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Geoff Duncan 7 comments

What Does the T2 Chip Mean for Mac Usage?

Apple's custom T2 chip brings better security to recent Macs—and we all like security! But the T2 also makes Macs harder to repair or use with non-Apple operating systems, and it can create nightmares for DJs and musicians. So is a T2 Mac right for you?

Josh Centers No comments

For Better or Worse, GarageBand Has Changed Music

Since its introduction in 2004, Apple’s GarageBand has become a staple in music production, perhaps even more than you may have realized.

Agen Schmitz 13 comments

CorelDRAW Comes Back to the Mac

After an 18-year absence, the CorelDRAW vector graphics editor returns to macOS in a graphics suite that also includes a photo editor and font manager, as well as a cloud-based app for on-the-go design work. Further showing its renewed interest in the Mac, Corel has also acquired virtualization company Parallels.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Flickr Vows to Not Delete Creative Commons Images or Those of Deceased Members

In an effort to make the company’s business model sustainable, Flickr is deleting excess images, but it’s taking new measures to soften the blow.

Adam Engst 29 comments

It’s Frustrating That Preview in Mojave Isn’t Better

After taking a close look at Preview in Mojave while updating “Take Control of Preview,” Adam Engst comes away disappointed. The new features aren’t impressive, one notable change is actively bad, and there are new bugs. But he’d still like to see Apple enhance the still-powerful graphics and PDF editor.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Apple Announces “Shot on iPhone Challenge” Winners

Apple has named ten winners in its “Shot on iPhone Challenge,” whose photos will be featured in billboards around the world, in Apple retail stores, and online.

Victor Agreda 1 comment

Pixelmator Pro: How Does It Compare to Photoshop CC?

Photoshop may be the 800-pound gorilla of the graphics world, but Pixelmator Pro has stepped into the ring. How does it match up? The answer largely depends on what you need from an image editor. Find out what advantages Pixelmator Pro has, and where it lags behind, in this comprehensive analysis.

Josh Centers No comments

Flickr Extends Photo Deletion Deadline to 12 March 2019

Flickr’s new owner SmugMug is deleting excess photos from free accounts in an effort to make the service sustainable. It originally planned to do so in early February but has extended the deadline.

Michael E. Cohen 12 comments

Highland 2 Helps Screenwriters Balance Genders

As most working actresses know, Hollywood historically has offered more roles—and lines—for men than women, but a simple tool in the Highland 2 screenwriting app can help screenwriters better distribute their characters and dialog among the genders.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 2 comments

Google and Facebook Use the iPhone’s Portrait Mode for Fun Effects

Apple isn’t possessive of Portrait mode, the iPhone photography feature for creating shots with blurred backgrounds; it allows third parties to integrate the capability into their iOS apps. Google and Facebook are the latest to do it, each in their own way.

Adam Engst 15 comments

Jason Snell Compares Mimeo and Motif Photos Project Extensions

Wondering about the best approach for making a book or calendar as a holiday present, now that Apple has gotten out of the business of print projects? Over at Six Colors, “Take Control of Photos” author Jason Snell compared Mimeo and Motif.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Watch Apple’s Holiday Short: “Share Your Gifts”

Apple has produced a lovely short film for the holidays that’s an ode to creativity on the Mac. It’s also a testament to the amount of time, money, and effort Apple seems increasingly willing to put into unusual marketing efforts.

Sharon Zardetto 6 comments

macOS Hidden Treasures: The Mac’s Hidden Markup Tools

The Preview app has long provided tools that let you mark up an image with arrows, text, and even free-form drawing. But other Mac apps—Mail, Notes, Photos, TextEdit, and more—also provide access to similar markup tools, and now macOS 10.14 Mojave makes them available even in the Finder and the new screenshot interface.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Flickr Limits Free Accounts to 1000 Photos to Make the Service Sustainable

Flickr, now owned by SmugMug, is limiting free accounts and improving paid accounts to help the beloved service survive in the long term.

Joe Kissell 9 comments

Nisus Writer Pro 3.0 Hits New Levels of Word-Processing Power

The just-released Nisus Writer Pro 3.0 brings over 300 changes to the legendary word processor, including Split View, greatly improved comments, user interface enhancements, and many bug fixes.