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    How to Keep iTunes in Sync Between Two MachinesItuneslogo400
    Shipping preinstalled as part of OS X, iTunes is, for me, the hub of all my music, video and other media content. iTunes not only handles the organisation and playback of my media, but also keeps track of metadata like play counts, ratings and smart playlist qualifiers such as last played date or whether a track's in my most played. This information, unfortunately, is tied to a specific iTunes library meaning multiple installations don't share and sync with each other by default. If you use Boot Camp on your Mac, swapping between the two operating systems with a desire to iTunes can create problems if you're keen on keeping an accurate and up-to-date library. In this tutorial, I will show you two ways of keeping your iTunes library independent of commitment to just one operating system and ensure it constantly stays up-to-date.Read More…
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    How to Back Up Your Mac System Disks to USB DrivesDisktousb retina
    When Apple began ringing the death knell for disk-based media by removing the drives from many of its models, it provided a great digital alternative, the App Store, so users would never need a disk again. The problem is that many people still have software on disks: older versions of OS X, iLife, or iWork. So what can be done with them now? Read on to learn how to extend the life of your system disks by moving them to a USB drive. You won't need any special software to digitize your Mac disks, just the versatile app Disk Utility. For this tutorial, I'll be creating a USB backup of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Let's dig in.Read More…
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    How to Use Your Mac to Time-Shift Your Television ViewingGia400
    If, like me, you can’t find the time to watch your favourite (or interesting) BBC television shows, and the iPlayer catch-up time limits are too short, then you need Get iPlayer Automator. This ingenious app enables you to time shift your viewing indefinitely so that, like me, you can watch your programmes when it is convenient to you. Even if that happens to be months later. Get iPlayer Automator is supplied without any instructions. In this tutorial I will show you how to download and store your favourite BBC programmes beyond the time limits of iPlayer. Read More…
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    How to Highlight Colours in Black and White Photos With ApertureColor icon 2x
    Being able to isolate and edit specific colour ranges is one of the great features of Aperture, allowing for some colourful effects within photos. Whether you're wanting to change the colour of a flower or have a coloured element on a black-and-white backdrop, these types of effects can be quickly and easily achieved within Aperture, Apple's professional photo editing and management app. In this tutorial and screencast, I'll show you how to recreate these types of effects with ease so that you can create your own masterpieces in no-time. Read More…
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    How to Live Stream Using WirecastWirecast revised retina
    Macs are well-known to be excellent at working with graphics and video and are especially well-suited to live broadcasting due to their overall stability and graphics capabilities. In this tutorial I'll show you how to live-stream an event, using Wirecast on a Mac, and I'll show you some of the hardware, software, and service providers that are needed for a successful live video stream.Read More…
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    How to Use Automator to Generate Spoken RingtonesRingtones icon 2x
    In a previous tutorial, Give Your Mac a Voice with Text-to-Speech, I showed you how to use the speech function of your Mac. One particular section of that that guide detailed the process of creating a spoken-word ringtone by using the Mac's say command and the Mac app Ringer. In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can automate this process by creating a plug-in for Contacts using Automator. This plug-in will automatically generate a spoken-word ringtone for us to use without needing to endlessly type anything into Terminal.Read More…
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    How to Move Logic Pro's Instrument Library to an External HDDLogic pro icon
    Logic Pro is one of the most popular digital audio workstations (DAWs) on the Mac, and for good reason: Apple develops it. Some professionals use Avid’s Pro Tools or Steinberg’s Cubase to record and edit their latest creations, but also make use of Logic for other things, like mastering and scoring. One major problem with Apple’s DAW is the size: its base instrument library is 2 GB, and the “additional content”, which includes some of the most popular synthesizers and samples, is over 4.6 GB. The Jam Packs are hefty too, and GarageBand’s sound library is also required to be on your computer to use Logic. On a base model MacBook Air, storage is already minimal, so why not free up some space by moving all these files to an external hard drive? In this tutorial, I’ll provide step-by-step instructions on how to move your entire Logic instruments library (including samples and loops) to an external hard drive.Read More…
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    How to Capture and Record Audio on Your MacCapture icon 2x
    Whether you're wanting to become the next Bob Dylan or start your own podcast, the Mac has some of the best software around to help you make this a reality. But no matter how good your musical or conversational aspirations are, they'll be for nought if we can't effectively capture our music or record our conversations. In this tutorial, I'll look at the different ways you can capture and record audio to include in your future projects. Read More…
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    Mac mini Media CentreMediacentre400
    According to analysts – Gene Munster, of Piper Jaffray, in particular – Apple is soon to launch a revolutionary Apple TV device. Don’t mistake this for another Apple “hobby”; it’s not going to be a set-top box. This is going to be the real-deal, Siri-enabled, iCloud-attached, iOS-controlled, large flat-panel to dominate your living room! Apparently. But since Gene has been banging on about this for three years or more (Apple has it’s “hobby”, and Gene has his), the Mac mini makes for a pretty good media centre in the meantime. In this tutorial, I’ll examine some of the possibilities and options for making a Mac mini into a media centre.Read More…
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    5 Ways to AirPlay From Your Mac to Your TelevisionAirplay icon 2x
    AirPlay is by far one of the most popular features of the Apple TV. On iOS devices, it allows the easy streaming of audio and video to an Apple TV so that you can enjoy watching a movie on your television with friends and family. On the Mac, however, it's not as simple. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to AirPlay almost any audio and video content from your Mac to your Apple TV.Read More…
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    Repurposing a Mac mini G4 as an iTunes ServerG4 400
    If you’ve been an avid user of Apple Macs for any length of time, the chances are that you have a PowerPC G4 Mac that pre-dates the Macs with Intel processors. You might also think that these machines are slow and, relatively speaking, useless. That’s not the case. In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to get your G4 Mac up to speed in order that you can use it as an iTunes media server for your household.Read More…
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    Get Started With Podcasting on the MacThumbnail template retina
    While publishing and creating a podcast isn't yet anywhere near as simple as posting a blog post or publishing a Youtube video, it has become increasingly easy over the years. Moreover, podcasters now possess the newfound possibility to produce a near-radio quality show for a relatively small initial investment. In this tutorial I'll show you my method for producing and publishing audio podcasts - from the hardware that's required to the best places to host your finished product - you'll be podcasting in no time.Read More…
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