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  • OS X 10.11.2 Focuses on Improving Reliability and Security
    10 11 2 update fixes two issues in Mail one that prevented Mail from deleting messages in an offline Exchange account and another that prevented Mail from completing the upgrade presumably from a previous version although Apple doesn t explain further Apple s release notes also say that the update addresses an issue that prevented users from signing into FaceTime and Messages Photos gets some attention in 10 11 2 as well with changes that fix a bug that prevented importing photos from an iPhone via USB and improve the sharing of Live Photos via iCloud Photo Sharing For enterprise users 10 11 2 addresses an issue where reinstalling a configuration profile containing a certificate payload causes the certificates to be removed instead of updated and an issue that caused multiple authentication prompts in Safari when using NTLM authentication The update also allows for deferred enablement when using fdesetup to enable FileVault on mobile accounts On the security side 10 11 2 rolls in 39 security fixes none of which are out of the ordinary Unless you ve been experiencing problems with something that 10 11 2 explicitly addresses we advise waiting a few days before updating in case any issues crop up However in our testing so far the update seems to be stable and hasn t introduced any new problems and given the number of security fixes you will want to install it relatively soon Regardless make sure you have a good backup before updating 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 Comments about OS X 10 11 2 Focuses on Improving Reliability and Security Comments are closed Steve Nicholson 2015 12 08 19 44 I hope it fixes the daily crashes I m experiencing with Mail ever since I bought my 27 El Capitan equipped iMac last month Michael Paine 2015 12 09 03 01 I suggest getting the hard drive fusion drve checked by Apple I had a series of problems that turned out to be hard disk failure in my case it was the subject of a recall Roger Caldwell 2015 12 09 08 31 I took delivery of a 27 iMac last week and had many problems with Mail crashing and the import not completing Hopefully this update will resolve The replacement iMac is due today BTW Senior Support Apple was unaware of this issue and blamed it on an arbitrary limit of 25000 messages LOL Adam Engst 2015 12 09 10 32 25 000 messages I have mailboxes with over 10 times that many Alan Forkosh 2015 12 08 19 44 It appears that they fixed an issue with Apple Mail not promptly updating Smart Mailboxes I have Rules which distribute incoming mail to several real mailboxes and a Smart Mailbox to vies unread mail and some flagged email as my primary view Since El

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  • How to Send a MacBook to Apple for Repair
    the serial number should have been sufficient to determine the default details and Apple already has a way to gather full info via the System Information app Open About This Mac click System Report to launch System Information and choose File Send to Apple Nonetheless it is useful to talk with a person especially when your problem is not as obvious as mine was They ll want you to run through a series of diagnostic steps to be sure the problem is related to hardware and not merely a configuration or software corruption problem A consultant friend told me that she has recently encountered Apple support reps who want remote control access for diagnostic purposes The one time she allowed it she said it was clear that the Tier 1 rep lacked the skill or training to diagnose the problem by that method so she hasn t granted such permission again If you re relatively technical you may wish to follow a similar policy if you have less experience it may be worthwhile to let Apple control your Mac remotely via screen sharing More generally I was a little perturbed that I had to communicate all my personal information verbally over the phone It s not hard of course but I dislike having to spell out my name and email address and errors can creep in It would have been easier and quicker to let me fill in a form on the Web to populate my case with more information than my serial number It s surprising Apple doesn t do this If your repair is out of warranty and not covered by AppleCare you ll be quoted a price I can t offer much advice here other than to note that if the price seems too high it s absolutely worth asking about a flat rate depot repair They re available only for laptops and only for those sold in the last 5 years and only when there s absolutely no liquid damage but the prices are low between 280 and 320 That s much less than a new screen or logic board Again this may require being escalated to Tier 2 support At the end of the call Katie told me Apple would send me a box via FedEx that I would use to pack up my MacBook Air and return it for repair Although she said it would come in a few days it arrived the very next morning a welcome case of Apple under promising and over delivering As a final tip although my experience was good if you aren t happy with the AppleCare rep it can be worth just excusing yourself politely and calling back Apple reportedly has 14 000 people working on the AppleCare support line so it s possible to end up with someone who s new or just doesn t know very much yet Prep the Mac for Repair The shipping box was probably designed to accept any 13 inch MacBook in two layers of foam inserts that held my MacBook Air snugly There was also a protective bag that might be useful to reduce the chance of water damage and three pieces of tape to affix the cover securely Apple is extremely clear that you should not include the power adapter or any other accessories send in only the actual piece that needs repair Here s what the box looked like when it came back sans the protective bag Before I put the MacBook Air in the box though there were some tasks to complete First I made a complete backup just in case the techs accidentally erased its SSD or a minor fantasy here they decided to send me a new MacBook Air back instead Neither happened although the latter isn t unheard of once when Josh Centers sent in his mother s MacBook for repair the repair was botched and when he returned it again Apple sent back a new MacBook albeit of the same model Second you may be encouraged to deauthorize iTunes in iTunes choose Store Deauthorize This Computer This is important because you can have only five computers authorized to access content purchased from the iTunes Store iBooks Store App Store and Mac App Store Since the authorization is tied to the computer s hardware configuration which could change during service a repaired Mac might lose access to your iTunes account You can deauthorize all your computers once per year so this isn t absolutely essential but it s best to deauthorize iTunes before sending your Mac in Apple explains everything in Deauthorize your computer using iTunes Third although I have no reason not to trust Apple s techs I wanted to make sure they couldn t read my email or scarf passwords from Keychain Access for instance I had made a mistake earlier when Katie asked me for my account and password I gave her the real one To protect the majority of my accounts I went into Keychain Access and changed the password for my login keychain Edit Change Password for Keychain login That prevented access to lots of things but still let Apple verify that the machine would boot sufficiently What I should have done and what I recommend you do is set up a new administrator account called apple and with the password apple that way you can provide a username and password without fear of revealing your data If you were truly paranoid you could make several backups and then erase the Mac s hard drive and reinstall OS X before sending it in but I think that s overkill unless you have truly confidential information on the drive With all that done I packed up the MacBook Air and sealed the box Transit to and from Apple The next step was to send the MacBook Air back to Apple via FedEx I opted to schedule a pickup since I m usually home and had no reason to drive to

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  • Put Save As Back on the File Menu
    01 14 Yes More of these I d missed this before TextMate has Save As but handy to have and I hadn t even known about the alternative with the Option key Apple shouldn t hide so many things behind Option keys or roll overs but that s another story Greg 2015 12 01 01 16 Can AutoSave be turned off Or is there a one step way to close without changing I see the Revert but by instinct I close assuming changes aren t saved which is true with some apps still fortunately TextMate works the old way asks if you want to save changes when closing The Mac is now stable enough that AutoSave is less necessary And some apps I think remember where you were after a crash at least I think some do I understand why things are the way they are because most people would assume their changes are saved but some of us old timers are still around Adam Engst 2015 12 01 09 39 Yes indeed In the General pane of System Preferences there s a checkbox for Ask to keep changes when closing documents If that s selected OS X will turn off Auto Save and ask you about saving unsaved changes whenever you close a document If that checkbox is deselected Auto Save will be in effect and any unsaved changes will be saved automatically for you so you won t be prompted Again this is a Modern Document Model feature so not all apps will follow this setting although those that don t will probably have their own autosave functionality built in Christopher R Rosien 2015 12 01 02 51 And THIS my friends is why I am a lifetime TidBits member THANK YOU Now where did that Paste Match Formatting hint run off to Christopher R Rosien 2015 12 01 03 07 Ah ha same process The menuItem is titled Paste and Match Style and then use cmd shift S However Word does not obey this so it has to be set under the Tools Menu Customize Keyboard The Category is Edit and the Command PasteDestinationFormatting Douglas Becker 2015 12 01 16 32 I was hoping this would perform the same result as PasteSpecial Unformatted Text but it doesn t At the moment I can only add a toolbar button for PasteSpecial which brings up the dialog box to click on Unformatted Text it s not even the default choice oddly Is there any way to reduce that to a single command that can be assigned to a button I can t seem to create a macro for it Adam Engst 2015 12 01 16 43 Sounds like another article about pasting without formatting is in order Ian Eiloart 2015 12 01 04 31 BBEdit isn t older It uses the old document model I presume because programmers need control over the timing of their saves especially if they re modifying files in live systems Adam Engst 2015 12 01 09 29 We could ask Rich but I suspect the fact is that BBEdit uses the old document model because that s how it worked for many years before Apple changed things and there was no advantage and potential problems with the Modern Document Model for many of BBEdit s uses It s also possible though I don t know that as a Carbon application as opposed to Cocoa like Word that the Modern Document Model stuff isn t available Gilbert ROTH 2015 12 01 05 32 Of course this kind of articles is of utmost interest Thanks to you Andreas Frick 2015 12 01 07 59 I always duplicate a file in finder first This seems to me to be the safest approach Mike P 2015 12 08 00 02 That s a good general principle but when you re doing a multi step process you may want to save each step as a different file Save As is much more convenient than duplicating each time Alex 2015 12 01 13 01 Thank you thank you thank you Phil 2015 12 01 13 05 Excellent Keep these tips coming Scott Hoenig 2015 12 01 13 47 Very helpful Last month I finally replaced my 8 year old iMac and went from Snow Leopard to El Capitan and restoring the Save As was near the top of my list of things to tweak about the system I think the last generation of pre Lion users will be making the jump with me soon so tips like this are helpful markf 2015 12 01 16 14 This is literally the most useful thing anyone has posted on the internet this week By a long shot CHEERS TIDBITS Marv 2015 12 01 17 14 Fantastic tip for a very old Mac user Might be enough to cause me to purchase the whole series of Take Control for the various OS X versions Regarding your One final comment When using TextEdit Option Save As on a document with changes the Keep changes in the original document dialog does not appear if you have created the shortcuts shown above To get it back I had to delete the shortcuts restart and it came back What is even more strange is that dialog was not there in Mavericks originally It is in Mountain Lion Yosemite and El Capitan Don t know if it is something you should do before creating the shortcuts or what the ramifications are if you do or do not Adam Engst 2015 12 01 17 26 Hmm that s very odd I don t have a Mavericks install handy to test on but it seems strange that Mavericks would be different from the rest Perhaps it was a bug wouldn t be the first time Player16 2015 12 07 11 44 Yes it s there jeff stearns 2015 12 09 16 24 Yes the option is there But it only appears when you select Save As on a document that s already saved To make the option appear create a new document Save it somewhere Now select Save As The option will appear Adam 1D 2015 12 01 23 20 Thanks for this Norman Wikner 2015 12 02 09 04 Another yes and more like this please A Motyka 2015 12 02 16 27 Thank you sir May I have another Melanie 2015 12 02 21 34 This is awesome I was wondering what happened to save as Jack Ziegler 2015 12 03 17 47 Great stuff tips like this are invaluable Steven Oz 2015 12 03 18 20 Excellent GeorgAnna Griffin 2015 12 05 00 43 Thank you Thank you And YES to more Player16 2015 12 07 11 56 Thanks for that In some programs like Safari Save As is there in all its glory under File what s that about Apple is known for being consistent but this breaks it Another thing going from Don t Save to Revert Changes and Don t Save to Delete from a new document is a bit of a shock too Adam Engst 2015 12 07 12 13 Safari is probably an exception to the Modern Document Model approach since it s not really a document based application at all You might want to save a Web page but the concept of duplicating a Web and then saving it is nonsensical Player16 2015 12 07 20 32 Yeah I guess Duplicating a web page to be saved would be even more confusing How s that sound Karen Kirtland 2015 12 07 19 36 Thank you thank you thank you That s all I m going to say Bob Leedom 2015 12 07 19 59 MULTIPLE thanks from me I ve been burned by my old Save As habits although usually rescued by Time Machine more than once Derek Davis 2015 12 07 20 29 You saved my mental buns with this one I upgraded directly from Snow Leopard to Yosemite more fool I and what first hit me was that Preview the most elegant and simple of all Mac programs that I use regularly had been totally screwed over Duplicate was the worst offender Doing the change in the system prefs fixed it Whew Now if it would only speed up and stop lazing around reading lengthy pdfs Openreels 2015 12 07 21 00 Great tip this has been bugging me for ages The switch from Save As to Duplicate or more importantly the advent of the always live document was yet another example of Apple trying to make operation seem intuitive and yet it ends up doing things you don t want What would make anyone think this is a good idea dan 2015 12 07 21 12 Yes this is very useful Perhaps a place to find a collection of these on Tidbits com Thanks John Wolff 2015 12 07 21 20 Very grateful to learn how to get back Save As Please keep on supplying us with this type of content It makes it so much easier to convince myself to renew my TidBITS subscription Joel Huberman 2015 12 07 21 47 Thanks Adam Very useful Your instructions worked flawlessly Jonathan Miller 2015 12 07 21 50 Very nice I was wondering though instead of typing three periods wouldn t it be better to do an ellipsis using Option and the colon semi colon key Or doesn t it matter Colleen Thompson 2015 12 08 08 14 An ellipsis won t work The stock menu items apparently use three periods You have to match the name exactly Walter S Szymanski Jr 2015 12 08 09 52 Thank you Colleen your advice worked for me running OS 10 11 2 Beta 15C48a Adam Engst 2015 12 08 11 50 I can t quite remember the history of this but at some point Apple wised up and made the Shortcuts setup accept both three periods or an ellipsis Option semicolon I opted for the simpler instructions but either approach works fine Michael Schenk 2015 12 07 21 57 Yes very helpful to folks who have been using Save As for decades And thanks for the hint on turning off autosave Now if only there were a way to bring back MacDraw Nothing else touches it for ease power and simplicity I even used it to create a scaleable font pre TrueType Dennis B Swaney 2015 12 07 22 12 Hmmm in Mac OS 10 8 5 if I select Save As in TextEdit I DON T get the Keep changes in the original document checkbox Adam Engst 2015 12 08 11 50 It appears only if there are unsaved changes in the document when you choose Save As Bruce 2015 12 07 22 29 Thanks for the hint I have missed Save As for years and somehow missed that hint in Taking Command of janesprando 2015 12 07 22 40 Great article How can I print it Adam Engst 2015 12 08 11 51 Look at the very top of the article in the metadata line There s a Print option there And hopefully it will work with the graphics I m trying to track down a bug with that right now Tuckerman Moss 2015 12 07 22 46 Thanks And yes more please Garry Royle 2015 12 07 22 58 Great article Adam And it solved a dilemma for me I ve been using Save As since 1992 and decided to switch to the Duplicate protocol a few months ago thinking it was part of the master plan to have multiple versions available to go back to when doing a manual save during the creation of a document which I could see the benefit of having and Apple s engineers are many times smarter than I AND so I could teach new users without having the complexity of pressing an OPTION key when doing a save BUT I didn t realise the consequences of the REVERT wording I was used to the old Save Changes when there was no revision backups being done automatically and wrongly mistook the REVERT meaning was actually the opposite of discard changes Do something wrong the first time and that can become the belief I found I had duplicated invoice numbers but with different clients and couldn t work out why when I was so careful not to mess things up Now I understand why Garry Royle 2015 12 07 23 03 janesprando If you use Safari use Reader View Shift Cmd R or choose from the View Menu and print from there or from within the Print Dialogue box choose Save As PDF and import PDF into Word or better still use Pages instead of Word Mike P 2015 12 08 00 04 Thank you I guess I missed this the first time around It may sound stupid but one of the things I have been dreading about getting a new Mac I really don t replace them often AT ALL was not having the Save As function available I do a lot of photo editing and need to save each major step cropping image size image resolution as I go along Duplicate and rename or whatever was just not appealing at all I can sleep easy tonight Adam Engst 2015 12 08 11 53 And now you can enjoy the thought of getting a new Mac I m particularly partial to the 27 inch iMac with Retina display B Jefferson Le Blanc 2015 12 09 04 53 I too often save multiple versions of image files Starting with Photoshop CS6 I believe it was Photoshop also has an auto save function which can be useful when the app crashes which it does less often these days on new hardware reducing the need for frequent saves that used to be an essential part of any workflow Older versions of Photoshop including CS4 and 5 still run just fine on new Macs though CS6 and the Creative Cloud versions are better optimized for the newest hardware But with this tip you can insure that whatever app you use will include Save As even if it s made to Apple s new standards Another advantage of Photoshop is that you can designate an alternate scratch disk so that it will not hog space on your boot drive for cache files An external USB 3 hard drive would work well for this purpose Of course if you get a new 27 iMac you will have a choice of internal drives a 2GB Fusion Drive will offer some of the performance advantages of an SSD and ample storage capacity for virtual memory and application cache files that will also aid performance without the expense of a large SSD If you do opt for an internal SSD however the ability with Photoshop to use an external drive as a scratch disk would be quite valuable Whichever new Mac you choose you will notice a significant improvement in performance across the board for image processing whatever program s you work with Monty VanderBilt 2015 12 08 01 01 Thanks This one article convinced me to become a paying member If feels like Apple has been torturing me with small cuts like this and large ones like dropping Aperture for years It s nice to find a way to fight back in a small way Victor Bloomfield 2015 12 08 01 28 This was useful and much appreciated More like this please Cheryle Zahm 2015 12 08 07 38 Thank you very much This has been a thorn for many quite a while s Walter S Szymanski Jr 2015 12 08 08 28 Doesn t work for me running an El Capitan beta version 10 11 2 Beta 15C48a Walter S Szymanski Jr 2015 12 08 10 59 Did you read follow Colleen Thompson s reply to Jonathan Miller s post above The ellipsis is sometimes automatically populated when typing three periods in a row To get around that I typed three periods with a space before and after the middle period and then went back and removed the spaces Entering the three periods that way did the trick for me Hope this helps Adam Engst 2015 12 08 11 55 The ellipsis should work it does for me But perhaps if it s being replaced automatically by something you re actually getting a slightly different Unicode character or some invisible character is sneaking in too B Jefferson Le Blanc 2015 12 09 05 10 Three periods will be replaced with ellipsis if you have those characters in the right Replace With column of the Text panel of the Keyboard preferences In order to prevent the replacement you will have to delete the item from the list It would be a cool feature if there were a way to override it on a case by case basis Unfortunately like many Apple features it was left half baked making it more of a nuisance than a service Mark Eilers 2015 12 08 09 22 Please more of this to help us function better Thanks keep it up Peter Holmes 2015 12 08 09 26 Thank you Has made document handling so much easier El Capitan 10 11 1 More like this please John Kimball 2015 12 08 09 54 It didn t work for me I just get an error beep when I try it I sure wish it had worked I am running OX 10 7 5 Adam Engst 2015 12 08 11 56 Yes unfortunately it won t work for you because the feature appeared in 10 8 Mountain Lion wweller 2015 12 08 10 02 Wow this was great I ve been complaining about the missing Save As problem recently with a fellow longtime Mac user I guess I like it because I fit your main reader profile so nicely 62 year old Mac user who gets TidBITS via email Thanks Jane 2015 12 08 11 24 Thank

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  • Apple’s New Magic Peripherals Offer Modest Change
    Surface tablet using regular Bluetooth pairing and this would presumably work with older Macs Those who love the Magic Mouse will have no difficulty using the new all but identical model Those who consider it an annoying rodent will dislike the new model just as much Magic Keyboard 99 Apple s updated keyboard unlike its new mouse can be distinguished from its precursor at a glance Keys are flatter with less throw much like the keys found on the 12 inch MacBook The function keys are now full size unlike the half size variations on the old Wireless Keyboard So are the left and right arrow keys on the Magic Keyboard s lower right corner the up and down arrow keys are still half size Perhaps most significantly the back edge of the keyboard doesn t rest atop a cylinder running the full length of the keyboard which was a necessary element on the old keyboard to accommodate the battery compartment The power button is now a toggle switch on the back instead of a round button at one end of the old cylinder The new keyboard is therefore somewhat less busy in appearance as a simple slightly angled metal platform with embedded keys a bit more flush with the top The overall look is attractive Whether the new keyboard is an improvement over the old one is open for debate They feel quite different much like a 12 inch MacBook keyboard feels different from that of a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro I happen to love the newer flatter keys As a result I found myself flying on the Magic Keyboard as I banged out this review Not surprisingly given how controversial Apple s old peripherals were the new keyboard doesn t look to be universally loved TidBITS managing editor Josh Centers noted I ve been using this keyboard and I ve grown to hate it The key spacing is all wrong so I make typos constantly and I keep pressing the arrow keys while I m typing The keyboard s aggressive minimalism is what stops me short I swear by Microsoft s Wireless Comfort Keyboard 5000 an oversized plastic and rubber peripheral with a Darth Vader vibe It builds in a generously sized wrist rest with a pleasantly textured feel along with a numeric keypad and a panel of page navigation buttons Its traditional key caps suit me I would be remiss if I didn t note problems I experienced with two keyboards Apple sent me to be used with an iMac with 4K Retina display the company provided for review I could not keep the input devices paired to the iMac but it was unclear if the Mac the keyboards or both were to blame I sent it all back and a replacement iMac with keyboard have performed flawlessly as of this writing As with the Magic Mouse 2 the Magic Keyboard pairs via physical tethering with an El Capitan based Mac but it can link with other gadgets such as an iPad in this case using regular Bluetooth pairing Unlike the Lightning port on the Magic Mouse 2 the one on the Magic Keyboard is positioned on the back edge in such a way that the peripheral can remain in use while charging Apple claims a battery life of about a month on one charge But the new keyboard doesn t strike me as a good mobile device unlike others that include protective covers along with three way dials or toggles for pairing with more than one computing device for an example see Logitech K760 A Wireless Keyboard with No Strings Attached 13 November 2015 Apple intends the Magic Keyboard as a desktop device and that s how you should use it that is unless someone comes up with a combo carrying case and stand similar to Incase s Origami Workstation a popular add on for the old Wireless Keyboard Regardless those mulling a switch from the Apple Wireless Keyboard to the Magic Keyboard should hold off until they have typed on a display model in an Apple store or one belonging to a friend Magic Trackpad 2 129 Of the new devices the Magic Trackpad 2 sports the biggest changes For starters the new model is sensibly rectangular in a landscape orientation like trackpads on notebooks and not a square like the old trackpad which afforded less horizontal room for fingers to maneuver Both the old and new trackpads have glass surfaces though the new one feels a bit more slippery in a pleasant way The surface beneath the new trackpad is white to match the other devices and it s a color I prefer over the old gray As with the old keyboard the old Magic Trackpad s back edge rested on a cylindrical battery compartment with a power button at one end The Magic Trackpad 2 like the Magic Keyboard is a simpler slightly tilted platform with toggle style power switch on the back The two line up reasonably well though not perfectly since the trackpad s upper surface is oddly a bit taller than that of the keyboard That annoys some people and seems like a major gaffe from Apple s vaunted industrial design teams Most significantly the Magic Trackpad 2 now incorporates Force Touch capabilities found on trackpads built into recent Apple notebooks These includes a click followed by a firm press for Quick Look Look Up force clicking text in a Web page or Mail message to see more information about it from sources like Dictionary and Wikipedia and variable speed media controls Force Touch never grew on me despite its many uses and I don t think Apple s new trackpad will change that Besides some have found that Force Touch activates at inopportune times such as when dragging a file which would make me inclined to turn it off entirely But the Magic Trackpad 2 has made me more amenable to capabilities I had scarcely noticed before These

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  • Mactracker 7.5
    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 Apps that Reveal the Apple TV s Potential 09 Nov 15 Apple Adds Retina Displays to More iMacs Updates Input Devices 13 Oct 15 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 16 Nov 2015 Print Mactracker 7 5 by Agen G N Schmitz Ian Page has released Mactracker 7 5 with detailed information about major Apple hardware releases from the past couple of months including iMac models the fourth generation Apple TV the iPad mini 4 and the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus It also covers the most recent updates to Apple operating systems including OS X 10 11 El Capitan and OS X Server 5 0 iOS 9 and watchOS 2 The popular encyclopedia of Apple products also adds power consumption information for Mac mini iMac

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  • Macs & Mac OS X
    11 1 El Capitan update Free various sizes by Agen G N Schmitz 22 Oct 2015 Apple Releases OS X 10 11 1 to Fix Microsoft Office 2016 Crashes Apple has updated OS X 10 11 El Capitan to 10 11 1 with new emoji characters and bug fixes for Mail and Microsoft Office 2016 by Josh Centers 21 Oct 2015 Listen 11 comments Apple Reportedly Addressing Staingate Although it hasn t announced this publicly MacRumors is saying that Apple has issued an internal notice about MacBook and MacBook Pro display issues that have been colloquially named Staingate If the anti glare coating on your Apple laptop s screen is peeling away Apple will reportedly repair it for free if it happened within 3 years of purchase or 1 year after 16 October 2015 whichever is longer If you ve already paid Apple for such repairs you may be eligible for a refund from AppleCare support 19 Oct 2015 The iMac Then and Now To commemorate the new line of iMacs Apple has posted a comparison of the latest iMac with 5K Retina display to the original 1998 model Apple says that the new iMac has 14 million more pixels 62 000 times faster graphics 1 000 times more RAM 750 times more storage and 366 times the processing power of the original But you can t get the new iMac in Bondi blue 15 Oct 2015 Apple Adds Retina Displays to More iMacs Updates Input Devices Retina is on the roll for iMacs as Apple adds a 21 5 inch iMac with 4K Retina display and drops the non Retina 27 inch iMac model The 27 inch iMac with 5K Retina display gets a better screen with a wider color gamut and lower prices Also new are the rechargeable Magic Keyboard Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 by Adam C Engst 13 Oct 2015 Listen 7 comments OS X 10 11 El Capitan TidBITS Answers Your Questions Have questions about OS X 10 11 El Capitan We ve got answers And if you come up with more questions ask them in the comments and we ll do our best to update the article with what you need to know by TidBITS Staff 01 Oct 2015 Listen 28 comments 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 can view the OCR text layer and more Try editing your PDFs today http smle us pdfpen 7 tb Apple Said to Drop One to One Training Program Apple s One to One training program is reportedly going away at the end of September though the company will honor year long memberships purchased alongside a new Mac until then Don t worry though since if you need that kind of help there are plenty of other places to get it by Adam C Engst 16 Sep 2015 Listen 5 comments

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  • iBooks Author 2.4.1
    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 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 iBooks Author 2 4 1 by Agen G N Schmitz Apple s iBooks Author has been updated to version 2 4 1 with just a single security patch According to this Apple Support document an XML external entity reference issue existed with iBook Author parsing that could lead to disclosure of user information if viewing a maliciously crafted iBooks Author file However this vulnerability has been patched with improved parsing Free from the Mac App Store 419 MB 10 10 Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article Take Control of iBooks Author Join ebook designer and instructional software developer Michael

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  • Google Gives Away Its Nik Collection Photo-editing Apps
    s no reason not to get the app suite while it s there for the taking and it might not be in the future if indeed Google has no further plans to upgrade this product But casual photo editing buffs beware the Nik Collection is not entry level stuff like Google Photos and Apple s Photos The Nik apps have daunting interfaces and steep learning curves For the average user the suite may be overkill Nor is the Nik Collection a single integrated product meaning that you have to open and close these tools sequentially if you are doing heavy surgery on an image This is true regardless of whether the tools are being used in a standalone capacity or as Lightroom and Photoshop plug ins And the suite s total lack of integration with Apple Photos may be a deal breaker for many Mac based picture enthusiasts But for those who like experimenting with a wide range of editing tools on their Macs the Nik Collection is now an amazing bargain READERS LIKE YOU Support TidBITS by becoming a member today Check out the perks at http tidbits com member benefits html Special thanks to Steve Hall Richard Wilson Sebastien thugnet and Ted Bongiovanni for their generous support Comments about Google Gives Away Its Nik Collection Photo editing Apps To leave a comment click Add a Comment and then enter the text your name and your email address which won t be displayed Your comment will appear after you follow a link in the one time confirmation message we send to verify that you re a real person Google s Nik Collection a suite of seven photo editing apps for the Mac once appealed primarily to advanced users willing to pay 150 Now the suite is free potentially broadening its appeal but its lack of compatibility with Apple s Photos app could turn off many Mac users Receive comments via RSS Add a comment gastropod 2016 03 31 18 37 Sad to see great software bought and killed off by neglect Once Google bought it I stopped upgrading But some many of the NIK developers moved to started MacPhun which is even better than Nik though not free or very cheap The individual components are available on the App Store but they have limited features compared to the full Creative Kit e g no raw IIRC Some have been updated to act as extensions in Photos The two parts I like best are Noiseless and Tonality the others are less appealing for my uses or maybe I just haven t used them enough yet to become attached Reply Seth Anderson 2016 04 04 17 30 I m sad about this I use the Color Efex Pro part of NIK daily and some of the other tools frequently I paid before Google purchased NIK so I guess I got my money s worth but still I am disappointed in Google s decision Reply gastropod 2016 04 04 21 41 Google

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