How to burn movies to disc in an iDVD-less world

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Colleague X has a burning question from a friend:

Hey, have you done a 911 recently about burning a movie to a DVD? A friend was asking and I realized I have no real idea how this is done in the post-iDVD world.

No I haven’t, but it’s time I did.

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How to automatically add movies to your Mac media server

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Reader Jason Enns would like to streamline his media acquisition workflow. He writes:

I know you’re a fan of the Mac mini media center and I’ve tried to follow your example. The problem is, the computer I use to rip DVDs is in my basement office and my media center Mac is upstairs. I know I can copy files from one to the other via file sharing but I’d love a way for movies I rip to be automatically added to the mini’s iTunes library. Any suggestions?

Do as I do and follow along.

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How to join together audiobook tracks

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Reader Dave T. seeks to lessen some iTunes tedium. He writes:

I listen to audiobooks on my iPhone, ripped from discs I own. But ripping them is inconvenient as I load a CD into my iMac, iTunes pops up, I press Command-A to select all tracks, click on Options, select Join CD Tracks, click on Import CD, and finally click OK in the Import Settings window to import the selected tracks as a single track. Doing this for a 20 CD book is tiresome. Is there an easier way?

There is. It’s called Join Together, costs a measly $5, and was created by Doug Adams of Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes. It works this way.

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Transferring Outlook-for-Mac email to Apple's Mail

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Reader Dan Hawes is considering a move to Mail. He writes:

In the August 2014 issue of Macworld you describe a process for moving a Windows Outlook database into a Mac and then into Apple Mail. I’ve been a Microsoft Office for Mac user for a long time but I keep reading about the terrific things that Apple Mail can do, and I’d therefore really like to export my Outlook data and import it into Mail. The process you described for Windows doesn’t work for Mac Outlook email files. Do you know of an alternative process I can use to move my Mac Outlook database into Apple Mail?

I do. You can do this the kind-of-tedious-but-free way, or pay for a solution.

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iOS

Bugs & Fixes: Saving your Notes from disaster

Ted Landau Senior Contributor, Macworld

Apple’s Notes (available both for OS X and iOS) has long been one of my most frequently used apps. With its improved cross-platform syncing in recent OS iterations, the app is better than ever. If I create a note on my iPhone while away from home, it’s waiting for me on my Mac when I return—and vice versa. The Notes user interface is almost identical across platforms, making it especially easy to navigate between the two. That’s why, whenever I want to jot down and store snippets of information, Notes is my go-to app.

“But wait!” I can hear the naysayers out there. They are reminding me that there are other note-taking apps, ones that similarly offer cross-platform syncing, but have more extensive editing options. They also include useful features missing from Notes, such as an ability to store images or organize notes in category folders. Evernote is one such app. I do use Evernote. It’s great. But I still keep coming back to Notes precisely because of its barebones simplicity. Too often, when I just want to record some brief text (especially if I don’t intend to save it for an extended time) the multitude of features in apps such as Evernote seem to get in my way rather than offer benefits.

That said, there is one limitation of Notes that is quite serious. It’s so serious that it is almost a deal-breaker for me: The way OS X stores notes is so obtuse that, if you unintentionally delete a note and the Undo command cannot bring it back, recovering the file will be a hassle at a minimum and, at worst, all-but-impossible. At the very least, this makes Notes a poor choice for long-term storage of important data. To be fair, apps such as Evernote share some of the same problems. But they typically have better recovery options than Notes.

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Updating a Harmony Remote with updated software

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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A reader who wishes to remain anonymous writes in with a question about an answer.

In a recent Mac 911 you mentioned that Logitech’s Harmony Remote Software was behind the times in regard to modern devices. And while that’s true, the company created the MyHarmony app that replaces that software on newer Harmony devices. I’ve found it much better for dealing with newer devices.

I’ve now added the hashtag #mybad to that article (and have updated it). You’re correct, the MyHarmony app is the way to go if you have a modernish Harmony remote (meaning a Harmony Ultimate; Harmony Ultimate Hub; Harmony Smart Control; Harmony Touch, Harmony Ultimate One; Harmony One+; Harmony 700, 650, 600, 300, 200, 350; or Harmony Link). For those who haven’t discovered it, here’s the gist.

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How to restore deleted Safari bookmarks

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Reader Aaron Drake did the bad thing with his bookmarks and would like to undo his actions. He writes:

“I recently went on a cleaning binge and as part of it I wiped out what I thought were unnecessary Safari bookmarks. A couple of days later I realized that I need some of them. I have a Time Machine backup but don’t know where to find the old bookmarks. Help!!”

Since you asked so nicely, sure. Follow along.

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