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Fantastic Voyage: Recovering Lost Files on a Mac with Time Machine

There are as many ways to lose important files as there are kinds of important files. Sometimes it’s an issue of mere carelessness while other times its the result of malware and corrupted files. Whatever the case, it behooves you to have a method for retrieving lost data.

Be Prepared

Unlike third party applications, Time Machine must be configured before you lose your data. So if you’re reading this after having already lost a file then unfortunately you’re too late. Set up and configure Time Machine as soon as possible so that it can begin backing up your data. This will save you a lot of time and headaches down the road.

Back up

Don’t store your Time Machine backups with the device from which you retrieved it. The point of a back up is to have important information in two different, equally secure locations so that if one is compromised you can fall back on the other. Rotate your backups with Time Machine so that you always have a go-to location for files.

Recovering Lost Data on Macs

Time Machine, fortunately, makes the recovery process pretty easy. After it’s been configured, simply enter Time Machine and search for the file you want. In traditional Apple style, the interface has been simplified so that you choose a specific date from a calendar and within that date you choose the file.

Heavy Duty

Now and then things go really wrong and you need to just completely restore your system. You can connect two Macs and put the Time Machine back ups from one onto another, much the way you’d use a traditional recovery disk. This is an excellent feature that you hopefully won’t need, but will prove invaluable if you do.

Email

Time Machine will also help you backup your email. This is great, especially if you use your email as a backup to your computer. Now you have a network of failsafes where both systems are supporting the other. What’s better is that Time Machine will let you store individual emails so that you don’t need to backup an entire inbox. Doing this is as simple as entering Time Machine, finding the email in question and clicking “Restore”.

This is just an overview of the basic functions of Time Machine. With a little experimentation you can learn how to do even more. The important thing is to be proactive and think ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute to come up with backup solutions because by then it may just be too late!

Life: A New Option for Journal-Keepers

For many of us, recording memories and life experiences is a labour of love — and as with most things in modern life, “there’s an app for that.” Or, more accurately, there are now many apps dedicated to personal journal-keeping.

MacJournal and the now-retired Chronories led the way on Mac, and in their wake have come new, original offerings such as Bits, as well as iOS imports such as Day One.

The latest addition to this genre is Life, a heavyweight diary app built by the folks at MacAppStudio, which features an advanced search and numerous methods of capturing day-to-day happenings, as you might expect of an app that costs $59.99. But does it make life-logging sufficiently frictionless to be worth the hassle? I went hands-on with the premium beta to find out.

Environment

For me, a diary app should be as close to a physical diary Most as possible in terms of complexity — or, indeed, simplicity — of use. Unless you can be bothered to enter happenings into your journal, a long feature list is irrelevant.

Measuring Life by this yardstick, I think it does a pretty good job. Configuring your digital diary is just a matter of inputting your name and photo, and choosing how often (if at all) you’d like Life to prompt you. Not that any of this is actually required.

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The entry view — Life’s central hub (and the first thing you see when opening the app) — holds a simple, clean text area that is flanked on the left by a timeline of the day’s updates. The look is very flat and the icons are in the style of basic line drawings; I’m not sure I would quite put it in the “pretty” category, but it is handsomely practical.

Entry

Unsurprisingly, text is the primary method for the noting of events in Life. There’s no formatting in this beta version apart from bold, italic and underline, but Markdown support will be added in the future.

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For folks who like their multimedia, there’s a very respectable array of supplementary inputs, too. Updates can be given a Type (text, photo, etc), assigned a Facebook-like emotion, and marked as notable. Equally, you can attach images to your entries via drag-and-drop, add a location, and enter tags.

Reminiscing

All of this data is for a purpose: making moments more findable.

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Life’s much vaunted search is great if you’ve entered plenty of data with each entry, as results can be filtered by date, tag and type. Unfortunately, the basic term-based search engine struggles The in this beta version, but the advanced search is as accurate as it is speedy.

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Life’s other main history-browsing option is a calendar view. Each date has coloured dots below it, with the colours signifying the Type of updates that were made and the tags that were used. Initially, this view is meaningless, but after a while you start to memorize the colours, and this area begins to provide a good overview of your updates.

The full version of Life will also include a map, which will turn the location info you’ve entered into an explorable digital atlas.

Outlook

Overall, I’m pretty impressed with Life. Once Markdown support arrives, it will provide a wholesome, accessible writing environment, with just enough rich media to supplement the typed-out thoughts. The search is very detailed, the calendar view is nicely constructed and the map view will make for an interesting geographical insight.

In fact, the only thing to baulk at is the price; it would be unfair to judge the value of an app before seeing it in its complete state, but Life does need to bring some serious quality to the table to justify that $60 asking price.

Apart from beta bugs, though, I have to say that Life is a well-made product, and a very worthwhile home for your personal diary.

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Introduce the Most Popular Mac Browser for You

What’s the best web browser for Mac? We review the best web browser software for Mac users, and offer advice to help various types of Mac owner find the right internet browser for them – the best browser for coding, for instance, or the best for browsing speed.

Most Mac users are familiar with Apple’s distinctive Safari web browser, especially if they use both iOS and Mac OS X (both of which use Safari as the main way to interact with the web). But Safari isn’t the only web browser for Mac, and it’s not necessarily the best. Your chosen web browser – the software that interprets the code of each website you visit and presents it for your enjoyment – can make a serious difference to your experience of your favourite websites, starting of course with Macworld.

In this feature we look at the pros and cons of the major Mac internet browsers – along with the most important minor ones, and a few weird and obscure options – and explain what situation or user type each browser is best for. (It may be that, like us, you decide to maintain a ‘zoo’ of browsers in your Dock, choosing a different browser for various scenarios.)

Safari: Best Mac browser for Apple fans, as well as for visuals and overall balance

mac-browser-1Safari is Mac OS X’s default web browser, pre installed on all Macs. (Safari is also the default for iPads and iPhones.) Superficially it does the same job as other web browsers (you type in URLs or search terms) and it serves up web addresses. Safari is the default web browser for the Mac so a lot of applications and services in Mac OS X Mavericks are designed to be compatible with Safari – which User is the browser’s first advantage.

Over time Apple has included features that were once the preserve of other browsers such as extensions and add-ons, and steadily tried to ensure that it remains one of the fastest browsers on the market (speed is probably the essence of most web browsers).

Safari is also – unsurprisingly for an Apple product – one of the most visually pleasing browsers on the market. With its restrained grey interface, clean menu system, rounded buttons, and unobtrusive styling it makes browsing the web a pleasurable experience. It also has some great features like iCloud Tabs, Offline Reading List, and syncs bookmarks between iOS and Mac OS X devices.

Firefox: Best Mac browser for customisation/tweaking

mac-browser-2Firefox is the most open browser, and is the one with the most add-ons and developer tools (it is a particular favourite amongst web developers). Behind the scenes a new Social API developed by Mozilla promises to deeply integrate the browser with social media services. This could make new extensions with more powerful social media functionality possible.

In other ways Firefox seems a little old fashioned. It still has a separate URL and Search box, unlike Safari’s Unified Smart Search and Chrome’s Omnibox (both of which combine URL with online and local search). Despite a cleaner interface it still feels cluttered compared to Chrome, and not as modern as Safari.

Firefox still seems more interested in testing out new bells and whistles than smoking its rivals with raw speed and power. It lands pleasantly between Safari’s slick design sense and Chrome’s quickness. And there are a wealth of unique extensions and tools for committed tinkerers to try out. Anyone not enamoured with either of those browsers should definitely give Firefox a try.

Google Chrome: Best for developers

mac-browser-3Google’s Chrome is a speed demon: It lacks the fit and finish of Apple’s Safari, but man, does it ever burn (virtual) rubber. The browser fully supports Mac OS X Full Screen mode – which coexists with Chrome’s own, functionally identical Presentation Mode.

The latest update, Chrome 32, has a number of unique new features. Small icons in Tabs now display if a web page is playing audio or accessing a webcam. The audio indicator is useful if you find yourself with dozens of web pages open and one of them starts playing a video.

Chrome also introduces a few features from Google’s Chrome OS. There are a range of Google Chrome apps that can work offline, and there’s an App Shelf and App Launcher that enables you to quickly open apps.

Chrome also has widespread support and a huge range of add-ons and extensions used by developers. On the whole Chrome is generally considered the developer and tech savvy choice.

Opera: Best web browser for speed, innovation and blocked sites

mac-browser-4Opera has long been a niche alternative to the mainstream browsers (its worldwide market share is between 1 and 3 percent), and is now in version 19. And while Opera is not as well known as Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer, it’s a terrific web browser that’s well worth a look.

The last two version updates to Opera haven’t introduced a tremendous amount of new features, but it has reintroduced the bookmarks bar (which was oddly removed in version 19). It also has now has a wider range of extensions.

Among other advantages, Opera has Off Road mode, a clever feature designed to improve speed. Rather than accessing sites themselves, this mode makes Opera check first for an optimised version of a site stored on Opera’s own servers. (If it isn’t stored there, your browsing experience will proceed as normal.)

This has the side effect of often allowing you to access sites that have been blocked by ISPs in the UK, such the Pirate Bay. Other browsers, like Chrome, have extensions (Unblock The Pirate Bay) that enable you to bypass the block (using proxies) but Opera is by far the cleanest and easiest way we’ve found of bypassing the Pirate Bay blockade. It will be interesting to see how Opera fares when UK ISP’s implement the filters the UK government has requested. Opera could well be onto something with its Off Road mode.

Off Road aside, Opera is fast (the fastest of all the main browsers, indeed, in our tests) and has a great user interface.

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The Simple Introduction for Mac Video, Photo and Audio Software for User

Hi everyone there. As a Mac user, I think you also have the same experience that there are lots of good Mac software which can bring the fun and happiness to us in our daily lives. So in this site I would like to share the software which I like to use most on my Mac. Now let’s begin the first step, the software for fun.

VideoPad Free

mac video softwareUsers who lacks of or do not like using the editing program that comes with their Mac need additional options for working with their videos. VideoPad Free Video Editing Software for Mac works well for basic editing and has many features that would be expected from advanced programs.

Installation of VideoPad Free Video Editing Software for Mac requires the acceptance of a detailed user agreement. During startup, the user sees a list of additional programs they can install if they choose. A Web browser toolbar is the only one that is highlighted by default, so users should pay attention before moving past this menu. After this is dismissed, the program offers the user the option of watching tutorial videos on the developer’s Web site, which is a welcome feature. Those familiar with other video editing programs will understand the program’s main menus, which allow the selection of files for importing. Users can also record video straight into the application. Videos load quickly, and users can then select portions for editing as well as add audio files and subtitles if needed. Completed videos can then be exported to disc or file, or uploaded to the Internet depending on the user’s needs. The only problem we encountered during testing involved working with the QuickTime video format, which imported as an audio file without video.

VideoPad Free Video Editing Software for Mac performs all of the functions expected of a video editor well, making it a good option for download. This program is recommended to users looking for an alternative to programs like iMovie.

Lyn

mac photo softwareLyn is a very versatile photo manager that works the way you want to work. If you’re coming from iPhoto, it can read your iPhoto library as-is. If you just want an app for viewing a folder structure currently on your drive, Lyn can handle that as well. However you want to manage your photos, it can adapt. Additionally, it can handle pretty much any type of image you through at it. The app, overall, is very versatile. When you want to put your images elsewhere, it also integrates very well with online services like Facebook, Flickr, and Picasa so you can easily share your images. On top of all of that, Lyn is very fast at loading image previews. That is exceptionally helpful for people with large collections.

There isn’t much to complain about with Lyn. It manages your photos, works quickly, and integrates with likely every online service you’d want to use. What you don’t get, however, is some of the special features you’ll find in applications like iPhoto. Lyn doesn’t provide facial recognition or organize using Apple’s “event” structure. You also can’t order books, cards, and other products directly from the app. If you really care about those things, you’re probably already happy with iPhoto. If not, you should be using Lyn.

Boom for Mac

mac audio softwareBoom is an app designed to let you adjust the output stream of a Mac, adjusting the equalization and volume. Available from the App Store for $6.99, Boom installs easily. (Yes it needs to be paid, but this software is awesome!)

Boom consists of a graphic equalizer, which allows you to adjust specific frequencies of an audio stream, as well as a volume control, both to better control the output from your Mac’s audio outputs. Boom can work with any players (video and audio) including iTunes, or you can drag-and-drop audio or video files on the Boom interface. While most users will use Boom to adjust the volume of the output, allowing audio to be normalized to remove volume differences in several files, Boom also allows you to compensate for missing bass, too much high-frequency boost, and other equalizations that make your audio sound better to you. A graphical display lets you see the changes you are making. The Boom interface is easy to use and attractive.

We used Boom on standard audio and video files from iTunes and Netflix, as well as in apps like Skype and other IM products, and it let us do a number of useful tasks. We could boost the volume and frequencies over Skype so the audio stream was clearer, for example, and we could easily tone down booming bass bloat on some audio files. Boom never got in the way of our listening or using, and at least at the time of this writing, we know of no other app that works like Boom.

Here are the 3 software I want to share with all of you who sit in front of your Mac. If

you also have the fantastic software, just share it on this site!