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Mr Macintosh Update November 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. Syncing Calendars With BusyCal: Many businesses have multiple computers without a server and need to sync their iCal calendars with several people. BusyCal does this for a one off $50 cost.

2. Syncing Calendars and Docs With Google Docs: Log in to Google Docs, which is a free service that lets you collaborate and share docs, calendars, presentations etc with anyone you like who has a free Google account. This service has matured nicely and is easier to use than previously; if you use Gmail already it’s simpler because your Gmail account is the login for Google Docs. Many people use it all over the cyber world. There is a link to a CNET News article which may help you decide, but its a question of giving it a go if the features suit you and your friends/staff/collaborators.

3. Download YouTube Videos: Right from any browser, this site is all you need. Follow the instructions and right-click the link to save the file.

4. Microsoft Office 2011: David Pogue doesn’t like it! Walt Mossberg does. But it seems OK to me… However I will keep using Entourage for the present rather than the new Outlook until I have checked it out.

5. Titanium Software: A company that gives some very good software away as well as selling some too. 3 free apps are at the link: Deeper a personalisation app, Onyx a multifunction utility and Maintenance, a System maintenance utility. Now that Cocktail has begun charging I will install Maintenance in it’s place.

6. Web Capture: LittleSnapper is for grabbing a whole webpage, not just the bits you can see, and being able to annotate, edit and share with colleagues. $41

7. The Perfect Companion for iTunes?: TunesArt is a free, fun app that lets you display cover art and track information on your Desktop. Also can display lyrics, search iTunes without you having to switch to it and a load more.

8. Tunited We Stand and Listen: Make love, share music” is the tagline for the latest attempt to merge social networking and music. Tunited is a free site requiring registration as usual, then you can share playlists with others, listen to new music and put your own tracks up. Whether it will be a success is still to be seen, but it’s notable that the attempts that are being made to modernise the consumption of music aren’t coming from the old dinosaurs: the music labels.

9. Create fantastic Slideshows with FotoMagico: Transitions between slides, text over them, music, effects — the whole shebang! FotoMajico does it all for $30 and outputs to whatever you want: projector, computer screen or file.

10. iPhone and iPad App Recommendations (send me yours): Scan2PDF: Take a photo of a document and it will convert it to a PDF file instantly. Free Lite version, $8.99 Pro version. Dropbox: Share files between computers and iPhone. Free Doodlebuddy: Drawing app that lets you use your photos and apply clipart, stamps and effects. Great for kids. Free and $1.19 for extras version. Gorillacam: Photography app with self timer, bubble level, rule of thirds grid, bursting, time lapse etc. Free. LED Light: torch and strobe. Free. FakeCalls: Lets you simulate an incoming call, timed to suit so you can end an annoying meeting! $1.19 SoundHound: like Shazam but you can sing or hum a melody and SoundHound finds out what you are singing/playing/listening to! Free and paid.

11. Art Created on iPhones and iPads: MobileArtCon is possible the first exhibition devoted to art made this way.

12. Apple Opens the iBookstore in Australia: Accessed via the iPad iBook app, the iBookstore is finally open so you can buy the latest books to read on holiday on your iPad.

13. Video Editing Help Site: Lots of useful stuff from this guy, Larry Jordan for Final Cut Pro and iMovie.

14. 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 10 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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