Category Archives: Apps

New apps, reviews on commonly used apps.

Quick Tip: Where are my iPhoto pictures stored on my mac?

Have you ever needed to access your pictures in iPhoto or desired to simply see where the file was saved on your hard drive? Sometimes getting there can be a little tricky because of the way that iPhoto builds its library database. Well, there is an easy way to access those files if you know what you’re looking for.

First, open up a finder window and navigate your way to the pictures folder of the user you’d like to access. If that doesn’t make sense, just go to the search utility (the magnifying glass) at the top right of the desktop and type in “pictures” and hit enter.









Within the pictures folder in finder, you should see the iPhoto library icon.









If you click on that icon while holding down the “Control” key (or you can also “option click” the icon) you will get a list of options to choose from.

Select the option “Show package contents”

This will bring up a new finder window containing the actual files that the iPhoto library database references from. You can choose the “Masters” folder which will be categorized by date. Here you will find all the original files your iphoto database references.

Hopefully this has been helpful in showing you how to find your picture files stored in the iPhoto database. Leave us a comment and feel free to add any helpful information.

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Bad Date Rescue – eHarmony, Inc.

Bad date? Or do you just need to excuse yourself from an annoying commitment? There’s an app for that! Published by eHarmony, this free app is a hilarious (and quite effective) solution to remove yourself from boring situations.

With just the push of a button, you can set a planned rescue phone call from “Mom,” your boss, or any other funny custom contact. The rescuers come up on your phone just like a regular phone call would! Who can say no to you helping your mother out? It even gives a “repeat after me” option, to walk you through excusing yourself.

Try it out!

Grilling in style

Grilling time is coming up. Here are some suggestions on how to use your iPad or iPhone to grill in style.


This handy device is easy to set up. It comes with one temperature probe and a second one can be added. The temperature of your meat can be read from the iGrill itself or you can use the long-range bluetooth connectivity to connect to a iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and watch the temperature from up to 200 feet away. The free app allows you to set alarms for each probe so you know when everything is cooked just right. You can also set a timer and it will graph the progress of the temperature as well.

On their website, they have recipes for any type of meat. They also have tips on grilling, smoking, picking the perfect steak and food safety.

I’ve had my iGrill for about a year and overall I’ve been happy with it. I have had a few issues that didn’t cause too many problems. When using it with my iPhone, the screen would turn off it would sometimes stop connecting through bluetooth. I would then need to reconnect and restart the app for it to start updating again. When I used it with my iPad and had it plugged in to power, I didn’t have the issue.

Weber’s On the Grill

This app has a lot of recipes for grilling. There are the recipes for meat as well as desserts, rubs, marinades and sauces. Once you find a recipe you like it will automatically make a shopping list.

The basics section has many how-to guides on the basics of grilling.

Those who grill a lot may find it too basic but for someone that is starting or would like to polish their grilling techniques, this is a good app. The one downside that I found is the iPhone and iPad version have to be purchased separately. They are both $4.99 in the App store. The iPhone version is here and the iPad version is here.

These are two of the apps and devices I use when grilling. There are many more apps, books in the iBooks store and podcasts that cover grilling. If you have a favorite app, book or podcast that you use, let us all know in the comments.

App Review – Dinner Spinner

Do you ever find yourself stumped when trying to decide what to cook for dinner? That is almost every day for me! To solve this problem, I went searching for recipes on Apple’s App Store. I found a sweet free app for the iPhone or iPod touch called Dinner Spinner. When you don’t know what to make, or don’t have a clue what to even buy at the grocery store, give this App a shake and it will give you a list of ideas.

The other morning, I was lying in bed with my iPhone, searching through the app to find something to prepare for dinner. I knew that I wouldn’t be home from working at Expercom until dinner time, so I was looking for something that would be quick to prepare once I got home. I customized the search for a “Main Dish” with “Pork” ready in the “Slow Cooker”. I checked out the matches and found a great recipe to make. It was delicious!

-Tons of recipes!
-Each recipe includes hundreds of reviews from cooks like you
-Nutritional information available for many recipes
-Option to save recipes to Favorites

-Sometimes too many recipes gives too many options
-Have to have an Internet connection to access recipes
-iPhone or iPad screen can get slightly gunky when controlling it with cooking fingers

If you want more features like customized ingredient searches, ability to change the number of servings, and an automatically updated grocery list, you can upgrade to Dinner Spinner Pro for $2.99.

A similar free app, Your Kitchen Inspiration, is available for the iPad. Stick that iPad up on your cookbook stand, and bake away! Check out the video below for more.

Happy cooking!

Basics of iPhoto ’11

iPhoto is a great application with built in features that can make life a little easier with our ever-growing digital photo collection.  Faces, flagging, and hiding photos are all great tools that can help, even the slowest of us, get our photo library under control. For those of us you like to print and send photos, we will take a look at that too.

With built-in facial recognition software, iphoto gives you the tools you need to tag, name, and confirm people in your photos.  With a photo selected, on the bottom right of the screen you will see five buttons.  The first one, which is info, you will see on the right where you can add, edit, and see the listed people in the photo.  If a box doesn’t appear around the face of the person in the photo, simply click on their face and a box will appear ready for you to re-size to fit their face.

Once you get done naming them, click on the faces tab at the top left of your window.  The people you just named will then appear in the faces tab.  To add more faces, you can simply click and the bottom right of the window on the “find more faces” and it will walk you through the steps needed.  After you have selected at least five photos, you will click on the tag and confirm if iphoto has found that person in other photos in your library.  As you keep clicking on more photos, iphoto will adjust the search results it has to be more accurate with what you are selecting.

Flagging photos is great when you have photos that you frequently need.  In the main iphoto window

select the photos tab on the top left.  With your mouse over the photo on the top left you will see a silhouette of a flag, click the flag and it will change colors. If you look to the left of your iphoto window, under recent, you will see a flagged tab. By selecting this tab it will show in the iphoto browser all your photos you have selected.  To de-flag a photo, roll over the picture and click the flag.  Hiding photos is also nice when you have photos you don’t want to see all the time but you want to keep them.  To do this, click the photo you want to hide a menu will pop up.  Select hide photo and it will put an X on the top.  To view or hide these simply go to view in the menu bar and select “hidden photos” and in the iphoto browser you will see them with the X.

Under recent, as show in the photo above you will see a tab called “printing”.  Click on this tab and the iphoto window will bring up your photos that you want to print.  Your printing options can be found at the bottom of the window, as seen in the picture below.  You can add different themes, borders, and colors to make your photos just the way you like them.

Until next time, Enjoy the basics of iPhoto!