Mac

Latest Articles

Reviews of the latest Macs and accessories, such as stands and USB-C hubs, plus tips and tricks for macOS and much more.

Mac Not Going To Sleep? This Might Fix It!

Mac not going to sleep? This might fix it!

For the past few months, I have struggled with an issue that would prevent both my iMac and MacBook Pro from going to sleep or activating the screen saver. The fact that the display on neither of my two Macs would turn off after a set time drove me nuts, but the worst thing was …

Read moreMac Not Going To Sleep? This Might Fix It!

BlvckbyDesign – Matte Black MacBook Pro Case Review

Blvckbydesign - Ultra-thin MacBook Pro Case

I have never used a case for my MacBooks until BlvckbyDesign reached out to me and asked if I wanted to test their new, ultra-thin matte black MacBook Pro case. I agreed and had used their protective plastic shell for the past few weeks. BlvckbyDesign has created a slick MacBook Pro case that offers outstanding …

Read moreBlvckbyDesign – Matte Black MacBook Pro Case Review

Yohann MacBook Pro Stand Review

Yohann MacBook Pro Stand - social

Yohann makes a versatile and beautifully crafted MacBook Pro stand that has become one of my favorite accessories. Before cloud storage became a thing, having a desktop in the office and a laptop for traveling meant you had to keep your data in sync manually. As MacBook Pros became more powerful, many users abandoned their …

Read moreYohann MacBook Pro Stand Review

Dropbox vs. iCloud – Comparison of Cloud Storage Solutions

Dropbox vs. iCloud Drive

Dropbox is without a doubt the leading cloud storage service. No other solution, including Apple’s iCloud, has come close to what Dropbox has to offer. But with the release of iOS 11 and macOS 10.13, Apple has made significant improvements to iCloud Drive. In this article, I will compare Dropbox vs. iCloud Drive and share with …

Read moreDropbox vs. iCloud – Comparison of Cloud Storage Solutions

Backblaze vs. CrashPlan – Comparison of Cloud Backup Solutions

Backblaze vs. CrashPlan - Comparison of cloud backup solutions

CrashPlan recently announced that it would exit the consumer backup business. As a result, the company will discontinue its CrashPlan for Home product and is advising customers to switch to their business plan or Carbonite. In the search for a viable alternative, I stumbled across Backblaze. In this article, I will compare Backblaze vs. CrashPlan …

Read moreBackblaze vs. CrashPlan – Comparison of Cloud Backup Solutions

How to Copy The Path of Any File in Finder

How to copy the path of any file or folder in Finder (macOS)

If you are working in a team that is using shared (Dropbox) folders to collaborate, it’s sometimes necessary to point team members to where they can find an individual file or folder. Instead of sending them a link that opens in a browser, I often just want to point them to a particular file they …

Read moreHow to Copy The Path of Any File in Finder

This is how to change the icon of files and folders in macOS

macOS - How to change the icon of files and folders

Did you know that you can change the icon of files and folders in macOS? If you did not, in this article I will show you how it is done! Out of the box, macOS uses a generic blue icon for folders. That’s perfectly fine as you can always identify the folder by its name. …

Read moreThis is how to change the icon of files and folders in macOS

Empty Subject Line Bug in MailButler for Apple Mail

'Empty subject line' bug in MailButler for Apple Mail

A bug in MailButler, a popular Apple Mail plugin, results in an empty subject line when replying to individual emails. The problem seems to affect only Exchange accounts, and there is currently no fix available. The good news is, there is a workaround. I am a huge fan of MailButler and have been using the …

Read moreEmpty Subject Line Bug in MailButler for Apple Mail

Grammarly Review – Advanced Grammar and Spell Checker

Grammarly keyboard extension

Grammarly is an advanced grammar and spell checker for iOS and Mac. It helps me write better copy at work and in my capacity as a blogger. If you write as much as I do, I would highly recommend checking it out. The Need for an Advanced Grammar and Punctuation Checker Let’s face it: the …

Read moreGrammarly Review – Advanced Grammar and Spell Checker

How To Take A Screenshot In macOS And Create A Dropbox Link

How to take a screenshot on macOS and create a Dropbox link

Both OS X and macOS offer built-in commands allowing you to take screenshots of the active window, the full screen and more. In this article, we will go one step further and see how to take a screenshot in macOS and automatically create a Dropbox link from it that you can share with anybody. Additionally, …

Read moreHow To Take A Screenshot In macOS And Create A Dropbox Link

How to Reinstall macOS Without Losing Data

iMac Pro vs. 5K iMac

macOS (previously known as OS X) is an excellent operating system that usually requires few reboots and only rarely needs to be reinstalled. But as with any complex software system, you will occasionally run into an issue that warrants reinstallation. That’s especially true if you installed a beta version of macOS. In this post, I’ll …

Read moreHow to Reinstall macOS Without Losing Data

How to Encrypt a PDF Using AppleScript and PDFpenPro

How to encrypt a PDF and redact sensitive information automatically

I am a productivity and automation freak, and in this article, I will show you how to encrypt a PDF and redact sensitive information using a combination of Automator, AppleScript, and PDFpenPro. I will also show you how to apply Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and how to detect if a PDF already has an OCR …

Read moreHow to Encrypt a PDF Using AppleScript and PDFpenPro

How to Create a Dropbox Link With AppleScript & Automator

How to create a Dropbox link for any file in Finder using Automator

Creating a Dropbox link for files and folders already stored in Dropbox is easy. But in this article, I’ll show you how to create a Dropbox link for any file in Finder, regardless of where the file is stored using Automator and the Dropbox API. Note: The technique I describe below does not rely on …

Read moreHow to Create a Dropbox Link With AppleScript & Automator

Mac Photos App: Imported Videos Have Incorrect Date

Videos imported into Photos app have the wrong date

Apple’s Photo app for Mac has a problem with importing/exporting video files. More specifically, imported videos may have an incorrect date (timestamp) if those videos were previously exported from another Photos library. Instead of showing the date and time the video was recorded, Photos shows the import date/time. As a result, the imported videos are …

Read moreMac Photos App: Imported Videos Have Incorrect Date

Top Mac Productivity Tips

Productivity

I’m always working on improving my productivity, so I can get things done more quickly and efficiently. That pays off with frequently recurring tasks and technologies I use every day. In this post, I share with you my top Mac productivity tips and app recommendations. Many of the tricks below I learned from David Sparks …

Read moreTop Mac Productivity Tips

Mac: Audio Issue With FaceTime Wi-Fi Calling

Since OS X 10.11 El Capitan was released to developers about a year ago, I have had intermittent problems when using my beloved Plantronics headset* with FaceTime and other VoIP applications. In this post I’ll talk about a bug that makes FaceTime ignore a selected output device when using Wi-Fi calling. FaceTime Calls On newer …

Read moreMac: Audio Issue With FaceTime Wi-Fi Calling

Mastering the Open and Save Dialog in Finder

Open or Save Dialog

Much of what I do on my Mac is working with files. That includes finding, opening, saving and organizing them. If you don’t have a good workflow you can easily waste time on each of those tasks, thus reducing your productivity. In this post I’ll show you how to save time by quickly changing the current …

Read moreMastering the Open and Save Dialog in Finder

The hidden power of the Help menu in macOS

The hidden power of the Help menu in macOS

Have you ever used the Help menu in macOS? Until a few weeks ago, I did not, missing out on a powerful feature I didn’t even know existed. Pretty much every application in OS X has its dedicated help menu. It’s usually the last menu in the menu bar, on the upper edge of your …

Read moreThe hidden power of the Help menu in macOS

Mastering Spotlight Search in El Capitan

Spotlight search

Spotlight is Apple’s answer to all your search needs in OS X. With the release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has added additional capabilities to make Spotlight more powerful. In this post, I’ll share some tricks that make Spotlight even better at finding exactly what you’re looking for. Spotlight in a Nutshell Spotlight …

Read moreMastering Spotlight Search in El Capitan

Apple Magic Trackpad issues in OS X El Capitan

Apple Magic Trackpad issues in OS X El Capitan

A bug in OS X El Capitan causes issues with Apple’s new Magic Trackpad 2. As a result of these Magic Trackpad issues, OS X intermittently doesn’t register clicks. While I was battling Bluetooth connectivity issues with Apple’s Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad, I thought the problem might be hardware-related. When Apple released the new Magic Keyboard and Magic …

Read moreApple Magic Trackpad issues in OS X El Capitan

Outlook for Mac Keeps Asking for Password of Office 365 Account

Outlook for Mac keeps asking for password of Office 365 account

Many users have reported that Microsoft Outlook for Mac keeps asking for the password of their Office 365 account. Thanks to readers of my blog, we have finally fixed the issue for most users. For others, we have at least a temporary workaround until Microsoft provides a fix. Outlook: Mail could not be received at this time …

Read moreOutlook for Mac Keeps Asking for Password of Office 365 Account

Apple Calendar Can’t Save Event to Exchange – Fix

In this post, I’ll explain how to fix the pesky Calendar can’t save event X to Exchange Server issue with Apple’s Calendar in OS X or macOS. The issue occurs when the Mac Calendar won’t sync with Exchange and then refuses to accept the calendar data on the server. Calendar and Exchange Apple’s Calendar (prev. …

Read moreApple Calendar Can’t Save Event to Exchange – Fix

Troubleshooting Apple’s Junk Mail Filter

Spam filters are a necessary evil and it’s annoying when they don’t work as expected. Apple offers junk mail filtering in Apple Mail as well as via iCloud.com. Unfortunately those two filters are not related to each other and thus can cause troubles and frustration. Apple Mail’s Junk Mail Filter Apple Mail has a built-in spam filter …

Read moreTroubleshooting Apple’s Junk Mail Filter

How To Fix Mac Bluetooth Issues

Mac Bluetooth issues affect keyboard and trackpad

Many users have reported Mac Bluetooth issues that cause connected devices to behave erratically. These problems resulted in my Wireless Keyboard, Magic Trackpad and Mouse not working correct fly (i.e., erratic cursor movement) and disconnecting frequently.  In this post, I describe the steps I took to troubleshoot the Bluetooth issues I have had on my Retina 5K iMac …

Read moreHow To Fix Mac Bluetooth Issues

[Fit In 40 Seconds]
[Fit In 40 Seconds]