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Mac Dropbox Download Bonus

Posted on 22 September 2014 by Couchy

Dropbox now has 8GB 10GB for free with a few referrals! When did that happen!

Use this link to get +250MB when you signup

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Get creative with Shape Collage 2.1

Posted on 17 September 2014 by Katie

If you feel like having some fun and getting creative with your pictures, a must try is Shape Collage 2.1. It is a free collage maker that arranges your photos in all kinds of shapes in a matter of minutes. To achieve this, it uses a machine learning algorithm that impressively makes your pictures into well, um another picture.

http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/imaging_3d/shapecollage.html

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EFI firmware updates

Posted on 13 September 2014 by Katie

Apple has recently released  EFI firmware updates for their June 2009 MacBook Pro and early 2009 iMacs, in order to rectify a mistake.

How many of you have found that your SATA drive interface has been running at 1.5Gbps instead of 3Gbps?

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Overburn CD or DVD Mac OSX

Posted on 08 September 2014 by Couchy

I recently had to burn a 704MB .avi (divX) file to a 700MB CD through my MacBook. I was pleased to find that although the default OSX Mac burner won’t overburn you can easily do this through a few terminal commands to bypass the overburn block.

1. Firstly create a directory with a short name (will be easier to type into terminal) that only contains the file you wish to burn, remove .nfo files (if a torrent file) or previews/covers leaving just the main .avi file. I called mine “movie”.

2. Open terminal (click finder and type it in if you haven’t used it before).

3. Browse to the directory above movies, enter “cd /user/downloads” where the directory containing the files you are burning is /user/downloads/movie (cd simply stands for change directory). Terminal will then display that you are in that directory. If you get stuck here because you haven’t used terminal before comment below and I will help you out.

4. Create an iso of the movies folder, in terminal enter “hdiutil makehybrid -o isofilename movie/” and your .iso will be created from the files in the folder movie. The progress will be displayed in terminal (doesn’t take long).

5. Enter your cd or DVD into the drive and burn using “hdiutil burn isofilename.iso” (while still in the same directory, which you will be if you follow the steps above). You will not be given the option of what speed to burn the disc at (in most cases this fastest setting is fine),  status will again be displayed in terminal while burning and verifying the disc.

6. Once burned you can delete isofilename.iso if you don’t plan on making any more copies.

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10 of the Best Free Games on Mac

Posted on 07 September 2014 by jake

Have you ever tried searching for that certain game to play on your Mac OS X? Well, worry no more because here’s 10 of the best FREE games available on any console including Mac OS X. The list is based from PC Fastlane. These games are available for download. Just click the titles.

10th – Battle For Westnoth

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Build up a great army, gradually turning raw recruits into hardened veterans. In later games, recall your toughest warriors and form a deadly host against whom none can stand! Choose units from a large pool of specialists, and hand-pick a force with the right strengths to fight well on different terrains against all manner of opposition.

9th – Scorched 3D

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Learning how to play is easy, just point the turret, adjust power and trajectory, select a weapon – and shoot! Manage your inventory of weapons with the prize money you can win during each round of combat. Learn the basic controls using the tutorial mode, or set up your own game by customizing dozens of economy and environmental conditions to your liking, or simply play online immediately at one of the various public servers.

8th – Chopper

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Chopper is an action-packed, side-scrolling helicopter game. Complete your mission, and return to base, while avoiding enemy fire from tanks, bazooka-wielding mad men, and jets.

7th – Sauerbraten (Cube 2)

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Free single and multi player 1st person shooter game with some satisfying fast old school game play. A large variety of game play modes from classic SP to fast 1 on 1 MP and objective based team play, with a great variety of original maps to play on.

6th – Freedoom

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This game is an open source version of Doom. Enjoy a jam-packed action of zombie-killing madness.

5th – Neverball

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Tilt the floor to roll a ball through an obstacle course before time runs out. Neverball is part puzzle game, part action game, and entirely a test of skill.

4th – Quinn

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Quinn is an arcade-style tetromino puzzle game written and designed specifically for Mac OS X.  It features a clean, elegant user interface, beautiful graphics, and smooth, subtle animations for fluid gameplay.  Instead of reinventing the game with yet another variation of the rules, the goal of Quinn is to combine the simplicity of the original idea with the genuine Mac experience for perfect user enjoyment.

3rd – Glest

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Glest is a free 3D real-time strategy game, where you control the armies of two different factions: Tech, which is mainly composed of warriors and mechanical devices, and Magic, that prefers mages and summoned creatures in the battlefield.

2nd – FreeCiv

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Freeciv is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the stone age to the space age.

1st – PlaneShift

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PlaneShift is a Role Playing Game immersed into a 3D virtual fantasy world which is FULLY FREE to play. Fully free means you will have no surprises of premium content which will limit your game play or unbalance the game. There are no limitations in skills, ranks, abilities, items you can gain with your free account.

Enjoy!

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MacBook flies away

Posted on 30 August 2014 by Couchy

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Running Mac OSX on a Netbook the lowdown

Posted on 29 August 2014 by Couchy

 

Apple has yet to enter the Netbook space, no doubt they have something in the works but users not content to wait have taken things into their own hands. Depending on what Netbook you have you may have to sacrifice some functionality but overall some like the HP Mini 1000 or a Dell Mini 9/Vostro A90 are quite comprehensive in their support of OSX.

Installing on non Mac hardware likely infringes Apple’s end user license agreement so don’t expect any official support. Check out this compatibility chart to see what your Netbook can do.

Dell Mini 9 installation guide by Gizmodo

MSI Wind installation guide by Wired

HP Mini 1000 installation guide by myHPmini

Asus Eee PC by uneasysilence.com

If you run into any problems you can get support over at the Hackintosh forums.

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10 bright, clean and sharp Apple Wallpapers

Posted on 24 August 2014 by Couchy

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10 top Free web dev Apps For Apple Web Designers

Posted on 20 August 2014 by Couchy

aptana Studio: Build, deploy, scale

Supporting PHP, ROR and Python this is a serious tool. Although I have only used it for basic HTML, CSS editing I found that a breeze with helpful hints and colour coding of syntax. It’s going to be around for the long run as they just secured $7.8 Million in Funding. Its 100% free and monetises via its web app hosting platform.

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GIMP

An alternative to Photoshop its completely open source and has a plug-in available that converts the layout closer to Photoshop for an easy learning curve. A great way for aspiring web designers to start honing there skills.

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Handbrake

For converting your video files into a web friendly format you cannot go past this one.

 

Caliper Project

For pixel perfect designs you need a simple measurement tool like Caliper.

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MAMP: Mac – Apache – MySQL – PHP

The essential coding environment just a few clicks away :>.

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Cyberduck

FTP browser that also supports, SFTP, WebDAV, Cloud Files & Amazon S3.

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Dashalytics

Google Analytics on your Dashboard.

Sequel Pro

MySQL database management app.

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Dropbox

File sharing the way it should be :>. Great if you are often moving between the office, your home Mac and your MacBook.

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Paparazzi!

A tiny app that makes screenshots of websites.

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iTunes U a fun way to learn

Posted on 15 August 2014 by Katie

I have recently started using iTunes U and believe its the coolest way to learn. It allows you to access up to 150,000 educational resources made available by various institutions like MIT, Stanford, Duke, and many more. iTunes U is now available to download directly to your iPod touch and iPhone.

How many of you have been using it and what do you think of it?

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