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How many applications do you open at one time on you Mac? One? Not likely. Ten? Possible. My MacBook white always runs at least three applications at a time, with several windows for each and a constant switching among them.

I’m not much of a mouse person. I prefer to use keyboard and shortcuts whenever possible. So, two of my favorite combination of keys are Command + Tab to switch between apps and Command + Tilde (~) to switch between windows in one app.

Personally I don’t feel this two steps process as a problem – maybe like a more organized way of working. But for recent Windows switcher the process could feel a bit annoying. There’s an easier way, though. Use Witch, a small application from Peter Maurer which behave similar to Alt + Tab in Windows – switching between windows of all open applications.

After you download and install Witch, a new Preference pane will appear and you can configure the way this application behave exactly the way you want, including the key combination to use in the “Triggers” tab. As the default shortcut key, Witch assign Option + Tab to switch between open Windows.

Witch also have something more to offer. It will automatically pull minimized windows out of the Dock when you switch to them. This one is my personal favorite features of Witch, and I’m sure most of Mac users will find this useful also.

The “Behaviour” tab will let users, among others, decide how should Witch sort the list of open apps. But maybe the most useful feature here is the Exception part, which lets users decide which windows should (not) be excluded from the list. If you want certain applications or certain windows with specific title out of the Witch list, here’s the place.

As an added bonus, the “Appearance” tab will let you decide on the cosmetics to wear, such as: theme to use or color combination to take on Witch appearance.

Last but not the least is the “About” tab which explain about the Licence. I think it’s fair to inform you that Witch is not a free application anymore (it used to be) and occasionally you will get some “friendly reminder” to buy the licence – which you should if you find this little app to be useful. But the nag is not too annoying and it seems that the developer will let the users use the unlicensed copy without time limit.

Jeffry Thurana

Jeffry Thurana is a creative writer living in Indonesia. He helps other writers and freelancers to earn more from their crafts. He’s on a quest of learning the art of storytelling, believing that how you tell a story is as important as the story itself. He is also an architect and a designer, and loves traveling and playing classical guitar.

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Photos Companion: Easily Send Photos To Your Windows Machine

There’s no doubt we live in a highly visual world. Every post we make on social media or the Internet has a visual accompanying it. If there are not enough images, or worse, none at all, the post will likely be overlooked.

If you post items for sale on sites such as Etsy or eBay and want a simple way to get your pictures from your Android phone to your Windows 10 computer, you need the new Photos Companion app.

Microsoft Garage just released this app to make transferring those files quick and easy.

How Can Photos Companion Help You?

In the past if you wanted to send pictures from your phone to your computer to edit them or use them as part of a posting, there were only so many ways to do that. You had to email them to yourself, use the “Share” feature on your phone, or plug your device into your computer using a USB cord.

These techniques can all be time-intensive, especially if you need to upload a large number of photos.

Photos Companion will send pictures from your phone to your computer over your home wireless network. The files will be on your computer in a snap because they transfer by way of your WiFi network.

You don’t have to search for the pictures either. You will immediately see them appear in your photos app.

How to Use Photos Companion

1. Download the Photos Companion app from the Google Play store to your phone.

2. Go to your computer and open your Photos app in Windows 10.

5. Close the app and then restart it. Doing this will save the setting you just changed. You will only need to do it this one time.

7. A box will appear on your screen with a QR code.

Once they have finished uploading, you will see the following screen.

The next time you have pictures you want to send to your laptop, reduce your stress. Streamline the process by trying the Photos Companion app from Microsoft Garage.

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Tracey Rosenberger spent 26 years teaching elementary students, using technology to enhance learning. Now she’s excited to share helpful technology with teachers and everyone else who sees tech as intimidating.

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Boom 3D: Experience Spatial Audio On Your Windows Or Mac

Boom 3D: Experience Spatial Audio on Your Windows or Mac Boom 3D: How It Works

Installing Boom 3D is a straightforward task –

Install Boom 3D On Windows:

Download and install Boom 3D on your Windows desktop.

Follow the on-screen steps to install Boom 3D on your desktop.

To set Boom 3D as your output device, follow these steps –

Open Control Panel

Go to Sound

Compatible Windows OS: Windows 10 and 11.

Install Boom 3D On Mac:

First, download the setup file for your Mac from Boom 3D’s official website, just as you saw in the Windows version.

Restart your Mac.

And, there you have it; Boom 3D will be ready. All you have to do now is signup using your email.

Why Should You Choose Boom 3D? 1. Movies

Now, you can watch all your movies in 3D surround sound without investing in any high-end speaker boosters or other expensive hardware. Every minute detail that Boom 3D captures is crisp and clear, whether it be a loud gunshot or a distant whisper.

2. Music

Bring your music to life – You can now convert your desktop into a music booster, thanks to Boom’s 3D surround sound. And, if you thought that is all, Boom 3D also adds deep bass to every note. This would give you an effect of an artist performing live or as if you have an expensive bass booster at home.

3. Gaming

Boom 3D delivers an immersive and heavenly experience to gamers since its multi-channel 3D surround audio brings awesome clarity with each interaction.

Experience Spatial and Immersive Audio on Your Mac or Windows Desktop with Boom 3D’s Sound Effects

3D Surround: The trademark 3D technology lets you tweak your surround sound experience.

Ambiance: Reduce or boost ambient sounds with Boom 3D.

Fidelity: You can spike up weaker frequencies to get a more accurate sound.

Night Mode: With this mode, you can enhance the quality of softer sounds, tone down loud noises, and listen to music without causing others any trouble.

Spatial: Achieve a clearer and crisper 3D sound.

Pitch: With this, you can tweak the instruments’ pitch.

Boom for iOS and Android

Boom is also available for Android and iOS users. It is the best bass equalizer and booster app for your phone. The Boom App completely changes the way you listen to music. The credits include handcrafted presets, a powerful bass booster, and a customizable 16-band equalizer.

Regardless of the headphones, you would feel your tunes come to life; that’s the magic of 3D surround sound.

Final Review

Without a doubt, Boom 3D is an out-and-out winner since it not only comes with many spectacular features but also gives you 30 days, during which you can test out all of its features without spending a single penny. Once your trial period has ended, you can purchase the license from their official website.

Boom 3D enables you to enjoy immersive surround sound with any streaming platforms, media players, and any apps on your Mac or Windows PC, with unparalleled sound quality.

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Switching From Windows To Chromebook: One Thing Holds Me Back

But there’s one thing that keeps coming between us, one thing that makes me keep coming back to your Mean Girls rival each and every time I try to switch to your simpler, (mostly) open source OS and your affordable hardware. It’s not you, Chromebooks, it’s Photoshop. 

A string of failed flings 

I’ve been using Google’s desktop operating system ever since it launched in one form or another, and I always seem to have at least one Chrome-powered laptop or tablet around to keep fresh on it. And for all that time, I’ve been desperate to get Photoshop on it in some way, shape, or form. As a tech reporter and reviewer, I need a powerful image editor as part of my daily workflow, either for whipping up a quick header image (like the one you see at the top of this article) or for cleaning a bunch of review photos. 

I should point out that it’s very specifically Photoshop, and not just, say, a competent image editor, that I crave. I’ve been using Adobe’s visual tools for over twenty years, ever since Desktop Publishing class in high school, and I’m very fast and efficient with Photoshop’s suite of editing tools in particular. Anyone who’s memorized a complex set of keyboard shortcuts, only to find that they’ve all moved around in a competing program, knows what I’m talking about. 

Web-based wanderings

As for getting it on ChromeOS, this need has manifested in a few ways. The easiest and the one I tend to fall back on if put into a corner is sending in the clones. There are several web-based image editors that attempt to ape Photoshop’s functionality to a greater or lesser extent and which work great as web apps on a Chromebook. My go-to is Photopea, which isn’t shy at all about its aspirations of being a web-based Photoshop. 

But being web-based, it still requires me to upload photos in a cumbersome file explorer, rather than grabbing them directly off the desktop or (even better) copy-and-pasting them into a canvas for instant satisfaction. Since it’s also running in the Chrome browser, my beloved keyboard shortcuts have to be shared across both browser and image editor functions, causing even more headaches. I search on.

Emulation frustration

One of the other options I tried is running the Photoshop Windows program in an emulator. This might not be an option on some Chromebooks, particularly budget models and those based on ARM hardware, but anything rocking a Core i3 processor or similar should at least be able to try running Windows apps using Chrome’s Linux powers and WINE or the Android-based CrossOver.

That’s fine if you want, say, a basic text editor or an old copy of Space Cadet Pinball. But Photoshop is a beast of a desktop program, even when it’s running natively. When you try this kind of workaround, headaches begin immediately. My go-to Photoshop version is Creative Suite 6, which is now over a decade old. I’m using such dusty software because 1) it still has all the features I need and then some and 2) I’m too cheap to pay every damn month for Creative Cloud. 

But getting CS6 to run in CrossOver is, if you will forgive the dense technical jargon of my profession, a bugger. I’ve tried several times on Chromebooks that should be more than up to the task and something always seems to trip it up. On the rare occasions that I can get past Adobe’s intentionally labyrinthine license verification process, the app just crashes. 

Did you know you can download and run Adobe Creative Suite 2 for free, more or less legally? Not on ChromeOS, but still, pretty cool. 

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I have an even older version of Photoshop sitting around for emergencies, Creative Suite 2. (Because Adobe no longer operates the licensing servers for this software, you can get a full, authentic copy of it and run it without verification even if, ahem, you forgot where you put your receipt.) And CS2 does run in WINE on a Chromebook…but the nearly 20-year-old software assumes that you’re using it on a CRT monitor with about as much resolution as an Apple Watch. As a result, the interface is so tiny that I couldn’t use it even if I hadn’t ruined my eyes with decades of video games. 

The fact that Adobe makes Photoshop for a tablet, ostensibly a media consumption device, and not a full desktop operating system with more users than MacOS, makes me angry. Defeated again, I tried less savory options. 

Land of the Linux hippies 

If you make the mistake of letting an avid Linux user corner you, you’ll discover that there are a wide variety of powerful image editors available outside the world of Windows and Mac. If you’ve ever searched for a Photoshop alternative that’s less expensive than the average car payment, you might have even heard of them. GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, is the go-to option and the Linux version can run on Chrome OS natively.

Unfortunately, I found that GIMP’s interface is as cumbersome as its name is distasteful. And that’s saying something, given that Photoshop’s interface isn’t exactly user-friendly after 35 years of active development. There are options for making GIMP more accessible to long-time Photoshop junkies, but that’s adding more and more steps between me and just being able to use a Chromebook as my main work machine. 

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Alas, every other Linux alternative I found ran into similar problems. Some were far too basic, being passion projects for Linux developers and fans more than true alternatives to commercial software. Some were too focused on photography, lacking the nitty-gritty raster editing I needed for fast header images. And some were just annoying, lacking specific tools that I’d come to rely on or the option to adjust those oh-so-important keyboard shortcuts. 

At this point, I must confess, I’m being fussy. If I really buckled down and broke my reliance on Photoshop, something that both I and Adobe desperately deserve, I’d be in a much better position for it. I’d be able to try out a host of free and cheap software, and I wouldn’t find myself tied to both Photoshop and Windows hardware just to get through my average workday. 

But I can’t, so here I am, cutting myself off from a wonderful slice of the laptop market and coming back to Lenovo for a new Thinkpad every few years. Dammit. 

Hope on the horizon

There’s some hope on the horizon. While still maddeningly refusing to make a version of full version of Photoshop for either the Play Store (Android) or the Chrome Web Store, Adobe has made one that can run in the browser. The web-based Photoshop is still in beta a year and a half after being introduced and it’s still locked behind an expensive monthly Creative Cloud subscription. 

Yes, I’ve tried the web version of Photoshop on Chromebooks. It runs into some of the same problems that Photopea does. It wants you to load images via Adobe’s maddeningly slow online library system instead of simply grabbing them from a local file. And, while it’s better than a basic free image editor, it’s still missing some of the basic editor tools that even Photopea has nailed down by now. 

Adobe

There are rumblings of Adobe making this web-based version of Photoshop free for everyone. Those rumblings are going on a year old at this point, so I’ve stopped holding my breath. I get the feeling that someone at Adobe got terrified of simply making something that millions of people want and can easily use, and retreated back into their comfy pillow fort made out of giant stacks of cash. 

I suppose I could always wait for Google to make a Photoshop alternative, which would be an excellent addition to its Google Docs suite and run great on ChromeOS… but then I’d just be waiting for it to land in the Google Graveyard. It’s a cliche for a reason, after all. 

Get Itunes 12.6.3 With App Store For Mac And Windows

Do you miss having the App Store in iTunes? You’re in luck, because Apple has released iTunes 12.6.3, an alternative version of iTunes that retains the ability to download and install iOS apps directly within the iTunes application on a computer. App management via iTunes was a popular feature that was removed from iTunes 12.7 in favor of managing apps directly on iOS devices instead.

Apple apparently released iTunes 12.6.3 as an alternative version because “certain business partners might still need to use iTunes to install apps.” But even if you are not a “business partner” you can still download and install iTunes 12.6.3 and use the version of iTunes to manage apps with an iPhone or iPad connected through a Mac or Windows PC.

iTunes 12.6.3 is available to download for Mac and Windows users, and can be easily installed over iTunes 12.7 to regain the native iOS App Store functionality for improved iPhone and iPad app management. Users who would like to have the iOS App Store functionality in iTunes on their computers again should download and install the alternative iTunes release. The ease of installation prevents the need to downgrade iTunes 12.7 or fiddle with the somewhat hidden iTunes 12.7 method of transferring apps and ringtones to an iPhone or iPad.

Download iTunes 12.6.3 with iOS App Store Support

You can download iTunes 12.6.3 from the Apple support page, or using the direct download links below which point to the files directly on Apple servers:

Choosing a direct download link will start the file download for iTunes 12.6.3 immediately. The download is about 280 MB and can be installed like any other software onto a Mac or PC.

How to get the App Store back into iTunes

Accessing the App Store, apps, or Tones in iTunes 12.6.3 is basically the same as prior versions of iTunes, here’s all that is necessary to get app management and the iOS App Store back in iTunes again:

Download and install iTunes 12.6.3 onto the computer, you can install it over iTunes 12.7 or a prior release version

Launch iTunes as usual

Select the pulldown menu in the upper left corner

Choose “Apps” or “Tones”

Under “Apps” you will find the app library, updates, and an ‘App Store’ option to be able to download apps directly into the App Store via iTunes again

Note: if you are having a problem with the “iTunes Library.itl” file after installing iTunes 12.6.3, quit out of iTunes and navigate to ~/Music/iTunes/ and backup the iTunes chúng tôi file by renaming it, then open Previous iTunes Libraries/ and copy the most recent version of that iTunes file into the ~/Music/iTunes/ directory. You can read full instructions on fixing iTunes chúng tôi errors here.

Downloading and installing iTunes 12.6.3 also stops iTunes from asking the user to download any new versions, so if you want to stay on iTunes 12.6.3 with the App Store, ringtones, and other features that are since removed from future versions, you can easily do so.

iTunes 12.6.3 supports all existing iPhone and iPad devices, and the release also supports the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, meaning users of the newest model iPhone hardware will have full iTunes support without needing to bother with iTunes 12.7.

If you have been having difficulty adapting to the removal of the App Store in iTunes 12.7, you’ll likely appreciate installing iTunes 12.6.3 and getting app management back again, so check it out.

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How To Find Your Printer’S Ip Address On Windows Or A Mac

Whether configuring your printer, troubleshooting an issue, or attempting to connect to a network, it’s very handy to know how to find your printer’s IP address. Thankfully it’s very easy to do, and there are several ways to do it on both PC and Mac. We’ll run you through each of them in this quick guide.

Before you start working it out through your computer, it’s worth checking the printer itself first. If your printer has an LCD display then you can probably navigate to the settings menu and find an option to display the printer IP address. We’ll go over four possible methods of finding the IP address if you’ve already tried this.

How to find your printer’s IP address in Windows

The exact instructions for finding your printer’s IP address in Windows might vary slightly depending on whether you’re on Windows 10 or Windows 11. But we’re mainly talking about names of menus and things like that. The steps are essentially the same.

In the Control Panel

Start by navigating to the control panel. There are a couple of ways to do this:

Hold the Windows key on the keyboard and press i to open the control panel.

Select the printer for which you want to find the IP address from the list of printers.

The printer’s IP address should be listed next to the Location field.

How to find your printer’s IP in your Router’s admin panel

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The steps to find your printer’s IP address in your router’s admin panel may vary slightly depending on the brand and model of your router. The steps will generally be along these lines:

Open a web browser on a device connected to the same network as your printer.

Type your router’s IP address in the address bar and hit enter.

You will be prompted to enter the login credentials for your router. Enter your username and password to log in to the admin panel.

Navigate to the Devices or Attached devices section of your router’s admin panel. This section may be located under a LAN or Network tab.

Look for your printer’s name or MAC address in the list of connected devices. The IP address of the printer should be listed next to it.

You may need to refer to your router’s manual to determine its IP address. It will also be one of the IP addresses listed when you type ipconfig into the Windows Command Prompt, as outlined above. There are some common default gateway addresses, including 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1, 192.168.2.1, and 10.0.0.1.

How to find your printer’s IP by printing the network configuration page

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Another option for finding your printer’s IP address involves returning to the printer itself. We mentioned in the intro that you might be able to find the IP address on a printer’s LCD display, but you can also get the printer’s IP by printing the network configuration page.

You’ll get precise instructions on how to do this from the printer’s user manual, as every model and brand will be slightly different. But broadly, the steps will be along these lines:

Make sure your printer is turned on and connected to your network.

Press the Menu button on your printer’s control panel.

Use the arrow keys to navigate to the Network or Network setup option and press OK or Select.

Navigate to the Print network configuration page option and press OK or Select.

Your printer will print a page that contains information about its network settings, including its IP address. You should find the IP address in the TCP/IP or IP Address section of the page.

FAQs

An IP address on a printer is a unique numerical identifier that is assigned to the printer to enable it to communicate on a network. The IP address allows other devices on the network to locate and communicate with the printer.

Yes, you can change the IP address of your printer. Most printers allow you to change the IP address manually through the control panel or menu. Alternatively, you can assign a static IP address to your printer using your network’s DHCP server.

The default IP address for a printer can vary depending on the manufacturer and model of the printer. Generally, printers do not have a standard default IP address across all devices. However, many printers are configured to obtain an IP address automatically through Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) when connected to a network.

If the IP address of your printer is not working, it may be because the printer has been assigned a new IP address by the DHCP server on your network. Try printing a new configuration or network status page to find the printer’s new IP address.

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