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High Sierra, 60 tips, Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018, iStat Menus, stock hauls, Celtic Maps, Microsoft VR moves, Pointillist


Convert your images into Pointillist paintings with AKVIS Points

High Sierra is an upgrade that’s hard to notice — Aside from the new desktop picture, almost every pixel looks exactly the same as in macOS Sierra.
Other than the desktop pictures, you’ll have to look closely to find differences. Many of the biggest changes are under the hood and almost completely hidden from users most of the time.
All of the application and document icons, menu bar icons, and System Preference pane icons look the same as before. You’ll notice very few changes unless you look very closely. It looks, feels, and works pretty much the same as Sierra – here’s a faq about the new file system.

60 Mac Tips Volume 2 — David Sparks and Brett Terpstra have launched 60 Mac Tips, Volume 2. Part of the MacSparky Field Guide series, the new project offers more tips built on the release of Volume 1. They’ve released the book on iBooks for US$20 (NZ$32 – as with most iBooks, hit the Free Sample button to get a free chapter), with 60 screencasts and two hours of video, or you can get a video-only version on Vimeo. The video at the Mac Observer includes an introduction and some free tip excerpts from the book. Subjects include: Siri for the Mac, using the keyboard, Spotlight, Automator, Safari, Mail, Apple Notes, Apple Photos, Terminal Tips, and third-party apps. As with all iBooks, if the book is updated (Volume 1 has been) and you already own it, it will update automatically within the iBooks app.

Adobe debuts Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018 with focus on computer vision — Adobe has issued the latest versions of its consumer level photo and video editing software, Photoshop Elements 2018 and Premiere Elements 2018, with a slew of fresh features, many of which are powered by all-new content intelligence capabilities.

iStat Menus has weather updates — Weather is a new feature in iStat Menus 6. There’s a pulldown menu, too, among all the other Mac features. iStat Menus costs US$20.70 (about NZ$29), upgrades for existing usersUS$11.49 (about NZ$16).

Apple execs reap more than $19M each in vested stock bonus — Apple’s executive team, including head of retail Angela Ahrendts and SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, on Sunday saw batches of performance based restricted stock unit awards, netting each common shares worth more than US$19 million.

Yahoo says all 3B accounts impacted by 2013 data breach — Yahoo in a statement on Tuesday said further investigation into a massive 2013 data breach suggests all 3 billion its user accounts were impacted from the incident, tripling the internet firm’s initial estimates. [That’s all of you, previous Spark account holders.]

Apple Maps vehicles to start touring Scotland & Wales later this month — Apple Maps vehicles will begin collecting street-level data in Scotland and Wales for the first time later in October, according to an updated schedule.

Microsoft partners including Samsung, Dell, Lenovo to launch slew of Windows VR headsets in coming weeks — In its push into the virtual and augmented reality market, which the company has branded as “mixed reality,” Microsoft is leveraging its army of hardware partners, many of whom are releasing new virtual reality headsets over the next few weeks.

AKVIS Points for the Mac lets you turn images into pointillism paintings — AKVIS Points for macOS lets you easily convert images into pointillism paintings. This painting technique is characterized by applying of separate brush strokes in the form of dots or spots. AKVIS Points runs on macOS 10.7 and higher. It’s available as a standalone program and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other image editors. The Home license sells for US$49; a demo is available for download.

Auto-update, your new Mac, apps, photos and more


Here it's a bright, clear day in New York, but I'm back in a few days so most Mac NZ services should return to normal
Here it’s a bright, clear day in New York, but I’m back in a few days so most Mac NZ services should return to normal

Normal transmission — Will resume(-ish) from Tuesday 30th December when I’m back in Auckland; between then and now I’m travelling but these items should help keep you entertained and informed till then.

NTP bug fix was Apple’s first ever automated security update — On Monday December 22 (US time), Apple released a new security update fixing security issues affecting NTP (network time protocol) in OS X. Updates are common occurrences for any computer user, Monday’s update was a first for Apple – it was the first time the company pushed out an automated security update to its users.

The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac — As a nearly 30-year veteran of Mac ownership, Glenn Fleishman has 10 solid suggestions to make your life better by shaving off the little irritations that remain in Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and in Apple’s bundled software. [For the record, I don’t agree with Launchbar. New Mac owners are bewildered enough by the Dock as it is – Launchbar just adds to the confusion. But that’s just my opinion as a 26-year Mac user.]

iCloud Photo Library, Photo Stream & how to make sense of your photos — Taking the place of Photo Stream next year, Apple’s iCloud Photo Library will consist of a brand new photo app for Mac and a new way to sync photos across all your devices. [Apple actually added to the confusion on this rather than simplify.] Stephen Robles explains.

How to create artistic prints in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements — Printed images make the perfect, yet personal, last minute gift. In this column you’ll learn how to spice up your prints in Photoshop and Elements by adding a painterly edge or by creating a digital matte with text underneath it. Both techniques are fabulous for framing your own prints, too, whether they’re destined to hang on your own walls or those in a gallery.

Five great tools for supporting your family’s computers remotely — And lo, did the good people of the world return home, to celebrate Christmas and perform heroic acts of tech support. We’ve all had to do it, whether for a newly received gift or one from last Christmas that never quite got figured out. Since you (probably) won’t be moving closer any time soon, you need some good remote support tools, and we’re here to help you find them.

How to stay connected in unconnected places — Many of us whizz our way to the relatives’ for the holidays, carrying with us a plethora of electronics

Civ Beyond Earth, Yosemite warnings and quirks, Macworld/iWorld, Photoshop Elements, Apple Maps


The Steam version will add more features
The Steam version will add more features

Civilization: Beyond Earth coming to Mac, Linux ‘this holiday season’— PC users get to play Beyond Earth starting October 24, a blog post from 2K and partner Aspyr Media promises Mac (and Linux) versions for “this holiday season.”
Upon launch the game will be available for Mac and Linux through Steam, as well as through the Mac App Store. The Mac App Store version is oddly hamstrung, though, lacking access to both the online multiplayer mode and the free Exoplanets DLC.

Don’t Upgrade to Yosemite or iOS 8.1 Before You Read This Column — Bob LeVitus writes “This has been a big week for Apple operating system upgrades: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite arrived last Thursday and iOS 8.1 came out yesterday. But as eager as you may be to sample their improvements, don’t install either until you read what I have to say.”

How to fix the four most annoying quirks of Yosemite — OS X 10.10 Yosemite is out, and, while there aren’t many surprises in the interface — which Apple has been showing off since June — users are getting their first tastes of the new look and new features. Here are top four Yosemite annoyances and how to fix them.

A Macworld/iWorld Lament — Steven Sande can’t say he was surprised when IDG World Expo’s Paul Kent broke the news to TUAW that Macworld/iWorld 2015 was cancelled and that the longtime Mac lovefest was on hiatus, but he laments its passing.

Photoshop Elements 13 review: it gets Photomerge and content-aware fill — Elements 13 is a great way to step up from iPhoto, but it can’t do a lot you couldn’t do with version 12’s Expert Mode and a little skill. It’s now Retina display-happy and it’s got some timely new stuff for beginners: creating a personalised Facebook Cover image, crop suggestions, variations on Quick mode’s effects, a new selection refinement tool, three Guided Edits for converting photos to black and white, plus tutorials that are more easily discoverable.

Apple launches Maps Connect, allows users to update info — Apple rolled out a new way for businesses to add or maintain information used in Apple Maps on Tuesday. Called Maps Connect, logging in with an Apple ID (or creating one if needed) will allow small business owners to add or maintain details of their establishment, including hours and links to social media accounts. So far it’s US only.