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Migrating Aperture to Lightroom, touch controller, printer pool, OS X Beta Gatekeeper, Network Radar


Adobe how-to guide for migrating from Aperture to Lightroom — Since Apple is going to discontinue both Aperture and iPhoto in favour of the upcoming OS X Yosemite app ‘Photos,’ Adobe on Monday released a quick reference guide to migrating image files from Apple’s program to Lightroom.
The PDF guide, titled Making the Switch from Aperture to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom , outlines a step-by-step process by which current Aperture users can migrate photos and projects from Apple’s app to Adobe’s subscription service.
[I like Aperture a lot. As a former darkroom technician, I hated Lightroom’s insistence on working digitally yet through a darkroom process metaphor instead of purely digital.]

Turn any surface into a touch-controller for Mac — Touch+’s dual cameras turn any surface into multi-touch input device. It turns your keyboard or desk into a touchscreen for your Mac, only without the screen part. (Pictured above.)

How to create a time-saving printer pool in OS X — There is a way to easily do this without having a print server in the office, and it’s called a printer pool.
Setting up a printer pool from any Mac takes just a few seconds. Go to System Preferences > Printers & Scanners, and you’ll see a list of all of the available printers on your network. Next, select the printers you wish to have in a printer pool by command-clicking them. For example, you might want to have a printer pool for all of the high-resolution colour printers on the network and another one for the fast black and white laser printers. Command-click all of the printers of a specific type that you want in a pool to select them, and then you’ll see a button that not only lets you create a printer pool, but name it so that it’s easily recognisable. Steve Sande explains fully here.

Gatekeeper in new Beta create OS X problems — A beta release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 held a surprise for Mac developers thanks to changes in the Gatekeeper app security feature that could leave end users scratching their heads wondering why apps no longer launch. Apple is changing how apps will be digitally signed to verify they aren’t malware, and developers will need to recompile their code to comply with the Gatekeeper update.

Network Radar review: Mac app checks your network health — Apple’s own Network Utility is pretty handy for basic network troubleshooting, but if you need to go above and beyond what it offers, Daniel Diener’s US$20 Network Radar is a powerful step up.

FileVault, Beats, Mac wifi, Illustrator 2014

How to set up and use FileVault
How to set up and use FileVault

OS X: Configuring FileVault — OS X’s FileVault is a great feature to use if you’re concerned about the security of files on your Mac. The problem is that if someone takes your machine, it’s really trivially easy to gain access to your stuff. Because FileVault encrypts your files, it means that you don’t have to worry so much about your Mac being out of your control, because without knowing your password, even the smartest criminal mind will be out of luck. This Mac Observer article tells you more, and Take Control has released a whole eBook on the subject.

Apple officially welcomes Beats — Apple subsidiary Beats has uploaded a short 30-second spot to its Twitter account featuring two of its animated Pill creatures and the Siri virtual assistant, marking the first collaborative ad effort since Apple bought the audio company in May. Meanwhile, Apple has appointed Ian Rogers, the head of Beats’ subscription-music service, to run iTunes Radio.

How to troubleshoot Mac Wi-Fi problems — Wi-Fi has become the preferred way for  most to connect their Macs to other networked devices and the Internet. However, most of us also have times when those connections slow down or fail altogether. When that happens, however, there are several things you can do to diagnose and (ideally) fix the problem.

Illustrator CC2014 review: Adobe continues to add refinements that benefit illustrators — Illustrator finally gets improved shape tools, along with usability enhancements. All in all, Illustrator is a better program than before, reckons Macworld.