MacSparky logo MacSparky

  • The Next iPad

    Mon 1:15pm By David Sparks
    Jason Snell wrote up a nice summary of the current rumors and his opinions on the upcoming iPad at Macworld. It seems a near certainty that we'll get at least one new iPad next month with Face ID since the current iOS 12 betas on iPad have gone out of their…
  • Mac Power Users 443: Revisiting Music Management

    Mon 11:00am By David Sparks
    Join Katie and I on this week's episode of Mac Power Users as we revisit music management and discuss the state of the two major streaming services, how things have changed iTunes Match, managing our music, and audio at home and in the car.…
  • Get Automated with TextExpander – Sponsor

    Wed 12:11pm By David Sparks
    This week’s MacSparky sponsor, TextExpander, is one of my favorite tools to recommend to folks interested in working smarter, not harder. TextExpander is a text expansion tool that changes your game. Text expansion tools have always been useful. Type…
  • Free Agents 53: The Value of Your Time

    Wed 11:00am By David Sparks
    Mike and I talk about protecting your most valuable resource and how to figure out what you shouldn’t be doing anymore on this week's episode of Free Agents. Mike gets inspired during his personal retreat and learns how to say “no.” I learn the hard way…
  • Mac Power Users 442: Workflows with Joe Buhlig

    Aug 6, 2018, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    Joe Buhlig joins Katie and me on this week's episode to talk about his iPadless life, analog tools for productivity, live streaming, managing a business, Discourse, and more.…
  • Save Email Attachments to the Cloud with SaneBox

    Aug 4, 2018, 4:41 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…
  • Two Screens

    Aug 3, 2018, 1:06 pm By David Sparks
    First, a Little History…
  • Apple Killing the Mac and iOS App Affiliate Programs

    Aug 2, 2018, 7:34 pm By David Sparks
    Today sent an email out to affiliate program members (myself included) explaining they will no longer be paying affiliate fees for Mac and iOS applications. There are a lot of podcasters and bloggers, myself included, that receive small bits of income through…
  • Mac Power Users 441: MPU+: The Grass Is Always Greener

    Jul 30, 2018, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    Join us for this week's episode to hear Katie and I talk about how it's easier now than ever before to cut the cable, Katie's moves away from Evernote, my experimentation with iOS Mail clients, getting burned when selling online, choosing an email provider,…
  • Free Agents 52: You Can't Be What You Can't See with Ann Shen

    Jul 25, 2018, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    Ann Shen started her career as a grant writer and realized that the ladder she was climbing was leaning against the wrong wall. She then took the courageous step of going to art school and starting over again. Since then, with a combination of skill, grit, and…
  • Macstock 2018

    Jul 24, 2018, 1:00 pm By David Sparks
    Over the weekend I took a short trip to Woodstock, Illinois, where I attended, for the first time, the Macstock conference. Macstock has been going on for several years. The conference grew out of a lot of friends who used to attend Macworld looking for an…
  • Plan Your Day with OmniFocus - Sponsor

    Jul 24, 2018, 12:00 pm By David Sparks
    This week, MacSparky is sponsored by the Omni Group and their new release OmniFocus 3 for iOS. I love the new version of OmniFocus for my iPad and iPhone. …
  • Mac Power Users 440: Workflows with Thom Zahler

    Jul 23, 2018, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    Artist, illustrator, and cartooner Thom Zahler talks about his life as a comic book artist and writer and the digital and analog tools he uses on this week's MPU episode. He shares how he makes a living and his experience on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?…
  • Automators Ep. 2 – Email Automation

    Jul 20, 2018, 8:31 am By David Sparks
    The latest episode of the Automators is up. This episode focusses on automating email. Should all of your emails be special snowflakes? No. You should automate that email so you can spend your time making things you love instead of answering email. So what are…
  • iOS Customer Preferences

    Jul 19, 2018, 11:55 am By David Sparks
    9to5 Mac linked to this Creative Strategies report concerning App Store user preferences. There are a few points of note.…
  • Lego Aston Martin

    Jul 19, 2018, 11:33 am By David Sparks
    It has been a long time since I've been tempted to buy a new Lego set, but this one really pushes my buttons. This famous James Bond car includes a working ejector seat, revolving number plates, rear-window bulletproof screen, front wing machine guns and…
  • Fantastical 2.5 for Mac and New Video

    Jul 18, 2018, 3:08 pm By David Sparks
    Today Flexibits released Fantastical 2.5 for the Mac. There are several notable new features with the new version including Meetup.com integration and support for sending and receiving time proposals for meetings via Exchange, Google, and iCloud.…
  • Tame Winmail.dat Files with Letter Opener – Sponsor

    Jul 16, 2018, 1:31 pm By David Sparks
    Do you ever receive emails with winmail.dat files on your Mac? Windows users send them to me all the time. These files are windows formatted Microsoft Outlook email attachments and one of the rare file formats that your Mac has no idea how to handle. I get…
  • Mac Power Users 439: On Our Desks ...

    Jul 16, 2018, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    Katie and I share our home office setups on this week's MPU+ episode. We discuss all the gadgets in, on, and under our desks; what's connected to our Macs; and how we get work done.…
  • Good Times in London

    Fri 4:12pm By David Sparks
    I had a lot of fun this week meeting with about 50 readers and listeners in London. As usual, I found most of the people in attendance are smarter than I am with Ph.D's, Scientists, Attorneys, Doctors, and generally smart people of all ages. If you ever have a…