Nik Rawlinson

Brought to you by the letter ‘i’

by Nik Rawlinson on 5 January 2011 in Editorial
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Everything – and nothing – has changed in seven years. The first editorial I ever wrote for MacUser, back in the autumn of 2003, didn’t include any words that featured the letter ‘i’. I wanted to make the point that Apple’s i-devices weren’t the be-all and end-all of the company.

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Do you want to know a secret?

by Nik Rawlinson on 9 December 2010 in Editorial
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The Beatles on iTunes. Is it such a big deal? Actually, it is. Now, I’m no Beatles fan, as anyone on the MacUser team will tell you. I’ve never understood the fascination, never enjoyed classics such as Hey Jude and We Can Work It Out, never really comprehended why anyone is still going on (and on and on) about them 50 years after they formed and 40 years after they called it a day. The Beatles leave me cold.

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Apple’s Xserve loses its x factor

by Nik Rawlinson on 24 November 2010 in Editorial
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I don’t own an Xserve, and it’s unlikely I ever would have bought one, but that doesn’t mean I don’t mourn its passing. Xserve was an iconic product and, despite the fact that the most any of us ever saw of it was the 19in slice of its front screwed into a server rack, it looked just as good – and as understated – as a MacBook Pro or Mac mini. Its looks alone aren’t why I’m sorry to see it go, though. I’m concerned about public perception.

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The thin end of the wedge?

by Nik Rawlinson on 9 November 2010 in Editorial
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It has begun. Apple has announced the Mac App Store and the response has been predictably mixed. I can see why. On the one hand, it will make it far easier for smaller developers to be found; on the other, it could well be the pointy end of a rather frightening wedge.

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Apps now rule the handset roost

by Nik Rawlinson on 26 October 2010 in Editorial
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It’s mere coincidence that I was advising a friend about which phone to buy on the day Microsoft was showing off Windows Phone 7, its new operating system for mobile handsets. My friend had been offered the HTC Desire handset, which beat the iPhone in almost every category in tests by MacUser’s online sister publication, [...]

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MacUser Screencast: create a photo collage in Photoshop CS5

by Nik Rawlinson on 19 October 2010 in News

Sometimes when you take a bunch of photos for merging together as a single larger picture, you want to do something a little out of the ordinary. Follow along as MacUser’s Nik Rawlinson walks you through creating a photo collage using Photoshop. Here we’re using Photoshop CS5, but the technique also works with older versions of the application.

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