General Software

How to Unlock Screen Rotation on iPhone

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Here’s a simple post for newcomers to the iPhone or iPad family. You may run into an issue where your screen gets locked into one orientation, either horizontal or vertical. If you turn the device to the other direction, nothing happens. That can be really annoying! Luckily it’s a very simple fix. If you want […]

Open Zip, RAR, Tar, BIN, and EXE files on a Mac

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There are several different archive utilities available for OS X, but few have the functionality and different format support that The Unarchiver offers. With near perfect App Store reviews, The Unarchiver is a completely free utility that can open Zip, RAR, Tar, BIN, EXE, and more. To get started, launch the Mac App Store on […]

Create Zip Files Without Any Mac-Specific “Extras” Inside

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One of the great features most modern operating systems offer, and Mac OS X is no exception, is the ability to create a zip archive out of most any document or folder from the Desktop.  Simply right-click the item you want to archive, and choose the Compress option from the contextual menu. There is a […]

How to Use Handbrake in Mac OS X

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Apple’s range of portable video media devices has expanded massively over the last few years. The iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad all feature powerful video playing capabilities, while the Apple TV allows you to watch iTunes content via your television. The iTunes Store features a wide range of video content to purchase and download, but […]

How to Set Alarms and Timers on your Mac

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I’ve tried out at least a dozen different “Alarm Clock” programs for OS X. I finally found the perfect one in a program aptly titled Alarm Clock. This brief tutorial will guide you through setting up and using Alarm Clock. To get started, head over to the Alarm Clock page, and download it. Once the […]

How to Measure Distances and Angles on your Mac Screen

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PixelStick is a tool for measuring distances and angles on the screen. A tool like this can be extremely useful for designers. PixelStick is a simple application that comes for free. It’s not the easiest application to begin using. But once you get the hang of how it works, this lightweight application can save you […]

How to Open and Extract RAR Files on your Mac

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I’ve often been given a compressed file with the “.rar” extension. This format is not supported by MacOS by default. So I use the software UnrarX to extract files with this extension. UnrarX is freely downloadable software. A commonly used application for compression on the Mac is Stuffit Expander. However, I’ve noticed that UnrarX seems […]

Get Started with Subversion using SvnX

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A very important part of a development environment is source code control. Subversion is the server-side software that I use for this. There are a number of SVN clients for the Mac. Let’s take a closer look at setting up my favorite SVN client for the Mac – SvnX. SvnX is a free and open […]