Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though utilities can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems. This week we have updates for a few networking and monitoring utilities, as well as updates for Carbon Copy Cloner and MacCleanse. Additionally, there are a few utilities for managing Flash in web browsers and making use of old scanners.… Read more
Apple has numerous "at your fingertips" options in OS X, including icon previews, coverflow and column-view previews, as well as QuickLook and Dashboard. Of these, QuickLook is one of the most useful in allowing you get a brief bit of information about an item that does not have a preview option, or a more detailed look at the contents if the item does have a preview. If for some reason the QuickLook feature stops working there are several things you can try to get it up and running again.… Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature where we answer questions e-mailed to us by readers. This week, we have questions on an iMac that randomly switches off, where the theme files for Keynote are located on the hard drive, and reinstalling OS X over a damaged installation.… Read more
Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) sold out on Thursday, just eight days after it was announced, according to a note posted to the company's Web site.
The developer conference was announced on April 28, which is a bit later than usual. The late notice gave developers only six weeks to make the necessary plans to attend, but that doesn't seem to have been an issue.
Apple representatives were not immediately available to comment on exactly how many developers had signed up for the conference, but a note on its Web site says 1,000 Apple engineers … Read more
Apple's Boot Camp utility has made installing Windows on your Mac in a dual-boot environment a very streamlined process. With just a few clicks you can use the Boot Camp assistant to partition and format your drive for use with Windows, and then install Windows onto the ready partition. Apple also supplies drivers with Boot Camp so various Apple hardware will work in that environment.… Read more
One of the built-in services Apple offers application developers in OS X is a method for listing recent documents that have been opened by that particular application. When implemented, you will see an "Open Recent" option in the File menu of the respective program. This feature can be exceptionally useful; however, there are times when the default number of items listed is not enough.… Read more
Software Update may not always work properly. Either sometimes it seems to miss specific updates or it claims the updates are already installed. People who have been affected by this problem have tried numerous approaches to fixing it, including booting to Safe Mode, running permissions fixes, and even resetting hardware settings; however, nothing has helped them.… Read more
Preview is an excellent utility for viewing and making small edits and adjustments to pictures and PDF documents. While for the most part the program is used for its basic viewing features, some of the ways it handles PDF documents can be quite useful. One of these is the ability to easily add links to PDF pages, which can be used to create clickable indexes and tables of contents.… Read more
When you open a contact's vCard in Address Book and click the "Edit" button, you should be able to edit the user's photo by double-clicking on it and either use the computer's webcam to snap a shot or choose a picture file and then perform some simple zooming and cropping on the photo. Some people are having problems where this behavior will not work, either on some or all of their cards.… Read more
Despite glaring headlines last week that the Hewlett-Packard Windows 7-based Slate was canceled, it may not be that cut and dried, according to analysts.
In this HP Slate promotional video made back in January, HP VP Phil McKinney says the Slate running Windows 7 is a "real product. It's not a prototype or concept. We're committed to delivering it in 2010." And this relatively long testimonial from Adobe in March says the Windows 7 HP Slate "will be available in the market later this year."
Of course, HP can change its mind. And the … Read more