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With ever more folks coming to the Mac platform, there are plenty of good books available for learning the basics. But what about going behind the basics? 
Enter "Master Your Mac" (http://macte.ch/3OHWp) from No Starch... Read more »
If you need advanced file recover, Mac Data Recovery Guru 2.0 is an app you'll want to check out. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, costs US$99 and is available at http://macosxfilerecovery.com (a limited version can... Read more »
By David Creamer Most printers are familiar with FlightCheck from Markzware (www.markzware.com), an US$99 standalone preflight application; however, with less-experienced users doing more work in-house, the need for... Read more »
Apple has two hits on its hands with iOS 6 software and the iPhone 5; heck, even the much-maligned Maps app is slowly improving. There's a lot to love -- and learn -- about both products. "iPhone 5: The Missing Manual,... Read more »
By Laura Excell Nikon (www.nikonusa.com) has entered the mirrorless camera market with a strong start by introducing their new Nikon 1 system (which starts at US$649.95 in pricing), which includes the J1 and V1 cameras... Read more »
WordPress (https://wordpress.com) is the favorite web site design/content management system I've tried. The free and open source blogging tool has been incredibly successful, rising from a handful of users to the most-... Read more »
Now that the entire Mac line -- except for the long-in-the-tooth Mac Pro -- sports USB 3.0 connectivity, Mac users have access to a wide range of inexpensive, back-up/secondary drives. The Backup Plus portable from... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell Beauty in a box? Believe it or not, here’s an interesting program that really allows you to do complete makeovers on your images with the click of a button and Intensity sliders. Perfect365 -- a free... Read more »
If you want to keep your files safe and in sync, GoodSync (www.goodsync.com) is a decent, if not great, option for doing so. Mac OS X and Windows compatible, it backs up and syncs music, photos, videos, email, text... Read more »
If you have a Mac laptop and an external display, Just Mobile (www.just-mobile.com) has two enticing accessories you should check out: the AluBase (top photo) and AluRack (bottom photo). The former is an upright MacBook... Read more »
By Mike Mackenzie The Nikon Coolpix AW100 (www.nikonusa.com) represents the company’s initial offering in the rugged compact camera market. As you'd expect from a camera in this category, it’s waterproof to 33′,... Read more »
zioVisions' (www.zioVisions.com) US$11.99 iStrip is a new take on Apple MacBook and iPad docking stations. Actually, it's not a docking station itself, but lets you turn the base of any Apple Cinema Display, Thunderbolt... Read more »
The Homecloud Digital Home Manager (www.homecloud.com) from Westell Technologies is cool enough that it might convince Apple fans it's a better choice than a Time Capsule. It's designed to create a personal computing "... Read more »
By Erick Vlientinck RadLab (www.gettotallyrad.com) is an US$149 Photoshop action set. With its own palette, you can start RadLab and decide whether you want it to work with your image on the same or a new layer, or as a... Read more »
The built-in speakers on Macs are serviceable but certainly don't provide audiophile-pleasing sound. If you want to enhance your Mac's audio, the US$249.99 Arcam rPAC (http://macte.ch/28EZW) offers an excellent way to... Read more »
In the late 90s I was the proud owner of an Apple PowerBook Duo, a subcompact notebook that could be complemented by the Apple Duo Dock, which turned the PowerBook Duo into a full-size, AC-powered, fully functional... Read more »
By Erick Vlientinck The US$229 RODE VideoMic Pro (www.rodemic.com) is a directional microphone for DSLR and video cameras. It has a range of 40–20,000 Hz, a –10 to 20 dB loudness switch, a signal-to-noise ratio of 74 dB... Read more »
By Jennifer Sellers Sena (www.senacases.com), a company known for -- among other things -- its classy iPhone cases -- have released two Galaxy Note cases: the Sena Folio Case Sena Folio Case When first using the US$69.... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell When I heard that the new version of Vue xStream from e-on Software (www.e-onsoftware.com) was ready, I was very curious to see what the folks at e-on software had come up with to make the computer... Read more »
Noise Industries' (www.noiseindustries.com) US$49 Slide Pop plug-in for Apple's Final Cut Pro X brings to mind a bit of nostalgia for those of a certain age. You have access to 20 customizable effects and transitions... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell Some of you may already know about Filter Forge (www.filterforge.com) because it’s one of the most popular plug-ins in the industry today. For those who don’t, it’s a pretty robust plug-in for... Read more »
The Creativo iPhone case from Sena Cases (www.sencases.com) is an US$39.99 that offers light protection while allowing you to answer calls without removing an iPhone 4/4S from the case. It's also stylish and comes in... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell Many of you know the PhotoTools plug-in from onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com), but did you know it has been rebranded as Perfect Effects 3? The result is you get most of the same effects with a... Read more »
The Magia Zip from Sena Cases (www.senacases.com) is a bit pricey at US$119.95, but is a sturdy, great-looking case for the new iPad designed with a work environment in mind. However, the choice to use an adhesive pad... Read more »
By Chris Gannon Tokyo Split Animator (http://macte.ch/t7I75), an US$49 set of 19 templates designed exclusively for Apple's Final Cut Pro X, does exactly what it says it will do exactly like it's supposed to do it.... Read more »
 
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