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Adam Engst 9 comments

LittleBITS: Crab Fit, Insta360 GO 2, myCharge MAG-LOCK, Windows on M1 Macs

Frustrated by wanting to write about various topics that are either too big or too small (or too something) for a full article, Adam Engst resorts to sharing some short stories that may be enlightening, enjoyable, or just allow him to close a loop in his head.

Adam Engst 12 comments

Work with Text in Images with TextSniper and Photos Search

With these utilities from different developers, you can extract text from any image on the Mac or search for text in your photos on either the Mac or iPhone. Text in images is no longer just pixels.

Adam Engst 3 comments

A Solution for Group “Best Wishes” Certificates During the Pandemic

Faced with the inability to gather signatures in person on a commemorative certificate for a departing friend, Adam Engst simulated the process by collecting messages with Google Forms, turning them into text graphics with handwriting fonts, and arranging them in a layout program.

Jeff Carlson 4 comments

Editing RAW and ProRAW Photos Using RAW Power 3

Every photo editing app can edit RAW files, but most of them apply the same controls to every image, regardless of format. RAW Power 3.3—on macOS, iOS, and iPadOS—features RAW-specific adjustments, the capability to work with proprietary RAW files that aren’t supported at the system level, and more. It also enables you to edit images in the Apple ProRAW format in ways that Apple’s own Photos app doesn’t.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Apple Now Lets You Transfer iCloud Photos to Google Photos

Have you been using iCloud Photos but wish you could switch to Google Photos? Apple has now made it possible to transfer photos and videos from iCloud to Google Photos, but not vice-versa.

Adam Engst 1 comment

First Look: Insta360 ONE X2 Steady Cam

Wouldn’t it be nice to make videos with a camera that records both you and everything around you and allows you to edit all the footage together after the fact? That’s what the Insta360 ONE X2 steady cam enables, thanks to 360º filming and a powerful editing app.

Josh Centers Adam Engst 1 comment

Picsew Is Indispensable for Professional iOS Screenshots

Picsew is a handy iOS app for stitching together, cropping, bordering, and otherwise cleaning up screenshots. We walk you through some of our favorite features.

Dave Kitabjian 74 comments

Surprise! Fujitsu Releases 64-Bit ScanSnap Manager for Older Scanners

Since the release of Catalina, owners of older ScanSnap scanners have been scrambling to find a way to keep their devices functioning after Fujitsu refused to upgrade its software. In a surprising—and very late—move, Fujitsu has released the 64-bit ScanSnap Manager V7, which includes support for some previously end-of-lifed scanners.

Glenn Fleishman 11 comments

What the HEIC? Apple’s Highly Compressed Image Format Still Confuses

Although it has been nearly three years since Apple introduced its version of a new standard format for highly compressed images and videos, the details remain hard to decipher. That’s partly due to Apple’s confusing labeling.

Josh Centers No comments

Sony Recalls TOUGH SD Cards Due to Data Corruption

Sony has recalled a number of its SD cards due to possible data corruption, and the company will replace them for free through 31 March 2022.

Michael E. Cohen 11 comments

Apple to End Support for iBooks Author

Apple’s education-oriented ebook creation software will receive no further updates and will be pulled from the Mac App Store. The company is encouraging users to switch to Pages, promising that a future update to Pages will be able to import iBooks Author files.

Josh Centers No comments

The Verge Reviews a $16,599 Mac Pro for Media Production

The Verge dropped nearly $17,000 on a Mac Pro to put it through its paces for media production at Vox Media. Was it worth it, especially in comparison with a cheaper, more powerful PC?

Adam Engst 6 comments

2019 Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR: Big Iron for Big Bucks

As promised, Apple has released the powerful Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR before the end of 2019. Not by a lot, but if you get your order in soon, Apple will even deliver them before January. Just be prepared to pony up a chunk of change.

Dave Kitabjian 73 comments

VueScan: Not the ScanSnap Replacement You’re Looking For

If you have a ScanSnap S1300, S1500, or S1500M scanner, you should be legitimately worried that its 32-bit software will no longer run in macOS 10.15 Catalina. Dave Kitabjian discusses your options, with an in-depth look at third-party scanner software VueScan.

Glenn Fleishman 8 comments

iPhone 11 Night Mode Brings Good Things to Light

It has always been hard to take good photos in the dark, regardless of the camera. With the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, Apple has taken a new approach to shine more light on the problem.