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publishing software

How to make a Photo Object using Pages.

A photo object is a photo of an object without any background that you can can insert into a webpage or word processing document. Online clipart services such as photo.com and istockphoto have photo objects you can purchase, but here’s how to make a photo object yourself from any photograph using Pages, the standard OSX word processor.

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software

How to change the default font style in Apple Pages

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Here’s how to change the default font, size, colour etc of a new Pages document in Pages, so that every new document will have the style you want.

 

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Presentations software

How to get your external monitor to show a different desktop.

When you plug in a second monitor to Macintosh computer, it may display an exact copy or ‘mirror image’ of what is on your first display.  This is called mirroring.  This is fine if you are doing a presentation and you want to see on your laptop screen exactly what is on the projector,  but it’s not very useful at home to have the same thing on both screens. If you’d like to see different things on each screen, so the second screen gives you more desktop space, you need to turn mirroring off. Here’s how.

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internet software

A great password manager

I’ve been using 1Password for about 3 years now,  it’s great. A password manager remembers all your web login usernames and passwords on every blog and website you visit. It can generate a random password for you, giving you a different password for every site you need to login to.

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software

How to open multiple inspector windows in Pages

This is the inspector window. It is is Pages and Keynote and you use it to adjust things. To access different inspector panes you click the appropriate icon – document, text, shapes, rulers etc. Here’s a great tip: If you hold down option while clicking it will open a new inspector window alongside the existing one!

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software

How to compare two folders

This little app will compare two folders on your macintosh and tell you any differences between the two – not something you’ll use a lot but very handy for when you need it. I just used it to compare an old list of songs to a current list in a different folder and it told me I had added 6 songs – useful!

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backup software

How to backup and restore your computer using Time Machine

This article describes how to backup your computer using Time Machine. Apple’s Time Machine is simply the best backup system available for the Macintosh – it’s simple to use and it does everything automatically so you don’t have to remember to back things up. You can use it to go back in time a day, a week, or month to find a file that you’ve deleted or changed, and you can use it to restore your entire system should your Hard Disk go down.

And did I mention how simple it is!  Time Machine is built into OS X  so all you need to do is Plug in an external hard drive, open Time Machine and select your hard drive, and turn Time Machine on! It will automatically backup for you. Here are those steps is a little bit more detail with some pictures to make it real easy, along with some tips on choosing the size of Hard Drive to buy.

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software

How to download flash video in OSX from any website

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Two websites that do this for you:

http://www.clipconverter.cc (do not use this site – it works but it has some ads that are a scam)

http://keepvid.com