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MacPing.com http://www.macping.com Top 10 Mac Tips Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:20:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top 5 Best Free Duplicate File Finders For Mac http://www.macping.com/best-free-duplicate-file-finders-for-mac/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=best-free-duplicate-file-finders-for-mac http://www.macping.com/best-free-duplicate-file-finders-for-mac/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:00:09 +0000 http://www.macping.com/?p=1426 Duplicate files waste valuable space in your Mac. If you often save documents, photos, videos, music and other files in your Mac, there is a big chance that some of these files are redundant or duplicates.

And because they are normally saved in different folders or in other locations in your computer, manual removal of duplicate files becomes even more tedious and time-consuming.

Fortunately, there are duplicate file finder applications that are specifically designed to help you solve this issue. Here are 5 programs we recommend.

 

5. Decloner

Decloner

Decloner promises to provide a high level of accuracy in finding and removing duplicate files using the SHA-1 algorithm.

If you like to scan a particular file directory for duplicates, simply browse through it and then click Scan. Scanning can take some time depending on the size of the directory or folder. It will then present to you the duplicate files and let you decide whether to trash the oldest or the newest one, or to trash duplicate files manually. All duplicate files that have been deleted will just be moved to the Trash so you can still restore them anytime unless you decide to empty the Trash.

Decloner supports QuickLook for faster and easier selection of duplicate file groups. It also shows detailed information of duplicate files. And while it works well on Mac computers, you can also use it for external drives.

 

4. Gemini Duplicate Finder

Gemini Duplicate Finder

Featured by Apple as one of the best Mac apps for 2012, Gemini Duplicate Finder is a handy application with a well-designed interface. It has an impressive animation and easy navigation system, giving you complete control of the entire process of finding and removing duplicate files. It gives you a preview of your files and allows you to pre-listen audio files or watch videos before you finally decide to delete or retain them.

Gemini Duplicate Finder is incredibly easy to use. Simply drag and drop folders into the application and it will automatically scan them for identical files. Scanning will just take a couple of seconds, depending on the size of your disk.

Once duplicate files are found, you have the option to manually delete them one by one or use the Auto Select button to automatically remove all duplicates. You could use this application for both external and internal file storage.

 

3. Easy Duplicate File Finder for Mac

 Easy Duplicate File Finder for Mac

Easy Duplicate File Finder for Mac is known for its powerful duplicate file detection capabilities. It uses several methods to detect duplicates such as comparison by name, size, date, byte-by-byte comparison and MD5 checksum. These different algorithms guarantee more accuracy in searching.

In addition to its different duplicate file detection methods, it also has functionalities for file management including live preview, iTunes sync feature, iPhoto sync feature, file groups, email management tools and others.

Easy Duplicate File Finder also features customizable interface, quick search through preview mode, manual or automatic search modes, and support for a wide range of file types including audio, media, pdf, fonts and graphics.

 

2. EaseUS CleanGenius

EaseUS CleanGenius

EaseUS CleanGenius functions as a Mac cleaner and uninstaller. It can also help you sort through your files according to disk usage.

As a duplicate file finder, EaseUS CleanGenius will scan through all your files including music, photos, videos, documents, text files and many others. It will find files with duplicate contents and give you the option on what appropriate action to do for each file.

 

1. MacKeeper

MacKeeper

MacKeeper can help you clean your Mac, protect it from virus and theft, and also optimize the performance of your computer. Aside from that, its powerful data control feature is also very useful in protecting important files from getting lost or from being accessed by unauthorized people. It also has the capability to find and remove duplicate files. MacKeeper’s file finder can detect duplicates even if they were already renamed.

One of the advantages of MacKeeper is its strong customer support. You may contact them anytime for technical help for any issues you have with your computer.

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10 Simple Tips To Speed Up Macbook Pro In 30 Minutes (Or Less!) http://www.macping.com/speed-up-macbook-pro/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=speed-up-macbook-pro http://www.macping.com/speed-up-macbook-pro/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:00:13 +0000 http://www.macping.com/?p=1422 speed up Macbook ProDo you wish your Macbook could run a little faster?

The good news is that there are ways to speed up your Macbook Pro in just 30 minutes or less.

Here are some of them:

 

10. Restart your Mac.

Sometimes, restarting once in a while can help speed up your Macbook. Restarting will clear out any stuck processes that could slow down your system.

 

9. Reduce Login Items.

If it takes a while for your computer to boot up, the problem might be in the number of login items. Login items automatically launch at startup. As a result, the startup process would be longer.

Reduce login items by going to System Preferences, User & Groups, and click Login Item. Uncheck those items which you don’t need to open during startup.

 

8. Find a substitute for apps with high memory usage.

The more space an app consumes, the more that it could slow down your system’s performance.  Check your activity monitor under the Utilities menu and check for apps and files with a high CPU usage.

Close any app that is using unreasonably high resources and replace it with an app that has lower system usage. For instance, if Firefox uses more memory, you could substitute it with browsers that are less memory-intensive such as Chrome.

 

7. Clean up your hard drive.

Part of cleaning your hard drive is removing duplicate files, uninstalling useless apps, and deleting files that are already obsolete.  This procedure can be done manually or automatically using Mac cleanup applications.

 

 

6. Close apps you don’t use.

Any docked app that is lighted underneath takes up RAM. If you are no longer using an app, close it to save on memory space. From the Application menu, choose Quit, or you could also right click on the app’s dock icon then choose Quit.

 

5. Update Your OS.

Normally, you Mac will automatically update its OS. But in cases when it does not, you could always check for the latest update of your OS and install it. Updating your OS may take several minutes but doing so can significantly improve the speed of your computer.

 

4. Organize your Desktop.

A cluttered desktop will also cause your system to slow down. Every icon or file in your desktop is considered by your system as a separate window that utilizes your system’s resources. The more system resources are used up, the more your system will slow down.

 

3. Clear your browser’s cache.

A browser’s cache is where your browsing history is stored. If left to pile up for months or years, it can add up to gigabytes of disk space. Get rid of it before it can significantly affect your system’s performance. The procedure for clearing cache depends on your browser.

  • Safari – Go to Preferences, select Advanced then Show Develop Menu.  Check Develop Menu then click Empty Caches.
  • Chrome – Press Command + H. Under Clear browsing data, select “the beginning of time” if you like to clear all history items. Select some of the items in the options especially the first four items, then select Clear browsing data.
  • Firefox – Under Edit, select Preferences, Expand Advanced, then choose the plus (+) sign. Under Cache, select Clear cache.

For other browsers, you could do a quick search online on how to clear their caches.

 

2. Close widgets you don’t need.

If you have dashboard widgets that you don’t really use, getting rid of them can possibly improve your Macbook’s speed.

 

1. Use Mac Speed Up Application.

If you still can’t speed up Macbook Pro in 30 minutes despite doing all of the above procedure, your next resort would be to use a Mac speed up application such as Mackeeper. This application has functionalities that help optimize the performance of your computer. Simply run this application and it will do system cleaning and other necessary actions to speed up your computer.

You don’t have to spend hours just to speed up Macbook Pro. The 10 simple steps listed here will make it possible for you to improve the performance of your computer in just half an hour or even less.

 

Your Turn

Do you have other suggestions to speed up a Macbook Pro in less than 30 minutes?

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Uninstall Programs On Mac in 5 Easy Steps http://www.macping.com/how-to-uninstall-programs-on-mac/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-uninstall-programs-on-mac http://www.macping.com/how-to-uninstall-programs-on-mac/#respond Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:00:53 +0000 http://www.macping.com/?p=1419 When you move a program into the Trash folder, it does not mean that you have completely uninstalled it. The app or program that you moved could leave behind associated files such as preference files, background files, widgets and others which occupy valuable space in your computer.

Uninstalling Mac programs involves a systematic process. Here are five easy steps that you can follow:

 

how to uninstall programs on Mac

 

1. Try running the installer and check for the uninstall option

This step is only applicable for programs you have installed using an installation CD or disk. Run it again and then check if there is an option for uninstallation at some point during the installation process. This option is often hidden in drop-down menus. Some program developers normally include Perl scripts that are designed for uninstallation. These scripts are normally named as uninstaller.pl.

 

2. Manually delete programs by dragging to Trash

In your application folder, browse through and select programs you want to remove. Some programs may have single icons while others have multiple icons. Select the icons and then move them to Trash.

 

3. Delete associated files and application preferences

After moving a program icon to Trash, the next thing to do is to look for its associated files and application preferences and manually delete them as well. They are normally found in the Library folders or Home folder. They usually bear the same name as the program or its developer such as Acrobat, Office or Adobe.

In your hard drive, open the Library folder and go to the Library, Library Preferences, and Library Application Support folders. Look for files that have the name of the programs you just moved to the Trash and then drag them as well to the Trash.

Open also the Home folder in your Library folder and then look for the same files. If you find any, move them to Trash.

 

4. Empty Trash

Once you are sure that you will never use the programs you moved to Trash, you can now empty the Trash to free you up some space. To empty the Trash, right click on the folder or icon then select Empty Trash.

If you like to skip all the hassle of doing steps one through four, you could go directly to step five which is to use a third-party uninstaller.

 

5. Use a third-party uninstaller

This solution is the quickest and easiest way to uninstall programs on a Mac. There are several reputable uninstallers that can effectively remove all apps and their associated files including widgets, plugins, leftovers and preference panes.

MacKeeper, for example, has a Smart Uninstaller that will search through all your computer files for items that are related to a particular program you want to delete and then safely remove these items. You also have the option to view the details of a file before deleting it to ensure that you will not accidentally delete important files and programs.

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How To Clean Up A Mac: 10 Essential Tips You Must Know http://www.macping.com/how-to-clean-up-a-mac/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-clean-up-a-mac http://www.macping.com/how-to-clean-up-a-mac/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:00:01 +0000 http://www.macping.com/?p=1416 how to clean up your MacYou know you have a dirty Mac when it performs slower than usual and when it freezes or hangs up unpredictably.

It means that it is bloated with junk and needs thorough cleaning if you like it to work at its peak performance.

Here are 10 essential steps to deep clean your Mac:

 

10. Delete duplicate files

If you have been using you Mac for several months now, chances are you might have redundant or duplicate files somewhere in your folders. They could be documents and other files that you have downloaded or saved more than once. You need to delete these files so that you can reclaim disk space and boost the performance of your Mac.

 

9. Clean browser cache

Whenever you use your Internet browser, it makes a cache of the web pages you visited. This can build up to several gigabytes of space if you will not delete them. Different Internet browsers such as Safari, Chrome and Firefox have different ways of deleting these cache files. For Safari, you should go to Preferences, Show Develop Menu, check Develop Menu then Empty Caches.

 

8. Uninstall useless apps

Some of the apps you installed in your computer may already be obsolete, redundant or useless. Part of cleaning your Mac is doing away with these types of apps. You have to completely uninstall them by removing the apps as well as their related files.

 

7. De-clutter your Desktop

If you are fond of making shortcuts and saving files on your desktop, organize them so that you can have a smaller number of these items. Fewer items on your desktop mean faster startup for your Mac. If you can’t let go of any of those items, simply create a folder that you can consider as a secondary desktop and put there all other desktop items.

 

6. Compress old data

A collection of large files can easily slow down your Mac. If you have folders containing large files which you don’t really need to access right away, it is best to compress those folders so that they will not slow down your system. To do it, select files or folders and then click on send and select Compressed (zipped) folder.

 

5. Trash the logs

Your Mac keeps a log of your system’s activities. These logs can take up a large amount of memory space. And unless logs are important to you, you could really boost your Mac’s performance by deleting these logs. Manually deleting logs is a tedious process but you could use some reliable Mac cleaner to do it for you.

 

4. Clean movies and other media

Do you always download movies, music or photos on your computer? There is a big chance that you don’t care to watch or listen to some of them anymore. And these files can just be occupying disk space. Browse through your music and video folders and see which files you can already get rid of.

 

3. Widget cleanup

Widgets may be cool and it makes your dashboard intuitive. But if you install too many widgets, you are risking the performance of your computer. Remove unnecessary widgets by going to Dashboard, click the plus sign at the bottom left corner of the Dashboard, and then click Manage Widgets. Mark with an “X” those widgets that you think should already go.

 

2. Empty your Trash

Just like when cleaning the house, all your garbage ends up in trash bins and you need to empty them to completely get rid of your garbage. The same is true with your Mac’s Trash folder. To empty the Trash, press Command, Shift and the Delete keys together. It will ask you if you like to permanently delete items. Choose OK.

 

1. Deep clean your Mac with a Mac cleaner

Software applications like MacKeeper are designed for cleaning up your Mac. It can help you clean and recover valuable disk space in your computer and boost its performance. And it does this job with just a few clicks on your computer.

Additionally, MacKeeper can also be used for other purposes such as for managing your data, performance optimization, and security against theft and other online threats.

Cleaning up your Mac should be done regularly to maintain the excellent performance of your computer. This task can be done manually but may require many hours to accomplish. The shorter way is by using a powerful Mac cleaner like MacKeeper.

If you have friends or people close to you who still keep on asking how to clean a Mac, be sure to share these simple steps with them.

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How To Build Your First Website Using 1&1 http://www.macping.com/how-to-build-your-first-website-using-11/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-build-your-first-website-using-11 http://www.macping.com/how-to-build-your-first-website-using-11/#respond Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:06:04 +0000 http://www.macping.com/?p=1407 Are you looking to build a website but don’t want to spend a fortune paying for a web designer? Although there are a million tools through which you can make a free website, the lack of functionality and dynamics in them, perhaps may have dissuaded you from using them at all. But, there is one quality and cost-saving option for you, which stands out from all the rest. 1&1 or click here There is a website builder that allows you to create your own website at a fraction of the cost. Instead of hiring a web designer, you can build a quality website that is fully in your control. This is precisely the reason why this wonderful tool has been awarded by several reputed international magazines. Here is how you can build your amazing website by using 1&1.

Registering

The first step is to register and log into the website. Once you are logged in, click on ‘Hosting’. You will then be brought to a page with the details about the packages and pricing. Choose the one that fits your need and budget. The most basic package starts from £9.99 per month. After completing the payment process, you will be asked to choose a domain name. There would be times that the domain name you want may not be available. In such case, you will be given alternative domain name choices. Once you have chosen your name, you will usually get a username and password within 24 hours of completing the payment. Once all the information needed is supplied, you can now log in to the website’s  control panel.

Creating the Layout

After logging into the control panel, click on ‘Websites & Applications’ and select ‘WebsiteBuilder’. You will be given the choices to select the number of pages, as well as, different template designs. Out of the hundreds of templates, you have the option to choose the one that fits your purpose. By clicking on the previews of templates, you can see how your website will appear at the end. The good thing about 1&1 is the fact that you are constantly given help in regards to what you should do in the next step. Sometimes the Web Site Settings wizard won’t launch automatically, in which case, you may need to find the link to open it in the help menu or allow pop-ups.

Adding Styles and Colors

You can play with the colors and background styles to suit your preferences with the 1&1 web building tool. While most of the templates are pretty attractive, you can personalize it furthermore by choosing your preferred colors on texts, links and backgrounds.

Personalizing

A good logo often times play an important role as the identifying mark of a website. The website builder re-sizes all logos to 209 X 29 pixels. So this could be a tricky part for many designers, as logos may seem to be stretched or expanded if they aren’t set to suit the dimension of the accepted pixel size. Be careful to save all the processes from time to time.

Putting Images and Videos

A plain text website will certainly not be attractive. Photos and videos serve as important aspects of attracting new customers. The 1&1 website builder has a very simplified photo gallery tool with which you can make photo gallery albums, slide shows and easy photo upload tools. You can also insert videos as well as easily embed external videos on your website.

Putting the Content

1&1’s Website Builder allows you to experiment with different fonts, color and alignments. In the templates you can easily edit the text by clicking on the text box. Also check on the web links.

Publishing It

When all the content is in place, you are now ready to publish your very own website. For that step you need to click on the ‘Publish’ button. Once that’s done, you are now connected to the world. With 1&1, creating your own website is a breeze. With its wonderful features, people would think it was a professional website builder who did all these! Are you ready to make your new website and begin your foray into the world of internet? Click here to get started today!

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10 Ways To Make Your Mac Run Faster Right Now http://www.macping.com/ways-to-make-your-mac-run-faster/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ways-to-make-your-mac-run-faster http://www.macping.com/ways-to-make-your-mac-run-faster/#respond Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:57:03 +0000 http://www.macping.com/?p=1402 Make Your Mac Run FasterAs time goes by, most Mac users will begin to notice that their machine is gradually slowing down and struggling to perform tasks it could once manage with ease.

Whilst this effect is more pronounced on Macs than it is on Windows computers, it is generally easier to fix as well. Have a look at the tips below for advice.

 

Clean Up Your Hard Drive

1. What many users don’t realize is that in order to run efficiently, Macs require at least 10GB of free hard drive space, which they treat as “virtual memory” for processing ongoing applications.
To find out if your Mac meets this requirement, open a Finder window and select your hard drive directory from the top left of the menu, now press “Command” and “I” together and observe how much space you have available.

2. If your “virtual memory” reserves are below 10GB, you’ll need to free up some processing power by locating redundant/unused applications. You can use Finder to locate them, and most of the time you’ll be able to simply delete them, although some may have integrated uninstall programs.

3. On a similar note, you’ll need to delete some of your saved data / files, preferably stuff you no longer need, but in any case you can always back it up with a USB storage device.

4. Now you will need to empty your trash, as the files and applications you just tried to get rid of aren’t actually eliminated until you do so. Make sure you have backed up anything valuable before you do this as there’s no going back.

 

Tackle Sudden Slowdowns

1. If you notice a sudden slowdown in your Mac’s performance, then the culprit is more likely to be one or two specific programs that are running into difficulties.

Simply open the Activity Monitor located in your Utilities folder. This will bring up a list of all the applications you are currently running, and give you the option of ranking them according to how much of your processing power they are soaking up.

2. Observe which program(s) are soaking up a disproportionate amount of your CPU usage capacity. Save and close any applications relating to them, before shutting them down altogether.

If they won’t comply manually, you can force them to close by highlighting them in the Activity Monitor and selecting “Stop Process”. This will restore your Mac to full speed.

3. To stop this from happening when you next open the program responsible, search the developer’s website for updates. This kind of problem usually occurs when web browser plugins such as Flash become outdated, and generally they’re easy to fix.

4. It may also be worth taking note of applications that do not work well in conjunction with each other. For example, you might find that a sudden slowdown occurs when you try to run Firefox and Microsoft Word at the same time, and in this case it’s better to use them separately or to find another browser.

 

General Tips

1. Dashboard widgets soak up processing power whether you are using them or not, so it’s generally wise to remove any that you don’t absolutely need. To do this, simply open your Dashboard, go to “Manage Widgets” and click the “X”. It’s that simple!

2. You should get into the habit of allowing your Mac to shut down and restart each day, if you’re one of those people who just leaves it on for days, you could be denying it the chance to install a multitude of updates it needs to run smoothly.

Following these simple steps should enable you to restore your Mac to full speed effectively. Understandably though, you may feel you don’t have the time to invest in such meticulous measures, and as such you might consider downloading one of the many Mac cleaner software packages available on the web.

These applications will take many of the steps outlined in this article for you, and go further to protect the efficiency of your machine in the future – all you need to do is decide how much you are willing to spend.

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Onyx Mac: A Must-Read Comprehensive Review http://www.macping.com/onyx-mac/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=onyx-mac http://www.macping.com/onyx-mac/#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:02:55 +0000 http://www.macping.com/?p=1369 Onyx Mac

Onyx Mac is a fairly popular software for maintaining the Mac Platform. The software has been developed by Titanium’s software. Mac users have the option to download the software by logging into the website. The free software has all the necessary tools pre-installed to ensure that users can easily monitor and maintain the problems on their Mac. If you want to know more about the software and the website, then this article is a must read.

The Onyx Mac software

Onyx Mac can be downloaded in your Mac as long as you have opted for the settings to allow 3rd party softwares to be installed from non-app store sources. The software has been in existence from the Mac OS 10.2 Jaguar version released in 2003. Onyx Mac’s developers have been releasing regular updates and newer versions to keep up with the times. However, users need to be careful that specific version of Onyx Mac works with specific versions of Mac OS.

Onyx Mac verifies your Startup Disc as well as your System File structure. Users can choose among the 6 different functions to perform with their Mac which include the following:

1. Verify: To check the status of your hard drives

2. Maintenance: To clean up errors within your Mac’s file structure

3. Cleaning: To remove all the different cache files that have accumulated in your system

4. Utilities: To help you perform functions related to database, unix manuals, etc.

5. Automation: To allow automatic cleaning based on your preferences

6. Parameters: To set global settings related to most of the popular softwares used in Mac

So with Onyx Mac, you can easily enable you to perform several everyday common cleaning tasks on your Mac that concerns all users, like

  • Clearing cache files
  • Managing browser settings and temporary internet files
  • Removing the font cache
  • Removing specific application data
  • Clearing log files
  • Clearing unnecessary iTunes and Quicktime files

Onyx Mac also has a special test feature for hardware by running Mac’s S.M.A.R.T status, that lets you know whether your Mac is working well or not. Compared to many other paid softwares in the market like CleanMyMac, Onyx Mac allows more functionality for free. However, unlike the paid maintenance softwares, Onyx Mac isn’t fully automated and some amount of user involvement is definitely required to run it properly.

The later versions of Onyx Mac come with additional features related to managing the appearance of your Graphical User Interface (GUI).  Users have the option to change the looks of their startup background image, screen capture files, of the scroll bars and animation effects.

A look at the website

Users have several options to download Onyx Mac from the web. However, there have been complaints from several users of adware intrusion on their browsers when they installed Onyx Mac from third party websites like CNET. So it would be advisable for users to download the software only from the main website. If users are willing to get some detailed set of information about Onyx Mac before and after installing it, then they should definitely visit the website.

While users may expect the website only to advocate the positive functionality of Onyx Mac, the website also has articles about maintaining your beloved Mac with or without the software being installed in your computer. The articles contain handy tips about to ensure the smooth usage of your Mac. The articles offer insight on issues ranging from the popular application that slow down the performance of your Mac to tips that could potentially speed up your Mac’s booting time. A careful look at the website could potentially help you get rid of a lot of problems related to your Mac’s performance for a long time.

Conclusion

Onyx Mac is indeed a good software to use for your Mac. Few free softwares give as much functionality as Onyx Mac does, when it comes to maintaining your Mac. The only downside of the software is that it’s not fully automated. 

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The Best iPhone/iPad Manager for Mac: Wondershare TunesGo (Mac) http://www.macping.com/best-iphoneipad-manager-mac-wondershare-tunesgo-mac/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=best-iphoneipad-manager-mac-wondershare-tunesgo-mac http://www.macping.com/best-iphoneipad-manager-mac-wondershare-tunesgo-mac/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:07:42 +0000 http://www.macping.com/?p=1311 Wondershare TunesGo (Mac), formerly known as Wondershare MobileGo for iOS (Mac) is a professional iPod, iPad, and iPhone media content manager for Mac computers that can let you copy music and playlists from your iOS devices to your Mac, something iTunes can’t do. This should be reason enough for you to at least consider ditching iTunes for an alternative.

Wondershare TunesGo (Mac) is a great tool for music lovers who are fans of the Mac and iOS ecosystem that aims to enhance the music enjoyment experience across Apple products. This is mainly through the ability to copy music playlists, including smart playlists, alongside ratings, play statistics, images, backup videos, as well as voice memos. Podcasts may also be copied. This is like integrating the freedom afforded by Android to the seamlessness of the iOS and Mac environment.

It’s a simple process. You just have to choose files, export the files you’ve chosen, and check the files you have copied.

Summary of TunesGo Features

  • One-click music and playlist exporting from iOS devices to the iTunes library, with ratings and  play stats

  • Multimedia (photos, music, and videos) transferring from one iOS device to another iOS device and from iOS devices to Mac computers

  • Music and  video conversion to formats that work best with iOS devices including the iPod and iPhone

  • Ability to copy only the files that are missing in the other device, avoiding duplicates

  • App organizing

  • Updated system and interface to fully support iOS 7, the latest version of the operating system for iPhones, iPods, and iPads

TunesGo’s features are mostly similar to the capabilities of iTunes. As mentioned, it just adds something significant that music lovers will surely love. Once you plug your iPhone, iPad, iPod or even all three of them to your Mac computer with TunesGo installed, you should be able to reveal a lot of information and useful functions that make it easy and convenient to organize all your multimedia content.

The file sharing capabilities of TunesGo does not only cover the connection between the iOS device attached to a Mac. It also supports the sharing of files between iOS devices connected to a Mac where it is installed. Hence, you can move files from your iPod to your iPad as they are connected to your Mac computer. Conveniently, you can manage files in all your iOS devices without having to physically operate them individually. Because you are using a bigger display when you use TunesGo, managing files should become significantly easier.

Backup Creation

One very important feature of TunesGo is its distinctive approach to backup creation for various media content, from videos to photos, playlists, contacts, and SMS. This is another area where some consider TunesGo to be better than iTunes. With TunesGo, backups can be accessed anytime. There are no limitations to access. This may not be favorable to those who prefer to have their backups well-secured and accessible only for restoration, but it is something new users will likely prefer.

iTunes Beating Toolkit

The “Toolkit” section located below “SMS” offers a number of options that make TunesGo a great iTunes alternative. These functions are as follows:

  • The ability to extract music from video files in an iOS-friendly format

  • Conversion of audio files to an iOS compatible format

  • Contact management function that includes the ability to add, create backups, import, export, and find duplicate cnotacts

SMS Reading

TunesGo is not just for tunes or music. It also comes with an SMS reading function. Well, it’s a $39.95 software after all. This may not be directly related to music but it’s great having it usable when a user feels like using it.

Pros

  • Easy to use interface

  • Snappy operation

  • Ability to manage multiple iOS devices simultaneously

  • Quick file browsing and copying

  • System for preventing duplicates

  • Includes contact, SMS, and photo management functions

Cons

  • No support for apps

  • SMS management only for reading and exporting, no sending function

  • An option to protect access to the backups would be helpful

Verdict

Wondershare TunesGo is indeed a strong alternative to iTunes. As mentioned, the most compelling feature it can offer is the ability to copy music and playlists from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your Mac computer. Whether this ability alone is worth the $39.95 price tag is something only prospective buyers can decide for themselves. If you already have MobileGo (also from Wondershare), you may not be that enticed to get TunesGo.  In my test, I think the price isn’t bad although it could’ve been better. Learn more about Wondershare TunesGo by clicking here.

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Music Management

Media Management

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Top 10 Effective Tips on How to Set Up Parental Controls MAC Now http://www.macping.com/top-10-effective-tips-on-how-to-set-up-parental-controls-mac-now/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-10-effective-tips-on-how-to-set-up-parental-controls-mac-now http://www.macping.com/top-10-effective-tips-on-how-to-set-up-parental-controls-mac-now/#respond Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:54:25 +0000 http://www.macping.com/?p=465 If you have children at home, chances are you have already noticed how active they are when it comes to using the most advanced gadgets of today. If your children still do not have their own laptops, computers, tablets or phones, then they are probably using yours to play their favorite games or browse through their favorite websites. However, what power do you have when controlling your child’s use of the said gadgets and the Internet? Parental controls MAC should be activated now not only to help protect your child from dangerous contents online but to also protect your computer from being tampered on by your innocent children.

10. Decision Making Phase10 Decision Making Phase

Taking control over your child’s use of the Internet and the computer is a major decision you have to take. Not only would this require you to spend time tinkering and following the directions on how parental control is done, this also means that you will be deactivating the said options if you are the one using the computer. Still, at the end of the day, as a parent or a guardian, the most important thing is to ensure the safety and protection of your kids so taking control over these things should be your priority.

9. Familiarize Yourself with the Steps9 Familiarize Yourself with the Steps

Activating the parental controls on your MAC is not very easy to do. This is why if you are faced with this job for the first time, it is your responsibility to make sure that you will be doing it correctly and accurately. Spend some time doing research and familiarize yourself with all the necessary steps so that when you’re finally doing it, you can have the benefit of the doubt that you are doing the right thing.

8. Follow Instructions Carefully8 Follow Instructions Carefully

After you’ve familiarized yourself with the necessary steps on how to take charge of parental controls for your MAC, it’s now time to make sure that you follow instructions carefully. If possible, download a helpful video that will walk you through the whole process so the only thing left for you to do is just to follow it as carefully as possible.

7. Create an Account For Your Kids7 Create an Account For Your Kids

Assuming that your children are just sharing a MAC with you and you haven’t created an account for them, what you need to do first is to access your Apple icon by clicking on it and searching through the open system preferences option. After this, click on the accounts tab followed by the “+” button. You will be redirected to create a new account profile. Before incorporating all the necessary information required, take a look at the dropdown button and click on “managed with parental controls” option. After this, you will be redirected to the parental controls preference page and all you have to do is click on the options that apply to you and your children.

6. Edit Your Children’s Account6 Edit Your Children’s Account

If on the other hand you have previously created an account for your children and have not incorporated the necessary parental controls you should have, what you can do now is just edit the options you’ve clicked on earlier. Simply click on the account that you want to edit and at the bottom part of the page you will find an option that states “enable parental control.” Click on this option and parental controls will immediately be activated on to your children’s account.

5. Personalize Your Options5 Personalize Your Options

After you’ve enabled parental control over your children’s use of the Internet and your MAC, it’s now time to look into the personalized options you have. This basically means that you can protect your child from different tools like the use of the dictionary, games, Internet and what not. Simply go to the Systems tab on your computer, click on the necessary buttons that apply to your preferences and even more protection is set for your children and yourself.

4. Creating Time Limits4 Creating Time Limits

What’s more, if you want to be able to monitor and manage your children’s use of the computer, you can add a time limit option that will track the number of hours your children spend in front of the computer and what are the websites they usually visit. This option is of course great to use among children who are still not old enough to understand the possible risks and precautions spending too much time in front of the computer has on them.

3. Limit Access to Websites3 Limit Access to Websites

Another great safety precaution you can take on when it comes to parental control is preselecting the websites that your children can access. For instance, you can simply include a number of websites that you know are safe for kids and then block all other websites from being accessed by them. This way, you would know that they are safe from malicious content even when you’re far away from them.

2. Downsides of Parental Control2 Downsides of Parental Control

It is important to realize though that there are also some downsides to incorporating parental controls for the safety of your children. First of all, it requires times and effort and usually requires you to think things through before deciding which websites are not to be viewed, how many hours of computer use is allowed and so on. Other than this, at some point, you will also be required to change the websites allowed depending on what interests your children at the moment.

1. Always Remember Your Passwords1 Always Remember Your Passwords

Make sure that when creating parental controls you are focused at what you are actually doing. This is to ensure that you will never forget the codes you need and the passwords you use in incorporating these changes. This way, when your children are old enough to manage their use of the computer on their own, you can easily deactivate the settings without that much sweat. Not to mention, it would also save you so much time.

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Top 10 Best Programs for Mac and Software that Will Increase Your Productivity http://www.macping.com/top-10-best-programs-for-mac-and-software-that-will-increase-your-productivity/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-10-best-programs-for-mac-and-software-that-will-increase-your-productivity http://www.macping.com/top-10-best-programs-for-mac-and-software-that-will-increase-your-productivity/#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:55:30 +0000 http://www.macping.com/?p=600 Most Mac computers are loaded with applications – these programs or software run from helping you in your productivity, being entertained to playing high definition games. These programs are not equally used. There are some that you rely heavily and there are some that do not, but you still need them. These programs are essential and they serve particular purpose for your Mac and for you in general. Some programs are free and can be downloaded anytime whilst some come with a fee and you must pay it in order to fully utilize it. Most of the best programs for Mac are downloadable over the internet. They are easily accessible. For your business of personal use, these programs can provide organization and reducing your workload leading to better productivity in your part.

10. Cloud App10.Cloud App

The Cloud App is a program that you can get in the App store for free. This program is a web service allowing users like you to store your files over the internet. Also, this will enable you to share these files with your family, friends or colleagues. The clients for Mac permit you to easily file these to the icon of the menu bar and then the file you choose is uploaded. The URL of the chosen file will be clip boarded. Since this is a free program, there is some limitation especially in the file size allowed to be stored. The paid version permits more space.

9. Text Expander9.Text Expander

The Text Expander programs runs on the background of the Mac system without consuming big memory. This program permits you to enter to small text phrases or snippets in which can be expanded into the graphic strings or preset text. This program is a great application that can help you in saving time in your work like when you are typing. However, this program for Mac is not free – you can have this for $29.99 and buying it on the App store

8. BusyCal8.BusyCal

The iCal app is built in in your Mac system. However, it is not that comprehensive enough as a calendar app. Hence, you can use the BusyCal to replace your iCal. This comprehensive program synchronizes Yahoo! Calendar, Google Calendar, MobileMe, and more. It features support for Core Animation providing great effects and allowing for rich text snippets that can be embedded to events. The drawback, this program cost $49.99 and you can buy it on the App store.

7. OmniFocus7.OmniFocus

The OmniFocus is a program about increasing the productivity for any users wanting to get his/her stuff done with high quality. This program is like a task management app. If you want something to be done professionally, you have to install this in your Mac. You can watch the walk-through video of this program in order to grasp what it can do for you. This program is a paid one in which you have to buy it for whopping $79.99 for a program on the App store.

6. LaunchBar 56.LaunchBar 5

The LaunchBar 5 is a program working as file launcher as well as an app that accesses data within the files. You can add important events to your iCal, go through your contacts and many. You can try this for free as they offer 30 days period of trial and if you find it powerful for your device, then buy it for $35.

5. Reeder5.Reeder

The Reeder is a program that started as an app in both iPad and iPhones. This program will keep your Google Reader in complete synchronization with your desktop client. It permits reading of the entire Google Reader feeds through its neat interface and you can post these to third parties website like Twitter. This program is recommended for those who are utilizing Google Reader in consuming RSS feeds. The Reeder is available for $9.99 on the App store.

4. Divvy4.Divvy

Divvy is small program working to organize your open windows and apps. If you activate this program, you will see an overlay pop-up that will permit you to choose where on the screen of your Mac you would desire the app to appear. This program is great if you want quick organization of several open apps and windows. The cost of this program is $13.99 and it is available on the App store.

3. Sparrow3.Sparrow

The Sparrow is a program working as email client for Mac. It features neat interface and can bring and harness the strength of Gmail to your desktop. Of course, Sparrow can be used to most email provider. If you love using Gmail, this is the program that you must have because it has similar features with Gmail, but with the interface of a Mac. This email client program cost about $9.99 and is available on the App store.

2. Google Chrome2.Google Chrome

The default web browser for Mac is Safari, but most users will agree that Google Chrome is better than Safari. Google Chrome is way faster than Safari or any web browser. In fact, it may be the fastest browser today. It is also stable than the default for Mac. It ability to synchronize between various Macs helps you in organizing things. It is easy to bookmark your favorite site, browse your ‘Most Visited’ websites and even add some personal customization through its wide array of themes. Best of all, this web browser is free and you can download it anytime.

1. Dropbox1.Dropbox

Dropbox is a program about file changing and transferring between computers. Dropbox works by synchronizing your entire files into single Dropbox folder whether you have computers running on Windows, Mac and Linux. The sync process is so fast in which it just takes few seconds before you can observe the changes on all of your computer system. The files are well organized and you can easily find what you are looking for. If your files are equal to or less than 2 GB, you can use this program for free. However, if you have bigger than 2 GB or in which you have 50 GB worth of file, you have to pay $99.95 per year to use this program.

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