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  • Apple Watch
    notes that a left right scrolling deck of cards interface works better than a list view that requires users to pogo stick in and out of a detail view Budiu also comments that Handoff would work better if your iPhone was automatically unlocked when the watch was in close proximity as is true of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch Recommendations for developers include focusing on the essential avoiding buttons and complex navigation and creating bits of text that stand on their own along with realizing that the watch is not merely a smaller phone 18 May 2015 Exercising with the Apple Watch The Hardware The Apple Watch is going up against a wide variety of fitness trackers and sport watches TidBITS publisher and competitive runner Adam Engst looks at how the Apple Watch s hardware meets the needs of those who want to work out by Adam C Engst 15 May 2015 Listen 4 comments Automatic for the People If you spend a lot of time behind the wheel Automatic can help make you a smarter more efficient safer driver Josh Centers explains how by Josh Centers 14 May 2015 21 comments Around The World With Apple Pay Steve McCabe tries to Apple Pay his way around the world and turns up some interesting challenges along the way by Steve McCabe 13 May 2015 6 comments Apple Confirms Third Party Apple Watch Bands Apple has confirmed that it will offer a Made for Apple Watch program that will enable other companies to produce approved Apple Watch bands While it remains to be seen what band creators will do one thing is certain approved bands will not charge the Apple Watch at least not through magnetic charging The Band Design Guidelines for Apple Watch document clearly states Bands must not integrate magnetic chargers 06 May 2015 Make friends and influence people by sponsoring TidBITS Put your company and products in front of tens of thousands of savvy committed Apple users who actually buy stuff More information http tidbits com advertising html Cleaning a Sticky Digital Crown on the Apple Watch Some users have reported that the Apple Watch s digital crown has become sticky If your digital crown isn t operating smoothly Apple recommends rinsing the Apple Watch under running water for 10 to 15 seconds turning and pressing the digital crown to free it up If you have a leather band be sure to remove it first and don t use any cleaning products on the Apple Watch 04 May 2015 Apple Confirms that Tattoos Block Apple Watch Sensors Apple has released a new support document about the heart rate sensors in the Apple Watch confirming what many had suspected that some tattoos can interfere with the watch s light based sensors If this affects you is a significant problem and can t be solved by moving the watch to your other wrist Apple recommends connecting the Apple Watch to a Bluetooth based chest strap monitor instead 04 May 2015

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  • Cheaper Alternatives to Expensive Standing Desks
    couple of wood finish options along with a white option The rest of this rig is shiny curvy metal that looks quite stylish The desk as a whole is lovely in fact As with the Lift35 levers on the left and right allow for smooth raising with a counterbalancing mechanism The DT2 s keyboard tray unlike the fixed Lift35 version is a thin slide out variant that flexes a bit too much for my taste However colleagues who used a couple of DT2 test samples extensively said they didn t mind this in the least A movable keyboard tray has one big advantage it can be pushed inward and out of the way if the user wants to use just a single flat work surface that is more appropriate for laptop use VariDesk a prominent maker of standing desks has a dizzying selection of desktop work units with something for everyone in a range of styles and sizes Some have distinct separate display and keyboard platforms Others feature a single all purpose surface The model I tried the 375 ProPlus 30 is much like the Lift35 in that it has a small platform for a keyboard and mouse and a bigger one for a screen or all in one computer It has levers on the right and the left for raising and lowering which is smooth and effortless thanks to a counterbalancing mechanism The ProPlus is curvier than the Lift35 with a typing area that is more open and feels much less restrictive The unit is constrained by its 30 by 30 inch 76 by 76 cm footprint however with room for only one display or iMac But other models in the ProPlus series the 36 and the 48 add width while working in the exact same way The ProPlus 30 has another big flaw When its lift mechanism is engaged it does not move straight up as the Lift35 does but arcs a bit towards the user This can be a problem for those typing in tight quarters since the station ends up gobbling space the user otherwise would be able to occupy VariDesk has remedied this shortcoming somewhat with standing desks in its Pro Compact and Cubicle lines These still have a bit of an arcing movement when they are elevated but it s much less pronounced Simpler Options The products described so far are a bit elaborate and bulky Those wanting greater simplicity have other options For laptop users VariDesk provides an ingenious if not terribly attractive mini standing desk called the Soho It consists of a typing platform along with metal legs that expand and contract to adjust the unit height via left and right levers The platform with nicely curved edges is 14 inches deep and 31 inches long 36 by 79 cm just right for a laptop along with a mouse It s made in white and black The Soho is intended to be somewhat mobile though the lack of a carrying handle makes this a bit awkward Even so at 175 it s a steal Another product I tried the Readydesk 2 is unusual in that it s entirely non mechanical made solely from wooden slabs Two of the slabs are notched upright supports and two other pieces fit shelf like into the notches Height adjustability is achieved by picking the correct notches for the shelves The Readydesk 2 provides several work configurations depending on what kind of hardware is being placed upon it A single shelf suffices for those using notebooks Both shelves are required if notebook users add an external keyboard and mouse with the laptop on the top shelf as a display and the peripherals on the lower one This setup also would apply to those using a standalone monitor or all in one computer along with a mouse and keyboard as pictured below The Readydesk 2 is much sturdier and more stable than it looks thanks in part to crisscrossing struts on the back that hold the upright elements together It s also carefully designed to place the display at about arm s length which is considered to be the optimal distance about right for me Some prefer their screens farther away from their faces but the Readydesk does not allow for this The Readydesk 2 also won t work well for those who like to shift between standing and sitting stances Adjusting the display height is a hassle since you have to remove an iMac or monitor to reposition its shelf in a new slot and there s no obvious desk level option for typing while sitting Laptop users could remove the Readydesk from desks and tables when it s not needed but its size and weight makes this a chore I d also suggest the maker sand down the shelves sharp slightly uncomfortable edges so they are a bit rounder and softer for the delicate undersides of users wrists The Readydesk 2 costs 169 99 or 179 99 with a laptop elevating kit called Readyriser that tilts a notebook for better viewing see the picture below Wrap Up In an ideal world everyone would have fancy motorized standing desks like the one in my office There are full standing desks of the non motorized variety too I have tried and liked Ergotron s WorkFit D which substitutes the motor with an ingenious one lever manual height adjustment system that is quick and simple to use Likewise VariDesk offers a Pro Desk series each with those familiar levers on the left and right to tweak the working surface s height in a jiffy But all these products motorized or not are priced at least in the high hundreds too steep for some Besides many people will not want to get rid of a traditional desk to make room for a standing desk That s where standing desk products that rest atop desks tables or counters come in If you re interested in doing some of your work while

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16401 (2016-04-24)
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  • : Articles by Agen G. N. Schmitz
    an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Articles by Agen G N Schmitz Contributing Editor Displaying results 1 to 20 of 1044 Show summaries of articles Hide search parameters Any text Author Headline Issue Start date End date Sort Newest first Oldest first Per page 10 items 20 items 30 items 50 items 100 items Fantastical 2 2 1 Improves reliability of Exchange account setup and fixes other Exchange related bugs 49 99 new free update 13 2 MB Watchlist by Agen G N Schmitz 18 Apr 2016 0 comments Delicious Library 3 5 1 Updated to use Apple s latest iTunes access framework and fix several bugs 25 new free update 78 2 MB Watchlist by Agen G N Schmitz 18 Apr 2016 0 comments Retrospect 13 01 Maintenance update improves log reporting and fixes several bugs with the Mac client 119 new free update 183 MB Watchlist by Agen G N Schmitz 18 Apr 2016 0 comments LaunchBar 6 6 2 Fixes an incompatibility with Mavericks and Yosemite and resolves a sorting bug 29 new free update 14 1 MB Watchlist by Agen G N Schmitz 18 Apr 2016 0 comments Pixelmator 3 4 4 Improves support for the Intel HD 3000 graphics card in El Capitan and fixes numerous bugs 29 99 new free update 46 7 MB Watchlist by Agen G N Schmitz 10 Apr 2016 0 comments GarageBand 10 1 1 Updates compatibility with GarageBand for iOS and Live Loops projects 4 99 new free update 938 MB Watchlist by Agen G N Schmitz 10 Apr 2016 0 comments 1Password 6 2 1 Under the hood improvements to make filling in forms more accurate 49 99 new free update 44 4 MB Watchlist by Agen G N Schmitz 05 Apr 2016 0 comments MoneyWell 2 3 10 Updates the Sparkle framework 59 99 new free update 9 9 MB Watchlist by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 2 comments Banktivity 5 6 7 Resolves a number of bugs in the popular financial app 59 99 new free update 39 3 MB Watchlist by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 0 comments Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Resolves a number of bugs and crashes for the popular virtualization software 79 99 new for standard edition 99 99 annual subscription for Pro Business Edition free update for version 11 licenses 293 MB Watchlist by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 0 comments Fantastical 2 2 Adds native Exchange support and enables you to print calendars and reminder lists in a variety of different views 49 99 new free update 13 2 MB Watchlist by Agen G N Schmitz 04 Apr 2016 0 comments Evernote 6 6 Brings a new navigation scheme for switching

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  • Macminicolo Merging with MacStadium
    In Create Account Subscriptions Take Control Account Info Logout About Accounts Member Benefits Sections Apple Watch Business Apps Entertainment External Links Home Macs Inside TidBITS iPhone iPad iPod Just for Fun Macs Mac OS X Media Creation Networking Opinion Problem Solving Safe Computing Tech News Watchlist Weekly Issues Issue 1317 18 Apr 16 1316 11 Apr 16 1315 04 Apr 16 1314 28 Mar 16 1313 21 Mar 16 1312 14 Mar 16 1311 07 Mar 16 1310 29 Feb 16 1309 22 Feb 16 Back Issues About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members ScanSnap Smile Thoughtful detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Related Articles ExtraBITS for 11 April 2016 11 Apr 16 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 06 Apr 2016 Print Comment 0 Macminicolo Merging with MacStadium by Josh Centers Brian Stucki founder of Mac mini server hosting company Macminicolo has announced that his company is merging with MacStadium another Mac centric hosting company He ll remain president of Macminicolo and will serve as vice president of

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  • Evernote 6.6
    1314 28 Mar 16 1313 21 Mar 16 1312 14 Mar 16 1311 07 Mar 16 1310 29 Feb 16 1309 22 Feb 16 Back Issues About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members ScanSnap Smile Thoughtful detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Watchlist 04 Apr 2016 Print Comment 1 Evernote 6 6 by Agen G N Schmitz Evernote has released version 6 6 of its eponymous information management app with a new navigation scheme for switching between notes and notebooks pressing Command J brings up the new popover the previous notebook selector is available via Command Option J The release also adds a Duplicate Note command to the Note menu adds the capability to manage tags from the note view redesigns the audio recorder for OS X 10 10 Yosemite and later ensures that the left side navigation highlights your current selection instead of always highlighting the Notes tab and fixes several crashes Note that the Mac App Store is still stuck at version 6

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16391 (2016-04-24)
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  • OmniFocus 2.5
    Mar 16 1313 21 Mar 16 1312 14 Mar 16 1311 07 Mar 16 1310 29 Feb 16 1309 22 Feb 16 Back Issues About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members ScanSnap Smile Thoughtful detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Watchlist 04 Apr 2016 Print Comment 0 OmniFocus 2 5 by Agen G N Schmitz The Omni Group has released OmniFocus 2 5 with the addition of the new Style preference pane which enables you to create styles from built in font and color collections or from imported styles The Getting Things Done inspired task management app also adds a quiescence timer that monitors activity so that OmniFocus can block integrating sync changes while you are actively typing italicizes inherited dates to differentiate them from explicitly set dates fixes a bug that temporarily rearranged the order of Projects ensures compatibility with TextExpander for filling in snippets in the sidebar and ensures Inspector text fields retain focus when switching between applications 39 99 new for Standard

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  • OmniOutliner 4.5.1
    16 1313 21 Mar 16 1312 14 Mar 16 1311 07 Mar 16 1310 29 Feb 16 1309 22 Feb 16 Back Issues About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members ScanSnap Smile Thoughtful detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Watchlist 04 Apr 2016 Print Comment 0 OmniOutliner 4 5 1 by Agen G N Schmitz The Omni Group has released OmniOutliner 4 5 1 with a number of bug fixes most of which are targeted at printing The outlining and information organization app no longer links the print scale value in Page Setup to the Scale to Fit Page Width setting ensures the Print dialog option text is not longer cut off in OS X 10 10 Yosemite properly splits long notes between pages ensures image attachments print in the matching display state of either an icon or inline and fixes some issues that caused incorrect layout of text The update also correctly sizes rows pasted while at less than 100 percent zoom and the

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  • MoneyWell 2.3.10
    1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Related Articles Your Favorite Mac Personal Finance Apps 29 Feb 16 Sparkle Vulnerability Real but Exploits Highly Unlikely 15 Feb 16 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Watchlist 04 Apr 2016 Print Comment 2 MoneyWell 2 3 10 by Agen G N Schmitz No Thirst Software has released MoneyWell 2 3 10 a top vote getter in our recent survey see Your Favorite Mac Personal Finance Apps 29 February 2016 which now uses HTTPS for in app update checks to address a security issue with the Sparkle framework see Sparkle Vulnerability Real but Exploits Highly Unlikely 15 February 2016 The release also trims white space from license keys so that pasting from email works more reliably and updates copyright strings Normally priced at 59 99 MoneyWell is currently on sale for 30 from the No Thirst Software site in anticipation of the release of MoneyWell 3 later this year Stalled at version 2 3 9 as of this writing the Mac App Store edition is priced at 49 99 59 99 new free update 9 9 MB release notes 10 7 PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7 make PDF editing easy Review and mark up your PDFs fill and sign forms and even export PDFs to Word format Signing is now easier you

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