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Five Tip Friday ~ Five for iOS


1/ Print to PDF from any app from iPhone and iPad — This trick relies upon a hidden feature of the Share Sheet. To print from any app, such as Safari, you begin by tapping the Share icon. Next, tap the Print icon from the bottom row of the Share Sheet. Depending on what you’ve enabled, you might have to scroll to the right to find it. Now, to access the PDF view, simply 3D Touch (or pinch together two fingers to zoom out, in no0n-3D Touch devices) in the preview area of the PDF.
With that done, you should be in a PDF view of your document, web page, or whatever. Your next step is to share it. Just tap the Share icon, and choose where you want to send your PDF. You can share it via Messages or Mail, or any other app that supports the Share Sheet extensions.

Another great option is iBooks, if you want to keep all of your PDFs together, but there’s often a Share Sheet icon there to do that directly. But you can even save the PDF file to your iCloud drive or Dropbox.
Saving the web pages you’ve visited to PDF is a great way to keep notes when you’re researching. Other options for where to save those PDF files include Evernote and even the built-in Notes app.

2/ Use the Remote app to control your iTunes library in macOS Sierra with your iDevice — If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch you can use the Apple Remote app — free from the Apple App Store — to control your Mac’s iTunes library from a distance.
First, pair the app with the iTunes library (or libraries) you want to control. Your device and your computer must be on the same wireless network.
If you have Remote 2.0 (or later) and Home Sharing is turned on, you can set Remote to pair automatically with any of the iTunes libraries on your Home Sharing network. You can also pair Remote directly with iTunes libraries that aren’t in your Home Sharing network. To pair the Remote with an iTunes library: Tap Remote on your device’s Home screen.
Tap Add an iTunes Library.
A 4-digit code appears.
Open iTunes on your computer and click the Remote button .
Type the 4-digit code in the iTunes window.
iTunes pairs the library on your computer with the Remote app on your device.
Pair Remote with your Home Sharing network.
To use Remote 2.0 (or later) with Home Sharing, every iTunes library you want to control must have Home Sharing turned on.
Tap Remote on your device’s Home screen.
Tap Settings.
Tap to turn Home Sharing on.
Type your Apple ID and password, and tap Done.
Tap the iTunes library or Apple TV you want to control.

3/ Use Home Sharing to import items from another iTunes library — You can use Home Sharing to import items from up to five iTunes libraries on other computers on your home network? You can (assuming you have an Apple ID).
When you use your Mac on your Home Sharing network to download an item from the iTunes Store, you can have the item download automatically to other computers on your Home Sharing network.
Turn on Home Sharing. Choose File > Home Sharing > Turn On Home Sharing.
Type in your Apple ID and password, and click Turn On Home Sharing.
If you don’t have an Apple ID, click “Don’t have an Apple ID?” and follow the onscreen instructions.
To import items from other libraries using Home Sharing, choose a computer on your Home Sharing network from the Library pop-up menu. The library loads and a list of categories appears.
Choose a category (Music, for example). In the Show menu at the bottom of the iTunes window, choose “Items not in my library.” Select the items you want to import, and click Import.
To automatically import new iTunes Stores purchases from another computer, choose a computer on your Home Sharing network from the Library pop-up menu. Choose a category (Music, for example).
Click Settings at the bottom of the window. In the window that appears, select “Automatically transfer new purchases from Library Name.” Select the types of items you want to import. Click OK.
To turn off Home Sharing, on each computer, choose File > Home Sharing > Turn Off Home Sharing. If a shared computer doesn’t appear when Home Sharing is on, turn Home Sharing off, and then turn it on again.

4/ Disable homescreen rotation on Apple’s Plus-series iPhones — By default, Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and 7 Plus add an auto-rotating home screen to iOS, rearranging icons and the dock whenever a device is tilted sideways.
Aside from the Control Center orientation lock, here’s an indirect way of achieving the same result:
Within the Settings app, tap on Display & Brightness, then on “View” under the Display Zoomcategory towards the very bottom. Nominally this option just makes it easier to browse and tap on icons. As a consequence of using it, however, the home screen will no longer rotate.
To make the switch, tap on ‘Zoomed,’ then on ‘Set.’ Technically an iPhone has to reset to apply the change, but unlike a normal reboot this should only take several seconds.
That’s it — to reverse course, go back to the Display Zoom menu and select ‘Standard’ instead. The above method works in iOS 9 and 10.
Note that at least some apps, like Apple Messages, will continue to rotate their own interfaces even with Display Zoom on, and there may be no way of disabling this within an app’s settings. [From AppleInsider.]

5/ Using 3D Touch — If you have iPhone 6s or later, you may not be using 3D Touch, a more pressured press on the screen that releases a wealth of extra possibilities, for example when you are typing:
The first time you 3D Touch anywhere on the keyboard, you can start dragging the cursor around to place it in a specific spot. It’s a great way to get exact placement without fidgeting with your finger.
But, if you don’t lift your finger after that first 3D Touch and do it again, you’ll select the adjacent full word. 3D Touch one more time without lifting, and you’ll select the entire sentence surrounding the cursor. These extra actions take a little practice, but they’re darn handy once you get them down. [Here are a whole lot more handy 3D Touch features, from the Mac Observer.]

 

Five Tip Friday ~ iOS Photo markup, Portrait mode, zoom, 3D touch


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1/ Quickly mark up Photos on iPhone — The stock Photos app in iOS has a great tool for drawing perfect geometric figures on your photos. With Photos you can draw shapes freehand, and the software can determine what shape you are trying to draw and, at the lower part of the screen, offer two options: your original shape or what the photo app thinks you are trying to draw.
Access the markup options by tapping on the three lines with circles located at the bottom of the photo. Then tap on the circle with the three dots and choose Markup.
At the bottom there are options for colour selection, and below that four options: drawing a shape, lens magnification, overlaying text, and undo.
Choose the colour you want – the drawing tool should be selected and in blue. If not, tap on the drawing tool which looks like a marker drawing a line. Now draw the shape on the photo. If you draw a shape closely resembling something the app recognizes, then, at the bottom, you will be given two choices: your drawing or a well-defined shape the app thinks you are trying to draw.
If you tap on the box to the right, choosing the shape the app suggests, you will have a perfectly formed shape with handles to resize or shape it further. You can press on the shape and move it to place it somewhere different on the photo. When you are finished, simply tap on an open space on the photo. If you like what has been done with the photo, tap “done”; otherwise tap “cancel.”

2/ Portrait mode in iOS 10.1 on iPhone 7 Plus — iPhone 7 Plus can utilise its Portrait mode, creating an effect known as bokeh where the background behind a subject is blurred automatically. Officially it’s still in beta but you can get some pretty decent results out of it.
Swipe across the photo modes to Portrait, then frame your shot. Your iPhone will tell you if you need to move further away or find more light.
Keep your composition as simple as possible, with your subject (living or inanimate) as clearly defined as possible to avoid blurring the wrong thing. Experiment with exposure levels by tapping on the screen then dragging up or down on the sun icon. This will make things brighter or darker.

3/ Digital zoom — If your phone doesn’t have a second physical lens for zooming, digital zoom is an option too, but this is inferior since it just enlarges and crops the photo. If you do want to use it, tap and hold on the zoom button then drag left or right. Just don’t expect super sharp results.

4/ Get up close with optical zoom — Zooming in with optical zoom on the iPhone 7 Plus, which has two lenses, is easy: tap the 1x button above the shutter button and hey presto, you’re twice as close to your subject.
Keeping your phone steady is really important, but this model of iPhone is actually having its lens move so it’s a sharp, details zoom rather than the artificial result all the other iPhones get, as above.

5/ 3D touch shortcuts — Since iPhone 6s, pressing harder on your screen gives you extra commands and abilities (this does not work on iPhone 6 and any iPhone before that).
Here are some good ones to learn:
When downloading an app, you’ll see its icon appear as a timer on the home screen. To prioritise a download, and put it to the front of the queue of all the apps currently being installed, 3D Touch (i.e., press harder on) the icon and choose Prioritize Download.
One of the key uses for 3D Touch is to expand notifications and get more details without having to actually open them – if you do this on an Uber alert, you’ll get information on the driver’s current location, plus the option to send a message.
The iOS Control Center is packed with 3D Touch shortcuts just waiting to be discovered and used, including one for the Flashlight icon, which lets you choose between three different levels of intensity for the light: low, medium, and high.
Do a hard press anywhere on the iOS keyboard and it grays out, which means you can then move your finger to adjust the position of the cursor in the text.
A shortlist of contacts you frequently communicate with appears with a 3D Touch on the Phone app icon.
With a light tap on a link in Safari you can get a preview of the page without actually navigating there. It’s one of the “peek and pop” uses of 3D Touch.

Want more? Check out this Gizmodo story.

Engineer iPads, Live Photos, 3D Touch, international iPhone growth, privacy moves, Facebook warning, 3D scanning, Waze


(Image form Apple Insider)
(Image from Apple Insider)

Japan’s major architecture, engineering firms going all iPad in support of Apple, Inc. iOS enterprise push — Apple’s mobile enterprise ambitions are beginning to shift the market in Japan, where large architecture, engineering, construction and operations firms have already moved to standardise on iOS and iPads for their enterprise tablets.

How to enable Live Photos on iPhone 6s — The Harry Potter-style Live Photos you can take with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are really cool, fun to share, and easy to take. That doesn’t, however, mean it’s obvious how to enable Live Photos — something I realized after being asked just that several times in the past few days. Read on to learn how to enable and disable Live Photos with a tap.

3D touch could be better — 3D Touch is only at its first baby steps, but it needs improvements to really become beneficial. One of the marquee features in the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is 3D Touch, “an entirely new way to interact with your phone.” 3D Touch includes three types of interaction: Peek, and Pop, and Quick Actions. In some ways, 3D Touch is a right click for the iPhone, offering shortcuts that would not be available otherwise, or that would require more interaction. Jason Snell explains how it works in this article, and Macworld has posted a FAQ about 3D Touch.

International growth fueled Apple smartphone share gains before iPhone 6s launch — Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6s, Apple saw continued market share gains across most of the world’s largest smartphone markets, according to the latest sales data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Apple pulls 250-plus iOS apps that violate its privacy policy — Researchers at SourceDNA, an analytics service that profiles the Apple and Android app stores, say they’ve found more than 250 iOS apps that violate Apple’s App Store privacy policy forbidding the gathering of email addresses, installed apps, serial numbers, and other personally identifying information that can be used to track users. And Apple has addressed the issue.

Facebook warns users of potential state-sponsored attacks — Facebook will now warn people if it has a strong suspicion an account is being targeted by a nation-state.

3D iPad scanning — The Structure Sensor by Occipital claims to be the world’s first 3D sensor for mobile devices. It’s taking 3D scanning to the next frontier: your living room. By installing iOS apps built specifically for the Structure Sensor, you can begin to incorporate 3D scanning into your everyday life, from finding the right shipping box to measuring indoor spaces, and even capturing 360-degree body scans of your loved ones.

Waze for iOS gets redesigned with new look, simpler interface, improved battery life — The latest update to Waze’s navigation app for iOS introduces a major redesign that not only alters its look to be clearer, but also simplifies many tasks, particularly for long road trips. The Waze iOS app is a free download and runs on any iPhone or iPad with iOS 7.0 or later, though only cellular-equipped iPads have built-in GPS.

6s sales records, 3D Touch, iOS 9, auto-updating system, HomeKit Event Triggers, Watch Time Travel


Apple explains 3D Touch, probably the best reason to get a 6s, in this cool new video.
Apple explains 3D Touch, probably the single best reason to get a 6s, in this cool new video.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus set new launch weekend sales record — Apple says it’s sold more than 13 million new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models just three days after launch. That’s a new record, beating the 10 million units sold in the launch weekend of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. And it’s not just a great phone, it’s a great camera/camcorder.  iPhone 6s, 6s Plus will ship to Russia, Ireland, Spain & 37 more countries on October 9th.

Apple explains 3D Touch with a cool video — 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is a really cool way to make things happen without needing to drill down through lots of menus, or in some cases, without even opening an app. It’s like a hyper-contextual menu (ie, like a right-click or Control-click in Mac OS). Apple figured that might be easier to explain with a demonstration, so the company put together an awesome video showing some of the ways 3D Touch can help you out.  [To me, although it’s a feature that’s easy to overlook, it’s the single biggest reason to get a 6s.]

Over 50% for iOS 9 adoption — Since iOS 9 launched on September 16, analytics firm Mixpanel has been closely monitoring the adoption rate of the new OS by checking the version of devices running apps with Mixpanel’s tracking code. Today, just 12 days after the launch of iOS 9, the new mobile operating system is running on 52.33 percent of all iOS devices.

Apple makes it easier to upgrade to iOS 9 with automatic overnight updates, smaller files — In a bid to drive the already-impressive iOS upgrade rate even higher, Apple has brought a bit of OS X to iOS 9 with a new automatic installation option that will let iPhones and iPads update themselves – at a convenient time for the user.

Apple brings IFTTT-like functionality to HomeKit with Event Triggers — With HomeKit-compatible accessories finally hitting the market, Apple has added new capabilities to its home automation platform in iOS 9 to make smart bulbs, locks, and garage door openers easier to manage and more powerful — including the ability to define IFTTT-style event chains with new Event Triggers.

How to use Time Travel in watchOS 2 — WatchOS 2, the upgrade of the operating system for the Apple Watch, adds a Time Travel feature. Nope, no Back to the Future or Looper possibilities here. But you can scroll with the Digital Crown to explore events in the future (and past).

 

New 6s features, 3D Touch, 4K support, Microsoft Invite


Image from Apple NZ
Image from Apple NZ

Got an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus already? Do these 10 things first — Your new iPhone is is finally here. Here are some essential steps to take first so you can get the most out of your new device. A lot of iPhone 6 cases, btw, still fit the 6s. iFixit has already torn the new models down. The Apple Inc A9 chip cores in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus delivers a processor punch to Samsung, Qualcomm. The front facing Retina Flash on the new iPhone 6s, 6s Plus helps light up your selfies. First iPhone 6s bend test shows off nearly unbendable 7000 series aluminium. There were launch scenes around the world last Friday and, finally, how to move your Apple Watch to the new 6s.

The best 3D Touch-enabled apps available for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus — Apple released its latest and greatest iPhone on Friday with an all-new pressure-sensitive 3D Touch input system [which is great] that introduces novel user interactions like “peek and pop,” Quick Actions, added gesture control and more. Here’s how to adjust its sensitivity.

Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 14 roll out with support for 4K video — Adobe recently rolled out its latest update to Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, the company’s basic desktop photo and video editing programs. Both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are available now for $100 each or as bundled together for $150. They now support the 4K video the 6s models can shoot.

Microsoft’s new Invite app makes scheduling meetings on iPhone a breeze — Organisers can coordinate timing and send calendar invites to their invitees.

App Slicing temporarily removed — Apple has removed App Slicing, an iOS 9 feature for developers that allows apps to download only those assets they need to work on a target device. The company said the feature would be reenabled at some point.