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Five Tip Friday ~ Finding things on Macs, secure Keychain notes, disabling Safari autoplay

1/ Use Boolean Oprators in Spotlight — All you need to do is insert the words AND, OR, or NOT (or a minus sign) into searches, depending on what you’re trying to find. For example, if you want to see files on your system with either ‘project’ or ‘writing’ in the title, invoke Spotlight by clicking on the magnifying glass in the upper-right corner of my screen or by using its keyboard shortcut (Command-Spacebar), and type: title:project OR title:writing
Note there’s no space after the colon.
Alternatively, you can find items from two separate dates: date:6/6/66 OR date:17/6/17
Use NOT (or the minus sign -) to exclude file types, for example, from your results:
date:6/6/66 NOT kind:pdf
If you have any more questions or would just like to see more ways to use this, check out the examples Apple posted on this support page.

2/ Find tagged items in macOS — If you’ve set up your Safari-like tabs to work in folders in macOS Sierra, it’s easy to find the items you’ve tagged. Click the Finder icon in the Dock to open a Finder window and do any of the following:
Search for a tag: Enter the tag color or name in the search field, then select the tag from the suggestions.
Ask Siri. Say something like: Find files with a red tag.
Select a tag in the sidebar: To see everything with a certain tag, click the tagin the Finder sidebar.
To change the items you see in the sidebar, choose Finder > Preferences, click Tags, then select the tags you want to see.
Arrange items by a tag: Click the Item Arrangement button , then choose Tags.
Sort items by a tag: In any view, choose View > Show View Options, then select the Tags checkbox. In List view and Cover Flow, move the pointer over the Tags column, then click it. Click the column name again to reverse the sort order.

3/ Go directly to a specific folder in macOS Sierra — You can jump directly to a specific folder in macOS Sierra: In the Finder, click the Go menu in the menu bar, then choose one of the following:
Enclosing Folder: Choose this option to open the parent folder for the current window. For example, if you’re in your Downloads folder, this option opens your All My Files, Documents, or other listed folders: Choose a folder from the list.
Recent Folders: Choose a folder from the submenu. (The submenu shows up to 10 recently opened folders.)
Go to Folder: Type the folder’s pathname (for example, /Library/Fonts/ or ~/Pictures/), then click Go.
A slash at the beginning of a pathname indicates that the starting point is the top level of your computer’s folder structure. A slash at the end indicates that this is a path to a folder, rather than a file.
A tilde (~) indicates your home folder. Most of your personal folders, such as Documents, Music, and Pictures, are in your home folder.
If you’re having trouble finding a folder, make sure you’re spelling its name correctly and typing the full path, including slashes.
You can also ask Siri to, for instance, ‘Open the home folder.’
(To reveal the hidden macOS Library folder, press and hold the Option key on your keyboard, then choose Library as it will be revealed in the Go list.)

4/  Using Keychain’s Secure Notes feature — If you need to store private information on your Mac like an Inland Revenue number, there is a feature of a built-in program called Keychain Access that’ll let you store notes in a very secure way. If you’d like to take a look, open the app first—you can get to it within the Applications > Utilities folder by using Finder’s Go menu.
Once the app is open, click on “Secure Notes” from the sidebar and then click on the keychain where you’d like to store yours.
Use either the login or iCloud keychain for this – the only difference is that the iCloud one will sync these notes to any other Macs that are set up with your iCloud Keychain. (The notes won’t sync to your iOS devices, though.)
Once you’ve selected both options, click the plus button at the bottom-left corner of the window. Then you can give your new note a name and type the stuff you want to keep private under the Note field.
Once finished typing, click Add and your note will appear in the list. If you want to look at it at any point afterward, just go back to Keychain Access, click Secure Notes in the sidebar, and choose the keychain you added it to.
Double-click on the note to view it, and when you do, you won’t see the secret info you typed yet—yay! It’s still all hidden and private and stuff.
You’ll need to click the “Show Note” box I’ve called out above, and then your Mac will make you type in your login password to prove that you have the right to view its contents.
Melissa Holt likes this method better than using iCloud’s password-protected notes because it’s sort of “security by obscurity” – no one will likely think to look in Keychain Access for your notes. Which is good if you’re the type who doesn’t want anyone to even know that you have secrets to keep! Plus, you only have to remember one password – your Mac’s login one – which makes losing access less likely, and it’s darned secure as long as no one knows that password. For those same reasons, I like using Keychain Access better than password-protected documents, too. But this is certainly better than what a lot of people do, which is using Contacts’ Notes field to store very secret data. [From Mac Observer.]

5/ Disable autoplay in Safari — If you hate it when certain sites auto-play videos when you arrive at their site [it’s why I stopped using the otherwise excellent Macworld site], you can disable video autoplay using Terminal: quit Safari completely. That means clicking Safari from the top left of the menu bar, and then Quit. Once that’s done, launch Terminal from Applications -> Utilities. In Terminal, type the following commands:

defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitMediaPlaybackAllowsInline -bool false
defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2AllowsInlineMediaPlayback -bool false

— If you’re running the WebKit Technology Preview, you’ll also need to run these commands in Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.SafariTechnologyPreview WebKitMediaPlaybackAllowsInline -bool false
defaults write com.apple.SafariTechnologyPreview com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2AllowsInlineMediaPlayback -bool false

That’s it. Start up Safari once again, and enjoy a life free of video autoplay.

Tax free debate continues, AR glasses, get your Flikr photos back

Other Mac commentators weight in on Apple NZ’s tax-free statues — Apple is a master of making profits, and an expert and keeping its money out of government hands. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to offer their thoughts on Apple’s tax practices in New Zealand and other countries in this podcast you can listen to at this link.

Apple may be interested in AR Glasses after all — It’s no secret Apple has a very real interest in augmented reality, and that it’s likely headed to the iPhone. Seems the company is exploring AR glasses, like Google did with Google Glass, and will target our eyes after tackling the iPhone.

How to download your photos from Flikr — Flickr is great for storing and sharing photos online, but what do you do when you want to download them to your computer?

Government access, Ulysses, 808 docco, new Mac app Day Planner

808: The Movie has been releases exclusively
808: The Movie has been releases exclusively on Apple Music and is available for preorder in iTunes movies

Apple: governments are requiring more access to customer data than ever — In the latest edition of its biannual report on Government Information Requests, Apple says governments across the globe are making ever more frequent requests for access to customer data — and the US makes six times as many account requests as China. The report covers the first six months of 2016.

Examined: writing and Markdown tool Ulysses 2.7 for macOS and iOS — The Mac and iOS versions of Ulysses got handy, incremental improvements on Wednesday, and AppleInsider puts virtual pen to paper to test them out.

Drum machine documentary ‘808: The Movie’ now available on Apple Music, iTunes preorders start — Alexander Dunn’s documentary 808: The Movie focusing on the legendary Roland-808 drum machine has been released exclusively on Apple Music, and will be available for download or rent on the iTunes Movie store from December16.

Day Planner is a new to-do app for the Mac — Inspiring-Life Technologies has introduced Day Planner 1.0, a to-do application for macOS. Its interface is sub divided into dedicated sections for entering specific information for a given day.
These are to-dos, appointments, people to call, things to buy, etc. Users can jump to any date by using the built-in calendar and fill out different sections on days to come.
Day Planner requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs NZ$4.49/US$2.99. It’s available exclusively through the Mac App Store.

Top Pro orders, 13 teardown, Luminar, FXStudio Pro, new from Adobe, cheaper Mac SSDs

Luminar is an all-new photo editor for Mac
Luminar is an all-new photo editor for Mac

Phil Schiller saysNew MacBook Pro has more orders from Apple than any other pro model ever — In an interview, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller discusses Apple’s philosophy between keeping iOS and macOS separate, record-breaking sales of the new computer from Apple’s website, customers being up in arms about the MacBook Pro features or lack thereof, and Apple fandom.

MacBook Pro 13 teardown reveals a smaller battery, custom SSD hardware — As is typical for every MacBook Pro release, iFixit got its hands on one of the new Touch Bar-less 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop models soon after they were available and promptly tore it apart.

Luminar is a new all-in-one photo editor from Macphun, now available for preorder — Macphun has just announced the start of pre-orders for Luminar, a new all-in-one photo editor that is designed around the idea that all photographers are different, as are their needs for photo editing. [I am working on a review now.] Starting today and running through November 17, customers can pre-order Luminar for just US$59; pre-orderers also get extras.

FX Photo Studios — If you like tweaking photos on your Mac and need more than Photos, you should check out FX Photo Studio for Mac (also from MacPhun) for its plethora of special effects.
It offers access to over 150 photography effects. You can use it to blend filters and experiment with styles of photography art such as lomography, analog effects, vignettes, tilt-shift, sketches, textures and many more. Plus, there are sport photo editing tools including sharpening, shadowing and colour adjusters. FX Photo Studio for Mac is available as a standalone app or as a plug-in for US$39.99. It requires macOS 10.9 or later.

Adobe unveils new design apps, ‘Sensei’ service, updates & more at MAX conference — Adobe at its MAX 2016 industry conference on Wednesday announced a slew of new software products and app updates for imaging professionals, including an automated service called Sensei, as well as a stock photography and video partnership with Reuters.

Apple cuts price of flash storage upgrades on some older Macs — Apple has cut flash storage upgrade pricing for 512GB and 1TB modules on some older Macs. Apple has been charging between US$200 to $500 for a 512GB SSD upgrade, depending on the Mac model and base configuration, while the 1TB option sold for between US$700 and $900. With the updated pricing, shoppers in the market for a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac or Mac Pro can save up to US$200 on custom high capacity configurations.

Campus delayed, R&D spend, iMac beats Surface, Twitter cuts


Apple pushes Campus 2 completion into 2017, possibly changing move-in plans — Construction work on Apple’s new Cupertino headquarters, Campus 2, now won’t be finished until the beginning of 2017, according to the city’s latest weekly update on the project. Street and building work was originally meant to be wrapped up in the third quarter, leaving construction nearly a month overdue. The Cupertino government also remarked that landscaping and site work, which only started in Q3, won’t be done until at least the second quarter of next year.

Apple R&D spend breaks $10B barrier in 2016 after $350M increase in Q4 — Apple spent nearly $2.6 billion on research and development operations during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, bringing the company’s yearly total to more than $10 billion for the first time ever, regulatory filings show.

Spec for spec, the iMac is a bargain over the Surface Studio — 
Just for fun, we compare Microsoft’s brand-new desktop PCs to similarly spec’ed iMacs released a year ago—and the iMacs are US$700 to $1000 cheaper.

Twitter cuts 9% of its workforce, Vine getting axed — In an effort to streamline operations and refocus the business, microblogging service Twitter will lay off 350 people, and will shut down the Vine video service “in the coming months.”

And now … The Mac announcements are just starting so I’ll get on to those.

Ron Wayne selling early Apple docs, MagBytes, cheap app bundle, Steampunk USB, Valve games sale

The cover of MagBytes has a picture of Rands 1954 vision of the Home Computer for 2004.
The cover of MagBytes 59 has a picture of ‘Rand Corps’ 1954 vision of the Home Computer for 2004′. Actually, the picture is an entry submitted to a Fark.com image modification competition, taken from an original photo of a submarine manoeuvring room console found on the US Navy web site, converted to grayscale and modified to replace a modern display panel and TV screen with pictures of a decades-old teletype/printer and television (as well as to add the grey-suited man to the left-hand side of the photo. (With thanks to reader Kathryn Adams)

Original Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne auctioning off early Apple documents — The story of Ronald Wayne almost sounds like the plot of a screwball comedy. One of the three original co-founders of Apple, Wayne sold his 10 percent stake in the company for $800 early in the company’s life, and then forfeited any future claims towards profits for $1500 later on. Despite these missteps, Wayne is incredibly important in Apple’s early history, writing the manual for the Apple I and drawing the company’s first logo.

MagBytes came out last light — It has tips and tricks for Mac and iOS, three pages of new products for Apple users and all the latest news and updates in the latest MagBytes PDF newsletter. Sign up to be notified of availability (free, private list, no obligation, opt out any time) by clicking ‘MagByes Newsletter’ in the toolbar above.
Coming … 5 new tips.

Name your own price Mac app bundles — That’s happening right now (for Black Friday) at Mac Observer Deals.

Games sale — Valve’s lovely game distribution service is serving up some fantastic seasonal deals starting today, with new sale prices coming each day and lasting either 24 or 48 hours.

For the person who has everything! Waterproof Steampunk USB drive with motorised gears.
For the person who has everything! Waterproof Steampunk USB drive with motorised gears.

Steampunk USB Flash Drives with motorised gears — Derrick Culligan has a shop on Etsy called steamworkshop where he sells amazing steampunk-style USB flash drives (for about NZ$380 but they’re really awesome), modified Zippos and more. Each piece is unique, so items get added to his shop as he makes them and pulled off once they sell.

Five Tip Friday — Yosemite offers new powers

Yosemite's Spotlight has new powers
Yosemite’s Spotlight has new powers and. as in iOS 8, can now search the ’net

You may not have installed it yet, but when you do … keep this link!

1/ Search deeper with Spotlight — In Yosemite (Mac OS 10.10), instead of being stuck to the left-hand side of the toolbar like in previous versions, Spotlight opens up a dialogue box in the middle of your display. The new Spotlight will search through your computer files and iTunes, Mail .. but also Wikipedia and Google. (You can’t move this window, it’s ‘stuck’.)

2/ Instant video recordings of iDevice screens — It’s aimed at people wanting to create video previews for iOS 8 apps, but could be used for other things, like recording SnapChats or messages. Open Quicktime on your Mac, plug in your iPhone and it is recognised as a video camera. Click record and everything you do on the phone is recorded!

3/ Private searches — An update to Safari for Yosemite added another search engine to choose : DuckDuckGo. It doesn’t track your searches, or collect and share your personal info.

Easy now to make your Mac look more serious
Easy now to make your Mac look more serious

4/ Dark Mode for your Mac — If you don’t like the  white Mac OS menu bar and Dock, open the General tab in System Preferences and tick the ‘Use dark menu bar’ box. It’s all a bit Gotham …

5/ AirDrop files between all your Apple devices — To, for example, quickly send a picture from an iPhone or iPad to your Mac, it’s now possible with AirDrop. Open up the AirDrop icon in the Finder on your Mac, select a photo from your iOS device, open the share sheet and your computer will appear, assuming you’re on the same Wi-Fi network. (Until now, AirDrop was Mac to Mac and advice to iDevice; now it crosses those platforms.)

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