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How to have 5 different always-on-top notes, one on each screen?

Screen as in the different desktops in mac os I'm using macOS and I frequently work with multiple spaces. I'm looking for a way to have 5 different notes or quick notes that are always on top of all ...
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An app to doodle vector diagrams with apple pencil

I want to illustrate technical ideas with it quickly and dirty, possibly sharing over a chat screen share. NOT create document-grade formal diagrams. I tried Graffle and Affinity Designer. Didn't like ...
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Adding custom tags to an AVI format file

I converted mov file to AVI file, and I need it to have similar settings to some other video I have. I saw that it has tags that are not the standard AVI tags. I tried to use ffmeg and add it to my ...
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Android File Transfer Woes

What's up with Android File Transfer? Went to the download site but couldn't find the link. I saw on the forums it's not supported anymore. What are some other ways I can transfer files from my phone ...
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Any free VM's for Apple Silicon MacBooks? [closed]

I hope to run Windows XP and similar versions of Windows that don’t support Apple Silicon, either virtually or through an emulator layer. I tried VirtualBox, but it says "Intel Core needed". ...
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emacs-like key-bindings for window management within macOS

Is there a way to have macOS key-bindings that let me manipulate windows? For example: ⌘ Command → to move the window to the right ⌘ Command + → to grow the window to the right I'm looking for tools ...
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How to disable accidental trackpad input on Apple Silicon hardware running macOS Sonoma?

I know we have an old thread on the Apple SE site about this, but none of the posted solutions work on the newer Apple Silicon (M1/M2/M3) Macs running macOS Sonoma. I have tested Karabiner-Multitouch-...
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A PDF viewer that can reload and open pdf attached files

I'm searching for a PDF viewer with two specific capabilities: firstly, the ability to open attached PDF files, similar to Foxit PDF Reader or Adobe PDF Reader. Secondly, I need it to automatically ...
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Simplest way to create a clickable list in MacOS that will cause selected programs to run

I'm looking for something which runs under macOS that will let me do the following: Suppose I have a file called "program.list" with contents something like this: "Program 1" "...
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iPad app for handwriting with Apple pencil including a button on-screen to quickly erase content

I discovered that I recall more, for instance, using Anki, by writing with the Apple Pencil instead of using a keyboard. However, it's a bit tedious to use GoodNotes, write something, and then having ...
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Are there tools/ a 'simple' process for converting a .dict file into something the macOS Dictionary app can install? [duplicate]

I have a bunch of different versions of the same specialist English language dictionary (basically, .dict, .dict.dz/ stardict.) I want to convert this into something I can install on the macOS ...
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how to install SBCL on Apple Silicon without brew and without sudo / admin?

I have an Apple M1 macbook pro in which I want to use SBCL for Common Lisp but without homebrew. The official SBCL page says one way is to build SBCL from source, though you need to bootstrap that ...
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Can I somehow restrict command+tab to hide apps without document windows open from macOS?

On MacOS, closing the last window of an app does not close that app. (To speed up opening a new window later, I assume.) Motivation Let's look at 2 common activities: A) opening a document/file that ...
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Can I generate screenshot in 2x mode with any screenshot tool on macOS?

Currently, if I take a screenshot e.g. 1000x1000, it provides a 1000x1000 image. Ideally, I want to be 2000x2000. Is it possible to take screenshots in 2x/retina resolution with the default screenshot ...
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Non-subscription gui software to manually rotate a page in a pdf by a few degrees for deskewing

I'm looking for a piece of software that can run on macos, that has a gui, and that enables the user to manually rotate a page in a pdf by a few degrees (say up to 5) in order to deskew the image. I ...
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QuickTime Player audio recordings editing

As per here, The QuickTime Player is capable of perform simple editing tasks, such as trimming the audio file, splitting it into clips, merging and rearranging sound clips. I using the latest MacOS (...
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What Applications can use to scan? [closed]

What Applications other than the Image Capture can be used to scan documents with a scanner? The drivers for the scanner are installed, but I wonder if there is any good macos Application out there ...
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How to make Quick Time Player support .avi files?

I have an .avi file that I wanted to play via Quick Time Player only. But when I try to open an example .avi file, I get this error dialog pop-up given below: Note: I know that I can use advanced ...
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How do you run APK application files on Apple Silicon Mac?

I want to run a few Android applications on my Mac computer somehow. However, I cannot find a way to. Things I tried: BlueStacks, doesn't run on Apple Silicon. Andy, but the download page returns an ...
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Is there a way to find the download URL for apps from the Mac App Store?

I've found an open source script ipatool, but that only seems to work for iOS apps. Is there a way to find the URL to the app files for an app in the Mac App Store?
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Does anyone know a PDF Annotation app that lets you erase with your finger?

I am a high school teacher, and I primarily use Paper by WeTransfer for teaching classes (write on the iPad, project to the screen). An amazingly useful feature of the Paper app is that I can erase ...
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Free mail client with "mark mail as read manually" option on macOS Sonoma?

I am looking for a free email client that has a "mark mail as read manually" option. Back on macOS Ventura, I used to use the Mail Act-On plugin with Apple's native Mail app. This plugin had ...
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Anyone know a video editing prog that works with Intel + OS 12.4?

I would love iMovie but I cannot find a version that works with my system. 2016 MacBookPro running OS 12.4, that's with the Intel chip. The latest version of iMovie needs the M1 chip and OS 13x. I ...
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Panic button app for iPhone 15 Pro?

I'm looking for an app that would call emergency services. It's practical, as I can press the button in my pocket in stealth mode. To avoid false alarms, I need to then confirm with a voice, some &...
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Menu bar XML searching app?

I'm thinking a simple search app that can be reached from the menu bar and I have put my XML-files in the settings and then I can search through it to find whatever the XML-file is storing. For ...
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How can one screen record part of the screen on iOS? [duplicate]

Example: The built-in screen recorder seems to be only able to record the entire screen. I know I could use that and then use another application to crop the video (this is how I created the example ...
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How can I download a torrent with my iPhone?

I have a torrent file (example). How can I download its content on my iPhone 12 (iOS 15, not jailbroken)? When looking at the Apple app store, I can't find my torrent clients that I typically use on ...
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Is there a free app to do AI text-to-speech?

I'm looking for a free way to do AI-powered "text to speech", so I can copy-paste an article or document and have it read to me. I've tried say on the command line, but the lack of AI means ...
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iPhone: How to connect to Windows 10 to transfer photos/videos?

My uncle has: iPhone iOS Version: 16.5.1 (c) Model Name: iPhone X The device has a good amount of photos/videos stored. Question What is the best approach to transfer that data to a PC Desktop with ...
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Extract audio from bluray/DVD to get spatial audio / surround?

I have over the years bought several concerts on bluray and DVD and I have traditionally converted them into MP3 files landing in iTunes to listen to on my iPhone. Now I've found that my AirPods ...
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Hiding a stage on the same Mac OS without external monitor during live presentation

I finally got my project on how to integrate Auth0 APIs into my ASP.NET MVC web app, save their token in an SQL Server distributed cache in Docker on a MacBook. So I wanted to finally show the ...
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Is it possible to rename tabs in safari?

In the Safari app on Mac (Ventura 13), it is possible to rename tab groups by going to the sidebar and control-clicking on the name of the tab group. However, it possible to rename the tabs themselves,...
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Are there any text-to-speech (TTS ) controllers on pre-Big Sur macOS?

In macOS Big Sur and onward there is a built-in accessibility tool for text-to-speech, a floating window with play/pause/speed buttons that can read aloud almost any selectable text on screen. Have ...
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iPhone NFC and third-party apps

I'm having problems reading RFID tags using third-party apps on my iPhone 12 mini running iOS 16. When I use the built-in Shortcuts app, I can read various RFID tags: access tags, passports, library ...
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Easiest/cheapest way to OCR an existing PDF that lacks a text layer?

I have photo-scanned one of my most-used reference works, Watching the Skies. The aim was to allow me to do searches instead of using the (somewhat odd) index. I copied the images off my iphone and ...
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Is there a way to enable a super kiosky guest mode for macOS to protect a setup?

I have an elderly relative who always seems to manage to accidentally mess up the computer. (it's really hard to make a computer accident(=idiot)-proof.) what I need is that I can set up a computer (...
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I want to track keyboard usage telling me which keys I press (not which characters I type)

I want to track keyboard usage. More specifically, I want to check how much I really use the numpad. I am looking for a solution that: runs in the background differentiates between numpad and numeric ...
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How can I script macOS to connect to WiFi with a VPN exactly the same to how iOS does the same?

I appreciate how iOS nicely shows a public WiFi onboarding / welcome screen (that makes you click "Accept", you-know-what) when connecting to public WiFi even though you've already connected ...
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PDF reader for iPad that refreshes automatically after changes to the PDF?

I am looking for a pdf reader for my iPad Pro, which automatically refreshes the pdf when another app makes changes to the pdf. I using Vim in a-Shell to edit my LaTeX document and display the pdf ...
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Old iPads and data pull automation

I have 20 old iPads (mini 5th gen, software version 12.2) that are used for note taking daily. The application, Tap Forms HD has a export folder that holds a .csv file. The .csv file is still stored ...
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iOS apps that lets you SSH into a server using Yubikey 5 NFC with Public Key authentication and gpg-agent

I have a Yubikey 5 NFC, and iPhone 11. I am also running an Ubuntu Server. To log into my server on from mac using ssh. I use ssh with gpg-agent and public key authentication, and have the private (...
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What would be the practical implications of trying EXWM (Emacs Window Manager) in my macOS machine concerning the native macOS applications?

I have been using a Macbook Air M1 for professional reasons and would like to amplify Emacs in my life. I have been searching for the introduction of EXWM in my workflow. Unfortunately, as I started ...
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How to extract Safari .webarchive file to folder, from command line?

Safari offers the .webarchive format to download a webpage, together with embedded resources (images, etc). As described/linked in answers to How do I turn a Safari Webarchive file into a folder?, ...
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Solution to switch quickly between different group of windows by keeping their state (position) on macOS

I am using macos/osx now for more than 15 years and I always try to figure out a good way to group windows and persist their position and state so that I can quickly switch between those groups (...
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Is there an iPhone app that displays scientific notation during calculations?

I'm teaching students online and find they have a lot of trouble doing calculations involving scientific notation. I think the reason is that as they are doing the calculations, what appears in the ...
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Show capacity of unplugged drive

I have a lot of stored drives into my physical desktop and since I’m only using them on my own computer, I want to be able to keep an eye on the space left even if they’re not plugged in. Do you guys ...
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Are there tools to allow export of Console.app output with same format?

So for years I have not found a way to export a clean output of results collected in the macOS Console app I primarily want to save my results in the same format as the data is organized in the ...
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A lightweight free tool to convert SVG to PNG or JPG, that doesn't require Homebrew

I need a free tool to convert SVG images to PNG or JPG. I cannot use Homebrew, because this is a company computer and Homebrew is against the company policy. I'd like a GUI tool, but that isn't ...
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Free WYSIWYG Markdown editor

I've been using Typora as a Markdown editor when it was free (during beta), but now it's pay for use and I want to find an equivalent, free (preferably open source) tool. My requirements: free (...
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How to block Twitter / X login pop up on iPhone?

On windows there are browser plugins to block elements of a website in real time (right clicking on element for example.) What browser(s) or plugin(s) are available for iPhone to accomplish this task? ...
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