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I grew up using Windows and Linux, but about a decade ago I made the switch to a Mac and have never looked back. I own almost every product Apple sells, and I share my experience, reviews, lessons learned and troubleshooting tips on this blog.

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 …

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How to Install Fonts on iPhone or iPad using iFont

How to install fonts on iPhone or iPad using iFont

Have you ever noticed that “missing font” warning when you opened a document or spreadsheet on your iOS device that was created on a Mac or Windows machine? In this article, I will show you how to fix that problem and how to install fonts on iPhone or iPad using a free app called iFont. …

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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, …

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How to print to PDF in iOS without a third-party app

Print to PDF in iOS

As part of my paperless workflow, I save a lot of documents in PDF format. Some applications don’t support “save to PDF,” but fortunately, macOS has a “print to PDF” feature that works system-wide and in any application. In this article, I will show you how to print to PDF in iOS 9 or newer using …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Twelve South TimePorter Review

Review of TimePorter - Apple Watch travel case and charging stand

Traveling with an Apple Watch means carrying yet another charger plus accessories. That makes the goal of traveling “light” even more challenging. Twelve South has recognized that problem and created TimePorter, an innovative Apple Watch travel case that also doubles as an elegant charger. I used to carry all charging cables and plugs in Twelve South’s …

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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 …

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How to track sleep with the Apple Watch and Jawbone UP

Out of the box, you cannot easily track sleep with the Apple Watch. To enable sleep tracking, you need third-party apps or even another fitness band, such as WHOOP or the now discontinued Jawbone UP. I have tested both Sleep++ and the Jawbone UP2 and would like to share my experience with you. Continue reading …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Troubleshooting Apple TV streaming issues

Troubleshooting Apple TV streaming issues

Streaming movies from iTunes to Apple TV should be a pleasant experience if you have a decent internet connection. But often Apple TV takes forever to load movies from iTunes. When buffering and long load times get in the way, the experience becomes frustrating. Apple TV streaming issues can have various root causes. In this …

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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 …

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How Handoff Between AirPort Base Stations Works

Handoff between AirPort Extreme Base Stations

In this post, I’ll explain how handoff works in a network with multiple Apple AirPort Extreme base stations. With the influx of connected devices in modern households, good internet connectivity has become increasingly important. Many devices are pretty useless when they are not connected to the outside world. When that happens, productivity suffers. Just think …

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Review: Forté for Apple Watch – A luxury stand and charging dock

Review: Forté for Apple Watch - A luxury stand and charging dock

In this article, I review Forté for Apple Watch, a luxury stand and charging dock made by Twelve South. The first stand I bought for my Apple Watch Sport was a Spigen Charging Dock made of aluminum. It looked good and was lightweight. Unfortunately, it could hold the Apple Watch only in portrait mode. When Apple introduced Nightstand Mode via a software …

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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 …

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iOS Tips: How to Quickly Select Multiple Photos

In this post I’ll explain how to quickly select multiple photos from the Photos app in iOS using a simple swipe gesture. iOS Tips is a new category on my blog featuring little tips and tricks to make your life with iOS easier. The best camera is the one you have with you. That certainly applies …

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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 …

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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. …

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Review of the Apple Watch Sport after one year of use

Is the Apple Watch worth it

Is the Apple Watch Sport worth it? After having worn the Apple Watch Sport for almost a year, I have reached my final verdict about Apple’s first wearable device and will answer this very question! I ordered my Apple Watch Sport on April 10th and was super excited when I finally had it in my hands. Time …

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