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Use Printopia to send docs and photos to your Mac

The Printopia utility brings AirPrint to any printer. But it's also a handy way to save documents and images from your iOS devices to your Mac.

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Use Printopia to send docs and photos to your Mac

The Printopia utility brings AirPrint to any printer. But it's also a handy way to save documents and images from your iOS devices to your Mac.

iTunes iOS syncing gone? Solve it with Server!

With Mavericks, contact and calendar syncing via iTunes is gone. But with a $20 investment you can keep your data out of the cloud.

How to make the most of Mavericks's Finder tags

The Finder's new tags feature isn't just for the overly organized. With these tips, anyone can put them to productive use.

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How to install Mavericks over Leopard

Apple says you need either Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6), Lion (OS X 10.7), or Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) installed before you can install Mavericks (OS X 10.9). But there are situations in which you may have a valid license for one of these prerequisite versions, but your Mac still has Leopard (OS X 10.5) installed. Here's how to save some time, and reduce the hassle, by upgrading directly from Leopard to Mavericks.

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Should you do a "clean install" of Mavericks?

Some Mac users choose to perform a "clean install" of each major new version of OS X, erasing their drive and starting over. Here’s a look at whether or not that's possible when installing Mavericks and, more important, whether it’s advisable.

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How to make a bootable Mavericks install drive

Though you can install Mavericks (OS X 10.9) directly from your Mac's hard drive, a bootable installer drive can be more convenient for installing the OS onto multiple Macs. And if your Mac is experiencing problems, a bootable installer makes a handy emergency drive. We walk you through the process of creating such a drive, step-by-step.

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Installing Mavericks: What you need to know

Mavericks (OS X 10.9) is available only as a direct download from Apple’s Mac App Store. This method of distribution is convenient, but it’s not without challenges and questions. Here’s a comprehensive look at the details of downloading, installing, and setting up Apple’s lastest OS. We also take a look at some of the upgrade obstacles you might face.

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Get your Mac ready for Mavericks (OS X 10.9)

Like Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) and Lion (OS X 10.7) before it, OS X 10.9 Mavericks is as easy to install as downloading an installer from the Mac App Store and double-clicking. But there are still some things you should do before downloading Mavericks to ensure that your Mac is ready and that the upgrade process goes smoothly.

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Installing Mavericks: Our complete guide

The latest version of OS X, 10.9 Mavericks, is here. But before you rush to install Mavericks, you'll want to check out our in-depth guide to preparing your Mac for the new OS, downloading and installing it, creating a bootable backup of the installer, and more.

Automator workflow of the month: Automate kiosk presentations

There's no reason to let a kiosk presentation run when there's no one there to watch it. With Automator you can trigger and shut down these presentations at appropriate times.

Cure for a corrupt Calendar application

You launch Calendar, it appears briefly, and then--BLAMMO--it's gone. What causes this problem? Chris Breen shows you how to track down it (and similar problems).

Creating and saving styles in Pages, TextEdit, and Mail

A reader wishes to create and save styles (with colored text) in a variety of Apple applications. Chris Breen explains how it's done.

Automator workflow of the month: Quick media manipulation

Sure, you can perform tweaks of media files in one application or another, but Automator allows you to do them more quickly without leaving the Finder.