How To Automatically Change The System Volume On Wake On macOS

When a system goes to sleep, it preserves the state it was in. If you had apps and files open on your desktop, they will still be there when you get back. Everything from your work setup to your system configurations is stored. When you wake your system, you can pick up work where you left it off. macOS is no different. When it wakes from sleep, everything is exactly where you left it which is a good thing except in the case of your system's volume. The volume is one thing that you might want to reset when you wake your system. If you left the volume high because you were playing music, it might startle you when you wake your system from sleep. Here's how you can change the system volume on wake on macOS.Read More

How To Quickly Get A Blank Desktop [macOS]

There are two kinds of people in this world; those who have clean, organized desktops, and those that have cluttered desktops. Some people make it a priority to always have a well organized desktop and to ensure only the most important files and folders have a place on their desktop. Others put cleaning their desktop on a back burner. If you're the kind that often has a messy desktop or you're just looking to hide what's on it then Screen Commander is the app for the job. It's a free macOS utility that gives you a blank desktop by adding a black shade to it. Your icons are all hidden but your app windows are not. It works with multiple displays and runs entirely from the menu bar.Read More

How To Schedule Your Mac To Shut Down Or Sleep

macOS has a neat little feature called 'Energy Saver'. Energy Saver can put your computer and display to sleep after a period of inactivity. You can choose how long that period of inactivity is; a few minutes or a couple of hours. It can also put your hard disk to sleep if you enable the option. Apart from this Energy Saver has another neat function; it can schedule your Mac to shut down or sleep. You can set your Mac to automatically sleep, shut down, or restart at any given time of the day or week. You can set it to shut down or sleep every day or periodically. It's simple to set up but slightly obscure to locate. Here's how you can schedule your Mac to shut down or sleep, or restart.Read More

What Is The Apple File System (APFS) Introduced In iOS 10.3

File Systems are how hard drives organize data for the operating system to read. Every operating system is built to work on a file system. Windows FAT, FAT32, and NTFS. macOS uses HFS+. Apple has been operating on the Hierarchical File System (HFS) for over 30 years. At WWDC 2016 Apple announced they were going to upgrade this system. They introduced the world to the idea of Apple File System (APFS). The latest iOS 10.3 which was rolled out just days ago brings this new file system to iOS devices. Here is everything you need to know about APFS.Read More

How To Set Up An Email Signature, Mobile & Personal Computer

As soon as humans discovered writing, they invented signatures. The purpose being the identification of the author and possibly a return address. This tradition carried over to emails as well; more out of tradition than necessity people set up email signatures. With the passage of time though, those signatures have grown to have a real purpose. An email signature can convey additional information in terms of job title, a phone number, social media profile links, and even a personal website. Here's how you can set up an email signature on your iPhone, Android Phone, Windows PC, and macOS.Read More

How To Create A Custom Canvas Preset In Photoshop

You can create custom canvases in Photoshop. Photoshop CC 2017 comes with a few presets for mobile, web, and printing jobs. A preset is a canvas that is the correct size for the project you're working on. A preset has a pre-determined resolution, background color, orientation, and more. It saves you time spent on setting up a canvas for the work you intend to do. Photoshop cc 2017 will show you recent canvas configurations you've used in the new document window. It won't save all your recent canvas configurations though. The best way to save a custom canvas is to create a custom canvas preset in Photoshop. The preset will never be lost. You can name it whatever you want, and get right down to work. Here's how you can create a custom canvas preset in Photoshop CC 2017.Read More

How To Store Or Remove Your Apple ID Password For Free Purchases [macOS]

The Mac App Store and the iTunes App Store both ask for your password when you download an app. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID password regardless if you're buying an app or downloading a free one. This is done in part to prevent unauthorized purchases. It's also a good deterrent for when the kids go wild on the App Store. The only problem is that it can get annoying. If you don't want to enter your password for free app downloads, you can save it. Likewise, if you're regretting this decision, you can remove your Apple ID password for free purchases. Here's how you can store or remove your Apple ID password for free purchases in macOS.Read More

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