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Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon Review in Macworld

Looking for an image editor on the Mac but don’t need the full power (or cost) of Adobe Photoshop? In Macworld, I just reviewed Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon, a great $30 alternative. This new version focuses on the application’s selection tools, adding a Quick Selection tool and a Magnetic Selection tool to make it easier to ...

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Looking at WWDC News at The Seattle Times

In my latest column for The Seattle Times, I look at Apple’s WWDC announcements with a mixture of excitement—some very cool things are coming—and cynicism—how will Apple make some things work well? Read it here: Apple offers a look at coming operating system updates. If you like the work I do, please consider signing up ...

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Paperless Is Only Half the Battle

In my latest Seattle Times column, I wrestle with keeping track of the various bits of digital data we need to store. Going paperless years ago was a relief, but the data I need to manage has increased since then. For a long time, I used Evernote, but found myself not turning to it in ...

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Comparing Apple Watch Sales to iPad, not iPhone

The Wall Street Journal estimates 12 million watches were sold in its first year, compared to 6 million iPhone sales in its first year. That sounds pretty successful, but what does it mean for the next couple of years? (For the record, I think 12 million is a pretty good indicator that the watch isn’t ...

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iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iOS 9.3 in Latest Seattle Times Column

My latest column for the Seattle Times covers Apple’s announcements from last week: the smaller iPhone SE, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and features of iOS 9.3 such as Night Shift: New iPhone and iPad Pro pack more in smaller sizes. I haven’t yet used either device, which are due to be released March 31, so ...

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Apple and FBI in My Latest Seattle Times Column

In this week’s Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times, I cover the Apple/FBI situation and make the case that the implications for forcing Apple to comply with the FBI’s demand is a dire security situation for everyone. I also include some practical advice for securing data on iOS devices. Apple-FBI fight has big implications ...

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Photo Guides at The Wirecutter

The Wirecutter just published two enormous guides about photo accessories, which includes a couple of pieces I wrote for them. The guides cover a huge range of topics, from flashes to storage to camera straps and more. It was great to work with the Wirecutter editors, a truly top-notch bunch of professionals who know their audience well. ...

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Easy Creativity in New Seattle Times Column

My latest column for the Seattle Times looks at two iOS apps that bring creativity to anyone. Adobe Post combines text and photos in a way that doesn’t require knowing how to use Photoshop or any other image editor, and is tailored for social sharing on networks like Instagram and Facebook (the image at the ...

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Start 2016 with Apple Tips

If history is a guide, Apple won’t start announcing new products for a couple of months, so in the meantime, I’ve offered a host of tips for Mac, iPhone/iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch in my latest Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times: Start the year with these Apple polishing tips.

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How the iPad Pro Stacks Up as a Photographer’s Tool

The iPad Pro has a lot going for it, so I took a look specifically in terms of how it can be used by photographers for a new article at Macworld: How the iPad Pro Stacks Up as a Photographer’s Tool. If you like the work I do, please consider signing up for my low-volume ...