Five Tip Friday ~ Restore a copy, powerful Photos search, recording FaceTime calls, accented letters


MagBytes 85 came out yesterday (click on MagByes Newsletter over there -> on the right to download the last few copies) with the last month of Five Tip Fridays and lots ore info, all for free, but here are five more.

1/ Using macOS: Using Restore a Copy — Pages, Numbers, and Preview and some other apps are actually tracing your steps as you work. Every time you choose File>Save or press Command-S when you’re working on a document, the app saves a version of your file, which you can then revert to if you find you don’t like the changes you’ve made. But by default, reverting replaces the file you’re working on, which isn’t always the best thing.
Once you have saved a document several times, you can go back to the different save points by using the menu option File > Revert To.
Now you can either choose the last opened version to restore if that choice is available, or select Browse All Versions which will take you to a Time Machine–like interface and show you every available file version (below).

When you find what you want, clicking Restore overwrites the existing file you’ve got open, as I mentioned, and it won’t warn you before that happens. But it’s good to know you can visit this restore mode again if you accidentally lose your existing file.

2/ If you need to do is bring back a version without replacing your current one — Hold down the Option key within this view, and Restore switches to Restore a Copy.
Pick that instead, and a new file will open, which you can then save if you want. Neat. [This is another great tip from Melissa Holt.)

3/ Apple added powerful machine learning to Photos in macOS Sierra — To start searching in the Photos app, just click in the search bar in the top right corner of the app and start typing. If you want to find pictures of your dog, for example, type ‘dog’. The app is now able to identify any photos with dogs in them. Photos will search file names for the word ‘dog’, but will also try and find images of dogs that don’t have the word ‘dog’ appended to them!
You can also search for particular faces, places and other things. You can use quite a few different search terms, but items, descriptions, objects, places and people are the best terms to use. The app is much smarter than you might think, so play around with it and see what you can find. (Note that Photos only searches within your photo library; it won’t find images that are saved elsewhere on your Mac. This also won’t work in a Spotlight search; the feature is limited to use within the Photos app itself.)

4/ Record a FaceTime call on macOS Sierra — It’s not that easy to record a Skype call (and recording any call requires permission of the other party in New Zealand law, please note, unless you represent the law anyway), but you can record FaceTime calls relatively easily with this workaround.
Open QuickTime on your Mac (it’s in the Applications folder if it’s not in your Dock – Finder>Go menu>Applications) or use the macOS LaunchPad (whatever method is fine).
Click File in the Menu bar.
Click New Screen Recording.
Click the arrow next to the record button in the QuickTime window.
Choose Internal Microphone from the list of available microphones.
Open FaceTime. Its icon should be in the Dock. If not, it’s in the Applications folder. Or you can use the macOS LaunchPad. Or tell Siri to “Open FaceTime.”
Click the record button in QuickTime.
Click the screen to record your whole screen, or click and drag over the FaceTime window to only record FaceTime.
Begin your FaceTime call.
When the call is over, click the Stop Recording button in QuickTime.
Click File in the Menu bar.
Select Save.
Name your recording, and select where you wish to store it.
Click Save. [I haven’t tried this with Skype but it might work too.]

5/ Accented letters — If you want to type ‘ō,’ hold down the letter ‘o’ on your keyboard for a couple of seconds. A menu pops out above your cursor with the available options for that character. Choose the right one with your mouse/trackpad, or simply press the grey number listed under the correct accented letter (above). This works for any letter, btw, (u, e etc) that can be accented.
This is the easiest way, but there are other ways, too

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