A Simple Way to Connect to Remote FTP Sever on Mac

In Mac OS X, connection can directly be made to a remote FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server, from within the OS, without using any additional software. The easiest way is to open the Finder Window and select the from the main menu Go -> connect to Server. A dialog box will appear. Enter the server name (including ftp://) and click connect. You can then login either as a guest user or enter username/password for registered accounts.

How to Block Messages in iMessage on Mac

Blocking certain people in the Contacts from sending iMessages on Mac is finally now an option with the OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 update. Following are the steps for adding people from Contacts in the blocked list. To block an email address, it needs to be present in the Contacts. From within the iMessage application, go to Messages -> Preferences Select Accounts Select the iMessage Account from the left-pane and then select the Blocked tab Click the** +** button on the bottom-left corner and the Contacts list will appear.

ReadKit Review - A Feature-Rich Mac RSS and Read Later App

ReadKit is a combined RSS and read later Mac app that offers a number of promising features that are quite suitable for any serious newsreader user. In addition to working as a standalone RSS reader without any sync services, ReadKit offers support for a number of RSS, Read Later and Bookmark services. The supported services include Feedly, Fever, NewsBlur, Feedbin, Feed Wrangler; Instapaper, Pocket and Readability; Pinboard and Delicious. ReadKit is essentially a unified app where you can do all your reading in one place and can easily drag and drop items between the registered accounts.

Quick Safari Tip: When Tabs Go Poof!

Reading something interesting/important on the web and thinking that your ‘tab bar’ is messy, overloaded with rectangular blocks and oh-so-totally unmanageable? Uh oh. You just found another important link that is going to result in a swarm of even more tabs. Surrounded by tabs and feeling slightly dizzy, what do you do? Here comes Safari’s ‘Poof Box’ to the rescue! Simply click, hold and drag the troublemaker ( tab) to any part of the screen except the menu and tab bar, take a deep breath and let go.

7 Cool Mac Safari Tips for an Enhanced Browsing Experience

Use these time-saving tips for Safari on Mac, Mountain Lion, to surf internet the smart way! 1. For quickly bookmarking a page, simply drag the Favicon - the small image besides the website address/URL in a browser’s address field - to the** bookmark bar. The favicon can also be dragged and dropped to Safari’s Reading List** for quick saving of an article for later reading. Moreover, you can even drag and drop Favicon to the Notes app in Mountain Lion2.

Change the Default WiFi Network in OSX Mountain Lion

In the presence of multiple WiFi networks, it is often desirable to select a particular network to connect. In Mac OS X, the last connected network is automatically selected for connection whenever the Mac restarts or wakes up from sleep. This default choice can easily be changed and you can specify your preferred WiFi network and set it as default. In OSX Mountain Lion: From the Apple Menu select System Preferences - > Network In the WiFi Pane select Advanced Select the WiFi tab.

handyPrint: Print from an iPad without AirPrint Printer

Apple’s AirPrint technology makes it very convenient to print directly from an iOS device, without any hassle of configuration or driver installation. However, if your printer is not AirPrint-enabled, you can still use your existing printer to print from iPad or iPhone by taking advantage of a number of 3rd party softwares available for this purpose. HandyPrint is one such application for Mac OSX that enables you to use non-AirPrint compatible printer from iPod/iPhone/iPad, running iOS 4.

How to Easily Batch Resize Images on Mac

Do you want to resize multiple images, simultaneously, on Mac without using any third-party software? Batch resizing of images can be easily and quickly done in OS X using the included Preview application. For batch image resize on OS X Mountain Lion: Open Finder and select all the image files that need to be resized. Drag and drop all these selected files on the Preview icon in Dock. Alternatively, you can right-click and select Open With -> Preview.

The Case of a Hot Mac

Recently, my MacBook Pro (early 2011 model, running OS 10.8.3) started becoming quite hot after only about three minutes of normal usage that didn’t involve running any computing intensive applications. Consequently, the fan would run at its maximum and the battery would quickly drain. Initially, I did an SMC (System Management Controller) reset but that didn’t solve the problem. The next step was opening of the back lid and removal of accumulated dust from inside, particularly from the fan.

5 Essential Time-Saving Tips for OS X Mountain Lion

Mac OS X is a beautiful combination of power and simplicity. With Unix at its core, it provides advanced functionality to the power users while presenting a simple and an elegant GUI for normal users. Following are a some of the basic time-saving tips for increased productivity on Mountain Lion. 1. Spotlight for Quick Calculations Instead of opening the Calculator application, Spotlight in the menu bar can be used to do quick calculations.