MacVoices #19228: Yev Pusin Tells Us about The New Features of Backblaze 7.0 Backups are still one of the most important measures you can take to protect your data. Yev Pusin, Director of Marketing for Backblaze, takes us through the features of the new version 7.0 of their online backup service. Find out how you can expand your retention history beyond the standard 30 days to either a year or “forever”, an updated restore interface, and other improvements that make the online backup experience faster and better.

MacVoices #19227: Joe Kissell Takes Control of DEVONthink 3 Joe Kissell has written the new Take Control of DEVONthink, a guide to the massive update of this powerful data management program. Joe discusses some of the new features, how he uses it, and how he approached a program that has so many features and capabilities, both new and legacy. Not sure if DEVONthink is for you? This Take Control book is free! Joe talks about how and why you can take advantage of that fact to your best advantage.

MacVoices #19226: Neil Ticktin Profiles The 10th Year of The MacTech Conference Neil Ticktin, the organizer of the annual MacTech Conference, has been so busy that we were only able to catch up with him a week before the event, and under some unusual circumstances. Neil talks about the keynote that will set the tone for the 10th anniversary of the conference, some of the new kinds of sessions that have been added, and the trademark out-of-the-box activities that make it something special. Find out more, and how, even though you have put it off until the last minute, you can save some money on attending.

MacVoices #19225: David Sparks On His New Shortcuts Field Guide for iOS 13 David Sparks tells us why his Shortcuts Field Guide, iOS13 Edition had to be completely re-written because of some of the new and powerful options Apple provided when iOS 13 hit the streets. David talks about some of the new capabilities including, new ability to work with NFC stickers, HomeKit integration, developer actions, and more. Shortcuts is like programming and not like programming. David tells you why you shouldn’t be intimidated, gives some examples of things you can accomplish with Shortcuts, and even offers a special discount code to save you some money.

MacVoices #19224: Briefing - Two Apps To Help Prepare For macOS Catalina Is the thought of upgrading to macOS Catalina uncomfortable? Two utilities out there can help ease the preparation process. MacUpdater from CoreCode will help you determine if your installed apps are up to date, and if not, can assist in getting them current. Go64 from St. Clair Software scans your installed apps, identifies what are and aren’t 64-bit apps, and can even help you plan the budget you will need to get ready for Catalina. See what they can do and how they do it.

MacVoices #19222: Michael Roy of VMware On The Benefits of Virtual Machines, Especially For 32-Bit Apps There are many reasons to run virtual machines on your Mac, but one is about to become much more important. Michael Roy, Product Marketing and Management - Desktop Hypervisors for VMware, gives us in-depth information about the latest capabilities of VMware Fusion, and explains how it can be used to keep running 32-bit apps even if you upgrade to the 64-bit Catalina macOS. Find out what the options are, system requirements, and why there has never been a better time to make use of virtual machines.

MacVoices #19221: The First Weekend with The iPhones 11 and iOS 13 After spending the weekend working with both their new iPhones 11 and iOS 13.0, David Ginsburg of In Touch with iOS and host Chuck Joiner discuss their model choices, how they upgraded, and what their first impressions are. The speed and the battery life are improved, but the new camera system is clearly the star of the show. David and Chuck review their selections of cases and screen protectors, comment on the Liquid Retina LCD, and talk about new iOS 13 features, especially in relation to the Apple Watch.

MacVoices #19220: Kelly Guimont Introduces us to RemObjects’ Fire and Water Programing Environments Kelly Guimont helps us dive back into the Developer world with a discussion of RemObjects Software and their Elements development environment. Elements allows developers to create for one platform, then translate the code for others…iOS,Mac, Android, and Windows. Kelly explains why she views their compiler as “magical”, the different languages supported, and how you can save on a license with a special MacVoices code.

MacVoices #19217: Doug Adams Discusses The Bright, Post-iTunes Future for Doug’s Scripts Doug’s Scripts has been an amazing resource for iTunes AppleScripts for many years, but what does the impending Catalina transition to the Music and TV apps mean for the site? Doug Adams discusses what it takes to update his scripts for the new apps, the progress he’s made, and what to expect during the change. Doug also covers a surprising fact about his web site, his love of coding, and talks about The Next Track.

MacVoices #19216: New Apple Product Discussion with David Ginsburg With a few days to review the Apple announcements, consider the resulting flood of opinions (good and bad) on those announcements, David Ginsburg and host Chuck Joiner deliver their thoughts on everything from Arcade to iPhone 11 Pro. The content of each announcement, what it means for the product, and even some things that aren’t being talked about anywhere else find their way into the conversation.

MacVoices #19215: Mike Schmitz On Learning GoodNotes, The Sweet Setup, and Intentionality Mike Schmitz gives us some insight into the kinds of things he is and will be covering as the Executive Editor at The Sweet Setup. He discusses what you will learn in his new GoodNotes, the benefits of analog notes on a digital device, and what a bullet journal is. Mike also gives us an update on his Faith-Based Productivity project, explains why he occasionally implements a “nuclear option” to stay focused, and more.

MacVoices #19213: Josh Centers Take Control of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 Josh Centers talks about the newest versions of Apple’s mobile operating systems and his new book, Take Control of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. The forking of iOS brings new capabilities specific to iPhones and iPads, and Josh outlines some of those changes, including new Safari capabilities for iPad, the sci-fi-like Voice Control,  iCloud Drive enhancements, and external storage drive options for both Lightning and USB-C iDevices. Want to use a mouse with your iPad? Want easier access to power user features? Josh touches on these topics and more as we dig into his latest effort for Take Control Books.

MacVoices #19212: Scholle McFarland Takes Control of macOS Catalina In Take Control of Catalina, Scholle McFarland starts us on the path to getting the most out of Apple’s latest macOS. She tells us what to expect when you first boot up the new 64-bit operating system, how to use Sidecar to get the best performance and outlines some new Continuity features. She also gives is a look at some of the enhancements to Notes and Reminders, and talks about the “bundlerific” deal from Take Control.

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Scholle McFarland has been covering the Mac since 1996 as an editor at MacUser magazine and then Macworld. During that time, she witnessed Apple transform from everyone’s favorite “doomed†company to everyone’s actually favorite company and is still amazed by the whole thing. When she’s not working as a freelance writer and editor, Scholle likes to hang out with her family, friends, and many animals in beautiful Portland, Oregon. You can follow her on Twitter.

MacVoices #19211 - Joe Kissell Takes Control of Upgrading to macOS Catalina Joe Kissell has been digging into the best way to upgrade to the next generation of macOS, and shares some of his findings from his new book, Take Control of Upgrading to Catalina. What makes this upgrade different is the transition to only 64-bit apps. Some strategies on how to perform the upgrade effectively, how to find which of your apps can’t make the transition, and the things you should do before upgrading are just a few of the topics covered in this discussion. There are also some potential challenges after the upgrade, including security options that you should be aware of. Find out what you need to know from Joe.

MacVoices #19210: A Tour of The Tools and Resources Created by Brett Terpstra We followed up, as promised with Brett Terpstra, to get an explanation of how to find all the tools and resources he has created to solve both his problems and yours. Brett gives us a tour of his web site, and explains the logic behind his organization. The discussion evolved into an examination of the tools he used to build that site, the pros and cons of different web publishing platforms, and the benefit of hacker conferences.

MacVoices #19209: St. Clair Software’s Jon Gotow on Getting Apps Ready for macOS Catalina Jon Gotow of St. Clair Software takes a break from coding to discuss the coming transition to the 64-bit macOS Catalina, and what it means for you. What it takes to transition apps from 32-bit to 64-bit, why some apps and developers won’t or can’t make the transition, and what you should expect from developers are all part of our first look at this change that is going to affect everyone who uses a Mac. Jon gives us a status report on all of his apps, shares his thinking on charging for the upgrades, and offers some advice on how to communicate with those who make your mission-critical apps.

MacVoices #19207: Macstock 2019 Wrap-Up with Mike Potter Macstock organizer Mike Potter wraps up this year’s event by looking back at the growth of the conference, the involvement of so many people, and updating us on the Digital Pass for those who couldn’t be there. Mike then looks ahead to next year’s Macstock, discussing the theme, and teases a discussion of how presentation submissions are reviewed.

MacVoices #19205: Macstock - Lydia Huzij Discusses Her Macstock Film Festival Entry We finish up our on-site Macstock 2019 coverage in a conversation with Lydia Huzij, who gave us an idea of the power of Notability and LumaFusion with her Macstock Film Festival entry. Lydia’s effort was a video created on-site during the 500th episode taking of Mac Power Users, and captured Macstock in a very unique way. See why Lydia’s creation is so inspiring, and why you should join her in thinking outside the box when creating video.