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Photos for OS X Editing Extensions

The version of Photos for OS X that shipped with OS X El Capitan adds a new capability to Apple’s built-in photo management software: editing extensions. Although the adjustment tools in Photos are surprisingly sophisticated, they’re still fairly limited (and you still can’t edit an image in another application without exporting it first, a feature ...

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Review: MacPhun Noiseless and Noiseless Pro

Have you ever left your camera’s ISO setting at a high level from shooting dark situations the night before, and then forgotten to change it before shooting the next day? Guilty as charged. The result is a lot of excessive digital noise in the next photos. That’s what happened to me in the photo above, ...

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Photoshop Elements 14 or Photoshop CC?

Adobe released Photoshop Elements 14 this week, and over at Lynda.com I help to answer the question: Which Do You Need? Photoshop Elements vs. Photoshop CC A lot of people think they need “Photoshop” to edit images, but Photoshop CC is usually overkill for their needs. The advantage of Photoshop Elements is that it uses ...

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How to Use Home and Lock Screens on iPhone 6s

Are you enjoying your new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus? Or perhaps you or a friend are new to iOS? I’ve just published my first article for iMore, a how-to primer on everything related to the Home screen and Lock screen under iOS 9. Did you know that when you’re viewing the new Search ...

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Demystifying iCloud Photo Library

Apple’s iCloud Photo Library is a great service, but there are a lot of questions surrounding it. Do I need to buy more iCloud storage? What happens when I edit a photo on my iOS device and on my Mac? Does everything need to live in the cloud? Over at Peachpit.com, I’ve just published an ...

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How Pro is the iPad Pro?

In my latest column for The Seattle Times, I speculate just how “pro” the upcoming iPad Pro will be. The hardware looks impressive, but will superior hardware be constrained by an operating system designed for consumers? Part of the issue is that loaded term “pro,” which means different things for different people. I’m looking forward ...

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iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and watchOS 2 Coverage at TidBITS

Today was a busy day: Apple introduced the iPad Pro, a new Apple TV, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and announced release dates for iOS 9 and watchOS 2 for the Apple Watch (both September 16), and for OS X El Capitan (September 30). You can watch the keynote video here. I followed ...

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6 Easily Overlooked Features in Photos for OS X

My publisher Peachpit Press has posted an article I wrote that exposes six features that aren’t immediately apparent in the new Photos for OS X app: 6 Easily Overlooked Features in Photos for OS X If you already own my new book, these won’t come as a surprise, but if you’re just coming from iPhoto ...

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Epic Photography Fails…Can Be Awesome

My latest article for Lynda.com is now posted, wherein I rebel against good photo settings and make the point that even mistakes are better than nothing. Go see the errors I made and how I compensated for them: Epic Photography Fails…Can Be Awesome (The headline is a little hyperbolic, but hey, it gets your attention, ...

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Dealing with Safari Adware that Won’t Go Away

My column in today’s Seattle Times was inspired by two separate reports of readers who found themselves locked out of Safari due to scummy adware. I talk about how to get back into Safari and offer advice on how to avoid the scams in the future. Read it here: Dealing with Safari adware that won’t ...