Mactracker

If you are in the Mac tech support business you inevitably end up using a very cool app called Mactracker. There is no way a person can remember all the OS parameters and other specs for a particular Mac machine. So, you can get general info off the Apple GSX (Global Service Exchange) or you can get more detailed info off Mactracker.

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Spotlight Index

At times the Spotlight search feature in OS X can start behaving badly. This is an indicator that the Spotlight Index is corrupted and needs to be rebuilt. This is a great article on just how to do that using OS X. But if you own a Mac utility app there is an easier way.

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Mac Security Options

This is a very good article on how to make your Mac more secure than it already is. I use many of these techniques, except FireVault. Don’t really need that on a home iMac, but it might be a good idea if you are traveling around with a laptop.

Doug

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Battery Health

I have dealt with battery problems on Apple laptops for years. Recently I discovered a cool “free” program called Battery Health available on the Mac App Store. I put this app on our 2011 MacBook Air and my grandkids older Mac laptops. It is a totally cool app.

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iPhoneography

This is a good article on post processing photos on your iPhone. He mentions PureShot and Snapseed in the article, I use both of these apps on my 5s. Give it a read if you want to improve your iPhone photos and leave your standalone camera behind.

Doug

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BatchPhoto

Because I maintain several websites I deal a lot with photos. I do some sharpening, cropping and cleanup of the photos I use, but mostly I do a lot of resizing. It is not acceptable to place a large photo (up in the MB range) on a website. I have several apps to resize photos for the web. One of the most versatile is BartchPhoto Pro from Bits&Coffee Software.

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Dictation Commands

I have used the Dictation function in Yosemite a few times to dictate a Message or something like that. But, I have never used it to perform commands! This cool article explains how to turn on and use Dictation to perform commands on your Mac. 

Doug

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Mail Act-On

There are several programs and/or plugins that enhance and improve the functionality of Apple Mail. I have tried a few over the years, but my favorite is Mail Act-On by Indev Software. This is such an handy program to have if you are a fairly serious Apple Mail user.

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