How to make an iPhone Ringtone using Loops in Garageband 10

How to make an iPhone Ringtone using Loops in Garageband 10

Hey readers! I recently created a video tutorial on how to make an iPhone ringtone with Garageband. I'm going to create a written tutorial soon but I thought I would share the video with you now. Feel free to check it out in this post or view it directly on our YouTube page.

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Accessibility features in iOS everyone should be using: Make nighttime reading easier with inverted colors

Accessibility features in iOS everyone should be using: Make nighttime reading easier with inverted colors

Apple has always made a great effort to make their technology accessible to as many people as possible. This includes leading the way with built-in accessibility features. With iOS 7 not only did they add new features like Switch Access and customizable subtitles, they also moved the Accessibility menu from near the bottom of the General menu in the Settings App to near the top, showing that Accessibility is a priority.

The great thing about building accessibility into technology like the Mac, iPad, and iPhone is that many of these features can be enjoyed by just about everyone. Over the next few posts I’ll teach you about some of the great accessibility features anyone can enjoy, courtesy of Apple’s accessibility team.

Make Nighttime Reading Easier with Invert Colors

If you have played around with reading apps like iBooks and Kindle you might have notice these come with a night reading mode. With night reading turned on the screen displays a black background with white text rather than the traditional white background with black text. At night a black background is easier on the eyes and the screen is significantly less bright making it a lot easier to read. With Invert Colors you can add a nighttime reading mode to any app you want. Click READ MORE for step by step instructions.

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What do these symbols mean? ⌘ ⌥ ⌃ ⇧

What do these symbols mean? ⌘ ⌥ ⌃ ⇧

Have you even seen symbols like the ones above on your Mac or in a computer book? Go ahead and click on the "File" menu at the top of the screen right now. Don't worry, I'll wait…

To the right of most of the options in the menubar you will see those symbols along with letters or numbers. You Mac is telling you what combination of keys you can press on your keyboard to perform that action without you having to go all the way up the menu and selecting it with your mouse. These are called keyboard shortcuts and they can save you a lot of time. 

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Three great ways to make reading the web on your Mac easier

Three great ways to make reading the web on your Mac easier

Most people spend a good amount of their time online reading. What you might not realize is both you Mac and iPad have built in feature that can make the reading experience so much better. Here are three simple ways of making reading earlier on these devices, and all these features are already built in.

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Lock your mac's screen quick with hot corners

Lock your mac's screen quick with hot corners

I work in an office and sometimes I handle confidential information. I also get called away from my desk several times a day, so I needed to find a way to quickly lock my computer screen whenever I stepped away from my desk. After using a few different overly complicated methods I finally settled on using the Hot Corners feature on my Mac. It’s incredibly easy to set up, let me show you how.

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How to Take a Picture of Your Mac or iPad Screen

How to Take a Picture of Your Mac or iPad Screen

I use a lot of screenshots when writing tutorials like these for the blog. Screenshots are essentially photos I have my Mac or iPad take of what ever is currently being displayed on my screen. Recently a friend sent me an email asking how I took screenshots on my Mac. They had a video slide show from a trip they recent took but the original photos where accidentally deleted. Their plan was to take screenshots of the video to recapture some of the photos they had lost (albeit in a lower quality than the originals).

Here's how you can quickly take screenshots on your Mac or iPad.

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Keep a child on task with Guided Access for the iPad/iPhone

Keep a child on task with Guided Access for the iPad/iPhone

So you found a really great educational app for your child and can’t wait to see it in action. Unfortunately little Billy would rather play Angry Birds and knows how to quickly switch to the app he would rather be playing. Sound Familiar?

The good news is you don’t have to delete all the other apps on your iPad to limit distractions when it is time to learn with the iPad. Guided Access is a feature built into the iPad that allows you to lock a single app in place, essentially locking out the home button. Not only that you can even lock out portions of the screen to prevent them from tapping certain buttons or ads.

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Organizing Apps and Creating Folders on the iPad

Who doesn't love apps? Considering how cheap they are you probably have more than a few on your iPad or iPhone.  The first time you download a new app on your favorite iOS device you get a quick pop-up tutorial on how to organize apps, but who can remember that?  Don't worry because in today's tutorial we'll walk you step by step through the process of rearranging and sorting your apps into folders.

The first step to organizing your apps is to put your device into organization mode. To do this simply press and hold your finger on top of any app in the home menu till all the apps start to shake. This is organization mode where you can sort and delete apps. I like to think the apps are shaking because they are afraid you might decide to delete them off your device.

While in organization mode you can move an app by touching and holding your finger on any app and dragging it across the screen. The other apps will move aside to make room for the app wherever you want to place it. If you want to move the app to another page or create a new page for apps just drag your app to side of the screen and hold it for a moment and you'll be taken to a new page.

To create a folder drag an app directly on top of another app and hold it there for a moment. An app folder will be created and it will automatically be given a name based on the apps that are in it. To change the name of the folder just tap on the name and type in a new one. To exit the folder just tap anywhere outside of the folder.  If you change your mind and want to move an app out of a folder just open the folder by tapping on it, enter organization mode by touching and holding an app, and drag the app outside of the folder area.

When you enter organization mode you will see a small "X" in the top left corner of the app, tapping on this will delete the app from your device. Although you can easily download the app again from the App Store for free, you will lose all the information saved inside the app.

When you are done organizing you can leave organization mode by pressing the home button. All the apps will stop shaking and the iPad will return to normal use.

One more thing.  Apps can be stored on several pages which can be navigated by swiping across the screen.  There is a section of apps the bottom of the screen that are visible on every page. This is called the doc and if you have an app you use all the time this is a great place to store it. You can keep a total of 6 apps in the doc.

 iPad screen with a folder holding 2 apps

iPad screen with a folder holding 2 apps

How to have Multiple Libraries in iPhoto

iPhoto is a great way of organizing, sorting and editing photos but I don't like it when my personal and work photos mix together. Luckily, you can create more than one iPhoto library. In this video I'll show you how to create separate photo libraries for your work and personal photos, that way they'll always stay separate.

In order to create or switch between iPhoto libraries you'll need to know how to get to the iPhoto library management window. In iPhoto '11 you'll be able to find it under the file menu by choosing "Switch to Library." If you're using an older version of iPhoto you'll have to hold down the option key when you launch iPhoto.

 Switch to Library Image

Switch to Library Image

iPhoto Organization Part 3 - Smart Albums

With a couple of thousand photos in iPhoto finding the photos I'm looking for can be tough.  Features like Faces help, but sometimes I need something a little more powerful.

In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Smart Albums feature in Apple's iPhoto to quickly find and sort pictures by "conditions."  Conditions can be who is in a photo, when the photo was taken or even which camera was used to take the photo. The best part is these albums will automatically update themselves as you add more photos!

To follow along with this tutorial you will need a copy of iPhoto '11, a Mac, and some photos to sort. iPhoto '09 users might also find this video helpful although some of sets might be slightly different.  This video build on what we learned in the iPhoto Organization Part 1 – Faces and the iPhoto Organization Part 2 – Sorting Pets with Keywords videos.