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  • Looking at Tags … Again

    1h By David Sparks
    Lately I’ve been thinking about making another run at file tagging. It’s kind of funny how these tech issues percolate up. It all started with some receipts that I wanted to save to both client folders and tax folders. I found myself creating duplicates to…
  • Free Agents 15 – Getting Paid

    Wed 3:34pm By David Sparks
    There's a new episode of the Free Agents podcast. In this episode we discuss why the sign of a true professional is ensuring that they're being compensated. Why is getting paid so hard? How do we handle billing? When you're on your own, you're the one who has…
  • Too Busy with Brett Terpstra

    Tue 1:40pm By David Sparks
    This week I guested on Brett Terpstra's Systematic podcast where I talked about being too busy.
  • MPU 365 – Maps and More

    Tue 10:24am By David Sparks
    It took us 365 episodes but Katie and I finally got to an indepth look at at the available mapping and navigation options for your Apple gear.This episode is sponsored by:TextExpander from Smile Type more with less effort! Expand short abbreviations into…
  • Sponsor - TableFlip

    Mon 5:28pm By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky has a new sponsor, TableFlip. No matter what app you’re working in, creating tables is a pain in the neck. TableFlip solves that problem with you letting you create tables using Markdown and getting a live preview right in the app. After…
  • Even More iPad Musings

    Fri 4:31pm By David Sparks
    Last month I wrote about the iPad and how I felt, fundamentally, the problem is software. The iPad hardware is plenty powerful. However for people who want to get their work done with an iPad, quite often they run into software-based obstacles that push them…
  • WWDC in San Jose June 5-9

    Feb 16, 2017, 11:29 am By David Sparks
    Today Apple announced that they are moving Worldwide Developer Conference back to San Jose. The move puts WWDC much closer to Apple's campus and makes it a lot easier on Apple engineers attending and participating. San Jose hotels are also a lot less expensive…
  • Mac Power Users Chicago Meet Up on March 15

    Feb 16, 2017, 8:00 am By David Sparks
    Are you going to be near Chicago on March 15, 2017? If so, you should join me and Katie Floyd along with 90 other Mac Power Users Listeners. We've opened up some additional space for a fun night.MacPaw, makers of SetApp, is sponsoring so there will be plenty…
  • MPU 364: The Calendar Show

    Feb 16, 2017, 1:50 am By David Sparks
    This week on Mac Power Users we dive deep into calendars and discuss the various cloud calendar services, sharing, calendar apps, best practices, and scheduling services.
  • Sponsor – OmniGraffle

    Feb 14, 2017, 10:55 am By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by the app that I use as my own personal graphics toolbox, OmniGraffle. OmniGraffle was created as a diagramming tool but it is so much more. Using OmniGraffle's powerful, but easily understandable tools, I am able to not only…
  • Apple's Portrait Mode Ads

    Feb 13, 2017, 6:07 pm By David Sparks
    Apple has a few new ads spots showing off iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode. Now that the shiny newness has worn off Portrait Mode, I'm curious how much it has stuck with users. I'm still using it, but deliberately. I need to plan taking a portrait shot, which is…
  • Home Screens – Robert Black

    Feb 10, 2017, 10:00 am By David Sparks
    This week's home screen post features Robert Black (Website)(Twitter). Robert is a strategic cartoonist (bringing a bit of humor to corporate communications). Robert is also a geek and loves his iPhone. So Robert, show us your home screen.…
  • Sponsor: SaneBox with Sane Attachments

    Feb 9, 2017, 2:08 pm By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by SaneBox, the email service that adds power features to any email system. With SaneBox at your back, you add a powerful set of email tools that can work in just about any email client. SaneBox will automatically sort your…
  • Free Agents #14 – Putting Numbers in Boxes with Andrew Carroll

    Feb 9, 2017, 10:30 am By David Sparks
    In the latest episode of Free Agents, CPA (and fellow free agent) Andrew Carroll guests to explain accounting and tax challenges for independent workers. This is a great episode – especially with April 15 around the corner.
  • Still Using It – Trip Mode

    Feb 9, 2017, 2:06 am By David Sparks
    A few years ago I wrote about a then-new application, Trip Mode, that allows you to turn off the Internet pipes for particular apps on your MacBook. It's a great idea, particularly if you tether your MacBook to your iPhone or iPad. Using Trip Mode, you can…
  • The OmniFocus Video Field Guide Gets Streaming and Closed Captions

    Feb 6, 2017, 11:22 pm By David Sparks
    When I first started distributing the video field guides, I wanted to make it as simple as possible. Customers pay and then download a video. It worked great originally but lately I've been getting emails from customers that just work on iPad and iPhone. For…
  • More on the iPad and Software

    Feb 6, 2017, 5:43 pm By David Sparks
    Dr. Drang wrote over the weekend:…
  • MPU 363 – Workflows with IT Specialist Ivan Hemmans

    Feb 5, 2017, 7:51 pm By David Sparks
    We spend a lot of time on the Mac Power Users talking about how, as Mac users, to deal with a hostile IT staff. This week we decided to have a friendly IT specialist on the show in Ivan Hemmans. Ivan talks about how to manage your network and devices, whether…
  • Sleuthing the MacBook Pro Battery Issues

    Feb 3, 2017, 4:13 pm By David Sparks
    Gordan Mah Ung at Macworld recently spent some time researching battery issues with the new MacBook Pros. He did comparative tests with different tasks and came to the conclusion that the problem is the MacBook Pro getting stuck on the discreet graphics card,…
  • A Few Thoughts about iPad

    Feb 2, 2017, 11:53 am By David Sparks
    Apple recently announced their quarterly earnings and it turns out the fruit company is doing well. The iPhone sales return to growth, the Mac is doing well, revenue from services is up. The outlier was the iPad. The iPad's sales are down for the 2016…