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AssistiveTouch on Apple Watch

May 21st, 2021 · No Comments

Apple previewed new features for people with disabilities in a post on their newsroom page. There are several great features being added but the one feature that stood out to me was AssistiveTouch on Apple Watch. It allows users to control their watch without touching the screen. According to TechCrunch “You can activate it either […]

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Tags: Dave · General

Happy No Pants Day!

May 7th, 2021 · No Comments

This is something I live every day, but I had no idea there was an actual No Pants Day! Happily it’s for a good cause. Read all about it at Comics Kingdom, or see the history of No Pants Day on National Today. Whatever you do, take off your pants and celebrate (tastefully, of course)!

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New Intel Ad Features A Mac That Doesn’t Exist

April 25th, 2021 · No Comments

Intel is having quite a marketing run of late. This latest ad (courtesy of 9to5Mac) is just about the worst of the lot: If I had to guess I would say someone in marketing at Intel is not paying attention. No Mac as of this writing is using Intel’s 11th generation processors. The “gamer” in […]

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M1 Mac mini Review

April 18th, 2021 · No Comments

After much thought and a generous sale price I purchased a new M1 Mac mini. It’s the step up version (8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage). I’ve used it for a couple of weeks now and I’m enjoying it. Without getting too deep in the weeds, here are the pros and cons: Pros: My […]

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Intel Anti-Mac Ads Are Odd

March 28th, 2021 · 1 Comment

Over the last week or so there has been quite a bit of talk about this new series of Intel ads. If you haven’t seen them, they feature Justin Long, the actor who was in the famous “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” commercials, pointing out the differences between the M1 Macs and PCs using […]

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Apple Wants Their DTK Back

March 6th, 2021 · No Comments

According to several reports it appears that Apple would really, really like developers to send back the DTK (Developer Transition Kit) Mac mini. Thanks again for participating in the Universal Quick Start Program and committing to building great apps for Mac. We’re following up with shipping instructions to return the Developer Transition Kit (DTK) that […]

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M1 Fever

February 20th, 2021 · 4 Comments

I have to admit my resistance to the new M1 Macs is eroding quickly. Between the universally positive reviews from both reviewers and customers alike, I’m struggling to stay M1 clean. I have my eye on a Mac mini, but I think I would also enjoy a fanless MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro that has […]

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M1 Mac Boot Options

February 5th, 2021 · 1 Comment

Remember when you needed to use various keyboard shortcuts to boot your Mac into Recovery Mode, or to reset your PRAM? If you have a Mac with an Intel chipset, you still need to remember these shortcuts. However, if you have a new M1 Mac (I’m not jealous of those of you who purchased one, […]

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Upgrades And The Mac App Store

January 29th, 2021 · No Comments

We have been receiving quite a bit of email on this subject lately, so I thought I would explain how to qualify for upgrade pricing if you have purchased from the Mac App Store.  The Mac App Store does not allow developers to offer upgrade pricing. That leaves customers with two choices: Purchase Nisus Writer […]

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Tags: Dave · InfoClick · Nisus Writer Express · Nisus Writer Pro

Apple Silicon Macs Will Be Very Fast (Maybe)

November 7th, 2020 · No Comments

If you have been wondering how fast the upcoming Apple Silicon Macs will be, it appears that they will be quite robust, to be polite.  Appleinsider found a mysterious Geekbench entry for an “A14X.” This 8 core chip could, judging by the benchmarks, be very fast. I normally have no use for benchmarks but if […]

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So I Have A New MacBook Air

October 31st, 2020 · No Comments

I know I shouldn’t have purchased so close to the release of new Macs, but I did. A bit of background: I own a 2018/2019 MacBook Air (2018 and 2019 models are the same, apart from very minor upgrades) and I love it, apart from the infamous butterfly keyboard. This Air has been very reliable […]

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Where In The World Is Big Sur?

October 24th, 2020 · No Comments

It’s right here, apparently: However, I was referring to Big Sur the operating system. There have been two Apple events and quite a few products released over the past two months. As of this writing, there has been no official release. The beta program is still ongoing, with developer beta 10 and public beta 9 […]

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5G

October 16th, 2020 · No Comments

I watched the iPhone 12 event and I was struck by the number of times the phrase “5G” was mentioned. It seemed to be over the top. Then I found this video: I didn’t laugh at first but after 30 seconds or so I started to laugh at the absurdity of it. Happy 5G everyone!

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Big Sur Beta Testing

October 2nd, 2020 · No Comments

I have been using developer betas of macOS Big Sur and in my opinion it is less problematic at this point than macOS Catalina. That operating system filled me with rage in a way none has since Leopard. Big Sur does not make me want to chuck my computer in the bin, so I guess […]

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The Keyboard is Fixed!

September 18th, 2020 · No Comments

Over the past year Apple has updated their entire MacBook line. Some of the line, like the MacBook Air, received updated Intel chipsets that make the machines so hot I worry that your expensive Mac will destroy itself from the inside. Some machines like the base MacBook Pro 13″ received nothing more than a storage […]

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12″ MacBook Again?

September 4th, 2020 · No Comments

Back when we travelled to places other than the grocery store I owned a 12” MacBook. I loved almost everything about it. The size and weight was perfect for me. It was like carrying a macOS powered iPad. It was somewhat frustrating, however. I could live with the one port, and that it was underpowered. […]

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Big Sur, Apple Silicon, and Nisus

August 21st, 2020 · No Comments

We have received a fair amount of email asking us if our applications will be ready for the new Apple Silicon based Macs. The answer to this is that we will be ready when the first of the new machines are released near the end of 2020. Personally I am excited to see what the […]

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Tags: Dave · InfoClick · Nisus Thesaurus · Nisus Writer Express · Nisus Writer Pro

Academic Discount on Nisus Writer Pro

August 13th, 2020 · No Comments

Nisus Writer Pro offers an ideal writing environment and great features for academics, like: Footnotes and endnotes.  Bibliography management with Bookends integration.  Comments and tracked changes for collaborating.  Bookmarks and cross-references.  Table of contents (TOC) and indexing.  Did you know that we offer a discount for students, teachers, or anyone who works at an academic institution? All […]

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Tags: Dave · Nisus Writer Pro

How to Batch Rename Files

July 16th, 2020 · No Comments

Have you ever wanted to rename more than one file at a time? Me too. So how do you accomplish this? Switch to the Finder. Locate the files you want to rename. Select all the files you want to rename. Use the menu File > Rename X Items, where X is the number of files you’ve […]

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Tags: Dave · Tips

Quick Tip: Hide the Menu Bar

July 8th, 2020 · No Comments

Did you know you could hide the menu bar on your Mac? You can! Open System Preferences > General and checkmark “Automatically hide and show the menu bar”. Bonus tip: you can customize the order of icons on the right side of the menu bar. Hold down the command key as you click an icon […]

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