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2 weeks ago

How to trim and edit videos in Photos for OS X

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How to trim and edit videos in Photos for OS X

Don't let the name fool you, Photos for OS X also stores all your videos.

Whether you synced them from your iPhone or iPad using iCloud Photo Library or imported the manually, all your movie moments are right there alongside your images. Editing, however, is a different story. While you can trim videos in Photos for Mac, that's about all the editing you can do. For more, including titles, traditions, and other effects, you have to escalate to iMovie.

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Apple Watch and accessibility: First look

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Apple Watch and accessibility: First look

Apple's message that Apple Watch is "the most personal and intimate device we've ever created" resonates with me in two ways.

First, regarding the Apple Watch as an object, as a timepiece and fashion accessory: It's been years since I regularly wore a watch, but Apple Watch is pushing to change that. From everything I've seen and heard about the watch, I would be thrilled to wear it every day. As with Apple's other products, the watch seemingly strikes a good balance of form and function. Secondly, the Watch as a device — how it works and how one interacts with it — is bound to have far-reaching effects on users with disabilities. As a person with visual and motor delays, I've wondered myself how accessible the Watch will be, especially in context of the size of watch displays.

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How to use an external editor with Photos for OS X

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How to use an external editor with Photos for OS X

If you're more comfortable in Photoshop, Pixelmator, Acorn, or another image editor, your instinct might immediately be to 'Edit with..."

That way you way you don't have to worry about photo-specific workflows, you can get right down to nudging pixels. Apple's new Photos for OS X, however, doesn't include support for external editors, at least not yet. So, if you really want to move your images out of Photos and into your favorite image editor for Mac, what can you do?

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2 weeks ago

Waltr for Mac lets you drag-and-drop Flash video files and more onto your iPhone

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Waltr for Mac lets you drag-and-drop Flash video files and more onto your iPhone

Waltr, a Mac app that lets you drag-and-drop multiple file formats such as MKV and FLAC onto your iPhone or iPad, has received a large update, adding full subtitle support and new format compatibility.

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2 weeks ago

How to retouch images in Photos for OS X

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How to retouch images in Photos for OS X

Ever taken a really great photo only to notice a small blemish or distracting object after the fact?

We've all done it. Luckily, retouching a photo is a lot easier than going and retaking it. Photos for OS X offers a retouch tool that lets you quickly remove small imperfections such as skin blemishes, and even a small object that wasn't supposed to be in the image to begin with. It may not be as powerful as spot healing tools in software editing programs such as Photoshop, but in a pinch, it gets the job done!

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2 weeks ago

Google said to be close to getting Android Wear watches to work with iPhones

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Google said to be close to getting Android Wear watches to work with iPhones

Sure, the Apple Watch is just around the corner, but that's not going to stop Google from continuing work on getting Android Wear to work with iOS.

It's been rumored and reported for a while now that Google was working to get Android Wear to be properly compatible with the iPhone, and it appears that they're rapidly approaching the point of actually seeing a release.

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2 weeks ago

Mac users: Photos is here, but don't get rid of iPhoto or Aperture yet

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Mac users: Photos is here, but don't get rid of iPhoto or Aperture yet

Does the arrival of Photos for OS X mean you have to stop using iPhoto or Aperture? Absolutely not.

OS X 10.10.3 was released Wednesday, and with it, a brand new Photos app for the Mac, complete with support for iCloud Photo Library. Photos is the future, yes, and with its release, we won't see any more changes to iPhoto or Aperture, but that doesn't mean those apps are going away today.

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2 weeks ago

iTunes 12.1.2 update improves compatibility with Photos for Mac

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iTunes 12.1.2 update improves compatibility with Photos for Mac

Apple has released a new version of iTunes for Mac with improved compatibility with the new Photos app.

iTunes 12.1.2 adds better support for syncing photos from Photos for Mac, released as part of OS X 10.10.3.

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2 weeks ago

MacBook review roundup

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MacBook review roundup

Apple's new 12-inch MacBook goes on sale tomorrow, but the first reviews are already in. What do the experts say?

If you're thinking about getting Apple's new MacBook, you're probably wondering what it's like to use and how well it works. Read on to find out what the first reviewers think, and check back with iMore after we get our hands on one.

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2 weeks ago

How to rotate, crop, and straighten pictures in Photos for OS X

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How to rotate, crop, and straighten pictures in Photos for OS X

When you don't have time to carefully line up and perfectly frame every photo, you just need to shoot first and fix it in post later.

That's where straightening and cropping come in. Whether the horizon or a building looks oddly angled, or extra people or space are stealing focus from your subjects, Photos for OS X has just exactly those tools to help you line up what you want and cut out what you don't, so that even if you didn't frame the perfect photo, you can still end up with it. Also, if you need to rotate or flip a picture, you can do that too!

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2 weeks ago

Pillars of Eternity casts its spell on the Mac App Store

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Pillars of Eternity casts its spell on the Mac App Store

Pillars of Eternity, the recently-released RPG from Obsidian, is now available on the Mac App Store.

Recently released on the Mac through Steam, Pillars of Eternity is an old-school roleplaying game in the style of Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale.

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2 weeks ago

Snapseed hits version 2.0 with new tools, filters and more

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Snapseed hits version 2.0 with new tools, filters and more

Photo editing app Snapseed gets its first major update since 2013 with version 2.0, adding a number of new editing tools to help you get the most out of your photos.

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How to apply filters to images in Photos for OS X

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How to apply filters to images in Photos for OS X

Filters became popular, back in the olden days of camera phones, as a way to make bad photos look less bad.

Photos for OS X brings the same kind of damage control to the Mac. Whether it's by adding a color overlay, boosting or flattening contrast, it lets you take pictures that look wrong and make them look artistic instead. They're the same subtle filters Apple introduced for the iPhone and iPad in iOS 7 so, while they may not have the same punch as some others, they're consistent and even more importantly — they're non-destructive. That means you can change your mind and even revert to normal at any time.

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2 weeks ago

Success and the Apple Watch

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Success and the Apple Watch

Tech and fashion enthusiasts will help drive Apple Watch awareness, but the mainstream will determine its success.

How regular iPhone users approach the Apple Watch — how quickly they adopt it, how important it becomes to them for daily use, and what they get out of it — will not only be fascinating to see, but will be one of the best measures of how well it's really doing in the market.

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2 weeks ago

How to pre-order the Apple Watch

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How to pre-order the Apple Watch

Apple Watch pre-orders start 12:01AM PT/3:01AM ET/8:01AM BST!

It's almost time once more for thousands of eager Apple product buyers to smash Apple's web servers into oblivion. Yes, the Apple Watch is coming, and coming soon — preorders begin Friday morning for the West, East, and European coasts.

If you haven't yet planned your pre-order strategy, let us help you with these tips on getting your pre-order in and set without too much fuss.

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