One of the lesser known features of networking in OS X is the ability to share an ethernet connection via Wi-Fi. Essentially turning your Mac into a wireless access point, it can provide a great way to share an internet connection with other computers or a mobile device.

This how-to will walk you through the process from start to finish, and outline a few of the more advanced features available for configuring the wireless network.

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Everyone loves a good screensaver – they can relax, mesmerize, entertain, and (supposedly) prevent damage to your monitor. The default collection which ship with Leopard are excellent, but you needn’t limit yourself to looking at those wonderful beach photos every day.

We’ve scoured the internet to find 34 stunning screensavers for OS X, each with something unique to offer. There’s something for everyone – from calm and serene, to abstract and wacky. Dive in and have fun picking out a new screensaver!

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Until recently purchasing a scanner, I commonly found myself taking a digital photo of a document to import it into my Mac. Results were rarely perfect, and I was never completely satisfied with the result. Prizmo is a new application which caught me eye, allowing you to adjust the perspective of a digital photo.

Completely altering the perspective of a photograph is a technically impressive operation, and uses the latest technology in OS X Leopard. This review will outline the features which make Prizmo such an interesting photo manipulation tool.

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I’m a very visual person and, due to the nature of the Mac environment, I’m sure there are many like-minded people in the OS X community who share my optical tendencies. We tend to think the wallpaper has to be just right, the icons in the dock and on the desktop have to be organized by category, and we take time to find just the right icon for our removable media.

DId I just hear an ‘amen?’

No matter how OCD you may be about your computing environment, we can all agree on the importance of creating some organizational structure on our computers so we can be more productive. Thanks to the features of our chosen OS (and some free or inexpensive software), there are some very simple ways to maximize our productivity in the most geeky way.

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Believe it or not, the Mac is catching up Windows as a platform for rich, immersive gaming. Whilst big budget games such as ToCA Race Driver 3 and Call of Duty 4 really push the envelope in Mac gaming, you don’t necessarily need to empty your wallet to enjoy an addictive game or two.

We’ll be taking a look at ten different games – each costing less than $20 – which can provide hours of entertainment. Apple create great tools for business, education and design – but there’s no harm in letting the big kid out now and then!

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It’s competition time again, and this week we have three licenses for Espionage up for grabs. Espionage is a data encryption app for OS X, which we recently reviewed. If you don’t want the system wide performance hit of FileVault but do have the odd application/folder to encrypt, it’s a great solution.

As promised, we have three copies to give away. All you need to do is:

  1. Post a link to this competition – either on your website, or via Twitter
  2. Leave a comment, letting me know where you posted the link

Two comments will be selected randomly as winners on the 27th April. The third copy will be given away at some point this week via Twitter (we have a riddle planned!). To be in with a chance of winning, be sure to follow us!

Best of luck, and as with all competitions, there’s just one legal point to make – you aren’t eligible to take part if you work for Envato.

Tweetie has long been my iPhone Twitter client of choice, and news of a desktop application being developed certainly caught my attention. Launched today, Tweetie for Mac represents an extension to atebits already popular iPhone client. It’s the first time that an iPhone application has been ported to the desktop with such fanfare, and is certainly worth taking a look at.

The interface takes a slightly different approach to a standard Twitter client, but still feels incredibly natural and easy-to-use. Performance is excellent, the app is free (for an ad-supported version), and it offers a comprehensive set of features. We’ll be taking a look at what’s on offer, and walking you through what Tweetie for Mac is capable of.

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One of Mail’s most powerful features is not immediately obvious, and rarely used to it’s full potential. This feature is called “rules” and can be found hidden within the application’s preferences. Rules basically allow you to tell Mail what to do when certain things happen – moving email between folders, adding colours, or automatically sending a response.

Here, I will explain what rules are capable of, and how do use them to make the most of your email client. The article will also outline a few novel examples, including the ability to send your computer to sleep via a simple email.

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