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Automator workflow: Collect Calendar events in an Excel spreadsheet

With a new year comes a looming tax date and the need to create records of where and how you spent and made money. Automator can help compile records of your whereabouts.

How to batch rename files for free

You've created hundreds of files using one naming convention only to discover that a different convention is required. Don't sweat it. With Automator you can batch rename them with ease.

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Make iPhone actions easier with Launch Center Pro

Launch Center Pro helps you get more out of, and do stuff more efficiently with, your iPhone or iPod touch. This week's video shows you how.

Friday the 13th: International Verify-Your-Backup Day

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When was the last time you checked to be sure that you really could restore your Mac's data from your backup drive? Adam Engst at TidBITS says today is the day to check.

How to effectively fill your Mac's display when screen sharing

You've screen shared with a Mac mini connected to an HDTV but, by gum, that shared screen won't fill your computer's display. Chris Breen shows you how it's done.

Automator workflow of the month: Automatically file downloaded items

In this month's workflow, Chris Breen shows how to avoid a messy Downloads folder by using an Automator folder action to sort files by type into folders.

Be More Productive with LaunchBar: Snippets

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.

Bugs & Fixes: Resolving an iPhone camera dust-up

Ted Landau finds that AppleCare turns out to be the best way to deal with a pesky piece of dust on the lens of his iPhone 5's camera. Also, Apple Hardware Test makes way for the new Apple Diagnostics application.

Missing Spaces? TotalSpaces could be the cure

If you long for Snow Leopard's Spaces feature, BinaryAge's TotalSpaces may restore the capabilities you miss in Mission Control.

What to do about a failing hard drive

You happen to fire up Disk Utility and -- whu oh! -- you see that your hard drive has failed a diagnostic test. What do you do? Don't panic, says Chris Breen. But start planning for a replacement drive.

How to rip a DVD with HandBrake

Want to liberate the movies in your DVD collection from their plastic-and-metal prisons, so you can enjoy them on your iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Apple TV? Here's how.

Tools we use: The best Mac apps for working remotely

While some companies clamp down on telecommuting, the truth is that remote employees today can more seamlessly integrate with the office than ever before. Lex Friedman runs down the apps he uses to stay better connected with his coworkers around the country.

Automator workflow of the month: Powerful PDF tricks

Automator has some great tools for combining PDFs as well as extracting text from them. Chris Breen shows you how.

How to automate FTP uploads

With a little Automator drag-and-drop folder action you can easily upload new folders to an FTP server.

My top five TextExpander snippets

If you work with text, a utility like TextExpander is indispensable. Here are five ways Dan Miller uses it to save time and typing.