Love this fantastic writing app Ulysses

I’ve been writing for a while (as you can see from the archives on this little blog) and honestly I never thought I need any writing apps, because the default WordPress typing dashboard is so awesome…kudos to the amazing WP geeks 🙂

Case and point, a minute ago I just created a new post and now I’m typing here – without any distractions thanks to the well-designed distraction free mode. I can also see the number of words I’ve typed and WordPress automatically saved my writing as a draft. Anyhow, those features can’t be more helpful than ever.

But today, I discovered another great yet professional writing app. Yes, you probably have knew it from the title of this article – it’s Ulysses.

You can learn more about the app from its official site here: https://www.ulyssesapp.com/

I’m not going to cover how to use the app as you can find tons of tutorials from the developer’s site and on YouTube. And Shawn from the Sweet Setup team just launched a course about it, it seems pretty good though I’m yet to watch it in details.

Plus, I’m still in the learning curve…will take a little bit time, but I don’t think it requires ages. Two reasons: I’m eager to learn new stuff so I’m confident that I’ll get used to the app quicker than you might thought. Second, the Ulysses team has made a top-notch product, the app looks so familiar.

What do I mean? Check out those screenshots I took!

A screen when the app has been installed successfully. “You’re all set, happy editing!”
The main dashboard of Ulysses, looks very much like the Mail app, right?
And here’s the Markup Preferences, looks beautiful, no? 🙂

You know what? The best part is that the app is cross-platform. Besides macOS, it’s also available on iOS (for iPad and iPhone).

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ulysses/id1225571038?mt=8

Can’t wait to explore and learn more about this productivity app. It looks really great, isn’t it? I’ll share with you more about it later, if I get a chance.

Thanks for reading and I hope you all are great!

How to Disable Siri (Turn it off on Menu Bar) on macOS Sierra?

Let’s be honest, are you really a fan of Siri?

Although Apple has put lots of efforts to make Siri an intelligent personal assistant, I’m just not as enthusiastic as I should be told to.

Don’t get me wrong, I have used Siri many times on my phone and Mac as well – yes, I am a typical example of “the 98% have used Siri, but only 3% do so in public due to embarrassment [poll]”, a survey from 9to5mac.

You can read the article here: https://9to5mac.com/2016/06/06/siri-embarrassment-poll/

I also participated the survey, and honestly the result was surprising!

Survey source: 9to5mac

So, if you are like me who want to disable Siri on macOS Sierra, here’s a quick guide for you. I have no idea why Apple decided to incorporate it into Sierra, maybe because El Capitan users made strongly request this feature. For me, I am used to not using Siri as my personal assistant when I’m working on my MacBook Pro.

Here’s where Siri shows up on Mac’s menu bar

To turn it off, you just need a couple of steps:

Step 1: Open System Preferences.

Step 2: Click “Siri” in the preferences pane.

Step 3: In the new windows, uncheck “Enable Siri”. That’s it.

You should notice the siri icon disappear from the menu bar right away.

In case you need the feature at some point, go to the same window and select “Enable Siri”. A pop-up “Siri sends information like your voice input, contacts, and location to Apple to process your requests.” will show and just click to confirm it.

Hope you like this simple tutorial =-)

Now We’ve Got MacBooster 4: New Interface & Added Features

It’s always great to see a new release or upgrade for a Mac software. That means months’ of hard working are paid off to the app developer team behind the product.

Today, I just got to know that IObit released a new version for MacBooster. Now we’ve got MacBooster 4! Actually this happened in September, so this post is a bit late (but better late than never, right :D)

According to this IObit forum posting, that the newer version has a new system status UI, and a few new features like Real-time Protection, Extensions Manager, and Privacy Clean.

Nick Peers from MacWorld also covered the news. This sentence he wrote brings to my attention.

We’re not as convinced by its virus-scanning tools, which seem bolted on somewhat, and the lack of any backup mechanism to protect your system in case something goes wrong

Very interesting point, isn’t it? The security market has always been a topic for debate on the Internet, since the PC age. When it comes to Mac, no surprise it’d incur skepticism.

Also, this MacBooster review seems very thorough and unbiased -does not always say good things about an app, I enjoy reading it. Good job, Chris!

Note: in case you don’t know, for those of you who are already using MacBooster 3, IObit charges $10 upgrade fee to activate MacBooster 4. Do you think it’s reasonable? I’d like to hear from you. In my experience, software upgrade is usually free.

2 Ways to Disable CleanMyMac Menu from Showing on Mac Menu Bar

I have been using CleanMyMac 3 for quite a while, and I like the app a lot. It’s really simple to use, and it cleans many unneeded files that take up gigabytes of disk space.

But one thing I don’t like that much is that it keeps showing up on my Mac menu bar every time I turn on my MacBook. Well, more specifically, I feel a little disturbing and apps (or services) that add themselves to the startup list is annoying, just personal preferences 🙂

If you are using CleanMyMac and you also want to disable the Menu from showing up on the Mac menu bar, we match! Today, I’m going to share with you two ways to do that.

First off: what is CleanMyMac Menu?

Simply put, it’s like a “mini dashboard” of the CleanMyMac app. According to MacPaw, the CleanMyMac Menu is designed to keep you up to date with what’s happening on your Mac and allow you to access all the utilities of the full app. See this screenshot:

Okay, now here’s how to disable it.

#1: Turn it off in CleanMyMac app preferences

Step 1: click on the CleanMyMac Menu icon on your menu bar. Locate the gear icon at the bottom right corner. Click it and select “Preferences”.

Step 2: a new window (the Preferences) pops up. Under the “CleanMyMac 3 Menu” tab, you’ll see a button (with green color). Click to slide it to OFF. Now the Menu will disappear immediately.

Also, it won’t start when you restart your Mac next time.

#2: Disable it from Login Items

Another method (which I usually do) is to remove it from Login Items. Well, not only can you disable CleanMyMac Menu, but also many other apps or services that launch on startup.

Step 1: click the Apple icon on top left corner, go to System Preferences.

Step 2: On the System Preferences dashboard, locate Users & Groups. Click on it.

Step 3: On the “Login Items” tab, select CleanMyMac application, and click on the minus “-” icon. Done!

Either method works, and it’s up to you which way to go. That’s all what I want to share. Once again, I don’t like apps that automatically launch, but MacPaw makes it a breeze to disable the CMM Menu.