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The oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet, TidBITS brings you the Apple Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, and iPod news, reviews, tips, and commentary that matters. Join us each week for audio versions of award-winning coverage from industry stalwarts Adam Engst, Josh Centers, Michael Cohen, Rich Mogull, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson, Glenn Fleishman, Tonya Engst, and others.
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“Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course” Now Complete

Fri, 2015-05-22 15:33
We’ve now released the full “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course,” previously available in an abbreviated early-bird version. It helps you transition to Photos, walks you through importing photo libraries, explains the Photos interface and how you can organize your images, gets you going with the editing tools, assists you with syncing to iOS devices, and looks at creating slideshows and print products.

 

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LaunchBar 6.4

Thu, 2015-05-21 15:29
Adds Action Editor for easy creation and modification of actions. ($29 new, free update, 13.2 MB)

 

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Automatic Launches App Gallery

Thu, 2015-05-21 11:02
Automatic has launched a gallery of compatible apps that greatly expand the capabilities of its Link adapter, which has been revised to allow for real-time engine data transmission.

 

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How to Throttle iCloud Photo Library Uploads

Wed, 2015-05-20 16:22
Frustrated by Photos sucking all your Internet bandwidth to sync photos to iCloud Photo Library? There’s a solution, but it’s a bit geeky and requires installing an Apple developer utility. Adam Engst walks you through it.

 

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External Link: The MacJury Discusses Apple Watch with TidBITS Staff

Wed, 2015-05-20 11:48
Last week Chuck Joiner convened a MacJury comprising TidBITS’s own Josh Centers and Michael Cohen to discuss their first experiences with Apple Watch. Tune in for a deep, serious, deliberative discussion of the new device’s pros and cons…ah, who are we kidding? We had a great and goofy time, and you might, too: you can find out — it's just a click away!

 

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Installing the Apple Watch 1.0.1 Update

Wed, 2015-05-20 11:13
Apple has released the first update for the Apple Watch, but the installation process isn’t immediately obvious.

 

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Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.1

Wed, 2015-05-20 09:59
Patches a security vulnerability while also fixing a bug that rendered Outlook’s main window invisible on Yosemite. (Free update, 114 MB)

 

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Apple Releases Updated MacBook Pro, iMac, and iPhone Dock

Tue, 2015-05-19 13:44
Apple has updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display to include a Force Touch trackpad, lowered prices on the iMac with Retina 5K display, and introduced a new iPhone dock with a Lightning connector.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18 May 2015

Mon, 2015-05-18 12:20
Notable software releases this week include Postbox 4.0.1, Voila 3.8.4, Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 and Motion 5.2.1, and FileMaker Pro/FileMaker Pro Advanced 14.

 

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ExtraBITS for 18 May 2015

Mon, 2015-05-18 12:19
In ExtraBITS podcasts this week, publisher Adam Engst joined MacBreak Weekly to discuss Apple Watch fitness, and Adam and Tonya appeared together on MacVoices to look forward from the 25th anniversary of TidBITS. Also, veteran tech writer Ted Landau announces his retirement, the Nielsen/Norman Group analyzes the Apple Watch’s usability, Jason Snell argues for the return of “Mac OS,” and Verizon is buying AOL.

 

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External Link: Adam Engst Discusses Apple Watch Fitness on MacBreak Weekly

Mon, 2015-05-18 11:39
Joining host Leo Laporte and guests Andy Ihnatko and Susie Ochs, Adam shares his impressions of the Apple Watch from the perspective of a runner. Other topics covered on the wide-ranging show include the 12-inch MacBook, Apple Pay, and looking forward to the Beats revamp at WWDC. Big fun, as always.

 

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External Link: After 25 Years, Adam & Tonya Look Forward on MacVoices

Mon, 2015-05-18 11:25
There’s no escaping the Apple Watch these days, and this installment of MacVoices features plenty of discussion of how the Apple Watch works for fitness purposes. But to mark 25 years of publishing TidBITS, Adam and Tonya also talked with host Chuck Joiner about some of the technologies that they’re the most interested in watching going forward, including self-driving cars.

 

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External Link: Ted Landau Retires from Apple Writing

Mon, 2015-05-18 09:49
Our friend and colleague Ted Landau has announced that he no longer plans to write professionally, noting that the end of Macworld’s print version, and the closure of TUAW and his own MacFixIt (run by CNET), marks a torch-passing moment to younger journalists. Ted’s writing career dates back to the introduction of the Mac in the mid-1980s, and he’s been a fixture ever since, penning both articles for numerous Mac outlets and a variety of books (including the classic “Sad Macs, Bombs & Other Disasters” and one of the first titles about the iPhone, our “Take Control of Your iPhone”). We’d say that we’ll miss him, but we’re sure that Ted will still be popping up on Twitter when he’s not enjoying his time offline with his wife Naomi.

 

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External Link: Nielsen/Norman Group Evaluates Apple Watch Usability

Mon, 2015-05-18 09:18
The user-experience experts at the Nielsen/Norman Group have turned their eyes to the Apple Watch. Raluca Budiu criticizes the Apple Watch’s reliance on tiny touch targets, and notes that a left-right scrolling “deck of cards” interface works better than a list view that requires users to “pogo-stick” in and out of a detail view. Budiu also comments that Handoff would work better if your iPhone was automatically unlocked when the watch was in close proximity, as is true of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Recommendations for developers include focusing on the essential, avoiding buttons and complex navigation, and creating bits of text that stand on their own, along with realizing that the watch is not merely a smaller phone.

 

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Postbox 4.0.1

Mon, 2015-05-18 06:09
Major new release brings a modernized look to the email client while also improving the Focus Pane. ($15 new, free update, 25.9 MB)

 

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Writing Screenplays with Highland

Mon, 2015-05-18 05:33
Highland is a low-impact editor for screenwriters that uses the Fountain markup language as its native format. But will it play in Peoria?

 

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Voila 3.8.4

Sat, 2015-05-16 22:41
Adds support for the Photos for Mac app. ($29.99 new, free update, 21.6 MB)

 

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Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 and Motion 5.2.1

Sat, 2015-05-16 22:41
Maintenance updates for two of Apple’s professional video editing apps. ($299.99/$49.99 new, free updates)

 

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Joe Kissell’s Reflections on His First 50 Take Control Books

Fri, 2015-05-15 17:35
Joe Kissell has written 50 Take Control titles since 2003, and he’s learned a thing or two from the experience. He shares some reflections on the past, present, and future of Take Control — and invites you to a party to celebrate Book #50!

 

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Exercising with the Apple Watch: The Hardware

Fri, 2015-05-15 14:38
The Apple Watch is going up against a wide variety of fitness trackers and sport watches. TidBITS publisher and competitive runner Adam Engst looks at how the Apple Watch’s hardware meets the needs of those who want to work out.

 

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