Apple could be done with iTunes


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If you have some time this weekend, maybe open up iTunes and double check your MP3 tags again, just for old-times sake. On Monday Apple’s WWDC 2019 event starts with a keynote, and as we’ve heard before, it could mark a final shift away from the company’s overburdened media app.

Apple has already launched a TV app that will help its Apple TV+ video service reach more platforms this fall. According to Bloomberg, what we’ll see on Monday will mark the end of iTunes once Apple shows off macOS desktop apps that mimic their counterparts on iOS, with separate ones for Music, TV and Podcasts. If you need to manage your iThings (local backups, OS updates, etc.), the Music app will take over there just as iTunes always has.

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What we think we know about macOS 10.15


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WWDC is coming. We all expect Apple to introduce us to planned updates to the macOS, so what do we think we know so far?

Marzipan for the Mac

Apple has previously promised to release the first version of the much-discussed Marzipan API’s that enable iOS developers to quickly create versions of their apps to run on Mac.

The company’s News, Home, Voice Memos and Stocks app were released to illustrate work Apple’s teams have done so far to create support for elements of the iOS UIKit on Mac.

Phase 2 begins when developers get to access these APIs at WWDC 2019. Phase 3 would logically extend these capabilities and see more iOS apps run in Mac-like fashion in 2020.

The release of these API’s will likely be the biggest news at WWDC — but it won’t be all Apple has planned for the Mac. Screentime may also make the

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The expert Mac user guide to windows


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Here are the 8 keyboard commands every Mac user should memorize.

These tips are short, essential, and if you don’t know them already, learn them today.

The expert Mac user guide to windows

I reckon most expert Mac users gave up Windows a long, long time ago – but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve got as good at handling windows on their Mac as they might want to be. The following keyboard commands will change that.

Command-Tab

Press Command-Tab and you’ll be in the Application Switcher. While keeping those keys depressed you can flick forward left or right using the arrow keys on your keyboard, use the cursor to select an item manually, or while keeping the Command key depressed, flick through all your open apps by releasing and re-tapping the Tab button. This is absolutely the best way to swiftly move between active apps on your Mac. (Use Command-Shift-Tab

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Mac: How to use Spotlight’s Boolean talents to find email fast


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Find that mail faster on your Mac with these tips

Mail on a Mac has its own built-in search tool, but it’s nowhere near as effective as using the Mac’s Spotlight search. Not only is it faster, but you can make your searches much more accurate using a few simple tricks.

How to use Spotlight to find email fast

How do you search for an email using Spotlight?

I’m guessing you’ll tap Command-Space to rouse the Spotlight search bar and then type the subject of the email, or something else you can recall about it. A host of results will appear, possibly including Documents, Contacts, Siri found in apps and more.

That’s a lot to get through.

Most Mac users don’t configure Spotlight search categories in System Preferences>Spotlight. That’s because they never know what they are going to be looking for – though you should make sure you’ve enabled Spotlight

Spotlight search tools
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What is App Notarization on a Mac and why should I care?


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App Store

Apple believes the Mac App Store is the most secure place for software, but not all apps can be sold through it.

Apple spends a lot of time building platform security, and the new App Notarizationprocess for applications sold outside of the Mac App Store should help keep you and your Mac safer.

What is App Notarization on a Mac?

Apple already has a system called Gatekeeper that tries to prevent Mac users from installing malicious software on their machines by checking for an Apple-issued Developer ID certificate that’s included within the app.

To make it possible for third-party applications distributed outside of the Mac App Store to run on Macs without disabling Gatekeeper security, Apple added Developer ID to OS X Mountain Lion. This enabled registered developers to identify themselves and their apps.

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7 more Photos tips for Mac users


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Backup photos

If you use a Mac, you probably own an iPhone and use Photos to edit the images you take. What follows are 7 little Photos tips you to help you get more done faster in the application.

Swipe

When looking at images in full view, had you noticed that you can swipe left or right with two fingers to see the next or a previous image in an album or Memory?

Rotate

You can rotate multiple images at once. Just select them one at a time while pressing Command and then tap the rotate button.

How a Mac can speed your iOS life

Extensions

You can use third-party apps to augment your tool choices in Photos. When in Edit mode just tap the ellipse (it’s beside the heart) at the top of the window to access your available Extensions. Any third-party app you have installed on your Mac that works will be listed there, and you’ll find a

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The quick and easy macOS Mojave guide


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Have you started using macOS Mojave on your Mac yet? I’ve been using it, and have written lots about it (including this useful review) and thought some Apple Must readers may want to explore all the coverage in one place while they get to know the new OS.

The new Mac OS also introduces other Finder enhancements, including smart Desktop clutter control and Dark Mode.

Get to know your way around Dark Mode

Apple’s most attention-grabbing Mojave feature looks great, but we’ll find out if it makes the world more productive in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, here’s some help:

How to make an instant Light/Dark mode controller for your Mac

Want to move between Dark mode and Light mode at the click of a button? That’s exactly what you’ll do thanks to this handy Automator recipe.

How to improve Dark Mode

Want a better experience when using

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How to Time Machine Backup without AirPort


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You can still use Time Machine backup with your Mac, despite Apple’s decision to end its AirPort range of Wi-Fi products – you just need to use a third-party Mac- or network-connected drive.

Apple Time Caspule

Built to work seamlessly with Time Machine, Apple’s Time Capsule was the first product to make storage sexy.

What is Time Machine?

Time Machine was introduced as one of 300 improvements in Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” in 2007 (when the iPhone also shipped).

It is a backup software application that is designed to archive everything on your system and is accessed using a unique interface that lets you dial back through previous archives to find the file, folder or other item that you may have accidentally deleted.

“Time Machine is a backup utility, not an archival utility, it is not intended as offline storage. Time Machine captures the most recent state of your

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Do you use this sometimes essential Mail tip?


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Do you remember contacting all these people?

You’ve written to them before, you know you have, but for some reason you can’t seem to find their email address and you don’t seem to have added them to your Contacts. Disaster. Except, not really: there’s an app for that:

It’s in the Mail

Mail has a little feature you may never have thought about before: it remembers the email addresses of people who email you and also those of individuals you’ve written to in the past.

It’s called the Previous Recipients List, and that’s why when you write emails to people the To field autocompletes when you begin to type that person’s name.

If you use iCloud Contacts, this feature is available on all your other Macs (with OS X v10.8 or later) and iOS devices (with iOS 6 or later) that have iCloud Contacts turned on.The good news

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12+ Command tips every Mac user needs


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New to the Mac or Apple veteran, every Mac user should be finger-familiar with these amazingly productivity-enhancing Command shortcuts that help you get more done faster on your Mac.

Command-Space

My favorite Mac tip of all – a direct route to a Spotlight search. You can use this to find stuff, open apps, do sums and so much more. (You can also use Command-F to find something inside whatever app you happen to be).

Command-X, Command-C, Command-V

Every Mac user needs to know this triptych of text tools, which let you cut, copy and paste (respectively) selected text.

Command-Q

Every Mac user needs to know that the fastest way to quit an app is Command-Q. Or use Command-Option-Esc: to Force quit.

Command-W

Close that window. Or Command-H to hide all the windows of the application you are in – or Command-Option-H to hide all the open windows of all the

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How to get your Mac ready for the macOS 10.14 ‘Mojave’ Public Beta


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Apple will ship the public beta for macOS 10.14 Mojave at some point this summer.

While we’d never advise using your primary Mac to run a beta OS, there are several things you can do today to get a Mac ready for the software once it ships. There are also a couple of ways you can more safely test the beta, even on your main Mac.

What is the public beta?

Apple’s public beta is a way everyone can work with its new OS before it is feature-perfect. There are risks – it is beta software and may be inconsistent, some apps may not work and more. Apple will ship regular updates to the beta software once it is installed.  You will be able to upgrade to the final version of macOS Mojave when it ships this fall, all the same, because it

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A guide to macOS Mojave’s Quick Look improvements


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Apple’s macOS 10.14 Mojavewill introduce a range of useful enhancements when it ships in May, one series of improvements I think most Mac users will use are the new editing tools inside Quick Look – particularly the quick and easy video trimming tools, given that at time of writing QuickTime remains a 32-bit app.

What is Quick Look?

Apple introduced Quick Look at WWDC in June 2007 when it announced OS X Leopard. The feature lets Mac users preview a file in Finder. Set to ship in fall and currently only available in beta (which means some tooks and UI elements may change), macOS 10.14 Mojave offers the most fundamental improvements ever made to Quick Look since its inception.

What files can Quick Look handle?

The current version of Quick Look lets you take a look at numerous file types, including PDFs, HTML, Plain text, RTF, iWork,

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A Complete List of Mojave Compatible Macs


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Apple announced macOS 10.14 Mojave, the anticipated follow-up to High Sierra, at today’s WWDC 2018 keynote. And while iOS 12 didn’t drop compatibility from the list of devices that work with iOS 11, Mojave does drop support for some Macs. Below is the list of all compatible Macs with macOS 10.14.

  • MacBook (Early 2015 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or later)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or later)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus mid-2010 and mid-2012 models with recommended Metal-capable GPU)

You can find the list of Mac’s compatible with High Sierra here, which you will notice dates back to 2009 models in some cases. Find more coverage from WWDC 2018 here.

From Win32 to Cocoa: A Windows user’s would-be conversion to Mac OS X


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Enlarge / OK, technically this wouldn’t have even been possible at the time of this initial article, but here’s Win10, Win8, Windows XP, and Mac OS X (High Sierra) all together. Thanks Parallels. (credit: Parallels)

Ten years ago around this very time—April through June 2008—our intrepid Microsoft guru Peter Bright evidently had an identity crisis. Could this lifelong PC user really have been pushed to the brink? Was he considering a switch to… Mac OS?!? While our staff hopefully enjoys a less stressful Memorial Day this year, throughout the weekend we’re resurfacing this three part series that doubles as an existential operating system dilemma circa 2008. Part one ran on April 21, 2008, and it appears unedited below.

A couple of Gartner analysts have recently claimed that Windows is “collapsing”—that it’s too big, too sprawling, and too old to allow rapid development and significant new features. Although organizations like Gartner

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Mac tip: How to automatically delete used Zip files


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Zip files are such useful things. We use them for application installers, sharing large numbers of images, secure document sharing with a password and more. Of course, once you’ve opened the zip file you must remember to drag-&-drop it to the Trash to get rid of it – unless you use this little-known Mac tip.

Apple’s secret Archive Utility

Macs offer built-in support for zipping and unzipping files. You probably already know how this works: when you receive a compressed file you just need to double click it and your Mac will open it up so you end up with two files: the contents and the compressed item.

You can also automatically compress one or more files by selecting them and choosing Compress in the contextual menu that appears when you use Control-click.

A lot of this work is handled by a built-in Apple application called Archive Utility, and while

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12 ways Siri helps you control your Mac


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Siri doesn’t yet give you spoken word tuition as you learn to code.

Are you getting the most out of using Siri on your Mac?

The Apple voice assistant can be a great help, but you need to know what it is capable of, and one way it really comes into its own is in controlling what you can do on your Mac.

How Siri can check iCloud storage

Are you worried about how much iCloud storage space you have available?

You can ferret through iCloud settings on iPhone or Mac, or visit the service online to check if you like, but the fastest way to find this information is to invoke Siri on your Mac and ask “How much iCloud storage do I have left?”  You can also ask how much storage you have left on your Mac.

How much battery life?

Ask Siri, “How much battery life

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Mac users: Do you know this three finger drag trackpad tip?


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When you want to shift things around in the Finder, on the desktop, or even within something you are working on it’s likely you click and drag the item, right? That’s fine, most of the time, but if you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or another repetitive strain injury (RSI) the action of clicking can be uncomfortable, or even painful. That’s why I use this little-known Accessibility feature, it’s called Three-Finger Drag.

What is three finger drag?

Apple has designed this as an accessibility feature, mainly for those of us who do endure RSI-like problems. (I’ve suffered from RSI for many years. It has certainly impacted my career).

The gesture lets you use three fingers to select and drag any item on your Mac that you are able to click and drag.

When enabled all you need to do is hover your cursor above a page header, Finder item, or

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10 ways Mac title bar icons help you get things done


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Almost every Finder or document window has a small icon at the top of the title bar, it’s called a “proxy icon”.

They’ve been around for years, so it’s possible you’ve been aware of them but somehow never stopped to figure out if you can do anything with them. The time has come to learn about them, and what you can do with them:

What are proxy icons

These two images show you what I mean by proxy icons.

A document:

A folder:

What can you do with them?

Once you save the item, its proxy icons behaves just like the Desktop icons you already use. That means you can do all kinds of things with them, from dragging them between applications to placing them in the Dock, saving them to a drive – anything that supports drag-&-drop. Here are some examples of what they can do for Continue reading “10 ways Mac title bar icons help you get things done”

macOS 101: AirDrop Tips for Mac and iOS Users


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AirDrop is a peer-to-peer file sharing system for local Mac and iOS users. It’s easy to set up with just a click or two; no special information or settings are needed. Just drag-and-drop a file to share with others.

In this Rocket Yard Guide, we’re going to take a look at AirDrop’s history, the basics of its use, and a tip or two for improving its use, including adding AirDrop to the Mac’s Dock for easy access.

AirDrop History
Originally developed for the Mac and released with OS X Lion, AirDrop made use of a new Wi-Fi standard called PAN (Personal Area Network) that allowed for the creation of an ad-hoc wireless network. To make setting up the network automatic, Apple made use of its Bonjour service, which allowed Macs to broadcast that they were part of the Wi-Fi network and could receive files from others.

When iOS 7 was

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How to get a ‘Save As’ command back on your Mac


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Making Save As great again

One of the first customers at Apple’s new Shinjuku store, but I don’t think he is using Save As

Apple’s decision to remove the Save As command from the File menu on Mac apps was probably designed to make using iOS and macOS feel more similar. The idea was that whatever you happened to be working on would automatically save in the background, just like on iOS. That’s fine, but there are times when most Mac users still need the flexibility of Save as, such as when saving items in different available formats.

What’s this about?

Starting around 2011, Apple removed the Save As item as a default choice in the File application Menu bar. That’s why most of the applications you use these days only seem to offer a generic ‘Save’ command. There are exceptions to this – a newly created item will offer Save As so you can

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