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iPhone 7

I finally received the black iPhone 7 Plus that I ordered three weeks ago. I have had a couple of days to play with it, and I wanted to share my first impression. Spoiler alert: It’s better than I thought it would be! Pundits have criticized the lack of innovation in the new iPhone…(Read More)

Workout and Activity App

With the release of the Apple Watch Series 2, Apple has reconfirmed its focus on Fitness. Not surprisingly, watchOS 3.0 and (to a lesser extent) iOS 10 feature improved Workout and Activity apps. But there is still a lot of room for improvement, and in this article, I present you my wish list for…(Read More)


I am constantly on the lookout for new apps that help me be more productive by saving time and automating repetitive tasks. In this post, I present MailButler, an incredibly useful plugin for Apple Mail. MailButler Feingeist Software, the developer behind MailButler, calls the app “Your personal assistant for Apple Mail”. It is a very…(Read More)

iPhone 7 Launch Day

Compared to past iPhone launches, this year’s iPhone 7 launch didn’t go well for many Apple fans, me included. In this post I’ll share my personal experience and strategies for next year’s launch. In the last couple of years, I always got my new iPhone on launch day. I don’t…(Read More)

SuperDuper before macOS reinstall

macOS (previously known as OS X) is a very solid operating system that usually doesn’t require a lot of reboots and only rarely has to be reinstalled. But occasionally you run into an issue that warrants reinstalling the operating system (OS). That’s especially true if you installed beta versions of macOS. In this…(Read More)

Apple Watch Series 2

On September 7th, Apple announced the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, AirPods and updates to the iWork suite. In this post I’ll share my thoughts on the new Apple Watch Series 2. I have worn my Apple Watch since it was first released. It’s a good product that has certainly improved my…(Read More)

AppleScript to detect OCR

For a while I have struggled to find a simple solution that would allow me to detect if OCR has already been applied to a given PDF document. I finally figured it out and wanted to share the solution with you. As part of my paperless workflow, I scan every document with my trusted Fujitsu…(Read More)

iPhone 7

On September 7th, Apple announced the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, AirPods and updates to the iWork suite. In this post I’ll share my thoughts on the new iPhone 7. The new iPhone 7 is a solid upgrade over the iPhone 6s. Unlike many earlier non-s upgrades, Apple hasn’t changed the…(Read More)

In this post I’ll show you how to redact and encrypt PDF documents using an Automator workflow, Apple Script and PDFpenPro. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about using Automator to batch-encrypt PDF files. I did some more research and came up with an even better way to protect sensitive information, including…(Read More)

In this post I’ll show you how to create an Automator service that uploads a selected file to Dropbox, generates a public Dropbox link and copies it to the clipboard. I’ll also show you how I automated this process for screen shots using Hazel. Note: The technique I describe below does not rely…(Read More)

One of my longtime complaints with Apple has been the lack of feedback both developers, and especially public beta testers get on reported defects and feature requests. But every so often, Apple surprises me and responds to feedback I submitted. I file bug reports and enhancement requests through Apple’s Feedback Assistant for macOS and…(Read More)

Travel Case for Apple Watch

Traveling with an Apple Watch means to carry yet another charger plus accessories. That makes the goal of traveling “light” even more difficult. Twelve South has recognized that problem and created an innovative travel case for the Apple Watch that also doubles as an elegant charger. I used to carry all charging cables and plugs…(Read More)