One of the features I use regularly in the display settings of OS X is the adjustment of the gamma setting of my monitor. This is useful because it can lighten up dark movies when you are watching them on your Mac. The gamma setting is only available in the “expert” mode of display settings which has disappeared in El Capitan. Thankfully expert mode is still there, it’s just hidden. To get into expert mode on El Capitan hold down the option key when you select ‘Calibrate…’ in display settings. Continue reading »
Apple have retained the ability to merge two PDF files with the built in ‘preview’ app in OSX El Capitan. As with previous versions of OS X, there are two different ways that you can do this. When you open 2 or more PDF documents in preview, depending on how you open them, preview will merge them together into one document OR it can open them as two separate documents. If they are merged then all you need to do is save, but if they have not merged then you need to print them to a new PDF file. Here’s how to tell if they have merged or not. Continue reading »
Last week I had a hard disk crash. If you’ve had a hard disk crash you may know it can take a day or two to get things up and running again, a day or two that I didn’t have. I was flat our trying to get away on holidays before Christmas. Thankfully, I have a Promise Pegasus RAID array, and I can’t believe how great it was. I was up and running again in 30 seconds – I kid you not! This article describes how it works for those who might be interested.
Recently I was trying to access some photo’s from my Mum’s iPhoto library on her time machine backup, but my computer doesn’t have iPhoto, it has Photos App. When I tried to open the iPhoto library with the newer Photos App, it wanted to upgrade the entire iPhoto library. Here’s how to access an individual photo from an old iPhoto library.
I’m a great fan of the Apple TV so I’ve been waiting a while for the release of the new model. The day it arrived I went to the Apple store but just as I was about to add one to my cart, I had to choose between a 32GB or 64GB model. (Apple’s first mistake. This is way over complicating things). So I went to check out the tech specs and it was there that I noticed something so stupid that it is giving me flashbacks of 1985-97 apple years… The Apple TV has no audio out. No I am not making this up. The new Apple TV has no audio output. No line out. No optical out. The audio signal comes only on the HDMI cable to your TV.
My MacBook Air is running a 120GB SSD drive so I don’t want my hard drive full of excess things I don’t need. I just noticed after El Capitan that I lost a lot of space. I only had 10GB free. To run well a mac hard disk needs at least 20% free. Here’s how I freed up some more space.
On October 16 Apple released Keynote 6.6. I got caught out today because Keynote version 6.5 can’t read Keynote 6.6 documents. Just be warned that the Keynote 6.6 causes incompatibility problems both ways. This is a big blunder from Apple.