Make a trailer in minutes

Make a trailer in minutes

Made a movie? Time to advertise it! What better way than with a trailer?

It’s easy to make a short film with iMovie, but it’s also a cinch to create a trailer with it as well. Why make a trailer? It’s a great way to announce your movie, or better still, advertise a whole series that you may have just uploaded to your YouTube channel.

Trailers are designed to grab your attention. Their timing is often crucial, so the fact that iMovie does practically everything for you means you don’t have to worry about any of these intricacies: just choose your clips, add them to your project and you’re good to go.

When you choose a Trailer Project, you select the type you’re looking for from a handy menu and once you’ve done this, it’s a simple process of following the instructions given to you; iMovie asks you for specific types of shots, like a landscape, a group shot, a close-up of a particular person, and so on. You just need to find the right clip from your collection, add it in the right place, and you’re sorted – or if you want to be a little more adventurous, add whichever clip you want irrespective of the type requested, and see if that works for you. So launch iMovie, and let’s get started on your trailer.
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How to Make a Book with iPhoto

How to Make a Book with iPhoto

Memories are more powerful when you can actually touch them

iPhoto and digital photography have revolutionised the way we handle our images. They’re no longer kept in shoeboxes or forgotten in undeveloped rolls, but are available on our computers, organised by day or event, and easily searchable. They also won’t fade with time, and if you have a good backup policy, you won’t accidentally lose all your precious memories if something terrible to happens to your hard drive. But there’s something to be said for holding those photos in your hand, rather than watching them on the screen. Even viewing them on an iPad or iPhone isn’t the same as a printed copy. You can of course use your printer for that, but iPhoto offers you another option that greatly improves the sharing experience; you can design books that also make fantastic gifts. Continue reading

How to: Link Tables And Charts

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Link together multiple tables and charts using Numbers’ Formula Editor

Building tables in Numbers is a simple process but there are more advanced ways to link those tables together, allowing you to quickly update figures and automatically see the results elsewhere in a document.
In this tutorial, we are going to look at different ways in which you can link figures from different tables together in order to create a document that includes tables and charts working in perfect harmony.

The final document can then be edited at any time, to quickly determine the effect any change to an individual figure or group of figures makes to your overall results. We’ll be using the example of a family budget in this instance, and use the figures to calculate the savings this family can make based on their disposable income at the end of each month.
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How To Share Your Internet Connection

How To Share Your Internet Connection

Use your Mac to solve access issues and get iPhones, iPads and more online

One of your Mac’s many talents is its ability to share a single internet connection with multiple devices, such as your iPhone or iPad, or even another computer. This can be really useful in a range of situations. You might be in a hotel that doesn’t have Wi-Fi but does have a wired Ethernet connection in your room. Here, you can plug your Mac into the wall and share the connection out over Wi-Fi, for you to get your iPhone or iPad online too.
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Get Started With Smart Folders

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You can make a smart folder for almost anything. Here’s how to do it…

Let’s face it, keeping tabs on the many thousands of files and folders on your Mac would tax even the most Zen-like organisational super-being, so it’s no wonder most us never come close. We all start off with the best intentions, of course. You create a folder for your Personal stuff, another folder for your Work stuff, and then start creating folders within folders in each to try to corral it all so it makes sense. And then you go and forget how you were organising it and start doing it a different way. Or you throw caution to the wind and just drop files and folders, here, there and everywhere – usually all over your desktop. What an unsightly mess!
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Manage iOS Device Storage

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What to do when your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch is running low on space

Computers used to be all about expandability. Essentially you owned a box that could be tailored to your needs as your requirements evolved. A popular upgrade path was storage, adding new hard drives as your files grew in size and number. But with Apple’s touchscreen revolution, everything changed. The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are more like appliances than ‘traditional’ computers – they’re sealed boxes that forever remain as they were the moment you purchased them. You can no more extend their storage capabilities than you can add a new compartment to your fridge-freezer.

A quick look at Apple’s modern hardware suggests its entire line-up is heading in the same direction, but iOS devices are more restricted than Apple’s desktops and notebooks. After all, if you need more storage for a MacBook Air, you at least have the option of offloading large documents to an external hard drive (and, of course, then sensibly backing up that data along with the internal drive’s, either locally or to an online service such as CrashPlan). But iOS devices aren’t designed that way. They don’t have a USB port or a user-accessible file structure. The intention is that you store everything on the device itself (well, almost everything – services like iTunes Match enable you to grab your music from the cloud). Continue reading

Master Special Characters

Master Special Characters

Use OS X’s tools and an affordable app to find and type special characters

Although the English alphabet is pretty simple, with just 26 letters, there are plenty of characters beyond A to Z. Some are so commonplace you use them every day: currency symbols, punctuation and mathematical notation. Many other useful characters are also available to Mac users, but they’re somewhat ‘hidden’ from view, largely through not being displayed on standard Apple keyboards. For example, on a British keyboard, # appears absent, but you can type it with a and 3.
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How to: Rip Your Vinyl Collection

Rip Your Vinyl Collection

When Apple first introduced iTunes, its slogan was ‘Rip. Mix. Burn.’ This encouraged people to digitise their CD collection so it could be transferred to the then-new iPod. This was easy enough since all Macs came with a CD drive, but what about all the people out there, then and now, with vinyl records? It’s true that some thirdparty USB record players exist with the facility to stream sound straight from a record into your Mac, but these cost money.

The good news is you can also do it inexpensively: in fact the only thing you have to add is a phono to mini jack audio cable, which can be found online for a few pounds.
Recording sound from a record into your Mac is much the same as recording any sound source with a microphone, except the cabling is slightly different. Hook up the turntable either to a specialised USB audio interface with phono inputs, available from as little as £80, or connect the record player to your Mac’s audio line in port using one of the aforementioned cables.

Download and install the free audio-recording app Audacity ( and you can capture the sound. It’s then possible to process it to clean it up a little, and export it to a full-quality AIFF file or an MP3, and even upload it to iTunes Match. As well as letting you enjoy your music on the move, it’s a great way to make back-ups of your fragile vinyl collection.
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How to Step Up To Aperture

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If you’ve outgrown iPhoto, Apple offers a great next step

Apple’s photo editing program, iPhoto, is brilliant. It probably came pre-installed on your Mac, and if you only edit a few photos and you’re fully comfortable with how that app works, it’s a great program to stick with. Apple offers another image editing app, though – Aperture – which offers a greater range of editing options and a finer level of control over images.
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HostGator Web Hosting review

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HostGator is a popular web hosting company that has been around for many years. Hostgator offers several types of web hosting plans including hatchling, baby, and business plans. Hatchling plan is for people who want to host a single domain. Baby plan is the most popular shared hosting plan. It offers unlimited domains, disk space and bandwidth.
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