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Mac Power Users

Learn about getting the most from your Apple technology with focused topics and workflow guests. Creating Mac Power Users, one geek at a time since 2009. For new episodes, visit

Hosted by David Sparks and Katie Floyd.

#53: Workflows with Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus

July 10, 2011 at 1:27PM • 1 hour 13 minutes

This workflow episode features Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus. Bob is a computer columnist for the Houston Chronicle, a complete and total Mac geek, and the author of 50 books, most of which are aimed at Mac OS X and iOS. Links of Note Microsoft Office for Mac OmniOutliner Dropbox Field Notes Notebooks Scrivener Notsey App [...]

#52: Getting Ready for Lion

June 26, 2011 at 10:40AM • 1 hour 7 minutes

David and Katie talk about the changes in the upcoming operating system and what you need to do to get your Mac ready to ensure a smooth install. You’ll want to listen to this episode before you install OS 10.7 Lion. Apple Lion Site New Lion Features How To Buy Lion Apple Up To Date [...]

#51: MenuBars, Docks and Dashboards

June 11, 2011 at 8:14PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

Katie and David look at their menubars, docks, and dashboards. Links of Note MenuBar iFreeMem SoundSource Caffeine Better Snap Tool CNET Tech Tracker Mouseposé Evernote LogMeIn FlashFrozen Click to Flash Dropbox XMarks Transmit Crashplan MenuMeters iStat Menus BusyCal TextExpander CrashPlan ChronoSync Dock Dockless Secrets Dashboard Tea Timer Dashquit Harmonic Earth Airlock Mighty Monitor Typo Clock.

#50: Workflows with David Wain

May 23, 2011 at 4:40PM • 1 hour 39 minutes

David and Katie sit down with comedian, writer, actor and director David Wain. David is an avid Mac user and walks us through his workflow and how he implemented technology in the production of his upcoming feature film, Wanderlust. Written and directed by David, Wanderlust stars Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd will be released in [...]

#49: Mac Maintenance

May 7, 2011 at 6:46PM • 1 hour 9 minutes

Katie and David dive deep on Mac maintenance issues, practices, and and tools. Links of Note Mac OS X Console Mac OS X Software Update Mac App Store CNet Tech Tracker Macworld on Repairing Permissions Apple on Zapping PRAM Apple on Snow Leopard Caches Apple on Disk Fragmentation Cocktail Onyx Drive Genius Follow Up Links.

#48: GoodReader

April 24, 2011 at 6:23PM • 59 minutes

GoodReader is the iOS App that adds a file management system, open virtually any type of file and read and annotate PDF documents. David and Katie share how they use this app in their workflows and how it adds functionality to iOS devices. Links of Interest: GoodReader for iPad GoodReader for iPhone Good.iware   Please [...]

#47: Dropbox Awesomeness

April 10, 2011 at 8:28AM • 1 hour 28 minutes

David and Katie are joined by Eddie Smith of Practically Efficient to discuss all that is awesome about Dropbox. The trio discuss how to use Dropbox to share files across multiple computers and iDevices as well as dive into geekier uses for the service. Links of Interest: Practically Efficient Dropbox Dropbox Student Discount Dropbox Bento Sync Dropbox [...]

#46: Workflows with Merlin Mann II

March 27, 2011 at 8:36AM • 2 hours 26 minutes

David and Katie sit down again with Merlin Mann. Merlin updates us on his workflows and his latest projects. Links of Interest: Merlin Mann Back to Work 5By5 Studios You Look Nice Today MPU 023: Workflows with Merlin Mann I Dragon Dictate for Mac MacSpeech Scribe CarbonFin Outliner Bret Terpstra MPU 037: Markdown and MultiMarkdown.

#45: Finding Files and Tagging

March 13, 2011 at 9:38AM • 1 hour 20 minutes

Katie and David, joined by Mac mad scientist Brett Terpstra,  cover the many ways to organize and find files on your Mac. This show includes tips on tagging, spotlight, naming conventions and more. Links of Note Brett’s Site Brett’s Text Expander Posts Using Spotlight Macworld Spotlight Article Victor Talks Spotlight Brett’s Tagging Post OpenMetaTags HoudahSpot.

#44: Taking Notes on Mac OS X and iOS

February 27, 2011 at 9:23AM • 1 hour 25 minutes

Katie and David tackle how to take notes in a variety of contexts using your Mac and iOS devices. Links of Note David’s Electrons vs. Meetings Post David’s OPML Post OmniOutliner Evernote Yojimbo iThoughtsHD MindNode Notational Velocity David’s Notational Velocity Tango Post Notational Velocity ALT SimpleNote NoteBook NoteBook for iPad Livescribe Microsoft Word Microsoft OneNote.