Setapp Offers a 9.99$ / month Mac App Subscription Giving You 60 Hand-picked Apps

Setapp is a subscription service that makes a collection of 60 hand-picked curated apps available for a monthly fee of $9.99 / month.

The app is designed to be an alternative to the official App Store Apple use. Unlike the App Store, they hand-pick the best apps from each category for Setapp and, thus, offer the best solutions available to you. Also, it’s cheaper to pay $9.99/month and get access to 60+ apps than to spend $30-40 for each application. You get unlimited access to the apps and that includes updates and eventual in-app offerings as well.

To use this service you download Setapp and install it on your Mac. This creates a special folder on your Mac where all apps are available for you as long the subscription is active. You can use the apps offline so the only need for Internet connection is when you first install an app or want to update it.

Setapp

Currently there are around 60 apps available but MacPaw who is the brains behind this (Clean My Mac, Gemini) plan to get more developers on the bandwagon. The goal is to get 300 apps when the concept catches on.

Some of the available apps I already have and used before. Like iFlicks, iStat Menus, MacPaw Apps, WiFi Explorer to name a few. There are some great selections here already.

You can download Setapp for free and see for yourself.

Import Folders Into macOS Photos

I have all my photos organised like this:

They are organised into folders, first year and then event.

If you wanted to import this folder structure into Apple Photos it would require a lot of manual work. Especially if you have tens of thousands of photos.

Doing manual work is stupid, that is why we made computers in the first place and a guy calling himself code!z have created a neat AppleScript that makes this process automatic.

What you do is download the script you find here: ImportPhotoFolders. Find the ImportPhotoFolders.applescript and double click on it. You will get a window looking like the one below.

Press the “Play” button and a file selection window should appear. Navigate to the folder you would like to import and let the script do its magic. It will now import all those files into Photos making a folder of the root directory and albums from the folders inside the root directory.

A very neat and free script to use if you want Apple Photos to handle all of your photos but still want to retain your directory structure.

I recommend to make a small selection first, to see if everything works like it should.

Ninite for Mac, Install Multiple Mac Apps at Once

When you have a new system to set up there are always some applications you want to get installed and set up. Maybe you use another web browser, need dropbox, OpenOffice, Skype or other applications.

Windows users have a free service called ninite, but is it available for Mac users? Not exactly, but you have something called: Get Mac Apps. The point of this is to click the apps you want to install and it will automatically get the newest version of all apps you want and give it to you in one convenient download.

Of course you could go to each website and download it, but this way you dont have to visit each website and download one app at a time.

Super Mario Run for iPhone and iPad Out Now!

Are you ready to play the beloved Mario character on your iPad or iPhone? Super Mario Run was just released by Nintendo and is available from the App Store. While it is free to download and try a few stages the price is $9.99 for the game and you have to pay for it in-app.

It is as always easy to download an iOS app. Just download Super Mario Run from the App Store and try it out yourself.

See below for some screenshots I took. Click on them for a bigger version.

Super Mario Run Super Mario Run Super Mario Run Super Mario Run Super Mario Run Super Mario Run

Mario will automatically run forward and you have to touch the screen to make him jump. This way you can play the game with only one hand.

 

Remove Duplicate Files on Your Mac

I like keeping things tidy, both in my home and on my computers. A cluttered and unorganised life is undesirable. Even though I have good control of most aspects I still found duplicate files on my Mac while running a quick check using Gemini II from MacPaw.

So after a scan of duplicate files on my already pretty clean Mac the first result is this:

gemini scan completed

Even though I run a tight system it still found 9,49GB of data that potentially could be removed. 1,33GB was automatically selected. Control freak as I am I want to see what happens when using third party software so I clicked the Review Results and got this:

gemini review results

As you can see in the screenshot above it found two video file on two places. The photo library and in a local folder. In this case Gemini II automatically selected the local copy to delete and keep the file in the photo library. Normally this is probably fine, but in this case I want to keep the local file instead and delete the one in the photo library.

You can check out and download Gemini II here: The stellar duplicate finder. Locates and removes identical and similar files on your Mac.

The software also have a section where it checks for similar files. It could be a series of similar photos for example that is not an exact match, but I would advise to you to be cautious when deleting similar files. It is always wise to have a recent backup before deleting files on your system.

If you need to clean out your Mac even more check out 9 Ways To Free Up Space And Clean Macs. Where you have free options and paid options available to your disposal.

Add Spacer To Your Macs Dock

To add a spacer to your Macs dock so that you can organise the icons a little better you just have to right click the dock and select add…. nope, sorry. Did you think it was so easy?

You have to fire up the terminal and write this (you can copy and paste it into the terminal):

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}'; killall Dock

Dock Spacer

And press enter of course. 😉

The dock should briefly disappear then appear again with a spacer you can drag wherever you want, like a normal icon. If you want more spacers you just run the same command above again. If you are finished in the terminal type exit and the window will close.

Spacer in the Macs dock

If you want to remove the spacer, just drag it off the dock as you would do when removing another icon.

Restore 2016 MacBook Pro Startup Chime

With the release of the MacBook Pro in 2016 Apple also decided that the classic startup chime from 1999 had to go. If you are dealing with grief due to this know that it is possible to restore it again! You just have to do some typing in the terminal.

Open up Terminal on your Mac (search for it if you dont find it).

Type this in the Terminal to enable the boot chime.
sudo nvram BootAudio=%01

Type this in the Terminal to disable the boot chime.
sudo nvram BootAudio=%00

You have to enter your system password when you do this.

MacBook Pro Docking and USB-C Dongles

With Apples move to USB-C only on their laptops you may need some adapters until manufacturers hop on the far superior USB-C standard. The most basic adapter almost everyone probably needs is the USB-C to USB adapter.

USB-C to USB adapters

Apple makes one that looks like this:

apple usb-c to usb adapter

Currently they price the USB-C to USB adapter at $9 but that is only out 2016, after that the price will go up to the original price. You can get it at Amazon.

Another best selling adapter is the nonda USB-C to USB 3.0. Looks like this:

nonda usb-c to usb 3.0

You can get this one at Amazon as well. It currently sits as #1 best seller in the USB adapter category. It is very small and neat, they also sell them in different colors so it matches the color on your apple laptop. If you are planning to use multiple of these make sure they are able to fit side by side. The Apple branded adapter shown above is certainly able to do that.

USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 adapters

When I am at work I use a Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express HD Dock with my MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013). With that dock I just have to connect one thunderbolt 2 cable and I have everything I need. When the new 2016 model arrives it won’t work. To get it working I don’t have to buy a new docking station. The Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter will get it working again. Looks like this:

Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter

MacBook Pro Docking Stations

As I said above I use the Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express HD Dock and it has worked very well for me a few years. What I didn’t know was that I could not use all outputs on it at the same time. They state that it works with dual displays but under some conditions, namely this:

“Note about dual displays: At least one display has to be Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 technology-ready. For displays that are not Thunderbolt technology-ready, the Thunderbolt port is backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort. The dock supports either HDMI or Mini DisplayPort, but not both. The dock supports only one display at 4K cinema resolution.”

I was planning to use one Mini DisplayPort to DVI and one HDMI but that didn’t work with this dock. So make sure you really check the specs and the fine print of the dock you are buying first.

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Print To PDF From Your Mac

You dont need third party software to create a PDF file from something you want to print. This functionality is built into macOS. If you have a document, website or something similar you want a PDF file from just go to File->Print. (Or CMD+P).

In the print window that appears you should be able to save it as PDF. Having a printer installed is not necessary to get this working.

See screenshot below.

Save as PDF on a Mac

In other applications (like Numbers) you may have to go to File->Export to get a PDF file. This vill vary depending on application you use.