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Commenting on rumored Touch ID replacement

Commenting on rumored Touch ID replacement

I must say I agree with Ben on this one. Apple doesn’t always do things first, but when they eventually do implement something, it tends to be the best in it’s class. I remember how long it took for Apple to adopt copy & paste on the iPhone. Or MMS (multimedia messaging, essentially the ability […]

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Apple Event announced for September 12

Apple Event announced for September 12

That time of year folks! And I don’t mean back-to-school (Who really cares about that anyway? 😉 ) Personal observation: All summer my news feeds are full of “What we know about the next iPhone” type posts. Rumored new features, leaks, sketchy photos and more. As someone who used to work retail for Apple, I […]

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VPN Services Rundown on PCWorld

VPN Services Rundown on PCWorld

Net neutrality, SPAM, malware, ransomware, etc. These terms have permeated the headlines for months and it won’t be dissipating any time soon I promise you. VPN’s are a way of masking your address, sort of like caller id blocking for your internet: the sites you visit won’t know where you are logging in from or […]

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Watch: 2017 12.9″ iPad Pro vs. 12″ MacBook

iPad Pro vs 12″ Macbook I LOVE my iPad Pro 10.5″.I purchased the original 12.9″ iPad Pro when it was released but found it just little big for my needs, especially when walking job sites and taking measurements. I sold it and replaced it with the 9.7″ iPad Pro when it was released and found […]

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Which ports would you add to the new MacBook Pro?

Which ports would you add to the new MacBook Pro?

I can’t say I was overjoyed or over-impressed with the latest MacBook Pro laptops. The look is great (I love space grey on a laptop) and the touch bar has a lot of interesting possibilities. Unfortunately, there are some big drawbacks (for me): The pricing is a mess (compare a 13″ MacBook Pro and 13″ […]

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Tim Cook’s HomeKit

Tim Cook’s HomeKit

I have a number of HomeKit devices and I’ve been playing with connected devices / voice automation for a while now. I have door locks, light switches, light bulbs, a thermostat and a handful of sensors. If I had a garage I’d have a door opener too, I’m sure. I’m still looking to expand the […]

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Sign Docs on your iPhone from Mail

Sign Docs on your iPhone from Mail

Again, my iPhone is my perfect little swiss army knife. I’m always amazed at how there is a feature or app that can make my life a little simpler or save me a few more steps. This is a great walk through of quickly signing a PDF someone has mailed you without printing, signing, scanning […]

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Mac OS X 10.11.2 Released

Mac OS X 10.11.2 Released

Lots of bug fixes and such, as per norm. Take a look at the run down and see if it will help you out Read more here

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Apple Pencil / Smart Keyboard available for pickup!

Apple Pencil / Smart Keyboard available for pickup!

I was able to snag an Apple Pencil for my iPad pro a few weeks ago and I honestly LOVE it. I’ve spend countless $$ on bluetooth / pressure sensitive styli that underperformed at every turn. Adonit was my favorite but at the end of the day, if I couldn’t rest my hand on the […]

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Automate your iOS life with Workflow – TUAW

Automate your iOS life with Workflow – TUAW

I’m a huge believer / user in Automator in Mac OS X. It’s a wonderfully simple way of scripting and automating actions that any user can use to improve productivity. I hate spending time slogging through mundane and repetitive tasks that take away from other more interesting work. To that end I’m excited by Workflow for […]

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Airdrop from Mac to iPhone

Airdrop from Mac to iPhone

I’ve been using this A LOT lately. Going from a phone to my computer is fine (image capture is great and simple) but the other way is a little tricky. You can email or message a file or image, but Airdrop is so much easier. Works for other files too, like pdfs. Great for quickly loading a pdf doc on my phone before I run out the door.

Take a look at this walk through on OSXDaily about using Airdrop between iOS and MacOS

Backing up your Synology NAS

Backing up your Synology NAS

I am a HUGE advocate of Synology NAS units (no sponsorship / not getting paid for this.) I have about a dozen or more units deployed at the offices I support; as well as using one for my own company. They are easy to setup and maintain, reliable, have a ton of easily installed apps and utilities, and support every protocol and access format I could hope for. Most of the units I have deployed in offices have smaller Synology units in remote locations for off-site backups, but for smaller, one unit setups an external drive backup is an extremely smart move.

Check out this article on using a standard USB hard drive to back up your Synology NAS systems. And reach out to me at info@impactdesigns.biz if you are interested in getting a Synology setup for your office!

Watch 6 Great How-To Videos for iPad with iOS 11

Watch 6 Great How-To Videos for iPad with iOS 11

I’m usually on the Apple Developer program and install the new betas on my iPads. I don’t typically install the beta softwares on my iPhone as it has become a rather critical component of my business. Thus I usually wait until the GM build to install the beta on my iPhone; it gives me some extra time with the software before my clients begin installing it and asking questions, but is usually very stable and most of my apps will have been updated by then. My iPad has traditionally been less critical, so I usually install it sooner, however I have been very busy and have honestly been using the iPad so much in my day to day business I’ve been a little reluctant to install the beta as early as I usually do. However I think they are probably far enough along that I will most likely install a beta in the next week or so, time permitting. The new iOS 11 features look impressive, especially for the iPad.

Take a look at some great iOS 11 how-to videos from OSXDaily

How to Change Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot Password on iPhone or iPad

How to Change Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot Password on iPhone or iPad

I usually set my hotspot password to some word / phrase I can remember, in case I want to add a new device to my phone or iPad. The default passwords are fine and secure, but it means I need to look at the phone and my connecting device every time, vs knowing the password and typing it in after enabling the hotspot and putting my phone away. Just personal preference.

Take a look at this tip at OSXDaily on changing the password for your iPhone or iPad hot spot

How to Find All Screen Shots on Mac with a Search Trick

How to Find All Screen Shots on Mac with a Search Trick

Not sure I’ll remember the syntax / search term, but worth making a note of. Personally I altered the screenshot location using terminal (to a specific folder on my desktop) so my screen shots are easier to locate.

Take a look at this tip on locating screen shots on your system.

Volume Control Shortcuts – Mac|Life

Volume Control Shortcuts – Mac|Life

Great (if slightly advanced) tips on getting full control over your Mac’s volume. I also use the option key when clicking on the volume menu button to control the input / output sources of my audio. I regularly have different mics / headphones attached in varying ways (bluetooth usually) and this allows me to choose where my sound is coming from (or being recording from) at the drop of a hat. More

Save Photos from Messages in Mac OS X – OSXDaily

Save Photos from Messages in Mac OS X – OSXDaily

I’ve found the messages app to be more and more useful as each version of Mac OS X has arrived. Between adding text messages and screen sharing back into Messages proper, it has become my go to messaging app. I only wish the iOS version were as useful. I’d love to add messaging protocols like gmail chat to my iOS messaging app and keep all my messaging together like I do on my desktop. This is a great little walkthrough about pulling images from your messages to save and use later. Straightforward but still a great tip. More

How & Why to repair Disk Permissions – OSXDaily

How & Why to repair Disk Permissions – OSXDaily

Repairing disk permissions can help fix buggy issues you may have form time to time in Mac OS X but it is also a misunderstood toll that should only be used when needed as it can have unexpected results. Take a look at the article and see if repairing permissions is the right step for you. More

Understanding the “Other” Storage space in Mac OS X – OSXDaily

Understanding the “Other” Storage space in Mac OS X – OSXDaily

I often get calls from clients asking about the “other” space they find in their Mac OS X machine. While I typically use Disk Inventory X as a tool for determining where & what files are taking up space, this is a great article on finding and removing some of that “Other” stuff that seems to crop up in Mac OS X.

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Unlocking Disk Utility’s hidden secrets – Macworld

Unlocking Disk Utility’s hidden secrets – Macworld

Disk utility can be a very powerful tool in you Mac arsenal and I highly recommend becoming familiar with it. As we move to a post-optical drive age, disk images and similar services provided by Disk utility are more and more required. Take a look at this helpful article from Macworld More

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Measuring in AutoCAD Mobile

Measuring in AutoCAD Mobile

This is a really cool feature that you cannot even do on the desktop versions of AutoCAD: quick measurements. Just start the tool, then tap in any open space and AutoCAD mobile gives you the horizontal and vertical distances to the nearest geometry. Really great for space planning and checking dimensions on-site. In the desktop […]

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AutoCAD Popups That May Confuse You

AutoCAD Popups That May Confuse You

Great walk through of various pop-ups that can confuse even seasoned users of AutoCAD. Head over to CAD-notes.com to take a look.

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Marcus O’Brien, Senior Product Line Manager

Marcus O’Brien, Senior Product Line Manager

In my career I have been incredibly fortunate to work directly with Autodesk and their amazing employees. This began back when I shoe-horned my way into the development of AutoCAD for Mac back in 2009. I became a bit of a thorn in the AutoCAD for Mac team’s side and was rewarded by visiting not […]

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Happy Birthday Autodesk!

Happy Birthday Autodesk!

Wow. 35 years. I’ve only been using their software for 18 years, but it already seems like forever. Here’s to another 35 years! Check out these two posts by Shaan Hurley, one wishing them Happy Birthday and the other with a bunch of pics of others doing the same. Very cool. Happy Birthday! Photos from […]

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Smarter Dimensioning in AutoCAD 2016 (Mac too!)

Smarter Dimensioning in AutoCAD 2016 (Mac too!)

Happy to say this feature is in AutoCAD for Mac 2016 as well. Great tool and great run down by Lynn! Take a look at the article on Cadalyst

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Lynn Allen Tip: the Change command

Lynn Allen Tip: the Change command

A little delayed, but another great tip from Lynn Allen! Click here to take a look

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AU 2015 Flickr

AU 2015 Flickr

If you attended AU 2015, upload your pics to Shaan Hurley’s Flickr pool. If you didn’t make it, go take a look at all of the fun you missed! I think there was a little learning this year too . . . Check out Shaan’s post

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Revit on a Mac? Kinda but Official!

Revit on a Mac? Kinda but Official!

Confused? So am I, a little. Frame announced at AU this year that they obtained complete certification from Autodesk for applications in a virtual environment. I need to pour into this a little deeper (and you can too in the article below) but you can now run Revit, fully supported in a browser. If so, […]

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Build your AutoCAD IQ – AutoCAD for Mac 2016 New Features

Build your AutoCAD IQ – AutoCAD for Mac 2016 New Features

This Thursday (December 10, 2015 @ 11am PDT) I will be guest speaking on the weekly Autodesk Web Series “Build Your AutoCAD IQ.” My topic will be the new features of AutoCAD for Mac 2016. If you are using AutoCAD for Mac or wondering if the feature set has improved since you checked it out last, […]

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Build Your AutoCAD IQ Webinar

Build Your AutoCAD IQ Webinar

This Thursday (June 4, 2015 @ 11am PDT) I will be guest speaking on the weekly Autodesk Web Series “Build Your AutoCAD IQ.” My topic will be what else but AutoCAD for Mac. If you are interested in AutoCAD for Mac but not sure of the differences / capabilities, register below and stop by for […]

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