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  • MPU 405: 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

    3h By David Sparks
    This week's episode of the Mac Power Users is our annual gift guide. Katie and I looked high and low this year and we came up with some great picks. We also had some great ideas from the community and added those as well. The worst part of this episode (for…
  • Get Focussed with Middle Davids Candles (Sponsor)

    2:18pm By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by Middle Davids Artisan Candles. Middle Davids understand the use of rituals to help with productivity. Have you considered using the scent of a candle? It works.I burn candles while I work and I always feel that the ritual of…
  • Gabe Weatherhead's iPad Experiment

    12:48am By David Sparks
    I enjoyed reading Gabe Weatherhead's thoughts following his attempts to do more on his iPad. Although I have to admit that I could never see Gabe going into the iPad-only crowd, at least not in the foreseeable future. Gabe is far too clever in the way he uses…
  • ​Free Agents 34 - I Think I Just Got Fired with Marco Arment

    Fri 1:52pm By David Sparks
    The latest episode of Free Agents is live. App developer, podcaster, analyst, and secret entrepreneur Marco Arment joins us to discuss his journey from college to Tumblr, building Instapaper, getting quit-fired, setting out on his own, and working in bursts of…
  • The Increasingly Rare iPad Deal Killers

    Thu 9:51pm By David Sparks
    Jason Snell wrote an excellent piece today about how he uses his iPad for a lot of his work. The post references a recent quote from Microsoft's Satya Nadella that implies the iPad is not a real computer and a recent iPad ad that makes its point nicely.I've…
  • MPU 404: The iPhone X and Austin Mann Talks iPhone Photography

    Thu 1:14pm By David Sparks
    In this week's episode of the Mac Power Users, we share our initial thoughts and impressions of the iPhone X. Also, Austin Mann, having recently finished his Guatemala trip with the iPhone X shares his thoughts on photography with the iPhone including shooting…
  • OmniGraffle, My Secret Weapon for Graphics (Sponsor)

    Nov 13, 2017, 11:42 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. I don't need to use a graphics app every day but I do have plenty of use for one. My…
  • iPad Sans Bezel

    Nov 10, 2017, 5:47 pm By David Sparks
    Image by Benjamin Geskin…
  • The Case for RSS

    Nov 10, 2017, 1:01 pm By David Sparks
    For several years now, the trend among geeks has been to abandon the RSS format. RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is a way to queue up and serve content from the internet. The MacSparky RSS, for example, gives RSS applications a list of all the articles I…
  • The Workflow for iOS Update

    Nov 10, 2017, 2:32 am By David Sparks
    Every time I write that people should still be using Workflow for iOS automation, I get a certain amount of flak. Apple bought Workflow earlier this year, and the reason for the purchase was not so they could keep developing Workflow. With no inside knowledge,…
  • PDFpen for iOS Tutorial Videos

    Nov 9, 2017, 5:00 pm By David Sparks
    I recently did a series of seven tutorial videos on how to use PDFpen for iPad and iPhone. They're now available to watch at the PDFpen website and I think they're pretty good. Looking back, it's remarkable just how much my document review workflows have…
  • Austin Mann's iPhone X Camera Review

    Nov 6, 2017, 1:54 pm By David Sparks
    Photo by Austin Mann with iPhone X.…
  • MPU 403: Workflows with David_Smith

    Nov 6, 2017, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    This week on the Mac Power Users app developer and business owner David "Underscore" Smith joins us to share his favorite hardware, software, and workflows. David is truly an "indie" developer and figured out some workflows that could really help anyone trying…
  • Keep on Top with SaneBox Reminders (Sponsor)

    Nov 6, 2017, 8:00 am 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…
  • Chasing Trane

    Nov 6, 2017, 12:03 am By David Sparks
    If you're interested in jazz, John Coltrane is a very big part of the story and this week PBS is running a documentary on his life, Chasing Trane. I haven't seen it yet but it looks real good. The clip below is about A Love Supreme, which I wrote about in…
  • A Few Random Thoughts After 24 Hours of iPhone X

    Nov 4, 2017, 5:26 pm By David Sparks
    I've spent the last 24 hours playing with my silver iPhone X and occaisionally making a few notes. Here they are:Face ID is the real deal. I already like it better than Touch ID. I'm not the first person to say this, but it reminds me of the original iPhone…
  • iPhone X and AppleCare+

    Nov 3, 2017, 12:23 pm By David Sparks
    If you're like me and waiting for your door doorbell to ring, you may want to take a moment to read this post from Stephen Hacket about iPhone X repair costs. In short, they're really expensive.If you break the front iPhone X screen, out of warranty repair…
  • Home Screens – John Voorhees

    Nov 3, 2017, 7:00 am By David Sparks
    John Voorhees (Twitter) joined MacStories in 2015. He is an editor and regular contributor to MacStories and the Club MacStories newsletters, co-hosts AppStories, a weekly podcast exploring the world of apps, with Federico Viticci, and handles sponsorship…
  • Things are Rosy at Apple

    Nov 2, 2017, 10:15 pm By David Sparks
    Today Apple had its quarterly earnings call. Jason Snell covered it with his usual aplomb at Six Colors. There are a few bits that stood out.The iPad Continues to GrowiPad growth is up 11%. After so many years of decline, that’s good news. I always believed…
  • Free Agents 33 - When You Say Yes to Everything

    Nov 1, 2017, 9:16 pm By David Sparks
    The latest episode of Free Agents is up. We've fiddled with the show format a bit. Specifically, now that we've covered most of the topic shows we wanted to cover, we're spending more time talking about the challenges we're seeing on the ground. I'm struggling…