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Macworld Australia September 2016

Australian Macworld is the longest-running Mac magazine outside the USA. We bring you the latest news, reviews, help and tips for the Mac, iPad, iPhone and everything else from Apple. Plus you'll find photography, lifestyle and the latest gadgets. It's the full package for Mac fans.

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how to set up a new mac securely and update an older one

When you get a new Mac, how can you make sure you’ve set it up to be as secure as possible? If you walk through a completely fresh installation process, Apple tries to guide you into making the most-secure choices among alternatives, but it’s probably the worst time to try to sort out the options available and make those decisions. A reader asked for advice for the next time they start from scratch, and I can offer that in this column. However, all of my suggestion can work just as well as later additions, whether you’re reinstalling OS X, installing and then migrating from a different Mac, or just continuing to use an existing installation. It’s better to set this up first, but it’s never to late to add layers. IT HAS…

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with sierra, apple lets the mac be the mac

BUT DESPITE THOSE CHANGES, THE iOSIFICATION OF THE MAC HAS NEVER REALLY HAPPENED. While big updates like iOS 10 ( and massive rethinks like watchOS 3 ( might have commanded the lion’s share of attention during Apple’s WWDC keynote and the ensuing aftermath of discussion and Zapruder-level dissection, it’s worthwhile to pause for a moment and consider the state of Apple’s most venerable platform, the Mac. No longer burdened by its increasingly dated X-laden moniker, the rebranded macOS got a major addition in the form of Siri, as well as some more minor improvements sprinkled throughout the OS. But to me, the big message to take away from Apple’s recent presentation is that the company is all too happy for the Mac to share features and technologies where it makes sense, but to…

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jpegmini pro for adobe photoshop: just one click for optimized jpegs

JPEGMINI PRO is a handy Mac application ( for reducing the size of JPEG image files with virtually no distinguishable difference from the original. At the time, it offered no way to optimize files directly out of my favorite image editing software, but I’m happy to report this oversight has now been addressed. ONE-CLICK SAVE In addition to a stand-alone application and Adobe Lightroom plug-in, JPEGmini Pro now includes an extension for Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 and higher. Rather than save files using Photoshop’s cumbersome native export options, generating an optimized, high-quality JPEG file can now be done in just one click. The JPEGmini extension opens in Photoshop as a sparsely populated panel with a single blue button. Clicking Export With JPEGmini saves the current file to the location of your choice without…

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acer h277hu: usb-c passthrough monitor works well with apple’s macbook

IT HAS A FIXED HEIGHT THAT RAISES IT JUST THREE INCHES, AND HAS JUST A –5 TO 15 DEGREE TILT SWING. A 2015 OR 2016 MACBOOK has a neat complement in the 1440p 27-inch Acer H277HU (on Amazon; display. You can connect the MacBook’s sole USB-C port directly into the back of the H277HU using an included (albeit short) cable, and the H277HU acts as a second display while also charging the laptop and adds two USB 3.0 Type-A ports at the rear of the display. The display is sharp, bright, and expansive, with its front glass extending to the top, left, and right edges. Hidden on-screen display (OSD) buttons are underneath the bottom-left edge. Testing the display with apps and with live-action and animated high-definition video, there are no motion…

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priime styles: pro photo presets jump from iphone to mac, minus editing

IT’S NOT HARD to spice up photographs in just a few clicks of the mouse these days. The more difficult part of the process is finding an app with quality filters worth using—and one of the better mobile solutions around has finally made the leap to the desktop. 101 STYLES Priime Styles, $30 on the Mac App Store (, is a Mac version of the popular Priime photo editor for iPhone. The two apps share the same impressive catalog of “styles,” what we typically refer to as one-click image filters or presets. Created by dozens of the world’s top photographers, there are over a hundred styles to choose from—101 to be exact, although the apps offer them up in different ways. Priime for iPhone ( is free to download, requiring a $10 in-app…

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mail archiver x 4: versatile mac email utility is poky but indispensable

AFTER YEARS of using email, those messages start to consume valuable internal storage space and can eventually slow down your Mac, where a copy of every single email is cached locally. That’s why it’s a good idea to occasionally archive and purge older messages. FULL-FEATURED BACKUP As the name implies, Mail Archiver X, $40 (, is a Mac application for offline storage of messages, folders, and entire accounts. Instead of saving messages as flattened PDF documents or exporting mailboxes into MBOX format that are only readable by the same email client, Mail Archiver X faithfully archives messages into its own Valentina database from which they can be viewed, searched, or further saved to a variety of common formats in a few clicks of the mouse. This comes in especially handy for Evernote users…