and reset an archive folder to be Online-only and also minding your settings on all of your devices as you add files to Dropbox.

  • How To Add Custom Text In iMovie (MacMost #1938)

    Jun 14 2019

    View in HD at . It can be difficult to get text to look good in iMovie since you can only choose from a limited number of title options. But you can use a graphics app or Keynote to create any text you want, and then overlay that text on your video. By copying a frame of your video, you can adjust the text to look good in Keynote, and then export just the text as a transparent image. This text can fit the video perfectly, or be used as a resizable and moveable element to position in iMovie.

  • How To Change Between Keyboard Languages On A Mac (MacMost #1937)

    Jun 13 2019

    View in HD at . There are many different keyboard layouts corresponding to different languages, and usually your keyboard and the system setting will match. But you can switch to use a different layout, such as a French keyboard layout even if you are using a U.S. keyboard. You can add multiple keyboard layouts and easily switch between them. For some lanuages, like Chinese, you need to use a Chinese layout to by able to type. Once you set up multiple keyboard layouts, there are keyboard shortcu...more

  • What Will Happen To My Media When iTunes Is Gone? (MacMost #1936)

    Jun 12 2019

    View in HD at . WHen macOS Catalina comes out this fall, iTunes will be replaces with Music, Podcasts and TV apps. This leaves many people wondering what will happen to their iTunes puchases, media and how they will sync their iOS devices. The transition should be seemless for all, with many just experiencing the equivalent to an app name change from iTunes to Music. Syncing will move to the Finder. Changes to some aspects, like ringtone syncing, is unclear.

  • How To Copy and Paste On a Mac (MacMost #1935)

    Jun 11 2019

    View in HD at . How to copy and paste on a Mac is one of the most asked Mac questions online. If you are new to Mac you may not know the keyboard shortcuts or how many places you can use copy and paste. In addition to the basics, this video also has 5 expert tips, such as using the Option key to copy and paste by dragging, viewing the contents of the clipboard, and how to use more than one clipboard at a time.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Time Machine (MacMost #1934)

    Jun 10 2019

    View in HD at . Time Machine is the part of macOS that allows you to easily back up your Mac to an external or networked hard drive. Here are some of the most asked questions about Time Machine, such as what size hard drive do you need, can you exclude files from the backup, and how do you restore files from the backup.

  • Creating A Letterhead Template In Mac Pages (MacMost #1933)

    Jun 07 2019

    View in HD at . You can easily create your own letterhead template in Pages to be used any time you need to type a letter. Elements in the template can be placeholders for text. Other elements can be placed on section masters to appear on every page. You can save the template as an independent file, or to the templates chooser that appears each time you start a new document in Pages.

  • Exploding Logo Effect In Apple Motion (MacMost #1932)

    Jun 06 2019

    View in HD at . Apple's Motion app lets you create all sorts of video special effects. In this tutorial, we'll take a graphic logo and make it explode into 10,000 particles in 3D. The particles will fit the shape and color of the image. Then we'll look at how to reverse it so that the particles come out of nowhere to reform the graphic.

  • What's That Keyboard Character Called? (MacMost #1931)

    Jun 05 2019

    View in HD at . Do you know the proper names for all of the characters on your keyboard? What are the characters you get when holding down Shift and the number keys? Or the key to the right of the 1? Take this quiz and see if you can identify all 10 keys that have tricky names. Then learn the proper names and uses for these characters.

  • Using Safari Reading List (MacMost #1930)

    Jun 04 2019

    View in HD at . The Safari Reading List on Mac, iPhone and iPad is a better way to save a web page to read later than bookmarking. The page will be added to the left sidebar where you can easily return to it. Items sync across your devices using iCloud and you can also save them to read even when you are offline.

  • Catalina, iOS 13, the New Mac Pro and All the Good Stuff From WWDC (MacMost #1929)

    Jun 03 2019

    View in HD at . Apple gave us a look at the next versions of its operating system, including macOS Catalina, iOS 13, and tvOS and watchOS. We also learned about the new Mac Pro desktop computer coming in the fall. There was lots to like in the announcements, including dark mode for iOS, iCloud folder sharing, the birth of iPad OS, the ability to use an iPad as a second screen for your Mac, and much more.

  • What Are HEIC Files? (MacMost #1928)

    May 31 2019

    View in HD at . Since iOS 11 on the iPhone the default file format for photos has been HEIC. This is a new image file format that gives better compression and image quality than JPEG. On the Mac, the Photos app and macOS understands HEIC since High Sierra. In the Photos app you can use either HEIC or JPEG, and can export either as well. Other apps and devices also support HEIC.

  • 13 Ways To Free Space On Your Mac (MacMost #1927)

    May 30 2019

    View in HD at . If you need to clear off space from your Mac's hard drive, there are some places you should look first. You may have some old iPhone backups, installers, or other downloaded files. You can easily see which apps and files take up the most space and get rid of things you no longer need. Applications store support files and caches in your Library folder, but they may not have been cleaned up when you uninstalled the app.

  • How To Make a Tape Stop Effect In GarageBand (MacMost #1926)

    May 29 2019

    View in HD at . A tape stop is when a song sounds like it is being played on a tape deck and the speed of the tape comes to a halt very quickly. Both the speed and pitch ramp down. This is a common effect in modern music. Some audio and music apps have a fairly simple way to do this. GarageBand doesn't have a tape stop effect, but you can combine some techniques to get the same result if you know how.

  • Create a Mac Keyboard Shortcut To Launch Any App (MacMost #1925)

    May 28 2019

    View in HD at . If you want to launch an app using a single key press, you can do it by creating an Automator Quick Action and assigning it a keyboard shortcut in System Preferences. This isn't usually needed for apps we always have running, but can be useful for apps we frequently bring up and then quit when not in use. You have to be careful not to use a name or shortcut that conflicts with any other. You also may find it is a bit flaky when you first create the shortcut.

  • How To Speed Ramp In iMovie (MacMost #1924)

    May 27 2019

    View in HD at . You can use speed ramping to speed up or slow down portions of a video clip, with the change in speed occurring smoothly. This is commonly used in movies to create a better pace for action sequences. You can use it to shorten long portions of your video or highlight bits of action.