Share files with Dropbox

Email’s nice for sharing the occasional holiday photo or short story, but what to do when you need to share something more substantial? In this Macworld Video tip, we explain how to set up a Dropbox account so that you can exchange files of all sizes with your friends and family.

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Create custom iPhone alert sounds with GarageBand

Apple’s iOS devices come preloaded with a handful of alert sounds that you can use for ringtones and, as of iOS 5, for text messages, voicemails, reminders, and more. But maybe you want something more distinctive: a snippet of your favorite song, a clip from a classic movie, the whoosh of a materializing TARDIS?

No problem. Using GarageBand ( ) on your Mac, you can quickly turn any sound file into an alert sound for your iOS device; then you won’t have to check your phone every time you hear one of those default iPhone ringtones in a crowded café. Follow along with this week’s Macworld video tip to see how.

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Control iTunes from the keyboard with Take Five and SizzlingKeys

I like to listen to music while I work, but I don’t like needing to switch back to the iTunes app whenever I want to change tracks. I also have a bad habit of pausing music—say, when my boss calls—and then not realizing until quitting time that I’ve spent the rest of my day in silence, after forgetting to resume my tunes.

By using a tandem of Take Five ( ) and SizzlingKeys ( ), I get the full playback control I crave, and the automatic un-pausing I need. I’ll show you how in this week’s Macworld video tip:

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Set up custom iPhone email alerts with Boxcar and Gmail

Sure, you can set your iPhone to chime when you get new mail. But if you get a lot of mail, like I do, it's not very helpful. What you really want is a notification when you get important mail from important people. So that's just what I created, using a few Gmail filters and an iPhone app called Boxcar.

If you get a lot of mail and use a mail service with server-side rules, such as Gmail, you can do it too. Let me show you how in this week's Macworld video tip.

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Ripping the correct DVD title with HandBrake

The weekly Macworld Video returns! Starting this week, Macworld’s editors will provide a helpful video compatible not only with your web browser, but also your iOS device. In this specific video I show you how to use DVD Player to determine which is the correct main title to rip for the DVDs you own. Enjoy.

Download Macworld Video #157

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Hands on with the Woodees iPic Stylus

We’re gearing up for round two of our mega-roundup of iOS styluses here at Macworld; in the meantime, we’ve got a few quirky stylus accessories that didn't quite fit into a larger collection. The Woodees iPic Stylus is one of these outliers: From far away, the stylus resembles nothing more than your average guitar pick, but when you flip it around, you discover the Multi-Touch-enabled stylus nib hiding below. I’ve written up a full review of the iPic elsewhere on our website, but if you want to see it in action, check out this video.

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