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    Join me at 7:00 p.m, tonight (1:00 a.m. Monday GMT) for the Mac-Forums Video Chat. Look for the forum roundup, a few MacOS tips, and an IOS tip or two. The exact tips are still up for grabs.

    The Automator workflow I described last week to resize screenshots has been put on hold while I work out a bug or two. As penance I may squeeze in a quick Automator tutorial. It feels like a good time to describe a few iTunes-related workflows I use from time to time.

    If you want to see an Automator workflow that can resize photos /screenshots check the links below.
    Show Notes

    Removing things from the Apple watch Dock This a basic primer on the watchOS 3 Dock. It includes how to do a number of things including removing items from the dock. Thanks to member lcliv for that link.

    This Terminal command will identify when MacOS was last installed on your Mac. Christian Ziberg at iDownloadBlog shows us the lat time a completely clean install of the Mac OS was done. It’s the lat time a full installation was completed not the load time one of the point updates was installed.

    Christian Ziberg at iDownloadBlog comes through again with a description of some MacOs techniques for managing application windows.

    If you’re looking for a good overview of how some browsers compare with Chrome check out this article from Infoworld. Thanks to member Randy B. Singer for the link that put me on the trail of this article.

    During the show I dud a brief Automator tutorial that describes how to launch iTunes and make it play a specific playlist without any additional input from you. The tutorial is a bit rough since it was live but I think you will get the idea. If you need some additional tips and some good examples of what Automator can do check out this Macworld article. Slide number two in the set of examples describes a workflow that resizes photos..

    Saving the workflow in the example as an application allows it to run without Automator being open. Adjust the settings before saving it as an application. Once it is save as an application simply drag pictures/photos/screenshots on the application. If this example workflow were saved as a folder action instead it would run every time a photo was dropped into or saved to a target folder.

    Additional examples of iTunes activities which can be controlled / modified by Automator Thanks lifehacker.com

    If you have been following this Mac-Forums thread and want to view your iPhone / iPad screen on your Mac give the tip I describe in the video a try. I’m using the QuickTime Player X included with Sierra but the tip should work with other versions of QuickTime Player X. If you are using a version of OS X that does not include this version of QuickTime Player X it may or may not be possible with QuickTime 6 0r 7 but you would need the Pro version. I can’t test that at the moment.

    Thanks to forum Moderator
    chscag (a.k.a Chicago according to autocorrect) for pointing out an issue with this tip. When you view your IOS screen on you Mac by this method some of what you see is inaccurate. My iPhone screen was shown at 100% charged during the show. I disconnected/reconnected my phone after the show and the actual iPhone screen showed just over 90% charge even though the phone had b been connected during the entire show.
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    Hey Sly:

    Pretty good thread about being able to display your iPhone or iPad screen to your Mac. You might mention that the free way is to use QuickTime in Movie record mode and that a paid app ($14.99) called Reflector 2 does the same thing but even better.

    BTW, I did some experimenting with QuickTime and my iPhone 7+ and can verify it does work but with some quirks... It puts the phone into a suspended mode where the phone shows a 100% signal and battery even though that may not be so. I haven't tested Reflector 2 but may do that later on by downloading their trial app.

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    I saw that thread. I did a demo of this a while back but didn't mention Reflector. It's probably worth mentioning again. I almost suggested the OP try that method but he would need one of the older versions of QT Pro and I'm not even sure those versions of QT Pro had that feature.

    Edit: Thanks for pointing out that flaw in what shows on screen using this method. I did not notice that when I initially demoed this tip a few weeks /months.
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    No show this week folks. Ton of stuff to get done today. See you next week. I'll kick of a series of shows that include discussions of some useful but not often not well understood features of OS X. Data detectors, smart folders, etc. You'll find a different feature or two each week.
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    Join me for the March 19, 2017 video chat at 7:00 p.m. US Central Time (Midnight GMT). As usual we'll have the forum roundup, including a few cybersecurity tips, a MacOS tip or two, and perhaps an IOS tip.

    This week I kick off the series on features in MacOS that are probably not well understood/underutilized. We'll kick it off with the comments on data detectors I had scheduled for last week's show.

    Show Notes

    Forum Roundup

    Welcome to our newest member, campbrd

    If you’re looking for some good security tips give this a quick read. The thread is based on this USA Today article. Tech savvy users will find these tips pretty basic, and probably already in use by them. Other users will find the tips helpful tough you’ll have to look elsewhere for the specific steps.

    Member macgig asked how to delete personal information from a Mac without wiping the entire drive. This thread contains the link to a video that describes how to delete a user account. It’s for an older OS but the process is still the same. If you are going to pass your Mac on to someone take a look at these Apple recommendations as well.

    Forum member Dave52 is looking for a way to look up passwords stored on a Mac. You can do that through the Keychain Access utility found in Applications/Utilities. If you’ve never used that utility give this Macworld article a quick read.

    Stephen Lawson, writing for IDG, points out that “Nearly two-thirds of consumers are worried about home IoT devices listening in on their conversations, according to a Gartner survey released Monday.” See here. The survey, conducted by Garter in the later part of 2016, included almost 100, 000 respondents from the US, UK, and Australia. The Holy Grail for proponents of this technology is to have household technology, appliances, and systems interconnected to do things such as turn on thermostats on an as need basis or turn off the dishwasher when the TV is active.

    IOS 10.3 update - Backup your data first This article point out the pitfalls of updating the operating system of your IOS device without a backup. If the backup fails along the way data could be lost. This has always been true to some extent or another but this article addresses issues created by a change in the way IOS drives are formatted.

    iTunes Audiobook issues Kirk The iTunes Guy addresses some questions about organizing audiobooks in iTunes.

    Josh Centers, writing for TidBITS, has been writing bout MacOS hidden treasures and has included some thoughts on using the Dock. If you’re new to the Mac this is a good read. It includes quite a bit of good information about using the Dock.

    Data detectors are one of my picks for an underused OS feature. They allow information you receive in one program to be acted upon by another program. If, for example, you receive an email containing a date clicking the link opens Calendar all set to create a date on the date shown in the email. Receiving an address opens the Maps program with an option to add the information to one of your contacts. Kirk the iTunes Guy reports that data detectors can now parse messages for titles etc. though I have had difficulty getting this to work.
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    Join me tonight at 7:00 p.m. Central time for the weekly Mac-Forums Video chat. We'll have a forum roundup (including dealing with WMF files), a bit of Mac / Apple related news and a few MacOS and IOS tips.

    In our underused features of OS X segment we'll look at smart searches smart folders, and smart mailboxes. Look for some bonus content later in the week. I'll show you a couple of Automator workflows that use built in OS x features / programs. One launches Safari at a set date and plays a stream.

    Show Notes

    Apple released an iTunes 12.6 update discussed in this forum thread. Shortly afterward, a second update was released with the same version number. It’s possible that the second release was designed to address these quirks among others.

    Forum member Din Josha was having some issues dealing with .WMF files (Windows metafile). These files must be converted before they can be used in MacOS. Kudos to the member for posting back and letting us know a few software titles that handle this conversion nicely. I’ve been using GraphicConverter, one of the programs mentioned, off and on since probably the initial release of OS X. Its top notch for converting all kinds of files but its also got some decent editing capabilities as well.

    Deleting all instances of a picture from the Photos program.

    Does Apple have a combination laptop / iPhone on the horizon. An Apple patent filing hints at a hybrid device combining an iPhone brain snd s laptop body with the iPhone being removable. If they build this thing I want to try it. It’s an interesting idea with lots of potential problems to overcome but it should be interesting to try for a while.

    Here’s a simple overview of the new file system introduced in IOS 10.3. Most of the changes won’t be noticed by most users. The change is of interest because the same file system is expected to appear in a future version of MacOS perhaps as early as the end of this year. This is the file system that has apparently been in development for some time and would replace the aging HFS+. HFS+ has been around for almost 20 years no and is starting to show its age.

    Macworkd UK has a wealth of iPhone tips here. I didn’t walk through all of them on the show. I do have a disagreement /clarification about one of their tips. The tip suggests that it is better to leave apps open in the background rather than close them when not in use. My own thought is that if the app is not something you use several times a day go ahead and close it. If you use the app a lot during the day leave it open in the background. I’d also close apps that “phone home” frequently for data updates. If you are in areas during the day where your phone has to search for a good signal this “phone home"

    Using Smart Mailboxes As part of our continuing look at underused MacOS features we look at smart search features including smart folders and smart mailboxes.




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