How to Get the Windows 7 Snap Feature on a Mac to Maximize Windows or Split Screen

You may remember the Windows 7 marketing campaign where they kept accentuating the snap method of splitting your screen when using two different programs. By dragging a program to the left it would automatically reshape your window to take up the left half of your screen. Then you can do the same thing to another program on the right side. This way you can easily use both programs simultaneously. Writing a paper? Have Safari open on the left side and Microsoft Word on the right.

Microsoft calls this Windows Snapping. You can also drag a window to the top and it will maximize automatically. Now you can bring Windows Snapping to Mac!

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How to Set the Green Button to Maximize Windows the Right Way on a Mac

If you’re coming from Microsoft Windows and start using a Mac you probably expect the green button to maximize your window. However, the maximize button behaves differently on Mac. When you hit the green button it widens your window just enough to the point where all your content fits horizontally. So you can still see your desktop or other programs in the background. There is, of course, the full screen button that will have your program overlap the toolbar on the top. Unfortunately, not all programs have the fullscreen button. Also, if you’re used to Microsoft Windows you may prefer to just have your program maximize by taking up the entire desktop area but still leave you with the toolbar on the top. Thankfully, there is a way to do that.

By downloading an application called RightZoom it will automatically have the green button on the top left of all your applications maximize the way it does on Windows; by taking up your whole desktop without hiding the toolbar on the top.

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How To: Create Hollywood Style Movie Trailers with iMovie ’11

Here is another great tutorial for iMovie but this one is more specifically on how to create movie trailers. Making movie trailers is actually easier than making your own movie clips because you are basically just importing your video clips into a template. The music and transitions are already added in for you. If you are just beginning on learning iMovie creating a movie trailer maybe what you want to try out first. Once you get the hang of it then try creating your own movie clip so that you have the freedom to make it how you want rather than following a template. That being said, here is the tutorial on creating movie trailers with iMovie ’11:

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments. Hope this helped!

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How To: Use iMovie ’11 to Make Video Clips

Here is a great tutorial I found on YouTube on how to use iMovie ’11 to make video clips. This is a great video for anyone who is learning to use iMovie for the first time. He shows you how to import videos, grab clips, add music, fade sound in and out, add photos, text, and transitions, and more. Have a look and please feel free to let me know if you have any questions or comments!

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How To: Create Songs Using GarageBand ’11

I found a great video tutorial on how to create songs using GarageBand ’11. This is perfect for those who have never used Garageband before. It shows how simple it is to use and gives the basics for anyone to get started.

Hope this was helpful. Drop a line in the comments if you have any questions or comments!

How To: Create a Slideshow with iPhoto ’11 for MacBook

TO CREATE A SLIDESHOW:

  1. First transfer your photos onto a MacBook. Then open the iPhoto ’11 application, select ‘File’ from the menu bar, and then select ‘Import to Library…’ From there select the photos you want imported and then hit ‘Import.’ Now you can select the photos in iPhoto you want in your slideshow. You can always change the photos in the slideshow later.
  2. Now that your pictures are imported you are ready to create your slideshow. From the menu bar click ‘File,’ then ‘New Slideshow.’ On the left side of the screen you will see an editable field for you to type in the title for your slideshow. This list where you typed in your title is called the Source List. Continue reading

iOS Tip: Alternatives to iOS Stock Apps for iPhone & iPad

hero_frontApple’s core iOS apps are good enough for what they are intended for but there are much better apps out there that can improve your iPhone or iPad experience. A lot of them are free and the others are worth the price tag. Here I will offer a list and short review of each. Continue reading

App Review: MyScript Calculator

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Unfortunately my favorite simple calculator, Operations, is no longer available for the iPad. Although, if you’ve downloaded it before it was removed from the App Store, you can still download it by clicking on the “Purchased” tab. Unfortunately, if you haven’t you’re out of luck. However, in my research to find a valid replacement of a free and ad-free simple calculator I stumbled upon MyScript Calculator. All other simple calculators were not ad-free or had to be paid for so this is my next recommendation. It’s different but I actually like how it works. There are no buttons like standard calculator apps. Instead you write your operation with your finger or stylus. MyScript effortlessly translates your handwriting and quickly calculates it right before your eyes.

MyScript supports the basic operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division – as well as exponents, square roots, percentages, absolute values, trigonometry, constants (pi, e, phi…), logarithms, (quantities), and factorials! ;)I tried to do cubed roots but it wouldn’t register correctly. I even tried raising a number to the 1/3 power to see if that would work but it didn’t. So there are improvements that can be made. Hopefully there will be an update for this. Therefore this is more than a simple calculator and is almost capable of being called a scientific calculator. However, for most calculations this app certainly does the trick.

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iOS Tip: How to Search for Text in Safari

Ever have the need to find a certain keyword on a website? A very useful but little-known tool the Safari browser has is the ability to search for text. This can be helpful when rereading an article and trying to find a particular section. On computers and laptops searching for text is easily activated by pressing control+F or command+F. The reason why this feature is often overlooked in Safari for iOS is because it is hidden in plain sight…

To search for text on a webpage just type in the search field located on the top right of Safari.

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Yes, the same search field used to search the web. This is why this feature is hidden in plain site. Most people only see the search field as a means to search the web. If you are looking for certain text on the site you are on just type in the search field. All these “search suggestions” start appearing as you type. These suggestions further hides the fact that you can search text but if you notice under all the “search suggestions” and right above your keyboard it says, “On This Page (# matches).” In the example below there are 5 matches.

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The “On This Page…” bar is often overlooked but it is telling you how often your text appears on the current site you are on. Now just press and hold in the “search suggestions” area and drag up. This will drop the keyboard and reveal the option to find your keyword.

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Press “Find ‘keyword’” and you will see all of them highlighted on the site. Just press the arrow keys until you find the section of the site you are looking for!

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And that’s pretty much the gist of it. Hope this was helpful!

 -Mr Mendo

MinutePhysics – Educational and Entertaining Science Video Shorts

I stumbled upon a YouTube Channel called MinutePhysics. Under it’s description it describes itself as, “Simply put: Cool physics and other sweet science – all in a minute!” (Although the videos run about 2 to 4 minutes or so but you get the idea.) The videos really break down complex topics such as ‘The Big Bang’ or ‘Does the Universe Have a Purpose?’ As the video is narrarated you can see a hand drawing several simple drawings with markers to help the viewer understand the narration. It’s a great visual aid that really complements the voice over. I am positive many science and math teachers can put these videos to good use in the classroom. I find them not just educational but entertaining as well. I’ve always had a fascination with space and I find myself just scrolling through all the videos and watching ones with interesting titles that really peek my curiosity. There are currently over 80 videos to choose from. Here are just a few for you to check out. Enjoy!

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