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All posts tagged "lion"

Friday, February 3, 2012

Podcast Using Lion

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

"Though the medium of podcasting has been around for over a decade now, it is not limited to professional productions and online celebrities."

Podcasts have been around for awhile, and pretty much anyone can do them. But I didn't realize until I read this article that Lion had a built in podcast program called Podcast Producer. You can find it in the utilities folder inside the applications folder on your Mac. I've never made a podcast in my life, but I sure have listened to them enough. If you want to try this out, give this article a read through as it does a nice walk through of the program.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Quicken for Lion, Meh...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:30 PM

"Intuit announced to customers on Thursday that it plans to release a "re-engineered" version of Quicken for Mac 2007 that will be compatible with the latest version of Apple's Mac operating system, OS X 10.7 Lion."

I gave up on Quicken long ago, mainly due to the inattention they were giving OS X. If they jump back in and really wow me (which would include having a mobile app that syncs wirelessly and can update your running totals in all account for two examples of what I mean by wow) then I might consider trying it out. Then again, there are so many good options out there. What are your thoughts, willing to give Quicken another try or have you moved on?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

iCloud's Hidden Drop Box-Like Feature

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"While Apple advertises iCloud's 'Documents in the Cloud' service as a way of keeping iWork files in sync across devices, its been discovered that Mac OS X Lion users can also leverage the service to sync all types of files across multiple Macs."

I wonder if this will be like it is at the place I work. We get used to using a feature of our system, then the developers tell us that it wasn't a feature, it was a bug. No matter that it was a cool feature and worked extremely well. I hope not, this seems like a handy feature, but then again, you can always use Drop Box.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Track Your Packages Via Apple Mail

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Tracking shipped packages is fast and easy in Mac OS X Lion due to Apple Mails tight integration with WebKit. It is also one feature that Apple brought to Mac OS X from iOS that I actually like."

Handy tip if you get emails with tracking numbers. Just mouse over the number and if OS X Lion recognizes it as a tracking number, you will see a dotted line around the number. Just click on it and you will get the option to Track Shipment or Copy. If you track it, OS X will open up website with all of your tracking data. Pretty slick! They also discuss how to shut this off in Terminal, but why would you want to right?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

OS X Lion From A Different Vista

Posted by Eric Juillerat in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

There are those in life who would, by their own will, take a bullet for you. And while they may be called by different names - Secret Service, Best Friend, Idiot, Early Adopter - they are by all accounts, heroes. My friends, we here at Thoughts Media - we are those people. As early adopters of new technology, we take bullets for you on a daily basis; and we do this with pride. Though we may not wear capes (well some of us anyway - let's not get Jason into this) we take on new devices and software products with the knowledge that our actions may result in a smaller bank account, bricked phone, inoperable computer, and many other horrible, horrible possibilities.

And with that, I present to you Apple's latest operating system, OS X Lion. Lion's are hunters. They have been known to stalk humans; later known as dinner. Their claws are sharp, their teeth pointy, and their attacks deadly. So what does this have to do with Apples latest OS? In one word: plenty. This review, or anti-review, is not meant to compliment the hundreds of Lion reviews already posted. Instead, it is a real account of experiences with the operating system that we here at Thoughts Media felt you could benefit from; it is a map around a minefield - set in the Serengeti. Read more...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dropbox Now Lion Compatible

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 AM

"Unless you have super-sekrit magic powers, haunt the Dropbox forums or are Steve Sande, you might not have noticed that Dropbox finally upgraded to a Lion-compatible build."

All done on the sly, but you can update manually if you need to do so. Basically, download the installer for 1.1.40 here, then quit Dropbox and install. Relaunch and you are set.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Best Way to Restore OS X Lion

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:20 AM

"If you ever need to restore the entire contents of an OS X Lion startup drive, or just perform a reinstall of the OS, you'll find that there are numerous ways to accomplish these tasks. In fact, there are so many permutations, that I began to lose count after awhile. Trying to figure out the best method for your situation can get a bit tricky."

This is a good step-by-step how to on reinstalling Lion should you ever need it. Hopefully you won't, but it never hurts to be prepared does it?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Some Lion Features You Might Not Be Aware Of

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 AM

"It's been more than three weeks since OS X Lion escaped from the Mac App Store and took up residence in Macs around the globe, and for the most part users are quite happy with their new houseguest. Part of the fun with any new operating system releases is uncovering the new features -- and this big cat has plenty of them."

Over 250 features, or so they say, so it helps to have someone else do all the legwork in finding out some of the cool (and I suppose not so cool) features.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

OS X 10.7.1 Released, Improve Your Wi-Fi Reliability (hopefully)

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:49 PM

"Apple on Tuesday released Mac OS X 10.7.1, its first security and maintenance update for the newly released Lion operating system, with improved Wi-Fi reliability and resolutions for issues related to HDMI and optical audio output."

I have experienced some of those pesky Wi-Fi problems, so I'm hoping this update will take care of it. It is also supposed to address a variety of other issues, such as flickering while watching video, audio problems when using HDMI or optical audio out and the boot up issue that sometimes happened when you plug in your MagSafe Adapter. That is a weird one.

Apple's OS X Lion Now Available for $69 on USB Drive

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 08:30 AM

"Apple released OS X Lion on a USB thumb drive on Tuesday, selling for $69, just under a month after the new Mac operating system debuted as a $29.99 download."

Interesting that Apple has finally accepted the fact the there is simply not enough high speed internet access in this country to do away with physical media entirely. For $69, you get a full copy of Lion, rather expensive when compared to the download price, but vital for users with maybe not the fastest access. After upgrading two systems to Lion, I found that the download speed is okay with my connection, but that I needed to upgrade each machine separately from the Apps Store, meaning two downloads of almost 4GB each. A bit annoying. On a "capped" cable modem connection, there goes 8GB of my monthly total. Later I used Apple's Recovery Disk Assistant with a spare flash drive, but it would've been nice to have the USB drive from day one - but $69 rather than $30? Ouch.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Use Lion DiskMaker to Easily Create USB Install Drive or Boot DVD

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"If you don't want to deal with the already simple task of making a Lion USB install drive or boot DVD, you will probably like the little third party utility called Lion DiskMaker, it's an AppleScript that handles everything for you as long as you have the requirements met."

And they are pretty simple requirements. The obvious one is to have a copy of Lion [affiliate link]. You also have to do this right after you install Lion, but the instructions are laid out here and easy to follow if you want to make one. You can also do it without using the utility by following these instructions.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Apple Allows iLife on ANY Mac You Own

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

"New Mac buyers get a free bundle of Apple's iLife apps, but until recently the bundle only installed on the new machine it was bundled with. With the Mac App Store, Apple now makes the bundle available for use on any Mac they own."

Pretty good deal and long overdue, I guess one more benefit you can add to the list for the Mac App Store. Get your copy of Lion via the recovery process, and then you can download the iLife package from the Mac App Store. Once that is done, since it is tied to your Apple ID, you can then download the iLife package onto any Mac you own. That sure is simple isn't it?

Tags: software, ilife, os x, lion

Friday, July 29, 2011

Customize Your Login and Lock Screens With Lion

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 PM

"Mac OS X Lion brings a nice new feature to login and lock screens that allow you to display a message underneath the login panel. This is visible to everyone and it makes for a great place to put either a generic personalization or better yet, a lost & found message."

Pretty simple to set up if you have the "Require Password" feature turned on. All you have to do is go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> General Tab then click on the lock icon in the lower left of the window. Once you enter the admin password click on the "Show Message When Screen is Locked" button and type your login and message in the box. The click the lock icon to save your changes. Pretty simple. If you want the free Fliqlo background, that acts as a clock, just head here.

How Hot is Your Lion?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 12:30 PM

"After upgrading to Lion on my early 2008 15″ MacBook Pro, I started to notice that the computer was hot to the touch. Really hot. So I started measuring the internal temperature of my Macs to see if there was anything to be truly alarmed about."

If you are having some problems with heat, caused by the Thermtrip feature that is in the Mac Intel chips, this article has several options for you in order to be proactive about it. The key is proper ventilation, which seems like a no-brainer but sometimes the simplest solutions are the ones that we miss. Have you had any problems with temperature issues since upgrading?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Miss Snow Leopard and Want to go Back? Here is How to do it...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:30 PM

"Mac OS X Lion has been out for a few days now, and I'm quite happy using it on all my machines. But judging by questions I've been asked, that's not a universal experience."

If you are unhappy with your OS X Lion experience, then this will help you revert back to Snow Leopard. Personally, I'm enjoying the heck out of Lion but I guess that isn't the case for everyone. If you have had problems, or working through learning curves, let us know here in a reply. I'm curious how many of you have made the switch and are happy, or unhappy as the case may be.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Some Hidden Lion Features That Might Come in Handy

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:48 PM

"More than one million people have downloaded the newest version of Mac OS X, 10.7 Lion. Lion touts more than 250 new features, but Apple only advertises a few of them."

The best one I think is the return to normal scrolling from natural. I am not sold on it yet, but I may get used to it. If I can't, it's very easy to revert back to how it was before Lion. Namely, go to System Preferences, Trackpad, then the Scroll And Zoom tab. From here all you do is uncheck "natural scrolling." Pretty simple. What is your favorite new feature?

First Day Sales for OS X Lion? How Does Over One Million Sound?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Apple announced Thursday that sales of OS X 10.7 Lion topped the one million mark on Wednesday, the first day of availability. Lion is only available through the Mac App Store, and at US$29.99, that means Apple has added another $30 million to its coffers (you know, because Apple was running short on cash)."

This is the first version of any Mac OS to sell one million copies on it's first day of availability, and I have to venture a guess that having it readily available for download online via the Mac App Store contributed in no small way to this impressive figure. Now we shall see if it can keep up these kinds of numbers, as the previous versions have done (two million in the first three days for Leopard for example.) Did you already download your copy? Any problems if you did?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Free Lion Upgrade Details Released From Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:41 PM

"Apple on Wednesday spelled out the details of its free Lion upgrade offer, saying that the deal also applies to Macs bought after the new operating system's debut."

If you purchased a new or Apple refurbished Mac between 6/8/11 and 6/20/11, you can submit an online form no later than 8/19/11. Once submitted you will get a key code to redeem in the Mac App Store for your upgrade of Lion. You can also get the upgrade if the Mac you purchased after 6/20/11 has Snow Leopard on it ie those that were already in the sales pipeline when Lion was released. Make sure you submit the online form within 30 days of the purchase of those "in the pipeline" Macs or you will lose out on the free upgrade. You can get all the details at the Apple site, and links to the online forms.

Do You Miss Front Row? Well, Take it Back!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Although OS X Lion is bringing a ton of new features, it is also losing some that Apple feels are outdated and no longer needed within the operating system. One of these discontinued features is Front Row, a media center introduced to OS X back in 2005 that allowed users to browse and view their movies, music, and other media in full screen."

I like Front Row so I'm going to do this little trick and get it back once it goes away with my Lion install. Of course, be careful anytime you install anything, but if you want it back also, head to Ralph Perdomo's site here and download the app.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

iTunes 10.4, Now 64-bit and Made for Lion

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:15 PM

"Apple has released iTunes 10.4, with 64-bit support and Mac OS X Lion compatibility."

I'm sure it was compatible with Lion before, but this version was designed to work with Lion. And, wait for it... it is a 64-bit Cocoa application. You can use the Full-Screen App capability with it now to ease your program use. If you aren't sure what Full-Screen Apps are all about (basically using all of your screen real estate), Apple has a nice informational page set up here. iWork was also included in the updates today so it can also work seamlessly with Lion.

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