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  • 641: Catching up with Federico Viticci

    Sun 5:00pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    MacStories boss Federico Viticci returns to the show to talk about the iPad's apparent stagnation and how the Mac has grown over the last few years. The guys also talk about Raycast, Shortcuts, Apple silicon and more.
  • 640: The iPhone App Roundup

    May 15, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    The App Store didn't launch until a year after the first iPhone, but it has defined the smartphone era. This week, Stephen and David talk about some of their favorite iPhone apps.
  • 639: Software Club: Greg Pierce and Drafts

    May 8, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    In the inaugural meeting of the Software Club, David and Stephen talk about Drafts and their use of the application. Then they are joined by Drafts developer Greg Pierce to talk about the app's community of users, its 10th anniversary and how Greg uses Drafts…
  • 638: A Mac Setup Consulting Company

    May 1, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Stephen and David sort through listener feedback, revisiting topics such as Preview.app, time tracking and their own Apple silicon experiences. Oh, and the person who took a Mac Pro to the coffee shop to get some work done on the go.
  • 637: Digging Deep on Tracking Time

    Apr 24, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    David and Stephen both track how they spend their time. In this episode, they discuss the approaches and tools they use to see how they spend their days.
  • 636: Workflows with Ryan JA Murphy

    Apr 17, 2022, 4:45 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Ryan JA Murphy is a writer and Ph.D. student who is using the Mac and iPad to work with information systems and design science. This week, Stephen and David talk with him about his workflows for research, data organization and more.
  • 635: Workflows with Allison Sheridan

    Apr 10, 2022, 4:45 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Allison Sheridan has been a Mac user since the very beginning and has been talking about Apple and its products since late 2005. She joins Stephen and David to talk about her experience with the platform, her use of diagramming in blog posts and much, much…
  • 634: Getting the Most Out of Your iPhone Camera

    Apr 3, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    The iPhone has all but killed the point-and-shoot camera market. This week, Stephen and David talk about the hardware and software that makes the iPhone such a good camera for photography.
  • 633: Workflows with Nick Milo

    Mar 27, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Nick Milo is a creator who is teaching people about Obsidian. This week, he talks with David and Stephen about how he manages his business, creates polished content and, of course, Obsidian and personal knowledge management.
  • 632: Be the Most Mac Pro

    Mar 20, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    On this feedback episode, David and Stephen celebrate the Mac Studio and Studio Display before revisiting the Stream Deck, Preview, Day One and more.
  • 631: Back to the Mac, with Myke Hurley

    Mar 13, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Between Relay FM, Cortex Brand and his keyboard streaming, Myke Hurley is a man of many hats. This week, he talks with David and Stephen about he balances these different jobs and how everyone can benefit from having a theme.
  • 630: Preview Deep Dive

    Mar 6, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Preview has been in every Mac's Application folder since 2001 when OS X launched. Today, Stephen and David dive into the program, exploring is wide range of features for editing both images and PDFs.
  • 629: Workflows with Craig Hockenberry

    Feb 27, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Craig Hockenberry is back to weigh in on Apple Silicon, why he's an Apple Watch Power User, and life as a Mac developer.
  • 628: Stream Deck Power Users

    Feb 20, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    The Stream Deck has become a central tool for many who use automation tools on their Mac. This week, Stephen and David dive into the device's hardware and software, explaining what makes it such a versatile device, before sharing their own uses for it.
  • 627: Workflows with Adam Lisagor

    Feb 13, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Video producer, script writer, and loving nerd Adam Lisagor is back after a too-long hiatus to share his workflows related to running his growing advertising/video production business. Also, Adam's writing a script and has news to share on some new tools and…
  • 626: It's Like Two Dozen Calendars

    Feb 6, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    In this feedback episode, David and Stephen revisit Dropbox, photo management, calendar sets and more.
  • 625: Apple as the Measuring Stick, with Austin Evans

    Jan 30, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    YouTuber and podcaster Austin Evans drops by the show to talk about his content business, how Apple is competing in the wider marketplace and the gear he uses to get work done with a growing team.
  • 624: Apple Apps That Need Some Polishing

    5:00pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Apple ships a wide range of applications across its family of operating systems. However, over the years, they have received uneven amounts of support and attention from the company. This week, Stephen and David talk about some of these apps and which ones…
  • 623: Collaboration and Project Planning

    Jan 16, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Very few people work alone at the top of a mountain. For the rest of us, things like team collaboration and project planning are a very real part of our work. David and Stephen talk about these topics and discuss some of their apps and services that can make…
  • 622: Exploring HomeKit with Shane Whatley

    Jan 9, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Stephen and David are joined by HomeKit expert Shane Whatley to talk about the apps, products and automations that can be used together to make any home smarter. With HomeKit, anyone can scale from a single smart bulb to a house full of technology.
  • 621: Sparky Freedom

    Jan 3, 2022, 7:00 am By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    After 15 years of living a double life, David has closed down his law practice and is now working on MacSparky projects full-time.
  • 620: The State of Apple in 2021

    Dec 26, 2021, 3:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    As the year draws to a close, David and Stephen survey the landscape and talk through the products, services and policies that have shaped Apple and its users over the last year.
  • 619: Home Studio Updates

    Dec 19, 2021, 3:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    David had to move his home office, while Stephen built a cabin. This week, the guys compare notes on how their studios have evolved over the last couple of years.
  • 618: Making Movies at Pixar, with John Soliman

    Dec 12, 2021, 3:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Stephen and David chat with John Soliman, a 2nd Assistant Editor at Pixar about his workflows and how collaboration works at the studio.
  • 617: Back in Whack

    Dec 5, 2021, 3:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    David and Stephen are joined by Apple's Jeremy Butcher to discuss the company's new Business Essentials program.…
  • 616: The Quality Will be Ensured, with Daniel Jalkut

    Nov 28, 2021, 3:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Stephen and David are joined by Daniel Jalkut. After his absence is blamed on an innocent co-host, Daniel chats with the guys about his indie development career, the new MacBook Pro and the many options developers face when picking a method for writing a macOS…
  • 615: The Clipboard Manager Roundup

    Nov 21, 2021, 3:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    There is a range of applications to supercharge your copy and paste game. This week, David and Stephen explore some of the best options for macOS and even the iPad and iPhone.
  • 614: The 2021 MPU Gift Guide

    Nov 14, 2021, 3:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Believe it or not, it is time for the annual MPU Holiday Gift Guide once again.
  • 613: The Future of Work, with Sean McCabe

    Nov 7, 2021, 2:45 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    David and Stephen talk with Sean McCabe about how he runs his businesses from what can only be described as a Mac battle station while stitching together macOS apps and several cloud services to be more productive.
  • 612: macOS Monterey & MacBook Pro Impressions

    Oct 31, 2021, 3:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    David and Stephen review macOS Monterey and cover the features and changes it brings to the Mac. Then, the guys give their impressions of the new M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pros.