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Picasso said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Richard Goon does this by creating and designing the look for HCS Tech Group. Besides the visual arts, he enjoys the the audio part of it by playing his classical guitar and sometimes bass. He loves to collect His comic books and discuss his favorite TV shows, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. His field of expertise are graphic apps, fonts and backup.


New Apple Support Articles

Mac computers with Apple silicon
This article shows you how to identify Macs with Apple Silicon and Macs with Intel Processor

macOS Big Sur is compatible with these computers
This article informs you which Macs are compatible with macOS Big Sur and how much space is needed when upgrading from an older macOS.

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Minimum Requirements for macOS Big Sur

2015 and later
Find out which MacBook you have.

MacBook Air
2013 and later
Find out which MacBook Air you have.

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How to know if any of your apps on your iOS device are 32 Bit and will not be iOS 11 compatible

iOS 11 will be 64 Bit and you wonder if any of your favorite apps are still on 32 Bit. The current versions of iOS support both 32 Bit and 64 Bit apps. Once you upgrade  your device to iOS 11, they will stop working. To see apps that are 32 Bit, you must be on iOS 10 or later.

1. Tap on the Settings App
2. Tap General
3. Tap About
4. Tap Applications*

* Note: If you have 32 Bit apps, you will be able to tap Applications and are presented with a page that is titled App Compatibility. Here you will see all the apps that are 32 Bit. If all your apps are 64 Bit, you will not have this option.

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Are your devices compatible with iOS 11?

iOS 11 is coming this fall and you wonder if your device will work with It. Below are the devices that will work with iOS 11.


  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro - 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro - 1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad - 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

  • iPod touch 6th generation

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When to use Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign

These three graphic apps are very powerful in their own right, but would You create an 8 page catalog in Illustrator or Photoshop or create a company logo in Indesign? Using the right app for the right project makes the design process better and design becomes more efficient because designers can work faster to create more options for their clients in less time.

Adobe Photoshop

The app was originally designed as a comprehensive solution for creating, editing and retouching any type of raster image. Since then, Photoshop has evolved a full slate of tools that allow users to do so much more. Fine artists use it to draw, sketch and even paint digitally. Photographers use it to adjust and transform their photos with color and lighting. Production designers use it to create web-ready digital images.

Use Photoshop when
  • It’s time to retouch photos. Need to color correct a photo? Or tame some flyaway hair? Or digitally zap a zit? Photoshop = photos. And there’s no better tool.
  • You need to edit artwork for digital or print. That could be a photo, painting, drawing, or anything else. Photoshop is the right tool to make sure every line, shadow and texture is in place. Then, you can use that artwork anywhere, either on its own or in a Illustrator or InDesign project.
  • You want digital images for the web like social media images, banner ads, email headers, videos etc. Creating these images in Photoshop will ensure they’re right size and optimized for the web.
  • You have to create a website or app mockup. Layers make it easy to move UI elements around, and because Photoshop is a pixel-based editing program, you’ll know that your design is sized correctly for any screen size.
  • You want to get fancy with animation and video. Today, cameras can not only shoot fantastic photos, but they can also capture some pretty sweet video, too. Photoshop makes it easy to cut together simple video clips and add graphics, filters, text, animation and more.

Instead of Photoshop, Use another app when:

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Security Warnings in February 2017

Here is a list of new strains of malware going around in Mac world:

This file-encrypting ransomware program is found on BitTorrent websites, masquerading as an Adobe Premiere CC or Office 2016 patcher. If you get infected, it encrypts your files permanently — even if you pay the “ransom.” You can read more about it here.

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