Top Apple Mac Apps – Music, Moves & Games!

Apple Macs are so much more than a computer… they are the ultimate entrainment Centre (except for there rather pants speakers). With an Apple machine you can download countless amazing, fun, creative, useful, thought provoking applications. So you really can turn a computer shell into your personal one stop entertainment spot.

On top of having preinstalled apps to organise and store your countless photos, music tracks, ebooks and movie collection and apps that provide fun traditional games to spend hours completing, you can even use Apples amazing applications to create your very ‘own’ movies and compose and record your own music singles.

These fab apps can be access in an instant via your Mac doc, Applications Folder or your handy Launchpad feature.

Here’s a little introduction into some of Apple coolest and most creative preinstalled apps…. lets get those juices flowing!

 

iMovie

 apple mac imovieBelieve it or not, but many professionals use the iMove application. It is brilliant for creating your own mini blockbusters and home movies. You can easily download footage from your video camera or smartphone and cut and edit it into a mini cinematic masterpieces. iMove has loads of fun features you can add to your films to give them an edge including transitions between scenes, text, music, voice overs and even some special effects.

 

GarageBand

apple mac garageband I think most of us spent a bit of our youth jamming with friends and making a racket in our parents garage. Well now you don’t need a garage to jam,  in fact you don’t even need band members as you can do it all by yourself from the convince and comfort of your Mac computer.

Anyone who wishes to create there own single, in whatever genre, will love Apples Garageband. Inside this groovy application you can experiment with a wide range of pre-set loops that can be used to build up a track. You can also select different instruments to make an appearance in your single from 80s techno synthesizing keyboards to classical guitars.

 

iDVDs

idvdIf you are a movie boffin and like to watch them on your laptop you are no doubt familiar with apple iDVD app. In the past however this handy little app didn’t just play your DVD it also allowed you to create artistic presentations from your own home movies. Unfortunately that function has now been discontinued, but you can easily get your mitts on other DVD-creation application from the app store.

 

Game Center

apple game center appI love this app, many a free hour I have spend trawling through the colourful array of addictive games. Your Mac Games Center app (with the backup of an Apple ID) gives you access to an environment where you can not only play your favourite games and download more from the App Store, but it also enables you to compare your scores and achievements against other Apple Game Center players. Amazingly you can even put you game face on and battle head to head with another member in the multi-player games.

 

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OS X Mavericks Multi-Pad Hand Gestures

OS X Mavericks as I’m sure you will know varies a great deal in comparison to OS X Mountain Lion trackpad movements and gestures.

The great thing about Multi-touch gestures is that they can usually be changed to suit your liking the almighty ‘System Preferences’ on your Mac. Unfortunately this does not always apply to single touch movements as they have a set default.

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To access Trackpad and Mouse preferences just follow these instructions:

1) Open ‘System Preferences’ from your Dock and click on the ‘Mouse’ or ‘Trackpad’ option. Obviously select Mouse if you’re using a Mac wireless Mouse or Trackpad if you’re using a Apple Mac Trackpad.

2) Next – Click on one of the tabs at the top, for example in Trackpad options would include ‘Point and Click’, ‘Scroll and Zoom’ and ‘More Gestures’

3) The actions of the options will be displayed on the right including a graphic visual of the action.

4) If there is not a tick next to an option that you would like activated, just click it to become activated.

 

List of Trackpad Gestures on Your Mac Computer

Below is a full list of OS X Mavericks trackpad gestures…

 

Scroll & Zoom Gestures

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Scroll direction: Natural/default – Content will track your finger movements, use two fingers for trackpad and one for use with the Magic Mouse.

Rotating content – Rotate with two fingers in a circular movement on your Trackpad.

Zooming in and Out – Pinch and spread with two fingers, I find the easiest is the thumb and index finger for zooming.

How to smart zoom – Double tap with two fingers for trackpad or double tap with one finger for the magic mouse.

 

Point & Click Gestures

list of mac trackpad gestures

 

Three finger drag – Drag contents with three of your fingers.

Tap to click – Tap once with one finger (It’s exactly the same with use of the Magic Mouse)

Secondary Click – Click or tap with two fingers, (single click on the right of the Magic Mouse)

Look Up –  Just double tap with your three fingers.

 

More Gestures on Trackpad and Magic Mouse

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Swiping between pages- Scroll left for back or right for forward with two fingers (Scroll left or right with two fingers on the Magic Mouse).

Swiping between full screen applications – Swipe with three fingers left or right (use two fingers on the Magic Mouse for left and right).

On your Trackpad swipe left from the right hand edge of your Trackpad or Magic Trackpad to gain access to the Notification Centre on your Mac.

If you want to access Mission Control – swipe upwards with three fingers (just double tap two fingers on the Magic Mouse)

Application Expose – Using three fingers, swipe downwards on your Trackpad

Accessing Launchpad – Pinch with thumb and three of your fingers to bring up Launchpad

Show Desktop – Spread with your thumb and three fingers to access the desktop in no time.

So there you have it, a list of Trackpad gestures you can expect to find on your Mac, to change some of these movements to suit your needs, just access the trackpad in system preferences for customisation.

 

 Watch Trackpad Gesture Tutorials

Reading instructions can be a little confusing, if you would like to see some super quick and easy video tutorials go to – ‘System Preferences’ and click on either ‘Mouse’ or ‘Trackpad’ icon. Inside you will be able to click on an action from the left column such as ‘three finger drag’ and see how to perform the gesture in the right column. Perfect!

OS X Mavericks, Music, Movies and Games

With Apples visionary OS X Mavericks your Mac can basically be transformed into your very own entertainment centre at home. Alongside music, photos and even books, there are so so many amazing applications worldwide that can enhance the way you use your Mac to create your own movies, making some personalised music and playing games 24/7 if you should feel the need. These apps can easily be accessed via your applications folder or from your Launchpad on your computers Dock. Luckily they are already pre-installed, so no need to dig deep and purchase them!

So lets have a little look into some of the applications I’m talking about:

iMovie 

apple imovieThis wonderful and innovative app is mostly used to design your own home/work movies. So if you need to create a movie for your work or fancy yourself as a budding Steven Spielberg and love creating potential blockbuster films in your spare time, you will find iMovie fantastic. It is so easy to use. You can connect your movies in a variety of ways, including via the traditional Video camera or by uploading arty shots from your smartphone. Once uploaded you can let your creative juices flow and edit away to your hearts content. Many features and effects can be added onto iMovie, things such as transition between scenes, music, text, and plenty of other special effects that suit your needs.

DVD’s

Apple created an application that was known as iDVD, it was used for designing and producing inventive presentations for your own home films. Unfortunately yes… unfortunately iDVD is no longer available and you will now have to purchase it via the app store other DVD design apps similar to the one that was discontinued.

Game Centre

apple game centreIf you are an avid gamer and love to beat your mates at the latest releases, you will love Apples Game centre app. The game centre application gives the user access (with an Apple ID of course) to an area where you can not only download your favourite games and store them, but play and compare scores with other users that will also be playing at the same time via the Game Centre.

Game centre also makes it possible to play multiplayer with friends or random people around the world if you should wish.

Garage Band

apple garage bandFor any individual (or band) aspiring to create their own music, then Garage Band can be a gold mine discovery waiting to be found.

Garage Band offers the user a comprehensive array of music tracks and beats to get you started. Select from a long list of instruments, including guitars, keyboards, violin etc, Create voiceover lyrics and import your own music for editing and you could have a hit song in no time! Go on give it a try. Don’t be afraid of the layout, it’s easier to use than it looks.

For more articles on the wonderful OS X Mavericks please feel free to browse our OS X Mavericks articles.

Alternatively if you are super trendy and already have your Mac rocking Apple latest OS X Yosemite and wish to learn more about it, then please browser our OS X Yosemite articles.
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Introduction to OS X Mavericks Apps

OS X Mavericks comes with plenty of pretty cool Apps that grace your Apple Mac, here is a quickly compiled list of just what those application are and what they can be used for:

Time Machine

An extremely life saving app that most of us should have activated on our Macs, and for those who don’t I’d get it set up pronto… Time Machine is a Back up app, so you never lose your files, documents as well as important photo’s.

TextEdit

I’m proud to say this is probably one of my most used apps on my Mac, it’s fantastic for editing texts files, compiling lists and writing in general.

Safari

I’m sure this apps speaks for itself, for those of you who don’t know what safari is, it’s one of the most used and well known web browsers in the world.

Reminders

Need a reminder set for important dates? Well this is the app for you.

QuickTime Player

This is what your Mac uses as the default way to view videos on your computer, to change it from being the default you’ll need to access your system preferences on the Dock.

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Preview

Great for viewing pictures you’ve opened from your desktop, including files and PDF’s. Again this is Apples default application for viewing such items on your computer.

Photo Booth

If you haven’t yet used this amazingly laugh-out-loud app you are in for a treat, it’s basically a photo effects apps and is located on your Dock or in the applications folder in Finder.

Notes

Pretty self explanatory, perfect for making notes…

Mission Control

Mission Control is an organisation  app, it works wonders for sorting out a messy desktop and reorganising files.

Maps

Similar in the same respect to Google Maps, but Apple Maps do have pretty cool features in comparison to it’s competition, so check it out!

Mail

Connect your email address accounts to Apple Mail, and when you receive an email for any of your accounts Mail will pop up on your desktop, perfect for if you work from home or are always on your Mac.

iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie and Garage Band

These are all fun in their own right, store all your amazing pics in iPhoto, keep all your groovy music in iTunes, edit to your hearts content with iMovie, and create one of a kind music in Garageband.

iBooks

New to OS X Mavericks, and as most of us will know it’s perfect for downloading and buying your fav books.

Font Book

Font Book is an app that you can add and edit a variety of fonts to your hearts content.

Face Time

Like the skype version but waaaay better, Face Time HD is fantastic for calling family and friends and having a face to face hello.

DVD Player

Mac’s version of a media player, it is the default DVD Player on your Mac, to change the default player visit system preferences on your Dock.

Dictionary

Your very own personal Dictionary awaits.

Dashboard

Here you will find some cool widgets, these range from a clock, calender, weather, flight info, games etc.

Contacts

Keep all your addresses and phone numbers in once place with this valuable app.

Chess

Come on we all love a game of chess… don’t we?…

Calculator

Don’t bother adding up again when you have your very own calculator on hand!

Automator

An app for creating automated processes on your Mac.

So there you have it, a wonderfully short but long list of apps you’ll expect to see on OS X Mavericks Dock and apps folder..
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OS X Mavericks Finder – Menu Introduction

As you’ve probably already noticed OS X Mavericks Finder contains a variety of dropdown menu’s on your desktop screen. Most are aware of the menu but are not entirely sure what sections actually mean, and how to use them accordingly for everyday tasks.

mac finder toolbarSo here is a brief and simple explanation of Mavericks Finder menu’s and what you can expect to get out of them.

The main and standard menu/toolbar we use commonly is ‘Finder Window’, you will see this toolbar when you switch on your computer and it’s automatically there at the top of your desktop screen.

When individual apps are opened the Finder toolbar at the top of our screens switches to that of the app you have open and a new menu will be present instead of the usual Finder toolbar. If you need to get back to the ‘Finder’ menu while using an app, just click any area of your desktop and it will appear again.

Apple Menu

Distinctive by the Apple logo in the top left hand corner of our screens, when you click the Apple logo it will provide a menu of preferences related to your Mac, such as information about your Mac, Checking for software updates, Force quit, sleep, restart, System preferences etc.

 

Finder Menu

Finder contains options for amending and dealing with simple jobs on your Mac, such as delete Trash items, options to hide Finder etc. Also great for customising appearance, and accessing certain apps.

 

File Menu

The File menu contains simple demands related to certain documents you have open on your Mac at the time, commands such as opening and closing a document, moving items to the trash can and options for ejecting disc types from you computer. One of the main reasons I use the file menu is to create new folders on my desktop, I tend to create a lot of mess so I then select a file and organise items into the correct files to steady the disorganisation!

mac mavericks finder window

 

 

Edit Menu

A very handy menu, the Edit feature again contain common demands relating to a majority of Apps on your computer, an example of these are Undo, Redo, cut, copy, paste, delete, select all, and so on.

 

View

View is fantastic for hiding sidebars that are in your way, customising the Finder toolbar, and changing the size of icons in the Finder folder. I mainly use view in order to tidy up my desktop in a customised way by sorting files by name or date.

 

Go 

Go helps you to navigate around your Mac, this can involve moving your Home folders, applications folders to recently accessed folders, I now I now, a whole lot of folder talk 😀

 

Window

Window contains information and actions to organise currently open apps and files on your desktop.

 

Help

While we all like a little help every now and again, the Help menu provides a search bar to answer any query you might have regarding your Mac, it will contain tons of help files to help guide you with questions you have about Mac OS X Mavericks.

Mavericks OS X Utilities Folder Breakdown

Mavericks OS X Utilities Folder Breakdown

OS X Utilities FolderIn contrast to applications on the dock and in the applications folder, there’s an extra load of features waiting to be discovered in the utilities folder, which can certainly be handy for many tasks you undertake on your Mac.

Here is a breakdown of what to expect in your Mac Utilities folder.

VoiceOver Utility

Extremely useful for visually impaired users, the VoiceOver app is a digital voice that can be accessed to read out what’s on your screen.

Activity Monitor

This handy feature contains a wealth of knowledge on how your systems memory is being used and info on disk utility on your Mac.

Terminal 

Terminal is quite an important element for our Mac and is used as an entry point into the world of UNIX. Inside the terminal feature you can see the workings of UNIX and write your own apps, bearing in mind you have some UNIX programming knowledge.

Airport Utility

This helps you set up and create an AirPort wireless network in no time at all.

System Information

This will provide you with a list of details relevant to the software and hardware apps that are installed on your Mac.

AppleScript Editor 

You can use AppleScript to create your own scripts with Apple.

mac utilities folderNetwork Utility

If there is a problem on your workstation the Network guide can help determine the issue for correction.

Audio MIDI Setup 

This is great for adding audio devices and setting the properties that suit your needs.

Migration Assistant

Migration Assistant is perfect for transferring files between two apple Mac’s. It’s fantastic if you purchase a new Mac and you need to transfer files from an old Mac to the new one smoothly.

Bluetooth File Exchange

If the bluetooth function is enabled, this app will help you to exchange documents between other enabled bluetooth devices.

Keychain Access

One of the most useful apps in my opinion would be the keychain access feature, it deals with important items such as passwords and stores details to save you time and effort in the future. It provides extra security for items protected by passwords.

Boot Camp Assistant

Fantastic for allowing you to run windows platform right on your Mac.

Java Preferences

The Java Preferences folder contains utilities that can run and work with Java.

ColourSync Utility

ColourSync can be used to view and design colour profiles on your Mac.

Console

Quite an interesting app, Console will display ‘behind-the scenes’ messages that are being passed around within your Mac while usual tasks are taking place in real time.

Grapher

Grapher is used for creating simple to more complexed scientific graphs on your Apple computer.

DigitalColour Meter

Handy for viewing and measuring the exact colour values of a particular colour.

Disk Utility 

One very valuable app, the disk utility can be used to view important info about your Mac’s repair errors and attached disks.

Grab

Used to capture screenshots, it allows you to Grab different sections of the screen, even the menus. These images can then be saved in different file formats.

To access the utilities folder, click file from the main tool bar at the top of the screen and select ‘New Finder Window’ and then click ‘Application Folder’ once in stroll through to find a folder titled Utilities and you’re on your way 🙂

How to Set Up Mac Spaces on OS X Mavericks

 As a matter of fact you automatically have Mac spaces set up on your computer when you get it. If you press your F3 button, you will instantly be able to see which windows you have open.

Mac Spaces on OS X Mavericks

To Add a new space mover your cursor to the top right of you desktop screen. Hold your cursor there for a few moments until a plus sign + appears. Click to add a new space. You will see them form a row at the top of the screen.

add mac spaces

To Delete a space just hover your cursor over the one you wish to remove until a little black cross appears. Click on this and the space will disappear for good.

delete mac spaces

To rearrange the spaces just treat them like apps. Click, hold and drag move and them drop them in the desired place.

 How to Customise Mac Spaces on OS X Mavericks

If you wish to customise your spaces further you may need to pay a visit to your Mission Control, follow these steps to get there…

 1.) The first step is to click on the mini Apple icon lurking in the top left of your tool bar.

2.) A drop down dialogued menu will appear. Go ahead and select ‘System Preferences’.

3.) From the pop up window select the little back square icon titled ‘Mission Control”.

4.) Inside the Mission Control window you will be presented with some check box options, as shown in the picture. Go ahead and mark or unmarked which ever option suit your needs.

Interesting note – You may know already that you can have several different desktops on your Mac, perhaps one for pleasure and one for work. Each of these desktops can have their own set of spaces. To get to them simply press the F3 button whenever you are on one of the desktops.

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‘Mac Spaces’ Learn everything you need to know…

Mac Spaces on OS X Mavericks

Utilizing Mac spaces are a fantastic way to reduce clutter on your desktop. This will not only give your Mac some much needed feng shui, but can also help your Mac to perform quicker.

If you are anything like me then you have probably let your files gather up so dense you can’t even remember the last time you saw you desktop wallpaper. If so you definitely need this feature to keep to make your life easier. Alternatively if you already a clever neat freak then you will love how Mac spaces can help organise your windows and make your Apple experience even more of a joy.

Mac Spaces on OS X Mavericks

What are Mac Spaces? – Why are they so great….

Mac spaces allows you to group any application windows according to the way you work or use your computer. It enables you to easily switch between the windows in an instant. For example whenever you use your internet browser you can allocate it to open up in space one, your Mac mail in space two, calendar in space 3 etc. Preventing you for for ever pulling up the wrong window from the doc and getting all jumbled up.

Does OS X Mavericks have Mac Spaces Still?

Now there is good and bad news where Mac spaces are concerned… The bad news is since the OS X Mavericks update he term Spaces has disappeared as a separate section. Which can be rather confusing if you are use to the old versions. Now you have to organise your windows through Mission Control.

However on the bright side, once you understand how the new Mac spaces works it is actually better then Lions or Leopards version.

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Is MacKeeper Compatible With OSX Mavericks Update?

All you Mac geek users will be happy to know that yes yes yes Kromtech’s MacKeeper is compatible with the new Apple operating system OSX Mavericks 10.9! We’ve had quite a few messages about this topic as well as inquiring about clean my mac 2 and Tune Up My Mac which are also compatible with Mavericks.

It seems Kromtech’s MacKeeper, Macpaw’s Clean my Mac 2 and Tune Up My Mac are waaaaay ahead of the competition in comparison to Detox my Mac and other mac cleaners not updating their system to be compatible with OSX Mavericks 10.9 just yet…, tut tut tut I say! But we’re sure there will be a Detox my mac update soonish due to all the inquiries on the subject.

Anyone experiencing any problems after the new OSX update with your Mac cleaning softwares and other apps, a quick message to the support teams ‘should’ do the trick, no promises though.

If you are interested in the new features of the new fantastic Mavericks OSX operating system, including the power button issue everyones talking about… then check out some of our updated articles on the MacNerdy website.

Is OSX Mavericks what you were expecting? Any tricks of the trade you’ve learnt from the new system you’d like to share with our readers? Send your replies soon!

Alternatively those of you that are considering checking out or purchasing Kromtech’s MacKeeper for your sleek Mac, we have lots of reviews on the software, as well has an in-depth comparisons between it’s top rivals such as clean my mac 2,  the newish software on the market Detox My Mac, and Tune Up My Mac. How will it fair out against the competition in terms of quality and effectiveness? See for yourself folks with in-depth charts shots and individual feature reviews.

OSX Mavericks Power Button ‘Sleep’ Fix Update!

Well folks as you’ve probably already noticed with the new OXS Mavericks operating system, clicking the power button now sends your mac to ‘sleep’. Nope it’s not a download bug as you may have originally thought, this little feature is going to be the way things are from now on… Sigh.

 

When I first downloaded OSX Mavericks I though ‘oh typical a bug already’, and you can kind of say it was as unfortunately it doesn’t quite work exactly how Apple imagined it would. Apple’s ideas was too click the sleep button, and it will send your mac to sleep mode, click it again and wa la your computer wakes up. But hold the power button for more than 1.5 seconds and it’s supposed to bring up options to turn off and shut down the computer, frustratingly mine doesn’t do this at all. My screen goes blank and then force quits my computer automatically losing valuable documents and unsaved work, Grrr. We’re all thinking when will apple fix this glitch? Hmm hopefully soon as it’s soooo annnnnoying.

I can see what apple are trying to achieve but testing before going live would have been helpful…….

 

Until the Apple tech’s roll about another update to fix this feature, Alternatively in the mean time to get the original options up to switch you Mac off there are two ways:

First click the Apple logo at the top left of your computer screen until the options some up and in the menu there will be ‘sleep’ ‘restart’ and finally ‘shutdown’. Click which one you desire.OSX Mavericks Power Button

 

Option 2: Press and hold the Control (ctrl) key and then the power button to bring up the options to shut down your mac , etc.

 

Any other problems with the new OS Mavericks software download, Apple encourages people to send a report of what you’re experiencing. Another option is to give tech support a call and see if there are any updates or news on when these issues might be corrected.

 

Apart from the power button fail, everything else on the download is looking tip top! Nice one Apple, and well what can I say “it’s Free’!!