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Five Tip Friday ~ Find and open files quickly in macOS Sierra


1/ Use Recent iItems — Under the Apple Menu at the upper-left of your screen is an option labeled Recent Items. Hovering over Recent Items (above) will show you the files and applications you worked with recently, and within a couple of seconds, you can open one. (And here’s another quick tip: hold down the Command key – there’s one either end of your Spacebar – while you’ve got that menu up to reveal where those items are in the Finder rather than opening them.

2/ ‘Spotlight’ your files — If you either click on the magnifying glass at the upper-right corner of your screen or use the associated keyboard shortcut instead (it’s Command-Spacebar), you invoke the Spotlight search window. Type in the name of the file you’re looking for or a keyword that appears within it, and you can open that file by just pressing Return if it’s the top result.

3/ Files from the Dock — Under modern versions of macOS, you can right- or Control-click (hold down the Control key on your keyboard and then click) on some programs’ Dock icons to see recent items that have been opened with that app.
Click on one to open it, and it opens.

4/ Ask for your files, literally — Sierra’s version of Apple’s voice assistant Siri lets you search for files using your voice. Just click on its colorful menu bar icon to get started.
Try “find files I opened yesterday,” or “show me Pages documents on my Desktop”. Siri is really handy for quick searches, assuming you’re not embarrassed to be talking to your Mac. When you find what you’re looking for, double-click it within Siri’s window and it opens.

5/ From within apps — Open almost any app (Nisus, Pages, Word, Numbers, Indesign, Photoshop, GarageBand …) and choose Open Recent form the File menu. This is handy if you’ve chosen Clear Menu from the Recent Items menu in the Apple Menu as above for any reason but you know you were working in any of the above apps and more – it’s always worth looking for this menu item.

Extra: How to show the User Library Folder in macOS Sierra — Apple likes to hide this as, be warned, it’s not something you should ever play with unless you really know what you’re doing. So this was well-intentioned, but frustrating for longtime Mac power users. There were still several workarounds to access or unhide the Library folder, but they weren’t immediately obvious or simple (like holding down the Option key when you drop the Go menu in the Finder).
Apple still hides the user’s Library folder by default, but in Sierra you can restore it with a single checkbox: launch Finder and navigate to your user Home folder (you can jump directly to your user folder by select Go>Home from the Finder’s menu bar or using the keyboard shortcut Shift-Command-H).
With your Home folder open, go to View > Show View Options from the menu bar, or use the keyboard shortcut Command-J.
At the bottom of the View Options window, check the box labeled Show Library Folder and then close the window with the red close button in the upper-left. You’ll now see your Library folder listed inside your Home folder, where it will remain unless you uncheck the aforementioned option.
(The handiest thing about this for non-pro users is being able to add your own picture the the Desktop Pictures folder so you can set your own pictures via System Preferences.)

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Siri on your desktop — Siri’s first incarnation on the desktop brings a wealth of possibilities for workflow expansion and knowledge navigation. Siri isn’t constantly listening to the user like it can on iOS, nor is there a setting to allow it to do so in Sierra — and this is a good thing. Users can easily bring up the function with a keystroke, by clicking on the menu bar (shown above), or invoking the feature through the dock icon.

macOS Sierra’s Tabbed Windows and apps — In macOS Sierra, you can use the tabbed window goodness you’re familiar with from Safari and the Finder in pretty much any app. Tabbed app windows are a system-level thing, so there’s a good chance the apps you use every day already support the feature. Here’s how it works.

Apple’s new macOS Sierra fixes over 60 security flaws — Some of the vulnerabilities allowed for arbitrary code execution and remote attack. [Thanks, Apple’s developers!]

How to create a bootable macOS Sierra USB drive — You can download and install macOS Sierra from the Mac App Store. However, you may want to create a bootable macOS Sierra USB drive, although this isn’t as easy as it should be.

TASCAM users: don’t upgrade to macOS Sierra yet — As has become unfortunately typical from TASCAM, macOS Sierra-compatible drivers for much of their audio hardware are not yet available. Previous years have seen a three-to-six month wait after the release of each new build of OS X for TASCAM to finally put out even preliminary public beta drivers. [Really, TASCAM? Sierra has been available to beta testers for months and months! I jumped ship from ProTools to Logic years ago for just this reason and I’ve never looked back.]

Jury says Apple must pay MobileMedia $3 million in damages — A federal jury in Delaware has hit Apple with a $3 million damages verdict Wednesday after ruling that some of the company’s iPhone models infringe a MobileMedia Ideas owned patent covering incoming phone call alert sounds. MobileMedia sued Apple in 2010, claiming it infringed 14 patents for electronics. [Gee, Apple Board, looks like you need to skip lunch next week to pay for it. Get your maids to pack you sandwiches why don’t you?]

iWork updates add real-time collaboration — Apple has updated the iWork suite of apps (Keynote, Numbers, and Pages) to version 6.0. The updates were hinted about during the September 9 keynote, when the real-time collaboration feature for iWork was briefly discussed. The iOS and iCloud.com versions of the apps have already received the collaboration update; today’s update makes the feature universal.

iBooks Author updated — Apple has updated iBooks Author to version 2.5. The update includes new templates for creating interactive ePub books, support for publishing to iBooks using an Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled, an improved workflow when publishing books on behalf of multiple sellers, and the old favourite: performance and stability improvements.

Apple is moving its iTunes business to Ireland — iTunes S.à r.l., Apple’s Luxembourg holding company, will complete its merger with Apple Distribution International in Cork, Ireland, on Sept. 25, and will relocate its business from Luxembourg to Cork in early 2017. The distribution center facilitates operations for the call center, sales, manufacturing, service and OEM management for products sold in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. [Ire-Land, ha ha.]

macOS Sierra, self driving car rumours self-drive themselves around

(Image from Apple NZ's Sierra page.)
(Image from Apple NZ’s Sierra page.)

macOS Sierra FAQ: what you need to know about the new Mac operating system  — Got questions about Apple’s upcoming Mac operating system? Macworld has the answers.

Apple may be rethinking its self-driving car project — Apple could be ‘rethinking’ what it plans to do about self-driving cars, reports The New York Times. The company has shuttered parts of its ‘Apple Car’ project and laid off dozens of employees, the article adds quoting three unnamed “people briefed on the move who were not allowed to speak about it publicly.” Keep in mind that Apple has never actually confirmed any automotive plans beyond its CarPlay initiative. Meanwhile AppleInsider reckons Bob Mansfield has been firing people.  [Since no once knows what Apple was thinking in the first place, why speculate on what Apple might be RE-thinking?]

macOS Sierra, Photos displeasure, tops, Whisply, digital heirs, Server Ranger, MacScan, Browser caches


macOS Sierra, iOS 10 public betas available today — Apple has opened the public beta program for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra today in order to get more feedback on bugs and features from a larger number of users. If you’re not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. [I’m on the program and it hadn’t reached the NZ update circuit this morning 7am.]
Here’s what you need to know about the new Mac operating system, and how to use Picture in Picture in macOS Sierra/


Photos displeasure — Mac imaging software company MacPhun has surveyed nearly 1000 Photos users to discover a high level of use goes along with pretty general dissatisfaction.

Apple tops the PwC Global Top 100 list for the fifth time — Apple retains pole position for the 5th year in a row in PwC’s Global Top 100 ranking; however, a US$121 billion (17%) decrease in market cap sees the gap with second ranked Alphabet narrow from US$350 billion last year to just $86 billion. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, briefly dethroned Apple in February 2016.

Gamer HQ’s top Mac games — More from the game’s obsessed site. [I’m still waiting for that great WWII FPS.]

Whisply is a new Mac compatible file transfer service — Secomba, the developer of the cloud encryption solution Boxcryptor, has debuted Whisply, a web-based file transfer service that allows you to send files end-to-end-encrypted out of Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Also, Boxcryptor for Mac OS X and Windows has been upgraded with new features, including Whisply integration.

Your heirs may not get your digital goodies when you die — You may not know it but when you ‘buy’ digital content such as books, music and movies from Apple and Amazon, you’re not actually buying them but renting them. As more people realise this, it’s unlikely they’ll reconsider making physical purchases instead of digital ones. But this needs to change.

Server Ranger is a new website and server monitoring tool for OS X — LibertyApp has introduced Server Ranger 1.0, a website and server monitoring solution for OS X. It scales to monitor the performance and uptime of any number of servers, as well as any type of server, including web, mail, file, routers and more. The utility requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s available for NZ$44.99/US$29.99 at the Mac App Store. Server Ranger has no in-app purchases and requires no subscriptions or other monthly fees.

You may think you don’t need a product like MacScan 3, but you probably do — A study by the Bit9 + Carbon Black Threat Research Team says that five times more OS X malware appeared in 2015 [and two in the last week] than in the previous five years combined, so perhaps, now, precautions are needed.
SecureMac’s MacScan is one well-regarded solution. The latest version is 3, which continues to provide the functionality from earlier versions of MacScan, while addressing the need to protect against a new generation of malware. It costs US$49.99, though …

Using Selective Sync with Dropbox — Dropbox offers a very cool feature called Selective Sync. Melissa Holt tells you howe to use it on Mac.

Browser caches — And this How To tells you how to clear browser caches in various types of browsers for Mac, and why you should do it sometimes.

macOS Sierra, Campus2 tour, Microsoft gets Linkedin, WWDC numbers, iCloud drive …


Apple rebrands OS X as macOS, announces Sierra with Siri, plus focus on Continuity & iCloud — Apple has announced it will rebrand its OS X platform as macOS with an update coming later this year, dubbed Sierra, with an emphasis on syncing data and settings through the cloud, and the debut of Siri on the Mac. Here’s Apple’s actual press release.

New Apple Campus 2 tour highlights ‘breathing’ concrete, glass panels, power tech and more — A new tour of Apple’s Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino, due to start operations in early 2017, offers a close-up glimpse of the building’s progress, and some of its unique architectural details. [Hasn’t it been renamed ‘campusTwo’?]

Microsoft buys professional social networking service LinkedIn for $26.2B — Microsoft on Monday announced it will acquire LinkedIn in an all-cash transaction worth $26.2 billion, bringing more than 433 million members of the social networking site under the Redmond, Washington, company’s banner.

WWDC Numbers — In his opening statements at the Worldwide Developer Conference keynotes, Apple CEO said that Apple now has 13 million Apple developers. Apple now has over 2M apps in App Store, paid nearly $50B to developers.
And Apple has placed eighth on NSHSS’ 2016 Millennial Career Survey.

iCloud Drive improved — The updated version of iCloud Drive will automatically store your Mac’s older documents in the cloud, Apple officials announced Monday, making room on your hard drive for new and recently used files.

New hardware … nothing yet! I’ll keep you posted.