Utilities

Use Preview on the Mac to resize and compress images for the web

Optimise images for social networks, websites and blogs using the Preview app on the Apple Mac

There are many places to share your photos on the web, such as social media, your blog or website. Each has an optimum size for best results and Preview on the Apple Mac can prepare your photos.

6 Safari extensions that will increase productivity on your Mac

6 ways to increase productivity with Safari extensions on the Mac

We are all faced with increasing workloads and busy social lives, so if you are not managing to get everything done that needs doing, these 6 Safari extensions will increase your productivity.

6 best clipboard managers for the Apple Mac to boost productivity

The 6 best clipboard managers for macOS are on test

The clipboard is an incredibly useful feature of macOS, so why is there only one? Here are 6 free clipboard managers for macOS that enable you to store up dozens of items on the clipboard.

Replace the missing battery time remaining menubar indicator on the Mac

Add the missing battery time left indicator on the Apple Mac

Apple made a tiny change to macOS 10.12.2, but it is a major irritation for some people. That change is the removal of the ‘battery time remaining’ menubar indicator. Here’s how to put it back.

How to stop apps starting automatically on the Mac for extra speed

Some apps on the Mac automatically start when you log in. It can even happen after you have deleted an app! How do they do this and how do you stop them? Here’s the solution and it’s not obvious.

Store passwords in a secure vault with Avast Passwords for Mac

Don't lose control of your passwords, store them securely in a password manager

It seems that everything on the internet requires a password these days and it is hard to keep track of them. Avast Passwords is a free (for now) Mac tool that can do the job for you.

How to encrypt files from the command line on the Apple Mac using OpenSSL

Encrypt private files you don't want anyone to see using OpenSSL on the Apple Mac

Do you have files on your Mac’s disk that you want to keep private? Encrypt them! Use the openssl command line tool in Terminal to make sure no-one can access them. They’re safe for emailing too.

How to securely delete files on a Mac so they can’t be recovered

Secure your files on the Apple Mac and prevent anyone from accessing them or recovering them when they are deleted

When files are deleted they are not removed from the disk and they remain there. If someone had access to your Mac they could recover them. Here’s how to stop them

Use this trick to speed up your old Mac and get it running like new

How to speed up the Apple Mac's disk drive - for old style mechanical disks

Operating system upgrades are interesting and macOS has some nice features, but there is a downside to them. You Mac runs slower and slower. However, you can use this trick to speed it up again.

How to download Windows for free and run it on your Apple Mac

Download Windows for free and run it on your Apple Mac

No matter how hard Mac users try to give up Windows, it still draws us back. If you need to use Windows on your Mac it will cost a lot of money for a license. Or you can download a copy for free!

A much improved Dr Safety scans your Apple Mac for malware

Mac malware - is your Apple Mac infected with malware?

When I first looked at Dr. Safety, a security app from Trend Micro, it had some irritations and was disappointing. However, it has been  improved and it now much better. It is worth another look.

Avira free VPN service for Mac secures your internet connection

Keep your internet activity private when in public by securing your connection with a VPN

Your internet connection needs to be secure for many online activities, but sometimes it is not, such as when using public Wi-Fi hotspots. Avira Phantom VPN connection makes sure no-one can spy on you.

How to find and delete duplicate files on the Mac’s disk

Find duplicate files on the disk and then erase them to reclaim the space

Duplicate files are a waste of space. They use megabytes or even gigabytes of disk space and serve no purpose, so why not hunt them down and delete them? It will free up space for other things.

Hard Drive to SSD Cloning: Disk Utility or Clone Software

Clone the hard disk drive in your Apple Mac to a new SSD for extra performance | rawinfopages.com

Douglas Gordon highlights the methods to clone Mac hard drive to SSD -  Disk Utility and third-party Drive Clone software. He also provides an opinion in which disk cloning strategy is better of the two.

How to uninstall Mac software properly and remove all traces

How to uninstall software properly on the Apple Mac and remove all traces leaving nothing behind - rawinfopages.com

The standard advice to someone wanting to uninstall an app on the Apple Mac is to drag it to the Trash and the job’s done. I will show six different cases where that is bad advice.

Fix your Apple Mac's disk with a secret power tool

Fix disk errors on the Apple Mac and get your computer working again | rawinfopages.com

The disk in an Apple Mac is probably the one component that is most likely to fail. Perhaps that is because it is neither designed nor built by Apple. There is a geeky secret tool that can be used to repair faults and here's how to use it.

How to access files on Android devices from your Mac

Apple MacBook and Samsung Galaxy S6 Android phone

Not every Apple Mac user has an iPhone or iPad and some people have an Android phone or tablet. How can you browse the folders and files on an Android device and copy them to your Mac’s disk?

XnConvert is the best image converter for the Mac by far

Batch convert and process images on the Apple Mac

When you need to convert images from one format to another, what’s your favourite software? XnConvert for the Apple Mac is one of the most powerful you’ll find. What’s more, it’s free!

Check files on your Mac for malware with VirusTotal

Malware on the Mac is rare, but it exists and it can infect your computer. Take care!

Viruses, Trojans, spyware and other types of malware are to be found on the internet, but the internet also provides means to protect your Mac. Use VirusTotal to stay safe.

Get a handy 3D Weather widget for your Apple Mac desktop

Get a weather forecast for your desktop computer and don't be caught out in a shower

OS X, soon to be called macOS, has some weather forecasting ability, but it is very limited. The Today widget provides some information, but 3D Weather Free is far superior and a great app.

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