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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. Hosted by David Sparks and Stephen Hackett.

Episode Date
668: Workflows with Tim Stringer
OmniFocus expert Tim Stringer drops by the show to catch David and Stephen up on his businesses, his use of multiple Macs and how OmniFocus 4 is shaping up while in beta.
Nov 27, 2022
667: Revisiting Apple Reminders & Notes
Apple's Notes and Reminders apps have come a long way since their introductions years ago. This week, Stephen and David look at their history, discuss their current iterations and make some requests for the future.
Nov 20, 2022
666: The 2022 MPU Gift Guide
Believe it or not, it is time for the annual MPU Holiday Gift Guide once again!
Nov 13, 2022
665: Covered in Paper Cuts
On this feedback episode, the guys revisit backup tools, talk about keyboard shortcuts and discuss a bunch of listener emails.
Nov 06, 2022
664: macOS Ventura & iPadOS 16
Apple has shipped significant updates to its operating systems, so this week, David and Stephen explore the features each brings to the table, getting deep into macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16.1.
Oct 30, 2022
663: HomeKit Check-In
With Matter on the horizon, there has never been a better time to get into home automation. On this episode, Stephen and David talk about how their HomeKit setups have evolved over time and what they hope Apple and others can add to the smart home in the future.
Oct 23, 2022
662: Navigating Apple Maps
Apple Maps has matured from its rocky start back a decade ago into a robust alternative to Google Maps. This week, David and Stephen go on a roadtrip through the service's history, features and more.
Oct 16, 2022
661: Our Desks & Bags
With David settling in at his new studio, the guys take some time to talk about their desk setups, what's in their bags and what they carry with them daily.
Oct 09, 2022
660: App Updates for iOS 16 & The Apple Watch Ultra
David and Stephen share some of the treats they've found as apps are getting updated for iOS 16. Then, they talk through their first impressions of the Apple Watch Ultra.
Oct 02, 2022
659: Workflows with Alex Cox
Alex Cox drops by the show to update Stephen and David on their new indie life, including Apple silicon hardware, collaboration tools and the new iPhone 14 Pro.
Sep 25, 2022
658: Every Letter is Precious
In this feedback episode, David and Stephen revisit iOS 16 and the M2 MacBook Air, then dive into some listener questions and talk about the state of voice dictation.
Sep 18, 2022
657: New Hardware & iOS 16
Apple has announced its slate of iPhones and Apple Watches for the year and has major software releases right around the corner. This week, David and Stephen discuss the company's announcements and review iOS 16.
Sep 08, 2022
656: The Fundamentals are Timeless, with Stephen Millard
Automation wizard Stephen Millard joins David and Stephen to discuss Shortcuts, Alfred workflows and a whole host of other automation tools across Apple's platforms.
Sep 04, 2022
655: Streaming Check-in with Julia Alexander
Julia Alexander drops by to discuss the world of streaming services, and how Apple stands apart from its competitors in the space. Also discussed: the sad lack of modern orange notebooks, the importance of the Apple Watch and some of Julia's go-to apps.
Aug 28, 2022
654: Data Storage in 2022
File storage is both more accessible and more complicated than ever. This week, David and Stephen address storage mediums, syncing services, backup strategies and a lot more.
Aug 21, 2022
653: Workflows with Chris Christensen
Chris Christensen is a web developer, writer and traveler with roots in 90s Apple. This week, he joins David and Stephen to discuss his work, navigating the world and a lot more.
Aug 14, 2022
652: Where Does the iPad Fit?
Apple refers to the iPad as a magical pane of glass that becomes whatever you need of it. This week, David and Stephen discuss some apps and accessories that help the iPad reach that potential.
Aug 07, 2022
651: 3,041 Press Releases
In this feedback episode, Stephen talks David through his workflows of the Apple History Calendar, and then the guys talk about the current state of Apple's beta software. They also tackle some listener feedback and check in on the new version of Alfred.
Jul 31, 2022
650: Craft Deep Drive
David shares his impressions of the M2 MacBook Air, then he and Stephen talk through Craft. While it can be used for simple note taking, it also packs a lot of powerful personal knowledge management tools for users who need them.
Jul 24, 2022
649: Workflows with William Gallagher
William Gallagher has written using a Mac for decades. This week, he joins Stephen and David to discuss his work and how he gets words on the page.
Jul 17, 2022
648: Software Club: Apollo for Reddit
This week, Stephen and David talk about Reddit and a third-party client named Apollo, which brings a world-class Reddit experience to iPhone users. Then, they are joined by its developer Christian Selig to discuss the app's origins, working with the Reddit API and a lot more.
Jul 10, 2022
647: Workflows with Zac Hall
9to5 Mac editor Zac Hall guests on the Mac Power Users this week with thoughts on life without the iPad, writing workflows, the current Apple Betas and future Macs.
Jul 03, 2022
646: Vibing with Tony Miceli
Tony Miceli is a world-renowned jazz vibraphonist. This week, he joins David and Stephen to talk about how music and technology have become more intertwined over his career, and how he built an online community of vibraphonists.
Jun 26, 2022
645: Live Q&A with Stephen and David
This week, David and Stephen hosted a live webinar, talking about the current crop of Apple's betas and answering listener questions.
Jun 19, 2022
644: Some Cool Mac Utilities
David and Stephen catch up on some recent updates to some stalwarts of the macOS utility landscape, and talk about some other apps that make their Mac setups complete.
Jun 12, 2022
643: WWDC 2022
Recorded live and in-person at Apple Park, Stephen and David reflect on the announcements made at WWDC22.
Jun 07, 2022
642: Shortcuts for Mac
Shortcuts arrived on the Mac a year ago, and in the time since, Apple and third-party developers have worked to make it a real contender in terms of automation on macOS. This week, David and Stephen talk about the app and David's new Field Guide on the topic.
May 29, 2022
641: Catching up with Federico Viticci
MacStories boss Federico Viticci returns to the show to talk about the iPad's apparent stagnation and how the Mac has grown over the last few years. The guys also talk about Raycast, Shortcuts, Apple silicon and more.
May 22, 2022
640: The iPhone App Roundup
The App Store didn't launch until a year after the first iPhone, but it has defined the smartphone era. This week, Stephen and David talk about some of their favorite iPhone apps.
May 15, 2022
639: Software Club: Greg Pierce and Drafts
In the inaugural meeting of the Software Club, David and Stephen talk about Drafts and their use of the application. Then they are joined by Drafts developer Greg Pierce to talk about the app's community of users, its 10th anniversary and how Greg uses Drafts himself.
May 08, 2022
638: A Mac Setup Consulting Company
Stephen and David sort through listener feedback, revisiting topics such as, time tracking and their own Apple silicon experiences. Oh, and the person who took a Mac Pro to the coffee shop to get some work done on the go.
May 01, 2022
637: Digging Deep on Tracking Time
David and Stephen both track how they spend their time. In this episode, they discuss the approaches and tools they use to see how they spend their days.
Apr 24, 2022
636: Workflows with Ryan JA Murphy
Ryan JA Murphy is a writer and Ph.D. student who is using the Mac and iPad to work with information systems and design science. This week, Stephen and David talk with him about his workflows for research, data organization and more.
Apr 17, 2022
635: Workflows with Allison Sheridan
Allison Sheridan has been a Mac user since the very beginning and has been talking about Apple and its products since late 2005. She joins Stephen and David to talk about her experience with the platform, her use of diagramming in blog posts and much, much more.
Apr 10, 2022
634: Getting the Most Out of Your iPhone Camera
The iPhone has all but killed the point-and-shoot camera market. This week, Stephen and David talk about the hardware and software that makes the iPhone such a good camera for photography.
Apr 03, 2022
633: Workflows with Nick Milo
Nick Milo is a creator who is teaching people about Obsidian. This week, he talks with David and Stephen about how he manages his business, creates polished content and, of course, Obsidian and personal knowledge management.
Mar 27, 2022
632: Be the Most Mac Pro
On this feedback episode, David and Stephen celebrate the Mac Studio and Studio Display before revisiting the Stream Deck, Preview, Day One and more.
Mar 20, 2022
631: Back to the Mac, with Myke Hurley
Between Relay FM, Cortex Brand and his keyboard streaming, Myke Hurley is a man of many hats. This week, he talks with David and Stephen about he balances these different jobs and how everyone can benefit from having a theme.
Mar 13, 2022
630: Preview Deep Dive
Preview has been in every Mac's Application folder since 2001 when OS X launched. Today, Stephen and David dive into the program, exploring is wide range of features for editing both images and PDFs.
Mar 06, 2022
629: Workflows with Craig Hockenberry
Craig Hockenberry is back to weigh in on Apple Silicon, why he's an Apple Watch Power User, and life as a Mac developer.
Feb 27, 2022
628: Stream Deck Power Users
The Stream Deck has become a central tool for many who use automation tools on their Mac. This week, Stephen and David dive into the device's hardware and software, explaining what makes it such a versatile device, before sharing their own uses for it.
Feb 20, 2022
627: Workflows with Adam Lisagor
Video producer, script writer, and loving nerd Adam Lisagor is back after a too-long hiatus to share his workflows related to running his growing advertising/video production business. Also, Adam's writing a script and has news to share on some new tools and workflows.
Feb 13, 2022
626: It's Like Two Dozen Calendars
In this feedback episode, David and Stephen revisit Dropbox, photo management, calendar sets and more.
Feb 06, 2022
625: Apple as the Measuring Stick, with Austin Evans
YouTuber and podcaster Austin Evans drops by the show to talk about his content business, how Apple is competing in the wider marketplace and the gear he uses to get work done with a growing team.
Jan 30, 2022
624: Apple Apps That Need Some Polishing
Apple ships a wide range of applications across its family of operating systems. However, over the years, they have received uneven amounts of support and attention from the company. This week, Stephen and David talk about some of these apps and which ones could use some love from the folks in Cupertino.
Jan 23, 2022
623: Collaboration and Project Planning
Very few people work alone at the top of a mountain. For the rest of us, things like team collaboration and project planning are a very real part of our work. David and Stephen talk about these topics and discuss some of their apps and services that can make working with others easier and more productive.
Jan 16, 2022
622: Exploring HomeKit with Shane Whatley
Stephen and David are joined by HomeKit expert Shane Whatley to talk about the apps, products and automations that can be used together to make any home smarter. With HomeKit, anyone can scale from a single smart bulb to a house full of technology.
Jan 09, 2022
621: Sparky Freedom
After 15 years of living a double life, David has closed down his law practice and is now working on MacSparky projects full-time.
Jan 03, 2022
620: The State of Apple in 2021
As the year draws to a close, David and Stephen survey the landscape and talk through the products, services and policies that have shaped Apple and its users over the last year.
Dec 26, 2021
619: Home Studio Updates
David had to move his home office, while Stephen built a cabin. This week, the guys compare notes on how their studios have evolved over the last couple of years.
Dec 19, 2021
618: Making Movies at Pixar, with John Soliman
Stephen and David chat with John Soliman, a 2nd Assistant Editor at Pixar about his workflows and how collaboration works at the studio.
Dec 12, 2021
617: Back in Whack
David and Stephen are joined by Apple's Jeremy Butcher to discuss the company's new Business Essentials program. Then, the guys revisit iCloud storage management, clipboard apps and email providers. USB-C hubs and migrating to an Apple silicon Mac are also discussed.
Dec 05, 2021
616: The Quality Will be Ensured, with Daniel Jalkut
Stephen and David are joined by Daniel Jalkut. After his absence is blamed on an innocent co-host, Daniel chats with the guys about his indie development career, the new MacBook Pro and the many options developers face when picking a method for writing a macOS application.
Nov 28, 2021
615: The Clipboard Manager Roundup
There is a range of applications to supercharge your copy and paste game. This week, David and Stephen explore some of the best options for macOS and even the iPad and iPhone.
Nov 21, 2021
614: The 2021 MPU Gift Guide
Believe it or not, it is time for the annual MPU Holiday Gift Guide once again.
Nov 14, 2021
613: The Future of Work, with Sean McCabe
David and Stephen talk with Sean McCabe about how he runs his businesses from what can only be described as a Mac battle station while stitching together macOS apps and several cloud services to be more productive.
Nov 07, 2021
612: macOS Monterey & MacBook Pro Impressions
David and Stephen review macOS Monterey and cover the features and changes it brings to the Mac. Then, the guys give their impressions of the new M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pros.
Oct 31, 2021
611: Unleashed, Indeed
This week, Stephen and David talk through Apple's new batch of MacBook Pros, powered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max systems on a chip.
Oct 20, 2021
610: iPad Workflows
Fresh off the release of iPadOS 15, David and Stephen cover the update's revised multitasking system and talk about some of their favorite workflows for the iPad.
Oct 14, 2021
609: "Sir, Get out of the E-waste"
In this feedback episode, Stephen and David discuss recent updates to iWork, more on various editions of DEVONthink and go through some listener feedback.
Oct 10, 2021
608: DEVONthink & New Apple Hardware
David's newest Field Guide covers DEVONthink, and this week he and Stephen discuss the application, some example uses and the basics anyone looking at it should know. After that, they review the new iPhone and iPad mini.
Oct 03, 2021
607: iOS & iPadOS 15
iOS and iPadOS 15 have arrived, bringing new features to Apple's mobile devices, including Focus modes, Live Text, new Home screen widgets, Safari extensions and a lot more. David and Stephen discuss their experiences with the beta and outline what's best in this year's upgrade.
Sep 26, 2021
606: California Streaming
Apple has unveiled new versions of the iPhone, Apple Watch and a couple different iPads. This week, David and Stephen talk through the news and their thoughts on the new products.
Sep 19, 2021
605: File Management in the Cloud Era
Files and folders have been with the Mac user since the very beginning, but today, file management has gotten a lot more complicated. This week, Stephen and David tackle the topics of tags, search, backups, cloud services and more, all in the hope of untangling the mess that storage has become for so many.
Sep 12, 2021
604: Workflows with Jay Miller
Jay Miller, from Relay's new Conduit podcast, joins to share some knowledge about the best workflows for video meetings, getting more out of the emerging Craft app and even more uses for a Mac mini.
Sep 05, 2021
603: Workin' with iWork
Starting with a pet project for Steve Jobs, all the way to a modern, web-infused set of applications across multiple platforms, iWork has expanded into a suite of tools more than capable of meeting almost anyone's needs. This week, Stephen and David talk through Keynote, Pages and Numbers, giving tips and comparing them to office suites offered by other companies.
Aug 29, 2021
602: Was that a Rabbit Hole?
In this feedback episode, Stephen and David discuss website redesigns, quote applications, encryption, virtualizing Windows and a whole lot more.
Aug 22, 2021
601: Soup Blasphemy with Kathy Campbell
Kathy Campbell is all over the Internet, as both a content creator and a business owner. She's a podcaster, artist, task-doer and so much more. Stephen and David talk with her about how she uses a mix of an iPad Pro, iMac Pro and a bunch of apps and services to keep all the plates spinning.
Aug 15, 2021
600: Mac Migration & Settings
The Apple silicon transition continues to march on, so David and Stephen sit down to talk about how to migrate to a new Mac, and what settings and preferences they recommend changing from the defaults.
Aug 08, 2021
599: A Man of the People, with Dr. Drang
Dr. Drang returns to the show to discuss his recent Mac renaissance, the way he manages notes and some of his favorite utilities.
Aug 01, 2021
598: Home Networking
Our homes and businesses have become more technology-dependent, and having a solid network is more important than ever. This week, the guys talk about what goes into designing and maintaining reliable wired and wireless networks, and give some advice if you're looking to upgrade yours.
Jul 25, 2021
597: A Ray of Sunshine, with Brett Burney
This week Apple enthusiast and lecturer, Brett Burney, joins Stephen and David to discuss differences between iWork and Microsoft Office, give presentations with your iPad and how to rock a TRS-80.
Jul 18, 2021
596: 30 iPhone Apps Under $10
The App Store is a big place, and the iPhone can become anything you want it to be. Today, Stephen and David talk about 30 apps worth checking out — all on a budget.
Jul 11, 2021
595: The Poetic Mike Vardy
Mike Vardy returns to the show to update David and Stephen on where he's found balance between the iPad and the Mac. Mike also discusses how he blends analog and digital tools, and how he shares tasks and ideas with his remote team.
Jul 04, 2021
594: A Third Alternative
It is feedback time, so David and Stephen are here with listener questions, their experiences with Apple's current crop of betas and the future of Day One.
Jun 27, 2021
593: It’s All Based on Stickies, with Paul Kafasis
Stephen and David are joined by Paul Kafasis to talk about Mac software development in the modern era, some of Rogue Amoeba's history and the tools Paul uses to get his work done.
Jun 20, 2021
592: WWDC 2021 and the Future of Mac Automation
WWDC 2021 has brought new versions of all of Apple's software platforms, with a large number of features coming to them all at once. This week, Stephen and David talk through the changes, and speak to Apple's Vivek Bhardwaj about the new Shortcuts for Mac and what it means for traditional (and future) Mac automation.
Jun 11, 2021
591: HyperCard All the Way Down, with Adam Engst
With over 30 years of history, TidBITs is the longest-running tech publication covering Apple in the world. This week, one of its founders, Adam Engst, drops by the show to talk about his writing workflow, unusual input devices and how WWDC has changed over the years.
Jun 06, 2021
590: Our Video Workflows
David and Stephen are both working on more video than ever, so they compare notes on their processes, gear and editing tools.
May 30, 2021
589: Zoom Jiu Jitsu with Teddy Svoronos
David and Stephen are joined by Teddy Svoronos to discuss the tech that he has implemented for distance teaching and learning in his role at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
May 23, 2021
588: macOS Services, with Sal Soghoian
Stephen and David talk with Sal Soghoian on the history of Automator and Services on the Mac, both of which are cornerstones of automation on macOS today. The trio discusses how these tools came to be, and how Apple has evolved them over the years, in addition to what can be done with them.
May 16, 2021
587: Catching Up with Casey Liss
Casey Liss drops by to chat with Stephen and David about waiting on the next Apple silicon announcement, his iPhone development work, home automation and how not to deal with digital photos.
May 09, 2021
586: iPhone Productivity
As the computer that's almost always in our pockets, the iPhone can become a surprisingly useful tool for getting things done.
May 02, 2021
585: Spring Loaded
In the wake of Apple's spring event, Stephen and David cover the new iMac and iPad Pro, and also discuss changes to the Apple TV and some of Apple's services. In short, everything should be more colorful and some things more powerful.
Apr 25, 2021
584: Everything Fades to Black
It's feedback time, so David and Stephen answer listener email, talk about iOS apps running on Apple silicon Macs and preparing your tech for the afterlife. There's also new MPU merch for sale!
Apr 18, 2021
583: The Obsidian Deep Dive
With the recent explosion in personal knowledge management tools, it is hard to know which one fits your needs the best. This week, David and Stephen talk through Obsidian, which builds on top of plain, old-fashioned Markdown documents.
Apr 11, 2021
582: Radio and Podcasts and Books, Oh My... with Shelly Brisbin
Shelly Brisbin returns to the show to explain how she applies power user workflows to working across multiple mediums throughout a normal work week.
Apr 04, 2021
581: “Work” Flows with Stephen and David
On this episode, David and Stephen discuss their work beyond MPU and what workflows and tools they use to keep things running smoothly in their small businesses.
Mar 28, 2021
580: Twenty Years of OS X
After several years of development, Apple launched Mac OS X to the world in March 2001. The new operating system was vastly different from what it replaced, and ushered in a new era for Apple. This week, Stephen and David reflect on two decades of their beloved platform.
Mar 21, 2021
579: 30 Mac Apps for Under $30
The ecosystem of Mac apps is small compared to what's available for iOS and iPadOS, but that doesn't mean there aren't some real gems out there to make working on macOS more productive.
Mar 14, 2021
578: Getting to Know Notion, with August Bradley
David and Stephen are joined by August Bradley, an expert in Notion. They discuss the features of the app, as well as its pros and cons. August then explains Systems Thinking and runs through some favorite apps and services.
Mar 07, 2021
577: Workflows with Shahid Kamal Ahmad
Shahid Kamal Ahmad drops by the show to tell David and Stephen about his ever-growing displays, game development on the Mac and creating music with a computer.
Feb 28, 2021
576: No Judgement Here
In this feedback episode, the guys revisit dictation, UUIDs, FileVault and the longevity of recent Mac hardware. Then, David talks about a new computer in his life and Stephen reworks his home screen.
Feb 21, 2021
575: Talking Parity with John Siracusa
John Siracusa joins Stephen and David to talk about the 2019 Mac Pro and what Apple silicon may mean for pro users. Then, John talks about his pair of Mac apps and what he wants out of the future of macOS.
Feb 14, 2021
574: Calendars, Contacts and Tasks
This week, David and Stephen get back to the basics, and check on how calendars, contacts and tasks can be effectively managed across a range of devices and apps.
Feb 07, 2021
573: Rosemary Orchard Returns
The Queen of Automation drops by to talk about her current gear and use of Plex, as well as how she is using HomeKit and managing files.
Jan 31, 2021
572: iPhone & iPad Tips
As the iPhone and iPad have become more full-featured, the software that runs them has gotten more complex and powerful. This time, David and Stephen run though a whole bunch of their favorite ways to get more out of these devices.
Jan 24, 2021
571: Catching up with Jeff Richardson
Writer and lawyer Jeff Richardson returns to the show to update Stephen and David on how he's working at a 12.9-inch iPad Pro most of the time, even when needing to use Windows.
Jan 17, 2021
570: Mac Security
From the beginning, Mac OS X was designed with security and privacy in mind, but over the years Apple has worked to make both the Mac's software and hardware more even more so. This week, Stephen and David cover what's what when it comes to Mac security.
Jan 10, 2021
569: Contextual Computing
This week, David walks Stephen through his concept of contextual computing, and why it's a lot easier to get started with than it sounds.
Jan 03, 2021
568: Looking Toward 2021
At the end of an unprecedented year, Stephen and David take some time to reflect on what it's meant for an Apple user, and what they'd like to see out of 2021 in terms of tech.
Dec 27, 2020
567: The M1 Honeymoon Continues
In this feedback episode, Stephen and David revisit bookmarks and Mail, M1 Macs and 32-bit apps, note taking and keyboards.
Dec 20, 2020
566: Paperless Strikes Back
Stephen and David talk through paperless tools, apps, and workflows in 2020. Also, David's released his new Paperless Field Guide.
Dec 13, 2020
565: The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
If you're shopping for a nerd in your life, David and Stephen are here to help.
Dec 06, 2020
564: Taking Pictures and Enriching Lives with Austin Mann
David and Stephen talk with photographer Austin Mann about his work and his annual iPhone camera reviews, including what sets the iPhone 12 Pro Max apart from Apple's other new phones.
Nov 29, 2020
563: macOS Big Sur
macOS Big Sur brings with it a new design and updated features. This week, Stephen and David wade in to macOS 11, before giving their impressions of the M1-powered MacBook Air.
Nov 22, 2020
562: The First Apple Silicon Macs
This week, David and Stephen are joined by Kurt Knight, Senior Director, Platform Product Marketing at Apple to talk about the M1 chip and macOS Big Sur. After that, the guys talk about this first wave of new Macs.
Nov 15, 2020
561: iPad Check-In with Federico Viticci
MacStories Founder Federico Viticci joins David to talk about the iPad and its ecosystem of apps for power users. As the iPad itself becomes more capable, what users can do with it continues to expand, but as the guys discuss, there are still pain points.
Nov 08, 2020
560: Workflows with Luc Beaudoin
Stephen and David are joined by Luc Beaudoin, a cognitive scientist, author and developer of the Mac app Hook. He explains how we typically gather, process and use data, and how our computing devices can assist — and detract — in that work.
Nov 01, 2020
559: Research Apps
A few new research applications have popped over the last year, joining some true Mac legends. To see what is what, David went on a quest, and has returned to share with Stephen the wisdom he gained while exploring.
Oct 25, 2020
558: Apple Hardware Season, with Zac Hall
Zac Hall from 9to5Mac and Space Explored joins David and Stephen to talk about the state of the Apple Watch's software and hardware, as well as Apple's new iPhones.
Oct 18, 2020
557: Grading the Intel Era
With Apple Silicon Macs coming soon, Stephen plays a montage for David that recaps the Intel era, featuring its highs and lows.
Oct 11, 2020
556: Video Conferencing Deep Dive, with Liana Lehua
Liana Lehua joins in this week to share the best workflows and gear for improving video conferencing and home audio and video. Liana and David also discuss business apps, widgets, and revisit the iPad vs. MacBook question.
Oct 04, 2020
555: iOS 14 Extravaganza
iOS 14 is here, bringing new features like widgets, the App Library, increased privacy and a lot more. This week, David and Stephen review the release and talk about how Apple could take some of these features farther in the future.
Sep 27, 2020
554: Read-it-later Services
Read-it-later services can be a great way to save and enjoy an article later, away from the noise of social media or an overflowing RSS client. This week, David and Stephen talk about some of the popular choices, and how to keep them from becoming just another thing to check. Then, a recap of Apple’s recent media event.
Sep 20, 2020
553: Sparky's Wrong ... Again
On this feedback episode, Stephen and David talk more about HomeKit, Dropbox, photo management and much, much more.
Sep 13, 2020
552: HomeKit in 2020, with Mikah Sargent
Since its introduction, HomeKit has steadily grown into a wide-reaching ecosystem for smart home devices. This week, Stephen and David talk with Mikah Sargent about HomeKit hardware and software, as well as ways to extend what Apple allows it to do in its default app.
Sep 06, 2020
551: Writing Music for the Picture Business, with David Metzger
David and Stephen are joined by orchestrator and composer David Metzger, whose resume includes *Frozen,* *Muppets Most Wanted,* *The Avengers,* *Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2* and more. He shares his setup, which includes multiple Macs networked together, numerous music applications and (eventually) a full-blown orchestra.
Aug 30, 2020
550: The World of RSS
RSS can bring news, blog posts and even podcasts to you, without needing to visit a bunch of different website. This week, Stephen and David talk about the rise of numerous RSS services and apps they've seen over the last few years, and share how this web technology makes their lives better.
Aug 23, 2020
549: Brett Terpstra's New Robe
Brett Terpstra returns to the show to talk about the Touch Bar, regular expressions, Markdown and what Apple Silicon Macs will mean for macOS applications and utilities.
Aug 16, 2020
548: Jumping Into Markdown
From jotting quick notes to writing for the web, Markdown has become a very popular choice for formatting plain text. It's syntax is human-readable and easy to learn. This week, David and Stephen teach Markdown 101 covering the more complex things the language can do.
Aug 09, 2020
547: Of a Certain Age, with Jim Metzendorf
This week, the editor of Mac Power Users, Jim Metzendorf, talks to Stephen and David about his background in audio and photography, and how the gear and workflows have changed in those fields over the years.
Aug 02, 2020
546: The Best Listeners
On this feedback show, David and Stephen go through some listener email, revisit notes apps and discuss remote troubleshooting iOS devices.
Jul 26, 2020
545: State of the Apple Watch
The Apple Watch has undergone massive changes since its introduction in 2014. This week, Stephen and David review some of that history, then launch into a conversation of the platform's strengths and weaknesses and how they use their Watches.
Jul 19, 2020
544: The Notes Roundup
The market for note taking applications is huge. There are options that just deal in plain-text, apps that serve as "everything buckets," and still others focused on automation. This week, David and Stephen cover some of the better options out there and share how they keep up with various bits of digital information in their lives.
Jul 12, 2020
543: A Developer's Summer, with Underscore David Smith
This week, Underscore David Smith joins the show to talk about what life as a developer is like between WWDC and the fall when new versions of Apple's operating system ship.
Jul 05, 2020
542: Beta Tales
It's beta season, and David and Stephen have reported for duty with reports of new features and general thoughts on macOS Big Sur, iOS and iPadOS 14 as well as watchOS 7. Plus, a brief announcement about something coming in July.
Jun 28, 2020
541: WWDC 2020
Recorded just a few hours after the WWDC keynote, Stephen and David share their reactions to iOS 14, macOS Big Sur, and the Mac's transition to Apple-designed processors.
Jun 23, 2020
540: Subroutine in the Brain
On this feedback episode, David and Stephen talk more about email and working from home, but also get into what it takes to make a MacSparky Field Guide and some weird problems they've recently encountered with their tech.
Jun 14, 2020
539: Back to Email
David has finally roped Stephen into talking about email. Topics include email services, apps and strategies. Later in the show, they are joined by Rosemary Orchard and Myke Hurley to hear about two specific apps they use every day.
Jun 07, 2020
538: I Predate the Home Computer, with James Thomson
PCalc developer James Thomson joins David and Stephen to talk about his background with the Mac, and what it take to build and maintain the same application over multiple decades.
May 31, 2020
537: The Photos Field Guide and Apple Photos
From the early days of iPhoto to now, with and iCloud, Apple has offered increasingly-robust photo management tools for its users. This episode, David and Stephen walk through the features and tools you should know about.
May 24, 2020
536: Our Bags
A nerd's bag can say a lot about them. This week, David and Stephen empty theirs to talk through their choices and how they've changed over the years.
May 17, 2020
535: State of the Platform: Apple Services
From iCloud to Apple TV+, Apple's range of services is broader then ever, but how do they all stack up? Is this shift to services changed how users should view the company?
May 10, 2020
534: The Business of Emoji, with Jeremy Burge
Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge joins David and Stephen to talk about emoji, how they're made and why they've found such huge success. Then, he explains how tech needs change when one lives on a ⛵.
May 03, 2020
533: Feeling Frisky with my Money
On this feedback episode, David shares some about an upcoming studio move, and Stephen talks about recent experimentation with a teleprompter. Also on the docket: connected home cameras, more on working from home and the iPhone SE.
Apr 26, 2020
532: BetterTouchTool
BetterTouchTool takes a Mac's input devices and turns them into automation triggers. It can transform the Touch Bar into a customized set of tools and make a Trackpad or Mouse much more powerful. This week Stephen and David dive into this utility and what it can do.
Apr 19, 2020
531: Teaching with GoodNotes, with David MacDonald
Dr. David MacDonald is a musician and professor with a unique way of using the iPad, Apple TV and GoodNotes together to engage and equip his students.
Apr 12, 2020
530: Working From Home
All of a sudden, many people are working from their homes for the first time. This week, Stephen and David tap into their combined decade of experience to share some of what has worked well for them at home.
Apr 05, 2020
529: State of the Mac
For many of us, the Mac is the center of our computing lives, and it's no secret the Mac has had its up and downs over the last decade. This week, David and Stephen discuss the current hardware and software that makes up our beloved computing platform. As a bonus segment at the end, they talk about the 2020 iPad Pros.
Mar 29, 2020
528: The Merlin Awakens
MPU Hall of Famer Merlin Mann returns to discuss using plain text, home automation, the Apple TV and more.
Mar 22, 2020
527: Dictation and Text Capture
Much of computing revolves around writing and text input, but most of us don't think about how to make that process more productive. This week, David and Stephen explore tools and techniques that make text easier to work with.
Mar 15, 2020
526: I Don’t Aspire to Anything Else
It's feedback time! David celebrates his 5th year of being independent, while Stephen has settled on an application to manage his tech history research. Then, more on Do Not Disturb and a whole bunch of listener questions.
Mar 08, 2020
525: Workflows with David Wain
Writer and director David Wain returns to the show to share how his creative process has changed over the years, and walks Stephen and David through the steps of making a show like *Medical Police.*
Mar 01, 2020
524: Photographing the Stars, with Andrew Burwell
The stars and planets are within sight, given the right hardware and software. Andrew Burwell has been honing his astrophotography skills, using Apple products to produce some amazing images of our universe.
Feb 23, 2020
523: State of the iPad
In the last decade, the iPad has gone from a brand-new device into a wide-reaching line of products that meet the needs of a range of users. This week, Stephen and David talk about the current state of the platform, and how it fits in with the iPhone and Mac.
Feb 16, 2020
522: iCloud Family Sharing
Family Sharing means that up to six people can share purchases, media and other Apple services. This week, David and Stephen walk through the features, how to set it up and the possible pitfalls of this Apple service.
Feb 09, 2020
521: Taming Notifications
From messages and emails to sports scores and social media, our devices generate all sorts of notifications. This week, we discuss how to weed the garden and tame the madness.
Feb 02, 2020
520: Weather Apps & Gear
Gone are the days of waiting for the evening news to find out the weather for the next day. Now, weather data is accessible anywhere. This week, David and Stephen compare a bunch of different weather apps and services before picking their favorite.
Jan 26, 2020
519: Workflows with Greg Pierce
Drafts developer Greg Pierce joins Stephen and David to talk about his move to an iMac, his development career and when it is time *not* to upgrade to a new device.
Jan 19, 2020
518: Technology in a War Zone, with Mark Hackett
Mark Hackett runs a small non-profit working in Sudan, named Operation Broken Silence. This week, he joins David and some other Hackett guy to talk about data management so far from home, the power of Apple's apps like Pages and his move to the iPad Pro.
Jan 12, 2020
517: State of the iPhone
The iPhone has become many people's primary device for many different types of tasks. On this episode, Stephen and David look at the current state of the hardware, software and services that make up Apple's most popular product.
Jan 05, 2020
516: Looking Toward 2020
David and Stephen review 2019, and the changes it brought to the Apple ecosystem before talking about their hopes for 2020.
Dec 29, 2019
515: Stephen Takes One for the Team
It's feedback time! David and Stephen revisit media management and external drives, then talk about David's 16-inch MacBook Pro, meditation apps and USB-C hubs. Then Stephen makes a confession, which David takes rather well.
Dec 22, 2019
514: Apple is Listening — The 2019 Mac Pro, with Thomas Grove Carter
David and Stephen interview Thomas Grove Carter, a video editor who has been using Final Cut Pro X on the 2019 Mac Pro with the Pro Display XDR. They talk about the power of the new machine, it's flexibility and how it unlocks new types of workflows for video editors.
Dec 10, 2019
513: Catalyst Apps on the Mac, with John Voorhees
Stephen and David are joined by John Voorhees to talk about Mac Catalyst, which allows for iPad apps to be developed for macOS. They review some early examples and talk about the technology and what it could mean for the Mac and iPad in the future.
Dec 08, 2019
512: Ask the Genius
Stephen steps behind the Genius Bar — or into the Genius Grove, as it were — to provide tips for troubleshooting Macs, iOS device and iCloud. Then, he and David talk about the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and how someone should prioritize features when buying a new computer.
Dec 01, 2019
511: 2019 Developer Roundtable
Ken Case of the Omni Group, Greg Scown of Smile and Dave Teare of AgileBits join David and Stephen to talk through Apple's year and the changes it brought for developers. Then, a conversation about app subscriptions, VC funding and more.
Nov 24, 2019
510: The 2019 Holiday Gift Guide
It's that time again; the annual MPU Holiday Gift Guide has returned.
Nov 17, 2019
509: Brent Simmons, Man of Many Hats
Stephen and David are joined by Brent Simmons, who works in marketing at The Omni Group. They talk about the tools of the trade, including social media and content creation before shifting gears to discuss Brent's RSS reader, NetNewsWire and where the Mac could be heading.
Nov 10, 2019
508: One for Me and One for You, with Sara Dietschy
YouTuber and podcaster Sara Dietschy joins Stephen and David to share about her video work, from cameras to editing and beyond. They also discuss managing large amounts of data across multiple locations, the role of the iPad and turning creative work into a business.
Nov 03, 2019
507: Ian Elsner & His Stick of Gum PC
David and Stephen talk with Ian Elsner, a museum exhibit creator who is using the iPhone SE, iPad Pro and an Intel Compute Stick together in some very interesting and unusual ways to help develop educational exhibits for kids and adults.
Oct 27, 2019
506: iOS Accessories
Our iOS devices go with us just about everywhere, and pairing them with some select accessories can make them more useful in more situations. This week, Stephen and David talk about some of the products that they rely on when using their iPhones and iPads, from cases and batteries to tripods and keyboard.
Oct 20, 2019
505: Chris Bailey and the Noah's Ark of Dongles
Stephen and David are joined by Chris Bailey, an author and presenter with an undying love for TextEdit and getting focused work done with the Mac and iPad.
Oct 13, 2019
504: The Release of macOS Catalina
macOS Catalina is here. It breaks with a lot of the past, while showing us a bit of what the future of the Mac may hold. In this special bonus episode, David and Stephen dive into what's what in this year's release of macOS.
Oct 07, 2019
503: Fax the Updates, with Dave Hamilton
David and Stephen are joined by Dave Hamilton to talk about his work at The Mac Observer and BackBeat Media, his approach to podcasting, how covering Apple has changed over the years and some software tools every Mac user should know about.
Oct 06, 2019
502: I Saw Your Face on the Internet
In this feedback episode, David and Stephen revisit Alfred and backups and talk about iOS 13's bumpy release and the new iPhone and Apple Watch. Stephen also gives a behind-the-scenes look at the recent Relay FM Podcastathon and closes the episode by reading a list of the iPhones he has broken over the years.
Sep 29, 2019
501: iOS 13 and the Shortcuts Field Guide
iOS 13 is here, and is full of new features. This week, David and Stephen talk about some of their favorites, after talking through the changes Apple has made to Shortcuts.
Sep 22, 2019
500: David in the Hot Seat
Stephen marks the 500th episode of Mac Power Users by interviewing David about his career, technology and choice of light saber color.
Sep 15, 2019
499: Backups and Updates
Backing up our Macs, iPhones and iPads is easier than ever, but many people don't bother making sure their data is safe and sound. This week, David and Stephen talk through some basic backup strategies before offering some advice when considering upgrading to new versions of macOS and iOS.
Sep 08, 2019
498: Back to School with Jake Wilson
Stephen and David chat with Jake Wilson, an elementary school principal — and a student himself — about using technology in and beyond the classroom, ranging from smart boards and shortcuts to Google Docs and waffles.
Sep 01, 2019
497: Spotlight, Alfred & LaunchBar
macOS' Spotlight feature has made serious strides in recent years, but many power users still turn to Alfred and LaunchBar for app launching, file searching and executing workflows. This week, David and Stephen compare these tools and talk about their favorite features of each.
Aug 25, 2019
496: Keyboard Hacking with Brett Terpstra
Brett Terpstra joins in the Mac Power Users this week to talk about his keyboard hacks, planning workflows, some of Brett's favorite apps, and the looming arrival of Brett's new app, nvUltra.
Aug 18, 2019
495: Manning the Battle Bridge with Artist Thom Zahler
Comic book artist Thom Zahler uses his Macs and iPads to create some incredible artwork and manage his indie business. This week Thom shares his apps and workflows.
Aug 11, 2019
494: Our Home Offices
This week, David and Stephen talk about their home offices: how they are setup, what equipment and furnishings are used and — of course — what nerdy toys are around. Then, a discussion about the pros and cons of working from home.
Aug 04, 2019
493: My Life is an Edge Case, with TJ Luoma
Pastor and Apple nerd TJ Luoma returns to the show to catch David and Stephen up on his journey with Apple's notebooks and the iPad, before sharing some of the apps that he uses every day to make his work more efficient, and his explorations in Internet filtering and content blocking.
Jul 28, 2019
492: All of the Ks
In this feedback episode, David and Stephen talk about a borrowed MacBook Pro that Catalina tried melting into his desk, Voice Control and Dictation in iOS 13 and answer a few listener questions about iOS file storage and justifying a Mac to a boss who doesn't get it.
Jul 21, 2019
491: Working Hard in the Gaming Industry, with Simone de Rochefort
Simone de Rochefort is a video producer and podcaster at Polygon, and co-hosts Rocket on Relay FM. She walks Stephen and David through the process of creating videos at Polygon, from the writing process, to capturing game footage, editing and more.
Jul 14, 2019
490: Surfin' with Safari
Safari isn't the most popular browser on the planet, but its focus on speed, security and privacy set it apart from the competition. This week, David and Stephen get into the pros and cons of the application, and some of its unique features.
Jul 07, 2019
489: Gear as a Motivator, with Tyler Stalman
Tyler Stalman is a photographer, videographer, YouTuber and small business owner alongside his wife Ania Boniecka. Oh, and he loves gear... maybe too much, as he confesses to Stephen and David.
Jun 30, 2019
488: How We Communicate
Our digital devices make communicating with others easier than ever, but with that flexibility comes complexity. David and Stephen talk about what solutions they use for certain types of communication, then talk about Notifications and Do Not Disturb, which can help curb incoming messages when things get too hectic.
Jun 23, 2019
487: Josh Centers: Beta Spelunker
Josh Centers is the managing editor at TidBITS, which has been covering the world of Apple for nearly 30 years and is a writer for the "Taking Control" series of books. He sits down with David and Stephen to talk about his writing, the tools he uses and why running Apple betas can be a real adventure.
Jun 16, 2019
486: Essential iOS Apps
Stephen and David scroll through their iPhones and iPads to collect some of their most-used iOS apps, across a wide range of categories.
Jun 09, 2019
485: WWDC and Interview with the Mac Pro Product Manager
Stephen and David have boots on the ground in San Jose for WWDC 2019. In this episode, they interview Doug Brooks, the Apple Product Manager for the new Mac Pro. Afterward, David and Stephen share initial thoughts on updates to macOS and the brand new iPadOS. David has some tough questions for Stephen about his future and the new Mac Pro, and they get to share the good news about the brand new "Sparky Button." Finally, our hosts give you the lowdown on their WWDC experiences.
Jun 04, 2019
484: Unlocking Keyboard Maestro
From trigger to actions, variables to debugging, David and Stephen go through the powerhouse that is Keyboard Maestro and discuss David's new Field Guide on the subject.
May 26, 2019
483: Being a Compulsive Maker, with Tiff Arment
Artist and podcaster Tiff Arment joins David and Stephen to talk about her background in photography and analog and digital art, as well as the work that goes into recording and editing podcasts.
May 19, 2019
482: Color Me Interested
David and Stephen share their confessions about the iPad Pro, then discuss managing client data before doing some wishcasting for WWDC.
May 12, 2019
481: Finder and Its Alternatives
At the heart of the macOS experience is Finder, which is part file manager, part search tool and a whole lot more. Its smiling blue icon boasts many features, and third-party developers have written tools to make it even more powerful for those users who need more.
May 05, 2019
480: Catching up with Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt joins David and Stephen this week in an interview that ranges from how to get your life together and find a little focus to nerdy Keyboard Maestro scripts.
Apr 28, 2019
479: 100,000 Subscribers, with Rene Ritchie
Over a year ago, long-time Apple blogger Rene Ritchie launched Vector, a daily YouTube show covering the world of Apple and tech beyond. This week, David and Stephen catch up with Rene, talking about his video workflows, YouTube as a platform and the future of the Mac and iOS.
Apr 21, 2019
478: Journaling with Day One
Journaling can be an excellent way to collect your thoughts and reflect on the events of the day, and Day One makes it easy to do so with your Mac, iPhone, iPad and beyond.
Apr 14, 2019
477: Mobile Music and Production with Jakob Haq
Jakob Haq is a musician and YouTuber from Sweden who create, edits and publishes all of his content with his iPhone and iPad.
Apr 07, 2019
476: Exploring the Mac App Store
Stephen and David talk through the ups and downs of the Mac App Store and share some of the hidden gems they've found there over the years. Then, they recap Apple's recent media event after being interrupted by Mother Nature in the Sparks' yard.
Mar 31, 2019
475: Something Smells Funny
The guys work their way through some feedback, Stephen has feelings about his Apple Watch and David has switched notes apps ... again.
Mar 24, 2019
474: Using the iPad as a Laptop
When thinking about making an iPad a notebook replacement, there are a lot of factors to consider. David and Stephen talk through the hardware and software that can make — or break — this experience.
Mar 17, 2019
473: Shawn Blanc’s Evolved Workflows
Shawn Blanc returns to the show to talk about his move to the iPad Pro and how he manages the growing team behind projects like The Sweet Setup and The Focus Course.
Mar 10, 2019
472: Live in Chicago with Friends
Live from Chicago, David and Stephen thaw out long enough to talk to a couple of very special guests about the MacBook Air and the friction between analog and digital tools, before answering some listener questions.
Mar 03, 2019
471: Menu Bars, Docks & Startup Apps, Oh My!
David and Stephen talk through the Mac utilities and applications that are always at their fingertips.
Feb 24, 2019
470: From Computing to Sheep Farming, with Oogie McGuire
Programmer and sheep farmer Oogie McGuire talks about LambTracker, her application for managing flocks and the hardware that goes along with it, as well as her on-going project of digitizing historical photos.
Feb 17, 2019
469: Running a Business with G Suite
With G Suite, Google offers paid versions of its free web apps and services. This week, Stephen and David discuss their usage of these tools, and how G Suite compares to other solutions available to individuals and small businesses.
Feb 10, 2019
468: Mixing Macs and Microsoft with Christina Warren
Christina Warren, tech commentator, podcaster and Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft drops by to talk about using a Mac at work, the state of PowerPoint and how to get the most out of tech when traveling the world.
Feb 03, 2019
467: Fitness Apps & Tech
The iPhone and Apple Watch can be helpful in managing health and fitness, and coupled with the breadth of options in the App Store, they can become powerful tools in improving our well-being.
Jan 27, 2019
466: John Gruber Returns
John Gruber of Daring Fireball and The Talk Show join David and Stephen for a discussion about writing and podcasting, as well as WWDC and what the future may hold for the iPad and Mac.
Jan 20, 2019
465: The Mighty Mac mini
Introduced as a low-cost way to switch to the Mac, the Mac mini can now be found working quietly as home and office servers, hosting files, media, backups and more.
Jan 14, 2019
464: Stephen... Who?
David puts his new cohost, Stephen Hackett, in the hot seat to talk about his tech background, love of the Mac, and if Batman or Superman is better. All of that, plus a couple of exciting event announcements.
Jan 07, 2019
463: All Good Things...
We cover feedback on subscriptions, iOS tips, and more. Katie and David look back on the last 463 episodes and discuss the origins of Mac Power Users. Katie discusses her journey, favorite workflows, and answers a few listener questions.
Dec 31, 2018
462: Return to the Snell Zone
Jason Snell returns to tell us about his iMac Pro, how he uses his Mac mini, Jason's move towards iOS, being an avid reader, making time for it all, and a few of his favorite picks.
Dec 24, 2018
461: Little Known iOS Tips
There's a lot hidden in iOS. David and Katie run down some of their favorite iOS tips and tricks that you may not have known, or may have forgotten about.
Dec 17, 2018
460: Casey Liss Returns
Casey Liss returns to update us on his life as a free agent, his rekindled love with the iPad, becoming a YouTuber and more.
Dec 10, 2018
459: My Life is a Subscription
Subscriptions! It seems the wave of the future but should we be happy about that? In this episode Katie and David talk about this trend towards subscriptions and the software and services they believe are worth the effort.
Dec 03, 2018
458: MPU+: There's Something You Didn't Tell Me
Katie has a big announcement, David has a new Field Guide, we both have new iPads, we also discuss the new MacBook Airs, Apple’s pricing, our daily routines, and answer listener questions.
Nov 26, 2018
457: 2018 Geek Gift Guide
It's time for our annual Holiday Geek Gift Guide. David and Katie run down their favorite gift picks for the year as well as what's on their own holiday wish lists.
Nov 19, 2018
456: Workflows with Laura McClellan
Katie and David chat with Laura McClellan of The Productive Woman Podcast to discuss her prospectives on productivity, finding and using the right virtual assistant, creating a community around her podcast, routines, habits, and more.
Nov 12, 2018
455: Apple October 2018 Event
Katie and David discuss Apple's October 2018 event, the MacBook Air, Mac mini, iPad Pro and their purchases.
Nov 05, 2018
454: MPU+: Did You Just Fall Down?
Katie shares the end of her MacBook Pro saga and AppleCare Experience, David plays with his widget screen, moving out of Evernote, finding more uses for Keyboard Maestro, upcoming Apple Event, packing apps, our favorite non-tech podcasts, and listener feedback.
Oct 29, 2018
453: 30 Under $30
David and Katie run down 30 of their favorite apps and services under $30.
Oct 22, 2018
452: 2018 Developer Roundtable
Ken Case of the Omni Group, Greg Scown of Smile, and Dave Teare of Agile Bits join David and Katie to talk about the state of development for Mac and iOS and life as an Apple Developer.
Oct 15, 2018
451: Task Management Strategies
David and Katie revisit the topic of task management. We talk about digital task managers, our history managing tasks, various tiers of task management from simplified to advanced, systems for digitally managing our tasks and how to keep it all together.
Oct 08, 2018
450: MPU+:I'm a Big Phone Guy
This month in MPU+ we chat about David's new phone, Katie's broken Mac, iOS 12 follow-up, Siri Shortcuts, transitioning from Dropbox to iCloud, David's laptop replacement and more.
Oct 01, 2018
449: macOS Mojave
David and Katie talk about Apple's latest operating system, macOS Mojave. We discuss the state of the Mac, yearly release cycles, what we like, what we don't, new features for productivity and more.
Sep 24, 2018
448: iOS 12 and the September 12th Event
David and Katie run through their favorite new features for iOS 12, WatchOS 5 and thoughts on the September 12th announcements.
Sep 17, 2018
447: Workflows with Zac Hall
Zac Hall joins David and Katie to talk about how he stays on top of Apple news at 9to5Mac as well his work as an online publisher. We also talk about 9to5's recent discovery of the new iPhone and Apple Watch prior to Apple's September 12th event.
Sep 10, 2018
446: MPU+: Are You Going to Go Big?
Katie and David speculate about Apple's upcoming September 12th event, David goes laptopless again, hiding cables and technology clutter around your home, shutting down Wi-Fi on a schedule, storing business cards, fixing a broken iPhone and listener feedback.
Sep 03, 2018
445: HomeKit Intensive
David and Katie dive deep on HomeKit and discuss the HomeKit App, managing rooms, creating scenes, automation and our favorite HomeKit enabled devices. We also discuss where HomeKit falls down and our workarounds.
Aug 27, 2018
444: Workflows with iPhone JD Jeff Richardson
Jeff Richardson from iPhone JD joins Katie and David to chat about how he uses a Mac at home and PC at work, going all in and adopting a paperless lifestyle with the iPad, starting a successful blog, using the Apple Watch, and more.
Aug 20, 2018
443: Revisiting Music Management
Katie and David revisit music management and discuss the state of the two major streaming services, how things have changed iTunes Match, managing their music, and audio at home and in the car.
Aug 13, 2018
442: Workflows with Joe Buhlig
Joe Buhlig joins David and Katie to talk about his iPadless life, analog tools for productivity, live streaming, managing a business, Discourse and more.
Aug 06, 2018
441: MPU+: The Grass is Always Greener
David and Katie talk about how it's easier now than ever before to cut the cable, Katie's moves away from Evernote, David's experimentation with iOS Mail clients, getting burned when selling online, choosing an email provider, the iOS 12 Beta, and answer listener questions.
Jul 30, 2018
440: Workflows with Thom Zahler
Artist, illustrator and cartooner Thom Zahler talks about his life as a comic book artist, writer and the digital and analog tools he uses. He shares how he makes a living as an independent worker, and his experience on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
Jul 23, 2018
439: On Our Desks …
David and Katie share their home office setups. We discuss all the gadgets in, on and under our desks, what's connected to our Macs and how we get work done.
Jul 16, 2018
438: Workflows with Matt Gemmell
Matt Gemmell joins us to discuss life as a software engineer turned writer, his evolution from Mac to iOS, his passion for fitness, and being an independent worker.
Jul 09, 2018
437: The iPhone as a Communicator
Of all the things an iPhone can do, we sometimes forget it’s a great device for communication. In this episode we dig deep on how to use the iPhone as a communications tool.
Jul 02, 2018
436: MPU+: These Things Are Like Tribbles
In this episode, we launch the new MPU Discourse community, talk about Siri Shortcuts, Katie got a HomePod, David shares thoughts on the iOS Beta and his recent visit to Apple Park. We also tackle listener questions about messages in the cloud, iPad accessories and kids in college.
Jun 25, 2018
435: Catching up with Don McAllister
Don McAllister returns to talk about building a business around ScreenCastsOnline, building his team, delegation, project management, and more. We also talk chat travel and electric cars.
Jun 18, 2018
434: PDF Workflows
Katie and David talk about the state of PDFs in 2018, how the PDF format has evolved, and best practices for creating, naming, managing and working with PDFs.
Jun 11, 2018
433: WWDC 2018
David and Katie share their thoughts on WWDC 2018 including thoughts on iOS 12, macOS 10.14, tvOS and watchOS 5
Jun 05, 2018
432: MPU+: Walking Down The Hallway On The Internet
David and Katie share what's on their minds this month including the end of the Airport Era, David's thoughts on the state of Notes apps including Bear and Apple Notes, surviving a house fire, thoughts on the iPhone X, Refurbs, and more.
May 28, 2018
431: Mac Maintenance
Katie and David discuss best practices for keeping your Mac healthy including Mac maintenance tips, diagnosing common problems, getting rid of unnecessary files, maintenance utilities, and care tips.
May 21, 2018
430: Catching up with Marco Arment
Marco Arment Returns to Mac Power Users to discuss the state of the Mac, the iMac Pro, Apple's laptops, Overcast, privacy, digital cameras and more.
May 14, 2018
429: iWork Deep Dive
With the recent updates to iWork we thought it time to dive deep. We share the best uses for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. We discuss the pros and cons of the apps, collaboration, and try to tackle the question - can you get by with iWork alone?
May 07, 2018
428: MPU+: The Bedroom Episode
This month on MPU+ David and Katie spend some time discussing bedroom tech, including what's on our nightstands and sleep tracking. We also discuss David's new backup strategy, Drafts 5, Returning a Lost iPhone, Apple's Education Event, and follow-up on Katie's lightning strike.
Apr 30, 2018
427: Creating the iPhone Field Guide
David has written a new book - the iPhone Field Guide. In this episode, we discuss his latest project, the process of creating a multimedia book, the state of iBooks Author and more.
Apr 23, 2018
426: Workflows with Andy Ihnatko
Writer, photographer, geek, and all-around nice guy Andy Ihnatko joins us this week while Katie attempts to avoid electrocution.
Apr 15, 2018
425: Web Browsers
David and Katie dive into the topic of browsers. The browsers we use on Mac and iOS, reasons to look at third-party browsers vs staying with Safari, tweaking your settings, our favorite add-ons and companions services and more.
Apr 09, 2018
424: Workflows with Mike Schmitz
Writer, podcaster, screencaster and avid bookworm Mike Schmitz joins us to talk about his quest to "push past average", become more productive, sleep better, read more and live a well-balanced life.
Apr 01, 2018
423: Workflows with Jocelyn Glei
David chats with Jocelyn Glei of the Hurry Slowly podcast about killing distractions, disconnecting from our devices and getting more done by doing less.
Mar 26, 2018
422: MPU+: Low Power Mode, It Isn't Just For Phones
Katie an David share what's on their mind this month including home security systems, the OmniFocus 3 beta, David's new love of paper, the HomePod, their favorite non-tech productivity hacks, and more. We also tackle listener questions and share tech we're playing with.
Mar 19, 2018
421: Business Workflows
Katie and David share their favorite business workflows including managing email, calendaring, TextExpander tips, reducing paper, managing PDFs, billing, communicating and more.
Mar 12, 2018
420: Presentation Workflows
Presentations are on our mind this week as Katie and David both prepare for talks at the ABA Techshow. We discuss workflows for planning a presentation, tips for making your slides, getting ready for the big day, dealing with nerves, and making sure your presentation goes off without a hitch.
Mar 05, 2018
419: iOS Settings
There are hundreds of settings buried within iOS David and Katie talk through some of their favorite options and settings for tweaking iOS.
Feb 26, 2018
418: Workflows with Rose Orchard
Rose Orchard joins us to discuss her transition from teacher to automator including creating workflows, maximizing efficiency on Mac and iOS, we discuss the Sonos One and the Apple HomePod, travel tips and more.
Feb 19, 2018
417: Workflows with Manton Reece
Programmer and entrepreneur Manton Reece is here this week to share how he's using Apple gear to program and run his own business.
Feb 12, 2018
416: Consuming Content
David and Katie revisit our workflows for consuming digital (and some analog) content. We discuss keeping up with blogs, magazines, books, spoken word, movies, television, news, and more.
Feb 05, 2018
415: John Siracusa Workflows and the Future of the Mac
John Siracusa returns to the Mac Power Users to talk about his favorite workflows and apps. We also spend some time getting John's opinion about where the Mac is and where it is heading.
Jan 28, 2018
414: MPU+: This is What I Got
Katie shares her struggles with APFS and High Sierra, David shares his workflow changes related to OmniFocus defer dates and his hyper-scheduling experiment. We answer listener questions relating to photo albums on the Apple TV, how we're using Evernote today, and tech organization. We follow-up new developments in home automation, scheduling, Qi Charging and more.
Jan 22, 2018
413: iPad Productivity
In this episode, David and Katie share some of their favorite apps and workflows for getting work done on the iPad.
Jan 14, 2018
412: Stephen Hackett Returns
Stephen Hackett returns to Mac Power Users to talk about his transition into video production, Internet automation, his home studio, audio and video gear, a new iMac and more.
Jan 07, 2018
411: 2017: A Pretty Good Year
As we wrap up 2017 we take a look back at the workflows that worked for us in 2017 including paperless practice, writing workflows, cloud storage, hiring help and more. We also discuss the practices we intend to change in 2018, and gaze into the crystal ball and look at what we may expect from Apple in the year to come.
Dec 31, 2017
410: Workflows with Alex Cox
This week Alex Cox from Cards Against Humanity shares her favorite hardware, software, and workflows for getting work done ranging from high-end video production to entertaining cats.
Dec 24, 2017
409: Holiday Tech
"Deck the Halls with Ones and Zeroes." In this episode, Katie and David break down all the ways to use your technology for the holidays including smart decorations, streaming audio (and David's Yule playlist), managing parties with tech, recommended family-friendly Apple TV games, David's holiday card production workflow and Katie's envelope hacks, tracking gift giving, and setting up your network for visiting relatives and friends.
Dec 17, 2017
408: Revisiting Emergency Preparedness
David and Katie revisit the topic of emergency preparedness. This can include everything from natural disasters, personal emergencies, accident or illness, technology failures and even happy emergencies. We share our for getting your tech prepared and how technology can help you weather the storm.
Dec 11, 2017
407: Workflows with Shahid Kamal Ahmad
Game developer and former Sony executive Shahid Kama Ahmad shares his Apple hardware, software, and workflows for getting work done.
Dec 03, 2017
406: MPU+: It's Okay To Enjoy Both
Gabe Weatherhead joins David and Katie to talk about his months-long experiment with the iPad Pro. We also tackle listener questions on dealing with spam, scheduling appointments, hard drive best practices, finding deals, traveling with a Mac, and Katie shares her thoughts on Star Trek Discovery.
Nov 27, 2017
405: 2017 Geek Gift Guide
Katie and David are back with their annual holiday gift guide with plenty of nerdy picks for you and your loved ones.
Nov 20, 2017
404: More iPhone Photography with Austin Mann
Austin Mann returns to discuss the state of iPhone Photography and David and Katie share their thoughts on the new iPhone X.
Nov 13, 2017
403: Workflows with David_Smith
App developer and business owner David "Underscore" Smith joins us this week to share his favorite hardware, software, and workflows.
Nov 05, 2017
402: Home Automation with Robert Spivack
The state of Home Automation is constantly changing. We bring in Robert Spivack, a consultant and installer, to discuss the various systems, standards, ecosystems and best practices,
Oct 30, 2017
401: More Big Questions
It's time to clear out the big questions list again. In this episode, we cover strategy for buying an iPhone X, where we stand with AppleCare, the status of our dongles, iPhone storage options, presenting, the best voice-in-a-can solutions, and how we're using social media.
Oct 23, 2017
400: Four Things
To celebrate episode 400, Katie and David share their four favorite things in a variety of categories. Including products, software and even MPU episodes.
Oct 16, 2017
399: Workflows with Merlin Mann
This week for episode 399 our original workflow guest, Merlin Mann, returns to share how he's using his iPad(s), Mac, and that "voice stuff".
Oct 08, 2017
398: Creating 60 More Mac Tips
Brett Terpstra joins us to discuss his new eBook and video series with David Sparks - 60 Tips Volume 2 and the revision to their original 60 Tips book. We discuss the new book and the workflows they used to create it.
Oct 02, 2017
397: More on iOS 11 and High Sierra
In this episode, David and Katie continue to explain the new iOS 11 and High Sierra features along with their experiences and recommendations following their use of the beta versions of these new operating systems.
Sep 24, 2017
396: Apple Announcements and iOS 11 on the iPad
David and Katie run down Apple's September 12th announcements including the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K, iPhone 8 and iPhone X. We also begin our discussion of iOS 11 starting with the best features for iPad users.
Sep 17, 2017
395: MPU+: It's Called Hermes
In this feedback episode, Katie and David cover listener questions, must-have iOS utilities, tagging, automation, and more feedback. Finally, we discuss the Apple iPhone event scheduled for September 12.
Sep 10, 2017
394: Workflows with Dan Moren, the Novelist
Dan Moren drops in to chat about his experience publishing his first novel. We talk about all aspects of writing a book, including planning, writing, finding and working with a publisher and marketing his book after publication.
Sep 04, 2017
393: 2017 Developer Roundtable
In this episode, prominent App developers Ken Case, Greg Scown, and Dave Teare join us to talk about the future of macOS and iOS along with a few thoughts on the software business in 2017.
Aug 27, 2017
392: Must-Have iOS Utilities
Following-up on our recent episode featuring utilities for the Mac; David and Katie decide to dive deep this week into their must-have utilities for iOS.
Aug 20, 2017
391: Workflows with Artist Jason Kimes
Artist and geek Jason Kimes shares his favorite technologies and workflows for creating his sculptures.
Aug 13, 2017
390: Tagging with Terpstra
Brett Terpstra (drink!) joins David and Katie this week to talk about the state of tagging on Mac and iOS. We discuss uses of tags, developing a tagging scheme, what you can do with tags, the turbulent history and hopefully bright future.
Aug 07, 2017
389: The Mac-Based Small Business
Katie is about to celebrate her one-year business anniversary. In this episode, she shares the hardware, software, and workflows she's using to pull it off. There are also a few hippie parts.
Jul 30, 2017
388: MPU+: Don't Put Your Keyboard in the Dishwasher
In this bonus episode, David and Katie chat with Apple Distinguished Educator and Musician Shirantha Beddage. We also answer questions on a variety of topics including lightning protection, starting a blog, how much iMac to buy, OCR accuracy, and follow up on Home Tech, must-have utilities and more.
Jul 27, 2017
387: Workflows with Rene Ritchie
iMore Editor in Chief Rene Ritchie joins the Mac Power Users this week to share his favorite tools, apps, and workflows for getting work done.
Jul 23, 2017
386: Must Have Utilities
Katie and David share some of their favorite utilities for Mac users.
Jul 17, 2017
385: Workflows with Kelly Guimont
Writer, social media consult, and full-time geek Kelly Guimont joins the Mac Power Users to share her favorite Apple hardware, apps, and workflows.
Jul 10, 2017
384: Screencasting 101 with JF Brissette
JF Brissette joins Katie and David to talk about the state of Screencasting on Mac and iOS, discusses the importance and uses of Screencasting, tools of the trade as well as tips and tricks.
Jul 03, 2017
383: More Education Workflows with Teddy Svoronos
Harvard Lecturer Teddy Svoronos returns to talk about how he's using his Mac and iOS devices for giving presentations, some very clever iOS automation techniques, and academic writing. Teddy and David also share some of their favorite apps for making music.
Jun 25, 2017
382: Home Automation Update
Katie and David review the current state of Home Automation and the technology they use in their homes. We also talk about our new iPads and wrap-up WWDC.
Jun 19, 2017
381: WWDC 2017
With David in San Jose, he gives us a "boots on the ground" perspective of WWDC and we discuss the latest announcements from Apple's Developer conference.
Jun 09, 2017
380: MPU+: Maybe this will be obsolete tomorrow
Ed Cormany joins us to talk about regular expressions, how it works and practical applications. On the eve of WWDC, we also cover lots of listener feedback including photo scanning, switching from Windows to iOS, privacy and the IOT, shared photo libraries and more.
Jun 04, 2017
379: Workflows with Liana Lehua
Liana Lehua shares her hardware and software setup, apps, and workflow for television production. We also share our hopes and dreams for iOS 11 and other Apple products at this year's WWDC.
May 28, 2017
378: More iOS Hidden Features
Clayton Morris returns to join Katie and David in sharing more underutilized iOS features, tips, and tricks.
May 21, 2017
377: Audio Media Managment
This week David and Katie take a good look at dealing with audio on your Apple gear. Topics include traditional music management, the best streaming services and why David loves them, podcast management, and playing audio in your car and home.
May 14, 2017
376: Notifications!
Myke Hurley joins Katie and David to discuss notifications. We discuss how notifications have become a problem, dealing with distractions and wrangling the various notifications to optimize our devices.
May 08, 2017
375: More Big Questions
This week David and Katie cover some big questions including the Workflow app, secure cloud storage, email sharing, moving data, managing your network, and how they scan. Also, we learn that under no circumstances will David get access to Katie's Synology.
May 01, 2017
374: iPad Sensei - Federico Viticci
We catch up with Federico to discuss how he became an "iPad Guy", some of his favorite tips, tricks, and workflows on iOS, where there's still room for improvement, the future of iOS and more.
Apr 23, 2017
373: Home Tech Support
A lot of Mac Power Users find themselves transformed into the job of IT manager for friends, family, and even co-workers. In this episode we dive deep on the best IT management tools how to get (and get out) of that job.
Apr 16, 2017
372: Workflows with Dr. Drang
Our favorite snowman returns! We discuss the evolving definition of "pro" and "power user" as well as new workflows for managing text, creative uses for Keyboard maestro, managing Apple Mail and the Doc dives into the iPad.
Apr 09, 2017
371: MPU+: A Smoking Presentation
There is lots of feedback this time including listener questions, more on tin foil hats, calendar tips, maps, feedback, and how Katie's last presentation was smoking hot.
Apr 02, 2017
370: Automation with Sal Soghoian
Sal Soghoian, the father of automation on the Mac, joins Katie and David to discuss the state of Mac an iOS automation. Sal discusses the history of Automation on the Mac, the possibilities for Automation on iOS and the tools and languages available to put the power in the hands of the user.
Mar 27, 2017
369: Workflows with Composer Michael Whalen
Emmy award winning composer and artist Michael Whalen joins us to talk about his 68+ Macs and how he's been making music with Apple technology since 1984.
Mar 19, 2017
368: Living in a Tin Foil Hat World
Security and data privacy is a growing concern in our society. David and Katie put on our tin foil hats for this episode and discuss some of the best practices that can be implemented today for protecting your data from prying eyes.
Mar 13, 2017
367: Getting Productive with Michael Hyatt
New York Times best-selling author Michael Hyatt joins in this week to share some ideas about technology and productivity.
Mar 05, 2017
366: Catching up with Brett Terpstra
Brett Terpstra is back to that about his gear, his newfound love of the Apple TV and Apple Watch, the state of Automation, Apps for Nerds, and going independent.
Feb 27, 2017
365: Maps and More
Katie and David break down what's good and what's bad about the leading map, navigation, and location apps.
Feb 19, 2017
364: The Calendar Show
David and Katie dive deep into calendars and discuss the various cloud calendar services, sharing, calendar apps, best practices, and scheduling services.
Feb 13, 2017
363: Workflows with IT Specialist Ivan Hemmans
Ivan Hemmans manages Macs, PCs, and a lot of iOS devices. He joins us this week to share some advice for manageing your home and work networks and devices. Ivan also frequently presents and has some great tips for speakers.
Feb 05, 2017
362: MPU+: No Other Tea
We answer questions on a variety of topics including sending email later, managing a 16GB iPhone, RSS workflows, and more. We follow-up on DevonThink, the iPad as a Mac replacement, task management, personal cloud and share listener workflows, tips and tricks.
Jan 30, 2017
361: Hidden iOS Features with Clayton Morris
This week Clayton Morris joins us to talk about some of our favorite unused and hidden iOS features. Good stuff.
Jan 22, 2017
360: Workflows with Charles Perry
Charles Perry, one of the organizers of the Release Notes conference, joins us to talk about turning his passion into a business, then a podcast, then a successful conference and the tools and logistics behind all of it.
Jan 16, 2017
359: Big Questions
Katie and David cover some of the most common listener questions from the Mac Power Users email archive including backing up photos, task overload, Apple IDs, cold storage backup, moving your iTunes library, the differences between tasks and calendar items, and more.
Jan 08, 2017
358: Gabe Weatherhead Returns
Gabe Weatherhead returns to the show. We discuss OmniFocus Automation, follow-up on DEVONThink, discuss privacy in the wake of cloud services, the iPad as a computer for a child and more.
Jan 02, 2017
357: Workflows that Worked in 2016
Katie and David share some of their favorite new workflows from 2016.
Dec 25, 2016
356: A Fresh Look at DEVONthink
Stuart Ingram joins Katie and David to take a fresh look at DEVONthink. We discuss what's new with the service, workflows and organization, machine learning, setup, sync and more. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Dec 19, 2016
355: The iPad as a Mac Replacement
David gave up his laptop and went iPad only for several months and now shares both the joy and the agony. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Dec 11, 2016
354: MPU+: A Christmas Wish
Katie and David follow-up on listener questions and feedback. Topics include direct attached storage, auto-mounting volumes, iPad mini vs. Pro, recording Keynote presentations, using WeMo and MyQ with HomeKit and feedback on managing subscriptions, gift ideas and the new MacBook Pro.
Dec 08, 2016
353: Setting Up a New Mac
Katie (and David!) dive deep on setting up a new Mac and share their thoughts on the new MacBook Pro. #Katieisnotimpressed
Dec 04, 2016
352: Workflows with Ian Byrd
Ian Byrd is a former teacher and professional speaker who shares his workflows and tips for giving full-day lectures and workshops, writing, video production and more. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Nov 28, 2016
351: 2016 Holiday Geek Gift Guide
Katie and David share some of their favorite geek gift ideas for that special person in your life this holiday season … or maybe even yourself.
Nov 20, 2016
350: Accessibility Workflows with Shelly Brisbin
Shelly Brisbin stops by to talk about Accessibility and gives us a run down of the various Accessibility features and options available on Mac and iOS, how they can be used, what developers can do to make their Apps more accessible and how we can help friends and family use these features.
Nov 14, 2016
349: MPU+: A Corn-u-copia of Nerdiness
Katie and David have a lot of feedback this month on the iCloud vs. Dropbox debate, macOS Sierra, more on the new MacBook Pro, and Katie is super-excited about her VESA mount.
Nov 10, 2016
348: Managing Subscriptions
In this new App economy it seems more and more apps and services are going to a subscription pricing model. We talk about subscription pricing generally, tips for taming your subscriptions and the subscription services we use.
Nov 07, 2016
347: New MacBooks!
Katie and David weigh in on Apple's "Hello Again" event and the new MacBooks.
Oct 28, 2016
346: Casey Liss: App Programmer
Casey Liss returns to MPU to talk about his new gig, how his Mac and iOS workflows have changed, gear for geek parents and how he uses his Synology NAS. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Oct 24, 2016
345: Cloud Wars: iCloud and Dropbox
Katie and David are joined by David Chartier to discuss whether or not Dropbox and iCloud are up to the task of cloud-based file storage. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Oct 16, 2016
344: MPU+: Hello, Computer
The "Live" show has been renamed MPU+. We discuss what to do with Macs that Sierra has left behind, the problem with "free" software, Network vs. Direct Attached storage, listeners share their feedback on Amazon and tips for using Ulysses and Scrivener. We also learn how to print to PDF from Apple Mail and much more. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Oct 10, 2016
343: Workflows with Serenity Caldwell
iMore writer and artist Serenity Caldwell joins the Mac Power Users to talk about the iPad, Mac, the new iPhone, and artist workflows. Thanks to MPU listener [Jigar Talati]( for help with the shownotes this week!
Oct 03, 2016
342: macOS Sierra
Katie and David dive deep into the new features of macOS Sierra and discuss best practices for upgrading and some major incompatibilities. We also discuss the new watchOS. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Sep 26, 2016
341: iOS 10
Katie and David break down the new iOS 10 update for iPhone and iPad. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Sep 18, 2016
340: GTD Workflows with Mike Williams
Mike Williams, President and CEO of the David Allen Company joins Katie and David to talk about the GTD methodology, the tech he uses to get things done, implementing the 5 steps and common pitfalls and solutions. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Sep 12, 2016
339: iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2
Katie and David break down Apple's announcements at its September 7 Keynote including iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and all of Katie's favorite games.
Sep 08, 2016
338: Scrivener and Ulysses
David and Katie dive deep on fiddly writing apps Scrivener and Ulysses. We talk about how these apps work, their features, the good, the bad and the best use cases. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Sep 05, 2016
337: Workflows with Father Gabriel
Catholic priest and geek, Gabriel Mosher, joins us to explain how he uses technology to get his work done. Topics include time and attention, research and writing, presentations, and project management.
Aug 28, 2016
336: iPhone Productivity
David and Katie share some of the most efficient productivity tasks and apps appropriate for the iPhone. Topics include calendars and contacts, email, task management, scanning, writing, and additional utilities for productivity.
Aug 21, 2016
335: Workflows with John Voorhees
David and Katie chat with John Voorhees about software development and writing for MacStories all while juggling a busy day job.
Aug 15, 2016
334: MPU Live: "She Can't Take It Anymore, Captain!"
Victor Cajiao discusses all the steps of producing a modern music album, we help troubleshoot an accidentally reformatted hard drive, discuss password schemes, using a ScanSnap for photos, share listener feedback on our Special Event and Keynote shows, discuss options for Evernote and share listener tips.
Aug 08, 2016
333: The Amazon Lifestyle
Katie and David dive deep in this one on the Amazon lifestyle. There are so many different services and features available from Amazon. Who can make sense of them all? Katie and David do in this episode. Thanks to MPU listener [Jigar Talati]( for help with the shownotes this week!
Jul 31, 2016
332: Other Uses For Keynote
Keynote is a great app for giving presentations but it can do so much more. This episode explores many uses for Keynote beyond presentation day. Thanks to MPU listener [Jigar Talati]( for help with the shownotes this week!
Jul 25, 2016
331: Stephen Hackett: Collector of Macs
Mac user, collector, and … yes … YouTuber Stephen Hackett joins in to explain essential cloud-based services used to run the Relay Network, his growing collection of Macs, and his photo and video workflows. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week.
Jul 17, 2016
330: I'm not familiar with "Wookieepedia"
David and Katie catch up on listener feedback. Ruben shares how he uses his MPU workflows on his work PC, we discuss merging Apple IDs, cleaning up after being scammed, follow-up on iOS photography, family tech support and listeners share their tips and tricks.
Jul 11, 2016
329: Special Event Tech
Katie and David talk through the tech required to plan and put on a special event. Topics including project planning, audio and photo slideshow workflows, and websites and social media.
Jul 03, 2016
328: iOS Email
David and Katie go back to email specifically to discuss the state of iOS email clients, the various email apps they've used, what they like, what works, what doesn't and how they're managing email on iOS.
Jun 27, 2016
327: Family Tech Support
Mac Power Users are often the family tech guru. In this episode, Katie and David walk you through helping family members buy, setup, and maintain their Apple hardware. They also include their lists of 10 things you should do for family member's Macs, iPads, and iPhones.
Jun 19, 2016
326: WWDC 2016 Special
In this special edition of Mac Power Users, David and Katie discuss the announcements from Apple's World Wide Developer Conference including watchOS 3, tvOS, macOS and iOS 10.
Jun 14, 2016
325: The Third Rail
David and Katie chat with Jerrod Maruyama about using his Mac for digital illustration, we follow-up on Hazel workflows and Apple Notes, discuss uses for the Apple Pencil, give an update on personal finance software and listeners share their tips, tricks and reviews.
Jun 09, 2016
324: iPhone Photography with Jeff Carlson
Jeff Carlson returns to discuss iPhone photography and why so many people are ditching their cameras to go iPhone only. We discuss tips for taking the best shots with your iPhone and third party apps and gear to enhance your photos.
Jun 06, 2016
323: Clayton Morris Talks Tech
This week Fox broadcaster Clayton Morris returns to the Mac Power Users to talk about the technology he's most excited about. Topics include using Apple Notes for research, the utility of Clayton's Apple Watch, the emergence of iOS, and how to save your WiFi and your marriage all at once. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
May 29, 2016
322: Cleaning Up with Hazel
David and Katie dive deep on Mac automation assistant Hazel, discuss how to get started and ideas for file and document based automation and give ideas of how they're using the program. David also announces a new MacSparky Video Field Guide. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
May 23, 2016
321: Geeking Out with TJ Luoma
Geek, preacher, and all-around-nice-guy TJ Luoma joins us to talk about using an off-site Mac mini, rolling your own backup, workflows for preachers, and TJ's new secret project that will update your Mac software for you.
May 15, 2016
320: Always Good Advice
David and Katie share listener tips and feedback on a variety of topics including backup workflows, securing your technology and menu bar applications. We also answer listener questions and follow-up on the 9.7" iPad Pro.
May 12, 2016
319: Teaching Workflows with Teddy Svoronos
Harvard PhD candidate, lecturer, and geek of the first order Teddy Svoronos joins us to talk about the innovative ways he's using Keynote and video to teach statistics to Harvard graduate students and his workflows for tracking research and big writing projects on the Mac and iPad. Teddy also makes the case for iCloud storage over Dropbox.
May 09, 2016
318: Backing Up
David and Katie revisit the important topic of backup. We dive deep on the various options for Mac and iOS, discuss the different types of backups and explain how to build a comprehensive backup strategy.
May 02, 2016
317: Myke Hurley: Collector of iPads
Myke Hurley returns to the podcast to talk about how he's increasingly using his iPad Pro(s) to get work done and his workflows for running the business end of the Relay FM podcast network.
Apr 24, 2016
316: Locking Down Your Technology
David and Katie run down options for securing your tech and staying safe online. We cover securing your iOS devices and Macs as well as discuss best practices for passwords, email, web browsing and locking down your online profiles. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Apr 17, 2016
315: Best of the Menu Bar
In this week's episode, David and Katie cover some of their favorite Mac menubar apps and Mac today view widgets.
Apr 11, 2016
314: Trials and Tribulations of Katie's iPad
David and Katie chat with Joe Buhlig about the importance of task review. We also discuss the growing concern with Mac malware and scams, follow-up with listener feedback on our notes and contacts show and share listener tips and tricks. We also discuss the 9.7" iPad Pro and Fantastical 2.2
Apr 07, 2016
313: Update on iPad and Education
David and Katie are joined by Fraser Speirs to discuss the current state of iPad and education, and evaluate the 9.7" iPad Pro vs the iPad Air 2. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Apr 04, 2016
312: Notes Shootout
Katie and David discuss their note-taking workflows on Mac and iOS and the different options available, including plain text, Apple Notes, Evernote, OneNote and others. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Mar 27, 2016
311: Switching from PC to Mac
Katie and David discuss the pros, cons and strategies for switching from a PC to a Mac. They're joined by special guest James Coleman, an IT consultant who has helped businesses and individuals make the switch.
Mar 21, 2016
310: One Year Indie with Jason Snell
David and Katie check in with Jason Snell to see how things are going one year into life as an independent publisher.
Mar 13, 2016
309: I Haven't Discounted The Possibility That You're Crazy
David and Katie dig through extensive listener feedback, tips and workflows on Mail and Contacts. David reviews the Amazon Echo. Katie shares her experiences with the iPad Pro.
Mar 10, 2016
308: Workflows with Ben Thompson
David and Katie chat with Ben Thompson about how business strategy impacts technology, living and working in Asia and global views on the mobile market, and the upcoming March 2016 Apple event. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Mar 07, 2016
307: 20 under $20
Katie and David share 20 of their favorite Mac Apps under $20 each.
Feb 29, 2016
306: Tackling Contacts
David and Katie revisit the issue of contacts including the various cloud services, new options for contact management on the Mac and iOS, and tips for capturing and cleaning up your contacts.
Feb 22, 2016
305: Travel Tips with Amateur Traveler Chris Christensen
Katie and David talk with Chris Christensen of the Amateur Traveler and This Week in Travel Podcasts about how to find the best travel deals and taking the pain out of travel. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Feb 15, 2016
304: Looking for a Solution that Doesn't Cost $1,000
David and Katie tackle listener questions on a variety of topics, follow-up on interesting uses of Plex for home media, and discuss Day One 2.0 with guest Bradley Chambers.
Feb 11, 2016
303: Email Clients and Workflows
Katie and David discuss best practices for managing email as well as the state of third party email clients for Mac and iOS and how to make better through the use of plug-ins and third party services. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Feb 08, 2016
302: Our Gear - 2016 Edition
Answering a frequently asked listener question, David and Katie recap the technology gear they regularly use at home and work, including a review of their Macs and iOS devices and what's on their desks. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Jan 31, 2016
301: Fitness for Geeks
Liana Lehua returns to the show to discuss physical fitness for geeks with David and Katie. Topics include choosing and achieving fitness goals and apps and gadgets that can assist on the road to better health and fitness.
Jan 25, 2016
300: #MPU300
Myke and Stephen turn the tables on David and Katie to celebrate the 300th episode of the show featuring questions from MPU listeners. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Jan 18, 2016
299: Plex
David and Katie are joined by guest Todd Olthoff to dive deep into the Plex media center. We discuss what Plex does, how to install and get up and running, best practices for setting up a Plex library, features of the service, our use of Plex and more.
Jan 11, 2016
298: More of a Mythology than a Science
Laura McClellan from The Productive Woman podcast stops by to discuss tips for getting started for the new year. We follow-up on listener questions related to tagging email, when to use TextExpander, Hazel, and Keyboard Maestro, Journaling, Do Apps from IFTTT, a SwiftText, and more. David and Katie also discuss "The Movie" Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Caution: Spoilers!)
Jan 07, 2016
297: iPad Productivity Apps
Starting off the new year, David and Katie run down their favorite apps for being productive on the iPad. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Jan 04, 2016
296: 2015: Year in Review
Katie and David recap 2015 and share their favorite tech products and services as well as news of note. They also discuss what they hope to see in 2016.
Dec 28, 2015
295: Workflows with Shawn Blanc
Shawn Blanc returns to the show to talk about his new Focus Course and leading a more focused life, productivity planning and shares some of his favorite tools for writing and creating. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Dec 20, 2015
294: Workflows with Mike Vardy
Mike Vardy of the Productivityist drops by to chat with Katie and David about his iPad Mini workflows, presentations, making over meetings, virtual assistants, and productivity through simplicity.
Dec 14, 2015
293: It Kinda Is Rocket Science
PhD Physics Student Chelsea Cook joins David and Katie to talk about the state of accessibility on iOS. We discuss Family Sharing and how it may not be right for all families and answer listener questions on a variety of topics.
Dec 10, 2015
292: Buying and Selling Apple Devices
Looking to buy a new Apple device? Considering buying something used? Want to sell your old device? David and Katie run down options on preparing a device for sale, what to look for when buying a device used and how to protect yourself. We also discuss options for buying new devices.
Dec 07, 2015
291: Focusing on iPad
David and Katie discuss the various models of iPad, choosing the right device, and how the iPad and our use of the device has evolved over the years.
Nov 30, 2015
290: 2015 MPU Geek Gift Guide
The holidays are almost upon us, that means it's time for our annual Geek Gift Guide episode. David and Katie share some of their favorite gift ideas for the geek in your life.
Nov 23, 2015
289: The New Apple TV
David and Katie discuss the new Apple TV including their use, tips and tricks and thoughts on the Future of TV.
Nov 16, 2015
288: Traveling to the Land of Crocodiles and Alligators
David and Katie are joined by Christal Allen-Harrahill to talk about the benefits of using a virtual assistant. We follow-up on Launchers, note applications and alternatives, we share listener tips and answer questions on a variety of topics.
Nov 12, 2015
287: Automation and More with Brett Terpstra
Mac mad scientist, Brett Terpstra, joins David and Katie to talk about his experience working as an indie Mac Developer, new Mac automation techniques and getting started with scripting.
Nov 09, 2015
286: Launcher Smackdown
Katie and David take an in-depth look at currently available keyboard launchers for the Mac including Spotlight, LaunchBar, and Alfred.
Nov 02, 2015
285: iPhone Photography with Austin Mann
David and Katie chat with photographer Austin Mann about the iPhone as a professional camera. We also announce the sale of MPU T-Shirts. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Oct 26, 2015
284: Optimize Your Mac
From tweaking system settings to third party utilities, Katie and David discuss their tips for enhancing your experience and making your Mac your own. We also share details of our upcoming MPU Meet-up in Orlando next month.
Oct 19, 2015
283: Videos and Growing a Business with Adam Lisagor
Adam Lisagor returns to the show to chat about how his video production team has grown from working out of a spare bedroom to a large team and the challenges and opportunities this presents. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Oct 12, 2015
282: MPU Live: Making It Up As We Go Along
Mark Metzger joins us to chat about File Maker, we also talk about cleaning up iOS, follow-up on Office 365 accounts and Google Docs, discuss Mac/PC hybrid setups, hear from a virtual assistant, share listener tips and tricks and Katie shares her experiences with the iPad Air 2.
Oct 08, 2015
281: The state of Siri and Dictation on Mac and iOS
David and Katie tackle the best options for using your voice to dictate text and perform tasks on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Oct 04, 2015
280: El Capitan
David and Katie discuss what to expect with Apple's latest operating system, El Capitan, their favorite new features and tips for upgrading.
Sep 28, 2015
279: Word Processor Smack Down
David and Katie compare the current state of word processing on the Mac and iOS.
Sep 21, 2015
278: iOS 9 and New Apple Hardware
In anticipation of iOS 9's release this week David and Katie discuss their experiences and favorite features of using the new OS. They also can't help a little discussion of Apple's latest announcements. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Sep 14, 2015
277: MPU Live: Was That A Rabbit Hole?
Victor Cajiao of the Terra Tech Podcast joins us to talk about his love of audio. Follow-up on listener feedback related to running Mac based small businesses, emergency preparedness and answer questions on a variety of topics including data limits, syncing files, managing storage, and listeners share their tips for syncing contacts, extending your Mac's warranty and working more efficiently.
Sep 10, 2015
276: Workflows with Matt Alexander
Matt Alexander joins Katie and David to discuss how a tech geek becomes and entrepreneur and uses his skills as a founder and CEO of multiple successful businesses. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Sep 07, 2015
275: Optimize Your iPhone and iPad
Katie and David discuss various ways you can optimize your iOS experience. From wrangling notifications to extending battery life we run through a number of tips and tricks for creating a better experience when using your iPhone or iPad. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Aug 31, 2015
274: When To Upgrade
David and Katie discuss upgrading Mac and iOS devices. When is the right time to upgrade your hardware, software, what are option for buying new and when can you extend the life of your existing device. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Aug 24, 2015
273: Workflows with Jonathan Mann
Jonathan Mann (a.k.a. Song a Day Mann) lends his musical talents to the podcast this week. Jonathan talks about working as an indie songwriter and how he creates a new song each day. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Aug 17, 2015
272: Mac Based Small Business
It's been several months since David went solo. He shares how he created a home-based Mac small business and his workflows for staying productive while wearing many hats. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Aug 10, 2015
271: MPU Live: What's the Worst Thing That Could Happen?
We talk with Kent Newsome about working in a "locked down" office, we also discuss Amazon's Echo, listener travel tips, two factor authentication apps, Omni Focus workflows, sharing tasks, referenced photo libraries and answer listener questions on a variety of topics
Aug 06, 2015
270: Workflows with Christina Warren
Special Guest Christina Warren joins David and Katie to talk about her work as an Apple journalist. We use the backdrop of the Apple Earnings Call to discuss her workflows as well as her thoughts on Apple Music. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Aug 02, 2015
269: Emergency Preparedness for Geeks
We all face emergencies from natural disasters, personal emergencies, accident or illness and even death. David and Katie share their tips for getting your tech prepared and how technology can help you weather the storm.
Jul 27, 2015
268: Travel Hacks with Liana Lehua
Liana Lehua joins us to talk about how her job as a producer for media events takes her around the world and the travel hacks she's picked up along the way.
Jul 20, 2015
267: David Wain's Film and Television Workflows
Writer, Director, Actor, and Producer David Wain joins us to talk about how he uses Apple technology to produce films and television including his new Netflix series, Wet Hot American Summer. We also talk about David's challenges with the Photos application. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Jul 13, 2015
266: MPU Live: #askmpu
We cover a wide range of listener questions this week from backup to travel tips. We also discuss strategies for keeping machines in sync, Mac CRMs, task management, the and share tips for home automation, getting around bandwidth limits and more.
Jul 09, 2015
265: Apple Music
David and Katie take a look at the recently released Apple Music service.
Jul 06, 2015
264: Workflows with John Gruber
Katie and David sit down with John Gruber of Daring Fireball to discuss the origins of his site, how he finds and publishes the news and how he uses his Mac and iOS. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Jun 29, 2015
263: Rethinking Task Management with Kourosh Dini
Psychiatrist, musician, geek, and author Kourosh Dini guests to explain why managing tasks is so hard and, with that knowledge, how to use technology to get work done. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
Jun 22, 2015
262: Thoughts from WWDC 2015
David comes to us from WWDC to recap the announcements of the next generation for OS X, iOS, watchOS and Apple's new Music Service as well as discuss community events around the developer conference.
Jun 15, 2015
261: MPU Live: My Machine Just Kernel Panicked
Jeff Richardson of iPhone JD joins David and Katie to chat about the Apple Watch, we follow-up on Dropbox, and photo workflows meal planning, DevonThink, DevonThink, storing items locally without sacrificing drive space and travel tips.
Jun 11, 2015
260: Creating and Running a Nonprofit with Jean MacDonald
Jean MacDonald, founder of App Camp For Girls joins Katie and David to talk about her experiences creating a nonprofit. Jean discusses the genesis of App Camp, generating community support, the logistics of running, funding and marketing.
Jun 08, 2015
259: Workflows with Christa Mrgan
Katie and David sit down with Christa Mrgan to talk about creating user interfaces, getting started in design, music and the upcoming Layers conference.
Jun 01, 2015
258: Early Impressions of The Apple Watch
We've had our Apple Watches for a couple of weeks now. Katie and David discuss how they're using the watch and how it fits into their workflow so far. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
May 25, 2015
257: Workflows with Merlin Mann: Episode VI
Merlin Mann returns for his annual visit to Mac Power Users. We discuss hardware and software updates and if it's necessary to keep up the latest and greatest, Merlin's growing use of iOS over Mac OS, and kids and technology use. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
May 18, 2015
256: MPU Live: I Think Your Bus Just Left
This episode is packed with listener feedback and tips. We talk with Deron Bos about the benefits of digital meal planning, follow-up on DEVONThink workflows, discuss our RSS feeds, managing small SSDs, resources for a new iPhone user, better fonts for iOS and David discusses his new MacBook. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
May 14, 2015
255: and Photo Management
David and Katie dive deep on Apple's new for the Mac and discuss how this changes workflows for photo management. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
May 11, 2015
254: Reviewing GTD with David Allen
David Allen returns to Mac Power Users to chat with Katie and David about the re-release of his book Getting Things Done and discuss the philosophy and science behind GTD. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for help with the shownotes this week!
May 03, 2015
253: Life on Mars
David and Katie chat with Dr. Ross Lockwood about the workflows he used while spending four months as part of a NASA-funded simulation studying what it would be like for humans to live on Mars. We're also announcing the end of our run on 5by5 and the show's future. Thanks to MPU listener [Jigar Talati]( for help with the shownotes this week!
Apr 27, 2015
252: Five Essential Web Services
David and Katie run down their top five web services for Mac Power Users to boost productivity. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!
Apr 17, 2015
251: DEVONthink
David and Katie are joined by Gabe Weatherhead (aka MacDrifter) to take a deep dive in to DEVONthink, a powerful document and knowledge management app for the Mac. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!
Apr 13, 2015
250: MPU Live: We're Just Getting Started...
Katie and David are celebrating 250 episodes. This week we're joined by Brett Bruney to discuss scanning on the go, we follow-up on LaTex, RSS and cord-cutting. We also address listener questions about splitting iTunes accounts, merging contacts, scheduling time to complete tasks and share listener tips about automating a home webcam, using Keyboard maestro, and sending automating reading RSS feeds.
Apr 10, 2015
249: Tech and the Family
Katie and David are joined by Dan Moren, co-author of The Connected Apple Family to discuss making all your technology work in the family. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!
Apr 05, 2015
248: Revisting Cutting the Cord
It's been more than three years since Katie ditched her pay TV service. This week Katie and David are joined by Bradley Chambers to discuss life as a "cord cutter", advantages and disadvantages, entertainment devices and services and the future. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!
Mar 30, 2015
247: The Onslaught Revisited
David and Katie revisit the current state of RSS and Read it Later services Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!
Mar 23, 2015
246: Workflows with Eddie Smith
Eddie Smith drops by to talk about life as an Actuary and the tools he uses to help students prepare for Actuary exams. Including culling through thousands of pages of reference material using DevonThink, creating equation-rich study guides with LaTeX and brining it all together with keynote to create video tutorials. At the end of the show we also sidetrack into a discussion of the new MacBooks and Apple watch. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!
Mar 16, 2015
245: MPU Live: My Neighbors Think I'm Completely Insane
David and Katie discuss Smart Folders with guest Joel Anderson. We also follow-up on texting workflows, managing large scans and OCR quality, journaling, compare Launch Center Pro and Workflow, talk about monitoring your home network usage, debate smart lighting, help a listener assemble media for a family legacy project and discuss the Apple Watch.
Mar 11, 2015
244: When Bad Things Happen
David and Katie discuss what to do when the worst things happen to your tech. We'll discuss malware, compromised passwords, stolen devices and more and what what you can do to prepare now to be ready when disaster strikes.
Mar 09, 2015
David and Katie dive deep into the new and discuss how it's a game changer for iOS Automation and provide sample workflows.
Mar 02, 2015
242: Troubleshooting with Joe Caiati
David and Katie talk with former Apple Genius Joe Ciati about troubleshooting your Mac. We discuss removing adware, explain Activity Monitor and Console, how to diagnose hardware and software problems and when you can attempt to fix something yourself and when its time to call a pro. Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!
Feb 23, 2015
241: iCloud in 2015
David and Katie discuss the state of iCloud in 2015, where you should trust it, where you should take a pass, how it integrates with other services and peek at the new
Feb 16, 2015
240: MPU Live: Auto-Magically, with Kenny G