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Removing Vignette From Photos – Reversing The Dark Shadow In The Corners 0

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Removing Vignette From Photos – Reversing The Dark Shadow In The Corners

When you take photos you may notice a darkening in the corners of the image. This is called vignetting, and is a limitation of the lens you are using to produce a clear image, although it isn’t too common on your iPhone, certain lens – particularly SLR lens and macro lenses will produce it. Good camera settings will help you avoid this for the most part, however sometimes it is easier to remove post processing. In this example we are going to use the built in app Photos to remove it.

Getting Apple Mail SMTP Setting With Gmail Working When Settings Are Correct 0

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Getting Apple Mail SMTP Setting With Gmail Working When Settings Are Correct

I use Apple Mail to manage my emails. It works great most of the time, however for the past half year I have ran into problems sending emails, even when other accounts would work. The problem, it turns out, is not with Mail but with Gmail, and the Google Account settings. This problem started once I turned off 2-step authentication, having it on caused some problems. This problem was further compounded by the fact that other Google email accounts would work perfectly.

Video: Disabling Notifications In Safari 0

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Video: Disabling Notifications In Safari

We have a brand new video today on the MacTricksAndTips channel. Previously I have discussed how to disable notification centre messages. A lot of apps send you a message which appears in the notification centre. Websites are now slowly moving towards this trend of sending you messages when they post new content. If you are tired of this feature you can disable the messages. This is done within the Safari preferences which allows you to disable the messages for each individual site. It is a tip that you may need every so often.

Save Disk Space By Removing Twitter Cache Images 0

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Save Disk Space By Removing Twitter Cache Images

I was having a dig through my hard drive to try and reclaim some space and stumbled across something that was a space hog. The twitter app (my profile is here) cache for profile images. Although a tool such as CleanMyMac, which I use regularly use, cleans up caches this is one that it missed. This cache had nearly 2Gb’s of profile images which took up a significant chuck of disk space. This is a quick guide on how to find this folder and delete the files.

Video: Checking Disk Permissions & Your Hard Drive 0

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Video: Checking Disk Permissions & Your Hard Drive

A new video is on the MacTricksAndTips YouTube Channel. It discusses the importance of checking your hard drive for errors and fixing permissions. This is a task that you have to do every couple of months if you want to keep your Mac in tip top shape. Fixing permissions helps keep your Mac in good working order. Checking and fixing your hard drive, which is done in the same app, allows you to ensure that your hard drive will not fail or cause any errors.

Solve Pinch To Zoom Not Working In Safari 0

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Solve Pinch To Zoom Not Working In Safari

One of the many features of Safari is the ability to use the pinch to zoom feature on track pads and the magic mice. This is useful for zooming in on image and webpages. If, however, you don’t seem to have this ability all of a sudden with the latest version of Safari or Mavericks there is a solution to this problem. It turns out after a lot of digging and searching the implementation of Adblock causes this ability to be disabled. However by restarting the extensions within Safari this problem is solved.

Create Your Own Website With Your Photo Stream Images In iPhoto 0

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Create Your Own Website With Your Photo Stream Images In iPhoto

People take a lot of images, if it is with your iPhone or digital camera, or other image capture device. These images should be shared, and there is no better way to do that than within iCloud and iPhoto. You can take an image directly and then share it with the world using the iCloud service. You even get your own URL which you can share with friends and family. The result of this is that every time your share and image to the photo stream it is visible to anyone who knows the URL.

Speeds Up Your Mac’s Desktop 0

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Speeds Up Your Mac’s Desktop

Today we have a quick tip for those that are experiencing a slow desktop when on your Mac. Due to the functionality of your desktop, your Mac wants to render videos and images. This is so it can generate a thumbnail for your desktop. This, in some circumstances, can slow your Mac down. Although using a tool such as CleanMyMac, helps with keeping your Mac in tip top shape, there are other methods. The quickest method in speeding up your desktop is to delete the icon, however there are alternatives.

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