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Five tip Friday ~ More iOS 8 features explored


(Please excuse the lateness, I had appointments this morning.)

The iOS 8 Share Pane lets you share things the way you like to – and it's customisable, like most things in the Apple world, once you know how.
The iOS 8 Share Pane lets you share things the way you like to – and it’s customisable, like most things in the Apple world, once you know how.

1/Rearrange your Share Pane — iOS 8 introduced Share Pane, which enables sharing for specific apps. This is the screen you get when you tap the share icon (the portrait orientation rectangle with an up-arrow in it). You can actually rearrange the layout so the options you tend to use come up first: tap the icon, hold your finger on it, drag. The other way is to tap More and rag the slider-drawer icon things up and down (to sort the order).

2/ Family Sharing — The previous icloud default mode was Family Tearing (its hair out), but now, if you have two or more iCloud accounts in your family, you can still share items purchased on one with the other. You first need to decide who will have the “main” iCloud account – I’d pick the person with the biggest bank account and/or who does the most online iTunes purchasing.
That person: tap Settings, iCloud, then tap ‘Set Up Family Sharing.’ (The other users don’t need to do this). Type in your partner’s iCloud email address, follow the prompts, and they’re added as a family member under your iCloud account.
Once that’s done, you and your husband will be sharing apps, videos and music you’ve bought from iTunes and the App Store, but you’ll have your own contacts, your own Safari bookmarks and be able to track each other (or not, if you choose) using Find My Friends. [I’m not sure if this works with non-iCloud email addresses, but in my tests, it doesn’t.]

You can hide items you have purchased
You can hide items you have purchased

3/ Hide App Store purchases — Choose the Updates menu, then tap Purchased. If you have Family Sharing enabled, choose “My Purchases,” and downloaded applications — both free and paid — are listed. These can be sorted by “All” or those “Not on This iPhone.”
Simply swipe an app to the right to display the red HIDE option. Tapping this removes the application from the Purchased view.
Doing so hides, but does not remove, the application from past purchases which are all automatically recorded by iCloud, so the app can always be re-downloaded for free: searching for it in the App Store will still show an iCloud redownload button.

iOS 8 lets you hide photos in the Photos app
iOS 8 lets you hide photos in the Photos app

4/ iOS 8 lets you hide (-ish) photos — Users now have can greater control over their privacy with Apple iOS 8. Pictures can be hidden from the Years, Collections, and Moments views in the Photos app by simply long-pressing a picture. This pops up a menu with options to ‘Copy’ or ‘Hide’ the image.
Once ‘Hide’ is tapped, iOS 8 presents a warning informing users that “This photo will be hidden from Moments, Collections and Years but still visible in Albums.” Users can then choose to verify they wish to hide the picture, or cancel.

5/ Load desktop versions of sites when browsing — Load a website in Safari on your iDevice, then tap the address bar to bring up the Favorite menu. Now swipe downward on the icons to reveal the new “Request Desktop Site” button. (On mine, I have to tap in the URL bar and then flick downwards to get this item – Apple Insider has more detail.)

Five Tip Friday ~ Tips for Mac OS X and the Sidebar in Finder windows


Your sidebar explained – and it's customisable
Your sidebar explained – and it’s customisable

Folders on the Mac:  those you see in the Finder and via Open and Save dialogue boxes have sidebars which I often describe as functioning ‘like a Dock for windows’ (the Dock being that strip of launch icons normally along the bottom of your screen, or maybe on the left or right depending on your Preferences).
If you can’t see this left-side Sidebar, click View from the Finder menu and select ‘Show Sidebar’. If you want to get rid of it, while it’s visible the same menu item becomes Hide Sidebar.

1/ Add a folder to the favourites section — If you have a personal folder you’d like to appear in the sidebar, just select it with your mouse and drag it to the Favorites (sic) section of the sidebar — and when you do, make sure to place it between a pair of existing Favorites folders rather than inside of of them.

2/ Remove a folder from your favourites — Right-click (or hold down the Control key on your keyboard and mouse/trackpad-click)  the folder you want to un-favourite, and select Remove from Sidebar.

3/ Customise the Sidebar items — Since Sidebar items are actually just shortcuts leading to real items (ie, like the Dock), in addition to key directories like your Applications and Movies folders, the sidebar can also display hard drives, DVDs, connected Internet servers and file ‘tags’ (which first appeared on OS X Mavericks), and other items.
To add or remove any of these items, click your desktop to make the Finder menu appear at the top of the screen, click the main Finder menu, select Preferences, click the Sidebar tab, then check or uncheck the various sidebar item options as you see fit.

4/ Rearrange your favourites — Just click, hold, and drag up or down to rearrange items in the ‘Favorites’ list of your sidebar. Make it work for you – that’s what your Mac is all about.

5/ Make the sidebar bigger, or smaller — Grab the sidebar’s right edge with your mouse and drag it one way to expand it, or the other to shrink it.