Category: Macintosh

Recently on PhotoActive, Episodes 59-61

Kirk McElhearn and I have started 2020 with some great episodes of the PhotoActive podcast, if you’ll indulge my immodesty. As a reminder, PhotoActive is published every two weeks, and you can subscribe in your favorite podcast player or go to PhotoActive.co. < ul> Episode 59: Luminar 4 and Its AI Emphasis. We’ve talked about ...

Take Control of Your Digital Storage Updated

My book Take Control of Your Digital Storage has just been updated to version 1.1. The 127-page ebook answers your questions about SSDs, hard drives, NAS, and more on the Mac. As I wrote when the book first appeared: Hang on. Did he just say storage?? You better believe it. You probably don’t think too ...

Newly Updated Take Control of Your Digital Photos, Second Edition

I've just updated my book Take Control of Your Digital Photos, Second Edition to version 2.0!

macOS 10.15 Catalina Release Advice

Hi friends and family! It's me, your friendly Mac tech expert with an update on the latest version of macOS, Catalina. Read this before you upgrade.

Alien Skin Exposure X4 Review

It's fascinating to me how Adobe's switch to all-subscription pricing continues to ripple throughout the photo industry. I review Alien Skin Exposure X4 for DPReview.

Big Iron and More from WWDC

My latest Practical Mac column for The Seattle Times looks at some of the interesting news from last week’s Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference). The Mac Pro, and especially its price tag, got much of the attention—deservedly so—and I argue that this is a machine developed by teams that feel they have something to prove. ...

Picktorial 4.0 Review

For Mac users who want more than the built-in Photos app, but aren’t wedded to the Lightroom ecosystem, there are now several photo editing application alternatives. One of those is Picktorial, a Mac-only app with sophisticated image editing and organization features. At Macworld, I review the latest version, Picktorial 4.0, paying attention to the search ...

How to Be Smart about Applying Apple Updates

After two friends were bit hard by Apple updates, I wrote about best practices to help ensure iOS and macOS updates go smoothly in my latest Seattle Times column.

PhotoActive Episode 38: Levels and Curves with Nik Bhatt

The new episode of my PhotoActive podcast takes a detailed look at using Levels and Curves controls to adjust tones in photos. I first learned how to edit using levels, so for me, although I’ve written about them and used them, curves have never been intuitive. This episode was a real eye-opener. Kirk McElhearn and ...

Strategies to Free Storage on Your Mac

In my most recent Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times, I write about storage: what happens when your Mac starts to get filled up? You don’t have to reflexively start deleting files or find another location for them. With enough iCloud storage, the Mac can do a lot of the space-saving for you. I ...