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Mr Macintosh Update April 10

Hello There Macintosh User!

If you are getting this email you have sometime been a client of mine — Thank you for your past custom!

1. The Mr Macintosh Website: It’s up and running and finally I have some pages written! It all takes time people… There is an occasional blog on the front page on current Mac/IT/tech issues and a How To for all those questions that you ask: well, now you’ll be able to look them up! I’ll keep adding pages as and when the need arises (and I find the time). There is also an Archive of these Updates back until the beginning of 2009 for reference. If there is anything you want up there please yell.

2. PhoneView: Now that so many of us are using the iPhone for everything, a need has arisen to transfer files, archive data and use the capability for the iPhone as a storage device. This software has been well received and at only US$20 with a free download trial first, it looks to be the way to go. Also keeps a record of call history, SMS records, extended features for the Notes app — so it supports images and PDF’s — and much more.

2. iPhone Apps: Bump is cute. Once installed for free on 2 iPhones and opened you just Bump them together to send Contacts or Photos from one to the other. Ether Books have an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that they hope will change the way we read. Short stories, essays and poetry don’t sell at all well in the ‘old’ world of publishing, but the Ether mob think they are perfect for short distance travel and have released their free app which offers access to a heap of the short stuff. Paid for content is available from all sorts of authors from $1.19. If you like quality reading in small chunks give it a try. There will be a version for the iPad too no doubt.

3. Time Machine Scheduler: TMS does what it says, letting you change the interval that backups are run from the default hourly, which is too often for some people, to any increment up to 12 hours. It can also do it at login and skip for a specified time.

4. 3D with Groboto: Although I haven’t had a chance to look at this yet Groboto promises intuitive 3D creation of all sorts of things. It is usually US$79 but there is a special on if you subscribe to their email list for US$49.99 with a free 30 day trial. If you are interested in 3D modelling and creation it might be worth a look to see if this app does it for you.

5. Photoshop Substitute?: Another from Smith Micro is a well received image editor, Pixelmator also on special if you subscribe to their email list for US$30. It has 130 easily applied effects and although it can’t compete with Photoshop’s extensive range of features it may be all you need. After all, who uses all of the possibilities in Photoshop anyway? With built-in iPhoto support it’s Mac friendly.

6. Synch iTunes Across Multiple Computers: Also from Smith-Micro (busy people!) is TuneRanger with a big promise: to keep all your music and video in iTunes synched on all your computers. On special if you subscribe to their email list for US$20 instead of the regular US$30

7. Interactive Museum Newspaper Front Pages: Many newspapers from around the globe can be accessed here, roll your mouse over to see the front page and click it to get it blown up to a readable view.

8. The Behance Network: Is a ‘free platform for the world’s leading creative professionals’, a place to showcase your work and view other’s. There is a button top right so you can go to the section that interests you most — there is a lot of fantastic stuff here. Hours and hours of browsing amazing work.

9. View and Controlling iTunes: This free utility, YouControl, puts itself in the Mac Menu bar next to the date and if you set it to, it scrolls the currently playing track’s title and artist as well as Forward Reverse/Play/Stop buttons that appear when you scroll over the text. But you need to go into it’s Preferences, click on the Ticker tab and set the Duration slider to the extreme right so it loops, continuously scrolling so you can look up and remind yourself what you are listening to. Perfect, just what I wanted!

10. The Next iPhone and iPhone OS 4: Apple have shown a preview of the next version of the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad operating system, due for release in a few months. The big breakthrough is multi-tasking which means that apps can run in the background the way the SMS and music apps do currently. It has a lot of eye candy, better ways to organise apps into your own folders and improved Mail. There is also a new iPhone due in about June. Although Apple won’t confirm it most commentators know its coming. So if your contract is up soon, (like mine) don’t get another until the new one is announced, just keep on a month to month deal while you wait! It will be worth it…. Here is a preview of the one found in a bar! Could be it…

11. A Reminder of My Rates: I charge $88 per hour including GST. No call-out fee or travel charge in the Byron Shire. Half hour minimum. Telephone support costs the same in 15 minute increments. Email support is still free! Please include plenty of detail in your email inquiries. Serving the Byron Macintosh community for over 9 years.

Items for Sale is a free monthly service for my Mailing List. If you want to list something for sale send me the full description/specifications and contact details. Goes out around 14th of the month. Until next time, Thank you Tommi ;>)

Mr Macintosh Tom Hain PO Box 1040 Byron Bay NSW 2481 6685 5504

041 840 8869

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