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Welcome to iCreate 117

Keeping up with the latest innovations

from Apple can be challenging in a

climate where things seem to be moving

so quickly. Certainly on the iCreate team we like

to be as up to date as possible, but when new

iPads can be as closely released as the third and

fourth generation were, I would suggest an

inclination towards caution is understandable.

I mention this because the release and the

presence of the Fusion Drive feels like one of

those moments from Apple where getting in on

the ground floor is a smart idea. Will this smarthybrid

drive that merges the power of a hard

drive with the speed of flash memory be

improved? Of course, but it also happens to be

staggeringly good right now. You can read more

about that in our Speed up your Mac feature

and our Mac mini with Fusion Drive review.

Notes of caution remain though elsewhere in

the Apple range as rumours of new iPhones and

iPads within the coming months seem to be

gathering pace. You can read the latest in Apple

Source along with some other tech that caught

our attention at CES in Las Vegas in January.

This issue we’re also particularly proud of our

creative projects, such as planning the ultimate

Apple-powered party, creating custom, artistic

DVD covers with Pixelmator and some top tips

for fixing your images with iPhoto or your

footage with iMovie. Hope you enjoy them all.

Editor

“Fusion Drive feels like one of

those moments from Apple

where getting in on the ground

floor is a smart idea”

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Jonathan Gordon

The multi-touch technology that

has seen us move from the first

iPhone right up to the current

generation of mobile devices has

been revolutionary for me.

Stephen Ashby

The angle-poise iMac G4 marked

the start of a new kind of desktop

machine. It was incredible to use,

too – manoeuvring the screen

around was smooth and simple.

Philip Morris

Retina display devices have

pushed the limits of what the

human eye can pick up. I can’t

look at an iPad 2 screen now

without noticing the difference.

Which Apple hardware innovation

do the team like the best?

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Freddie Harrison

It’s a little obscure, but the silent,

asymmetrical fan blades that

feature in the Retina MacBook

Pros are a stroke of genius. Perfect

for working late into the night.

Stephen Williams

The click wheel on the original

iPod blew my mind. It was so

simple that it was hard to believe

it hadn’t been done before. It

remains iconic technology.

What Apple milestone are you

most fond of?

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contents…

Discover the creative treats in store this month

06 AppleSource

How Apple is driving innovation already this year

12 Speed up your Mac

Make your Mac like new again with our guide to

analysing, optimising and upgrading

22 Throw an Apple powered party

Manage your guest lists, food, drink, music and

invitations all from your Apple devices

30 iCreate tutorials

Expert advice to help you get more from your Mac

76 Genius Bar

Got a problem? Solve it here

82 Create with iCloud

Harness the power of the cloud to create amazing

collaborative projects

90 iOS tutorials

Customise your iPad clock

Make your iPad more private

Sync your devices to iTunes 11

Edit video on iPad with Pinnacle Studio

Take professional photos with Camera+

106 App Store roundup

The best apps for your iPhone,

iPad and iPod touch reviewed

110 iCreate reviews

Hardware, software & accessories rated

128 Your free iCreate disc

Amazing free content for you to download

130 Next month

What you can expect in the next issue

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The latest kit gets the iCreate treatment

110 Mac mini with Fusion Drive

114 iPad styluses

118 Pogo Connect

120 Fender Squier Strat with USB

and iOS Connectivity

122 Capture One Pro 7

124 Parallels Desktop 8

126 F1 2012

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All the latest news, products & events from the world of Apple

Apple continues to drive

innovation in 2013

Secret plans keep rivals on edge as we get a peek at this year’s big trends

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CES gave us a glimpse of the

technology that will dominate

in 2013, and despite Apple not

attending the show, its influence was

felt by all. While the show always looks

at future technologies that are still only

in development, it also shows what the

next 12 months will hold. Apple has never

attended the show in an official capacity,

instead preferring to have the full attention

of a crowd when it launches a new product.

However, Apple was clearly the elephant in

the room, especially when the show floor

was dominated by a few key technologies

rumoured to be up Cupertino’s sleeve.

One of the biggest focal points of this

year’s show was the television. Companies

were showing off their 4K sets, which offer

four times the resolution of the current

batch of 1080p HD TVs. Sizes went up to

and over 100 inches, while Organic LED (or

OLED) displays offered incredible colours.

The combination of the two technologies

resulted in some stunning pictures, but the

prices for these sets are still prohibitively

high, with thousands of dollars needed to

get your hands on a 32-inch screen.

Smart TVs were also making waves at the

event, with new sets offering built-in options

that included a number of catch-up services,

internet connectivity and even OnLive

gaming integration.

This is where Apple’s influence was really

felt; for a long time, rumours of an Apple-

made television set have been circulating,

with the only barrier apparently being

agreements with content providers. Before

the show, a new batch of rumours suggested

that Apple was getting closer to solving

these issues and creating the set, which is

expected to include a simple and intuitive

user interface thanks to comments made by

Steve Jobs shortly before his death.

The other big trend this year looks to

be wearable technology. Fitness trackers,

augmented reality glasses and ‘smart

watches’ such as the Pebble Watch, a

Bluetooth-connected Kickstarter sensation

from last year were all popular at the event.

We asked Gareth Jones, general manager

of Fitbit for Europe, about why he thought


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“It seems that even when Apple isn’t

present, it will still dominate the show”

wearable tech was becoming so popular:

“Wearable technology allows individuals to

capture information privately if they choose,

making it possible to make many small

decisions in the course of a day,” he said.

“Doing more of what people do normally,

like walking, has to be encouraged by

making it discrete, fun and easy. We strive to

bring this opportunity into individual’s lives

as inexpensively as possible.”

Fitbit aren’t uncontested, however;

Nike, Jawbone, LG and more are all in the

running when it comes to fitness trackers,

while rumours of a smart watch from Apple

itself have been ramping up in the last few

months. Even if the rumours prove to be

true, however, the Pebble already has an

advantage over Apple’s own smartwatch; it’s

available right now to customers worldwide,

and it has already shipped tens of thousands

of units to those that backed the device

when it was a Kickstarter project looking

for funding. The watch will connect to your

iPhone via Bluetooth, offering notifications

and controls over your phone, as well as

downloadable apps that will let you track

exercise, use it as a speedometer for your

bike and more. If Apple does come into the

market this year, it will have to do something

really special to top what is already available,

but the Pebble team aren’t too concerned.

“Pebble has plenty of strengths,” said

Pebble’s Sarah Otten. “These include the

battery life of around seven days, visibility

in all lighting conditions, compatibility with

iPhone and Android, and the open SDK so

that any interested third-party developers

can develop apps for Pebble.”

Of course, CES also revealed a huge

number of peripherals for Apple devices,

with many companies working on speakers,

docks and other accessories for Apple’s new

Lightning connector.

It seems that even when Apple isn’t

present, it will still dominate the show;

almost every stand had devices from the

Cupertino company front and centre.

A lot is expected from Apple in the next

12 months, but if CES is anything to go by,

it seems other companies are catching

up, even if they haven’t quite reached the

standards that Apple has set. The concern is

that Apple is being beaten to the punch with

many of the products that it is apparently

working on, but this may not be an issue.

Of course, there were tablets before the

iPad, and there were smartphones before

the iPhone – what made Apple’s devices

successful was that they did what they did so

much better than the competition.

If Apple can do the same with a television

set or a smart watch, it will undoubtedly

succeed again. Unsurprisingly, we can’t wait

to see what Cupertino has up its sleeve.

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iPhone and iPad releases

to become more regular?

Is Apple moving away from the annual

release window for its iOS devices?

Recent rumours have suggested that Apple might be moving

to a more regular release schedule for its future iPhones and

iPads. The iPhone 5 launched in September last year, with the

iPad with Retina display and iPad mini following just a few weeks

later in October. However, there are already reports claiming that the

next iPad and iPad mini will be launched as early as March, just five

months after the current generation.

Meanwhile, more rumours are hinting that Apple could launch its

next iPhone model, perhaps called the iPhone 5S, in June

of 2013. Historically, June has been the

iPhone’s primary release window, as Apple

regularly used its WWDC conference to

announce the new handset. The iPhone

4S and the iPhone 5 were both launched in

autumn, however, and a June release would

come just nine months after the iPhone 5.

While this may anger some customers, the

reality is that Apple’s competitors regularly

release new handsets in order to capture

customers. If the rumours turn out to be true, it

could mark Apple’s response to this trend, with

the fast-moving mobile industry requiring more

than one phone or tablet each year for those that

always want the latest gadgets.

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All the latest news, products & events from the world of Apple

Our CES top five

01. Pebble Watch

This Bluetooth-enabled ‘smart watch’ not only lets

you control music, see important notifications and

find out who’s calling before looking at your phone, it

also offers a number of downloadable apps. Browse

the WatchApp Store and you can install all kinds of

additional tools to the Pebble, including fitness trackers

and watch faces. It runs Bluetooth 4.0, is waterproof,

includes an accelerometer and vibration motor, and

has an e-Ink display, so you can easily see the time

even in bright sunlight. We can’t wait to get our

hands on one of these – look out for our review in an

upcoming issue of iCreate.

03. Fitbit Flex This small fitness tracker brings

Fitbit’s fitness trackers in line

with the current standard – a

fashionable wrist accessory that

lets you track your movements

all day with minimum effort.

The new Flex comes in a range

of colours, and is incredibly simple to use – set yourself

goals online and you can keep track of them all day by

touching the line of LEDs on the strap.

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02. Samsung NX300

We’re big fans of Samsung’s range of Compact System

Cameras here at iCreate, having reviewed its NX11

and NX200 models in the past. The NX300 looks to

continue Samsung’s success, with a 20.3-megapixel

APS-C sensor, 3D shooting capabilities and a fantastic

touchscreen display.

“We can expect to see

thinner, lighter MacBook

Airs and MacBook Pros

with Retina display”

04. Intel Haswell processors

These new processors from Intel

won’t be available until the end

of 2013, but you can start getting

excited about them now. The

new, more efficient chips require

a lot less power, and the result

is that we can expect to see

thinner, lighter MacBook Airs and

MacBook Pros with Retina display later this calendar

year, or early in 2014.

05. Samsung Youm

This might only be a prototype, but

it may also show us the future of

phones. The display of this handset

curves at the edge, allowing for a

news-ticker like pop-up to display

messages, even when the phone

is face-down or covered with a

case. It’s still a long way from mass

production, but within the next 12

months we could be seeing big

developments in the mobile world.

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Everything you need

to know to ensure your

Mac is running to its

optimum level

With a ream of new Macs released at the

end of last year, it’s easy to look at a

slightly ageing machine and wish that

it would run a little faster. You might fawn over the

thinner, faster iMac or boosted MacBook, but for

many users all their current Mac needs is a little tweak here and there

to bring it back up to full speed. In fact, even old Macs can see huge

benefits from clearing hard drive space, upgrading RAM and generally

setting it up to be as power-conscious as possible.

Many users won’t even realise that their Mac is slowing down. The

process is gradual, but over time it’s inevitable that adding files, running

processor-hungry apps and saving data will cause things to stutter

slightly. One day you may be using an app and suddenly realise that a

task that would previously take seconds is now taking a minute or two.

At this point, it’s time to take action, and that’s where we come in.

Depending on how you use your Mac there are a few things that you

can try. In a lot of cases, your machine may be slowing down simply

because of the number of files stored on your hard drive. When a drive

approaches capacity, the whole computer starts to struggle, so more

often than not, clearing files can help boost performance. Of course, with

some actions, there is simply too much going on for your Mac to keep

track of, and in those situations it’s time to free up some more memory,

or simply install a little extra to give you more power. There are also a few

simpler things that you can try to quickly give your Mac a speed bump –

we’ve gone through all of the best techniques here, so whatever it is you

need to do you’ll find a useful tip or tutorial to help.

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Analyse

Analyse

Scanning your Mac for

problems is the first

step in helping you

boost performance

Activity Monitor

So your Mac is running a little

slower than normal and you’re not

sure why. What should you do? Well,

Activity Monitor is your first port of call. Open this

app up from the Utilities folder in Applications and

you can see exactly what your Mac is doing, and

what is gobbling up the most processor speed.

If, for example, you have a lot of long-forgotten

apps that run in the background, Activity Monitor

will show you precisely what they’re doing, and if

you want to quit them you can do so with a click.

You can also see how much of your RAM is being

used, what your processor is doing and how

your network is performing. It’s the perfect onestop

shop for troubleshooting your Mac – we’ve

explained exactly how to use it below.

Quit process

The button in the

top-left allows you

to quit processes

immediately if

they’re taking

up a lot of space,

doing something

unimportant, or

just slowing down

your Mac % CPU

This is an extremely

important statistic – if

any single process is

taking up more than

around 10 per cent of

your Mac’s CPU, you

need to look into why

and consider quitting

Knowledge base

Last resort

Quitting applications

through Activity Monitor

should only be used as a

last resort. If a program has

stopped responding and

you’ve been watching the

spinning beachball for more

than around ten seconds, try

right-clicking the Dock icon

and choosing Force Quit.

Sometimes just opening

Activity Monitor can force

other unresponsive apps to

work again, too. Use the Quit

Process option if nothing else

has worked.

“You can see exactly what your Mac

is doing, and what is gobbling up the

most processor speed”

Learning about Activity Monitor

Get to grips with this powerful application

Extras

Using the Window option in the menu bar, or

by hitting Cmd and a number key, you can open

up these extra floating windows showing live

representations of what your Mac is doing

the app to speed up

your machine

Sections

Along the bottom of the Activity

Monitor window are sections that

allow you to monitor various parts of

your machine. Flick between them to

see how your memory and disk are

being used


DaisyDisk

If you’ve opened up Activity Monitor

and found out that your disk is almost

completely full, DaisyDisk (£6.99/$9.99, Mac

App Store) should be your next port of call. The app

scans your drive and represents it using a pie chart. Each

section of the chart represents files on your drive, so it’s

easy to work out which are taking up the most room.

Click on a section and it will spread out to fill the whole

circle, with the folders and files inside it again being

represented with bars. As you work out which folders on

your Mac are the largest, you can also work out which

ones you don’t need. Open Finder alongside DaisyDisk

and search for the folders that are taking up the most

room. You can free up a huge amount of space like this;

often the biggest will be ones you rarely see or use, so

clearing them off won’t impact on you at all, and will

speed up your machine. It’s also important that you

empty your Trash when you’re finished to ensure that

the files are all properly deleted. In fact, remembering to

empty your Trash is very important – many users almost

never do this, causing a huge amount of space to be lost

with files that aren’t even wanted.

iStat Menus

From the makers of the brilliant (but

now defunct) iStat Pro Dashboard

widget comes iStat Menus 4

(£10.26/$16, http://bjango.com). Sitting in your

menu bar, this little add-on offers all the monitoring

information available in Activity Monitor, and a lot

more besides. Whether you want to check how

much memory is being used or find out how fast

your Mac’s fans are spinning, this little app has the

information for you. Plus, because it sits in the menu

bar, it can be open at all times without disturbing

you or taking up screen space.

Speed up your Mac

FAQs

Which transfer method provides

the fastest speeds?

The latest Macs contain a range of connections.

The fastest is Thunderbolt, closely followed by USB 3.0.

FireWire 800 is still perfectly useable, too, while USB 2.0

now feels very slow. You will always be limited by the

speed of your drive, however.

How can I improve Safari’s

performance – it’s so slow!

The easiest way is to clear out all of the data

Safari has saved. Choose Safari in the menu

bar and choose Reset Safari to delete all history,

caches and cookies.

I heard I could delete

something called a ‘swap file’ to

speed things up – is that a good

idea or not?

The short answer is no. The swap file allows your

Mac to use memory from your HDD to temporarily

speed up processes, but deleting it will cause all kinds of

problems and barely boost speeds. Avoid it!

Will a large amount of mail slow

down my machine?

It won’t slow down your machine, but it may slow

down Mail. If you have plenty of free space on your hard

drive, and thousands of emails, back up older messages

to an Archive folder on your Mac – that way Mail doesn’t

have to load them all from a server every time.

Can I replace my Mac’s processor

with something faster?

No. In modern Macs, the processor is soldered directly

onto the motherboard, and without a huge amount of

technical know-how, it would be almost impossible to

remove it and upgrade it without ruining your system.

How much RAM can I add to make

my machine run quicker?

That depends on the Mac you own. The latest iMacs

can accommodate up to 32GB of RAM, while new

MacBooks and can take up to 8GB or 16GB. For older

models, numbers will be lower, so check at

www.crucial.com before you decide what to go for.

How do I improve my MacBook’s

battery life?

You can change settings in the Energy Saver section

of System Preferences for sleeping your Mac sooner.

It’s also worth turning brightness down to the lowest

comfortable level, quitting as many apps as possible and

switching off AirPlay and Bluetooth when not needed.

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Optimise

Optimise

Software solutions that

will help you quickly

speed things up without

opening your Mac

Step 1

Repair Disk Permissions

with Disk Utility

While a lot of people might suggest

that repairing Disk Permissions is the

first thing to do when your entire

Mac is slowing down, it’s much less

important than you think. More often

your Mac will be sluggish due to another

problem, such as a full hard drive or a

lack of memory. But when should you be

using the feature? If an application isn’t

opening, or is taking a long time to do

so, repairing permissions might help.

CleanApp £10.26/$14.99

This simple app lets you see what you’re

deleting, and has community integration so you

can see what others have deleted too.

Damaged permissions can also cause

your Mac to start up more slowly, so

it can be worth doing it every now

and then. Thankfully, the Disk Utility

app enables you to scan for damaged

permissions and repair them in superquick

time. Open the app and select

your hard drive from the list on the left,

then choose the Verify Permissions

option. If any issues are found you can

quickly repair them with no fuss at all.

Apps for deleting unwanted apps

With so many free apps in the Mac App

Store and online, it’s likely that you’ll

have tried out quite a few while you’ve

had your Mac. Some of them might

not be right for you, and you may have

deleted them after just a few minutes.

However, while dragging and dropping

the application into the Trash will remove

it, installing an app often adds a number

AppZapper £9.99/$12.95

Drag an app into AppZapper and, much like

CleanApp, you’ll get a breakdown of the

associated files so you can choose which to delete.

Disk Utility should be your first port of call if you’re

looking to sort out problems with your Mac

Step 2

Delete your unwanted

apps properly

of other files in various locations on your

Mac. This is normal, and the files aren’t

malicious, but they won’t be removed by

simply dragging the app into your Trash.

Thankfully, there are apps out there that

help you to delete an app and all of its

associated files quickly. Check out our

favourites – they can help save valuable

space on your Mac.

CleanMyMac £24.95/$29.95

A much more in-depth clean-up app,

CleanMyMac lets you fix all kinds of other issues

with your Mac, as well as deleting apps properly.


Step-by-step: CleanApp Delete apps properly

1: Drag and drop

First, find an app you want to remove from your Mac

in the Applications folder and drag and drop it into

CleanApp. The app will start scanning for related files.

Step 3

Clear your

Desktop

One thing that can cause your Mac to

start up slower than normal is a busy

desktop. If you have a large number of

files and photos on your desktop, your

Mac will have to make sure they’re all

available to be opened on startup, which

takes up precious seconds when you

need to use your Mac in a hurry. The best

solution is to sort the files into folders

in your Documents folder. However,

you can also just create a folder on

the Desktop and drop everything into

it – this will load more quickly than the

individual files.

2: Check it

A list will appear showing you all the associated files.

The dials next to each one show how safe it is to

remove a file – be careful of those in the red zone!

Step 4

Delete

language

files

If you want to save some space on your

Mac but can’t think of anything else to

delete, consider removing the various

languages from your machine. There

are all kinds of languages stored on your

Mac, but it’s unlikely that you’ll need any

apart from standard English. A free app

called Monolingual (http://monolingual.

sourceforge.net) lets you quickly select

the languages you want to keep, and

delete the rest. A word of warning; read

the instructions before you start and

don’t delete English languages – they

are needed by many applications, which

won’t open without them.

Step 5

Organise

startup items

Some apps, when installed, will include

an ‘Open on Startup’ option that is

ticked by default. It’s also possible to

select apps to open on startup so they’re

ready to go straight away. However,

all of these additional apps only slow

down your boot time. To speed things

up, head into the Users & Groups area of

System Preferences and choose Login

Items when your name is selected.

Here, you can see the apps that are

set to automatically open, and remove

unwanted ones from the list.

Speed up your Mac

3: Follow the crowd

You can also see what other users delete. If a lot

of people remove a file, it’s probably safe to, but if

nobody has, uncheck the box before hitting Delete.

Step 6

Disable

animations

Particularly on older Macs, the

animations that are a core of OS X can

also serve to make everything run that

little bit slower. Graphical flourishes such

as Dock magnification, bouncing app

icons and regularly changing wallpapers

can cause your entire Mac system to

slow to a crawl. Disable these options

in the Dock and Desktop & Screensaver

areas of System Preferences and you may

find that your entire machine seems to

pick up a little.

“The best solution is to sort

the files into folders in your

Documents folder”

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Speed up your Mac

Upgrade

One sure-fire way of improving the performance of your Mac is to

get inside and start upgrading hardware. There are only so many

tweaks you can do to the settings on your Mac before it’s running at

its optimum speed, and after that, you will either need to restore OS

X to its standard settings and lose all of your personalised apps and

options, or start adding to, or improving, the machine itself.

Sadly, Apple doesn’t make it all that simple to make changes to

your Mac. In the latest machines, such as the MacBook Pro with

Retina display and the new iMac, the internals are completely

sealed inside the casing, making upgrades tough. However, for

most machines they are possible, and even if you only upgrade

the memory slot in your beloved machine you will likely see an

improvement in performance.

You can make much bigger changes to your Mac, of course, if you

don’t mind voiding the warranty by doing the work yourself. Adding

a second hard drive, or upgrading to a flash-based solid-state drive

will hugely boost your Mac’s speed, but the work involved shouldn’t

be taken on lightly. Still, this is much cheaper than simply buying a

new Mac, so let’s see what we can do…

Upgrading your Mac

Get inside your Mac to push the power

RAM

One of the easiest things you can do to upgrade your

machine is adding more RAM. On older iMacs, Mac minis

and MacBooks, unscrewing a single panel will grant you

access, while newer machines will require you to open up

the entire casing to make any changes.

If you would like more help with

upgrading your Mac, visit the gadget

surgeons at iFixit.com, who kindly

contributed these photos.

Knowledge base

New machines

The latest iMacs and

MacBooks offer serious

limitations on what you can

do inside the casing. Because

of this, it’s more important

than ever that you get a

powerful machine when

you first buy the Mac. It’s

worth paying extra when

you’re choosing your Mac,

as it means your machine

will last longer and save you

updating later.


Hard drive

If you want to improve speeds without losing any

storage space, you might want to consider upgrading

your Mac’s hard drive. The latest models in Macs spin at

7,200 RPM, which is the fastest you can expect to find in

consumer drives, so if you have a slower drive than this,

you could upgrade.

Hybrids

Hybrid drives use a

combination of hard drive and

flash storage to improve the

speed of your machine. You

can, for example, store the OS

X operating system on the SSD

to make booting incredibly

fast, leaving the hard drive free

for your files.

Second drive

Adding a second drive is a great way to improve

performance. Some 27-inch iMacs have enough space

inside the casing to add a drive without removing

anything, but for most Macs you’ll need to remove a

component such as the optical drive to fit in another

hard drive or solid-state drive.

Knowledge base

Tools of the trade

If you’re planning to open

up your Mac at home, make

sure you have the right tools.

Macs require a specialist

screwdriver to open up their

insides, and they’re not easy

to find. Your best bet is to go

somewhere like www.ifixit.

com, as they will not only

list the tools you need for

the Mac you own, they’ll sell

them to you as well.

Upgrade your hardware

Optical drive

In an iMac, or a non-Retina MacBook Pro, the optical

drive can be easily removed, leaving you space to

include a secondary drive. Of course, carrying out this

procedure will mean your machine can no longer use

DVDs and CDs, so it’s not for everyone.

How much do

upgrades cost?

Mobile 2.5-inch hard drive (up to 1TB @

5,400rpm)

Apple price: £80/$100 per 250GB

Standalone price: Approx £25/$30 per 250GB

Compatibility: MacBook, MacBook Pro

Apple’s costs are high, and the amount of storage it offers

is limited. Replacing the hard drive is relatively easy for most

MacBook Pros once you’ve removed the bottom of the casing.

Desktop 3.5-inch hard drive @ 7,200rpm

Apple price: £60/$75 (upgrade per 1TB)

Standalone price: Approx £46/$56 per 1TB

Compatibility: iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro

Most new desktops now include a 1TB hard drive as standard,

but for older Macs you could get a 3TB drive for the price. The

only issue is getting it into the computer.

SSD

Apple price: Approx £320/$400 per 256GB

Standalone price: Approx £200/$250 per 256GB

Compatibility: iMac, Mac mini, MacBook, MacBook Pro

SSD prices are still high, even for smaller storage sizes. Replacing

a MacBook’s drive with an SSD is simple and offers huge

benefits, while it’s slightly more difficult for desktop machines.

Mobile RAM (16GB)

Apple price: N/A

Standalone price: Approx £70/$115 for 16GB

Compatibility: MacBook, MacBook Pro

Depending on your Mac’s model, you’ll be able to get up

to 16GB of memory installed. It’s really cheap considering the

performance you’ll get, and for older machines, it’s easy to install.

Desktop RAM (up to 32GB)

Apple price: £160/$200 per 16GB

Standalone price: Approx £75/$120 per 16GB

Compatibility: iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro

Only the latest iMacs make it difficult to upgrade RAM – every

other desktop is a simple case of opening a single cover. Apple’s

prices aren’t terrible, but the DIY price is even better.

You can find out what upgrades are compatible with your

machine, and purchase all the components you need, at

www.macsales.com.

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Testing the Fusion Drive


Apple’s Fusion Drive combines a

standard hard drive with a flash-based

SSD, and uses a new piece of software

to share files between them.











FAQs






No. A Fusion Drive isn’t a

normal drive, and removing

a single part of it will

seriously confuse your Mac.

Apple can probably fix a

broken Fusion Drive, but we

don’t advise anyone starts to

tinker with it.


If you want a Fusion

Drive, there’s only one way

to get one: buy a new iMac

or Mac mini from Apple

and pay for the upgrade.

Sadly, it’s not possible to

create your own Fusion

Drive using two disks of your

own; adding a Hybrid drive

will not result in the same

speeds or performance.

This is because the system

Apple uses to transfer files















between the two drives is all

integrated, and it happens

automatically, while Hybrids

simply offer two drives on

which to store files and

apps. We’re sure someone

will come up with a work

around in the future, but for

now the only way to get the

performance of the Fusion

Drive is to buy one direct.


SPECS








12 seconds

28 seconds


16 seconds

1 minute 41 seconds


444 mbs

100 mbs


1 minute 15 seconds

6 minutes

MAC MINI WITH

FUSION DRIVE

302 mbs

99 mbs

MAC MINI WITHOUT

FUSION DRIVE

Operating System Mac OS X 10.8.2 Mac OS X 10.8.2

Processor Intel Core i7 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 2.5GHz

Storage 1TB 500GB

RAM 4GB 4GB

Price £959 £499


Software improvements

Clean up

iMovie files















Move libraries

to external

drives












Fusion Drive & software improvements

Organise

your iPhoto

Library












Step-by-step

Limit Photoshop’s

memory usage






1: Find





2: Monitor





3: Reduced




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Throw

an Apple

powered party

Harness the power of OS X and iOS to

create an invitation, cook food, mix

cocktails and create the perfect playlist

for the best party in town this year!

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iCreate Projects Throw an Apple powered party

Make your own

invitations

Planning and preparing for any party can be a pretty

stressful experience, especially if you’re planning on

wining and dining your guests, playing DJ for the night

or ensuring that every moment is captured and shared on camera.

Fortunately, OS X and iOS can help out a lot here, ensuring that you’ll

always have the right recipes to hand, guest numbers instantly calculated

and a class invitation made in minutes.

What’s more, because our preparation tips make use of Apple’s own

apps, like Pages and Numbers, you can create a great invitation or party

planner on your Mac or iPad. You could even sync and switch between

the two using the power of iCloud, so you’ll be able to check your guest

list at the supermarket or create your invitation on the train to work.

Below, we’ve detailed the easiest and quickest way to make an

impressive invitation which can be printed and distributed yourself or

saved as a PDF and emailed to guests. All you’ll need is Pages on your Mac.

Step-by-step Create a party invitation in Pages

1: Take a shortcut

If you’re a little pressed for time, we’d recommend using

Pages’ built-in templates. Stay clear of the stock invitations

though; we went for a Thank You card.

4: Repeat the process

Repeat the process you used to change the text on the

front, adding important details such as a place and RSVP

info which we highlighted using a different font weight.

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2: Tweak the title

Once your template has opened, you’ll want to edit the

message on the front of the card. Double-click on it and

type in something that works for your invitation.

5: Add some style

To finish off your invitation’s interior, hit the Shape button

and add a rounded rectangle, then use the Inspector to

angle it, send it behind the text and add a border.

3: Add the insides

The inside of your card won’t be visible in the Pages

sidebar at first. To add this in, click on the Sections button

at the top and select ‘Inside with 2 up’.

6: Print it out

When you’re ready to send your invitations, print them

out using your best quality printer settings and thick card

for the best results. Two invitations will print per sheet.


Food and

budgets

If you’ve taken the brave decision to cater for your guests

at your party, planning ahead is essential. From getting a

clear idea of numbers in advance, to planning a menu that

will please everyone, there’s a lot to be done. Fortunately, Numbers has a

built-in Dinner Party planner that can take care of at least a couple of these

issues. It will need a bit of tweaking to suit your needs, but it’s certainly

quicker than creating your own table from scratch. Follow our guide

below to find out more.

Step-by-step

Plan your party

with Numbers

1: Dinner Party

Open up Numbers and, from the Template Chooser,

select Dinner Party. Although not perfect, it’s easily edited

and customised for perfect party planning.

3: Choose your eats

In the Recipes sheet, replace the pre-filled recipes with the

ones you want. Drag new images for each dish on top of

the old ones, then add new ingredients and instructions.

5: Get your ingredients

You can now make the most of the final sheet in this

Numbers document – the Shopping List. There’s also a

budget here to ensure your party doesn’t break the bank.

Spotlight

2: Check the guest list

Once your template has opened, head to the Guest List

Sheet in the Sheets sidebar and add the details of each

party guest you’ve invited. Be sure to keep this up to date.

4: Perfect portions

With your guest list and attendees inputted and updated,

Numbers will automatically calculate exactly how much

of each ingredient is required for each recipe.

Pages might not have as much power as Art Text, but there are still plenty of clever

options. Masks are incredibly useful when working with images, for example.

Cooking apps

When it comes to cooking delicious

party dishes, your iPad is your friend.

Not only is it small enough to sit by

your side in the kitchen, but there are a

wealth of apps to help you cook, too.

The Photo Cookbook – Quick & Easy


Combining a stunning set of images for each

recipe, a host of options and easy navigation

throughout the app, The Photo Cookbook is

a great starting point for your party recipes.

Look & Cook


Although recipes here are a little limited, an

intuitive interface (including voice control –

for when things get messy) and easy-tofollow

instructions make this app a real winner.



Although you need to purchase recipes

individually (even then they’re only available

as videos unless you purchase the

accompanying book) there’s no denying that some of

the food here looks stunning.



There’s a lot going on with this app, but with

a huge library of recipes and the ability to

save and sync favourites it’s well worth

downloading and checking out.



It’s not cheap, but if you want a large

selection of ideas for your party food, this

app really does live up to its name with

thousands of recipes to choose from.

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Your Applepowered

party

Here’s how iOS and OS X can help

make your party more memorable

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Food and drink

Using the cooking

and cocktail apps

we’ve picked out,

your iPhone and iPad

suddenly become

the perfect kitchen

assistants – helping

you cook up a storm

and serve some drinks

that will make it a

night to remember

Friends from afar

Got friends or family living abroad? Why not FaceTime

them on your Mac or iPad so you can keep them in the

loop and have them join in the fun of the party, too?

Best cocktail apps

With your party planned

and food cooked, a few

drinks might help to kick off

the night. Here’s our guide

to the best cocktail apps to

help you master the art of

mixology in minutes.

Cocktail by CB


Cleanly designed user

interface with plenty of

different, mouthwatering

recipes to choose

from, Cocktail by CB is definitely

a great place to get started if

you’re not so confident behind

the bar. It even includes

detailed information on calories

and units of alcohol.

That’s

entertainment

If your night starts to lull,

there are plenty of brilliant

iOS games that can be

played together – they’re a

great way to get everyone

involved in the fun




Relying heavily on

skeuomorphic design,

Cocktail Flow allows

you to select a spirit on your

virtual bar shelf and see a

number of cocktails based on

your selection. We think it’s a

great way to make the most of

any leftovers you have.

The perfect

playlist

If you and your guests

all download the

free Remote app and

connect to your iTunes

Library, everyone can

have a say in what song

gets heard next – you’ll

never have to hire an

overpaid DJ again

Share the moment

Harnessing the power of shared Photo Streams, you

can show off everyone’s pictures of the night on the big

screen and with anyone who couldn’t make it via iCloud





It’s not the best

looking app on offer

here, but there’s no

denying that 8,500+ Drink &

Cocktail Recipes Free lives up to

its name, offering a wealth of

ideas to add some real variety

to your party.




With a natural lean

towards vodka-based

recipes, Drinkspiration

not only tells you the basic

ingredients and method for

creating cocktails but gives you

some handy, eye-catching

video guides for general

mixology techniques, too.


Play the music!

Creating a party playlist can be tough, so why not leave it up

to the wisdom of the crowd and get your party guests

involved with choosing the music? By making the most of the

power of iTunes and the free Remote app for iOS, you can have every

single one of your iPhone or iPod touch-owning party guests link up to

iTunes and help choose the music for your big night.

All of your guests will need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network

as the Mac you’re running iTunes on, but be aware that things have

changed a little with the release of iTunes 11, so pay close attention.

Spotlight

All in an album

1 This technique

relies on you having

an album or event

already set up with

the photos you

want to use. Find it

in iPhoto, right-click

on it and click Play

Slideshow to get up

and running.

There are plenty of alternatives to iPhoto for editing your shots. If you would rather

use your Mac, Pixelmator is a brilliant way of tweaking your favourite images.

Pick your theme

2 There are a

number of slideshow

themes to choose

from, some are a lot

faster than others.

Origami is a great

option if you’d like

to display more than

one photo at once in

an interesting way.

Step-by-step Set up a shared party playlist with iTunes

4: Access

Up Next

To access Up

Next – the home

of your party

playlist – tap

Now Playing in

the top-right

corner. Here

you’ll find every

song that’s due

to be played.

From here you

can begin to

customise things.

1: Grab

that app

If you haven’t

already, head to

the App Store on

your iPhone, iPod

touch or iPad

and grab the free

Remote app. Tap

on Add an iTunes

Library to start

pairing up. It’s

an essential app

for any regular

iTunes user.

2: In iTunes

With iTunes on your Mac, tap the Remote button that

appears in the top-right corner, then enter the code

displayed on your iPhone or iPod touch to finish off

the pairing process.

5: Add

some

artists

You or your

guests can add

tracks to the Up

Next song queue

by tapping Add

at the top then

long-pressing on

any song, album

or artist and

hitting Add to Up

Next. It couldn’t

be simpler.

A 30-second slideshow setup

One of iPhoto’s best assets is its simplicity. It’s so simple, in fact, that

you can set up a last-minute slideshow for your party in under 30

seconds. Just follow these simple steps below…

6: Tweak

the tunes

Instead of

tapping Add,

tap the Edit

button instead

to change the

order of your

song queue and

delete any rogue

songs that might

just kill the mood

of your party.

Alas, good taste

isn’t universal.

Tweak your

3 settings

Skipping Music (we’ve

got iTunes for that

at the party), head

to Settings and tick

Shuffle slide order.

This should ensure

you don’t end up

with too many similar

photos in a row.

Press play

4 Once you’re

happy with your

selections, hit the Play

button in the bottomright

of the Slideshow

HUD. Doing this will

start your slideshow

instantly. You can

stop it at any time by

pressing Escape.

3: Check

your iTunes

connection

If you’ve

connected

correctly, you

should now see

a list of artists

that usually

appears in iTunes

on your Mac.

Repeat these

first three steps

for each of your

party guests.

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Step-by-step Create a shared party Photo Stream with iPhoto

1: Select and share

Whether you’re on iPhoto on your Mac, iPad or iPhone,

select an album or event and click Share>Photo Stream to

create a pre-populated party Photo Stream.

4: Adding more images

If you want to add more images (on the night or after the

event), it’s a simple case of selecting them in the Photos

app, hitting the share icon then tapping Photo Stream.

2: Invite your guests

Enter the iCloud IDs for all of your party guests into the To

field. From here you can give your shared Photo Stream a

name and make it available to view online.

5: Like a Share Sheet

Once you’ve made your shared Photo Stream selection, a

Share Sheet-like pop-up appears where you can enter a

description. Guests can also comment on other photos.

1: Find your streams

Launch iPhoto on your Mac and select Photo Stream from

the sidebar. You’ll then need to find the correct shared Photo

Stream from the grid that appears to the right.

3: At the party

With your guests invited, they should now have an option

to view every photo that you’ve taken at the party and

download and comment on them from their devices.

6: View online

If you want to share your party Photo Stream with those

who can’t make it, simply copy the link provided by

iPhoto or Photos and paste it into Safari.

Step-by-step Create a slideshow from your Photo Stream

Once your shared

party Photo Stream

is brimming full with

great images, you can

proudly show them

off on a bigger screen

by turning it into a

fun slideshow in the

iPhoto app on your

Mac. It takes just a few

seconds as we reveal

in these two quick and

easy steps.

2: Click and play

To start your slideshow, simply right-click on the correct Photo

Stream and hit Play Slideshow. Unlike our previous method, this

should start automatically without any settings tweaks.


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Create your own DVD covers

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Pixelmator

Use Pixelmator to create brilliant custom-made DVD covers of your favourite films

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: 60 minutes

How big is your DVD

collection? If you’re anything

like us you’ll have numerous

shelves filled with your favourite movies.

Maybe you even look at a DVD cover and

believe you could’ve done a better job.

We’re a creative bunch after all.

Well, thanks to the power of Pixelmator,

it’s surprisingly easy to create your own

cover for your favourite DVDs, and more

importantly, it’s great fun. Whether you

want to go minimalist and create a

modern look, or you unleash your editing

powers, you have all the tools you need.

Pixelmator has been around since the

early days of the Mac App Store, and

is one of its biggest success stories. At

the end of 2011, Pixelmator was the sole

winner of the ‘Best of Mac App Store’

award. If you haven’t come across it in the

past, it’s an image editing app that is quite

similar to Photoshop in many respects;

there may be less functionality, but it’s

still a powerful editing app that’s well

worth getting the hang of. And, at just

£20.99/$29.99, it’s also a lot cheaper.

What makes the app truly brilliant,

however, is the interface. The app has

Quick tip

To draw straight lines,

or lock rotation to 45-degree

angles when spinning images,

hold the Shift key as you draw.

Click a shape to view the resizing

controls. Click and drag to

resize, or hold Cmd, then

click and drag to rotate

the image.

been designed exclusively for Mac, and it

really shows. Built on many of the same

processing foundations used by Apple

itself, the app integrates brilliantly with

OS X. Buttons and menus feel like an

extension of iPhoto, and the ability to

customise the interface is a brilliant touch.

So, how are you going to use this app

for creating your own DVD covers? If you

don’t want to sketch out shapes yourself,

you can use photos and create artwork by

using them as templates, which is what

we’ve detailed over the next few pages.

Let’s not waste any time…


Pixelmator uncovered

The tools you need to create an incredible DVD cover

Polygonal

Lasso tool

When you’re

selecting or cutting

large or complex

objects, the Polygonal

Lasso is a simple way

to do so. Each click

ads a point to the

shape, so you can

click close together

for smooth curves,

or further away for

straight lines

Knowledge base

Masks

Using masks with your

layers is very useful. Create

a shape and you can use it

as an outline for an image

you’re including, or simply

use it as a customised

block of colour. You can

also use layers to create

clipping masks, which

will constrain one layer

inside the one below it. It

takes some practice, but

layers and masks can work

together with real power.

Pro advice Pixelmator Create your DVD template

1: Sizing

Create a new Pixelmator document. Create one that’s

2,750 x 1,830 pixels with a resolution of 100 pixels per

centimetre. A DVD cover measures 27.5 x 18.3cm.

Spotlight

2: Enable Rulers

If you don’t have the Rulers enabled already, choose

View and select Show Rulers from the menu. You can

now drag guidelines in from the side of the document.

You can use the Colour Eff ects menu to change the look of an imported photo and

match the rest of your cover. Double-click an eff ect to apply, and then adjust at will.

Layers

The Layers menu will become your best friend

during this tutorial – keeping layers organised is

vital when putting together your cover, so make

sure you rename them as you go, and use them

to select objects when necessary

Brushes

Pixelmator has a

number of preset

brushes, but you can

customise them in a

huge number of ways,

and create your own

brushes from this

menu. Access even

more brushes from the

settings cog in the app’s

main menu

Effects

The range of effects on offer is really quite

impressive, and adding an effect to your cover can

have some really impressive-looking results. It’s

also the place where you can play with settings like

contrast and brightness

3: Spine-tingling

Click on the ruler on the left and drag sideways to

create a blue guideline. Place one at 1,307 px and

another at 1,443 to create a guide for your DVD’s spine.

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Pixelmator

Pro advice Pixelmator Create a DVD cover

1: Background

For our cover, we’re using a solid background colour.

Click the colour picker in the top bar to bring up its

menu, and use the Paint Bucket tool to fill the layer.

3: Layer and paint

Now copy the shape and paste it as a new layer, then

select a brush and paint over it. While the dotted line

shows, you can’t paint outside the guidelines.

5: Clipping Mask

Right-click a layer and choose Create Clipping Mask to

mask it to the layer below. Here, one head is a clipping

mask for the smaller one, with the bottom one filled in.

2: Assets

Next, create some assets. Choose a photo and use the

Polygonal Lasso to cut out an area. Don’t worry about

the background now – you’re just using the shape.

4: Layer naming

We’ve copied the shape into our DVD cover file, placed

it where we want, then duplicated and re-coloured it

with the Paint Bucket. Rename layers for simplicity.

6: Trimming

To trim shapes, you have a few options, but one of the

easiest is to select the layer, draw an outline you want

to remove, finish the shape and hit the Backspace key.

7: Merging

Adding a second shape is simple. Zoom in to resize

and place it carefully, then select both layers in the

Layers window, right-click, and choose Merge Layers.


Quick tip

While you’re moving

items, they will jump to

align with other objects.

To move them more

precisely, hold the Cmd

key as you drag.

8: Add text

Select the Text tool and click anywhere to add a text

box. Type your title and choose colours and fonts as

you wish, then resize the box to make it fit your cover.

Spotlight

9: Spine

For the spine you can either create a custom look or

simply use the title and artwork you already have. We

made a quick edit of the main artwork and rotated it.

There are plenty of amazing ideas online that are perfect inspiration. Check out the work

of Olly Moss, or take a look at the Criterion Collection for some incredible examples.

Adding the movie

information font

1: Find it

To recreate the thin writing on the back of a

DVD case, download the Steel Tongs font from

http://www.abstractfonts.com/font/11551.

2: Add

Open up Font Book. Open the downloaded

font style and drag the .ttf file from your

Downloads folder into the app to add it.

3: Capital idea

Type out the names of characters and

directors with capitals – this will make the

information much easier to read.

4: Realistic

While it might take up space, the addition of

this text will make your DVD cover look much

more professional and realistic.

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Pixelmator

Finishing touches

Adding the final flourishes to your DVD box art

Icons

You can find icons such as this DVD

Video icon online, and adding them to

your cover will make the whole thing

look even more professional.

Quotable

Add a quote or star rating to your DVD

cover to fill out empty space. Whether

you make a quote up yourself or copy

from a review is up to you!

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Create your own rating system

As you’re making your own DVD covers, there’s no need to include the

standard rating information on them. Of course, if you wish, you can

easily add a PG-13 or 12A rating icon to your DVD, but why not have a

little more fun, and make your own system with its own use?

For example, you could create your own filing system to tell you the

kind of film you’re watching, as well as whether it’s appropriate for your

kids. Some could be marked for watching on a Sunday morning, while

others might be better for when you’re having a drink with friends…

PA – Pay

Attention

The PA rating

is for those films that

require complete

concentration – without

it, you’ll be completely

lost within ten minutes.

Quick tip

When using the

Brush tool, hold down

the Alt key to bring up an

eyedropper tool that can

sample a colour from

elsewhere on your

DVD cover.

HB –

Hilariously

Bad

This rating applies to

all the films that are so

bad they’re good. Have

a laugh at how seriously

they take themselves.

Noisy

As a final touch, create a layer over the

entire image in almost-transparent grey,

then add the Noise effect to give your

cover a little more texture.

On the shelf

Draw a square at the top of your spine

and add a small icon of your choice –

do this for all your DVDs and they’ll look

great lined up on a shelf.

C – Chick

Flicks

For a romantic

night in, or a girls night,

this rating will let you

quickly pick from the

feel-good favourites on

your shelf.


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Top ten photo fixes in iPhoto

iPhoto’s very best photo edits in the spotlight

It’s incredibly rare that you fire off your camera, review the

photo and discover that it’s absolutely perfect. The lighting

is sometimes just a little too bright, or the composition is all off

kilter. To fix these problems though, you don’t always need professional

software such as Aperture or Adobe Photoshop. While these offer

outstanding flexibility, they can also be more complicated and time

consuming. iPhoto, on the other hand, makes editing your favourite

images dead simple. It’s bundled in with every Mac and can be used to

adjust the exposure, colour cast and sharpness of the image, along with

a whole heap of other useful features.

Using the app isn’t particularly difficult, but it’s important to know

what tools are available to you, as well as what order you should be

using them in. To make the process even easier, we’ve grouped together

our top ten ways to edit your photos.

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iPhoto

Straighten your photo

2 If you’re in a crowded place, sometimes

you just have to shoot your photos blindly.

The trade off is images that often look

crooked or unnatural. To fix this problem, use

the Straighten button under the Quick Fixes

tab. A grid will appear and you can use the

slider to rotate your image, using iPhoto’s

lines as a clever guide.

An all-in-one fix 4 If you’re working to a strict deadline

sometimes you just want a magic wand

that will fix everything. The Enhance button

in the Quick Fixes tab works well in these

scenarios, applying basic changes to the

brightness, contrast and colour temperature.

It’s a fantastic tool and will often fix problems

that you hadn’t even noticed were there.

1 Switch up the orientation

Occasionally your camera won’t

recognise the orientation of your photo.

Fixing it should be the first task on your list

and it can be done almost instantaneously.

Import the photo and then select the Edit

symbol in the bottom-right hand corner of

the screen. Next, click the Rotate button to

spin the image 90 degrees.

Crop down to size 3 Photographs are often shot by default in

a 4:3 aspect ratio. It’s possible to change the

shape of your image though using the Crop

tool located under the Quick Fixes tab. You

can drag the box that appears to choose the

new crop manually, or select from a number

of preset aspect ratios on the right-hand side

of the app.


Keep your skin healthy

If you’re making multiple adjustments, it’s a

good idea to tick the ‘Avoid saturating skin

tones’ checkbox. It will protect the colour of

people’s skin, ensuring they don’t become a

ghastly shade of grey or green

Take it back to

the start

If you’ve made too

many changes to a

photo you can start

again by clicking on

the Revert to Original

button. Or, if you want

to quickly reverse an

adjustment, use the

Undo button next to it

Share and share alike

Once you’ve finished editing, you can upload

your photo to a social network such as Flickr.

iPhoto also allows you to transfer it to your

Photo Stream, making it instantly available

on other Apple devices

Spotlight

By clicking on the image while holding down the Ctrl button, you can choose to edit the

image in another application, such as Aperture, Adobe Bridge or Adobe Photoshop.

Use a filter 6 iPhoto’s basic filters will dramatically

change the look of your photo by tweaking

the colours or applying a blur to the edge

of the frame. They’re fun and can be used

in conjunction with one another. Click the

thumbnail to apply the effect and again to

increase its intensity. The number denotes

how many times it has been applied.

Adjust light levels 8 If you’ve shot a subject indoors and

decided not to use the flash, you might find

that your photo looks a bit dark and dreary.

Likewise, shooting directly into the sun can

produce images that look too bright or

washed out. To fix this, move the Exposure

slider either left or right, thereby altering

how light or dark the middle tones are.

Remove skin imperfections

5 The Retouch button allows you to

remove unwanted marks or blemishes from

an image. Select the tool under the Quick

Fixes tab and then drag the slider to select

a brush size. Using the zoom function in the

bottom-left hand corner, find the part of the

image you would like to fix and then drag

your pointer across the area to remove it.

Master the histogram

7 Click on the Adjust tab to see the

histogram. This graph might look

complicated, but it’s an essential tool for

fixing any tonal problems. A well-exposed

histogram should have all three colours

stretching across the entire length of the

graph. If they don’t, click and drag each

arrow to either end of the histogram.

Alter the colour cast 9 The feel of a photo will change

depending on its white balance. Adding

orange tones to an image will make it

appear much warmer and welcoming, while

blue tones will give it a cooler and more

hostile look. Drag the Temperature slider at

the bottom of the Adjust tab to add more or

less of each colour to your image.

Sharpen for definition

10 If your camera hasn’t focused

properly, parts of the image will look blurry

or soft. Within the Adjust tab, you can fix this

using the Sharpness slider on the right-hand

side. Be careful though, as it’s easy to go

too far and give everything a harsh, jagged

appearance. Use the zoom tool if you need

to take a closer look.

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Master print settings for perfect photos

Nothing comes close to holding a physical print. Here’s how you get one spot on every time in iPhoto

Difficulty: Beginner

Time needed: 20 minutes

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iPhoto

Move along

If you’re using a specific layout,

parts of your image might be

hidden behind the various

crops used. By clicking on any

of your images, you can then

use the hand tool to realign

the photo

Print selection

All of the photos you

want to print will

appear at the top of

the screen. If you’re

using a specific layout,

it means you can

always keep track of

which images have

been included

Producing photographs at home can be pretty difficult at times.

Even if you buy a high-quality printer, the appropriate cartridges and

some decent printing paper, working out what to do with your digital

files can be a bit of a headache.

What many people don’t know is that iPhoto has a whole range of different

printing options that can help you make prints that look both professional and

creative. In iPhoto, it’s also possible to create a contact sheet, which is helpful for

looking at a large number of images in one go, as well as a matte card effect

that can be used to show three or four shots together.

Of course, many of the settings you will need are dependent on the model

of printer you have, as well as the type of paper you want to print on. To get you

started though, read our guide on everything iPhoto can offer.

Edit away

If one of the images you’re printing doesn’t look quite

right, you can instantly access iPhoto’s editing tools using

the Adjust button. From here you can adjust the exposure,

temperature and contrast settings among others

Final call

Once you’ve finished

changing your layout,

press the Print button

here to send your

finished work to the

printer. You will see the

initial dialog box one

final time for any last

minute changes

Knowledge base

Printing with Apple

If you don’t own a printer,

or you’re worried about

the cost of printing, you

can also order your photos

directly through Apple.

From your iPhoto Library,

simply click on the Share

button in the bottom-right

hand corner, followed by

Order Prints. Here you can

choose from a number

of different sized prints,

including the traditional

4x6” or 5x7” formats.


1: Crop your photo

Choose your photo and click the Edit button in the

bottom-right. Use the presets found under the Crop

tool to ensure your image will fit the printing paper.

4: Choose your paper size

Look at the paper you’re using. For a traditional

photo, select the paper size in inches using the

drop-down, followed by the Borderless option.

7: Try the matte card

It’s common to mount photos onto a piece of matte

card. It can be quite expensive, so if you don’t have

any you can recreate the effect under Themes.

Spotlight

Step-by-step iPhoto Choose the perfect print settings

2: A quick fix

Click the Enhance button found under the Quick

Fixes tab. This will fix any remaining white balance

or exposure problems before it goes to the printer.

5: Add a border

Click the Borders icon at the bottom of the screen.

Here you can choose a custom margin for your print;

useful if you want to use it with a specific frame.

8: Use a layout

If you want to display multiple images on a single

print, you can group them together using the Layout

icon. It supports up to four images.

Remember that on many digital cameras, it’s possible to set the aspect ratio before

shooting. That way you won’t have to spend time cropping them in iPhoto later on.

3: Select you printer

Go to File, followed by Print. If it doesn’t appear

automatically, select your desired printer from the

drop-down window on the left-hand side.

6: Change the background

It’s also possible to change the colour of the border

using the Background icon at the bottom of the app.

iPhoto has three colours by default.

9: Crop and captions

Some layouts will push the image to the top of the

printing paper, leaving space for a caption. You can

also crop the photo so it fits the new shape.

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4: Edit your movie

Use iMovie assets such as graphics, transitions and

music to enhance your edited programme. You can

also drag DVD Chapter Markers onto the Timeline.

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iMovie

Burn projects to DVD from iMovie

Pop your edited iMovie projects onto DVD to play them on your home cinema system

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: 10 minutes

Step-by-step iMovie Export your footage to DVD

1: High-res footage

To benefit from the high quality of the DVD format,

capture your footage at a high resolution such as

1,280 x 720. Better footage equals better results.

After all the effort of shooting your footage and then editing it into

a slick programme that boasts animated graphics and music, you’ll

be keen to share it with family and friends. Thanks to iMovie’s Share

menu it’s easy to export it straight to online portals such as YouTube. However,

if you’ve shot at a high-quality widescreen HD resolution you may want to share

the programme from the comfort of your Widescreen TV (or post a wedding

video to clients, for example).

The DVD format may have seen online sharing options stealing its thunder

when it comes to showcasing your work, but it still provides a quality viewing

option. In this walkthrough we’ll show you how to set up your iMovie workflow

to suit the DVD format, so that you can edit your footage and export it to a

shareable shiny disc with ease.

2: Create new project

Go to File>New Project. To produce a movie that

will play on a widescreen TV, set Aspect Ratio to

Widescreen (16:9). Click Create.

5: Share to iDVD

Go to Share>iDVD. You’ll need to use iMovie’s iLife

cousin to set up a DVD menu so that people can

access the content on your disc.

3: Import

To create a more suitable file size when you import,

tick Optimize video and choose Large – 960 x 530.

Full HD may not play back smoothly on older Macs.

6: Play the project

Once iMovie has rendered, the iDVD Preview

window appears. Click Play Movie or choose Scene

Selection to see the chapter markers you created.


Burn your footage to DVD

Enjoy edited projects on your widescreen TV

Quality control

Click here to view the hierarchy of your

DVD menu. If there are any problems (like

empty drop zones) then you’ll see handy

warning icons. Make sure you test your

menu thoroughly before burning the

project to disc

Knowledge base

Which format

There are a variety of blank

DVD disc formats available,

so it makes sense to know

which ones your Mac can

write to. Go to the Apple

icon and choose About This

Mac. Click on More Info. In

the Contents section go to

hardware and click on Disc

Burning. Here you’ll see

a list of compatible DVD-

Write formats.

7: Change theme

Click the Exit button on the iDVD controller. You can

then choose a new theme for your DVD interface to

better suit your subject matter.

Spotlight

8: Test it

Click the Play button to test out your iDVD project’s

new look. When you’re happy that all the links work,

insert a blank DVD disc and click on the Burn icon.

When burning your iDVD project to disc, be careful not to bump your desk or disturb

your Mac in case this disrupts the process.

Chapter Markers

Drag Chapter Markers from here onto the Timeline.

This will create new scenes in your DVD menu that

you can jump to. You can also click on the Chapter

Marker and change its name from the default

numerical value to something more descriptive

Choose theme

Once you’ve exported

your edited iMovie

project to iDVD,

choose a theme for

the DVD’s animated

menu from this

section. You can also

customise the look

of the buttons and

add extra media to

the Scene Selection

menu’s drop zones

Burn it

Once you’re happy

with the look and

behaviour of your

menu, insert a blank

DVD and click here to

render the animated

menus and burn the

project to disc

9: Burn

iDVD will render the menus and transitions and

then burn the content to your disc. You can then

enjoy watching the DVD on your widescreen TV.

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Master colour correction in iMovie

Use iMovie’s Video Inspector to shift a shot’s hue or tweak its colour temperature and get truer colours

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: 20 minutes

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iMovie

Unless we happen to be colour blind, we take it for granted

that we’re seeing a location’s true colours with the naked

eye. Our video camera’s electronic eye has to work much

harder at capturing correct colour. This is because various light sources

can have different colour temperatures. Daylight is quite cool and can

add a blue colour cast. Indoor lights have a warmer colour temperature,

which can cause clips to look rather orange.

To counteract these blue or orange tints, the camera’s White Balance

setting attempts to warm up or cool down the colours to create natural

ones. This doesn’t always work. Fortunately, iMovie’s Inspector has all the

tools you need to manually tweak the shot’s colours and make them tint

free, so that they look like they did when you saw them on location.

Colour correction

Banish colour tints and boost saturation to enhance drab film

Colour tints

When shooting

indoors, your subject’s

skin tones can suffer

from an orange tint

due to the warm

colour temperature of

tungsten lights

Knowledge base

White Balance

To avoid a blue or orange

tint, your camera’s Auto

White Balance (AWB)

setting analyses the scene.

If a white object has a blue

tint, the AWB setting will

automatically warm up the

shot’s colour temperature

until the object is white.

This removes hints of blue

tint from the rest of the

shot’s colours too. AWB

will also cool down orange

tints to achieve the correct

colours indoors.

Saturation

Once you’ve corrected the shot’s white balance

you can give drab colours more impact by

increasing the value of the Saturation slider

Auto fix

By sampling a tinted area

that should be white, you

can warm up or cool down

the area in a click. This helps

banish colour tints in the

rest of the shot and create

healthier skin tones

Manual fix

You can fine-tune the shot’s colours

by manually dragging the White

Point. This enables you to warm up

or cool down a clip and reduce blue

or orange colour tints


Step-by-step iMovie Master colour correction

1: Import clips

Go to File>New Project and create a Widescreen

project with a frame rate of 30. Go to File>Import

>Movies and import our Colour Source Clips folder.

4: One-click fix

Move the cursor over the orange paper. It will

change to an eyedropper. Click to sample the warm

tint. This will adjust the White Point to cool it down.

7: Adjust saturation

The colours are warmer but weak. Pop Saturation

up to 130% for more vibrancy. Push Contrast to 30%

to give the distant hills more impact. Click Done.

Spotlight

2: Play the clip

Drag the first clip in the Event Browser into the

Project window. Tap the Spacebar to play. The

indoor lighting is making the skin tones look orange.

5: Healthier skin tones

Play the edited clip again. As the cooled down paper

colour now looks less orange, skin looks healthier.

This technique also works with grey objects.

8: Manual adjustments

Add the third shot and open the Video Inspector.

As there’s no white object, drag the colour wheel’s

White Point to a bluer section to cool the lighting.

To help your camera capture true colours, use the White Balance presets. When set to

Daylight, the camera knows that the colours will be cool, so it warms them up.

3: Colour tint

Press V to open the Video Inspector. Scrub the

Playhead to where you see the book’s open page.

The lighting has made the white paper look orange.

6: Banish the blues

Add the boat clip to the Project window and open

the Video Inspector. By clicking the eyedropper on

the grey hull of the boat you can warm up the shot.

9: Copy and paste

Click on Shot03 in the Project window and choose

Edit>Copy. Add Shot04. Click its thumbnail and hit

Edit>Paste Adjustments>Video to cool its colours.

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1: Select a project

Start off by connecting your setup, launching

GarageBand and selecting New Project>Voice. This is

usually the best for any instruments you record live.

4: Check your levels

It’s important to ensure that your input volume is

as loud as it can be here, as compressing it later will

remove a lot of the piano’s dynamic range.

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GarageBand

Set up and record live piano tracks

In the second of our record live instruments series, we look at the

art of recording live piano tracks with a little help from GarageBand

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: 30 minutes

MIDI keyboards and GarageBand’s virtual instruments are all

well and good, but nothing beats the authentic sound that

comes from a well-tuned piano. If you’ve ever found yourself

struggling to recreate the sounds of your instrument on your Mac, then

it’s time to learn how to mic up and record the real thing.

Once you’ve hooked up your Mac and mics (take a look back at our last

couple of issues to learn more about this process) you’ll need to open the

lid of either your upright or grand piano and point two mics at the strings

at opposite ends of the piano’s scale. If you’ve only got the one mic,

however, place it around two feet above the piano facing down at the

strings. Once you’re all set up, follow our guide below to get recording.

Step-by-step GarageBand Record live piano in GarageBand

2: Find your mic

There should automatically be two tracks in your new

project. Delete one, and in the other, open its Info pane

and select the correct mic from the Source options.

5: Set your tempo

Most pianists practice to a metronome, so it’s a good

idea to use it in this situation. Start off by setting the

track’s tempo (if you haven’t done so already).

3: Say no to reverb

The Vocal project comes with some reverb applied to

each track. Remove this during recording by setting the

slider to 0%. It can always be added in again later.

6: Counting in

To turn on the Metronome itself, tap its icon near the

volume meter or head to Control>Metronome. You

can also click on Count-In here and set a count in.


Adding effects

A guide to the best effects for live piano recording

Panning

In step nine, we

recommended

using panning to

recreate the effect of

recording with two

mics in stereo. Be sure

not to go too crazy

here – a 20-25 per

cent pan, left or right,

should suffice

Knowledge base

Choosing a mic

Like a lot of acoustic

instruments, your mic

of choice for recording

the piano should be a

condenser with a large

diaphragm – these are far

more capable of picking

up the varied frequencies

that a live piano can

produce. They are versatile

too, so they can be used

in other situations such

as recording vocals or

acoustic guitars.

7: Record and go

Once you’re all set up and are happy with the sounds,

tap the red record button and record the piano parts

while keeping a close eye on your levels.

Spotlight

8: Add some effects

Unlike the guitars we looked at last issue, we’re staying

away from the compression and chorus and opting for

some light reverb and EQ to make your recording shine.

Want to know how to record other acoustic instruments? Last issue (116) we covered the

basics of micing up and recording acoustic guitars, and we’ll be covering others soon.

Track Reverb

Go easy on the reverb. A little can help

to make your old upright sound like an

expensive grand piano by spreading out the

sound of your recording

Visual EQ

Using the built-in

Analyzer in the Visual

EQ, you can boost some

of the less prominent

frequencies in your

recording and cut any

that are a little too loud.

This should help to

increase the dynamic

range of your piano’s

recording sound

AULowShelfFilter

We used the AULowShelfFilter to boost the overall

levels of the bass and middle frequencies coming

from our piano recording. This evened things out

with what already was a very prominent top end

9: Spread things out

If you recorded your piano with a single mic then

copying a stereo sound is possible by duplicating your

original track (Cmd+D) and panning each left and right.

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Create podcast stings and bumpers

While GarageBand comes with a useful library of goodies for

your podcasts, it’s great fun to get creative and make your own

Difficulty: Beginner

Time needed: 30 minutes

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GarageBand

Time slip

With the LCD in Time mode, snap to grid is

virtually disabled, allowing you to move regions

around the Timeline freely. This helps when

adding extra sounds to the front of your bumper

Knowledge base

Your flexible friend

The great thing about

making your own jingles is

that they can be adapted

endlessly. For instance, a

short bumper could be

easily extended and reused

as the basis of a longer

music bed for a section

summing up the podcast

contents, the length

tailored to fit simply by

changing the number of

repeats in GarageBand’s

Arrange window.

LCD mode

Click here to switch the LCD

display mode from bars and beats

to minutes and seconds – very

useful when gauging the length

of your bumpers

The podcast as a format borrows much from radio, so it’s no

surprise that the most professional-sounding examples rely

heavily on radio-style bumpers, stings and jingles as a kind

of audio punctuation. Typically no more than 15 seconds long, these

snippets of music, vocals and audio effects are used both to establish a

podcaster’s identity and break up or highlight particular sections.

The Podcast FX section of GarageBand’s Loop Browser is undoubtedly

a useful resource, but for that personal touch, you can’t beat custommade

jingles and effects, and where better to turn to than GarageBand

itself for the tools? In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process,

ending up with a finished audio file accessible for use in any project.

Compress everything

Bumpers and stings are all

about impact, so where

possible, enable the compressor

on each channel when

mixing to give all your sounds

maximum punch and make

them easier to sit in the mix

Monitor effects

The Vocal Transformer

is always a good way

to add a different

dimension to your voice.

Don’t worry about

getting the sound right

first time, the effect can

be adjusted after you

record your voice


1: Create new project

From GarageBand’s intro screen, create a new Loops

project. Give it a name and save it. It should load up

with the Loop Browser already open.

4: Add musical parts

Create a new Software Instrument track and record

some musical elements. Or, find some suitable

Apple Loops in the Loop Browser.

7: Record vocals

Turn on Count-In in the Control menu, then hit

record and record vocals. The Vocal Transformer

plug-in is giving us that movie trailer effect here.

Spotlight

Step-by-step GarageBand Make your own podcast bumpers

2: Get some rhythm

Click the Beats button in the browser. Click the

name of a loop to audition it, then when you find

something, drag it into the Timeline and bar 1.

5: Sound FX

Add some fun effects from the podcast sound FX

section. Click the Podcast button at the top of the

panel and audition and place effects.

8: Add master compression

Open the Track Info pane and hit Master Track. Enable

the Compressor plug-in and select a preset such as

Dance Edge to emulate a radio broadcast.

If you re-import your rendered audio fi le, highlight it and select Edit>’Add to Loop

Library’ to add your bumper to the Loop Browser for use in any GarageBand project.

3: Set length

We want our bumper to be short, so we set the LCD

display to Time view. Drag the right corner of the

loop left until its duration measures three seconds.

6: Set up voice track

Create a new Real Instrument track and set its Input

Source to a mic input. Pick an appropriate preset

from the plug-in effects list, like Deeper Vocals.

9: Export to disk

Choose Export to Disk from the Share menu. This

renders your bumper as an audio file to be added to

a podcast. Click Export, set a name and save it.

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Trimming video fast with Aperture

When you think of video editing, you think of iMovie, but you

can edit clips intuitively and with great ease in Aperture…

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Aperture

Difficulty: Beginner

Time needed: 10 minutes

4: First trim

To cut off the beginning of the clip, grab the lefthand

trim handle, and drag it to the right until the

numbers show you’ve reached one second.

Aperture isn’t famous for being a video-editing application,

but you can perform basic edits and output exquisite movies.

Although this is professional software, editing is simple. In this

example we trim down three short clips, and mix them as a slideshow.

If you’ve ever struggled with movie editing, you’ll find Aperture really

simple because it’s so visual. When you drag on the left-hand edge of a

clip, you see exactly where that clip is going to start. When you drag on

the right-hand edge, you see where it will end. Putting the clips together is

almost automatic, and you let Aperture do the work for you. You can mix

stills and images into your slideshows to show off the best of your images

and movies. When it’s finished, you have multiple export options too.

Step-by-step Aperture Editing video

1: Importing clips

Go to File>New>Project and drag Grasses.mov,

Hillside.mov and TreeStump.mov into the project.

Click the Split View icon in the top-right.

2: Organising clips

Organising the order that your clips will play is done

by dragging and dropping them. The clip on the

left will appear first, with the clip on the far right last.

5: End trimming

To cut the end off the clip, drag the right-hand trim

handle to the left until it reaches the five second

mark. Hit the yellow Trim button.

3: Prepare to trim

Double-click on Hillside to see it in the Viewer.

Hover the mouse over the image and click Play.

Hover again, but click the cogwheel and then Trim.

6: Cutting grass

Double-click the Grasses clip and repeat. Trim off the

over-exposed bit at the beginning, and shorten it

slightly. Hit the Trim button when you’re done.


Aperture’s video editing tools

Simple sliders, buttons and handles for editing video

Play button

Before you edit, get

familiar with your clip by

clicking the play button.

To see the editing

controls, hover your

mouse over the image

for a moment, then

click the cogwheel and

choose Trim

Knowledge base

Export settings

Although many cameras

shoot at 25 frames per

second, Aperture assumes

everything’s shot at 30

frames per second and the

Export settings naturally

reflect this. To get the

Export settings exactly

right, change the Export

For setting to Custom and

change the Frame Rate

to 25. Use your favourite

default setting as a guide

for the other settings.

7: Perfecting a clip

Repeat this for TreeStump, dragging the left trim

past the shaky camera work. Drag the right trim

until there’s blue sky filling the screen and hit Trim.

Spotlight

8: Create your slideshow

Hit Cmd+A to select all, and then click on them (or

the project), and choose New>Slideshow. Choose

Classic from the menu and name the slideshow.

When mixing stills and video, try using the Ken Burns style of slideshow. This adds

movement to stills, so they blend much better with movies.

Trim head

At either end of the clip, the edge of the yellow

box marks your trim head. Wherever you place

this, that’s where your clip with start. You choose

the clip end in the same way

Trim button

When you’ve perfected your

edit, hit the Trim button.

Even when you’ve created a

slideshow you can come back

and adjust your trim points to

get a different end result

Selected clip

When you’re in Split View (find it in the

top-right), double-click your selected

clip in the strip at the bottom. A white

box appears around your clip, and it’s

now ready for editing

9: Export your movie

Click the small play button in the bottom-left of the

Viewer. When you’re ready, hit Export in the topright

and choose a movie type from the list.

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Advanced White Balance techniques

Go beyond auto-correction to perfect image colour

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Aperture

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: 5 minutes

1: Setting skin

Import the WarmLight.tif image into a new project. In

the Adjustments tab go to Add Adjustment>White

Balance. Set to Skin Tone and click the eyedropper.

3: Remove blue

Import the TooBlue.tif image, apply the White

Balance adjustment, and set the drop-down menu to

Temperature & Tint. Click on the eyedropper.

When you take a photograph you may find that it

comes out looking too cold and blue, or too warm and

red. To correct this you need to adjust the White Balance.

This technique makes it look like the image was lit with ordinary

daylight, without warm red or cool blue.

When you apply White Balance in Aperture you can just click

Auto and let it do the work. But sometimes you want more

accurate or creative control. By using the manual controls in the

White Balance adjustment tab you can create the exact effect you

want, whether it’s cool morning light, pure midday light or the

warm glow of sunset.

To try out the techniques below we’ve put the images online for

you at www.icreatemagazine.com/tutorial-files.

Step-by-step Aperture Balancing your image’s light

2: Skin tones

Click on an area of skin that’s not too bright or dark to

make the light look more natural. Warm it or cool it

with the Warmth slider from the left-hand column.

4: Find the grey

Look for an area of grey, like the sky near the horizon.

Click that, then use the Tint slider to reduce any excess

purple or green in the image.

Creative control

Once you’ve balanced the light of an image so

that white light actually looks white, you can

get your creative hands dirty and create cool

hues and warm glows.

First steps 1 Before you

make any other

corrections, adjust

the White Balance to

get natural-looking

light. You can then

make other colour

adjustments with

the Enhance and

Expose tools, but

always do this after

correcting the White

Balance first.

Warm and 2 cool

You can adjust the

overall look of an

image in the White

Balance adjustment,

by dragging the

Warmth or Tint

sliders around.

Sometimes this is all

you need to do and

no further correction

is required.


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4: Create your audition

Once you’ve selected your clips, right-click and

choose Create Audition from the menu. If you’re a

whizz at keyboard shortcuts, hit Cmd+Y.

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Final Cut Pro X

Use Audition to find the perfect footage

Final Cut Pro X takes all the stress from choosing your best clips with the seamless Audition tool

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: 10 minutes

Step-by-step Final Cut Pro X Master Audition

1: Choose project

Open the project that requires a clip. To do this,

navigate to your Project Library by clicking on the

film reel icon, or Window>Show Project Library.

Using video to tell a story is complex at the best of times. If your story

relies heavily on the images to tell the tale, then making sure that you

have the right shots in your project becomes even more important.

Choosing the right shot for a scene or narrative can be tough at the best of

times – stressful, even. What looks good? What works? What doesn’t work? If

you’ve got a large reel of clips to choose from, then the process of choosing one

can be painfully time consuming.

Not anymore. Final Cut Pro X has introduced the Audition feature – where

you can combine all clip possibilities in one place and quickly and easily preview

them within your project. Best of all, the whole process takes just a few minutes.

So are you ready to be the Simon Cowell of video editing? Pull up a chair, fire

up your Mac, load up Final Cut Pro X and absorb the following steps to get a

greater of understanding of how Audition can be your best friend.

2: Open Event Browser

Double-click your project to open it in the Timeline.

Navigate to the Event Browser. If you can’t see it,

choose Window>Go to Event Browser.

5: Step into the spotlight

Final Cut will create a new clip in the Event Browser

which displays a spotlight icon in the top-left corner.

This indicates that the clip is an audition clip.

3: Choose your clips

We’re going to choose the clips that we want to

audition. Find and select your clips by holding

down the Cmd key while clicking on each clip.

6: Set the stage

Drag the audition to the Timeline. Place it where

you want the auditioned clip to appear. The clip will

be identifiable by the spotlight icon.


Behind the scenes of Audition

Discover Final Cut Pro X’s Audition secrets…

Audition pick

In the Audition pop-out window, the clip

with a star beneath it denotes a ‘pick’. A

pick is the clip visible when you’re playing

back an audition. There can only be one

pick at a time

Knowledge base

Auditioning effects

Not sure which effect to

use? Create a duplicate clip

in the audition to compare

pre and post-effect clips.

Open the Audition window

and select your clip. Click

the Duplicate button. Click

on the duplicate clip in the

window and drag the effect

on top of your audition

clip. You can continue to

audition the clips in the

usual way.

7: The audition process

To audition your clips, click on the spotlight icon

at the top. A pop-out window will appear. Browse

through the clips using the left and right arrow keys.

Spotlight

8: Audition time!

To preview your audition, click on a clip inside the

Audition window. Tap the Spacebar to play some of

the previous clip, plus your selected audition clip.

You can create audition clips from the Timeline. Drag clips from the Event Browser onto

a clip in the Timeline and choose Add to Audition from the menu that pops up.

Finalise audition

Once you’ve chosen your clip, what happens

to the audition? You can collapse an audition,

similar to the way you would with a multi-clip.

To do this, select the Clip menu and choose

Audition>Finalize Audition

Edit clips

To make edits to the

individual audition

clips, right-click on

the audition clip

and choose Open in

Timeline from the

drop-down menu.

This enables you to

see all clips fully and

make any changes

Audition menu

Save some time! You

can access most of

the Audition menu

options (which are

viewable from the

Clip menu) by right

clicking on the

audition clip and

choosing Audition.

This will show the

Audition options

9: Make that decision

You don’t need to repeat this process; quickly switch

audition clips during playback by using the arrow

keys. Once you’ve found your clip, press Done!

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Compress projects without losing quality

Want to share your movies without taking up unnecessary space? Here’s how you do it…

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Final Cut Pro X

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: 15 minutes

Applications like Final Cut Pro X have revolutionised the

movie industry – a decade ago you would have needed

a raft of expensive equipment to make a short film, but

these days you only need a computer and a decent video or digital

camera. Pixelated and poor quality videos are a thing of the past. Most

new cameras have HD capabilities, however, that can mean that video

projects can become inflated in size, resulting in problems sharing them.

Want to share your creation with your friends? Final Cut Pro X has a

few tools to help reduce the size of your project so you can easily share

it on the web or on DVD – without losing any of the original quality. Get

comfy, fire up Final Cut Pro X and transform your finished project into the

next Hollywood blockbuster. It’s a fairly easy process, as we’ll show you.

Share and share alike

We pass on some handy Final Cut Pro X tips

Background tasks

When you’re optimising

your video clips, the

background tasks icon will

show you how far along

the process is. This leaves

you free to go and make

a cup of tea while it’s

working hard for you

Quick switch

The film reel icon enables you to switch

between the Timeline for your project

and the Project Library. This tool is

handy if your project is long and you

want a compressed view of it

Share

The Share menu enables you to export your Final

Cut Pro X projects directly to YouTube, Vimeo,

Facebook, DVD, Apple Mail, iPhone and a whole

host of other platforms in just a few simple clicks

Project settings

Want to view the project

settings? Don’t lift a finger

– you can view the project’s

length, frame rate, audio

settings and resolution

without a single click. They’re

handily located at the bottom

of the interface

Knowledge base

Quality or quantity?

Quality is defined in terms

of bit-rate or resolution –

bit-rate refers to the quality

of video and resolution

refers to image quality. In

both cases, the higher the

number, the higher quality

your video and images are

going to be. The pitfall is

that the overall size of your

projects will be larger, and

will take longer to export.


1: Get started

From your Project Library, select your project, and

open it. If the Project Library isn’t in view, select

Show Project Library from the Window menu.

4: Set your Markers

Markers define the start and end of a project. Move

the playhead to where you want to start. Click on

the Mark menu and choose Set Selection Start.

7: Choose your compression

Select the Video codec field and choose H.264.

H.264 is a form of HD compression – so the size of

your project shrinks but the quality is maintained.

Spotlight

Step-by-step Final Cut Pro X Compress your Final Cut project

2: Transcode your video

For optimum quality, you should convert your video

using the Transcode Media tool. Right-click the event

where your clips are and select Transcode Media.

5: Choose the ending

All great stories have a beginning and an end. Move

the playhead to where you want to finish. Click on

the Mark menu and choose Set Selection End.

8: To summarise

If you click the Summary tab, you can see the settings

for the exported project. These include file size, frame

rate and file name. Happy? Click Next.

The standard fi le size for H.264 compressed video is usually around 100MB per 60

seconds of footage. Use HandBrake (www.handbrake.fr) to shrink your fi les further.

3: Optimise or proxy?

Optimised media is the best choice – it changes the

video format into a Final Cut Pro format, ensuring

the best quality and performance from your video.

6: Export your project

It’s time to compress. Select the Share menu and

choose Export Media. In the window, click the

Export field. Choose Video and Audio from the list.

9: Give it a name

A window will prompt you to choose a file name for

your compressed project. Click the arrow to choose

a save location. Hit Save and you’re all set!

57


Spruce up your spreadsheets in Numbers

Spreadsheets have a bad reputation. Luckily, Numbers’ design

tools have the power to make your data more eye catching

Difficulty: Beginner

Time needed: 30 minutes

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Numbers

4: Reformat headers

Select the header row and click the Fill box in the

toolbar. Make the header cells the same colour as the

title box, then match up the font too.

Apple’s Numbers is a capable spreadsheet app, but beneath

its unprepossessing exterior lies a variety of tools especially

designed to make your documents more appealing. By

exploiting these, and sticking to a few basic design principles, whether

you’re charting your weight loss or presenting a set of financial figures, you

too can escape the humdrum of the traditional spreadsheet and produce

something that readers will be happy to spend time looking at.

We’ll start by focusing on the weight loss tracker that we made in last

issue’s tutorial. This is a basic spreadsheet that calculates total weight loss

and BMI, based on figures that you enter. It also updates two charts as you

enter the data, so there’s plenty of scope here for a visual makeover.

Step-by-step Numbers Smarten up your spreadsheets

1: Title challenge

To create a title box for your worksheet, select a

rounded rectangle from the Shapes menu. Resize it,

then fill it with colour using the Colors palette.

2: Text me

Click the Text Box button in the toolbar to create a

text box. Enter your title text and select a font, style

and size from the drop-down menus in the toolbar.

5: Resize charts

Click each chart and lengthen them using the

resize handles. Use the arrow buttons in the Chart

Inspector’s Series tab to set the data point size.

3: Stand out

In the Text Inspector, colour the text a light colour

and centre it. Then shift-select the rectangle and the

text box and choose Arrange>Align Objects>Center.

6: Are we clear?

Section off information with filled rectangle shapes.

Select rectangles from the Shapes menu, fill with

colour then choose Arrange>Send to Back.


Transform your spreadsheets

Make your day-to-day data more presentable

Keep the stripes light

Alternate row colours are meant to guide the eye along

a row, not draw its attention away from the data, so

drag down the Alternate Cell Color opacity slider to

around 20%

Not too bright

The key to using colour

in a spreadsheet is to

exercise restraint, so try

to stick to a minimum

of three or four colours,

one of which should be

black or dark grey

7: Unify layout

Add a 3D effect by selecting a rectangle and ticking

the Shadow box. Then place a single large filled

rectangle of the same colour behind the entire thing.

Spotlight

8: Picture this

Click the Media button, then the Photos tab to access

your iPhoto Library. Find a suitable photo and drag it to

your project. Resize and reposition it as needed.

Adobe’s Kuler (https://kuler.adobe.com) is a useful online tool for fi nding and

matching complementary colour schemes and palettes. Give it a try!

Spaced out

Increasing the cell space around the text not only

improves readability, but it always looks more

professional, so if you can afford to expand things a little,

do it for better results

Knowledge base

Fitting in

View how your document

will appear on a printed

page by selecting the Show

Print View option from the

File menu. You can then

use the Content Scale slider

at the bottom of the page

to bring all the elements

together onto one page.

This gives you a useful

point of reference when

laying out your elements,

and also ensures you get

accurate printouts.

Table manners

In the Table Inspector

pane, tick the checkbox

next to the table name

to display it as a title in

the document. Doubleclicking

the title within the

document allows you to

alter its font, style, size and

alignment via the toolbar

9: Frame up

Place a frame around your photo by selecting one

from the Picture Frame options in the Stroke menu.

Rotate it using the Rotate control in the Metrics pane.

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Create chapters and sections for iBooks

Whether you’re publishing on the iBookstore, or sharing a book as a PDF, this should be your first step

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iBooks Author

Add button

This is where all the

construction work is

done in iBooks Author,

creating the framework

for your book. By

clicking this button

you can choose to add

chapters, different

section styles, blank

pages, columns and

even a preface

Chapter layout

You can see the contents

of each chapter by clicking

the triangle on the left of

each chapter thumbnail.

It’s also possible to rename

chapters, and change their

order by simply dragging

and dropping

Difficulty: Beginner

Time needed: 10 minutes

There has never been an easier way to publish a book, rich with

images, movies and text, but to get it all to work, you need to get

the basics right. By organising your chapters and sections, your book

will make more sense. In iBooks, each chapter is like a mini-book, containing one

or more sections. Each chapter you add will automatically have one section, but

you can break each chapter down by adding multiple sections.

Imagine you’re writing about aeroplanes. Your first chapter might be called

Solo Flight, covering topics such as Training, Ground School and The First Flight.

Rather than lumping it all together, you can give each topic a section to break

the chapter down. This gives you an informative contents page and looks great.

Before you embark on your own book, it’s a good idea to practice, so use this

tutorial to get to grips with chapters and sections, and publish your own.

Book overview

For quick access to the main parts of your book,

click through the options here. You may not have

a Glossary or Intro Media, but you will have a Table

of Contents and title page

Book layout

The book layout shows

what the finished

product will look like.

As you make changes

on the left, they will be

reflected here. When

you come to add text

and images, this is

where you put them

Knowledge base

Enriching your books

iBooks Author is designed

to make multimedia

books, so experiment with

dropping in movies and

images. The templates give

you good hints on what to

do, but you can just drop

things into a page, drag

them around, resize them

by dragging the corners,

and experimenting freely.

To get started, replace the

flower image in each of

these tutorial chapters with

an image of your own.


1: Choose a template

When you launch iBooks Author you will be asked

to choose a template. You can explore all these later,

but for now click on Basic, then click Choose.

4: Fill the box

This particular section has a box before the chapter,

where you can add info. Click the title, and give it

your own name, leaving the rest of the text for later.

7: Name the chapter

Click Untitled on the left, and type a name for

Chapter 2. Hit the ‘+’ sign and Choose Section>

Section, and then two sets of Section>Section Text.

Spotlight

Step-by-step iBooks Author Setting up chapters and sections

2: Name chapter

Rather than typing the name of Chapter 1 in the

book itself, click on the word Untitled and type

there. The book will update automatically.

5: Adding pure text

To add a new section of text, without an intro

box, go to the ‘+’ sign in the top-left and choose

Section>Section Text. Click the title to name it.

8: Name the sections

Name the first section of Chapter 2, and also name

the box on that page. Name the following two

sections. Drag sections to change the ordering.

Connect your iPad and hit the Preview button to see your fi nished book in action.

There’s no better way to test it than by using it in the real world.

3: First section

In the left-hand column, click Section 1 to select it,

then type the section name where it says Untitled.

This will appear in Section 1 in the book’s layout.

6: A new chapter

To add a second chapter, click the ‘+’ sign again and

go to Chapter>Chapter. A new chapter appears,

without any sections, giving you freedom to design.

9: Contents

In the Book overview, click Table of Contents. This

will only display the contents for one chapter, but

gives you an idea of how sections are organised.

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Easy transitions

How Video Editor Pro handles its swipes and fades

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Video Editor Pro

We’re excited about

Video Editor Pro

An expensive, but perhaps more compatible, alternative to iMovie

Requirements:

OS X 10.6 or later

Website:

www.david-team.

com

Available:

Mac App Store

Price:

£20.99/$29.99

If you’re going to challenge

the likes of iMovie or Final

Cut Pro you have to bring

something to the table that the other

two can’t offer. That might be value for

money for a piece of editing software or

features that neither manages to offer.

Since both are quite comprehensive

that can be a challenge, and with Video

Editor Pro, the key difference is probably

compatibility. With support for more than

25 different video formats you shouldn’t

hit any problems importing footage from

whatever device you’re using.

Having said that, you’re paying a

premium for that advantage, so what else

is Video Editor Pro providing? For a start,

1: Drag and

drop

Select your transition

from the menu on the

right and drag it to

the end of the clip you

would like to make the

transition from.

2: Overlap

If you’re merging into

a new clip, drag it to

overlap the first and

the transition will

adjust to where the

two blend together.

3: Switch it up

If you’re not happy

with the choice you’ve

made, you can rightclick

on the transition

and pick another from

the drop-down menu.

a very intuitive and simple video editor

that manages to match iMovie on most

counts. It’s got an ample selection of

effects and transitions, although perhaps

not as versatile and customisable as you

might find in Apple’s software.

Even so, we found it very easy to work

with, and for editing and uploading

videos for online use, we’d say you’re

getting a pretty good package, as some

of the following tutorials and highlights

will illustrate.

Adjust footage

To get control of the look

and style of the imported

footage, you have to click

on the button found

here. As we explain in

more detail to the right,

this menu opens up a lot

of effect and cropping

options for your footage

Stacking

With plenty of room

for editing your clips,

you can stack them up

and overlap them for

finer control and ease of

editing. If you’re trying

to keep clip lengths even

for instance, you can line

them up together here

and measure them out

against one another in a

matter of moments

Record

As well as importing video to

Video Editor Pro you can also

take advantage of your Mac’s

video camera and mic to record

extra content. New videos can be

added to your project as you edit

it and voice-overs recorded to

help enhance your movie


Spotlight

Uploading

Adding media to your project is done in this corner.

Whether you’re wanting to add video footage, music or

photos, it’s all done up here and can be done in batches,

which speeds things up a little. Then you drag them from

this corner to start editing them

Text

There’s a respectable number of title card styles

to pick from, each of which has an interesting

animation style and can be edited to suit your

needs. Font, colour and more are in your control as

you create the best possible opening for your movie

David Team’s other Mac apps include Any Audio Recorder Pro and Screen Recorder

Ultimate. For quick video and audio capture, they’re worth checking out.

How to tweak

your footage

1: Sub menu

You can do a lot more than just crop the

clips you add. From the Edit Video button

you can add effects and much more.

2: Effects

Under the Effects menu you’ll find colour

control such as contrast and saturation,

and preset effects like black and white.

3: Watermarking

A smart addition to this menu is the

watermarking option, which allows you to

stamp your video with a company logo.

4: A good crop

Cropping video footage with this side-byside

view can be a great way of making

looser home footage feel more dynamic.

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Create a great business

logo in EazyDraw

Make the most of this powerful vector drawing app

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EazyDraw

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: 25 minutes

Available:

Mac App Store

Price: £64.99/$94.99

EazyDraw has been around since the early days

of OS X, but its use has always remained the

same – creating great vector images. Be it a flat

plan of your next big building project, a detailed illustration

of life under the sea or a simple and effective logo for your

business, EazyDraw has you covered in more ways than one.

We’ll be focusing on the latter example in this tutorial and,

by the end of it, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to see

you through the process of designing the perfect logo for

your company. One of the best things about creating a new

logo is that you’ll never be short for inspiration.

The best logos are the ones that are simple, with just a

couple of colours and no more than a handful of different

elements. They may also portray (in some way) what your

company does, although this isn’t 100 per cent necessary.

Typography also needs to be taken into consideration here.

A clear sans-serif or serif font is key and should be as big as it

can be in order to ensure your name is easily seen.

We’re going to keep things simple with our logo design;

starting off with a basic square shape and using the power

of EazyDraw’s vector-based technology to tweak it into a

shape that looks more interesting. EazyDraw’s rich set of

features make it possible to create a logo that’s as simple or

as complex as you’d like, but with all of the above taken into

account, it makes sense to keep things simple and timeless.

Besides, you can always expand on it later if needs be.

Step-by-step EazyDraw Create an impressive business logo

1: Create your workspace

Open a new EazyDraw document then head to File>Page Setup and choose

a size that you think will suit your image. Don’t worry about resolution,

though, as this can be set later on during the export process.

Layers

EazyDraw gives you

the option to add

layers, meaning

you’ll be able to

separate out different

elements of your logo

for non-destructive

editing and great

control over its final

look and feel

Tweak shapes

With your shapes

converted to Bezier

curves, it’s easy to

drag on any of the

corners or curve and

adjust it to perfection.

You can always hit

Command+Z if things

don’t look right

The Details pane

Clicking on the Details

button and loading up

the Details pane on the

left will bring up a number

of options that will help

you tweak and edit

whatever you happen to

have selected

2: Throw some shapes

We’re going to base our logo around a straightforward square shape. Select

the Square tool from the menu on the left and draw a square (while holding

Shift to keep things in proportion) that fills a large area of your workspace.


3: Stroke and fill

Using the Stroke Color and Fill Color controls in the top menu, add some

colour to your square. We’ve opted for an orange with a slightly lighter stroke.

To change the colour of the stroke and fill, click and hold on the buttons.

Spotlight

Gradients

Subtle gradients can

really help to add a

level of polish to your

design. Click and

hold on the Gradients

button then select

the type, start and

end colours from the

options to customise

Knowledge base

Vectors explained

Unlike Bitmap images,

which tell your computer

which pixels to turn on and

when, vector images use

mathematical equations to

create shapes by turning

on the correct amount of

pixels for the right image

size. The result is an image

that’s fully scalable, making

your vector logo perfect for

everything from business

cards to building signs.

Want to know more about EazyDraw version 5? Check out our review in issue 116 for our

opinion on the latest version of this long-standing drawing app for Mac.

Improving on your original design

A great logo can be as simple as a square with

text, but a few tweaks in EazyDraw can turn it into

something far more interesting and eye-catching.

Follow our four-step guide below and find out how

to further customise your design and take it to a

more professional level.

Drag in the top-left corner

2 to turn the right angle into

a curved shape. Experiment

with the different grab points

here to create your own shape.

Zoom in on your two text

4 layers using the ‘I’ key, then

gently nudge the white text

over the dark grey text using

your arrow keys.

Select your original square

1 shape and head to the

Convert To menu above. Then,

select Bezier Path to give

yourself more editing options.

To give your company

3 name a slight dropshadow,

duplicate the text

you created and change the

original colour to a dark grey.

4: Give it a name

Select the Text tool from the menu on the left and drag a text box to work

from. Enter your company name and select an appropriate font from the

menu above. We’ve opted for a simple sans-serif.

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Design a poster with

Swift Publisher 3

Promote an event with a sparkling customised poster

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Swift Publisher 3

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: 15 minutes

Available:

Mac App Store

Price: £13.99/19.99

When it comes to making a poster for an event

you’re planning, there are a few apps that you

may turn to first for your design. Whether it’s

Pages, Phoster on iPad, or even Posterino on Mac, there are

plenty of strong choices, but now there’s a new player in the

document creation game and it might just be the best yet.

Swift Publisher 3 can be used to create normal text

documents, but its real strength lies in the ability to create

image-heavy brochures, catalogues, flyers and menus. Each

type of document has a large number of templates for you

to choose from, although you can simply create your own

poster from scratch if you wish to.

The app itself feels very much like those developed by

Apple; the controls are similar to those available in Pages, but

here they are optimised for image manipulation, working

with layers and drawing shapes. Swift Publisher also uses its

own Inspector system – it sits on the right of your poster,

with four options allowing you access to all the controls

you need. Styles are available from the top of the window,

allowing you to quickly format text, and they are completely

customisable, so you can add your own designs.

There are image editing options built-in, too. Double-click

on any image or shape and you can add a range of filters

and effects. Because everything is built into the app, Swift

Publisher 3 is much more accomplished than Pages when it

comes to making posters, as we’re about to show you.

Step-by-step Swift Publisher 3 Create a promotional poster

1: Template chooser

When you first open Swift Publisher, you should see the template chooser.

If you can’t, choose File>New from Template Gallery, or hit Cmd+Shift+N.

Choose Posters from the left-hand side and choose a design that you like.

Multi-touch

The app lacks a lot of

multi-touch controls

that we’d like to see,

but if you’re using

a laptop with a

trackpad, or simply a

Magic Trackpad, you

can pinch to get close

control over zooming

Image effects

Double-click an image

and you can open the

Effects editor. Click an

effect to preview it in

the window, use the

sliders to adjust the

settings, and when

you’re ready, click the

Apply button

Editor

The Inspector can also be used

to quickly edit images, adding

a stroke to the edges, adding

shadow and altering the

opacity of the shot. You can

also change the colour of the

entire shot with a few clicks

2: Foreground and background

The app allows you to work with foregrounds and backgrounds. Switch to

the background to change the main image, before moving forward again to

edit how the text and extra images look on your new background.


3: Clip art

It might seem somewhat old-fashioned, but Swift Publisher offers a range of

high-quality artwork that can be quickly added to your poster. Drag them in

from the menu on the left – there are more than 100 to choose from.

Spotlight

Preview mode

Click the small eye icon

in the top-right corner

of the window and

you’ll see a preview

of your poster. The

guidelines will be

totally removed and

you can even simulate

a paper colour

Knowledge base

No limits

One important thing to

remember is not to feel

limited by the templates

shown. While a premade

template may be

advertising a skiing course,

you need to remember

that every part of it can be

changed. If it fits your plans,

choose it and start making

changes until it’s what you

want. If not, start with a

blank canvas.

Try importing clip art and giving it a solid colour to create standing elements. For

example, an orange butterfl y might not look right, but make it white and it may fi t.

Using the Spline tool

The Spline tool sits in the toolbar at the top of

the main Swift Publisher window, and offers you

a brilliant way to draw curved shapes. Below

we’ve shown how you can use the tool to create

a background image for your poster, but there’s

plenty more you can do with it.

Clicking and dragging will

2 create a smooth curve. The

further you drag, the more the

next point will be affected, so

try different lengths.

Now you can use the

4 Inspector to add colour to

your background, remove the

stroke around the edge, and

add a shadow.

Select the Spline tool and

1 start drawing around the

bottom of the page. Simply

click to add a point that’s

joined by a straight line.

You can easily undo single

3 points on your shape with

Cmd+Z. When you’re finished,

click the first point on the

shape again.

4: Text options

The Inspector on the right allows you to alter text. Here, we’ve reduced the

character spacing for our poster’s title, so we have a little more room for the

icon on the right. Use the Inspector to fine-tune elements of your creation.

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Use multiple Time Machine drives

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OS X

Set up two or more drives for essential Time Machine backups of your Mac

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: 5 minutes

Before Mountain Lion, there was no

easy way to back up your Mac to

multiple drives using the otherwise

brilliant Time Machine app. If you wanted

to be completely safe with your data you

needed an extra backup app installed, or had

to change Time Machine settings every time

you wanted to back up. That’s changed now,

however, with the Mountain Lion OS upgrade

adding the ability to add multiple drives to

your Time Machine preferences.

We always recommend that you keep a

backup of your Mac somewhere around, in

case the worst happens and your machine is

lost, broken or stolen. However, for those that

are especially safety-conscious, a second drive

is a real bonus. If you’ve got a desktop Mac, an

off-site backup of your drive is recommended,

while MacBook owners can keep one backup

on the road with them and leave the other

at home. Either way, secondary backups

offer great peace of mind, so read on to find

out precisely how to set one up using Time

Machine in OS X Mountain Lion.

Step-by-step OS X Use multiple Time Machine drives

1: Machine preferences

First of all, you need to open up your Mac’s System Preferences app and

select the Time Machine icon under the System tab. You may also be

able to access this from a menu bar icon.

“For those that are especially safetyconscious,

a second drive is a real bonus”

2: Disk selection

If you already have a Time Machine backup, all you need to do is choose

the Select Disk option. If not, you’ll be required to choose Select Backup

Disk and then set up a second.


Safety first in OS X

Use Time Machine for extra peace of mind

Free space

The Time Machine

preferences screen will

show you how much space

is available on each of your

drives. Don’t worry if one

is almost empty – Time

Machine will free up space

as new backups are added

Knowledge base

Sequential

If you have your Time

Machine set to back up

every hour, setting up

two drives will cause the

backups to switch between

them. If, for example, you

have a Time Capsule set up

at home and a Thunderbolt

drive also connected,

Time Machine will use the

Time Capsule for the first

backup, then switch to the

Thunderbolt drive an hour

later, then switch back.

3: Pick your disk

A list of available disks will appear in front of you, including your current

Time Machine. Choose a second disk and then select the Use Disk

option in the bottom-right corner.

Spotlight

The backups take place automatically when the selected drives are connected. If your

Mac can’t fi nd a drive, it will automatically start the backup using the next drive.

Menu bar

Hitting this small icon in your Mac’s menu bar gives

quick access to Time Machine’s preferences. Whether

you want to check on the status of a disk, or set up

more backup drives, this is the fastest way to do it

No limits

While we’ve only set up

two Time Machine backup

drives, there is no limit

to the number of drives

you can set up. If you’re

incredibly paranoid or

simply safety conscious,

you can have tens of drives

dotted around the globe,

buried in secret locations

by famous landmarks…

Encryption

You can also set up

encryption for your drives

– this is a great idea for

your secondary backup,

especially if it’s stored away

from home, as it won’t be

readable if it falls into the

wrong hands

4: Confirmed

A message will appear on screen asking whether you want to replace

your current backup or back up to both disks. For the purposes of this

tutorial, select the latter to set up two backups.

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Set up custom widgets from the web

Get even more slices of at-a-glance information on your Mac

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OS X

Difficulty: Beginner

Time needed: 5 minutes

Widgets give you information at a glance such as weather or

the time. But there comes a time when you need a widget that

hasn’t already been created. Perhaps there is some information

that is niche but useful for you. Rather than visiting a webpage to view

that info, you can make life easier and have it open in your Dashboard.

As well as being able to view the built-in Dashboard widgets that

come with your Mac and download tailor-made widgets via the Apple

website (https://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard), you can also

create your own using information gleamed from webpages.

The facility is built into the Safari web browser (but not others) and it

allows you to grab a small chunk of a page and have it displayed on your

Dashboard. It even updates automatically. Best of all, it’s very easy to do.

Widgets and Dashboard

Working with your own widgets

Dashboard

When you tap the

Dashboard icon in the

Dock of your Mac, you

will call up staples such

as the calendar, clock and

weather as well as any

other widgets you have

placed in there

Knowledge base

Free floating widgets

There are two ways to

display widgets via your

Dashboard. You can have

it so that the widgets are

overlaid on the top of open

windows on your desktop,

or you can give them their

own space which means

they are placed upon a

black background. In order

to switch between the

two, you need to go to

Mission Control and check

or uncheck the Show

Dashboard as a space

option. Unchecking allows

for the overlay.

Purple bar

When you select part of a webpage, simply click

the Add button and the widget will automatically

be added to your Dashboard, allowing you to gain

easy access to it

Resizing widgets

Here is our football results

widget. We have decided

to edit this widget. By

moving the mouse within

this box we can alter what is

being viewed. The links are

dynamic and go to Safari

Highlighting areas

We are using YouTube as an example

here. This area is highlighted in white

and it means we are able to cut this

section of the webpage and use it as a

customisable widget


1: Find a page

Widgets can be made up of small parts of a

webpage. When you see something you like in

Safari, go to File>Open in Dashboard.

4: Resizing an area

In our case, we want this sports result section. But

we only want a bit of it. So we will use the resize

functions to cut the widget to size.

7: Edit a widget

If you wish to alter a widget in any way, click the ‘i’

icon in the bottom-right and select Edit. Now you

can amend the area you can view.

Spotlight

Step-by-step OS X Creating widgets from a website

2: Highlighting section

You will now see a purple bar appear at the top. A

white window will highlight a section of the page

and the rest of the webpage will be darkened.

5: Add the widget

Once you have selected the right part of the

webpage, double-click it and tap Add. It will appear

in the Dashboard as a widget alongside others.

8: Change the theme

You can also change the surrounding frame of a

widget. Click the ‘i’ and make your selection from the

frames that are present. Click Done when complete.

Your widgets – or web clips – display live content. They automatically update with fresh

information whenever the webpage is updated.

3: Selecting

The white window can be moved around the page

as you look for perfect content. Use your mouse to

hover over areas and watch as a chunk is pulled out.

6: Click a link

Now if you click a link within your widget, you will be

taken to the full page in Safari. Or you can view that

part of the page as it updates via the widget.

9: Other options

When selecting the ‘i’ icon on a widget, there may

be other options too, for example, an audio button

or weather settings. Play around to customise.

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iTunes

Fill in missing artwork in your iTunes Library

Ensure your music library is complete with all of the artwork intact

and displaying correctly by using iTunes’ image finding features

Difficulty: Beginner

Time needed: 10 minutes

1: Get Album Artwork

If you see a blank box with a music symbol where an

album cover should be, then ask iTunes to find artwork

for you. Go to File>Library>Get Album Artwork.

4: In the future

You can set iTunes to automatically get album covers.

Go to iTunes>Preferences>Store. Here you need to

click the bottom two options.

There is something quite unsightly about an iTunes Library

that has artwork missing. Although digital music has been

blamed for the deteriorating importance of cover art, you

begin to see its importance when see songs on your Mac that have no

artwork attached to them. Thankfully, there are ways of rectifying this,

the first one entailing little legwork and the second requiring extra effort.

The automatic album artwork finding feature built into iTunes 11 is the

first port of call. If that doesn’t help, then it’s a simple case of finding the

artwork yourself via the internet and attaching it to a song or album. To

see artwork in a larger size, just click on it. This will show a faded out shot

of the cover, as well as the tracks grouped together to form the album.

Step-by-step iTunes Adding artwork to iTunes songs

2: Confirm

This option will send information about songs that

have missing artwork to Apple so that it can scour its

database for matches. Click Get Album Artwork.

5: The manual way

If Apple cannot find artwork you will need to use

Google. Scour the search engine for a suitable image

and then right-click and save it to your Mac.

3: Sit back and wait

The iTunes app will now begin to process album

artwork and you can see just how far it has got by

looking at the status bar at the top of the window.

6: Insert image

Now go back to iTunes. Right-click the music symbol

on a missing track’s artwork and select Get Info. Go to

the Artwork tab. Click Add, find the image and click OK.


Adding and deleting artwork

Finding artwork information and manipulating it

Missing

You will instantly

see where there

is missing artwork

by the use of this

symbol. Sometimes

you will see it as a

stand-in for other

types of audio, in this

case voice memos we

have in our library

Knowledge base

The Advanced menu

Much of this work used

to be done under the

Advanced menu but, with

iTunes 11, that option

has been removed. If

you are using an earlier

version of iTunes then you

will find the Get Album

Artwork option under the

Advanced menu. In both

instances details of a song’s

missing cover art are sent

to Apple for a match. Your

music library content is not

stored by Apple.

Apps to organise

your iTunes

As well as being able to use the steps mentioned

here, third-party developers have spotted a gap

in the market for programs which let you take

greater control of your iTunes Library. Apps such

as TuneUp or Plex automatically transform your

music collection and they will fix songs which are

mislabelled and add missing album cover art. This

is another way of filling in the blanks without any

effort on your part.

Spotlight

TuneUp Although you have to pay to use

TuneUp ($49.95), there is a free trial

version which is handy if you want

to do a one-time sweep of your library and

sort out the missing artwork and other issues

at the same time.

The background colour of the display window changes depending on your album

artwork. You can go to iTunes’ Preferences>General if you wish to disable this.

Adding artwork

Right-click artwork and you can hit Get Info.

By clicking on the Artwork tab you can add

or delete artwork depending on whether you

need an image, or if one is incorrect

Resize an image

You can use the slider

to alter the size of any

artwork that you have

stored in your iTunes

Library, giving you some

extra control over what

you are importing into

your application

Artwork

All artwork in iTunes is clearly displayed so that,

when you flick through your collection, you can see

at a glance the cover of the album or other such art

in connection with a single

Plex The Cover Art tool scans your music

collection and shows up results you

can then use. Up to four covers are

provided which is great if an import cover is

available. The art is saved to the music file

itself so it will show on all of your devices.

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Pick which apps open automatically

Use this tip to stop iPhoto or iTunes opening every time you connect an iOS device or camera to your Mac

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OS X

Difficulty: Beginner

Time needed: 2 minutes

How many times have you

connected your iPhone, iPod or

digital camera to your Mac and

had your whole computer slow down

because it automatically opens up an

app like iPhoto or iTunes? And how many

times have they been the app that you

actually wanted to open? If you’ve had

enough of apps opening automatically,

you might be interested to know there’s an

easy way to stop it happening.

This tip is also useful for choosing which

app you actually want to open when

connecting a device. For example, if you’ve

installed a piece of third-party software

that came on a disc with your camera, it

might open every time you plug it in when

you’d rather just use iPhoto. You can use

this tip to also choose the application that

launches – you don’t need to delete an

app to stop it opening, you simply need

to open up Image Capture, an app that is

built into OS X.

Step-by-step Image Capture Change app-opening preferences

1: Find the menu

First of all, open the Image Capture app. Find it with Spotlight, or in

your Applications folder. Plug in the device you want to change the

preferences for and select it from the sidebar. Then click the small arrow.

2: Choose

Click the drop-down box that appears and you’ll see all the apps that

could be opened when you connect. Select the one you want from the

list, click Other to select another app, or choose No Application.


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Genius Bar

Genius Bar

Your questions answered

We all have system glitches from time to time – fortunately our resident expert is

here to answer all your Mac, iPhone and iPad-related questions

Contact

us today

Team tips

Here’s a selection of

useful tips & tricks

Jon

When I’m

upgrading to a

new Mac I tend

to cherry-pick

content from

my old machine rather than

transfer everything across at

once. It’s a chance to do a

spring clean as I move only

essential files.

Freddie

I tend to put

my old Mac on

eBay when I get

a new one, so

the first thing I

do is take out the old Mac’s

internal hard drive. That

way I’ve always got the data

from it and I can install a

fresh one before I sell it on.

Stephen

The first thing

I do is start

transferring my

old data over

using a Time

Machine backup. Apple

makes it really simple to do

this when you switch your

Mac on for the first time, and

soon I’m up and running

again with all my files.

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Burning Blu-rays

Dear Genius Bar, I have a lot of family

camcorder footage in HD format that currently

I back up to several hard drives. I would really

like to save one of those copies to Blu-ray discs. Are

there any compatible external Blu-ray disc recorders

that I can connect to my Mac? Is there any third-party

software I need to buy to transfer the high-definition

footage or will a simply copy and paste and then burn

to the Blu-ray disc work?

Hakan Salih

Email:

icreate@imagine-publishing.co.uk

Although it’s not entirely straightforward, there are a few

options out there for burning Blu-ray discs via your Mac. To

get started, you’ll need both a compatible Blu-ray drive and

Roxio’s Toast 11 Titanium with Blu-ray Plug-in. Both of these

won’t come cheap, but it’s worth paying if you want to be

able to burn those Blu-rays. Once you’ve hooked up your

drive and installed Toast 11, the process for burning your

discs is relatively simple. If possible, try and use a compatible

USB 3.0 Blu-ray drive as this will allow it to burn at the fastest

possible speed.

“It’s worth

paying if you

want to be

able to

burn those

Blu-rays”

Burning your movies

to Blu-ray is easy, but

it will require a bit of

financial investment


Turn off Time Machine!

Dear iCreate, I recently set

up Time Machine to back

up to an old hard drive that

I partitioned as it had a lot of other

stuff on it. I’ve now bought a

dedicated backup drive. Whenever I

plug in the old hard drive though,

Mountain Lion immediately

identifies it as a Time Machine

backup source. Is there any way to

Moving Macs

Dear Geniuses, I’ve joined

the 21st Century and

upgraded my MacBook to

a MacBook Pro! A lot of my apps

were bought on the Mac App Store,

so re-downloading them is easy, but

what about those I purchased

elsewhere? How do I move these?

Rachael Hanna

When it comes to transferring apps

from one Mac to another, your first port

of call is the Applications folder for the

app itself. You’ll need to drop this in the

Applications folder on your new Mac.

You’ll then need to look for its folders

in both ~/Library/Application Support/

(in your Home folder) and /Library/

Application Support/ (from Macintosh

HD – not in your Home folder) and

copy those two to their respective

places on your new Mac, too.

stop this from happening? I don’t

need to have every single backup on

two drives!

Peter Thelps

Hi Peter, rectifying this issue is actually

a lot easier than you think. The key

to stopping Time Machine from

identifying a hard drive as a place it

can back up to is hidden within its

preferences. To bring these up, you’ll

Applications

Finding the app

itself should be fairly

straightforward.

Just head to your

Applications folder

and look for its icon

in the list of apps.

Application

Support

To find Library in

your Home folder

(usually your name),

hold Alt and click

Go in the menu bar,

then Library.

Take two

To access your

Library folder,

search for

Macintosh HD in

Finder, click Library

and Application

Support.

Removing the

association

between Time

Machine and

a hard drive

is a fairly easy

process

need to select Open Time Machine

Preferences from its menu bar icon or,

if that’s not enabled, head to System

Preferences and select the Time

Machine preference pane.

Once there, look for the Select Disk

button, click on that and then check the

list of Time Machine backup discs. Find

your old hard drive, select it in the list,

then click Remove Disk. The icon should

change to a regular external disc.

Matching up

Once you’ve found

all of these folders,

copy (by holding

the Alt key) them

all to the same

locations on your

new Mac.

Partitioning a

hard drive

1: Which format?

If you haven’t already, it’s worth

formatting your drive to Mac

OS Extended (Journaled)

format. This works best with OS

X and offers great flexibility.

2: Ways to part

From the drop-down menu on

the left, select the number of

partitions you’d like to split your

drive into, bearing in mind the

capacity of your drive.

3: Sizing up

Each partition is represented on

the right and you can drag the

boundaries between them up

or down to change their sizes.

4: Click and confirm

When you’re happy with your

partition sizes, click Apply then

Partition in the confirmation

window to start the

partitioning process. It should

take a couple of minutes.

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Tidy Notification

Center

1: To the bottom

Apps you’ve installed

recently will be towards

the bottom of Notification

Center’s list in Settings.

2: App by app

Tap on each app in

Notification Center’s list and

turn off alert styles like Badge

App Icons and Sounds to

quieten things down.

3: Moving on up

Head back to the Notification

Center section of the Settings

app and tap the Edit button

in the top-right corner to

move things around.

4: Set your priorities

Keep the least important

apps towards the bottom of

this list and move those that

have essential notifications

towards the top.

Notification overload!

I was given an iPhone 5 for

Christmas – it’s a great gift

and I love it, but I’ve been

inundated with notifications and

messages from various apps and

games from day one and it’s

starting to get on my nerves! I’ve

worked out how to use Do Not

Disturb, but can I do anything else?

Penny Bruce

Hi Penny, glad to hear you’re enjoying

your iPhone 5, even if notifications

are a little problematic. Fortunately

for you, your issues with

notification overload are

Starting a podcast via

Siri will play it in the

Music app

“Your issues with notification overload are

easily solved with a few simple tweaks”

easily solved with a few simple settings

tweaks. To get started, head into your

iPhone’s Settings app and tap on the

Notification Center option in the list.

In here you’ll find every setting that

controls how you receive notifications

on your iPhone as well as those for

individual apps.

Generally speaking, every app

you download from the App Store

will feature some kind of notification

system and, while

these can be

The key to a quieter iPhone

is held within Notification

Center’s settings

controlled from within the app’s own

settings, the overall options are in

Notification Center’s settings. Each

app has its own individual settings

here which control things like app icon

numbers and whether a notification is

displayed as a banner or a notification

which requires action. The aim of the

game here is to cull those you don’t

really need and leave yourself with

no more than a handful of apps in

Notification Center’s list. Your iOS life

will have never been so peaceful.

Losing the Podcasts app

I love listening to podcasts on

my iPhone, but the Podcasts

app leaves a lot to be desired! Is

there any way I can bypass this

altogether and play them through the

Music app like I used to?

Laurene Crayfield

You’re a little limited for options here,

Laurene, but one route could be using Siri

to start the play process. To get started,

use the command: “Play podcast [podcast

name]”. You can then control playback using

the Now Playing section of the Music app –

arguably a far better way to do things than

with the Podcasts app.


Extended iPad uses

Dear iCreate, my wife very

kindly bought me an iPad

mini for Christmas and I’m

now left wondering what I can do

with an old iPad 2 other than sell it on

(it has some sentimental value and

my wife likes to use it from time to

time). I was wondering if you had any

suggestions? If it helps to know, I also

have a 21.5-inch iMac running OS X

10.8 Mountain Lion. Roger Turnbull

Hi Roger, you have options aplenty here!

Although there are some limits on how

Tip-by-tip

Actions for iPad

Actions for iPad allows you to turn your iPad’s screen

into a set of shortcuts to control almost anything on

your Mac – you’ll never need to learn a keyboard

shortcut again!

What’s my name?

It might be a bit of a ridiculous gripe, but I

get really annoyed when Siri doesn’t

know how to pronounce my friends’

names. It’s really off-putting and they’re not even

particularly unusual. I tried spelling them

phonetically, but this made things worse! Have

you got any suggestions?

Paula Yew

Hi Paula, this is easier to solve than you might think!

You were on the right track spelling out friends’ names

phonetically, but you’ll need to put them in their own

special field. To do this, start editing your contact of

choice, head down to the Add Field option, tap on it

and select either Phonetic First Name or Phonetic Last

Name. Spell out those names and you’re good to go.

an iPad can interact with other devices

such as your iMac, the App Store presents

a number of different ways in which the

two can cooperate and you can be more

productive and creative with the help of

your old iPad. One of the most obvious

uses here is to turn it into a digital photo

frame. This is achieved by loading it with

your favourite snaps, locking the screen

then tapping the photo icon on the lock

screen. If you’re looking for something

a little more interesting, though, we’ve

listed some of our favourite uses below.

“You were on the right track spelling

out friends’ names phonetically”

The simplest use for an old

iPad is to turn it into a digital

photo frame

Air Display

Avatron’s Air Display enables you to use your old iPad

as a second monitor for your Mac. Everything on the

iPad can be controlled by touch as well, perfect for

apps like Photoshop.

Keeping things separate

Be sure to enter the phonetic

spellings for both the first name

and surname in separate fields to

ensure things stay simple for Siri

Split it up

For more complex

pronunciations, it’s best to

split syllables of the name

up with a hyphen. It tends

to make things much easier

Find the field

To find the phonetic

field, swipe down to

the bottom of the

contact information

in Edit mode and tap

Add Field

Screens VNC

It’s not cheap and requires a bit of set up, but Screens

VNC will allow you to access your Mac remotely

with little delay or lag. It’s a great option for powerful

computing on the go.

Optional extras

You can also add fields such as Relationship to

tell Siri how that particular contact relates to

you – useful for commands like, “call my boss”

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Repair & replace guide

Everything you need to know about repairing or replacing

broken and ageing parts from your favourite Apple devices

Replacing a faulty/cracked

MacBook Pro trackpad

Step-by-step Install a new trackpad

1: A screw loose

Start by removing the ten screws from the back of

your MacBook using a Phillips screwdriver – be sure

to note the different screw locations and lengths.

4: Bend it back

Carefully bend the battery connector back and away

from the Logic Board to ensure it doesn’t accidentally

reconnect while you’re working on your trackpad.

2: We have lift off

Lift off your MacBook Pro’s back panel from nearest the

fan vent. Be sure it doesn’t catch anything as you lift it

out and set it to one side.

5: Free the battery

Remove the two Tri-Wing screws sitting either side

at the top of the battery to allow it to be removed

completely from inside your MacBook Pro.

If there’s one area of your MacBook

that’s prone to cracking almost as

much as your screen, it’s your MacBook

Pro’s trackpad. Although they’re still likely

to work for a little longer, they’re not so

pleasing on the eye and can get worse over

time. Fortunately, replacing a broken trackpad

is a relatively straightforward process that’ll cost

you well under £100/$100. In this tutorial, we’ve

focused on the process for an early-2011, 13-inch

MacBook Pro, and although the process is similar

for other models, it is really worth checking out

iFixit.com for the exact steps for your machine.

The whole replacement process is pretty

straightforward, but be sure to take your time or

ask an expert if you’re unsure. Otherwise, enjoy!

3: Power down

Your MacBook Pro should be switched off, but

disconnect the battery connector from the Logic

Board using a plastic spudger for added security.

6: A sticky situation

Before we can remove the battery, we’re presented

with a warning sticker. Peel this up and away from

your MacBook, but avoid removing it completely.


“The easiest way to remove the battery

is to pull the clear plastic tab that’s

attached to it”

7: Lift the tab

The easiest way to remove the battery is to pull the

clear plastic tab that’s attached to it. It should then lift

straight out from the upper case.

9: Stand up tall

From here, you’ll need to set your MacBook Pro up on

its side as shown. This should make things a little easier

when it comes to freeing your trackpad.

11: Out and away

Begin slowly pushing your trackpad up, out and away

from your MacBook’s casing, being careful to guide its

connector through the hole near the Logic Board.

8: Disconnect

Using the flat end of a plastic spudger, carefully push

the trackpad connector (situated between your

machine’s SuperDrive and RAM) up from its position.

10: Four more screws

Hold the trackpad with one hand and, with the other,

use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the four screws

holding it in place on your MacBook Pro’s casing.

12: Reinstalling

When installing a new (or cleaned) trackpad, ensure

that you carefully guide its connector back through

its hole towards the Logic Board. Use a spudger.

If you would like more help with

upgrading your Mac, visit the gadget

surgeons at iFixit.com, who kindly

contributed these photos.

Kit you’ll need

Plastic spudger

The Swiss Army knife of Mac

and iPhone repairs, the humble

plastic spudger will help you

pry, poke and generally fix your

way to a better device.

Phillips screwdriver

Apple does tend to prefer

proprietary fixings in its devices,

but the Phillips head screw is

easily tackled and a surprisingly

common occurrence, too.

Tri-Wing screwdriver

Although rare, Tri-Wing screws

do tend to crop up throughout

the average Mac repair so it’s

well worth having the correct

screwdriver nearby.

Trackpad

Available from iFixit.com for a

snip under $90, a replacement

trackpad is the cornerstone of

this repair. Be sure to always buy

from a reputable dealer.

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Get creative with iCloud

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Use Apple’s syncing service as inspiration to

help make some amazing creative projects

If you own a Mac,

iPhone or iPad (or even

all three), chances are

you’re an active iCloud

user – whether you

know it or not. Apple’s

free service for syncing

your contacts, calendars, notes, photos and

much more has come along way since its

predecessor, MobileMe. That said, it’s not all

about ensuring your last message or calendar

entry appears on every device. With a little

ingenuity, iCloud can become a fully fledged

creative tool in its own right.

While syncing your data might not be in

the slightest bit creative, syncing your photos,

in the form of Photo Stream, certainly is. In the

next few pages, we’ll show you how you can

use Shared Photo Streams to collaborate with

other iPhone users and create a travel guide

from crowdsourced comments, photos and

information. It might sound a little complex, but

the beauty of iCloud means that the only thing

you’ll need, beyond this guide, is the details of

everyone you’d like involved with the project

and an idea of the country or city you’d like to

create your travel guide for.

Once you’ve sourced your selection of

images using Shared Photo Streams, we’ll show

you how to organise them in iPhoto on your

Mac, export them to your iPad and create an

incredible Photo Journal to showcase them in

the form of a beautifully detailed travel guide. All

of this is possible without spending more than

£2.99/$4.99 on a copy of iPhoto for iOS.

This project isn’t just limited to a travel guide

either. Your subject matter is only limited to

your imagination – best restaurant guides,

crowdsourced cookbooks and a collage of craft

ideas are just a few other ideas we came up with

in the planning stages.

Creating a crowdsourced travel guide is just

one way in which you can use iCloud to get

creative, and there’s a few more that are certainly

worth mentioning. Throughout our main

creative iCloud project, you’ll find information on

how to use iCloud to sync GarageBand projects

from your iPad to your iPhone, edit an image on

your iPhone and tweak it in Aperture and build

upon your iOS Sketchbook Ink project on your

Mac with Sketchbook Pro.

Finally, we’ve thrown in a couple of extra apps

that use their own cloud services to help you get

creative. Ranging from the incredibly affordable

to the fairly expensive, they’re well worth

checking out if you like the idea of smoothly

moving your projects between devices without

having to resort to USB connections and clumsy

file transfers via iTunes.

Hopefully by now you’re itching to get started

on your creative iCloud projects, so keep reading

and find out exactly how to harness the power

of this awesome technology and use it to your

creative advantage. Don’t forget, we’d love to see

what you’ve come up, whether it’s a version of

the collaborative travel guide we’ve detailed in

this feature or something a little more elaborate.

So please do get in touch through the usual

channels and show us what you’ve created, it

might even end up in the magazine.

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Building your guide

Work with friends and family to get all bases covered

Creating a travel guide is a great way to

introduce friends and family to places they’ve

never visited with the best information from

those who have. The guide itself can be as big

or small as you like, covering an area as large as

North America or as small as a capital city like

London – it’s all completely up to you.

When choosing your subject, it’s worth

bearing in mind how many people you know

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who regularly visit and know the same place to

provide you with information and images.

Once you’ve done this, following the steps below

will allow you to work with them over iCloud.

It’s easier than you might think and replaces the

slightly long-winded process of swapping files via

memory stick or over a file-sharing service. What’s

more, iCloud is instant, meaning that populating

your travel guide should take no time at all.

Step-by-step Create a crowdsourced iCloud travel guide

1: On the move

If you’re shooting photos for the iCloud travel guide,

head into your iOS device’s Camera Roll, tap the Edit

option in the top-right corner then select the photos

you want to share.

4: The finer details

Enter the iCloud email address of the person who is

collating your iCloud travel guide in the To field, then

give your Shared Photo Stream an easily identifiable

and memorable name below.

2: Tap and share

Tap the Share button in the top-left corner of the

Camera Roll interface and select Photo Stream from

the list that drops down. There are other sharing

methods, but this is by far the best.

5: One more step

Once you’ve entered all of your details, hit the Next

icon in the top-right and head to the final step

where you can send a message to the person you’re

sharing your Photo Stream with.

3: Old or new?

If you have already set up your Shared Photo Stream

for your iCloud travel guide, tap on it from the list

that appears, otherwise you’ll be required to tap

New Photo Stream to create one.

6: Meanwhile, in iPhoto…

If you’re on the receiving end of your contributors’

Shared Photo Streams, you’ll need to hit Show Me

when you receive a notification like this and accept

them to get your images.


7: Select and save

If you’re receiving a lot of photos, it makes more

sense to store the best ones separately for your travel

guide. Select them, click on Add to>Album, then

Import them to iPhoto.

9: Going old school

If your final images album is pretty hefty, it’s

probably better to avoid any issues with iCloud’s

limited storage space and transfer these files over to

your iPad via iTunes.

Sync your

photo edits

You’ll no doubt already

know that Photo Stream

will pull your photos

from your iPhone and

iPad and place them in their own

folder on your Mac, but what you

might not know is that any edits

you make come too. Auto-enhance

an image in your Camera Roll or

remove any red-eye and these edits

will appear in Aperture, along with

the ability to turn them off.

8: Add to album

Once your best images have been saved from your

iCloud account to iPhoto’s local storage, hit Add

to>Album once more and give it a name you’ll

instantly recognise later on.

10: Get editing

With your final travel guide photos imported to

your iPad, it’s a great time to fire up the iPhoto app,

open the album and edit them – performing subtle

tweaks can make all the difference.

1: Look for the edit

When you’re searching through your Photo Stream

in Aperture, look for the small adjustments icon that

indicates an edit has been made to the photo.

Create a

collaborative video

Grab the Vyclone app for

cloud-based film fun

Using iCloud to crowdsource an

image-based project is one thing,

but Vyclone takes things a step

further, enabling you and a group of friends

to film a collaborative, cloud-based film. The

curation and editing process is all handled in

the cloud by the powerful Vyclone app.

What’s even better? It’s a free download.

2: On and off

Double-click to bring the photo up in full-screen view

and look to the Adjustments pane on the left – you will

see an iOS Edits option to tick and untick.

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Step-by-step Create a crowdsourced iCloud travel guide

11: Ready to share?

When you’re happy with how your images look (and

you’ve added any informative captions you’d like to)

tap the sharing icon in the top-right corner and then

hit the Journal icon.


Each contributor to your crowdsourced

iCloud travel guide will need to set up

their own Shared Photo Stream and

share it with your iCloud email address,

so ensure they have this in advance


If time is of the essence

and you need to receive

images for your project

as they’re being taken,

your iOS photographers

will need to have a 3G/4G

enabled device with a

strong data connection

12: Name your guide

In the options that appear, give your Journal a name

that represents your crowdsourced travel guide then

hit Create Journal. You needn’t worry about any of

the other options at the moment.

13: Change the look

Once your Journal has been created, tap the cog

in the top bar to bring up its appearance settings.

Adjust the background style, grid size and layout to

suit your travel guide.


So long as the iOS device

your photographer is using

is running iOS 6, they’ll be

able to contribute to your

travel guide via iCloud.

iPhone, iPad and iPod

touch owners can all get

involved in your project


Want more shots of a particular place?

Simply comment on the photo you’ve just

received from your photographer and

iCloud will push it to their device almost

instantly – feedback has never been easier


14: Adding extras

Tap on the ‘+’ icon in iPhoto’s bottom bar to add

extra information and elements to your travel guide.

This can include quotes, weather information, maps

and much more.

15: Local knowledge

If a photo you’re using happens to be an area

of expertise, drag in a text box and add some

information. Once you’re done, tap on it once to

change the font and alignment.

16: Use your imagination

Adding information to your travel guide is very much

limited to your own imagination. Try and match

the elements to nearby photos to give your shared

project a truly professional finish.

GarageBand for iOS might have been around

for some time now, but one of its lesserknown

talents is its ability to sync projects

between your different devices via the brilliant

iCloud service. Sadly, it’s not yet possible to

1: Flick the switch

Fire up GarageBand on

your iPad, hit the ‘+’ icon

in the top-left corner and

ensure the Use iCloud

toggle is set to On.

GarageBand

and iCloud

Sync your projects between iOS devices

seamlessly sync between the iOS and OS X

ecosystems. But if you’ve started a project

on your iPad at home and want to continue

mixing on your iPhone, making the jump

between devices is pretty simple.

2: Select and share

In the projects view, tap

the Edit button, select

the song you want to

sync and tap the cloud

icon. Finally, tap Upload

Song to iCloud.

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Step-by-step Create a crowdsourced iCloud travel guide

17: Swap ‘em out

Giving a logical order to your travel guide is

important, so tap the button next to the undo icon

and drag one image on top of the other to swap

their places in the journal.

Sketchbook Pro

and iCloud

Start on your iPad, pick up on your Mac

It’s not just Apple’s own apps that are able to

harness the power of the cloud and allow you

to sync projects over multiple devices. Thirdparty

apps like Adobe’s Sketchbook Pro can make the

most of this time-saving technology, too.

Grab the Sketchbook Pro app (£2.99/£4.99) on both

your iPad and iPhone and you’ll be able to create

stunning sketches on your iPad and pick up exactly

where you left off on your Mac later on.

18: Share to iCloud

To get your iCloud travel guide out to various parts

of the world, hit the sharing icon in the top-right

corner of the user interface and then select iCloud

from the list of options underneath.

19: Unleash your creation

With your travel guide now successfully uploaded

to iCloud, all that’s left to do is to tap Share Journal

to get the public link that you can publicise and be

accessed from anywhere.

Going pro

Beyond iCloud, Adobe

Creative Cloud reigns supreme

It’s not quite as affordable as Apple’s free

offering of iCloud, but Adobe Creative Cloud

gives you access to every one of Adobe’s

creative suite apps, plus 20GB of cloudbased

storage to sync your projects

from device to device.


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Your world clock

What makes it tick?

Black or white

Depending on whether it’s a day

or night in a specific time zone,

the clock faces in the Clock app

will be white or black respectively

– it’s a lovely visual indicator

Check the tabs

Tapping on any of the tabs

towards the bottom of the Clock

app will bring up any one of its

other features, including alarms,

stopwatch and the timer

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iOS

Customise the look of your iPad’s clock

Learn how to add new time zones, change temperature settings and

access a beautifully minimal clock view in seconds

Difficulty: Beginner

Time needed: 10 minutes

Apple’s iPad has long been crying out for a dedicated clock app

and, while a lot of developers attempted to fill the gap, there’s no

denying that Apple’s own offering was worth waiting until iOS 6 to

receive. As well as being able to show you the time in a number of different

time zones, the iPad’s Clock app also allows you to set alarms, timers and use a

fully featured stopwatch to time just about anything. Apple has really pulled out

all the stops here, too, as far as design goes. A minimalist clock face design will

look right at home in its full-screen display mode alongside your Apple-filled

home or work desktop setup.

Despite its relatively minimalist look and feel, there’s actually a fair few options

that you can customise inside the Clock app; from the number of different clocks

you have running simultaneously, to how the temperature details are displayed.

We’ve detailed everything you need to know about customising the Clock app

across these pages, but it’s still well worth exploring in your own time – there’s

plenty of pleasing extras to be found.

All in all, it’s fair to say that Apple’s Clock app isn’t as detailed as some of the

third-party offerings, but if you’re not prepared to shell out for a paid option or

you can’t stand ad-supported, free apps, this is the best way to go. Besides, once

you’ve customised things, you’ll wonder why you ever looked elsewhere.

Around the world

The world map towards the

bottom displays the time and

weather forecast for every time

zone you’ve set a clock for within

the app – again, a nice visual touch

Knowledge base

Setting an alarm

Setting an alarm in the

Clock app is as simple as

heading to the Alarm tab,

tapping on the ‘+’ icon in

the top-right corner and

punching in the details.

They’ll all display at the

bottom of the Alarm page,

showing you exactly which

alarms will sound when and

on what days. It’s a great

way to see when you’ll be

woken up.

Where’s the weather from?

The weather forecast data in the Clock

is actually provided by Yahoo!. It’s

incredibly reliable and surprisingly

accurate, even in changeable weather

situations across the world


Step-by-step Clock Customise the iOS Clock app

1: Swipe ‘n’ tap

Open up your iPad’s Clock app, and swipe left on

the display of six clocks at the top. Tap on any of the

blank clocks that appear to add a new one.

4: Go full-screen

Tap on any of the clocks shown in the World Clock

view to send it into full-screen mode. This features a

large clock face, local weather and the date.

Spotlight

2: Find yourself

In the pop-up city list that appears, scroll through

or use the search tool to find your city of choice and

tap on it to add it as a new clock in the app.

5: Swipe to change

To view a clock in a different time zone, you don’t

have to exit full-screen mode. Simply swipe left and

right to go through your list of added world clocks.

With the full-screen Clock app looking as good as it does, why not invest in an iPad

stand to complete your desktop arrangement? It will complete your Apple setup.

3: Get editing

Tap on the Edit button to bring up a list of your

currently loaded clocks. Here you can delete ones

you don’t need or change their order on the fly.

6: Keep it minimal

Tap on the screen in full-screen mode to lose any

extraneous info and display the clock face on its

own. It’s a beautiful way to keep track of the time.

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Clear History

This option lets you delete

details of the websites that you

have visited via Safari so that

anyone else using it will not

know the sites that you have

been looking at

Fraud warning

Don’t want to fall prey to

unscrupulous websites? Then

ensure the Fraud Warning remains

on. This will prompt you to be

wary if you go on a site that looks

dodgy for whatever reason

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iOS

Improve your iPad’s security settings

Ensure no prying eyes can gain access to your tablet by locking them

out and stop apps getting private information they shouldn’t

Difficulty: Beginner

Time needed: 5 minutes

Privacy is a major concern, especially when it comes to portable

devices such as the iPad. Since they are mini computers, you will have

stored lots of important information on them and some of that you will

not want others to see. Whether it’s for business or personal reasons – perhaps

you do not want your other half to spot the flowers website you’ve been looking

at – there is a way to lock down your iPad away from prying eyes.

Over these two pages we look at how you can not only ensure curious family

and friends are unable to access your account by locking it down. We also

consider how you can secure individual apps and make them invisible to anyone

borrowing your iPad, as well as ways of preventing apps from accessing data

that you may not want them to see, such as your contacts list.

We’ll also show you, should your iPad fall into the wrong hands, how you

can have all of the data on it wiped if the person fails to log in to your device a

certain number of times. All of this will ensure that no matter what happens, you

can sit back safe in the knowledge that you are on top of your iPad’s security.

Browse the web privately

How to setup private browsing with Safari

Private Browsing

By switching the Private Browsing

option in the Settings menu to On

(go to Settings>Safari), you can

make sure Safari doesn’t record a

history of internet pages you visit

Knowledge base

Lending your iPad

If you let someone else

borrow your iPad, then you

may want to restrict which

apps they can use. Tap on

the Restrictions option in

Settings and select Enable

Restrictions. Set a passcode

and then select which apps

are allowed and which are

not. You can also select

the types of download you

will allow. Only those who

know your passcode can

override this.

Accept cookies…

… Or not. Tap here and you will be able to accept

cookies from sites you visit, always or never.

Cookies will store data about your use of the site,

so always allowing them can cause a privacy risk


1: Use Passcode Lock

When you start your iPad or leave it idle for

too long, it will prompt you for this code. Go to

Settings>General>Passcode Lock to get started.

3: Set your access

You can allow access to Siri or the Picture Frame.

If you don’t want them, slide to Off. You can also

select when you want to see the passcode prompt.

5: Input complex password

Type in your more complex passcode. Make full use

of the characters available, but be sure to remember

them, otherwise you’ll be locked out.

Spotlight

Step-by-step Settings Creating passcode locks for iPad

2: Turn Passcode On

Tap on the Turn Passcode On option. It will prompt

you to tap in four digits. Remember this number

because it will be needed to access your iPad.

4: Use a complex passcode

You are not limited to having just four digits. You

can use a system which goes further and includes

letters for even better privacy protection.

6: Erasing data

If you would like a consequence for failure to input

the right code, then have it wipe your data after ten

failed attempts. Slide Erase Data to On.

One of the most important functions when setting a passcode is telling your iPad when

it is required. The shorter the time, the more secure.

The Privacy

settings in focus

Location

Services

Select the Privacy

options in your

Settings menu

and you can turn

Location Services

on or off. This will

let you toggle apps

that you may not

want to divulge

information to.

Contacts,

calendars and

reminders

If an app has

requested

permission to access

your contacts,

calendars and

reminders, they will

be stored here in

these categories.

Photos

Here we see two

apps requesting

access to photos

stored on our iPad.

It may also include

information on

where the image

was taken. You can

decide which to

disallow access to.

Social media

Your iPad apps can

also access social

media, specifically

Twitter and

Facebook. If you

have allowed this

then you can decide

later to disallow and

vice versa.

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Sync iOS devices to iTunes 11

Use the new iTunes 11 interface to update your devices

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: 10 minutes

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iTunes

1: Two of a kind

When you connect a device, it will appear up in the

top-right of the iTunes window. Plugging in two or

more devices will mean you have a choice.

The new iTunes is very different to its predecessor – a

lot of sections seem to have moved, or simply been

removed. In fact, while some users are loving the clean

new design and artwork-led interface, others are finding it difficult

to complete simple tasks, such as syncing iOS devices.

Syncing is important for two reasons – firstly, it will make a

backup of your device, so if something goes wrong you can restore

it to its original settings. However, it will also allow you to update it

with your very latest media and apply any software updates that

you’ve forgotten about.

Follow our guide below to find out what’s new

with syncing, and to discover how to return a little

of the app’s old functionality to make your life easier.

Step-by-step iTunes Sync your iOS devices Restore the iTunes sidebar

3: Pandora’s box

The tabs along the top of the window let you navigate

through sections, including On This iPhone, which

allows you to play music and movies on your Mac.

2: Space, the final frontier

Along the bottom of the iTunes window is a bar

showing you what is filling your iPad. You can roll your

cursor over each section to see precise amounts.

4: Keep it safe

A backup of your device will be made when you hit

the Sync button, but if you simply want to save your

device’s settings without backing up, hit this button.

If you don’t like the new way of doing things

in iTunes, you can restore the old-style iTunes

sidebar and go back to the old ways…

The big show 1 Click View in the menu bar and you’ll see that

there’s a Show Sidebar option in the drop-down

menu. You can click it here, or use the keyboard

shortcut Cmd+Alt+S if you prefer.

Old school 2 You’ll now see the sidebar again, and when

you connect devices they won’t appear in the

top-right. Instead, they’ll appear here, allowing

you to access different sections quickly.


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Movie editing on your iPad

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Pinnacle Studio

“It is, quite simply, a professional

editing package”

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: 30 minutes

Price: £8.99/$12.99

Step-by-step Pinnacle Studio Inside the movie-making app

1: Launch Pinnacle

When you launch the Pinnacle Studio app for the

first time, it will ask you for access to your Photos.

It will then build a media library from your images,

video and music.

While iMovie is excellent for simple and effective video editing, you

can take your director skills to a whole new level with the excellent

Pinnacle Studio on your iPad. We show you how…

2: Start new project

Tap the ‘+’ icon on the main Pinnacle screen to start

your first project. Give it a memorable name (this

can be changed later if you wish) and then tap OK

to finalise the creation process.

Most people wishing to edit videos will be well served by Apple’s

iMovie for iOS app. It offers a quick way to import a video, play around

with it and add snazzy effects. But if you want to take your skills further

and have greater control, then Pinnacle Studio provides you with so much more.

It is, quite simply, a professional editing package that has its roots in Avid, the

maker of pro-standard video software that is used by the very best film talent.

When you first use Pinnacle, it trawls your iPad for relevant content, finding

videos, images, audio and so on that can be used in your film. You can then

manipulate these in a variety of ways whether you wish to pan-and-zoom on a

clip, alter a specific section’s volume (including audio fade in and outs), adding

titles and montages or recording direct from your iPad. Features such as Picture

in Picture let you drop an image on to the timeline without affecting the run

of the video. So, you could have an interview and drop images relevant to that

interview over the top without worrying about the audio and lip-syncing caused

when you start splitting clips manually. It takes a while to get to grips with but

when you do, Pinnacle will always be the go-to for professional movie editing.

We can’t believe it’s available at this price.

3: Add a video

You will see a selection of icons in the bottom-left

corner of the user interface. Select the video icon in

the top-left and then drag a video clip to the video

timeline straight above it.


4: Add audio

Unlike iMovie, you can place clips of songs to

coincide with your video. You can even have up to

three audio clips at a time. Tap the music icon and

drag audio to the timeline.

7: Picture in Picture

Unique to Pinnacle is the ability to insert photos or

video over the main film. Simply drag a clip to your

existing timeline movie and it will ask if you want to

insert Picture in Picture.

Spotlight

5: Trim audio

Tap on a piece of audio (this also works perfectly for

video) and use the sliders to trim clips to suit your

movie. Audio can be positioned to suit the mood of

the visuals of your video, for example.

8: Create transitions

Picture in Picture is great for cuts, retaining the

audio and elapsed time from the movie. Tap the

lightning icon to add transitions too. Position them

between clips. Choose from the range of options.

Panning and zooming can be performed by tapping the Pan and Zoom button. Start

and End position options appear to mark the exact part you want to use.

6: Add titles

Tap on the ‘T’ icon in the left-hand corner to

add Titles. Select the type you want – Motion or

Standard – and drag it to the video timeline. Type in

your text. It’s as simple as that.

9: Montages

Montages allow for up to four photos or clips to be

added for a great way of breaking up your movie.

You can also insert a black slide with text in Pinnacle,

but iMovie slides must be overlaid.

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Remote

Use the Remote app

alongside iTunes 11

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: 10 minutes

“Kick back and access your iTunes

Library while relaxing”

Step-by-step Remote Controlling your iTunes Library

1: Open Remote app

Launch the Remote app on your iPad and you will

see two options: one to Turn On Home Sharing and

another to Add an iTunes Library. Tap on the latter

option to start the hook-up.

Learn how to configure Apple’s Remote app to control iTunes 11 via

the wonder of Wi-Fi and your iPad

2: Get a passcode

A pop-up window will appear that shows you

a four-digit passcode. Make a clear note of this

because you will need to add this into your iTunes

11 app on your Mac or PC.

Apple’s new iTunes 11 has a brand-new interface and design, but

you can enhance it even further by hooking it up with the Remote

app that is available via the App Store for your iPad. It lets you

choose songs, albums and playlists without having to be sat in front of your

computer and it effectively turns your iPad into a wireless remote.

Why would you use it? Well, you may want to kick back and access your

iTunes Library while relaxing, playing your songs via a set of great speakers, for

instance. All you need is to have your iPad and iTunes 11 computer on the same

Wi-Fi network. The two don’t even have to be in the same room.

So, for example, you could control your iTunes Library and listen to the songs

via a set of AirTunes speakers in your living room. It is also possible to control

videos and podcasts via iTunes using your iPad. This tutorial will show you

how to get up and running and we also explore some of the options that are

available to you via the iPad interface.

3: Launch iTunes 11

Now you are able to add the remote access to

your iTunes 11 application. Ensure that your iPad is

selected from the Devices tab. Tap in the code it

gave you in the previous step to continue.


4: View your library

Your iTunes Library will display on your iPad. You will

see everything that is stored on your iTunes. Use

your fingers to flick through your library, looking at

songs, albums and so on.

7: View the history

As you can see, we now have another song queued

up to play when the current one ends. Tap the

History tab to view all of the songs that you have

been playing recently.

Spotlight

5: Tap a song

Tap on an album and choose a song or go straight

to a favourite tune. Press play. You will notice that

the sound comes via your computer and iTunes 11

rather than your iPad.

8: Play other media

You can also play video files. Go to Movies in the

main drop-down menu (which defaults as Music)

and select Video. Tap one to watch and it will begin

to play within iTunes 11.

To access your iTunes playlists on your iPad, tap the More tab and then Playlists. This will

bring up the lists of tunes which you have already grouped together in iTunes 11.

6: Create a playlist

By tapping on the menu icon, you will bring up

a window that will allow you to add a song to a

playlist. Tap the Add option and find a track for

iTunes 11 to play.

9: Authorise computer

If you haven’t already, ensure your computer is

authorised to play files by going to Store>Authorize

This Computer and entering your Apple ID. The

movie will then play in iTunes 11.

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Zooming

You can slide your finger

up and down on this bar to

increase and decrease the

zoom. Obviously, zooming

in too far will greatly affect

the quality of the photo in

a detrimental way

The Lightbox Sync

The Lightbox Sync feature

within Camera+ will

automatically synchronise

all of the photos you

take between an iPhone

and an iPad using the

same account. This is

useful because you

can take snaps on the

superior iPhone camera

and then use the more

advanced features of the

iPad software to edit the

photos. It all works in the

background perfectly.

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Camera+

Take better photos on an iPad

Camera+ for iPad brings advanced features and stunning edits to your mobile photography arsenal

Difficulty: Beginner

Time needed: 15 minutes

Available: App Store

Price: £0.69/$0.99

Knowledge base

You may think that an iPad is not an ideal tool for

taking photographs, and that is true to an extent,

but when a moment happens and you have your

iPad handy you may as well take advantage of the built-in

camera. You can quickly snap a picture using Camera+ and

enjoy all of the advantages the app brings with it.

The experience is very different to using the default camera

app and you will have a host of useful tools at your disposal,

including using touch to set exposure and focus, a handy grid

to ensure that your photos are positioned correctly and digital

zoom that can focus in to great clarity. The Stabilizer feature will

help you capture every photo as you intended, and on top of

this there are many tools built in that you can use to adjust the

finished project after snapping. The large iPad screen makes

these adjustments simple to undertake and helps you use the

tools when taking photos. In this tutorial we will show you how

all of these advanced features work and we’re sure you’ll be

wowed with the results.

Everything you need is included

The clever, but straightforward, Camera+ interface

The main screen

Tapping the screen lets you focus on a specific area

and you can also do the same with exposure at the

same time. The touch-centric nature of the app

makes the functionality easy to use

So many tools

There are multiple tools

available in this Camera

panel. Everything from

the grid to geo-tagging

to live exposure is

available and all will help

you snap pictures in very

different ways

Advanced editing

You can edit your photos in a variety of ways. From

adding preset effects to removing red-eye, it is all

managed by touch and the only potential problem is

avoiding making too many changes


Step-by-step Camera+ for iPad Use the professional Camera+ features

1: The simple interface

Tap the camera icon in the top-left hand corner and

you will immediately see a standard photographic

interface. Now tap the cog above the capture

button and new options will appear.

4: The big menu

Tapping the menu button in the bottom-right hand

corner of the app will bring up a long list of features

to select from. This is the main hub for Camera+’s

brilliant advanced functionality.

7: Get your focus

Tapping on the screen will bring up a small red box

which you can move around to focus on a particular

area. If you double-tap it, auto-focus will kick in. Take

your time and get it right.

Spotlight

2: The Stabilizer

Select the Stabilizer feature and hold your thumb

on the capture button to take a picture. The picture

will snap automatically when you hold the iPad still

enough to gain solid focus.

5: Use the grid

It makes sense to set the Grid option to On all of

the time because it does not get in the way and

it will help you position the objects you are taking

perfectly. Make the most of the rule of thirds theory.

8: Exposure as well

Holding the small ‘+’ in the red focus box will bring

up an Exposure icon. Cleverly, you can move both

icons to different areas to manage exposure and

focus separately in the same photo.

If you need to see detailed photo information, you can check the location it was taken,

the dimensions, time and date and even the size of the photo via the Info option.

3: Bursts and timers

Burst photos are also available within the same

panel, albeit it at lower quality, and you can set the

timer function to run from anywhere between five

and 30 seconds. It’s a fun feature.

6: On the level

If you are taking wider shots or landscapes on your

iPad, make sure that the Horizontal level is active.

This will ensure that the main part of the image is

kept as level as possible.

9: Fix your photos

No photo is perfect so tap the film icon in the

bottom-left, select a photo and choose the Edit

option. You can now add effects and fix any glaring

errors that are visible.

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Make your own brushes in Procreate

Don’t just use the standard brush types in Procreate – make your picture stand out by creating your own!

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Procreate

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: 15 minutes

Available: iOS App Store

Price: £2.99/$4.99

Procreate is one of the most respected art

apps available on iOS devices. Released for the

next generation of art apps, Savage Interactive’s

efforts were immediately visible with Procreate. Showcasing

a powerful brush engine, a clever array of tools and an

effortlessly smooth delivery of colourful pixels onto a digital

page, iPad artists had a new hero to champion.

Procreate now includes Bluetooth stylus support, increased

layer modes, high resolution canvas sizes and upgraded brush

tool options and edit modes (like the game-changing dualtexture

system that merges a texture and ‘noise’ layer). It all

allows artists to make their mark in a much more creative way.

This tutorial shows you how to create your own brushes

using Procreate’s supplied options and also how to make

your own brushes from photos, illustrations and texture maps

found in your Camera Roll or your Dropbox account.

Tips Procreate Design your own brushes

1: Basic Brushes

Pressing on the brush icon at the top of the UI shows

you the range of options available. From sketching to

painting to abstract, there’s a lot to choose from.

4: Creating a new brush

Rather than change an existing brush, press on the

Done button (top-right of the Edit box) and press the ‘+’

icon to create a new brush type.

2: Editing a built-in brush

Pressing on the gear icon on any of the brushes takes

you to the editor window. This lets you see how it has

been constructed. There are a lot of variables to edit!

5: Source material

Although it sounds daunting, the best place to start is

the Pro Library – a selection of the brush presets found

in the app itself. Try some of the presets for yourself.

3: Source tab

Editing the rotation, scatter and size of the brush

makes obvious changes, but the one where you make

a brush truly your own is the last tab – Source.

6: Mix and match

Try one of the cloudy textures as a source image and

one of the spikier ones as the noise. That will give you a

very thorny line. Now swap them over.


Gallery

Saving your picture is

only a step away. Click

on the Gallery icon

in order to save your

image and see it next

to your growing body

of works

Knowledge base

The forgotten skill

Art, according to Pablo

Picasso, is a skill that we

love as a child yet all too

often forget as an adult.

Procreate is an inexpensive

app that allows you to try

and reconnect with that

skill that we all took for

granted. You never know,

you might just find your

new favourite hobby.

7: Textures

Once you’ve had a trial run with the texture library it’s

time to make your own mark. For that you need to take

photographs of interesting textures.

Spotlight

Professional art in Procreate

Don’t be scared, Procreate is a playful yet powerful art editor

8: Black and white

Imported textures are turned into greyscale images.

White will be seen on the screen and black becomes

transparent. You can even draw your own textures.

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Action

This takes you to a wide range of options, from

photo import, sharing options (also available in the

Gallery), Bluetooth stylus support and the app’s

handbook and gesture manual

Colours

Clicking on the

colour box (which

also helpfully shows

you the colour

you currently have

selected) gives you

an edit box covering

swatches, palettes,

hue, tone and

saturation. You also

have a colour picker

available in this box

Brush size and opacity

In addition to all the brush types

available, the easiest change you can

make is to the size and opacity of the

selected brush. The two sliders on the

right of the screen make these changes

9: Play time

The key is to experiment and to see what works. After

all, how many times do you get to make a paint brush

out of a Marmite label and a concrete slab?

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Step-by-step Google Maps Get to grips with Google Maps

1: Get your bearings

Tapping the bottom-left icon twice will instantly

find your location on the map and orientate to

match the way you’re facing using your iPhone’s

built-in compass.

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Google Maps

Google Maps in focus

Dropped as a stock app, but now making noises on the iOS App Store

Difficulty: Beginner

Time needed: 15 minutes

2: The scenic route

The app can display traffic and public transport

information, satellite imagery and quickly take you

to your location in Google Earth. Just swipe in from

the right and tap a view.

If you’ve ever found yourself being let down by an inaccurate

location or poor imagery in Apple’s own Maps app, you’ll have

spent just as much time searching for an alternative as you have

your destination. Fortunately, the wait is over, with the Google Maps app for

iOS finally hitting the App Store. On the face of things, Google Maps looks fairly

simplistic, with an impressively clean interface and very few obvious features

beyond basic cartography, but there’s far more here than meets the eye.

From detailed business information, to turn-by-turn navigation, to transport

timetables and near-instant routing, Google Maps really does have a lot to

offer and it’s all just a few taps away. Accessing this information might not

seem incredibly obvious when you first start using the app but, if you follow

our guide, we’ll show you every trick in the Google Maps book.

You’ll need to grab the app from the iOS App Store – it’s completely free

and relatively lightweight. It’s also best if you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network

(where possible) for the most accurate location information.

3: Businesses and landmarks

Businesses and landmarks are displayed more

prominently as you zoom in on your map. Tap on any

of them to bring up basic details and journey times

from your current location.


Third-party heaven

A brilliant alternative to Apple’s Maps

Location accuracy

The light blue circle around

your location indicates its level

of accuracy – the wider the

circle the less accurate your

iPhone’s estimation of your

location is and vice versa

Go north

The small compass icon will re-orientate

your map so that the top points north – very

useful if you’re working out which way a

certain building faces

4: Local knowledge

With a business or landmark selected, swipe up

on its name at the bottom of the map to bring up

useful information such as opening times, contact

details or reviews.

Spotlight

5: A sense of direction

Tap on the transport icon and time at the top of

a business or landmark’s page to instantly bring

up directions for walking, driving (with traffic

information) or public transport.

If you’re a Siri user, you can get directions via Google Maps by using the regular phrases

and adding ‘in transit’ to the end of your command to switch apps.

Personal info

Tapping on the icon to the right of the

search bar will allow you to set your

home and work address for quick and

easy navigation to either at any time

The tiny tab

The small tab to the

bottom-right of the map

gives you access to its

different views as well as

a link to the same

location in Google Earth

Knowledge base

Vector mapping

Unlike previous iterations

of Google’s mapping

service on the iPhone,

Google Maps now utilises

vector-based cartography

instead of regular images.

These use mathematical

equations to instantly draw

the map as you move. The

result is far quicker load

times and better responsiveness,

meaning you’ll

spend less time being lost

and more time finding

your way again.

6: When’s the train?

Tapping on any underground or metro station

in a city will bring up detailed information about

departing trains, times and routes to help you

quickly navigate the metropolis with ease.

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App Store roundup

Synergy Studio £13.99/$19.99

The full power of a sequencer squeezed onto your iPad

Music-making iPad

owners are gloriously

spoiled for choice

with a huge number

of impressive

sequencers, mixers, instruments

and recorders on offer for their

device, and the latest to join the

jam session is also one of the most

versatile. Synergy Studio is a very

detailed sequencer that opens up a

The addition of a keyboard makes

melody writing much more intuitive

“More experienced

music editing users

will get along faster

and more creatively”

lot of options for experienced MIDI

file makers, while still offering enough

that relative novices should be able

to get some enjoyment from it. We

stress some enjoyment, because this

isn’t an app with the subtle charms of

something like a Korg app, but it can

be mastered with a little practice.

Given the level of customisation

you have at your disposal we’d

suggest that more experienced music

editing users will get along faster and

more creatively with this app than

most. With 16 layers to build your

composition with, you should have

plenty of room to make something

pretty unique. That’s bolstered by

11 drum kits, 42 synth instruments,

55 sampler instruments and 21 pad

synth instruments all pre-installed,

with more available for free via in-app

purchases. From classic rock drum sets

to dark horn synth effects, layering

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some of these instruments can lead to

some interesting results.

What’s more, tapping the pattern

to drop in notes or percussion is only

the start. By tapping and holding your

finger on the pattern field you can

add extended notes and affect the

impact of your stroke. By subtly mixing

rhythm with these ambient tones and

then playing around in the Mixer or

Effects menus you are given a lot of

control over your track.

It can all be a little confusing though

as nothing is particularly clear as

you navigate instrument sub-menus

and effects options. Synergy Studio

could do with a more user-friendly

demystifying process that goes

beyond the wall of text help options

currently available. The overall quality

you can produce is really dependent

on your competency with Synergy

Studio, but it can feel a little hollow if

The number of dials and sliders can be

a little intimidating

you don’t put the time in. The ability

to share projects is most welcome,

albeit only via Bluetooth, but it should

open up this app to more users.

As sequencer apps go, this verges

on the affordable and accessible end

of the spectrum, but it will take some

learning and some perseverance to

get the most from it.

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Once you’ve recorded a video you

have lots of filters and tunes to pick

Voip One Click Free

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where the security of

your call is important

to you or you would

just like to feel a little more secure,

the encryption offered by this

internet calling app may well

prove appealing. While the initial

download is free it should be noted

that credit needs to be added and

that for full security through TLS and

SRTP protocols, both you and the

person you’re calling needs to be

using Voip One Click.

Setup is as easy as entering your

phone number, and then you just

Recording and uploading to YouTube

is a smooth and fast process

Strum Free

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For a quick bit of fun

with your videos we

can highly recommend

Smule’s latest musical

creation, Strum. This intuitive and

smart little app uses short video

clips and mashes them up with

some preset musical backing

to create short and often quite

amusing music videos in seconds.

Thanks to a prodigious application

of auto-tune style techniques, this

app can make any family moment

into a bouncing musical creation.

Any video with speech is ideal for

Your contact will also need to have

the Voip One Click app

need to give it permission to see

your contacts to start making calls.

Adding new contacts proved tricky

however, as we experienced a

regular crashing issue.

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YouTube Capture Free

Compatibility


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You wait around for

some new, updated

YouTube apps and all

of a sudden, a bunch

show up at once. After the success

of the new iPhone YouTube app we

got to see a universal version hit the

iPad and this new Capture app that

lets you record, quickly trim and edit

and then upload videos to the web

hosting service.

The editing options are pretty

light when compared even to the

limited options available in the

Vimeo app, which is a shame. Colour

The community is fairly young if the

Popular section is an indication

this app as it mashes that sound into

its own audio, although we found

that R&B or hip-hop-based videos

produced the best results.

Overall rating

The wheel menu is a handy addition if

you need to pause or pass a call

Editing options are very limited, but

you can use a crop tool

correction and stablisation are nice

touches, but not enough really even

for a free app. It has a lot more work

to do to really impress us.

Overall rating

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nils £1.49/$1.99

Developer

Drawing its audio from the

ambient sounds around you,

this music-making application

is for fans of white noise and feedback

only. For anyone else it’s highly likely

to induce a headache. Get used to

making subtle tweaks and you may

learn to love it though.

KitCam £1.49/$1.99

Developer

For capturing quick images

with a wide range of lens

and film combinations acting

as your filters, KitCam offers plenty

for more casual users. Experienced

photographers will also enjoy the

post production editing choices, level

controls and much more.

FrameBlast Free

Developer

Load a selection of your

videos to this application or

record them instantly and

FrameBlast will cut them together into

an interesting video short. It gives you

all the filters, theming and music you

need, and cuts it all for you too. Not

bad for a free download.

Novation Launchkey Free

Developer

A great free synth app as you

play notes with the keyboard,

but create variations in rhythm

and tone on the field above, changing

the central focus of the synth to draw

in interesting sound combinations. It’s

a lot of fun to play around with.

Compasso Synth

£0.69/$0.99

Developer

Making use of the

accelerometer to control the

pitch and other functions of

this synth app, Compasso is a pretty

smart idea. It probably won’t give you

any deep, meaningful control, but it

should be interesting to play around

with for a while.

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(Late 2012) with Fusion Drive

Mac mini

2.3GHz £879/$1,049 2.6GHz £959/$1,149

The Mac mini gets breathtaking raw

power to punch well above its weight

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The Mac mini can sometimes

be the forgotten man in the

Apple line-up. This unassuming,

unspectacular, ‘budget’ – for lack of

a better word – machine sits in the

Mac store patiently, without making

too much of a fuss. However, the

introduction of the Fusion Drive to

the list of possible upgrades you

can add to your Mac mini package

increased our level of fascination with

a device that would otherwise exist

on the outer edges of our interest.

Having already been impressed with

its impact on the stunning new iMac,

could it make the Mac mini worthy of

our consideration?

We tested the 1TB Fusion Drive

Mac mini with an upgraded 2.6GHz

quad-core Intel i7 processor and the

basic level 4GB of RAM. We also had

a lower end, basic model of the Mac

mini to run against it, a 500GB, 2.5GHz

dual-core Intel i5 processor model, also

with 4GB of RAM. The differences in

processor would of course make a big

difference in how the two performed,

but we really wanted to see the impact

that the Fusion Drive was going to

have on the Mac mini’s performance

and, as we’ll explore in a moment, it

was often breathtaking.

First though we will consider how

the Mac mini has changed externally.

Clearly the build and design remains

entirely unchanged. It’s the same

19.7cm by 19.7cm body and remains

3.6cm thick. The familiar app icon

shape of the Mac mini remains a

curious highlight, keeping it nicely

connected to the Apple range while

still standing somewhat apart from its

Mac compatriots. It’s perhaps a little

bit of a shame that we haven’t seen

any changes to the external design

of the Mac mini since its last release

and the removal of the optical drive

(itself, only a subtle difference). It is no

thinner, no lighter and just as sharp as

ever, but it remains at a manageable

size for placing on your desktop or

underneath your TV. In terms of style,

design and build quality, it’s everything

we’ve come to expect from the Mac

mini in the last couple of years.

The single significant change

externally to the 2012 Mac mini is the

upgrade of the four USB ports to USB

3.0. In case you’re wondering what

sort of difference that might make,

USB 3.0 should be up to ten times

faster at transferring data compared

to your older Mac mini ports. It’s also

faster than the FireWire 800 port,

which is retained on the new Mac mini

alongside a Thunderbolt, HDMI port

and SDXC card slot. One additional

curiosity to us was something that

was retained rather than removed,

and that’s the Audio In socket. This has

been removed from the latest iMacs,

but if you’ve invested in microphones

that require an Audio In then the Mac

mini remains a friendly system to use.

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Review

“In both

instances,

the 2.6GHz i7

Fusion Drive

Mac mini

was around

six times

faster”

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And so we come to the allimportant

question of performance.

This is the area in which we expected

some serious improvements, most

noticeably with the Fusion Drive

model. In order to get a clearer

sense of just how much better the

performance of the Fusion Drive Mac

mini is in real terms (over and above

the Geekbench score, which you’ll

also find in this review), we ran a series

of stress tests on it and the 2.5GHz

dual-core variant. The first test was

simple boot timing with no apps

opening. The basic Mac mini took

about 28 seconds, which is pretty

good, however the Fusion Drive took

only 12 seconds from pressing the

power button to a fully functioning

Dashboard and Desktop. As we would

discover, that was mere child’s play.

A slightly more intensive test was

duplicating a 14.47GB file on the

desktop. This file had a mixture of

music, films, photos, documents and a

Up close with the mini

The newly updated Mac mini in the spotlight

It’s all in

the back

All of the ports

you’ll want to

access on the Mac

mini are placed

at the rear, which

some may find a

little awkward to

access

Body

The body of

the Mac mini is

also unchanged

with the same

highly recyclable

aluminium

enclosure (as Apple

describes it), as

we’ve become

used to

copy of BioShock 2. On the basic Mac

mini it took a leisurely six minutes to

complete the task. The Fusion Drive

trounced this, managing the same

task in only one minute, 15 seconds.

Likewise when we attempted to open

all the pre-installed apps on the Mac

minis, plus Aperture, which we added

to both, we saw the Fusion Drive

model ready to use in just 16 seconds,

while the other model took around

one minute, 40 seconds. So, in both

instances, the 2.6GHz i7 Fusion Drive

Mac mini was around six times faster.

With all these apps still open we

went about attempting to edit some

of those photos we mentioned in

Aperture. Again, the difference was

stark. The basic mini struggled to keep

up with our inputs as we tried to move

the sliders around and there was a

delay in seeing them applied to the

image. For the Fusion Drive though,

as by now you will expect, this was

no problem at all. It really didn’t seem

Audio In

It’s interesting to see that the Audio In remains despite having been removed

from the latest iMac. Some GarageBand and Logic users may well be pleased

USB 3.0

Upgraded from the

USB 2.0 ports in the

previous Mac mini

model, it’s the only

externally visible

change to this device

Sharp edges

The sharper corners

of the Mac mini are

something we would

have liked to see

softened, but aesthetic

changes clearly

weren’t high priority

this time around


Fusion Drive

impresses

An essential upgrade?

Having the

opportunity to see

the Fusion Drive

running side by side with a

regular Mac mini left a great

impression on us. The way

in which the CoreStorage

software manages to prioritise

performance is noticeable. One

stutters and starts as it struggles

under the weight and the other

seems to coast.

Is it worth the £200/$250 to

upgrade an Mac mini or iMac?

Given the performance boost,

and assuming you’re working

on applications like Aperture,

iMovie or Final Cut Pro, we’d say

it’s now as essential as upgrades

come. It’s just that good.

to be reacting to all the background

happenings at all. We could have been

using Aperture in isolation.

The single stumbling block for this

Mac mini though is gaming, which

should probably come as no surprise.

We installed Batman: Arkham City on

both machines, each of which uses an

Intel HD Graphics 4000 card. Using a

1080p display and turning up all the

graphic settings to maximum, neither

was able to achieve more than 15

frames per second, which simply isn’t

enough for gaming purposes. Some

less demanding games graphically

will perform better we’re sure, but

it remains a shortcoming of this

particular Apple computer.

Despite this we were deeply

impressed by the performance of

the Mac mini. The numbers are

obviously eye-catching, but the sense

of responsiveness you get when using

it day to day is constantly impressive.

Everything feels more instantaneous

and connected, as if the Mac mini

What is Geekbench?

Our benchmarking standard explained

Geekbench is a piece of testing

software that allows us to compare

various hardware performances in

a like-for-like fashion, regardless of

make or model.

Geekbench runs intensive tests

based on processor, memory and

streaming performance to prove a

device’s true potential rather than

Benchmarking

Don’t let size put you off. The featherweight Mac mini packs a

big punch, as these scores prove…

Mac mini 2.6GHz with Fusion Drive 12773

Boosted by the Fusion Drive, this soared ahead of the pack

Mac mini 2.5GHz 7398

Compared favourably with mid-2011 iMacs and MacBooks

iMac 21.5-inch (Late-2012) 13647

The addition of a 3.1GHz processor made this more impressive

MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch 12057

A 2.7 GHz processor and 16GB of RAM keeps it competitive

knows what you need before you ask

for it. The only question that remains

really is whether or not you’re getting

good value for money with a Mac

mini and Fusion Drive over investing

in an iMac or MacBook Pro. Clearly,

since you’re only getting the Mac

mini on its own with no smart mouse,

trackpad or keyboard, let alone a

monitor, you have more than the

base level £499/$599 to think about.

At a minimum of £879/$1,049 for a

Mac mini with a Fusion Drive, you’re

moving close to iMac territory.

If you’re upgrading though from an

older Mac mini or even an iMac and

you have a high-end display already

along with all your peripherals, we’d

say you’re getting excellent value

for your investment, and a Mac mini

that’s more than capable of handling

creative projects. The basic model is

affordable while the Fusion Drive is just

so impressive that it should be given

real thought. This is a Mac mini that

relying on stats alone. A score is

then delivered based on a starting

score of 1000 from a Power Mac G5

1.6GHz. This enables us to judge

iPads against iMacs, iPods against

Windows laptops and iOS devices

against Android in a fair and

impartial way. We’ve taken a closer

look at the new Mac mini below.

“A Mac mini

that’s more

than capable

of handling

creative

projects”

Buy now?

Pros With Fusion Drive it’s incredibly

fast and responsive in every area. An

excellent update

Cons Still can’t handle games, and

the cost will add up if you need to

get peripherals

needs to be taken very seriously.

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Group test

iPad styluses

Get creative on your tablet with these capacitive touchscreen styluses

When Apple made the iPhone and iPad, Steve

Jobs made a point of the fact that the best

input for the device was a finger. He was

right, too – you can use any of Apple’s touch devices

easily with just your hands thanks to the responsive

touchscreens they include.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the screen can

only be used with your fingers. Styluses have become

an incredibly popular iPad accessory, with many users

preferring the feeling of a pen-like tool when getting

creative. For some apps, a stylus works much better

than a finger. If you love to paint and draw, they’re a

brilliant addition for working on your screen, as they

often have a smaller tip than your finger’s, and offer a

more natural painting experience. Writing is also much

easier with a stylus, and if you have a note-taking app

you can quickly hand-write notes.

Many of these apps are now including palm-rejection

technology, too, so that you can comfortably rest your

hand on the screen while you work, without randomly

drawing on the screen by accident.

However, with so many styluses on the market,

which one is the best option for you? Whether you

want a stylus you can give to your kids for drawing and

colouring, or you’re looking for a professional stylus that

will look great in a meeting and offer extra functionality,

there is undoubtedly a product that will match your

needs. We’ve gathered together six unique styluses and

tested them in a number of areas, from their sensitivity

to how they perform on the smaller screen of an iPad

mini and iPhone. And, if you’re planning on investing in

a stylus, you might also be interested in our list of the

best apps to try with your new pointer – look below to

enjoy our recommendations.

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1 Cosmonaut

£19.99/$25.00

Wide-grip design, all-rubber

casing, aluminium core

www.studioneat.com

2 Scribbly

£9.99/$TBA

Marker-pen design, compact

rubber nib, aluminium casing

www.scribbly.co.uk

3 STM Tracer Deluxe

£24.99/$29.99

Stylus and two-colour pen,

screwdriver tool, SIM ejector tool

www.stmbags.com

4 Sensu Brush

£29.99/$39.99

Capacitive paintbrush nib,

alternative rubber stylus nib , Kickstarterfunded

project

www.sensubrush.com

5 Aponyo Click

£9.99/$12.99

Fabric tip, rubber grip ,

retractable nib

http://stylusx.com

6 Incipio Inscribe PRO

£14.99/$19.99

Omni-directional tip, built-in

ballpoint pen, ink refills available

www.incipio.com

Best apps for styluses


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4

2

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Editor’s

Choice

STM Tracer Deluxe Aponyo Click Incipio Inscribe PRO

Sensitivity

The rubber nib on the end of the Tracer, as with

many of the other styluses in our test, is designed

to replicate the use of your finger. The result is a nib

that is very sensitive to all kinds of touch and one that

performed admirably in our tests.

Accuracy

We were impressed with the accuracy of the Tracer –

despite its large size, the nib offered good accuracy

once we got used to it. It’s still not perfect for ultrafine

detail that you need in some apps, but it worked

well enough in most situations.


The Tracer feels rather like a chunky, quality pen, no

matter which end you’re using, and the metal casing

offers a robust build quality. The only downside is the

pocket clip, which really only gets in the way when

using the stylus.


The rubber tip of the Tracer feels almost brush-like at

times, but still offers good accuracy on the screens

of both an iPad mini and an iPhone. It’s a large stylus,

though, so doesn’t feel as good as the Aponyo on

smaller devices.


One end features a two-colour pen, while the other

houses a hidden screwdriver set and SIM ejector tool.

The tiny Phillips head is great, and the other head

fits the iPhone’s screws – all of these are fantastic

additions to the stylus.

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Summary

The two-colour pen and

screwdriver set make it

stand out from the crowd,

and warrant its price tag


Best

Value

Sensitivity

The Click uses a unique material made of woven

fibres to create an incredibly sensitive nib that never

missed a swipe we made on the screen. It’s incredibly

impressive – you’ll never get frustrated and find

yourself re-drawing shapes.

Accuracy

The nib is quite soft, and glides across the screen with

very little friction. Some may like this sensation, but it

does mean that accuracy is sometimes a little more

difficult to achieve than we would like. In truth, we

struggled with it slightly.


The Aponyo is small and light, with a click button that

allows you to retract the nib for extra protection. The

click of the retractable mechanism is pleasing, and

the nib itself feels surprisingly sturdy thanks to its

fabric-like design. It’s not great in big hands, though.


This is the perfect stylus for use with an iPhone or

iPad mini. The Click is very small and light, making it

the perfect compact companion for your diminutive

tablet or phone, and the nib’s smooth action and

impressive accuracy are excellent.


There’s little more to the Click than its retractable nib

and the fact it uses a unique nib design, but these

two features make it stand out in our group test,

especially at this price. The nib’s smooth motion felt

particularly good.

Summary

The most responsive tip of

any stylus we tested, and

the retractable nib made

this a great option


Sensitivity

We were impressed with the sensitivity of the

Inscribe PRO, which managed to regularly detect our

swipes. As ever with rubber-tipped styluses, there

were a couple of issues with missed inputs, but they

were few and far between in our tests.

Accuracy

The nib of the Inscribe feels slightly firmer than

most of the rubber-tipped styluses in our test when

pressed on the screen, allowing for a little more

accuracy. It’s still not perfect, but it’s better than we

expected it to be.


The size of the Inscribe is absolutely perfect, and it’s

thin enough that it feels like a standard pen. It’s nicely

weighted, though, probably thanks to the ballpoint

that sits at its opposite end, and it has a nice strong

action across the screen.


The small size of the stylus helped it feel natural

when working on an iPhone or iPad, and the tip

offered a good level of accuracy. It feels especially

good with the iPad mini, thanks to the firmer nib and

pen-like grip.


The stylus slyly hides a pen at the opposite end to

the nib, although the lid was a little loose for our

liking, and the lid didn’t fit on the stylus end when we

were using it. We’re being picky, but it’s shame that it

doesn’t quite match the stylus’ performance.

Summary

It’s comfortable to use, but

for a little extra cash you

could get the Tracer, with a

number of extra features


Scribbly Cosmonaut

Sensu Brush

Sensitivity

There were a few occasions where we found

ourselves having to go back and start a gesture

again when the Scribbly failed to pick it up. It was

admittedly quite rare, but we couldn’t help but notice

it more than the other styluses.

Accuracy

Thanks to the chunky, marker pen-like design of the

Scribbly, the nib of the pen feels smaller, but in reality

it’s around the same size as the others in our test. Still,

it manages impressive accuracy, although fine detail

is difficult to achieve.


The Scribbly is designed to feel like a board marker,

and it absolutely succeeds. It’s comfortable to hold,

although the whole thing is incredibly light. We

would’ve liked a little more weight to the pen, as the

hollow metal casing feels insubstantial.


The Scribbly’s large size doesn’t lend itself particularly

well to the smaller screens – board markers are, after

all, designed for large areas of space. However, thanks

to the nib size, it doesn’t fare terribly, it’s just not the

best we saw in this test.


There are no hidden features with the Scribbly – what

you see in front of you is what you get. We did find

the nib could be replaced quite easily by unscrewing

the pen top, which also revealed the hollow inside of

the stylus’ tube.

Summary

For a bit of fun this is a great

choice, but more serious

artists will likely want to

look elsewhere


Sensitivity

We were impressed with the sensitivity of the

Cosmonaut on the iPad. The whole pen is very

conductive, so if you really wanted to, you could use

the opposite end to draw with. Still, for normal use it’s

very rarely frustrating.

Accuracy

The Cosmonaut has the biggest nib of all the styluses

in our test, thanks to the way it tapers out to meet

the rest of the pen’s main body. This impacts on

the accuracy somewhat, but it still manages to be

surprisingly good.


The rubber body is big and chunky, and feels

beautiful to hold. We particularly enjoyed using

drawing apps while holding the stylus so it formed

an acute angle with the screen, as if we were

colouring with a crayon.


The Cosmonaut unfortunately had some strange

issues with sensitivity on the seven-inch iPad mini

when holding the device in a hand, but it was fine

when used on a desk. It looks great with your device,

too, but is very large.


This is by far the most simplistic stylus we had the

opportunity to test. Machined from a solid piece of

aluminium, then coated with conductive rubber,

there’s nothing else you can do with this stylus but

use it to prod your screen.

Summary

A stylus that feels great

when using it like a crayon,

but with some sensitivity

issues, it’s not perfect


Sensitivity

The dual tips of the Sensu Brush allow you to choose

between the firm, accurate rubber nib and the more

artistic brush. Both offer excellent sensitivity, and

we had no issues with either end when it came to

tapping and swiping.

Accuracy

The accuracy of the brush tip was impressive,

although we would never use it for tasks such as

hand-writing or fine details. The rubber end offered

impressive accuracy, however, thanks to the firm nib.

It’s the best of both worlds.


The build is impressive – a small rubber grip on

the brush end breaks up an otherwise shiny metal

casing – and the whole thing feels exactly like you’re

working with a paintbrush. Using it on the screen is

absolutely fantastic with art apps, too.


While the brush might not be perfect for smaller

selections on the screen of an iPhone, it still works

well in creative art apps, while the rubber tip offers

improved accuracy for navigating around the screens

of the iPhone or iPad mini.


There are no particular features to speak of, but the

feeling of brushing paint onto the iPad’s screen in

ArtRage is so unbelievably natural that it’s easy to

forget you’re using a tablet rather than a piece of

paper and a normal brush.

Summary

It’s expensive, but for those

that want an authentic

experience, this is a great

mix of brush and rubber


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£49.99/$79.95


Key features










If you like this…


Adonit Jot Touch

£73.99/$99.99







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While Steve Jobs may have

famously dismissed the

need for a stylus there are

plenty of them around. For artists

looking to sketch, write or draw on

their devices like they would a piece

of paper, having a stylus to work with

can be a familiar and comforting tool

when working with the advanced

tech of an iPad or iPhone. It may be

a bit of a crutch, but it has proven

popular enough to make styluses a

thriving business.

However, until recently these

styluses were simply artificial fingers,

with a tip that made the screen

react in a normal way – they weren’t

pressure sensitive, like styluses that

you can use with graphics tablets

on your Mac. Now, though, that

has changed – the Pogo Connect

contains Bluetooth technology that

allows it to connect to your iPad and

send information on how hard you’re

pressing it to the screen. The result is

a stylus that is much more like a reallife

paintbrush than any before. But

how does it perform?

Powered by an AAA battery, the

design of the stylus is thicker than

most pens to accommodate the

power supply. However, this isn’t

too much of a problem; the chunky

casing is comfortable to hold, and

the stylus is a good length. At around

five inches long it’s perfectly sized for

most hands, and kids will be right at

home with the larger diameter, which

is reminiscent of a marker pen or

child’s paintbrush.

Setting up the stylus with a

compatible app is incredibly simple.

Unlike other Bluetooth accessories,

the Pogo Connect doesn’t pair with


Replaceable

The tips of the stylus are

replaceable – you can get a

set of two new tips for around

£7/$10 if you happen to lose or

break your original one

Ignoring you

Compatible apps will

ignore inputs from any other

touches, so you can rest your

palm on the screen while working

without worrying about your

hand making marks on the screen

your iPad through the Settings app;

instead, you’ll pair it to apps directly.

There are currently 13 apps that

are compatible with the pressure

sensitivity, with five more on their

way soon. The lists includes some big

names, too – we’ve picked out some

of our favourites to the right.

Once paired, you can customise

the function of the small button on

the side of the Pogo Connect. For

many apps it simply acts as an Undo

button, but some offer options such

as brush selection and colour choices.

However, while these functions are

AAA

The stylus takes an AAA battery,

offering an impressive battery life but

making the body of the stylus a little

thicker than we would have liked

a welcome addition, we found that

the button was in a rather awkward

position. Too often we pressed it by

accident when drawing, causing us to

undo the stroke we’d just completed.

With no quick ‘redo’ function on the

stylus, it quickly became frustrating.

Some apps offered click-and-hold

options for the button, but for the

rest we were forced to alter our grip

or turn the function off.

When painting, drawing or writing,

however, the experience was brilliant.

While some styluses, like the Adonit

Jot Touch with its disc-like tip, feel

more like a pen or a pencil, the

combination of soft tip and pressure

sensitivity made the Pogo Connect

feel more like a paintbrush than

we were expecting. It was great at

detecting pressure, too, with accurate

results no matter what angle we used

it at. Procreate worked especially

well with the pen, thanks both to

the app’s excellent options and the

sensitivity of the stylus.

We did have some issue with

accuracy, simply due to the nature of

the stylus. Much like when you draw

with your finger on the iPad screen,

working out exactly where your

Compatible apps

There are around

15 compatible apps

available right now,

with more adding

the Bluetooth

functionality all the

time. We’ve picked

out some of the best

on the right

stroke is going to land is sometimes

a problem. Working on detailed areas

of a painting is especially difficult,

and this is where the Adonit Jot

Touch really excelled. We did find our

accuracy improving as we got used

to the stylus, and it wasn’t such a big

problem that it ruined the experience,

but it’s something to bear in mind.

For us, the biggest problem

was the compatibility of the Pogo

Connect; the stylus only works with

3rd and 4th generation iPads (and the

iPad mini), leaving others out in the

cold. There is an option to link with

older iPads using your iPhone 4S or

5 as a bridge, but those without the

latest tech will have to look elsewhere

for their pressure-sensitive sketching.

Still, for those with new hardware

and dreams of painting a masterpiece

on their iPad, the Pogo Connect is

an excellent choice. You may have

some problems with the button, but

the functions can be disabled, and

after that it’s a joy to use. The soft nib

feels fantastic, and the aluminium and

rubber design looks great and feels

comfortable in your hand. This is the

future of styluses for the iPad, and it’s

already looking rather bright.

3 Best apps

Three of the best iOS

applications to use with

your Pogo Connect

Sketchbook Pro

£1.99/$2.99

With a brilliant user

interface and a range of

customisable brushes

to use, the Pogo Connect is an

ideal extension of the app’s

function – you’ll be able to

create incredible paintings with

the stylus in no time.

Noteshelf £3.99/$5.99

Writing apps have long

suffered from palminputs

ruining writing.

Noteshelf is fantastic for taking

quick notes, and the addition of

Bluetooth connectivity ensures

that it’s always accurate.

Procreate £2.99/$4.99

The range of brush

options in this app

makes it absolutely

fantastic for use with the Pogo

Connect. You can create real

masterpieces with this app,

and the pressure-sensitive

stylus with the palmrejection

ensures it’s

even more useable.

Buy now?

Pros Looks and feels great,

performs well and has an

astonishing battery life

Cons Button is easy to press

accidentally, and accuracy is

difficult to achieve


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Review

Fender Squier Strat with USB

and iOS connectivity £159.95/$199.95

Plug in and play in a whole new way

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Ultra-III

£499/$699

If you can’t bear to

be seen with a Strat,

then why not check

out Gibson’s off ering,

which includes its

own version of iTunes

to use.

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Pickups

The Strat has a humbucker

pickup in the bridge

position, giving you some

serious beef for when you

want to blow people away

Headphone socket

The headphone socket is situated next to

the micro USB and jack, so be aware that

you don’t get into any tangles

In the guitar world, Fender and

Gibson users occupy the same

divide as iOS and Android. There

are the devotees and the fanatics,

and those who wouldn’t be caught

dead with the other manufacturer’s

work slung around their necks.

Continuing this analogy, the

two guitar giants compete in

terms of creating the hottest new

functionality for six-string slingers

everywhere. Namely, adding

technology to their axes.

The Fender Squier Strat with USB

and iOS connectivity pops straight

out of the box ready to use. It is

designed to work with iOS devices

that use GarageBand, but has the

potential to be used elsewhere. Its

micro USB and 3.5mm connections

are all in the familiar area of the

guitar’s heel, where you would find

the ¼-inch jack input.

We ran it through our amp first to

see if it could do the business live,

and were sufficiently impressed.

That familiar twang was present,

and with a touch of reverb it was

Jack

The USB guitar has a

¼-inch jack input, so you

can use the guitar live

through an amplifier

easy to evoke that sun-bleached

California vibe that the model is

intrinsically linked to. It’s clear that

this is a Fender Stratocaster with a

few added gizmos, and not a piece

of technology with a guitar stuck

carelessly on to it.

Playability-wise, the Strat

came well set up. The action and

intonation were both well adjusted,

and there were no rattles or pings

from the body parts. We had

standard gauge strings on ours,

which made it a joy to skip up and

down the frets, with the small necksize

fitting right into our palm. The

shape of the Strat makes it ideal

for beginners – the two cutaways

allowing your fingers easy access to

the upper reaches of the fretboard.

It’s light, unlike bedrock Les Pauls,

and that aforementioned neck is

great for any hands to fit round.

Connecting the Strat was fairly

straightforward. Once you are

connected, and your headphones

are plugged into the guitar, you’re

away. What isn’t noticeable is how

Headphone pot

As well as a pot to control

the guitar’s volume,

there is a separate pot

to control the output to

headphones

much effect the pickups have on

the sounds produced in-app, as the

GarageBand amp simulations are

so overpowering. However, they

sounded pretty good to our ears

when matched up to the tones

we were getting out of our 1x12

valve amp – so they should keep

everyone but the uber-purists

rather happy.

If you need to play and keep it

quiet, or maybe can’t be away from

your guitar for too long but also

can’t carry an amp around with you,

this could be an ideal solution. A

great guitar, that just happens to be

compatible with your iPad. We can’t

find any faults at all.

Buy now?

Pros Well made, a dream to play – a

very solid Strat

Cons Can’t guarantee a decent tone

when using amp simulations


Portenzo

BookCase for

iPad mini

£TBC/$54.95

iPad mini

We’ve seen this kind of bookstyle

iPad case in the past, but

this has to be one of the better

examples in terms of build and

functionality. With customisable

colours for the outer case,

lining and strap, you can make

it your own and even emboss

it. A magnetically held hinge or

IntelliStand, camera opening

and stylus compartment are

optional extras, but they up the

price. We weren’t too impressed

with it obscuring the camera or

hiding the power button.


i-box Twist

£69.99/$79.99

Mac, iPhone,

iPad

This Bluetooth portable speaker

certainly has something in the

looks department with its fun

twisting design and it’s not

too shabby for audio either,

with two speaker drivers and

a passive radiator subwoofer.

There’s a little distortion at high

volume, but nothing terrible

for the price and quality your

getting. Setup via Bluetooth

is simple enough and its

connection is solid. We found

the top control panel a little

slow to send commands to our

iOS devices though.


Urbanista

PowerCase

Las Vegas

£69.99/$99.99

iPhone 4/4S

With the promise of doubling

the battery life on your iPhone

and three interchangeable side

panels, this is not just a practical

case for your device, but also

quite a cool and stylish one. Still

on practicality, you also get a

screen protector and cloth so

you need never remove this

battery pack. It’s not too heavy

or large around your phone

and it can be switched off to

save that extra battery until you

really need it. As battery cases

go, this has to be up there with

some of the best.


Hauppauge

myTV

2GO-m

£94.99/$TBC

iPad (first,

second, third gen), iPhone 4S

This TV aerial accessory

promises to give you local

TV access without needing

to eat up your precious web

allowance. Not a bad thing if

you need to keep up with your

favourite programs on digital

television. We found the setup

process to be a little hit and

miss (lots of downloading,

deleting and reinstalling) and

reception can be an issue, but

being able to record live TV for

later viewing is a masterstroke.

You will still need the myTV

2GO-m attached.


Accessories

STM grip for

MacBook Pro

15” (Retina)

£44.99/$59.99

MacBook Pro

15-inch with Retina display

We’re rarely disappointed with

an STM case and this grip shell

for the MacBook Pro 15-inch

with Retina is no different.

Its matte, grip finish makes it

pleasant to hold, the suede

lining offers comfortable

protection for the outer casing

of your MacBook and it all

clips on with ease. If you’re

particularly mobile with your

MacBook then having a little

extra protection even in your

bag is no bad idea, and this

perfectly fitted shell could be

the answer you’re looking for.


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Review

Capture One Pro 7 €229.00

Use Capture One Pro’s intuitive option sets to make quick and detailed edits

Specs





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Capture One Pro 7 RAW

Converter is a one-stop shop

for freelance photographers

looking to edit images from

a single location, with a price point that

reinforces its stance as professional

software. If you’re familiar with the likes of

Gimp and Photoshop then you wont take

long to acclimatise. However, if you are just

starting out in photography and photo

editing, helpful video tutorials will have you

up and running in no time.

A coherent interface with plush icons

makes navigation a doddle. Each icon

activates a sub-category of options that

helps you fix your images. Almost all

options are slider-based meaning effortless

application, with effects updated live. This

latest edition comes equipped with some

noticeable improvements, geared towards

creating contemporary effects. Here are

some we found constructive.

The Exposure and High Dynamic Range

options have notably improved, showing

a better degree of light control. Increasing

Highlight and Shadow values relieve

the effects of both gradually, without

disrupting image detail in light areas.

The new Punch slider further enhanced

contours through its settings.

We also noticed a lot of the lighting

options geared towards combatting high

ISO lens setting issues. This is a shooting

preference for many photographers who

can’t afford expensive lens kits. It also

reduces the necessity for a tripod and

increases depth of field effects. PhaseOne

has acknowledged this type of user with

improved noise reduction functionality.

This is activated from the Details options,

through the Noise Reduction and Noise

Reduction Advanced sliders. The first

automatically applies the best settings

according to your camera type, combating

shadow noise (Luminance) and coloured

halos (Colour). You can also turn on Purple

Fringing to automatically combat this

defect from the Lens options.

For lovers of presets these exist in

abundance too, but you have to know

where to look. Click the paint brush icon

and choose from Built-In Styles and Built-In

Presets. Roll your cursor over options to

watch them update live.

These are just a few of the options

available to you and we explore a few more

in our Key Features panel, but it’s worth

downloading a trial version and exploring

yourself to get a good feel for everything

Capture One Pro 7 has to offer.

3 Key

Features

Batch processing effects

Apply a range of eff ects across

multiple images by Cmd+clicking

on several thumbnails, adding

your eff ects then selecting

Adjustments>Copy & Apply

Adjustment option. Be sure to set

your view options to Multi for better

and clearer scrutiny.

Composition tools

Here you’ll fi nd a handful of

entertaining crop and orientation

commands. You can remedy warped

photos, set new angles and zoom

amounts for dramatic composition.

Local adjustments

Local adjustments are a great way to

apply masks that target specifi cally

aff ected image areas. You can

choose from Draw, Erase and

Gradient styles – the latter proved

great for skylines.

Buy now?

Pros Superb tools for fixing noise,

white balance and colour fix – you

can improve photos effortlessly

Cons Retouch tools would make

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It’s the cheapest

version of

Windows yet.

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Like it or loathe it, every Mac user

faces a time where using Windows

is unavoidable. Whether it’s fixing a

family member’s PC or dealing with a work

application that just won’t play ball with OS

X, switching between operating systems is

a necessary (if a little sad, at times) part of

being a Mac user. Apple has accounted for

this, shipping its own Boot Camp system

with every machine and allowing you

to restart your Mac and switch between

operating systems in a matter of keystrokes.

It’s limited, though, with no real integration

between Windows and OS X – and that’s

where Parallels comes in.

Virtualisation has come a long way since

it first appeared (in its many forms – some

great, some absolutely woeful) on our

Macs and it’s fair to say that Parallels is a

shining example of just how great things

have become. Weighing in at a mere

333.8MB, downloading Parallels was no

problem and installing it on our iMac was

easier than we thought, with the whole

process taking around five minutes.

One of Parallels’ greatest strengths is

in its simplicity. Virtualisation may sound

complex, but when you’re walked through

the process of installing your extra

operating systems (in our case, Windows

8 Pro and Chrome OS) it’s a joy to do –

the hardest part came when deciding

whether we went for a setup where

Windows programs ran exactly like Mac

apps or whether Windows itself was safely

contained within its own window.

Once everything was up and running

(we opted for containing Windows 8 within

its own window – but soon learnt we could

switch between the two), Parallels’ prowess

in this virtualisation field really did kick in.

Switching between Mountain Lion and

Windows 8 was perfectly seamless with

little or no lag and little noticeable effect

on Mountain Lion’s normal operation. In

fact, when we ran Windows 8 in full-screen

mode, it was hard to tell that it was running

on a virtual machine at all.

There were a few little idiosyncrasies that

could do with being ironed out, such as

Windows’ tendency to freak out when we

used a swipe gesture on the trackpad, or

OS X’s Dock making an appearance when

we dragged our mouse to the corner of

Windows 8 to bring back the Start menu.

That said, these were the only negatives in

an otherwise near-perfect experience of

running Windows 8 on our iMac.

Questions

answered

Because we get to play with stuff

before you do…

Why should I pay for

Parallels when I can get

Boot Camp for free? Surely

they do the same thing?

Although both options allow

you to run Windows on your

Mac, Parallels goes one better by

actually integrating Windows

apps right into OS X. They sit in

the Dock like OS X apps and you

can even drag fi les on to them

to perform certain actions, like

you would with an attachment

in Mail, for example. It’s an

incredibly slick experience.

You mentioned you ran

Parallels with the Chrome

OS – does it work with

anything else?

Out of the box, there’s also

the option of running Ubuntu,

Android and a few others. You

can even run Mountain Lion

within Mountain Lion!

Killer feature

Mountain Lion integration

It’s the little things that make

all the diff erence – so pushing

Windows’ notifi cations to

Notifi cation Center when Parallels

was hidden in the Dock and

showing full-screen metro apps as

separate spaces in Mission Control

really does make the Parallels

experience an impressive one.

Buy now?

Pros Painless setup, super-slick

integration, little impact on OS X

Cons Boot Camp may be more

suitable, and we had a few hiccups

with Windows 8


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F1 2012 £29.99/$49.99

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High-quality racing games are

few and far between on the

Mac, but F1 2012 has now

arrived to bring professional racing to

your machine. With fully licensed cars,

drivers and tracks, this official game has

everything you need to feel like a part of

the drivers’ championship, and it looks

absolutely fantastic.

We pushed the graphics up to their

very highest on the latest 21.5-inch iMac

and were incredibly impressed. Cars,

reflections and the track itself look great,

with heat haze and gravel adding a

feeling of realism. The sounds of cars are

fantastic, and surprisingly nuanced, with

slight changes being very noticeable.

Tracks are beautifully represented

too, although we did feel that the

TV-style openings lacked a little of the

excitement we expected.

The game starts with a well-designed

tutorial mode, something the previous

game in the series was sadly lacking. It’s

pitched well – it won’t annoy seasoned

racers, but does an excellent job of

explaining things to beginners. After

that you’re given a number of options.

Career mode throws you into a five-year

campaign, while Season Challenge is a

series of ten-lap races against the world’s

best, where you don’t need to worry

about pit stops or tyres too much. The

Champions mode also sets specific

challenges against the top-six drivers,

offering a different challenge to standard

races. The modes are all good fun, and

with the ability to reduce races to 50 or

25 per cent of their normal lengths, the

game accommodates those that can’t

spare three hours and those that can.

One thing it isn’t designed for,

however, is a keyboard and mouse

control setup. We started off with these,

but soon realised that a controller or

wheel was absolutely vital. We used a

Sony Dual Shock 3, which worked well

thanks to the analogue triggers for the

brake and throttle, and the control stick

for steering. The keyboard’s digital inputs

simply couldn’t handle the subtleties

needed for high-speed racing – if you’re

picking up this game, be sure to invest in

a controller, or a wheel.

But once we got going the game

was hard to put down. The driver assists

allowed us to customise our setup, and

when combined with the opponent

AI settings, it gave us races that were

genuinely competitive, and incredibly

fun. Split-screen and LAN multiplayer

offer an extra incentive, but there’s easily

enough single-player racing here to

keep you going for hours.

Buy now?

Pros A graphically impressive title with

plenty of modes and tracks, and a fantastic

weather system

Cons A controller or wheel is vital, and

race-day presentations lack fizz


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