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SharePoint and Mac users

I have SharePoint 2010 sites, with lists, libraries and InfoPath forms. SharePoint is only worth a goddamn in Internet Explorer, as you probably know. I have a bunch of Mac users who do not like to use a virtual machine. These are senior-type Mac users, however. What can I do to bridge the gap? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Oct 19, 2016 - 7 answers

Alternative to Apple Mail that won't download my whole gmail archive

I just tried to set up Apple Mail on my laptop and it insists on downloading the whole !@#$% archive for every account I link to it. Googling around, I get the sense this is a common complaint. Is there some kind of Apple Mail or Outlook alternative that will let me configure a Gmail account and an Exchange account to download all NEW mail but not any OLD mail? I'd be willing to pay for it. I don't need much functionality--mostly something that'll work when I'm offline. A Mail or Outlook clone that doesn't insist on this downloading-and-storing-1.1GB-of-email nonsense would be fine with me. [more inside]
posted by lotf629 on Oct 16, 2016 - 5 answers

Airplay puzzle

Why can't I select a given local Mac as an Airplay playback device? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Oct 13, 2016 - 0 answers

Lost notes

I lost a lot of documents from the Notes app on my mid-2012 Macbook Air. Is there ANY way they are recoverable? [more inside]
posted by colorblock sock on Oct 11, 2016 - 5 answers

How do I get my macbook working after my hard drive got erased?

Aaaaaaaahh!!! Friend tried to fix my macbook and erased my hard drive in the process. Now I get a white "stop" symbol when I try logging in, which apparently means that my Mac can't find a valid System Folder to start up from. I'm beyond warranty--how do I get my macbook working again? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Oct 8, 2016 - 4 answers

An old tiger and a new printer

Google-able information about this problem appears to be fragmented and riddled with wise-guyage and pop-ups, so here I am: Which new-to-be-bought printer would work seamlessly with OS X 10.4 Tiger? Emphasis on "seamless" because [more inside]
posted by Namlit on Oct 6, 2016 - 7 answers

Guitar to Mac to Amp (2016 Edition)

What's the best way to plug my electric guitar into my Mac to record (I'm using GarageBand) and what's the best way to output from my Mac to an amp/PA (say if I'm using GarageBand's virtual effects to play live)? [more inside]
posted by coffee and minarets on Oct 5, 2016 - 11 answers

How to save info about photos on a mac

I'm a graduate student and the research project I am working on requires me to analyze articles and pictures from old newspapers. I took photos of what I needed, and then saved the info about each one (date, author, title, page number, etc) in iPhoto. Sadly, when iPhoto "updated" to the newer version, this data was lost. I am looking for a more reliable way to store this data alongside the photos. Right now I just have it written in notebooks the old fashioned way - there has to be a better option. I want to attach the info directly to the photo so that if I switch computers or applications, it will still be in the file for good. I hope this makes sense, I am not great with technology.
posted by CancerSucks on Oct 3, 2016 - 6 answers

Hey (hey) Cloud (Cloud) get off of my phone

I didn't ask it to, but my iPhone lately keeps trying to download more music to its library. Any clues? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Sep 27, 2016 - 2 answers

Is it impossible to make Outlook the default email on a Mac right now?

I use Outlook for work on my Mac (El Capitan 10.11.6). There seems to be no way to make the computer have Outlook be the default client, so this is a last-ditch attempt to find an answer. According to Microsoft, in theory you just open the Mail app and then use Mail's preferences to choose Outlook as the default. It doesn't work. You can tell Mail to use Outlook at the default, but it reverts back to Mail almost immediately without you telling it to. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Sep 26, 2016 - 4 answers

How do you batch change the location and date of photos in Mac?

So I took a bunch of photos on a trip to Japan and the time and date are wrong on all of them because of a mistaken camera setting. Is there a way to change the metadata for the files somehow all at once instead of one at a time?
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Mystery icon appeared in my menu bar. What is it?

Yesterday I opened up my laptop to discover it had crashed. When I rebooted, a new mystery icon was in the menu bar. Looks like a little square speech bubble with another square in the middle. [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Sep 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Security camera DVR I can access on a Mac?

I'd like to put in a few security cameras and a recorder... and be able to access the whole thing from a Mac. Does anything on the market do that? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Sep 5, 2016 - 7 answers

Help me get my data off this broken hard drive?

The hard drive in my 2011 27" iMac was failing, and has been replaced. It's a 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 and I was told to try recovering the data myself first. But Googling has only left me more confused. Walk me through this? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Aug 11, 2016 - 13 answers

Who Shall Rid Me of this Meddlesome Folder?

I’m running OS X10.11.6. A week or so ago a new folder showed up on my hard drive, labeled only with a tilde (~). I have no idea where it came from, and can't get rid of it. [more inside]
posted by LeLiLo on Aug 8, 2016 - 8 answers

The Great Escape (from Apple)

After a lot of research I think that the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15inch 4K Touchscreen Laptop is everything she needs and costs the same amount as the 13" Macbook Pro she would buy, but I'm worried about Adobe compatibility. [more inside]
posted by lodie6 on Jul 25, 2016 - 12 answers

I want to buy a Mac laptop, just not one that exists

I’m planning to buy either a used Air or a new MacBook, though I wish I could wait for the next update instead. The Air has been on "Don't Buy" status at MacRumors for months. But a MacBook with comparable performance could be $500 more including the port adapters I’d need. (Is it ok to buy those cheap, from third party manufacturers, and to daisy-chain them?) [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jul 22, 2016 - 24 answers

Running XCode on an external SSD

Compiling files is much faster on my SSD-equipped laptop than on my iMac with a traditional hard drive. I'd like my desktop machine to blaze like the laptop. But I wonder: would this happen with just an external SSD drive and all my files moved over to it? Or would I need to replace the internal drive?
posted by johngoren on Jul 20, 2016 - 10 answers

.plist Files for iCloud Synced Apps Corrupt/Missing in OS X 10.11.5

Half the apps on my iMac that sync with iCloud have corrupt or missing .plist files that prevent them from launching. Signing out of iCloud, restarting, and logging back in to reset synced data did not resolve problems. Running First Aid on drive returns no errors. What next? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jul 14, 2016 - 5 answers

How do I get this slideshow from my old computer to my middle-aged ipad?

I have a slideshow of 392 photos in iPhoto version 8.1.2. I would like to show these photos tomorrow at a local event where I will have a table/booth but where I will not have electricity. So I want to put them on my iPad, which has better battery life than my ancient laptop. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by mai on Jul 13, 2016 - 6 answers

Mac Mail: Stop downloading my messages

I only want to receive new mail when I click the "Get Mail" button in Mac Mail. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Jul 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Late to the El Capitan Bandwagon

El Capitan download problems: estimated download time goes from 1 hour to 2 days as soon as I hit 100 MB. Is this just how it goes? [more inside]
posted by mustard seeds on Jul 4, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me find a monitor for my mac mini

I want a 23"/24" monitor for my mac mini. I do a lot of writing/reading PDFs + long texts plus fair amount of photo editing. Speakers wanted.Not sure if webcams in monitors are worth it. Would be used in sunny room in FL, so anti-glare advice welcome as well. Thanks.
posted by caveatz on Jun 30, 2016 - 4 answers

Mac software for electronic music creation

My daughter took a songwriting class at school this year and they used Logic. Her laptop is a Macbook Air. Is there something similar or is compatible we can get for her Mac? She wants to make mostly dance type music. Is it worth getting a keyboard to go with the laptop? And do we want to think about getting something that she can record with? (she also has an acoustic guitar.) Any advice for the budding electronic musician would be appreciated!
posted by vespabelle on Jun 25, 2016 - 6 answers

Wonder how I disabled my MacBook Pro keyboard

I was replacing a trackpad in my MacBook Pro (about 2012 model). After I booted back up the keyboard stopped responding. Is there anything obvious I could have unplugged or damaged to make this happen?
posted by johngoren on Jun 23, 2016 - 3 answers

Can I trust this drive again?

My iMac hard drive is having issues. The computer wouldn't boot, etc., so I started up disk utility to repair the disk and got an error. Should I replace the entire disk? [more inside]
posted by griseus on Jun 19, 2016 - 7 answers

How do I sync events from a Macbook calendar to a Google calendar?

I have been using the Calendar app on my Macbook - running Yosemite - and would now like all the various events (or “calendars” - the color-coded categories in the sidebar of the Calendar app) from it to appear in a Google calendar. [more inside]
posted by theory on Jun 16, 2016 - 3 answers

iCloud Photos: importing photos from external drive

I have an external drive with 100GB of photos that I'd like to upload to iCloud Photos. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by krunk on Jun 15, 2016 - 4 answers

Software for dissertating, 2016 edition

I'm writing a dissertation (specifically, an ethnography). What writing software do I need (Mac OSX)? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light on Jun 9, 2016 - 9 answers

Mac download manager

Since Speed Download is no longer being updated, I'm looking for an app that can download stuff. I use Transmit for anything FTP but I want a way to download from web sites. [more inside]
posted by nevan on Jun 8, 2016 - 3 answers

Affinity Pro vs. Acorn for a webcomic artist getting back in the game?

Asking for a friend - the last time they did webcomics, it was on a free version of Photoshop Elements that came with their multi-function printer. They would sketch on paper and scan and work miracles in Elements in Windows XP. They're now on a Mac, and many years have passed, and Photoshop Elements is kinda pricey compared to the competition and looks and acts weird compared to what they're used to. What now? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Jun 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Sequence of images of numbers

I'm looking for a pack of images, each one of a number from 0 to 99. PNG format would be best, but if that's not available I'm not fussy. If there was also a way that I can script this in Photoshop or in Automator (Mac), or some other way to create them. I'd like to download something to test an idea, but eventually will have to make the images to my own specs. [more inside]
posted by nevan on May 26, 2016 - 7 answers

Uninstall Prey from Mac

I have Prey installed on my Mac and need to uninstall it to troubleshoot an Internet connectivity issue. They provide no uninstaller—their site only instructs to type in a command line in Terminal, but when I do so I get "Command not found." I have written Prey three times and they do not respond. Anyone have suggests? Thanks very much...
posted by Mitchla on May 21, 2016 - 9 answers

Outlook for a Mac

I've moved to an office which uses Macbooks and Gmail/Google calendar. I can't believe I'm saying this but I miss Outlook! My company won't pay for a licence, but I'd be willing to pay for it myself to bring some order back to my life. Is this possible? Can I buy something like this and sych it with my company Gmail? The reviews are pretty poor, would it be more hassle than it's worth? Anything else I should consider? [more inside]
posted by Dwardles on May 13, 2016 - 14 answers

Retina MacBook, Port me away!

I'm looking at the MacBook Retina. I see it only has a USB C port. And there is a dongle from Apple that supposedly allows one to hook this thing up to hdmi. Please tell if you have used this because reviews are all over the place. Bonus: is there a dock or hub that has both ethernet AND hdmi? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on May 8, 2016 - 8 answers

Copying from mac via bootcamp partition to seagate drive

I have about 500GB of files (mostly photos and music) on my iMac that I want to move to a Windows laptop. I need to use an external drive to copy them. Can I copy the Mac files onto my external drive via my iMac's bootcamp Windows partition to avoid file-type compatibility problems? [more inside]
posted by nikodym on May 6, 2016 - 4 answers

Where is my Mac (and maybe my iphone?) hiding stuff I may need?

Tomorrow is my last day at a job I’ve been at for years. For all that time, the company has owned my only computer and my only phone. Much of what’s on both is the company’s, and of course I’ll leave that behind. There are some personal documents that I know are mine, and I know how to keep them. Is there other stuff tucked away on the Mac or the iPhone that I may want to keep? What, and how? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on May 4, 2016 - 5 answers

How should I create an awesome customizable searchable database in 2016?

Technology keeps changing and I know you guys are on top of it more than I am... so helllllpppp! We want to create a database of detailed text information, photos, videos, links, etc. (whatever I can find) that can be tagged and accessed easily when we're looking to provide a client answers on a topic. Before we compile and input it all, I want to make sure we're using the best possible resource to build it instead of just throwing it all into evernote or Excel without looking into other (possibly better, easier and more flexible) solutions. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on May 3, 2016 - 4 answers

Help connecting Airport to Internet

Weird situation. I have two Mac computers right next to each other. One recognized the wifi on the Airport and logs in no problem. The other sees the network but can’t log in. I’m usually pretty say with these things but no luck resetting airport, running diagnostic tool or rebooting. I’m stumped. only thing I can think of was I used the utility privacy scan and it might have tossed some Finder cache files. Any help would be hugely appreciated. Thanks
posted by captainscared on May 2, 2016 - 9 answers

Is Quicken for Mac any good?

After years of neglect Intuit is finally supporting Mac users with a full version of Quicken again. But is it any good? [more inside]
posted by TedW on May 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Simple time-card programs for Mac

I'm looking for a barebones timecard app for Mac. I feel like the thing I'm looking for has to exist, but I haven't found it yet. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Apr 22, 2016 - 1 answer

Mac Malware?

My dad just called me in a panic. His iMac (running El Capital or Yosemite) gave him a scammy looking error message. Need some help figuring out what's going on and how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Apr 13, 2016 - 19 answers

Help me wrap my head around photo organization, storage for Apple

I have a LOT of photos of travels, adventures, loved ones and my 14-year-old Boston terrier. I am trying to figure out the best way to organize and store those photos. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Apr 11, 2016 - 1 answer

Did Classic Mac have this error message thrown in the Steve Jobs movie

Was watching Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie, which opens with a 1984 Mac crashing with the message, "Unimplemented trap." I Googled and could only find references as far back as OS 7 (1991) so I was wondering if this was dramatic license?
posted by johngoren on Apr 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Mail app on Macbook not downloading the oldest (2-3 years) of messages

I am trying to back up my Gmail account to my home computer, a MacBook Pro. I am able to sync the account and have downloaded most of my messages/attachments, but the native Mac mail program only downloads messages as far back as 2006. (My Gmail account goes back to 2004.) Disk space is not a problem. I have also made sure the setting for limiting the number of messages to download is not checked. Any other ideas? Thanks!
posted by brbmaroon on Apr 7, 2016 - 3 answers

Calling all Macheads

So, this is a longshot. Back in the late 90s/early 2000s, I had a (very minor) part in the Mac OS modding scene via the long-departed ResExcellence and Kaleidoscope scheme community. As part of that, I worked with someone who called themselves Phydeaux. I'd like to see if they're still around somewhere. [more inside]
posted by sysinfo on Apr 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Why is Spotlight completely re-indexing the hard drive on every startup?

I've got a late 2009 iMac that has been experiencing this same issue for a long time. Every time I start up Spotlight completely re-indexes the hard drive. As a result, the system is slow for minutes after system startup. What would make it do this so consistently? [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Apr 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Prepping a McBook Pro for sale.

I've got a 2011 MBP that I'd like to prep for sale. It's still running Snow Leopard (and I don't have the boot disks.) What's the easiest, most idiot-proof way to wipe it clean so I can sell it? Is it worth going to the Apple Store for this sort of thing?
posted by Tamanna on Apr 4, 2016 - 12 answers

Acrobat Pro hides tmp files where?

I know that Acrobat Pro makes temp files. And I know they disappear once you open your file. I forgot before I opened my file. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on Apr 3, 2016 - 0 answers

Fix my Hover-over Text in Chrome

Sometime yesterday, something changed with my hover-over text in Chrome, where while it used to bring up the attributes wherever my curser was, now if displays them instead at the top of my screen. I don't know WHY I hate this, I just know that I want to change it back and can't discern how. Macbook Air running Yosemite. Thanks!
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 2, 2016 - 2 answers

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