How to Find and Type the Right Character

I have an obsessive-compulsive trait that compels me to use exactly the right character when I write. Why type “Gerard” when the correct spelling is “Gérard”? Why write “39 degrees” or “aleph null” when the proper way is “39°” or “ℵ0”? Why write:   (x+a)^n=∑_(k=0)^n〖(n¦k) x^k a^(n−k) 〗  when it should be written as:   x+an=∑k=0nnkxkan−k  People like … [Read more...]

You Can Now Run the Parallels Access iOS Client on an M1 Mac!

For years, people have speculated about the ability to run iOS apps on the Mac. This speculation was caused by the increasing similarity in the user experiences across the Mac, the iPhone and the iPad, and by Apple’s continuing tech demos showing their work on this capability.  Well, that day has finally arrived. Parallels® just released a new version of the Parallels® Access iOS … [Read more...]

Recommendation: Use the Free Memory Tool Daily

Of all the hardware resources that the macOS manages, computer memory (RAM) is probably the most volatile. Whenever you launch or quit an app, open or close a document, or insert or eject a USB thumb drive, memory is allocated or freed. While the macOS does an excellent job of handling all these tasks, over time the RAM in your Mac can become fragmented, and the amount of free memory available for … [Read more...]

Lots and lots of Mac apps for Mac computers with the Apple M1 chip

Third-party app developers are really stepping up to revise their apps for the new Mac computers with the Apple M1 chip. Every day I receive update notices or see news stories about these updates.  Some of the Mac apps I use every day have released updates. These include the Microsoft Office for Mac suite, ScreenFlow, VLC and many others. (If I tried to give you a full list of the apps … [Read more...]

My Home Office

“You can never have too much RAM, too much storage, or too many pixels.”  In my work at Parallels, I create lots of content: videos, blog posts, screenshots, and even a little code. Like everyone else, I also work almost exclusively at home, so I decided to spend a little time in the last month to put together a home office setup that would help me create even more content in a more … [Read more...]

How to Move Fonts and Font Collections to a New Mac

Whoever dies with the most fonts wins. (Saying on an Image Club T-shirt I often wear.)  Among my many character flaws, I am a font addict. I really like using the right font to give precisely the perfect flavor to my writings, and I especially like having the proper glyph when I am using a foreign language expression or creating an image or video. This means I need a way to find a specific … [Read more...]

Three Tips for Reviewing Documents

I am often asked to review draft documents of various types: PowerPoint presentations, blog posts, web pages, and even entire books. The tools I use depend on the document type and its length. Here are some tips that may help you with similar tasks.  1. Short, or mainly text documents  For short documents that are only a page or two in length, I tend to use the Reviewing tools built … [Read more...]

Parallels Desktop and macOS Big Sur

Apple has at last released macOS Big Sur! First previewed at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2020, and then finally released to the world in November 2020, macOS Big Sur has had the longest beta development cycle of any macOS release in recent history.  The silver lining: engineers at Parallels® used this time to work in lockstep with their Apple counterparts in an effort … [Read more...]

How to Manage the Hard Drive on your Mac with these Tools

One of my many character flaws is that I am a bit of a digital hoarder. I follow the advice given to me many years ago: “If you don’t have three copies of a digital file – each on a separate drive – then you don’t really care about losing it.” Great advice that has saved me many times, but I do tend to fill up hard drives pretty often. (By “hard drives” I mean any place that you can store files: … [Read more...]

Cortana now reads all my email – and I’m fine with it!

In June 2020, I began receiving some strange-looking emails. The sender clearly had access to most, if not all, of my emails, and her name was “Cortana”. I thought my email account had been hacked by someone with a strange sense of humor!  It turns out that I had not been hacked, and that this was a new feature of Microsoft’s Cortana (of Halo fame), now promoted to the role of intelligent … [Read more...]