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  • Apple Maps/Google Maps Comparison

    Mon 7:06pm By David Sparks
    Justin O’Beirne updated his Apple Maps/Google Maps comparison from last year. This is the most thorough comparison of the two products I’ve seen. One clever trick he did this year was run monthly screenshots giving you a sort-of time lapse.Reading the…
  • TripMode 2

    Fri 12:37pm By David Sparks
    There’s a new version of TripMode out. I’ve written about TripMode before. It’s a Mac app that will monitor your internet traffic and selectively turn off apps. This can be a lifesaver when tethering. As a quick war story, I once had a very large podcast…
  • iOS 11 Musings

    Thu 4:24pm By Leilani Resurreccion
    As Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) approaches, a lot of folks are thinking about what Apple will do next with iOS 11. I am particularly interested to see if they can push the ball forward for iPad. It has been two years since the iPad got any…
  • A Missed Opportunity with Text and Screen Effects in iOS

    Tue 11:40pm By David Sparks
    We have now had text and screen effects on iOS for eight months. Are you using them? Perhaps more importantly, does Apple remember they exist?When iOS 10 was first released, I made the argument that to keep these relevant, Apple needed to constantly iterate…
  • Sort Your Mail Automatically with SaneBox (sponsor)

    May 23, 2017, 11:15 am By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by SaneBox, the email service that allows you to be the boss of your email inbox.SaneBox is an email service with a lot of features. This week I'd like to focus on SaneBox's ability to automatically sort your email for…
  • MPU 378 – More iOS Hidden Features

    May 22, 2017, 12:37 am By Leilani Resurreccion
    The latest episode of Mac Power Users is up and available for download. This week we are joined by Clayton Morris to talk about some of our favorite underused iOS features. This episode is actually a continuation of an episode recorded several months ago. The…
  • Apple Park at Sunset

    May 22, 2017, 12:24 am By David Sparks
    The latest drone shots of Apple Park, the new Apple campus, is up. The video is taken at sunset and you can see they are close to being done with the structure and landscaping. (I can only imagine how much work is left to be done on the inside.) For more on…
  • FREE AGENTS 21 – Feedback Show

    May 19, 2017, 3:28 pm By Leilani Resurreccion
    The latest episode of Free Agents is available for download. We're once again answering your letters and tweets In a wide-ranging episode covering all sorts of aspects of being an independent worker.…
  • The CMD-D Mac Automation Conference

    May 18, 2017, 6:30 pm By David Sparks
    When we had Sal Saghoian on the Mac Power Users a few months ago, I observed that one of the best things about him leaving Apple is that he gets to share more with us automation-loving nerds. It looks like Sal is pretty serious about that because he is putting…
  • AirPods Sport Strap

    May 17, 2017, 5:36 pm By David Sparks
    I spend a lot of time on my bicycle riding around town. It's one of the advantages of being self-employed. I can work where I want, when I want.One bit of forbidden fruit on my bicycle is my Apple AirPods. The idea of coming to a sudden stop and watching them…
  • MPU 377 – Audio Media Management

    May 16, 2017, 3:30 pm By David Sparks
    This week we take a good look at dealing with audio on your Apple gear. Topics include traditional music management, the best streaming services and why I loves them, podcast management, and playing audio in your car and home.Sponsors include:TextExpander from…
  • 30 Years of PopChar

    May 16, 2017, 2:09 pm By David Sparks
    I would like to congratulate Ergonis software, which is now celebrating 30 years of the Mac utility PopChar. Keeping a software application running for 30 years is quite an accomplishment. PopChar allows you to easily see all of the characters attached to your…
  • MacPaw's Ukrainian Apple Museum

    May 15, 2017, 1:04 pm By David Sparks
    Over the years of publishing MacSparky, I've got to know the team from MacPaw. MacPaw makes several Mac Apps that I use including CleanMyMac and, increasingly, their SetApp (Netflix for Mac Apps) service. I've been genuinely impressed with everyone I've met…
  • Sponsor: MailButler

    May 15, 2017, 9:50 am By Leilani Resurreccion
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by MailButler. MailButler is a collection of powerful add-ons that make Apple Mail exponentially better. One such feature is email signatures. Email signatures are important. If your email signature tool is tacky, it makes you…
  • Automating PDF Creation from Image Files on the Mac

    May 11, 2017, 10:51 am By David Sparks
    Recently a client sent me a contract electronically by taking a series of photos of a document. This happens to me once in a while, and usually I open the individual images in Preview, combine them, and save them as PDF. I received another such series of…
  • Sponsor: OmniFocus and the Review Feature

    May 10, 2017, 11:01 am By David Sparks
    This week the blog is sponsored by my friends over at the Omni Group and their best-in-breed task manager application, OmniFocus. There is so much to love about OmniFocus. It's a powerful task application that works with you to not only check off your boxes…
  • Timing 2 for Mac

    May 9, 2017, 10:35 am By David Sparks
    Today Daniel Alm released Timing 2 for Mac, version 2.0 of his popular Mac productivity app. Over the last several months, I have definitely climbed on the timers’ bandwagon. I'm in the process of hiring people to help me out, and the first thing I needed…
  • Hacking the iPad Smart Keyboard Viewing Angle with an Apple Pencil

    May 8, 2017, 1:04 pm By David Sparks
    I'm generally pretty happy with the iPad Smart Keyboard cover. It takes little space and the keyboard is good enough to get work done when I need to type on the road. My biggest gripe is the viewing angle. It's engineered to be angled up when the iPad is in…
  • Mac Power Users 376 - Notifications with Myke Hurley

    May 8, 2017, 8:00 am By Leilani Resurreccion
    The latest episode of Mac Power Users is live. This show is all about Notifications. Most people hate notifications because they are annoying. I like them but I’ve figured them out. I like this show because all three of us have found peace with notifications…
  • Free Agents #20 – Jason’s Origin Story

    May 5, 2017, 6:00 pm By David Sparks
    The latest Free Agents episode is up. In it, Jason shares his origin story telling us where he came from, the background of his career, and what the circumstances were that led him to become an independent worker. Jason’s got some great feedback on his…