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MagBytes 84 is here!


mb84Here it is folks, with a large Tips section, Shiny and New and lots of news, updates and even some views. It looks like the image above, and you can download it no obligations and entirely for free by clicking ….

THIS LINK —> MagBytes 84 for February 2017! Enjoy
(and feedback is always welcome)

Five Tip Friday ~ macOS Finder view tips


1/ Set the view in the macOS Sierra Finder — The Finder in macOS Sierra offers four ways to view items in a window: List, Columns, Cover Flow and Icon. To choose a view, click your preferred View button at top-left of any Finder window.
In Icon view, each file or folder is represented by an icon (such as the Mac desktop). List view shows details about a file or folder, including its attributes.
Column view provides a visual trail of where you’ve been, and displays a hierarchical view of where a file is stored. Cover Flow is a modified list view that displays a thumbnail view of a file’s contents, which is great for folders of photographs, for example.

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2/ Didn’t know what those buttons were? Turn on the descriptions for them. With a Finder window on the desktop, hold down the Control key on your keyboard and click in the grey area at the top of the Finder window just to the left or right of the folders file name at op centre. From the pop-out that appears, choose Icon and Text, and all your buttons get labels (it’s worth trying this in other apps like Apple Mail and Preview).
Choosing ‘Customize Toolbar’ [sic, and shown above] lets you even select which icons appear in the top area of Finder windows at all, and also get rid of any you don’t require.

3/ More view customisation — There are additional ways to customise how your items are displayed: sort items, arrange icons, and resize columns. Settings for sorting and arranging items in a folder apply until you change them. For example, if you sort your Documents folder by Date Added, the next time you view your Documents folder, it will also be sorted by Date Added.
To sort items in any view, from the View menu in Finder select Show View Options. Now click the Sort By pop-up menu and choose the sort order: Date Modified, Name etc.
In List view and Cover Flow, move the pointer over the column name you want to sort by, then click it. Click the column name again to reverse the sort order.

4/ Arrange — To arrange items in Finder windows in any view, click the Item Arrangement button, then choose an option, such as Date Created or Size.
When arranging by name, you can keep folders (in alphabetical order) at the top of the list. Choose Finder>Preferences, click Advanced, then select the “Keep folders on top when sorting by name” checkbox.

5/ Resize columns — In List view, Column view, and Cover Flow, drag the hairline divider between the column headings at the top of the window, i.e. between Name and Date Modified.
To expand a column to show all filenames in their entirety, double-click the column divider.
Control-click (hold down the Control key on your keyboard and click) any column to view all columns available. Choose a column name to display or hide it (visible columns have a checkmark next to their name).

More — You can change the text size of file names and, in some views, change the size of file icons. Open a Finder window, select the folder you want to change, then click a View button: Icon, List, Column, or Cover Flow.
Have the folder always open in this view by selecting the ‘Always open in’ checkbox to set specific preferences for specific folders. To have subfolders also open in this view, select the ‘Browse in’ checkbox.
showviewIf a subfolder opens in a different view, select the subfolder, choose View>Show View Options, then deselect the ‘Always open in’ and ‘Browse in’ checkboxes. The checkboxes must be selected for the main folder and deselected for the subfolder.
You can change the icon size, grid spacing, text size, and more by choosing the Select Icon view options.
[These tips came from Apple World Today.]

MagBytes 83 for January 2017


mb83The Swiss have arrived so seize the carp! OK, I’m not very good at French and Latin, but MagBytes 83 is here, full of news, views, tips and tricks for all Apple users, free and bulging with info in electronic form.

That’s just a thumbnail at left, so click …

THIS LINK —> issue83jan17 to get this PDF magazine on your device and/or computer.

Five Tip Friday ~ Transferring files iPhone to Mac, Hey Siri, prioritise downloads, sort Calendar spam


itfiles1/ Transfer files from iDevice to Mac via iTunes — There are various ways to transfer files from iPad/iPhone to Macs, but not all of them are reliable all of the time (like AirDrop). But iTunes file transfer is reliable for the apps that support it, and you’re not limited by file size.
Privacy is another benefit, since files you transfer aren’t uploaded to someone else’s servers (i.e., via cloud services): they go direct.
iOS devices don’t have an accessible file system like macOS does, but each app has its own document library. iTunes File Transfer lets you copy files to and from each app library.
Plug in your iPhone, iPod or iPad to a Mac with iTunes and the device shows up in the program. After clicking on the phone icon in iTunes (it appears as a little icon at top left), click on Apps on the left sidebar. Scroll down (make sure your cursor isn’t over a scrolling internal window, but over the main part of this interface) until you see the section File Sharing. There’s a list of apps currently installed on your device capable of transferring files.
If you made a movie with iMovie for iOS, for example, you can export it to iTunes. Then, using your Mac, you can open iTunes and save it to your computer. You can also do the opposite, and drag a video into iMovie using iTunes.

2/ Keep Siri from listening for Hey, Siri requests — One of the most convenient features of the newer iPhones is to have Siri always listening whether you have power connected or not. Any iPhone with the M9 chip can listen for the key words Hey Siri all the time to act upon any requests you give. But something that sounds like Hey Siri can activate Siri. Normally instances such as this are few and not a real issue, but this may not be the case in holiday season with lots of people about.
While you can disable Siri entirely by going to Settings > Siri > Siri, a much quicker way to avoid this is to quickly turn the iPhone on its face, since when the iPhone is face down, the proximity sensor stops Siri from listening. As long as the top front of the phone is blocked, Siri cannot listen. That’s why it’s very difficult to get Siri to respond while in a pocket or bag. It’s a low tech solution to a high tech problem.

prioritize3/ Prioritise app downloads — When downloading a number of apps on my phone, you may want to use one that’s in the process of being downloaded. In iOS 10 with an iPhone that supports 3D Touch (iPhone 6s, 7), you can choose to prioritise one download over another: with multiple apps installing, just press with a little force on the app you’d like to prioritise. When you do so, a menu pops up with that option.

4/ Get rid of Calendar spam — Some iOS and macOS users have received calendar invite spam, so if you began seeing invitations to an event in your calendar for Ugg Boots, Ray-Ban sunglasses and other products, thanks to spammers taking advantage of a long-available feature in iCloud that extracts invites from email and presents them as notifications in calendar apps.
In iOS, you can slide left and then choose Delete, which removes the invitation without providing a response (no similar option appears in macOS).
The best option, however, is to disable this automatic invitation parsing altogether. Go to your iCloud Calendar page via a desktop browser. (Apple doesn’t allow you to use iCloud.com via mobile Safari) – i.e., log into ww.icloud.com.
Click the gear icon in the lower-left corner.
Select Preferences.
Click the Advanced icon.
In the Invitations section, change the option from In-App Notifications to Email to iCloud Address.
Now spam invitations will appear in your inbox – or, more likely, get automatically marked as spam and never bother you.

5/ More Calendar spam flexibility — This is slightly inconvenient if you routinely received and wanted calendar notifications for invitations sent via email—you’ll have to look for these in your inbox and click to add them to your calendar.
If you have outstanding invitations that you can’t delete after making that change, follow these steps:
Via iCloud, iOS Calendar, or any calendar app in macOS, create a “spam” calendar.
Assign the invitation to the spam calendar without clicking Accept, Decline, or Maybe.
Delete the spam calendar. Click the Delete and Don’t Notify buttons when prompted.

MagBytes 82 for December 2016


mb82MagBytes 82 is here — this is the final issue for 2016, and has the usual roundup of news, views, tips and tricks, updates plus some interesting new products. It looks like the thumbnail at top left, and it’s available from …

THIS LINK ——> issue 82 Dec16

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


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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.)

Five Tip Friday ~ Messages in iOS


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1/ Hand-write your message — Give your replies that personal touch by crafting them using your own handwriting: from the Messages window, tap to compose a response then turn your iPhone (or iPad) around so you’re in landscape mode. A new handwriting button appears in the lower right corner.
Tap this to scribble. Your note will be saved for future use and you can if you wish pick from some example notes already stored in Messages. An extra line of text can be added to the handwritten message too. (Anyone not using Apple Messages gets an MMS image … you know, if they’re using that Google Haemorrhoid).

2/ Deleting hand-written Messages in iOS — When you rotate your iPhone into landscape mode in the Messages app (on iPad, touch the squiggly icon down at bottom-right on the keyboard to get to that same mode), you can send hand-written notes to your friends. Just start drawing with your finger or stylus in the large rectangular area, or tap a pre-drawn one from the selection below to send that.
When you send that hand-written message, it stays in memory (below the drawing area) for you to use again.
If the recipient is running iOS 10 too, they’ll see your writing as a little animation in their Messages thread.
To 
get rid of what you’ve drawn before, just press and hold on any of the drawings within this view on your iPhone. They’ll start wiggling about, and just touch the little X and it’s gone.
You can get rid of those pre-drawn ones, too.

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3/ Quick responses to messages — Another feature of iOS 10 Messages is the ‘tapback’: a quick pictorial response you can fall back on when you don’t have the time to type something out or aren’t feeling eloquent. Touch and hold on a message from them (with to send a tapback.
Available options include a thumbs up, a brief burst of laughter and a question mark. Your friends who aren’t using Apple Messages will get a plain text explaining the tapback instead: “laughed at…” for example. You can change and remove tapbacks with another long press.

4/ Filter unknown Message senders — If your cell phone number got discovered by someone who is now hounding you with promotional or other messages, open the iOS Settings app and look for the Filter Unknown Senders switch. You won’t see those any more. To give someone the all-clear for messages in the future, just add his or her details to your Contacts app.

5/ Oldie-goodie — sometimes an old-fashioned trick is better than all these pulsating, hand-drawing, gifs, stickers and goodness-knows what else (I’m kinda dreading iOS 11 already!). Luckily, you can still bang a photo straight into the Message, which can sometimes say everything you want to say most eloquently. Tap the Camera icon to the left of the Message field (where you type), snap a quick picture, and blat that to them instead.

13 and 15-inch compared, comparo, teardown of 15, Bulbs ad, attaching 4K monitors


Bare Feat's first graph – shorter is faster.
Bare Feat’s first graph – shorter is faster.

New 15-inch compared to 13 -inch — With the best processor, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB flash storage, but a different GPU, is the 15-inch with Quad-Core processor and discrete GPU really that much faster? Is it worth the extra money, size and weight?
BareFeat’s test results show that for “21% more, the extra $$$ buys you a bigger screen, an average of 40% faster performance running CPU intensive pro apps, and an average of 110% faster running GPU intensive pro apps.” Sounds pretty compelling. Quad-Core and discrete graphics always wins.

Comparing Apple’s Late-2016 13″ & 15″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar — Having trouble deciding between Apple’s thin-but capable 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and the powerhouse 15-inch MacBook with Touch Bar? AppleInsider breaks down the pros and cons of each variant in this head-to-head comparison video.

Teardown of 15″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar reveals non-removable SSD, extra trackpad touch controller, more — Repair firm iFixit on Friday completed its dissection of Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which boasts upscaled components and extra hardware not found on its smaller 13-inch sibling.

Apple’s MacBook Pro commercial Bulbs — Apple has released a new commercial for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar called Bulbs. The 1 minute, 37 second spot features flashes of some big (and small) inventions using exploding lightbulbs as a metaphor. The  MacBook Pro doesn’t appear until the final 10 seconds, accompanied by the tag line, “Introducing a tool for all the ideas to come.” We’re then shown a finger sliding back and forth on the Touch Bar to scrub through a video of another exploding lightbulb.

How to connect 4K monitors to your Mac, even on some older models without official support — Getting 4K on a relatively recent Mac has some hang-ups, but is still possible – and rewarding! AppleInsider explains the ins and outs of how to do so, even on some computers Apple doesn’t officially support.