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19-Jan-2017
NeoOffice Viewer macOS Word Document viewer vs Preview and Microsoft Word
It's amazing how much of a market share Microsoft has when it comes to people producing documents using it's Office software on Windows. I often find myself in situations where I have to read DOC or DOCX files on my Mac and without a Mac version of Office installed this can be quite frustrating. So I decided to try the NeoOffice Viewer which is a free product that runs on macOS and lets you view (but not edit) files created in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
10-Jan-2017
Add batch image resize functionality to macOS using Automator
If you were used to using the Preview app for resizing images in batch, both in macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan the 'Save All' feature has been removed so it became a real pain to use. Nobody wants to click 'Save' on every single image after resizing them all (especially if you have dozens or hundreds of images), but luckily there is a way to simplify and automate this process.
03-Jan-2017
How to remove iCloud calendars in the macOS Calendar app
I've noticed that in my Calendar app on macOS I had a 'Facebook Events' calendar stored in iCloud. Initial attempts to remove it didn't work. The Edit menu Delete option was greyed out and pressing Delete on the keyboard after selecting that calendar also didn't work. After a bit of messing around I did find a way to delete it. If you have a calendar in iCloud that just won't go away, follow these steps to remove it.
02-Jan-2017
How to open apps from unidentified developers on macOS Sierra
In macOS Sierra, the security around apps from unidentified developers has really been tightened. In previous releases of the OS you were given an option to open the app if it came from an unidentified developer but it seems that Sierra just gives you the 'OK' option and will not launch the app. There is a way around it however so read on for how to do it.
08-Oct-2016
Pulse Secure VPN not working on macOS Sierra and how to fix it
If you're running the 5.2 version of the Pulse Secure VPN client and happen to have upgraded to macOS Sierra, you will quickly find that it has lost your settings and is not able to make any connections. Instead it displays the message "Failed to connect to the Pulse Secure Service". Great!
07-Oct-2016
Multiple page PDF scanning does not work in macOS Sierra
If you're trying to use the macOS Sierra Image Capture utility and scanning multiple pages to a PDF file and wondering why you're ending up with just the first page, you're not alone. I've found this problem when doing some scans this morning, it seems that even when the 'Combine into single document' option is checked, any pages scanned after the first one are simply ignored.
04-Oct-2016
VMware Fusion stops working after macOS Sierra upgrade
I've been running the same version of VMware Fusion on a number of OS X releases and even though it was a rather old verion (6.0.6) it continued to work all the way up to and including on El Capitan. The official documentation stated that configuration was not supported, but it worked. Now I upgraded to macOS Sierra and all hell broke loose. None of my VMs would start and to make it worse the actual Fusion App itself was badly broken.

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