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August 2, 2020
This week, the editor of Mac Power Users, Jim Metzendorf, talks to Stephen and David about his background in audio and photography, and how the gear and workflows have changed in those fields over the years.
July 26, 2020
On this feedback show, David and Stephen go through some listener email, revisit notes apps and discuss remote troubleshooting iOS devices.
July 19, 2020
The Apple Watch has undergone massive changes since its introduction in 2014. This week, Stephen and David review some of that history, then launch into a conversation of the platform's strengths and weaknesses and how they use their Watches.
July 12, 2020
The market for note taking applications is huge. There are options that just deal in plain-text, apps that serve as "everything buckets," and still others focused on automation. This week, David and Stephen cover some of the better options out there.
July 5, 2020
This week, Underscore David Smith joins the show to talk about what life as a developer is like between WWDC and the fall when new versions of Apple's operating system ship.
June 28, 2020
It's beta season, and David and Stephen have reported for duty with reports of new features and general thoughts on macOS Big Sur, iOS and iPadOS 14 as well as watchOS 7. Plus, a brief announcement about something coming in July.
June 23, 2020
Recorded just a few hours after the WWDC keynote, Stephen and David share their reactions to iOS 14, macOS Big Sur, and the Mac's transition to Apple-designed processors.
June 14, 2020
On this feedback episode, David and Stephen talk more about email and working from home, but also get into what it takes to make a MacSparky Field Guide and some weird problems they've recently encountered with their tech.
June 7, 2020
David has finally roped Stephen into talking about email. Topics include email services, apps and strategies. Later in the show, they are joined by Rosemary Orchard and Myke Hurley to hear about two specific apps they use every day.
May 31, 2020
PCalc developer James Thomson joins David and Stephen to talk about his background with the Mac, and what it take to build and maintain the same application over multiple decades.
May 24, 2020
From the early days of iPhoto to now, with Photos.app and iCloud, Apple has offered increasingly-robust photo management tools for its users. This episode, David and Stephen walk through the features and tools you should know about.
May 17, 2020
A nerd's bag can say a lot about them. This week, David and Stephen empty theirs to talk through their choices and how they've changed over the years.
May 10, 2020
From iCloud to Apple TV+, Apple's range of services is broader then ever, but how do they all stack up? Is this shift to services changed how users should view the company?
May 3, 2020
Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge joins David and Stephen to talk about emoji, how they're made and why they've found such huge success. Then, he explains how tech needs change when one lives on a ⛵.
April 26, 2020
On this feedback episode, David shares some about an upcoming studio move, and Stephen talks about recent experimentation with a teleprompter. Also on the docket: connected home cameras, more on working from home and the iPhone SE.
April 19, 2020
BetterTouchTool takes a Mac's input devices and turns them into automation triggers. It can transform the Touch Bar into a customized set of tools and make a Trackpad or Mouse much more powerful.
April 12, 2020
Dr. David MacDonald is a musician and professor with a unique way of using the iPad, Apple TV and GoodNotes together to engage and equip his students.
April 5, 2020
All of a sudden, many people are working from their homes for the first time. This week, Stephen and David tap into their combined decade of experience to share some of what has worked well for them at home.
March 29, 2020
For many of us, the Mac is the center of our computing lives, and it's no secret the Mac has had its up and downs over the last decade. This week, David and Stephen discuss the current hardware and software that makes up our beloved computing platform.
March 22, 2020
MPU Hall of Famer Merlin Mann returns to discuss using plain text, home automation, the Apple TV and more.
March 15, 2020
Much of computing revolves around writing and text input, but most of us don't think about how to make that process more productive. This week, David and Stephen explore tools and techniques that make text easier to work with.
March 8, 2020
It's feedback time! David celebrates his 5th year of being independent, while Stephen has settled on an application to manage his tech history research. Then, more on Do Not Disturb and a whole bunch of listener questions.
March 1, 2020
Writer and director David Wain returns to the show to share how his creative process has changed over the years, and walks Stephen and David through the steps of making a show like *Medical Police.*
February 23, 2020
The stars and planets are within sight, given the right hardware and software. Andrew Burwell has been honing his astrophotography skills, using Apple products to produce some amazing images of our universe.
February 16, 2020
In the last decade, the iPad has gone from a brand-new device into a wide-reaching line of products that meet the needs of a range of users. This week, Stephen and David talk about the current state of the platform.
February 9, 2020
Family Sharing means that up to six people can share purchases, media and other Apple services. This week, David and Stephen walk through the features, how to set it up and the possible pitfalls of this Apple service.
February 2, 2020
From messages and emails to sports scores and social media, our devices generate all sorts of notifications. This week, we discuss how to weed the garden and tame the madness.
January 26, 2020
Gone are the days of waiting for the evening news to find out the weather for the next day. Now, weather data is accessible anywhere. This week, David and Stephen compare a bunch of different weather apps and services before picking their favorite.
January 19, 2020
Drafts developer Greg Pierce joins Stephen and David to talk about his move to an iMac, his development career and when it is time *not* to upgrade to a new device.
January 12, 2020
Mark Hackett runs a small non-profit working in Sudan, named Operation Broken Silence. This week, he joins David and some other Hackett guy to talk about data management so far from home, the power of Apple's apps like Pages and his move to the iPad Pro.
January 5, 2020
The iPhone has become many people's primary device for many different types of tasks. On this episode, Stephen and David look at the current state of the hardware, software and services that make up Apple's most popular product.
December 29, 2019
David and Stephen review 2019, and the changes it brought to the Apple ecosystem before talking about their hopes for 2020.
December 22, 2019
It's feedback time! David and Stephen revisit media management and external drives, then talk about David's 16-inch MacBook Pro, meditation apps and USB-C hubs. Then Stephen makes a confession, which David takes rather well.
December 10, 2019
David and Stephen interview Thomas Grove Carter, a video editor who has been using Final Cut Pro X on the 2019 Mac Pro with the Pro Display XDR.
December 8, 2019
Stephen and David are joined by John Voorhees to talk about Mac Catalyst, which allows for iPad apps to be developed for macOS. They review some early examples and talk about the technology and what it could mean for the Mac and iPad in the future.
December 1, 2019
Stephen steps behind the Genius Bar — or into the Genius Grove, as it were — to provide tips for troubleshooting Macs, iOS device and iCloud. Then, he and David talk about the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and how someone should prioritize features when buying.
November 24, 2019
Ken Case of the Omni Group, Greg Scown of Smile and Dave Teare of AgileBits join David and Stephen to talk through Apple's year and the changes it brought for developers. Then, a conversation about app subscriptions, VC funding and more.
November 17, 2019
It's that time again; the annual MPU Holiday Gift Guide has returned.
November 10, 2019
Stephen and David are joined by Brent Simmons, who works in marketing at The Omni Group. They talk about the tools of the trade, including social media and content creation before shifting gears to discuss Brent's RSS reader, NetNewsWire.
November 3, 2019
YouTuber and podcaster Sara Dietschy joins Stephen and David to share about her video work, from cameras to editing. They also discuss managing large files across multiple locations, the role of the iPad and turning creative work into a business.
October 27, 2019
David and Stephen talk with Ian Elsner, a museum exhibit creator who is using the iPhone SE, iPad Pro and an Intel Compute Stick together in some very interesting and unusual ways to help develop educational exhibits for kids and adults.
October 20, 2019
Our iOS devices go with us just about everywhere, and pairing them with some select accessories can make them more useful in more situations. This week, Stephen and David talk about some of the products that they rely on when using their iPhones & iPads.
October 13, 2019
Stephen and David are joined by Chris Bailey, an author and presenter with an undying love for TextEdit and getting focused work done with the Mac and iPad.
October 7, 2019
macOS Catalina is here. It breaks with a lot of the past, while showing us a bit of what the future of the Mac may hold. In this special bonus episode, David and Stephen dive into what's what in this year's release of macOS.
October 6, 2019
David and Stephen are joined by Dave Hamilton to talk about his work at The Mac Observer and BackBeat Media, his approach to podcasting, how covering Apple has changed over the years and some software tools every Mac user should know about.
September 29, 2019
In this feedback episode, David and Stephen revisit Alfred and backups and talk about iOS 13's bumpy release and the new iPhone and Apple Watch. Stephen gives a behind-the-scenes look at the recent Relay FM Podcastathon.
September 22, 2019
iOS 13 is here, and is full of new features. This week, David and Stephen talk about some of their favorites, after talking through the changes Apple has made to Shortcuts.
September 15, 2019
Stephen marks the 500th episode of Mac Power Users by interviewing David about his career, technology and choice of light saber color.
September 8, 2019
Backing up our devices is easier than ever, but many people don't bother making sure their data is safe and sound. This week, David and Stephen talk backup strategies before offering advice when considering upgrading to new versions of macOS and iOS.
September 1, 2019
Stephen and David chat with Jake Wilson, an elementary school principal — and a student himself — about using technology in and beyond the classroom, ranging from smart boards and shortcuts to Google Docs and waffles.
August 25, 2019
macOS' Spotlight feature has made serious strides in recent years, but many power users still turn to Alfred and LaunchBar for app launching, file searching and executing workflows. David and Stephen compare these tools.
August 18, 2019
Brett Terpstra joins in the Mac Power Users this week to talk about his keyboard hacks, planning workflows, some of Brett's favorite apps, and the looming arrival of Brett's new app, nvUltra.
August 11, 2019
Comic book artist Thom Zahler uses his Macs and iPads to create some incredible artwork and manage his indie business. This week Thom shares his apps and workflows.
August 4, 2019
This week, David and Stephen talk about their home offices: how they are setup, what equipment and furnishings are used and — of course — what nerdy toys are around. Then, a discussion about the pros and cons of working from home.
July 28, 2019
Pastor and Apple nerd TJ Luoma returns to the show to catch David and Stephen up on his journey with Apple's notebooks and the iPad, before sharing some of the apps that he uses every day and his explorations in content filtering and blocking.
July 21, 2019
In this feedback episode, David and Stephen talk about a borrowed MacBook Pro that Catalina tried melting into his desk, Voice Control and Dictation in iOS 13 and answer a few listener questions about iOS file storage and justifying a Mac to the boss.
July 14, 2019
Simone de Rochefort is a video producer and podcaster at Polygon, and co-hosts Rocket on Relay FM. She walks Stephen and David through the process of creating videos at Polygon, from the writing process, to capturing game footage, editing and more.
July 7, 2019
Safari isn't the most popular browser on the planet, but its focus on speed, security and privacy set it apart from the competition. This week, David and Stephen get into the pros and cons of the application, and some of its unique features.
June 30, 2019
Tyler Stalman is a photographer, videographer, YouTuber and small business owner, alongside is wife Ania Boniecka. Oh, and he loves gear... maybe too much, as he confesses to Stephen and David.
June 23, 2019
Our digital devices make communicating with others easier than ever, but with that flexibility comes complexity. David and Stephen talk about what solutions they use for certain types of communication, then talk about Notifications and Do Not Disturb,
June 16, 2019
Josh Centers is the managing editor at TidBITS, which has been covering the world of Apple for nearly 30 years. He sits down with David and Stephen to talk about his writing, the tools he uses and why running Apple betas can be a real adventure.
June 9, 2019
Stephen and David scroll through their iPhones and iPads to collect some of their most-used iOS apps, across a wide range of categories.
June 4, 2019
Stephen and David have boots on the ground in San Jose for WWDC 2019. In this episode, they interview Doug Brooks, the Apple Product Manager for the new Mac Pro. Afterward, David and Stephen share thoughts on the announcements and updates from WWDC.
May 26, 2019
From trigger to actions, variables to debugging, David and Stephen go through the powerhouse that is Keyboard Maestro and discuss David's new Field Guide on the subject.
May 19, 2019
Artist and podcaster Tiff Arment joins David and Stephen to talk about her background in photography and analog and digital art, as well as the work that goes into recording and editing podcasts.
May 12, 2019
David and Stephen share their confessions about the iPad Pro, then discuss managing client data before doing some wishcasting for WWDC.
May 5, 2019
At the heart of the macOS experience is Finder, which is part file manager, part search tool and a whole lot more. Its smiling blue icon boasts many features, and third-party developers have written tools to make it even more powerful.
April 28, 2019
Michael Hyatt joins David and Stephen this week in an interview that ranges from how to get your life together and find a little focus to nerdy Keyboard Maestro scripts.
April 21, 2019
Over a year ago, long-time Apple blogger Rene Ritchie launched Vector, a daily YouTube show covering the world of Apple and tech beyond. This week, David and Stephen catch up with Rene, talking about his video workflows, YouTube as a platform and more.
April 14, 2019
Journaling can be an excellent way to collect your thoughts and reflect on the events of the day, and Day One makes it easy to do so with your Mac, iPhone, iPad and beyond.
April 7, 2019
Jakob Haq is a musician and YouTuber from Sweden who create, edits and publishes all of his content with his iPhone and iPad.
March 31, 2019
Stephen and David talk through the ups and downs of the Mac App Store and share some of the hidden gems they've found there over the years. Then, they recap Apple's recent media event after being interrupted by Mother Nature in the Sparks' yard.
March 24, 2019
The guys work their way through some feedback, Stephen has feelings about his Apple Watch and David has switched notes apps ... again.
March 17, 2019
When thinking about making an iPad a notebook replacement, there are a lot of factors to consider. David and Stephen talk through the hardware and software that can make — or break — this experience.
March 10, 2019
Shawn Blanc returns to the show to talk about his move to the iPad Pro and how he manages the growing team behind projects like The Sweet Setup and The Focus Course.
March 3, 2019
Live from Chicago, David and Stephen thaw out long enough to talk to a couple of very special guests about the MacBook Air and the friction between analog and digital tools, before answering some listener questions.
February 24, 2019
David and Stephen talk through the Mac utilities and applications that are always at their fingertips.
February 17, 2019
Programmer and sheep farmer Oogie McGuire talks about LambTracker, her application for managing flocks and the hardware that goes along with it, as well as her on-going project of digitizing historical photos.
February 10, 2019
With G Suite, Google offers paid versions of its free web apps and services. This week, Stephen and David discuss their usage of these tools, and how G Suite compares to other solutions available to individuals and small businesses.
February 3, 2019
Christina Warren, tech commentator, podcaster and Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft drops by to talk about using a Mac at work, the state of PowerPoint and how to get the most out of tech when traveling the world.
January 27, 2019
The iPhone and Apple Watch can be helpful in managing health and fitness, and coupled with the breadth of options in the App Store, they can become powerful tools in improving our well-being.
January 20, 2019
John Gruber of Daring Fireball and The Talk Show join David and Stephen for a discussion about writing and podcasting, as well as WWDC and what the future may hold for the iPad and Mac.
January 14, 2019
Introduced as a low-cost way to switch to the Mac, the Mac mini can now be found working quietly as home and office servers, hosting files, media, backups and more.
January 7, 2019
David puts his new cohost, Stephen Hackett, in the hot seat to talk about his tech background, love of the Mac, and if Batman or Superman is better. All of that, plus a couple of exciting event announcements.
December 31, 2018
We cover feedback on subscriptions, iOS tips, and more. Katie and David look back on the last 463 episodes and discuss the origins of Mac Power Users. Katie discusses her journey, favorite workflows, and answers a few listener questions.
December 24, 2018
Jason Snell returns to tell us about his iMac Pro, how he uses his Mac mini, Jason's move towards iOS, being an avid reader, making time for it all, and a few of his favorite picks.
December 17, 2018
There's a lot hidden in iOS. David and Katie run down some of their favorite iOS tips and tricks that you may not have known, or may have forgotten about.
December 10, 2018
Casey Liss returns to update us on his life as a free agent, his rekindled love with the iPad, becoming a YouTuber and more.
December 3, 2018
Subscriptions! It seems the wave of the future but should we be happy about that? In this episode Katie and David talk about this trend towards subscriptions and the software and services they believe are worth the effort.
November 26, 2018
Katie has a big announcement, David has a new Field Guide, we both have new iPads, we also discuss the new MacBook Airs, Apple’s pricing, our daily routines, and answer listener questions.
November 19, 2018
It's time for our annual Holiday Geek Gift Guide. David and Katie run down their favorite gift picks for the year as well as what's on their own holiday wish lists.
November 12, 2018
Katie and David chat with Laura McClellan of The Productive Woman Podcast to discuss her prospectives on productivity, finding and using the right virtual assistant, creating a community around her podcast, routines, habits, and more.
November 5, 2018
Katie and David discuss Apple's October 2018 event, the MacBook Air, Mac mini, iPad Pro and their purchases.
October 29, 2018
The end of Katie's MacBook Pro saga and AppleCare Experience, David plays with his widget screen, moving out of Evernote, finding more uses for Keyboard Maestro, upcoming Apple Event, packing apps, our favorite non-tech podcasts, and listener feedback.
October 22, 2018
David and Katie run down 30 of their favorite apps and services under $30.
October 15, 2018
Ken Case of the Omni Group, Greg Scown of Smile, and Dave Teare of Agile Bits join David and Katie to talk about the state of development for Mac and iOS and life as an Apple Developer.
October 8, 2018
David and Katie revisit the topic of task management. We talk about digital task managers, our history managing tasks, various tiers of task management from simplified to advanced, systems for digitally managing our tasks and how to keep it all together.
October 1, 2018
This month in MPU+ we chat about David's new phone, Katie's broken Mac, iOS 12 follow-up, Siri Shortcuts, transitioning from Dropbox to iCloud, David's laptop replacement and more.
September 24, 2018
David and Katie talk about Apple's latest operating system, macOS Mojave. We discuss the state of the Mac, yearly release cycles, what we like, what we don't, new features for productivity and more.
September 17, 2018
David and Katie run through their favorite new features for iOS 12, WatchOS 5 and thoughts on the September 12th announcements.
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