AirPrint Activator

I rarely print stuff. But sometimes one needs to. I recently purchased a Brother HL2240D laser printer, which I am very pleased with so far. Laser printers do not have ink cartridges that dry up when your printer sits unused for months at a time.

When I purchased the printer, I was not thinking about the iOS AirPrint feature, so that didn’t factor into my decision. But of course I was laying on the couch, needing to print something and realized I wish I had it.

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The Apple Artist Podcast #11

Finally dusted off The Apple Artist podcast and got a new episode uploaded. My fellow digital artist and Mac geek Krishna Sadasivam nerd out on upgrading to Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 as well as our experiences upgrading to Adobe CS6 on older Mac Pros.

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion & Adobe CS6: The Apple Artist Podcast #11 – The Apple Artist.

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Why I Love The Apple TV

Recently a friend asked what possible reason there was for him to be interested in the Apple TV. I thought I’d share my response.

• It’s a great box for Netflix Instant

• If you have videos on the Mac (in iTunes) you can stream them to the Apple TV. There are apps such as Air Video and Stream To Me  that will stream videos from your Mac in any video format to the Apple TV as well. They both offer live conversion too, so you can play .avi files and other formats not supported by iTunes.

• You can also mirror the newest iPad (iPad 3) & iPhone (iPhone 4S) screen to Apple TV.

• With Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and a newer Mac, you can send your Mac screen to Apple TV.

• You can rent films and television shows from the iTunes Store.

• Hulu Plus was recently added (if unlike me, that matters to you).

• Stream audio from any Apple device to Apple TV. Play music from an iPhone on the local network for example.

• Stream photos and videos from the default Photos app to the TV for group viewing.

• Sync the audio from iTunes to play on the Mac and on the TV or home audio system conencted to the TV for full-house audio.

• Send video from and iPad or iPhone to the Apple TV for viewing on a larger screen.

There are also lots of other things that I never use, such as the YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr channels, the MLB, NHL, NBA and WSJ channels, internet radio, video and audio podcasts.

The iPhone let’s you take you Mac with you. The Apple TV lets you share your Mac with the rest of your house.

Apple Mail in 10.8: New Special Folder for AppleScripts Used in Rules

I was recently adding some new Mail Rules to Apple Mail, and noticed all my rules that triggered an AppleScript were no longer associated with the correct scripts. Turns out the new version of Mail in 10.8 has a special folder specifically for scripts used in Apple Mail.

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Herald: Superb Notification Plugin For Mac OS X Email

Herald for Apple Mail screenshot

Max OS X 10.8 (“Mountain Lion”—boy do I dislike those cat nicknames) added a new Notification Center feature. It was definitely “inspired” by the excellent Growl notification system, and in my opinion not as good.

However, neither notification system is great for Apple Mail. That’s where Herald comes in.

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