Looking for a simpler way to tell Siri which of the many Dans, Jennifers, or Jasons in your contacts list you want to call? In this week's video tip, Scholle Sawyer McFarland shares a few ways to get the job done.
Siri makes it easy to call or text friends and colleagues when you’re on the go. But what happens if your friends all have the same name? For instance, in the Macworld office there are three Dans, two of which have last names that start with “M.”
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Here’s the setup: You’ve purchased an HD webcam, either because your Mac doesn’t have a camera or you’re not satisfied with the camera built into your computer. You jack the thing into your Mac and, sure enough, images from your camera appear in the appropriate applications.
But you want more from that camera. You’d like to zoom in; change the camera’s exposure, contrast, and brightness; maybe add an effect. If you were hoping to find Mac-compatible software in the box that lets you do these things, you’re going to be disappointed. Though webcam manufacturers are happy to support their Windows customers with such utilities, Mac users are on their own.
Fortunately, a couple of savvy developers have come to your rescue. In this video I show you how to manipulate your webcam with two utilities—Liang-Hsin Chen’s $8 Webcam Settings (Mac App Store link) and Ecamm Network’s $20 iGlasses 3.
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I made the jump from Windows 8 to Mac OS X a few months back, when I started carrying a Macbook Pro for work. Let me tell you, the scariest part of moving from a Windows PC to a Mac is the prospect of losing access to the tools and utilities you use on a daily basis. What I realized, though, is that many of the features and tools I relied on in Windows are also available in OS X. You just have to know where to look.
As I discovered, software is rarely an issue: The lion’s share of your favorite programs have Mac analogues, and the growing popularity of subscription services like Office 365 and Adobe’s Creative Cloud make it easy to seamlessly transition your software licenses from a Windows PC to a Mac. You can also bring most of your Windows peripherals with you, though you might have more fun exploring the wonderful world of Apple accessories.
For me, the real struggle was trying to translate all the everyday tasks I found so simple in Windows but so confusing in OS X. When you don’t know where to go to adjust volume levels or capture screenshots, every day can be an exercise in frustration. (Unconsciously reaching for the Start menu every five minutes certainly made me feel like a huge rube.) So I did what any good tech geek would do: I ventured out into the unknown and made myself a translation guide for all my basic tools, shortcuts, and gestures. And now I want to share them with you.
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Sending big files can be a big pain, but in this week’s video tip you’ll learn two simple ways to do the job at no cost.
Most of us are used to emailing files back and forth with friends and colleagues. But when it comes to big files, you might end up feeling like you’re trying to stuff a package through a mail slot. If your attachment is too big—Gmail’s limit, for example, is 25MB—you’ll receive errors and alerts, saying that your message exceeds the mail server’s limits. So what then?
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In this video, our third on getting more out of Objective Development’s excellent LaunchBar utility, we show you how to take advantage of LaunchBar’s new snippets feature to paste frequently used bits of text.
Here at Macworld, we’re big fans of LaunchBar, a utility that works a lot like OS X’s Spotlight, but does much, much more. I recently reviewed the latest version, LaunchBar 5.5, and in this video, my third on getting more out of LaunchBar (see Be More Productive With LaunchBar Part 1 and Part 2), I’m going to show you how to take advantage of one of my favorite new features, text snippets.Read more »