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How To Add Custom Text In iMovie
6/14/19
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.
6/13/19
The Dashboard, a feature that showed widgets of information over the Desktop or on a deparate space, will no longer be part of macOS start with Catalina later this year. The feature has been around since OS X Tiger in 2005, but was depreciated in Yosemite where it was turned off by default. Some of the same widgets are now available in Notifications Center in recent versions of macOS.
How To Change Between Keyboard Languages On A Mac
6/13/19

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 shortcuts to switch between them.

What Will Happen To My Media When iTunes Is Gone?
6/12/19

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
6/11/19

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
6/10/19

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
6/7/19

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.

6/6/19
Shortly after the announcement of macOS Catalina and iOS 13, Apple released beta versions to developers. Leaks from these testers have given us more information about the new operating systems.
Exploding Logo Effect In Apple Motion
6/6/19

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?
6/5/19

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.

6/4/19
Are you curious to see whether your Mac, iPhone, iPad or other Apple device will run the new operating systems announced at the WWDC 2019 keynote? Here is the complete run-down of the minimum system you need to run them.
Using Safari Reading List
6/4/19

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
6/3/19

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?
5/31/19

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.

5/30/19
Apple has been feeling the pressure lately from the European Union and class-action lawsuits to open up the iOS App Store or allow alternative marketplaces for apps. In response, Apple has posted a new webpage explaining the principles behind the App Store.
13 Ways To Free Space On Your Mac
5/30/19

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
5/29/19

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.

5/28/19
In a surprise announcement, Apple launched a seventh-generation iPod Touch with an A10 processor and storage options going up to 256GB. The previous model used an A8 and maxed out at 128GB.
Create a Mac Keyboard Shortcut To Launch Any App
5/28/19

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
5/27/19

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.