Melissa Davis takes a chance in joining the GMen for an episode. Many tried to warn her against it, but she just didn’t believe them. They have a long talk about iPhone bending as well as iCloud issues, Family Sharing SNAFU’s, and general all around recent Apple problems. Doesn’t sound like much fun, but they manage to turn every issue into rainbows and sunshine! Well, they laughed a lot about it anyway.
Links: Guy’s App Pick: VideoGIF from PearlMountain Technology. $4.99 in the Mac App Store. Trim existing video or create your own with your webcam. Add text, determine how long you want it to be and post it in you favorite social media sites. Gaz’s App Pick: Couch to 5K. Want to start running, want to back back into running well this podcast, Mrs G has found it great to get into some running with out making it a chore. Mellisa’s App Pick: “How To Make An iPhone Wallet”
NewerTech NuGuard KX iROO Pouch People’s Pick:
From Erick Diaz: Asphalt 8 free with in-app purchases, and takes advantage of all the latest graphics. Looks like a console game on iOS.
The sound is good, the time is right, but it’s still the same GMen. Messages somehow confuses my son Peter AND Dave Hamilton for Apple. Yeah, I don’t get it either. The GMen are back to using Google Docs because Apple’s Pages and iCloud is completely hosed and they have a discussion about the many missteps lately from everyone’s (or maybe a few people anyway) favorite electronics company.
Links: Guy’s App Pick: Time Machine. For probably the first time ever, a file got lost for me. It was a Canon MTS MPEG file that I tried to convert using a different program. Not only did it NOT convert, it made the file disappear. Time Machine went back in time (without those pesky morlocks) and put it back. Gaz’s App Pick: ANTI PICK DON’T USE ICLOUD IT’S BIG FAIL OK that was because I’m upset I recently bought a pinball game for the iPad called PINBALL HD costs £1.49 and there are further in app purchases for more boards, this gives you 3 open boards but does give you access to a restricted board where you’ll need to buy the inApp purchase to access full functionality
Guy can’t leave well enough alone and has (yet again) changed his recording setup. This was nearly a disaster which means that even MORE changes are afoot (so give him a hand…gold clap). Shawn King comes on to talk to the GMen about all the new Apple stuff, the death of Macworld as a print magazine, and Canadian Football…wait really?
Links: Guy’s App Pick: Netflix app for iOS Gaz’s Pick: Wind Tunnel Pro People’s Pick Mini Review: From Michael Cassel Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad for Mac Pro’s:
Supports all Apple gestures etc.
Slightly larger surface area.
As sensitive as the Apple version Con’s:
May appear to be slightly less sensitive – but it isn’t
Simply in terms of the angle alone he prefers this to my Apple trackpad. All the functionality is there too.
Gaz and Guy talk about Apple’s iCloud nude celebrity problems and strangely enough, no one broke into THEIR iCloud accounts looking for naked pictures of the GMen. Bud Lite’s Real Men of Whatever ads make a horrible warbly comeback and you guys put a ton of stuff into the MyMac Podcast G+ page. It’s Guy’s Birthday on the announcement of Apple’s new iStuff and Guy finally gives up and switches to mostly hardware to record the podcast with hilarious results that you won’t find out about until next week…if he remembers to talk about it then.
Links: Guy’s App Pick: Image Capture by Apple FREE! Have a scanner or camera that you JUST can’t get to communicate easily. Chances are whatever driver was included is garbage. Remember to try Apple’s built-in Image Capture as it will provide basic functionality for practically everything out there. Gaz’s Pick: Was looking around the Mac App store, as there are times I’d like a Lightroom or Aperture type application to adjust some of my RAW photo’s that perhaps deserve a little more love and more to the point selective editing, I came across what looks like a pretty good alternative, normally 40GBP’s but is currently free in the Mac App store, well it was over the weekend of the 6th and 7th Sep, I hope it’s still free by the time you all hear this.
Another struggle with Guy and audio, but the GMen soldier on! What’s coming from Apple September 9? You have no idea and neither do they, but that doesn’t stop them from talking about it anyway. Guy tears apart a Mac Mini to add memory and a hard drive and much to his surprise it worked when he was done. Gaz buys an AppleTV for is daughter which naturally means they’ll be a new one very soon. Want to help out with the podcast? Check out the Patreon page for the show. Don’t have to if you don’t want to, we’ll keep making more podcasts regardless!
Guy’s App Pick: TwistedWave Audio editor from TwistedWave $9.99. Record audio, add effects, use AudioBus to imort and export to other programs as well as export to others with lots of file options. If you record audio on your iOS devices, you should have TwistedWave Gaz’s Pick: Not an App but a pick £40.00 GB, €49.00, $49.00, $69.00 NZ, $55.00 AU People’s Pick: Allister Jenks likes Hyperlapse from Instagram. He thought he’d give this a go, even though he has a deep aversion to Facebook, including Instagram. It is a very simple app which takes a video and then speeds it up, with a little stabilisation for good measure. He was rather impressed with the results and once he saw that you can simply save the movies to your photo roll rather than be tied into Facebook & Instagram, he was sold. He uploaded one of his creations (apologies for the crooked horizon) to Vimeo.
Guy and Gaz have a nice almost not crazy talk about easy to use website development tools, but before that Gaz gets wet and cold and Guy realizes after the fact that his ISP gave him a cheap slow router with not so good Wifi. Guy takes his son back to college and it costs him a fortune, we get some great feedback from our listeners about last week’s show, AND we got a Skype call that is only mildly threatening! So it’s been a good week.
What do you use your Mac for? Or better yet, can an iPad do it as well? Guy and Gaz take a look at what most people use computers for and if they could do most of it on something simpler like an iPad. They also announce the winner of Boinx Software’s Fotomagico, Gaz’s use of Apple gear while on vacation, and Guy simplifies his home network.
Links: Guy’s App Pick: Pako by TreeMen Games. .99 in the iOS App Store
How long can you last in a parking lot with the foot permanently down on the accelerator and an unending swarm of cops willing to sacrifice themselves to get to you? Pako will let you find out. Just two controls (left and right) and SO many obstacles in your way? Can you eventually escape? No. Can you ever truly win? No. Is it an incredibly fun waste of time? Most certainly Gaz’s (not so App) Pick: 360 Panorama
Take stunning 360 panoramas everywhere. 360 Panorama turns your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into a full featured 360 degree panoramic camera. Easily capture immersive panoramas in seconds and instantly share your 360 view with the world. Simply pan the camera and watch as images are stitched seamlessly. 360 Panorama captures the scene in a way you never could with a traditional camera. People’s Pick: Link to Dorothy Yamamoto’s visit to the Petersen Automobile Museum which she did in the copy of Fotomagico she won in the last contest.
Well for better or worse, Gaz and Guy are back this week together after a 2 show break with them doing stuff OTHER than the podcast. They’re very sorry but may or may not do it again so there! Being away for so long they had lots of important stuff to say or at least they just had things to say. An interesting conversation about their opinion on whether or not Apple will ever go to the ARM Processor for the Mac, Gaz’s Tip, Listener feedback, and Guy has an app pick that he’s actually never used. That might sound odd, but remember we ARE talking about Guy.
Links: Guy’s App Pick: Popclip from Pilotmoon software $4.99 Mac App Store. Haven’t used it yet but I just like the IDEA of it. Gaz’s (not so App) Pick: Not really my pick for various reasons but the idea behind this is what I’m looking at
Guy is off this week and it’s Gaz’s turn to have a guest on. James from woodpad.co.uk joins him and they chat about Gaz fitting an SSD into his Mini, if design has overtaken function, and lots of other craziness. This week there is yet another wonderful giveaway this time it’s Fotomagico from Boinx.
Gaz is off doing fun family things and Guy managed to grab Karl Madden on to talk about Apple’s policy of secrecy surrounding their upcoming products. They also talk about Apple’s last financial quarter but more importantly, who were the winners of the Feral Interactive Lego Marvel Super Heroes give-away!
Took longer than usual since we had to start over because SOMEONE (or just Guy) said something inappropriate and in poor taste though not on purpose. He’s (Guy) just an idiot sometimes. This is the last week to enter the contest for a copy of LEGO MARVEL Super Heros so send your email to enter to “firstname.lastname@example.org” and don’t forget to say LEGO MARVEL and MyMac in the header. Gaz and Guy debate whether to be buy new, refurbished, or used when you need that next Mac.
Links: Guy’s App Pick: RedLaser QR scanner from eBay free as in give us personal info free Gaz’s App Pick: SnapSeed People’s Pick: Paperama a recommendation from Michael Cassel free with in app purchases
Can you believe the show is under an hour? We sure couldn’t. LOTS of listener feedback, a contest, and a debate on whether or not we should set up a Patreon link for those that might want to contribute to the madness.
Links: Guy’s App Pick: ecoFeed from ecoObs.com. Simple RSS editor that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of other programs but is about 1/4 the cost. $9.99 Gaz’s App Pick: My Love Hate relationship continues with RR3, and here’s why People’s Pick: A tip from Allister on how best to use Find my friends in iOS. How to fix it: Don’t tap on a friend in the list. Just tap on the map view itself and move the map as you want. Then tap on the chosen friend on the map. The display will now be exactly the same as the above method but won’t scroll or zoom when you refresh!
Gaz is off watching cars race that DON’T belong to NASCAR (the HORROR!) but Karl Madden comes on to talk about the future of various Apple products and lots of tangents that Guy went off on (because that’s what he does). You can find Karl’s probably more rational podcast Mac and Forth here.
Links: Guy’s App Pick: BeLight’s Printfoloio bundle include Swift Publisher, Business Card Composer, Disc Cover, Label and Addresses, Image Tricks Pro – $70 Karl’s App Pick: Audio Hijack Pro (Digital Amoeba) in conjunction with Soundflower (Cycling 74) – These two apps make my podcast so much easier.
People’s Pick: From Allister Jenks…Monty Python’s The Ministry of Silly Walks By Boondoggle Studios $1.99 I’m sure Gaz will appreciate this one. It’s a hit in our household. Simple enough to operate, hard enough to master, voiced by John Cleese!
Links: Guy’s App Pick: ActiveCloud Pro from Pocket Watch. $3.99 Syncs and provides access to many different cloud services including DropBox, Box, and Apple’s iCloud services and makes it easy to open files in the apps of your choice. Have lot’s of cloudy goodness? Check out ActiveCloud. Gaz’s App Pick: Pocket. When you find an interesting article, video or web page that you want to read, watch or view later, put it in Pocket. Once it’s in Pocket, it automatically syncs across to your phone, tablet and computer so you can view it anytime on any device, even without an internet connection.
Just like we didn’t talk about the World Cup last week, the GMen don’t talk about Amazon’s Fire phone this week. Which means they did but not much. They do talk about the new iMac and what that might mean going forward for the Mac and get lost in old Podcast art…eventually.
Links: Guy’s App Pick: Borderland 2 from Asphyr for $9.99 at the Mac App Store but probably not at that price anymore by the time you hear this. Having a lot of fun with this game. Gaz’s App Pick: The Championships, Wimbledon 2014 for iPhone New for the Championships 2014. A fully redesigned visually rich experience (like hitler)that can be personalised allowing the fan to control the type of information they want to see for the players, event or country of their choice, and also share all content across a variety of social media platforms.
Neither Guy nor Gaz talk about the World Cup or soccer except for where they do. Skype as usual acts up in each segment of this week’s show, but that doesn’t stop Gaz and Guy from their usual hijinks. Greg Holdsworth is bringing back his podcast, “Your Own Victory Garden after a nearly 4 year absence! Why did he stop? What will the new show be like? You’re going to have to listen to find out.
We get caught up on Guy’s adventure buying a car in Florida and how Gaz gets his iTunes for cheaps! The GMen go over some of what they thought was great from WWDC and then realize they forgot to mention a whole bunch of other things that they SAID they’ll get back to but probably won’t. Gaz’s language skills takes a horrible beating with Swahili and so much more!
Links: Guy’s App Pick: Flat Out 2 by Virtual Programming .99 cents Gaz’s App Pick: Pages for the win, created some templates for Invoice creation. Pages is so much easier (in my opinion) than Word on the Mac to do this sort of stuff. People’s Pick: Erick Diaz likes the new Weather Channel app, newly refreshed to iOS 7 goodness JUST in time for iOS 8
Guy is off doing weird Guy things like buying a car in Florida so Gaz tricks…invites Alex Fox on to the show. Lot’s of Google Plus and other listener feedback along with a good discussion on Amazon’s little tiff with Hatchette Press. A bit of talk about Alex’s Mac experiences and generally everything you’ve come to expect from a MyMac Podcast!
Links: Guy’s App Pick: Star Wars TSG free! FREE! Ever want to make a title sequence like they have at the beginning of every Star Wars film? Ever think “That’s WAY too hard!” Well Star Wars TSG to the rescue. You can specify the size, number of frames per second, the studio name, the film name, and what you want said in the opening crawl.Then save it to an empty folder. Why? Because It makes a series of BMP image files that you then have to string together in QuickTime Player 7 with File -> Open Image sequence. The newer version of QuickTime won’t do it. Gaz’s App Pick: Flow $4.99 or £2.99 UK or NZ$6.49. Flow is an FTP + SFTP client. With URL Copying, Droplets, a built-in editor, and QuickLook. Reviews are mixed but I’ve used it for a while and I like it, it may not be as good or have the features of other more sophisticated FTP clients, but I’m not sophisticated. Allister’s App Pick: Ripit! From the little app factory $24.95. DVD ripping software
James Turner joins the GMen in a rollicking show that quickly and somewhat willfully gets completely out of control practically from the very start. Gaz has problems with a Time Machine, Guy has a blank screen, and James is questioning his life choice of coming on to podcasts with weirdos. OH and there was some useful bit and hard drives.
Links: Guy’s App Pick: Video Editor Pro by David Team. $29.99. Looking for a multi-track video editor with a small footprint that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? If your needs are relatively light, give Video Editor Pro a try. Multi-track drag and drop editing, crop tools, some text tools, and so on. Nothing too fancy, but it works well. Lacking in some of the basic onscreen tools (like splitting a clip which requires a keyboard shortcut) but for $30 it will most likely meet all your basic needs PLUS it accepts a lot of different formats without the need to convert them first. Gaz’s App Pick: WhatSize £10.49.There are alternatives, go to this link if you want to try some James Pick: Monument Valley $3.99. A puzzler of “monumental” proportions! (yeah I went there)