Mastering Video Recording & Editing With QuickTime

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For every one of your needs, there is a tool out there that can help you fulfill it. The capability of these tools evolve over time and price tags. For such tools, the functions of time and cost are inversely proportional (with all technology really). Finding tools to capture, edit and render videos for free without an annoying watermark or resolution limit was a distant dream 5 years ago, now you can do that from your Quicktime player and not lose a modicum of quality. Following is a guide on how to put your Quicktime X to best use. Read More

Screen Replay: Create Screencasts In Your Monitor’s Highest Resolution [OS X]

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Imagine going back to a time when gigantic encyclopedias were required to understand how to use any new hardware you purchased. Even they fell short of fully explaining how something worked. Fast forward to these modern times where we can condense the entire experience into a short video, eliminating room for human error. Being technologists, we are always in dire need of the right tools for the job, since there is only so much you can do with a hand held camera. That is why we have tools like Video Screen Recorder, SCR, Screencast and Recorder and Acala. However, they all seem to pale in comparison when the market has something like the free Screen Replay for Mac. I love it, let me walk you through why. Read More

Shazam For Mac Identifies Music Playing On Your Desktop Or A Nearby Device

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You know that feeling you get, when you want to track down some music you heard somewhere in the background? Well, if you have been using smartphones then you are already using apps like SoundHound and Yahoo! Music to achieve these goals, but there is just something about Shazam that makes it stand out from other apps that accomplish exactly that. Now, in this wonderful world of globalization in apps, Shazam comes to Mac OS X. Here is what we think about it. Read More

How To Extract And Modify Icons On A Mac

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Apple is a company that can make you feel one of three ways about it, all states are extremes, indifference, hatred or love. Regardless of how one feels about Apple as a company or Mac as a platform, nobody can deny that their design is simply gorgeous. Not to say windows is not gorgeous, only that they are not comparable. Take for example the icons alone. Symbols to help immediately identify an app with but a look. Everyone knows what a folder looks like and everyone knows what a trash bin looks like. This is the job that icons do. Every icon you see on your Mac comes with a scalable resolution of 1024 x 1024, it is so high-res that it can serve as a wallpaper for an iPad. If that is your intent or perhaps you simply want it for some other purpose, here is how you can extract icons from your Mac to use as you please and modify an app's icon with one of your own. Read More

New Features In Firefox 31 For Desktop & Android

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Has it been six weeks already? Yes it has and that means it's time to get a new version of Firefox for both desktop and Android. Firefox 31 is now available for direct download or you can upgrade the current version by clicking the help button in the options panel. Firefox 31 for desktop brings new features for both end users and developers. Noteworthy among them is the Prefer:Safe feature which tells websites the current user is accessing the web behind parental controls. A new search field has been added to the new tab page, and a nice color picker tool has been added for developers, among other things. Firefox for Android is expanding on the home panels feature and you can now install more add-ons to add a larger variety of feeds to the home page. The API for adding content to the home page has also been introduced for developers. Users can now force sync open tabs from their Android device and reorder the home panels. Read More

An Introduction To AppleScript

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Apple is not famous for allowing intrusion on their platforms, the carefully guarded iOS environment being one such example. You can customize it, but you have to assume certain risks, such as those involved in jailbreaking. Mac OS X however, is a slightly different scenario. Mac is a sophisticated Unix build working in unison with Apple wizardry. There are custom actions that you can make your Mac do that would render so much of your work absolutely hassle free, all at the click of a button. To help achieve this, Apple created AppleScript back in 1993. Where they let users automate basic functions on a Mac until a certain level of automation set in. If you want to customize your Mac experience through basic scripts, here is how. Read More

Recordit: Record Screencasts And Save Them As High Quality GIFs

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Creating a screencast is something that we have visited very often with tools for creating screencasts on Windows, OS X, and Android being reviewed frequently. Screencasts are great when it comes to instructional content and they have only have one drawback; the size of a file. You can go for nice HD screencasts for something major like a product demo but for something that's meant to provide quick instructions, you can instead settle for a faster loading GIF. Recordit is a free app for OS X and Windows that lets you record a screencast and turn it into a GIF. The GIF quality is excellent, better than what you would normally get if you used a third party app to create a GIF out of a video. With the app, you can create a 5min recording. The OS X app has a pro version that lets you control the frame rate and password protect your recording. It costs $39.99. Read More

Uninstall Or Disable iTunes On Mac OS X [Guide]

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 iTunes has been the backbone of media management on Apple devices since January 2001. It is the default music player for a Mac as well as a library for your iTunes purchases, it even has a significance on Windows 8. To the dismay of numerous iOS owners, you cannot transfer media without it at all. However, there are those who do not rely on iTunes' services for their media needs. To them, iTunes is merely an affectation, an extra appendage with no useful function. If you can relate to that sentiment and wish to rid yourself of this complication, we can tell you how to remove iTunes from Mac OS X.

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Seamless Integration With Continuity And Handoff Explained [OS X]

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News of Yosemite came out at Apple's WWDC. After an age, software was the sole focus of the update. There was Swift programming language, iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and our sole focus lied in that spectrum. There was mention of another feature, that we didn't know we needed this badly, was continuity/handoff. The terms alone do not sufficiently express the range of capabilities it brings, let us walk you through exactly how this will benefit you and how you can use these incredible new features. Read More

An Introduction To Apple’s New Programming Language: Swift

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This year at WWDC, the focus was so heavily on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, that what should have been the biggest news of the event, went rather under-appreciated. Apple introduced the Swift programming language to the world. This, to the end user, is barely news. However, to the developer community it might as well be a game changer. Certain programming languages have clear advantages over other programming languages, some are faster, some more efficient, some are just cleaner, some incredibly simple. Apple is the latest firm to create their own programming language after Google's Go (Golang) and Microsoft's .Net FrameworkSwift Programming Language claims to have learned from these languages, while staying true to its Objective C predecessor. Apple claim to have created the fastest, most robust high-level programming language. Let us explain.

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New Features In Firefox 30 For Desktop & Android

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Firefox 30 is out and you can upgrade now from the help menu. Since it's the first update after the new Customize options were introduced in Firefox 29, you might need to search for the upgrade option. Click the options button at the top right, and you will see a help button next to the large Customize button at the bottom. Click it to reveal a new pane of help options which include the About Firefox option. The new update is mostly fixes and many new developer options. In this new update, plugins are disabled by default except those that have been whitelisted or that are installed when you install an add-on. A new button has also been added for toggling the visibility of the bookmarks and history side bar. With the new desktop version, a new mobile version has also been introduced and it offers more for end users. You can add your favotire share functions to the context menu just by tapping it, and you can subscribe to RSS feeds from any web page and read them on your home page with the aid of a new add-on called Home Feed. Read More

Nightingale Is A Media Player With A Wide Array Of Third Party Extensions

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There are a truckload of programs out there that you can use to manage your music library, but it’s because numerous options are at your disposal that make it taxing to decide which media player should you choose.  Nightingale is one such open source media player that lets you play music and video files on your computer. But that’s precisely what most media players let you do, right? So Nightingale makes itself standout from the crowd by its wide array of third-party extensions that further improve its functionality. For instance, there’s an extension that lets you stream SoundCloud. And then there’s one you can use to scrobble your Last.fm. And more! Read More

New Features In OS X Yosemite

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Every year at WWDC, Apple showcases their latest products for the benefit of developers. Due to the hype it commands, it went from being a simple developer's showcase to a global event. Steve Jobs' presentations are still held at a very high pedestal, especially his now revered Columbo-esque "oh, and one more thing" revelations. Last year, we discussed the release of the OS X Mavericks, 10.9 and later covered it in depth. OS X 10.10, originally codenamed "Syrah", has been subject to speculation since Mavericks was set to release. The 11th version of OS X was finally unveiled at WWDC 2014, it is named Mac OS Yosemite, continuing the naming convention based on places in California. Read More

VirusTotal Releases Mac App; Checks Files For Viruses Without Opening Them

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Normally, when we talk about Macs, we do not discuss the world of viruses much, it is more of a Windows thing. It could be because Macs are not common enough yet to attract attention from virus creators, or maybe because the OS is just that secure, or some other reason we cannot quite yet fathom. However, even if viruses and malware infections are uncommon, it does not mean they do not exist. Certain web infections are platform independent. For such concerns, VirusTotal works as a free web service that analyzes suspicious files (upto 64MBs), URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware. Now, VirusTotal has a Desktop App for Mac Read More

New Features In Chrome 35 For Desktop & Android

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Chrome 35 for desktop and Android is out. The changes and new features introduced for the desktop version are disappointing for end users but developers are going to welcome it. Chrome 35 supports more touch input, some new JavaScript features, and new extensions and APIs. Chrome 35 for Android has a lot more to offer end users; for select devices it now supports multiple windows. For all other devices, the new version supports full screen video playback with HTML controls and subtitles, and a new 'Undo closed tab' that is pretty self explanatory. Read More

Remo MORE Is A Brilliant Desktop & Mobile Optimization Tool For Noobs

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Computers not only cost several hundred dollars now a days, but they are also fairly costly to repair. While you can have most hardware problems repaired, it's better to just take care of your tech better and back-up data regularly. The problem is that most people don’t know where to begin, for instance, when should they back up data, how to clean junk files, or how to optimize its memory and other components. Remo MORE is a great tool created for the less tech savvy among us, letting them manage and troubleshoot common computer problems in a single click. Could it get any better than that? Read More

12 Things Out Of The Box Windows PC Can Do That Mac Can’t

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I’m a Windows fan. I’ve owned about a dozen different Windows machines over the years and I’ve mostly used Windows as my primary desktop operating system. I also respect all the work Apple has put into their Mac OSX though; it’s more stable, looks sleeker than Microsoft’s offering and offers better security over the later. It’s true that the conflict between Microsoft fans and Apple loyalists have been raged for years arguing over which platform is better or not, but here at Addictivetips, we believe that both operating systems have got their own strengths and weaknesses. A while back we compiled a list of things that a Mac does but a PC can’t. And today, we are going to unleash 12 things that a Windows PC can do that Mac can’t. Read on. Read More

Third-Party Apps To Increase Productivity On Mac OS X

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We talked about how to get the most out of your Mac without using any third-party apps and we managed to go over quite a few features to help get things done. Today, we will talk about getting even more out of your Mac OS X with the power of third-party apps. We have already discussed how you can use Slate to rearrange windows, GeekTools for tricking out the desktop, MagicPrefs to bring more power to the Magic Mouse (and trackpad), Supertab to bring more power to ⌘ + Tab. Now, we will go over other apps to increase productivity. For the purposes of this guide, we will be covering apps that enable your Mac to go beyond out-of-the-box specifications, hence we will avoid apps that can replicate an already easy to access Mac OS X function. Read More

Hide/Unhide Spotlight Search From The Menubar In OS X

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We have thoroughly discussed the power and potential of Spotlight search, since it has been a mainstay of OS X since OS X Tiger (10.4) released in April of 2005. It gives you the power to smart-search through archives, files, folders, even the web from one convenient location; you can even run calculations, look up translations and just about everything under the sun and then some. However, if you have found an alternative to spotlight search or just plain don't like it, you can disable it through a bit of Terminal trickery. Though we must strongly advise against disabling it before fully appreciating what it can truly do; it might just become your best friend. However, if you have made up your mind, here is how you can remove Spotlight search from OS X.

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Get The Popular iOS Control Center On Mac OS X [Paid]

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It is rare that third-party apps replicate the functionality of Mac OS X, since there is so much it can do on its own. There are solutions like GeekTools that adds new elements to your Mac. However, Control Center is an app worth $10 that takes what Mac OS X can do and improves on it so much that you wonder how you could have lived without it all this time. It's an app that brings Control Center from iOS to OS X, and beautifully so. You can take the app out for a test drive since it comes with a 7-day free trial but after that, you need to buy the app to continue using it.  Read More