Copying and transfering files between a Mac and a Windows PC can be frustrating. Especially when your file size exceeds 4GB, which means USB-Sticks and hard drives formattetd in MS-DOS FAT32 won’t work. But there’s a solution called ExFat (Wikipedia link). Your Mac can read and write on ExFat formatted drives (starting with Snow Leopard) and so can a Windows machine. The single file size is as good as unlimited. Just pop your drive or stick in to your Mac and open Disk Utility to format it in ExFat. You now have the perfect solution for swapping data between the two worlds – OS X and Windows.
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With SSD hard drives still being expensive, size (or lack thereof) is an issue for some Mac users. Others struggle with keeping their disks clean and folders tidy. CCleaner is for both types. The free helper takes care of caches, unused language packages, cookies and other junk piling up on your drive. After analysing the disk, CCleaner shows you what could go to teh trash and how much space you would gain. There are plenty of options for the user to play with. Try it out and see for yourself!
Ladies & Gentlemen… here comes another awesome tool to convert video and audio files into different formats. What’s the point you ask? Usability! Adapter is self explanatory and comes with many useful presets for Apple devices, tablets et cetera. If you feel you need more advanced options over codecs and stuff go for Handbrake or MPEG streamclip. All of these 3 great media converters for (Mac) OS X are free!
A growing number of decent games are coming to the Mac. Fans of the classic strategy and simulation SimCity will be glad to hear that they can start building modern cities in polished graphics by February 2013. Meanwhile a trip to the past playing SimCity 2000 (and other old school games) might fill the void.
There are other time killers too. Head over to steam if you are up for the latest game titles running on your Mac such as Call of Duty: Black OPS.
Apple’s App Store (for OS X not iOS) has an expanding selection of quality games on display too. Many titles are originating from the iPhone, but you’ll find classics like Civilization V as well.
In order to use AirPlay Mirroring – the new screen streaming feature Apple built into Apple TV and Mountain Lion – you need a Mac bought in 2011 or later. So if you have a Mac from 2010 or before you’re busted, you won’t be able to mirror your Mac’s desktop to your Apple TV even if you have Mountain Lion installed. Apparently the reason is the lack of graphics power, says Cult of Mac. The on-GPU H.264 encoding (if you really need to know). Someone else told me it’s because of content licence problems. But don’t give up, this is where AirParrot comes in. For a reasonable $10 you can enable AirPlay Mirroring on your pre-2011 Mac. Simple as that!
Using a Mac mini as a media center connected to your TV is a great thing. There’s just one tiny hiccup: the missing AirPlay feature from Apple TV. Wouldn’t it be cool to wirelessly connect your iPhone or iPad to your TV for easy photo and video streaming or to play games? Plus with Mountain Lion you can also stream the screen of a Mac to your tube via Apple TV – it’s called “AirPlay Mirroring.” Well, AirServer solves that problem. Just install the $15-tool on your Mac mini and you’re set – no need to buy Apple TV. Works pretty well with iOS 6 and Mountain Lion.
You will need: A second Mac (with FW or TB port) running Snow Leopard, a Firewire or Thunderbolt cable, a Snow Leopard installer (DVD or image on the second Mac).
1. Bakup all your stuff, it’ll be gone! 2. Connect your Mac to the second Mac which is running Snow Leopard via Firewire or Thunderbolt. 3. Boot the Mac you want to downgrade into Target mode (press and hold T after startup chime). 4. Once the Mac shows up as an external hard drive in the Finder of the second Mac, delete/reformat the drive with Disk Utility. 5. Now start the Snow Leopard installer on the second Mac (DVD or image). Choose the external hard drive you just erased as the target and install Snow Leopard. Quite a bit of work but it does the trick. Thanks Apple for making it so easy, not!
Using the Apple Remote included with Apple TV, choose Settings > General > Remotes. Choose Learn Remote and follow the steps…
It’s simple, really. But you need to know where to look: Open the Finder window and hit “cmd & F” to bring up the search bar. Now select “Kind” and “Other…” and look for “File size”. By ticking the little box you can add it to the standard selection. What is left now, is to choose “is greater than,” enter a file size of your choice and there you have it! Just for choice: You could also go with this tool.
Just in case you have been thinking about cultivating your DJ skills – Mixxx (not, it’s not porn) might be the right tool
for the right price. The (free) DJ software offers pretty much everything to start with: iTunes integration, BPM detection and syncing, support for various audio formats (MP3, M4A/AAC, OGG, FLAC), plus Mixx plays nice with more than 30 DJ controllers.