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  • The Power of Preview: Cropping and Resizing Images
    to fit the image into These sizes match common screen sizes and are most useful for making wallpaper images If your image doesn t match the aspect ratio of the pre defined size you choose Preview fits the longest side of your image to the appropriate dimension So a portrait image will always be fit to the height of the pre defined size and landscape images will be fit to the width When you adjust the width and height yourself this menu sets itself to Custom you don t need to choose that manually Width and Height In these fields you can manually set the width and height of the image The pop up menu on the right lets you set the unit of measurement pixels percent inches centimeters millimeters or points Which of these you choose depends mostly on how you think about your output If you re planning to use the image on a Web site pixels likely makes the most sense whereas if it s destined for a printed document a real world measurement like inches centimeters or millimeters may be more helpful If the actual size doesn t matter too much you can shrink it by a percentage One tip that applies to all image editing you can always scale images down but you don t want to scale images up Unlike what you may see on TV shows scaling an image up almost never works well because Preview has to generate pixels out of thin air and the resulting image is always blurry Resolution Here you can adjust the resolution of the image in either pixels per inch or pixels per centimeter Resolution is a tricky topic but in short for images destined for the screen it s usually irrelevant and can be ignored For screen display all you care about is how many pixels the image has whether it s 72 ppi or 144 ppi should make no difference in how it looks onscreen Don t assume that reducing the resolution will make the file size smaller either it will if you select Resample Image because you re throwing away pixels but if you don t resample the image the file size will stay roughly the same and may even increase somewhat for JPEGs For images you want to print resolution is important to know If you have a 72 ppi image it will need a lot more pixels to print at a decent size on paper than if it s a 300 ppi image But you can t change the resolution to get better results because any change in resolution must either throw pixels away or add pixels in neither of which is good for the image In short unless you know what you re doing leave the resolution setting alone For a good discussion of resolution see the Photoshop Essentials site s explanation Scale Proportionally In nearly all cases leave Scale Proportionally selected because otherwise your image will be stretched or squished in the dimensions that change Resample Image As noted above resampling changes the number of pixels in the image Thus it should be selected in most situations particularly when the image is destined to be displayed on a screen where you want to control the pixel dimensions And in fact if you deselect Resample Image you can no longer choose pixels in the pop up menu next to Width and Height Scale Proportionally is locked on since disproportionate scaling would change the number of pixels and any changes you make in Width and Height also change Resolution All you can do then is change how large the image will print Again Photoshop Essentials has a nice explanation Resulting Size This feedback area is useful to watch particularly if you re trying to reduce the file size of your image As you adjust the image s pixel dimensions it tells you the resulting percentage size of the original image the resulting file size and the previous file size Changing resolution while resampling doesn t affect size much and Preview doesn t report on such changes It s extremely easy to get confused when playing with image size settings because Preview honors the physical dimensions which are based in part on resolution when displaying images and attempts to open all images at actual size In our discussion of Preview s preferences in The Power of Preview Viewing Images and PDFs we said that we had no idea why you d choose between 1 Image Pixel Equals 1 Screen Pixel and Size on Screen Equals Size on Printout for Define 100 Scale As Now we understand When you see 100 think Actual Size If you re working with images primarily for display on screen such as on Web pages it s probably most sensible to choose 1 Image Pixel Equals 1 Screen Pixel That way if you open a 1920 by 1280 image that s 300 ppi Preview displays it at its actual size in pixels A 1920 by 1280 image that s only 72 ppi opens at exactly the same size That s what you d expect since resolution isn t relevant to publishing on screen However if most of your image work is destined for print selecting Screen Equals Size on Printout may be helpful since then assuming the same pixel dimensions a higher resolution image appears smaller and a lower resolution image appears larger just as would happen on a printout In that case Preview displays the 300 ppi image at a much smaller size than the 72 ppi image when both are at actual size The problem with Preview honoring the resolution dependent physical dimensions is that other graphics programs like Graphic Converter focus only on pixel dimensions If you work in other graphics apps too Preview may confuse you by displaying the same image differently So don t get too wrapped up in how something looks in Preview just focus on the pixel dimensions for screen destined images

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  • The Power of Preview: Viewing Images and PDFs
    to highlight it Control click the highlight to add a note change the highlight style or remove the highlight entirely If you choose Add Note a box appears into which you can enter text When you re done click outside that box and it shrinks down to a smaller box attached to the highlight Click the little box to expand the note These features combine to provide a great way to take notes on a PDF while you re reading and refer to them later You can also bookmark pages in a PDF by either choosing Tools Add Bookmark or pressing Command D A little red bookmark appears in the upper right corner of the page to indicate that the page has been bookmarked To view your bookmarks in the sidebar choose View Bookmarks Command Option 5 To delete an unneeded bookmark select it in the sidebar and press Delete It s worth noting that Adobe Acrobat Pro and Adobe Reader use the term bookmark for items in what Preview calls the table of contents What Preview calls bookmarks are as far as we can tell specific to Preview so don t assume that anyone reading your PDF in one of Adobe s programs can see them Zooming In and Out Under the View menu there are options to Zoom In and Zoom Out Those commands are self explanatory but note that they also work in Contact Sheet view Don t rely on the menu commands though since there are more efficient ways to zoom in and out Command remember it as Command plus but you don t need the Shift key and Command Command minus zoom in and out respectively as does pinching in and out on a trackpad The View menu offers additional choices for document zooming Zoom to Fit Command 9 which fills the window with the document or image and Actual Size Command 0 which does just what it says regardless of whether the file fits in the window or not Zoom to Fit in a large window is usually the best way to read PDFs For even more control you can make a marquee selection in an image or PDF choose Tools Rectangular Selection and drag out a rectangle and then choose View Zoom to Selection A useful accessibility tool for those without perfect vision is the Magnifier under Tools Show Magnifier though it s easier to engage it by pressing the Backtick key just above the Tab key It turns your cursor into a magnifying glass inside Preview providing a loupe to expand a portion of an image or making small text in a PDF easier to read Turn it off quickly by pressing Esc PDF Navigation Although it may not have exactly the same capabilities as Adobe Reader Preview is a robust PDF reader Along with the previously mentioned options for navigation within a PDF the View menu offers three options for how you view PDFs Continuous Scroll Single Page and Two Pages View Continuous Scroll Command 1 lets you see the bottom of one page and the top of the next one as you scroll through Choose View Single Page Command 2 to scroll through a document page by page and View Two Pages Command 3 to scroll through by two page spreads Which is best for you depends on personal preferences the document in question and your screen size Happily you can set your favorite in Preview s preferences more on that in a moment The easiest way to scroll through a PDF is with a trackpad or mouse but you can also use the arrow keys Page Up and Page Down and Home and End If you look in the Go menu you see commands for Up Down Previous Item and Next Item but this is a case where the keyboard shortcuts are infinitely preferable the Up and Down arrow keys move in those directions and Option Up arrow or Page Up and Option Down arrow or Page Down activate Previous Item and Next item The difference between Up Down and Previous Next Item depends on context For instance if you have the document pane selected and a PDF zoomed so less than a full page appears Up and Down scroll a few lines at a time but Previous Next Item scrolls a page at a time However if you have the Table of Contents sidebar selected Up Down moves between ToC entries while Previous Next Item moves between pages That may seem a little confusing but as a rule of thumb if the arrow keys don t do what you expect hold down the Option key while pressing them which is also true for many commands in OS X Or just use Page Up and Page Down whenever you want to navigate by pages Good PDFs like our Take Control books feature links to other parts of the document That s where the Back and Forward commands in the Go menu come in handy Choose Go Back Command to bounce back to the link you clicked Then Go Forward Command returns you to that link s destination You can also jump to a specific page by choosing Go Go to Page Command Option G In the dialog that appears enter the page number and press Return or click OK If you don t end up at the page you expect see the explanation of Use Logical Page Numbers below Full Screen and Slideshows Sometimes you want to cut out distractions while reading a PDF Or perhaps you want to display a collection of images or a PDF based presentation like those we create for some of our Take Control books for a group Preview offers two useful options for that under the View menu Enter Full Screen and Slideshow Choosing View Enter Full Screen Command Control F you can also just click the green zoom button puts the window into OS X s standard full screen mode If you

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16323 (2016-04-24)
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  • MacBook Accessories Reduce Single USB-C Port Inconvenience
    hub boasts a cool space saving design too with a USB C prong that juts out to plug into a MacBook positioning the device flush against the notebook s side If you re going to have a hub sticking out from the side of a laptop this is a good way to do it The Satechi hub has one obvious limitation it lacks a pass through USB C port Fear not Satechi has a newer hub the 44 99 Type C Pass Through USB Hub with USB C Charging Port which replaces one of the USB A ports with a USB C port This model is otherwise nearly identical to Satechi s older hub albeit a bit wider MacBook aesthetes can rejoice too since both Satechi hubs come in your choice of gold silver or space gray TWiT s Leo Laporte said he is happy with a similar hub the 49 95 HyperDrive USB Type C 5 in 1 Hub with Pass Through Charging as he noted on a recent episode of the MacBreak Weekly podcast featuring TidBITS s own Adam Engst as one of the panelists This hub also is available in three colors to match the three MacBook shades Extra USB C Accessories Once I had the port expansion problem licked it was time to look further afield for accessories that would maximize the MacBook s flexibility and versatility I started by shopping around for cables Mindful of Leung s warnings I avoided no name cables like the plague they can be Belkin s 29 99 USB C to USB A cable was essential since it freed me from using only Apple s USB C charger and let me use USB A ports For instance I wanted to take advantage of Griffin s 59 99 WatchStand Powered Charging Station which is not only an Apple Watch charging stand but also a powered USB A hub with two ports I put one of those USB A ports to work for MacBook charging in my home office so I could deploy Apple s official cable and charger elsewhere The Belkin cable is thicker than the Apple model but not too much and I like its sturdiness Benson Leung doesn t appear to have reviewed it but Belkin claims its various USB C cables are the most reliable highest grade and safest cables on the market The company has made its Web site a treasure trove of USB C information and Belkin is a brand I ve trusted for years Another simple accessory SanDisk s Dual USB Drive Type C thumb drive is small yet features both USB C and USB A connectors with a rotating and reversible design Either connector is available with a quick flip It s a fine sneakernet option for those wanting to move gigabytes of data between the MacBook and computers with regular USB ports The model I tested stores 32 GB The Dual USB Drive is so small I feared losing it but it has a loop for attaching it to a thin chain or lanyard Though largely made of plastic it seems sturdy enough For power I procured Anker s 59 99 PowerCore 20100 USB C Premium Ultra High Capacity Portable Charger a portable battery pack with two USB A ports and one USB C port It s a hefty albeit attractive beast with dark metal and rounded edges and well worth its weight in a backpack or messenger bag because it provides a ton of juice for charging the MacBook along with a smartphone and or tablet The PowerCore has a round button with a series of tiny white LEDs that tell you at a glance how much power is left in the battery A fully lit circle of LEDs means a full charge Once I had the PowerCore at full capacity I was able to charge a depleted MacBook fully and juice up an iPad Pro partially before the PowerCore battery ran dry That s pretty impressive You can use the PowerCore to charge the MacBook in a couple of ways With the bundled USB C to USB A cable you can jack the MacBook into one of the brick s two USB A ports and charge the laptop that way Or you can use the MacBook s USB C to USB C charging cable but there s a bit of trick to this Upon initially making the connection you re actually charging the PowerCore off the MacBook and not the other way around To reverse the power flow press the power brick s button Charging the PowerCore itself also can be done by plugging into a wall charger that uses either USB A or USB C This can all be a bit confusing given the bidirectional nature of USB C technology Another PowerCore model has a micro USB port which is unidirectional it s only used for recharging the power brick Anker s PowerCore is only one of several such charging bricks now available TidBITS s own Glenn Fleishman wearing his Macworld hat recently compared several of these Anker s model ended up being his pick which lines up nicely with my favorable take on the product At one point I had several USB C accessories making beautiful music together I plugged the Satechi expansion hub with USB C passthrough into the MacBook and then jacked the Anker power pack into the hub s USB C port in order to charge the notebook The SanDisk flash drive went into one of the hub s USB A ports but could just as well have gone into the hub s USB C port once the laptop was charged and the power pack removed More USB C Gear Coming Many more MacBook relevant USB C accessories are available and even more are on the way Belkin Anker and Satechi for instance sell a dizzying range of hubs cables chargers adapters and more to meet a MacBook user s needs in a range of scenarios

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  • Default Folder X 5.0.2
    22 Feb 16 Back Issues About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members Smile ScanSnap 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 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 06 Mar 2016 Print Comment 0 Default Folder X 5 0 2 by Agen G N Schmitz St Clair Software has released Default Folder X 5 0 2 a maintenance update that s flush with improvements and bug fixes for the Open Save dialog enhancement utility The update detects that a file dialog has closed even if an application performs a long operation afterwards turns on Rebound reselecting the last selected file in a folder by default in column view displays a preview of the first item when multiple items are selected rather than turning off previews fixes problems with Default Folder X not enhancing some file dialogs adds an extra settings preference dialog that allows you to fiddle with various details press Option when choosing Preferences to see it and

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  • Banktivity 5.6.6
    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 Smile ScanSnap 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 29 Feb 2016 Print Comment 2 Banktivity 5 6 6 by Agen G N Schmitz IGG Software has released Banktivity 5 6 6 with a number of bug fixes for the financial app formerly known as iBank The update now correctly reports bonds in the account overview page fixes a bug that showed transactions for all months when clicking on amounts in the June column of the Expense Timeline report resolves an issue with duplicate transactions in an OFX file not being screened out fixes an outdated Web browser user agent for Citi com and uses HTTPS when retrieving historical prices 59 99 new from IGG Software and the Mac App Store

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  • Home Macs
    poll this week and we ll report on the results next week by Adam C Engst 17 Feb 2016 Listen 113 comments OS X Hidden Treasures Quick Look Quick Look can help you peer inside files quickly but it s easy to miss or forget about Read on to learn how to use Quick Look from the Finder within some of Apple s apps and from the command line We ll also share some tricks you may not know and some of our favorite plug ins that make Quick Look even more useful by Adam C Engst and Josh Centers 12 Feb 2016 17 comments 1Password 6 0 2 Enables you to control which vault is opened when you unlock the password manager and adds a number of improvements and bug fixes 49 99 new free update 43 8 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 09 Feb 2016 4 comments Banktivity 5 6 5 formerly iBank Changes the personal finance app s name from iBank to Banktivity while also fixing a few bugs 59 99 new free update 39 3 MB by Agen G N Schmitz 08 Feb 2016 2 comments OS X Hidden Treasures Services It s not new and Apple doesn t show it much love but the ubiquitous Services menu can be a productivity powerhouse Josh Centers explains how to use it and even how to make your own services by Josh Centers 05 Feb 2016 6 comments How to Unlearn Misspellings and Sync Your User Dictionary in OS X If you ve accidentally told OS X s system wide spelling checker to learn misspelled words never fear since there s an easy way to remove them either one at a time or in bulk And once you learn that you ll see how you can sync your custom words between Macs so you have the same set everywhere by Adam C Engst 03 Feb 2016 Listen 26 comments Do Cool Things on the Command Line with Five Quick Recipes Why would a modern Mac user want to go back to a command line interface There are lots of reasons and Joe Kissell provides five of them here These quick recipes which require no prior knowledge of the command line enable you to do useful things that Apple doesn t provide a way to accomplish in OS X s graphical interface by Joe Kissell 01 Feb 2016 Listen 11 comments 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 Parallels Desktop 11 1 2 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 by Agen G N Schmitz 21 Jan 2016 Nisus Writer Pro 2 1 3 Resolves a number of bugs in the venerable word

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  • Chapter 6 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available
    in TidBITS 1316 Subscribe to our weekly email edition Acer H277HU USB C Display Is an Affordable MacBook Companion Cheaper Alternatives to Expensive Standing Desks The Power of Preview Annotating Documents and Images TidBITS Watchlist Notable Software Updates for 11 April 2016 ExtraBITS for 11 April 2016 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 Inside TidBITS 10 Apr 2016 Print Comment 0 Chapter 6 of Take Control of Slack Basics Available by Adam C Engst Messages were the focus of the last two chapters of Glenn Fleishman s serialized Take Control of Slack Basics book and now it s time to examine the main place those messages go channels We ll get to the other spot direct message conversations next week Chapter 6 Work with Channels focuses on how to find and join channels both public and private and explains the different ways they can show up in your sidebar You re not limited to joining channels that others create following Slack s power to the people philosophy all team members can create public and private channels by default team administrators can prevent this if it s not appropriate for the organization Once you ve created a channel you can give it a name purpose and topic and invite others to join in Finally Glenn explains how you can pin important messages make channel wide announcements leave a channel and archive a channel that s no longer needed Want to play with some of these capabilities Try them out in our public SlackBITS group which has over 150 members and has hosted some interesting discussions of Slack the Mac iOS and Apple TV and Josh Centers is fielding questions about the fourth generation Apple TV there now that his Take Control of Apple TV Second Edition is out I ve made sure that the channel creation capabilities are open to all users now so feel free to go nuts you can t break anything Instructions on how to join are in Chapter 1 Introducing Slack Also available to everyone is Chapter 2 Get Started with Slack If you re just getting started with Take Control of Slack Basics note that Chapter 3 and the rest are limited to TidBITS members so if you re not currently one we hope that early access is incentive to join Those generous folks receive other benefits too like a full text version of our RSS feed but what s most important is that TidBITS members are the reason you re reading TidBITS today we wouldn t still be publishing without their support If you re already a

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  • Chapter 5 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available
    5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Published in TidBITS 1315 Subscribe to our weekly email edition Apple Releases iOS 9 3 1 to Address Link Bug Google Gives Away Its Nik Collection Photo editing Apps Make Sure You re Getting OS X Security Data iBooks with iCloud Drive Is Unreliable and Confusing FlippedBITS 1Password Versus iCloud Keychain TidBITS Watchlist Notable Software Updates for 4 April 2016 ExtraBITS for 4 April 2016 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 Inside TidBITS 02 Apr 2016 Print Comment 0 Chapter 5 of Take Control of Slack Basics Available by Adam C Engst Last week we published Chapter 4 Post Basic Messages in Glenn Fleishman s serialized Take Control of Slack Basics book but we weren t kidding about how those messages were basic This week we re going deeper with Chapter 5 Go Beyond Basic Messages which explains how to do exactly what it says in four ways You can upload a file to any Slack channel or conversation or link one in from a file sharing service like Dropbox Google Drive or Box For those times when you need to share a bit of code or some quoted paragraphs from an email message use a snippet They re a great way to compress a bunch of text into a small space in the message list and then let readers expand it If you want to collaborate with others on a chunk of text use a post Team members can comment on it or if you let them take turns editing it When typing back and forth just isn t enough you can make voice calls from within Slack As always if you want to try out attachments snippets posts and calls well with people you already know in the team join our public SlackBITS group which has nearly 150 members and so far has hosted discussions of Slack the Mac iOS and Apple TV along with a channel devoted to collecting links to fun April Fools jokes including our piece Apple Developing Fortieth Anniversary Mac 1 April 2016 You re welcome to ask anything you like in SlackBITS and we ll do our best to answer Instructions on how to join are in Chapter 1 Introducing Slack Also available to everyone is Chapter 2 Get Started with Slack However Chapter 3 Master the Interface Chapter 4 Post Basic Messages and this new Chapter 5 are accessible only by TidBITS members so if you re not currently one we hope this is incentive to join TidBITS members receive other benefits too

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