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Five Tip Friday ~ A Mac Medley for Finder, Contacts, Safari and iTunes

1/ How to Force Quit an unresponsive app in macOS Sierra — Of course, try quitting it in the normal way first by choosing Quit from the app’s menu in the menu bar, or press Command (⌘) and while it’s held down, the Q key, or click-and-hold on the app’s icon in the Dock and choose Quit from the pop-out menu that appears.
But if a Mac app acts up and you have to stop it running, you may have to force it to quit so you can relaunch it. Here’s how you use Force Quit in macOS Sierra:
Choose Force Quit from the Apple () menu, or press Command-Option-Esccape (Esc at top left of your keyboard) all together.  (This is similar to pressing Control-Alt-Delete on a PC.)
Select the app in the Force Quit window, then click Force Quit.

2/ Automatically select the best email account in macOS Sierra — You can have Mail in macOS Sierra automatically select the best email account for a new message based on who the email is addressed to and what mailbox you selected when our began composing your new email.
With Mail up and running, click Mail, then Preferences from the top menus.
Click on the Composing tab.
There is a drop-down next to Send new messages from. Choose that to view your options.

3/ Archive information out of the Contacts program — In Apple’s Contacts app, Choose File > Export > Export vCard. This works for any individual card you have selected, but also for entire groups if you select one on the left, or All Contacts for all of them.
Once you’ve selected File > Export > Export vCard, your Mac will ask you where you’d like to save it, and you’re done! This’ll create a .vcf file in your chosen location, and if at any point you’d like to bring back those people, just double-click on the file to reimport their cards.

4/ Check for malicious extensions in Safari — If you find that your browser is still acting weird, you may need to look to see if the adware you picked up added an unwanted extension to Safari.
Safari extensions are software programs you can install to customise the way your browser works. For example, extensions can show news headlines in a bar below the toolbar, change the appearance of web content, or add buttons to the Safari toolbar.
In order to provide these features, extensions may access the content of the webpages you visit. It’s good practice to check which extensions you have installed and make sure you are familiar with what they do.
To check, open the program, then click on Safari > Preferences from the menus at the top. Choose the Extensions tab at the top, and you’ll see the list of what’s been installed. If you see something in your own list you’re unfamiliar with, you can either disable it by deselecting the checkbox I’ve indicated above or remove it completely using the Uninstall button.

5/ Open a playlist in a new window in iTunes 12.6 on macOS Sierra —  With the release of iTunes 12.6 on macOS Sierra, Apple restored the ability [YAY!] to open a playlist in a new window. Why this feature was ever removed shall forever remain a mystery. But here’s how you can open a playlist in a new window.
Launch iTunes.
Control-click or right-click on the playlist you want to open and select Open in New Window. That’s it.

Apple passes Alphabet/Google, Mac Pro repairs, Final Cut update, Contacts, Abyss


Apple Overtakes Google/Alphabet as Most Valuable Company — Apple retook the title of world’s most valuable company, a title briefly lost to Alphabet—the holding company that owns Google—earlier in the week. At the market’s close on Thursday, Apple’s market cap stood at $534.4 billion, while Alphabet’s rose to $503.3 billion.

Apple offers free repairs for 2013 Mac Pros with defective video cards — Apple has launched a free repair program for 2013 Mac Pros dealing with faulty video cards, in some cases believed to be responsible for problems like distorted or non-existent graphics, as well as freezing, reboots, sudden shutdowns, or even a system failing to start.

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, Motion — Final Cut Pro X, video editing software, has been upgraded to version 10.2.3. In addition to bug fixes, its customisable Default Effect lets you choose both a video and audio effect that’s assigned to a keyboard shortcut. There’s now a 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices. Speed has been improved when opening libraries on a SAN. And there’s now the ability the share video to multiple YouTube accounts.

How to back up your contacts on your Mac (and iPhone) — When it comes to backing up your address book data, you have a few options.

Abyss: the Wraiths of Eden is swimmingly good fun for OS X, iOS devices — So says Dennis Sellers: Abyss: the Wraiths of Eden is a fun puzzle-solving/adventure/hidden object game that’s available for Mac OS X (which is the version I’m reviewing) and iOS. It’s available at the Mac App Store for US$6.99, and for the iPad and iPhone (free, but with in-app purchases) at the Apple App Store.

Five Tip Friday ~ Contacts in El Capitan


1/ Mail now adds info to Contacts — Mail can now auto-detect additional information it finds in emails (extra email addresses, phone numbers and so on) and add them to your contacts in the Contacts app. But you can modify this behaviour, since some people resent the additional information arbitrarily being added to the address details they may carefully manage. Open Contacts’ Preferences, and under General you can turn off ‘Show contacts found in Mail’ (above).  Your Mac will warn you that it’s about to remove data.

2/ Duplicated data in Contacts — Contacts has a few ways to address duplicated data; for example, you can click on the Card menu and choose Look for Duplicates to automatically do some cleanup, or you can select a couple of cards and combine them using Card>Merge Selected Cards.

3/ Dealing with extraneous accounts — Open Contacts, and make sure the Sidebar is turned on (press Command-1 or choose View> Show Groups). For most, having just one list syncing consistently across devices is ideal and leads to the least amount of confusion. Some people missing certain contacts on iPhone that they know are on their Macs have found their Mac syncing by default to a Google account that wasn’t configured on their iPhones. (I really am no fan of Google and Gmail – I never understand why people choose Gmail accounts when they can have much better, more secure and better-synching – and also free – iCloud accounts.)

4/ Which accounts are you syncing? Open System Preferences and under Internet Accounts, in that pane’s left-hand list, you can again tell which accounts have contact syncing turned on. Make a backup of your contacts (File>Export>Contacts Archive) then drag any contacts from accounts you don’t sync to the one you do.
Turning off syncing for a particular account doesn’t delete those contacts from where they live on the server, so you can always toggle the syncing back on if you find you’re missing something later.

5/ On iOS — After your Mac is cleaned up, check your iOS devices, too. Similarly, you can see which accounts are being allowed to sync contacts within Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
If you toggle off contacts syncing for all except that one default account you chose on your Mac, everything will be all nice and neat.

Same-sex marriage, in the Dow, RAW update, Java problem, Aperture, Photos, envelopes

Apple is also urging the US Supreme Court to rule for same-sex marriage
Apple is also urging the US Supreme Court to rule for same-sex marriage

Apple and other companies are pushing the US Supreme Court for same-sex marriage support — Apple, along with Google and more than 370 other companies have filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court urging for nation-wide legalisation of same-sex marriage. The filing was entered into the court ahead of next month’s hearing on the issue.

Apple joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average on March 19th — CNBC is reporting that Apple will become part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) beginning at the opening of trading on March 19, 2015. Apple will be replacing AT&T in the group of companies that make up the DJIA.

Apple Adds RAW Support for 16 New Cameras from Leica, Nikon, Panasoni. Pentax, Sony Alpha — Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.03 Friday. The update adds support to OS X Yosemite for 16 new camera from Leica, Nikon, Panasoni. Pentax, and Sony Alpha. (RAW is a file format for storing images with minimal processing and is most often used by pros.)

Beware the now-bundled Ask.com toolbar with Java — Java’s shady bundled adware is no longer a Windows exclusive, as Oracle has started sneaking the Ask.com toolbar into the Mac version.

Aperture pulled, but it will still work — Apple told customers Thursday that Aperture will no longer be available for sale in the App Store once Photos for OS X and iOS is released “this spring.” The company stipulated, however, that Aperture will continue to work in OS X Yosemite.

How to print envelopes from Contacts on Mac — There are still occasions that call for a piece of USPS-delivered physical mail, and it would be more convenient if you could just print the address out of the Contacts app on your computer.
You can do this pretty easily, once you know how.

OS X Photos Beta: scrubbing through Thumbnails — Melissa Holt tells you how.

Five Tip Friday ~ Mail, Contacts and Calendars


iOS 8 added new options for fine tuning your Mail, Contacts and Calendars.

1/ New Mail options — In the Mail app, tap ‘Mailboxes ‘ at top left to go ‘back’.  In the Mailboxes view, you see an Edit button at top right. Touch that, and you’ll see the two new options: Thread Notification” and Today.
Today shows all messages you’ve received today (as long as they’re still in your inbox).
Thread Notifications includes emails from conversations you’ve asked to be notified about. If you toggle the checkbox next to those options on and then touch Done, they will appear in your main Mailboxes view.
Note that those lines along the right-hand side, in Edit mode, let you rearrange the order they’ll appear in.

2/ Apple’s Mail app on the iPhone and iPad includes a couple handy gestures — These let you flag messages, mark them as read, or toss them in the trash by dragging across an email in the message list. iOS 8 lets you edit your options:
To change the left and right swipe gestures in iOS 8’s Mail app, tap Settings, then choose Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Now tap Swipe Options: you can set the left- and right-swipe options from here, so Mark as Read and Flag are attached to the gesture you prefer. You can disable either from appearing, but you can’t change where the Trash and More options show up.
Changing Mail’s swipe settings can be useful depending on if you’re right or left-handed, how you hold your iPhone, or if you find you use one option more than the other. If you flag a lot of messages, for example, it might be easier to avoid accidentally deleting an email you’d rather not lose.

With iOS 8, you have more power over your recent contacts
With iOS 8, you have more power over your recent contacts

3/ Your latest contacts — When you double-click the Home button on an iDevice, you get the App Switcher/quitter as before (drag the smaller app windows upwards to properly ‘quit’ them). But iOS 8 added your latest contacts along the top for instant call-backs, messages etc – when you tap someone’s avatar in the top region, you’re given a variety of ways to make a connection with them.
But here’s the real tip: you can change what contacts are listed. Visit Settings, choose Mail, Contacts, Calendars and scroll down and touch Show In App Switcher for two options you can turn on or off: Phone Favourites and Recents.

4/ Fine tune your event alerts — While you’re in Mail, Contacts, Calendars, tap on Sync under the Calendars section. Here you can tap on the duration of time you’d like your iPhone or iPad to sync events for.

5/ Set default alert times for calendar events on iPhone and iPad — Alert times are when your calendar alerts you that you have an upcoming event or appointment. You can easily change the setting for when your Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad will alert you of an event.
Again in Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars, tap on Default Alert Times under the Calendars section. Here you can choose the default alert times you’d like. You can even set different default alert times for birthdays, timed events, and all day events.

OS X Yosemite public beta 2, Keynote 6.2.2, Mavericks Setup Assistant, Volume Purchase Program, Contacts in OS X Mavericks

Yosemite Public Beta 2
Yosemite Public Beta 2

Changes in OS X Yosemite public beta 2 — The Yosemite Public Beta 2 enables iMessage screen sharing, updated icons for several apps, hard drives and system settings, and includes under-the-hood changes as the operating system gets closer to its official launch. iTunes 12 includes an updated interface, family sharing support, and new content organization features.

Apple Releases Keynote 6.2.2 with ‘Stability Improvements’ — Apple released Keynote 6.2.2 on Thursday. The patch notes are particularly sparse, noting only that, “This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.”
It is available through the Mac App Store as a 26.9MB download.

How to make OS X Mavericks re-run the Setup Assistant — If you’re command-line averse, you may wish to just reload OS X, but if you know your way around the CLI, here’s how you clean up a Mac and get it to re-run the Setup Assistant.

Apple expands Volume Purchase Program to 16 new countries in education, business push — As promised in July, Apple has expanded its Volume Purchase Program for apps and iBook titles to 16 new countries, including major markets in the Middle East and South America.

How Contacts in OS X Mavericks speeds data entry — Previously, when entering addresses into OS X you had to copy the street address of a location, paste it into the street address field, copy the city name, paste it into its proper location, and so on. It was time-consuming and occasionally the addresses would be truncated because of copying mistakes.
In Mavericks, if you copy a full address, Contacts parses the information when you paste it into the address field and separates all of the information into the proper sub-fields.