iPhone Silent Caller ID or Custom Vibrations - Tutorial

By turning on "Custom Vibrations" in the iPhone accessibility menu you can create custom vibration patterns as a form of caller ID.  This way you can tell who is calling you without taking your phone out of your pocket.

This trick only takes a moment to setup.  All you do is go to your iPhone's Settings and turn on "Custom Vibrations" under General - Accessibility.  Once this feature is turned on you can setup a custom vibration pattern for that caller by viewing them in your contacts list and tapping edit.  From now on there will be an option in the editing view to assign a custom vibration.  It's that easy and very useful, especially when you phone starts ringing and its not appropriate to check who is calling.

Custom Vibrations

Custom Vibrations

Visual Coin Calculator - Tutorial

Love It To Bits just launched its first app the Visual Coin Calculator.  What better way to promote this accomplishment than to create a special tutorial showing how it works.  Sure, it's shameless self promotion, but we also really love our app.

The Visual Coin Calculator is an easy to use app for counting coins. It has two different modes - one for simply adding up the coins you have, another for adding and subtracting groups of coins. This app is great for anyone from children learning to count currency to adults who just want an easy way of tracking the change in their pocket.

Make Your Own iPhone Ringtone/Alert Tone with Garageband - Tutorial

Ringtones are a multimillion dollar industry, but did you know you can easily create your own?  If you have an iPhone and a copy of Garageband it only takes a minute.  This video goes step by step through the process.

If you want to create a ringtone out of a song that you purchased from iTunes there is one important thing to note:

Songs purchased from iTunes before April 2009 will not show up in the Garageband Media Browser.  Up until April 2009 Apple used DRM (Digital Rights Management) on all of their music files.  This restricted the files from being played on more than 5 computers and from being edited or manipulated.  It was put in place because the music publishers wanted to prevent piracy.  But the reality was that there were a lot of different ways for pirates to get around this (for example burning the music onto a CD then importing it back into iTunes).  So Apple managed to convince the music publishers that the DRM was only making it more difficult for good people (like you and me) to use the music they purchased legally the way they wanted to.

When did this happen?  You guessed it on April 2009.

So, you're probably thinking, "Great, how do I update my old music files so they are DRM free?  I bet it's only a button.  After all with iCloud I can re-download my music anytime, I know, I'll just do that!"

iTunes Plus

iTunes Plus

Unfortunately that won't work.  You see, at the same time Apple dropped the DRM they created a new service called iTunes Plus which offered songs DRM free and at a higher audio quality.  These songs also cost about $0.30 more.  Now all songs are technically iTunes Plus songs, but your older songs need to be upgraded to get the new DRM niceness (along with the higher quality audio file). To find out about upgrading your older music files go to the iTunes store and click on the "iTunes Plus" button.  Of course there always is the CD method, but I didn't suggest that.

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.

iPhoto Organization Part 2 – Sorting Pets with Keywords

In this video we show you a special technique I learned for sorting photos of pets.

After using the Faces feature to organize all of the people in my photo library (Learn about Faces here: iPhoto Organization Part 1 – Faces) I noticed that there was no easy way for me to find pictures of our dogs Maxine and Connor.  Then I came up with the idea of using the Keywords feature in iPhoto to quickly tag pictures of our family’s various pets.  Now, when I need to find a picture of Maxine all I have to do is type her name into the iPhoto search field.  Check out the video for instructions on how you can use this powerful technique.

iPhoto Organization Part 1 - Faces

I love iPhoto.  It is a great tool for organizing, editing and sharing your photos and it comes on every Mac.  Even though there are some powerful organization tools built into iPhoto, many people settle for simply creating albums and manually moving photos around.  In this video series you will learn how to organize your photos like a pro so that any picture can be found in a matter of seconds.