How To Get New Artwork For Your Desktop Wallpaper Daily

How often do you change your desktop wallpaper? Do you set a new wallpaper routinely or just change it when you find a really cool HD image? Finding new wallpapers isn't easy, especially if you need HD images. Windows 10 users have Windows Spotlight to turn to and macOS has some really great HD wallpapers by default. Both Windows Spotlight and the default macOS wallpapers are mostly photographs. If your tastes lean more towards the artistic side, Artpip is an app you should try out. It finds artwork and sets it as your wallpaper. You can choose how often the app will get new artwork for your desktop wallpaper. You can also exclude certain mediums e.g. sketches from being set as the wallpaper. Read More

10 Best macOS Apps & Tips Of 2016

Apple released macOS Sierra in 2016 and the major feature in this version was the inclusion of Siri on the desktop. Plenty of other smaller features were also part of the update but Siri on the desktop was something people had been anticipating for quite some time. Another major update from Apple came in the form of the new Macbooks which have a new hardware component called the Touch Bar. It has mixed reviews but developers have been hard a work adding support for the Touch Bar. Here are the 10 best macOS apps and tips of 2016. Read More

How To Change The Country Or Region For Your Apple ID

An Apple ID is region specific. It works only for the regional/country store it was created for. The App Store apps on both iOS devices and Macs detect which store an Apple ID was created for and switch you to it. The point is to control the geographical distribution of apps. For example, Pokèmon Go was initially only available in the US App Store. Users residing outside the US had to create a new Apple ID for the US store (if they didn't already have one) to download it. This works fine if you don't mind having multiple Apple IDs and if you don't intent to make an purchases in the App Store. If instead you'd like to change the country or region for your Apple ID instead of creating a new one, there's a pretty simple way to do just that. Be warned that this will require a credit card that works in the country/region you want to switch to. Read More

Change The Behavior Of The Function Keys Based On Active App [macOS]

A standard Apple keyboard, whether bought separately or attached to your Macbook has a row of function keys at the top. This row of keys is standard on almost all keyboards. Like all keyboards, these keys have dual functions. The keys can quit apps or open help menus and they can mute/unmute your Mac among other things. Because the keys perform dual functions, a 'Fn' modifier key tells the keyboard what function to perform. You can set the keys to always act as Function keys or to always act as media keys. Fluor is a free Mac app that changes this behavior on the fly. You can pre-define the behavior of the keys on a per-app basis. Fluor will detect which is the active app, and change the behavior accordingly. Read More

How To Make Sense Of Data Exported From The iOS Health App

The Health app in iOS collects different types of data, either directly or through third-party apps. If you have an Apple Watch, the Health app data is likely richer. The Health app's data can be transferred between iOS devices and you can export it. When you export data from the Health app, it is exported in two XML files. The app zips them and lets you choose how you want to save it. It's all very easy up until this point. When you extract the zip file, however, it's hard to make sense of the XML files inside. Often, you might not know which app can read the XML file and how to make sense of the data inside it. We're going to break it all down for you. Read More

How To Find The Dominant Colors In An Image [macOS]

Good design takes time and often years of experience and experimentation to get right.It is built on certain conventions and rules that serve as the basis of a good design. A common example of a design convention is the use of contrasting colors to make text look better on a colored background. Vaunt is a free macOS that lets you find the dominant colors in an image. It's a simple menu bar utility that you can drag & drop imaged on to. It will find the dominant colors in an image and display all shades of it that appear in the image. You can click a color and its HEX code will automatically be copied to your clipboard. Read More

How To Add A Dash Or Dotted Stroke To Shapes & Paths In Photoshop

Photoshop is a very powerful image editing app but it has always lacked in one particular area; drawing stylized lines. If you use Photoshop CS, you know there aren't any tools for drawing a dash or dotted line. You have to improvise a solution by playing around with the brush tool. Photoshop CC 2017 addresses this gap to some extent. The newer version lets you create custom stroke styles for paths and shapes and also comes with a preset dash and dot pattern. Here's how the new feature works in Photoshop CC and how you can replicate it on Photoshop CS. Read More

How To Set A Light Or Dark Theme In Photoshop CC

Apps that we use for extended lengths of time can cause significant strain. An app like your browser is one that you use all the time, night or day. The same can be said for Photoshop; if it's a tool you use daily, you might not be comfortable with having an overly bright or overly dark theme. Either one, depending on the amount of light in the room, can start to cause strain. Photoshop CC 2017 has a pretty neat selection of themes that users can set for the interface. The themes range from black and dark grey to a lighter grey and an almost white. They are all aimed at reducing eye strain and not meant to make the interface look pretty. Here's how you can set a light or dark theme in Photoshop CC 2017. Read More

How To Get A Remaining Battery Indicator In macOS 10.12.2

macOS 10.12.2 has removed the remaining battery indicator from the Menu Bar. Suffice to say that users aren't happy. It was a very useful little feature to have. Since Apple is removing most useful things from its products this is really just another casualty. The good news is that the battery indicator wasn't always a part of macOS. When the feature was underdeveloped by Apple, third-party developers were around to fill the gap. There are quite a few apps, paid and free, available that will add a remaining battery indicator back in the Menu Bar. CoconutBattery is a one awesome free app that you can try out. Read More

Get An Alert When You Turn Caps Lock On/Off In macOS

The Caps key is precariously placed between the Shift and Tab keys. Both are used often. The Caps key also roughly sits next to the letter A key. All three are used quite often but the same cannot be said for the Caps key. If you often accidentally strike the Caps key on your Apple keyboard, you only find out about it when you start typing. Captin is a free macOS app that gives you an HUD alert and a sound alert when you turn Caps On/Off. The app is feature rich with a Dock icon and a menu bar icon that indicates the state of the Caps key. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Map The Caps Lock Key To The Esc Key In macOS

The Touch Bar in the new Macbook Pro line has been getting mixed reviews. Users think it is frivolous and not really a new, innovative feature. The Touch Bar's true usefulness hasn't be realized just yet but one thing is clear; the Esc key is gone. In order to accommodate the Touch Bar, Apple removed the Escape key from the physical keyboard. The Touch Bar now has a virtual Esc key but if you aren't warming up to it, you can simply map the Caps lock to the Esc key. Here's how. Read More

How To Add A Note To A Sketch File

Sketch is a popular and powerful image editing app but it doesn't do much to help you organize the work you need to do on a particular project. Notes is a Sketch plugin that lets you create notes inside a Sketch file. The objective is to be able to record feedback or changes you need to make to a file inside it making it easier to find when you get to work. Read More

How To Fix Gmail Blocking Outlook Sign In Attempts

Gmail is as secure an email service as you could hope for. It offers two-factor authentication in addition to several other precautionary measures for keeping your account secure. You can configure your Gmail account in most email clients but if Gmail deems an email client to be a security risk, it will block it from signing you in. The result is that you're unable to add your Gmail account to an email client. This is what happens when you configure a Gmail account in Outlook on your desktop. Here's the fix for it. Read More

How To Watch 360° Videos And Photos In VLC Player

360°  videos have not yet become mainstream but 360° photos are slowly becoming popular. It takes only a reasonably good phone to capture a 360° photo. Viewing a 360° photo or video for that matter isn't as simple. You can view the photos and videos easily on your mobile device or on YouTube but media players have not yet caught up with this new video format. VLC however is ahead of the pack. The VLC 360° technical preview is now available and it lets you view both 360° videos and photos. Read More

How To Switch Between Recent Apps Using The Touch Bar In macOS

All Macbook Pro models from 2016 onward will come with the new Touch Bar. Regardless how you feel about it, the Touch Bar is the newest hardware improvement to Macbooks. To be fair, it's apps that will judge if the Touch Bar is useful or not. Developers aren't shying away from developing apps for the Touch Bar and TouchSwitch is a pretty awesome attempt at just that. It lets you switch between recent apps from the Touch Bar so that you do not need to use the Command + Tab keyboard shortcut. Read More

How To Copy & Paste Layers Between PSD Files via Keyboard Shortcuts

You can copy layers between PSD files by dragging & dropping them. To do so, you must drag a layer from one file to the other. It isn't the smoothest or the most convenient way to copy layers. Photoshop has a tabbed interface and you can separate one file from the rest. This makes it much easier to drag & drop layers or groups but it still isn't the same as a simple copy/paste function. The copy/paste function in Photoshop doesn't work for entire layers. Instead, you can copy the contents of a layer from one file to the other. Copio is a set of simple scripts that allow you to copy/paste layers between PSD files via keyboard shortcuts. These scripts work only in Photoshop CC and not in Photoshop CS. Read More

How To Take A Screenshot Of The Touch Bar On A Macbook Pro

Screenshots have long been a standard feature on Apple's devices. Both iOS device and Macs have the ability to take a screenshot of your display. Macs, being a desktop system, have far richer options for taking screenshots and the quality is exceptional. In stark contrast, Windows has always lagged behind in this regard. Even now, with Windows 10, users can only take a full screen screenshot. Apple's latest line of Macbook Pros, all 2016 and above models, come with a Touch Bar. It's a touch display that shows you different buttons based on the current app you're working with. Apple has duly included a way to take a screenshot of the Touch Bar. Here's how. Read More

How To Get Lyrics In A Floating Window For The Current Spotify Track

Spotify for macOS and Windows used to support lyrics. It had to remove lyrics from the app when their partnership with Musixmatch came to an end. It's lyrics came from the service and with the contract ended, support for lyrics has yet to return. The app instead suggests you just hum the song. If you're unhappy about it, Lyricfier is an app that you will want to check out. It's available for macOS, Windows, and even Linux. It shows you lyrics to the track currently playing in Spotify and lets you pin the lyrics window to the top. Read More

How To Export Notes As Plain Text Files In macOS

The Notes app has been a part of macOS for quite a few years. It started out fairly basic but overtime, new, useful features have been added. The Notes app supports lists, sharing, collaboration, and password protected notes. It also has an export feature which isn't the best. The Notes app in macOS lets you export notes to a PDF file but not as individual text files. You can always use the Copy/Paste function to copy notes to a text file but that is quite a bit of work. Exporter is a free macOS app that automates this. It can export all notes in the Notes app as individual text files. It preserves the directory structure so that notes are sorted to folders like they were in the Notes app. Read More

How To Activate Siri With ‘Hey Siri’ On macOS Sierra

Siri was integrated in macOS Sierra but oddly enough, the 'Hey Siri' voice command wasn't added to the desktop. macOS users can access Siri from the menu bar icon, or they can use a keyboard shortcut. The reason 'Hey Siri' support wasn't added isn't quite clear. A Macbook definitely has the battery life for it compared to iPhones. If nothing else, the feature could have been modeled after its implementation on iOS devices i.e. it would work if a Macbook were plugged into a power outlet and not otherwise. Things being the way they are, there isn't official support for the 'Hey Siri'  command. There is however a pretty neat little hack that you can do to get it working anyway. Here's how it works. Read More