Add special effects to Contacts photos in OS X on the Mac

Contacts, friends, family and more

If you use the Contacts app on the Apple Mac, you will probably have taken the photos assigned to each contact for granted. They are what they are and that’s it. Well actually, no. You can apply interesting and entertaining special effects to them.

Do you suffer with a blurry MacBook screen? Solve it!

The one thing on your MacBook or iMac that you use the most is the screen and if the display is not up to scratch you will suffer irritation, eyestrain and maybe even headaches. Sort it out with these tweaks.

Use advanced print features in TextEdit

In some ways TextEdit is a nice little word processor that can be used to create documents on your Apple Mac, but in other ways it can be very frustrating and basic features are missing. In this article I will look at one useful feature that you may not have spotted and then look at a feature that is missing and see how to get around the problem.

Speed up your Mac by defragmenting the disk drive

Everyone knows that Windows computers slow down over time because the files on the disk drive become fragmented. Everyone knows that the Mac’s disk never needs defragmenting. But is this true? No.

Get a comprehensive dashboard for your Mac with MagicianPaster

In a car you have a speedometer, rev counter, clock, odometer, temperature (engine and cabin), fuel gauge, and maybe even more displays. What about your Mac? If you want to know the status of your Mac get MagicianPaster.

Automatic updates for OS X are unsafe! Disable them!

Updates are supposed to fix flaws and bugs and add features, but sometimes they go wrong and they have unintended effects. After an update the computer, phone or tablet may not work properly and a flaw in the update can cause more problems that it is supposed to fix. Disable automatic updates for your safety.

Apple launches thinner lighter MacBook

Today Apple launched a brand new MacBook and spent a lot of time talking about its construction. It is thinner and lighter than any previous MacBook, although the MacBook Air could hardly be called thick and heavy.

Take control of your Apple Mac's sounds

Your Apple Mac can make a variety of sounds when you are using it, but what do they all mean? Why do you get one sound on some occasions and another at other times? How can you select the sounds it makes? All these questions and more are answered here.

Add OneDrive online storage to your Mac

Some people may regard Microsoft as the arch enemy, but the company really does quite a lot to support Apple Mac users with great software and services. OneDrive, which was formerly called SkyDrive, offers more online storage for your files and it is more flexible than Apple's iCloud storage for free.

Manage passwords with 1Password

Security on websites, services, computers, mobile phones and tablets is a pain. One of the most irritating features is the way that almost everything you use these days needs a password. It's impossible to remember them all. 1Password is one solution and currently it is half price.

Print with System Dialog in Chrome on the Mac

Although Safari is the natural web browser to use on the Apple Mac, some people prefer to use Google Chrome instead. There is another choice when it comes to printing from the browser and this is between Chrome’s print facility and the OS X print system dialog. Fortunately, you can use both.

Are Mac apps secretly monitoring your location?

World map

If you have a recent Apple MacBook or iMac and recent version of OS X such as Mavericks, Yosemite or El Capitan, it is possible for apps that you run are working out your current location. They can tell quite accurately where in the world you are and this extends right down to the name of the street and sometimes even the building you are currently in, using your Mac.

Resizing vs resampling images in Preview

PreviewPreview is a useful tool on the Mac and is perhaps one of the most used. It is a viewer for a wide range of files and it even has some editing capabilities too. For example, if you load a photo or other image, there is an option to resize it on the Tools menu. It looks straightforward, but should you tick the Resample Image box? What does it do to the image? Is it important?

Calculate appointment travel times with Calendar

Calendar on the Apple Mac is a useful tool for organising meetings, appointments, and so on. Just double click a day in Calendar to create a new event and then fill in the name and time. The location is optional and you might not think that you need it, but if you do enter an address, Calendar can tell you how long it will take you to get there either by car or by walking. It’s a useful feature.

Clean junk from the disk with Ccleaner for a leaner cleaner Mac

Ccleaner is a very popular utility in the Windows world and it cleans the system of junk and clutter, erases information you want to keep private, and generally keeps Windows running smoothly. There is a version for the Apple Mac version too and it is free to download and use.

Stop scammers, phishing and malicious websites hacking your Mac

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WOT is short for Web of Trust and it helps you to avoid the scams, malware and bad websites that are on the internet. It is a free extension for Safari on the Apple Macand if you are concerned about your safety on the web, you should add it to your browser. With millions downloads, this is a popular security tool.

Sharks vs Dolphins animated 3D action on your Mac

Which is better, Sharks or Dolphins? I know which most people would rather meet when swimming in the ocean, but here we are talking about two apps in the Apple Mac App Store. Dolphins 3D Lite and Sharks 3D are two programs from the same developer, 3Planesoft, and they are both excellent, but one is better than the other.

View and filter your Twitter feed in Safari

If you like to keep an eye on the activity in your Twitter feed and you are running Safari on OS X Yosemite, you can open a sidebar to show the latest tweets. You don’t need to go to the Twitter website, you don’t need to leave the current web page and you can easily filter and search for information.

Use Safe Mode on your Mac to troubleshoot problems

Computers are complex machines and this can make problems very hard to solve unless you are an expert. Although some faults have an obvious cause and are thus easy to fix, this is not always the case. What can you do? Starting in Safe mode can help you to solve Mac problems.

Recover lost files on your Mac and other media

Everyone loses files sooner or later and it can be a disaster or a minor inconvenience depending on what software tools you have. Backups are essential of course, but not everyone has a backup, sometimes they are incomplete, and files can be lost before they are backed up. When this happens you need a file recovery tool like MiniTool Mac Data Recovery.

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