Hi everyone,

Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus was our very special guest for our December meeting. It was excellent, we are very fortunate to have Bob as our guest.

Here is a summary of his presentation, with links to articles he has written about his recommendations:

His business: Working Smarter for Mac Users. He has a book (both print and e-book), videos, and much more. The main website is:

workingsmarterformacusers.com

A key point is the Pomodoro technique. This requires a person to focus for a certain period of time (such as 25 minutes) and allow no distractions. He wrote an article about it, here:
https://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/dr.-macs-working-smarter-apps-that-help-you-with-the-pomodoro-technique

Bob's favorite app (though he has many he likes) for the Pomodoro technique is Zonebox. It can be found here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zonebox/id597870795

Bob gave a plug for MemoLive, the video editing and broadcasting software from Boinx. This was previously called BoinxTV. The software can be downloaded from:

https://boinx.com/mimolive/

Next Bob showed us several features in Mac OS X Mojave. These are also in an article he wrote for The Mac Observer: https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/dr-macs-rants-raves/three-macos-mojave-features/

Before you upgrade:

  1. Backup your startup disk.
  2. Backup your startup disk again.
  3. Test your backups by restoring a few files.
  4. Check your apps’ compatibility at roaringapps.com/apps?platform=osx/.
  5. Install macOS Mojave.

Finder Quick Action tops the list of Bob's favorite features. He wrote an article about it here:
https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/dr-macs-rants-raves/more-macos-mojave-features-you-may-love/

Mojave screen capture: There is a new screen capture keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X Mojave that makes it very easy to make screen shots, edit them, mark them up, and much more. The keyboard command is command-shift-5.

Mojave camera integration: Bob also talked about ways the camera on your iPhone or iPad can show up in Mac OS X Mojave, through Continuity Camera. This lets you use your iDevice's camera on your Mac.

Bob has written other articles about Mac OS X Mojave:

https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/dr-macs-rants-raves/new-mojave-watchos-5-tvos-12/

Bob's recommendations:

Brydge iPad keyboard. Bob's article: https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/dr-macs-rants-raves/brydge-over-troubled-keyboards/

Luna display - turn your iPad (even the iPad Pro) into a real 2nd display for your Macintosh. You can use it anywhere. Bob's article: https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/dr-macs-rants-raves/two-displays-better-one-part-ii/

Apple AirPods. Bob raved about the sound quality, and how well they block out noise. Bob's article: https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/dr-macs-rants-raves/dr-macs-headset-roundup-2018-edition/

He also wrote about Apple AirPods in the Houston Chronicle:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/technology/article/Do-you-hear-what-I-hear-Choose-wisely-on-13440370.php

Logitech Boom and Megaboom: Bluetooth speakers that are wireless and waterproof. Bob's article:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/drmac/article/Dr-Mac-s-holiday-gift-guide-2017-Part-II-12405133.php

Keyboard Maestro:
https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/dr-macs-rants-raves/save-time-effort-keyboard-maestro/

Apple Watch:
https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/dr-macs-rants-raves/not-apple-watch-series-3-review-conclusion/