Saturday
Dec242011

Share a web page from your iPad or iPhone

There's so much good stuff on the web. Share a web page easily with friends and family from your iPad or iPhone. While you're viewing a web page in Safari, tap the Share icon. A number of buttons will appear. Click "Mail Link to this Page."

Share web page URL from iPad

A new email message will open, containing the URL of the web page. The subject of the email will be filled-in using the title of the web page. Type-in the email addresses of who you want to sent it to and add any comments. Click Send.

Wednesday
Mar092011

The Recipe Box for iPad

Toss out your printouts, magazine clippings, and even cookbooks. The iPad finally has an app that gets recipe collection and presentation right. The Recipe Box turns your iPad into a great kitchen appliance, so you can find just the right recipe whenever you need it. And it's great while you're cooking, too.

Readable Text
Unlike a regular cookbook, The Recipe Box won't accidentally turn a page on you while you're in the middle of a complicated step. In fact, you can keep track of what step you're on just by tapping on it. What's more, you can keep track of steps in several recipes by tapping through your history. You can also use the app while gathering ingredients… tap them off after you've gathered them so you can focus on what's left. When you're done, rotate your iPad from landscape to portrait, and the ingredients tuck themselves away. Tap on the directions tab, and now all you see on your iPad are directions in large text that you can read across the kitchen. What a respite from cluttered screens of ads, ratings, reviews that bury directions an unreadable layout.

Cross-Referencing
Even if you're the most meticulous recipe collector, you can't put recipes in more than one physical file folder. Where do you put a risotto recipe? Under rice? Dinner? Italian? Comfort food? It really belongs in all categories, and The Recipe Box lets you do that. Don't like the ones that come with the app, or want to add more? You can do that. Say you have some green onions and mushrooms in your fridge and want to find something to make for dinner. Simply search for "green onion mushroom" and you'll get all your recipes with those in it. You can bookmark recipes to try later. And email yourself a list of ingredients from items in your shopping cart, or a nicely formatted recipe to share or print.

Enjoyable Data Entry
Of course, to get the full use, you have to enter recipes, which can be annoying in apps that force you to tap buttons for every ingredient. The Recipe Box makes it easy to cut and paste from an email or web site. If you save the web site in the source field, it's a clickable link in the About tab. Have a bunch of clippings or printouts? The special keyboard types common cooking terms for you, with shortcuts for hard to find keys like °, common measuring terms, as well as fractions. 

Gravy
Many cooking apps hit some of these features, but not all. And none of them have as gorgeous a presentation, as delightful to look at as the things you'll cook.

The Recipe Box for iPad is available for $6.99 from the App Store.

Wednesday
Oct062010

Change Mac Volume Without The Chirps

When you use the keys on an Apple Keyboard to adjust a Mac's sound volume, by default, you'll hear chirps. These chirps can sometimes be a little louder than you'd like. Say, when you're turning the volume down in a quiet office or adjusting the volume when your Mac is connected to powered speakers. Here are two ways to prevent your Mac from chirping.

Change volume silently.
You can temporarily mute the chirps to change the volume silently by holding down the Shift key as you press the volume keys.

Turn Off the Chirps.
You can turn-off the chirps altogether in System Preferences. Select System Preferences from the Apple menu, and then click the "Sound" icon (in the second row). Next, click to uncheck the checkbox for the setting, "Play feedback when the volume is changed".

Wednesday
Sep292010

iPhone Text Message Alerts: One Time or Three Times?

When you receive a text message on your iPhone your phone will vibrate, a preview of the message will display and you'll hear an alert chime (if sound is turned on). If you choose to ignore the alert, your iPhone will remind you of the message two more times - again, with vibration, preview and alert chime.

While three notifications certainly helps make sure you're aware of incoming text messages, one alert might be enough for you. You can limit text message notifications to just a single alert in Settings.

Launch Settings. Scroll down and tap Messages. On the next screen, you'll see (amongst other things) a "Repeat Alert" setting. By default this is turned on. Tap the switch to set it to the OFF position.

Now, when you get a text, you'll only be notified once.

Tuesday
Sep212010

Create Playlists of Music on iPhone 4

You already know that you can create music playlists using iTunes on your Mac. Well, when you're away from your Mac and you have inspiration or desire, you can create playlists on-the-go on your iPhone, too.

iOS 4 lets you create playlists.
With iPhone iOS 4 installed on your iPhone 4 (or iPhone 3GS or 3G), you can create playlists with the music you have on your phone. 

Create a playlist.
Launch the iPod app, then tap the Playlists icon in the lower left of the screen. At the top of the list of playlists you'll see "Add Playlist..." Tap it and name the New Playlist as you like.

Choose your music.
Now, choose music for your playlist by tapping songs. You can search for songs using the search field or by browser your music genre, artist and other groupings.

Tap done to save the playlist. You can add or delete music from this playlilst by selecting it and tapping Edit.

Playlists you create on your iPhone are just like the ones you create in iTunes on your Mac. All playlists you create on your iPhone will be copied over to your Mac the next time you sync your phone.