Tag Archive: File


How To Easily Change The File Type Of A Folder Full Of Images [OS X Tips]

Batch Processing PixelmatorOne of the things we get a lot here at Cult of Mac, especially in our coverage of games, is folders full of promotional images. Now, for a variety of reasons, we often need to change the type of those images from, say, PNG to JPG files. You can use Preview, of course, opening them […]

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Pixelmator Update Adds 2x Speed Increase, Background Syncing, Better File Handling

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 4.08.29 PMPixelmator, a popular photo editor on the Mac, was updated today to version 2.2.1. Don’t let the number fool you; the new version packs some big improvements. Most notably, the app’s overall speed has been increased twofold and edits are now automatically saved in the background. “We’ve done some radical improvements behind the scenes,” said […]

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BitTorrent Launches Dropbox-Like File Syncing App For iPhone

Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 5.18.35 PMWhen you see the word “BitTorrent” you probably think of pirating something like Game of Thrones. That’s not what a new app called BitTorrent Sync is about. Think of it like Dropbox without any storage caps or pricing tiers for data usage. Unlike other file sync and storage solutions, BitTorrent Sync uses peer-to-peer file distribution to […]

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Erase Free Space on a Mac Hard Drive with OS X Disk Utility to Prevent File Recovery

Use Disk Utility to erase free space on a Mac hard drive The Mac OS X Disk Utility app provides an ability to erase free space on traditional hard drives, which overwrites vacant disk space on the drive to prevent any potential recovery of deleted files (that is, files that have been removed traditionally, rather than through secure methods). For most users this is an unnecessary procedure, but if you plan  [Read More…]

How To Change The Default App For Specific Files Or File Types [OS X Tips]

Change Default App File TypeIn OS X, all file types have a default application that opens them when you double click on them. If you double click on a PDF file or a PNG file, chances are that your Mac will open it in Preview, Apple’s default PDF and image file app. If you’ve given an app like Adobe […]

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How to Remove a File or Folder from Time Machine Backups in Mac OS X

Delete an item from Time Machine backups

Time Machine is the simplest way to keep a reliable backup of everything on your Mac, but sometimes we don’t want every file or folder saved, or maybe you just no longer need a given directory to be preserved by external backups. In these situations, removing backups of any specific file or folders, or even entire elaborate directories, is easily done from within Time  [Read More…]

Apple Workers File Lawsuit For Losing Wages During Bag Searches

Some Mac users felt AppleFormer Apple Store employees from New York and Los Angeles filed a complaint to the San Francisco federal court that claims Apple’s workers are being shorted around $1,500 a year in unpaid wages while they wait in line for 30 minutes to have their bags searched. The class action suit claims that Apple’s “personal package […]

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3 Tricks to Quickly Copy a File or Folder Path in Mac OS X

There are a few ways to retrieve a file or folders full path from Mac OS X, and we’ll cover the two easiest methods here, and also a third option that utilizes a Service to instantly copy any path to the clipboard. First, we’ll use the Get Info panel to pull any items complete path, and then we’ll use another trick that utilizes an under appreciated feature of the Terminal to retrieve any directory or files path. The optional Automator  [Read More…]

Use the Mac Finder Sidebar for Quick File Drag & Drop App Launches

Finder sidebar as an app launcher

The Finder window sidebar can hold apps and function as an application launcher, making it an excellent place to keep apps that are almost exclusively used alongside the file system, or for apps that are reliant on general filesystem access, but that aren’t necessarily used enough to warrant a place in the Mac Dock when not in use.

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Create a Large File from the Command Line or Disk Utility for Testing Purposes

Large empty files are often used for testing purposes during disk access tests, development, QA, zeroing out data, and scripting. Though it’s certainly not applicable to most users, it’s easy enough to do that anyone can try it out even if you don’t have a specific need.

We’ll cover three ways to quickly generate files of virtually any size, two will use the command line; one being operating system agnostic and the other OS X specific, and another more  [Read More…]