Mac|Life - How-Tos http://www.maclife.com/articles/6/feed en Ask: How to Archive Mail http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask_how_archive_mail <!--paging_filter--><p>If you've got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question, we've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we'll show you how to archive old email so you can keep your inblox clean and organized.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>In Apple Mail, I've created iCloud mailboxes to organize emails by topic. Once a topic is completed, and no longer actively needed, is there a way to archive all of these communications and emails for future reference and then have the freedom to delete the originals forever?</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>Once you have all of your important messages corralled into a mailbox (smart or otherwise), then it’s very easy in the OS X Mail application to export the enclosed messages.</p><p>1. Select the mailbox in the sidebar of OS X Mail.</p><p>2. Right-click on the selected mailbox.</p><p>3. Choose “Export Mailbox.”&nbsp;</p><p>4. Choose a location to export the mailbox in the destination chooser.</p><p>5. Click Choose.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/ask_mail1.png" width="339" height="342" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>Exporting your mailboxes is as easy as right-clicking on the mailbox.</strong></span></p><p>Once you’ve done this, all of the messages, attachments, and directory structure will be exported to your chosen location. The export will happen to an industry-standard .mbox format that almost all modern email clients can read. The entire exported directory can be copied over to an external drive, disk, or Dropbox folder, and the originals in Mail can be removed.</p><p>When you decide that you want to import your messages back into Mail in order to read them again, perform these steps:&nbsp;</p><p>1. Launch Mail.</p><p>2. Select File &gt; Import Mailboxes.</p><p>3. Choose “Files in mbox format” from the import window.</p><p>4. Choose the .mbox files that you exported previously.</p><p>That’s it! After doing this, the imported mailboxes will be displayed in the sidebar under the “On My Mac” section, as the email messages physically reside on your computer instead of in your email account.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/ask_mail2.png" width="620" height="467" /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">When importing your mailboxes into Mail (or any email client), you’ll need to specify the “mbox” format.</span></strong></p><p>Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.</p><p>Got a tech question? Email <a href="mailto:ask@maclife.com" target="_blank">ask@maclife.com</a>.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask_how_archive_mail#comments archiving Ask Email Export inbox Mail OS X tip Mac How-Tos Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:40:20 +0000 Cory Bohon 20871 at http://www.maclife.com 75 iOS 8 Tips and Tricks http://www.maclife.com/article/features/50-ios-8-tips-and-tricks <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/features/50-ios-8-tips-and-tricks#comments Gallery guide iOS 8 Tips tricks Features iPad iPhone iPod How-Tos Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:36:08 +0000 Michael Simon 20642 at http://www.maclife.com Starter Guide to GIMP - Free Mac Image Editor http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/starter-guide-gimp-free-mac-image-editor <!--paging_filter--><p>If you ever take photographs, there’s a good chance you’ll have hundreds of pictures on your Mac that need editing and tweaking at some point (if you don't already). But if iPhoto and Preview don't seem to be up to the daunting job, and you can't splurge on Photoshop, give the free GNU Image Manipulation Program (or GIMP, for short) a try.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtogimp-main.png" width="620" height="367" /></p><p>This free image-editing software has many of the high-end features you would expect to find in pro-level apps such as Photoshop. These include tools and elements such as paths, lassos, alpha channels, and layers. However, unlike the Adobe apps, which can be ridiculously expensive, GIMP is totally free to download from gimp.org. Plus, because it’s an open-source program, GIMP is constantly being updated with new features and plug-ins developed by enthusiasts to help it keep pace with its high-end competitors — all free of charge!</p><p>The working environment in GIMP will be familiar to anyone who has used an image editor. There’s a collection of tools on the left-hand side, and palettes (known as “dialogs” in GIMP) on the right, featuring layers, gradients, and your document history. You can find out more in our annotated image at the top of the page opposite.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Getting Started</h3><p>When starting up GIMP for the first time, you’re given the option to choose one of two screen modes: multi-window or single window.&nbsp;</p><p>Multi-window is the default and enables the dialogs to be moved around at will – ideal for users with more than one screen. Single window mode creates a rigid interface, with dialogs in fixed positions, which is similar to iPhoto or Photoshop Elements — perfect for beginners.&nbsp;</p><p>On the surface, GIMP may seem similar to other image-editing software, but there are some significant differences, so whether this is your first time with GIMP or if you just want a quick guide to some of the features, we’re going to run through some common techniques and how to achieve them. But first, here's a rundown on the key components of GIMP:</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtogimp-annotated.png" width="620" height="375" /></p><p><strong>A. The Tool palette</strong></p><p>The Tool palette on the left features all the most commonly used image-editing tools. It has familiar icons, and tools such as Lasso, Magic Wand and Brushes. Extra tools can be added to this palette, or hidden by pressing the &nbsp;key.</p><p><strong>B. Tool Options</strong></p><p>The Tool options palette shows you the specific settings of your selected tool that can be altered. It’s a great way to add some fine control to what you’re doing without having to constantly dig your way through menus all the time.</p><p><strong>C. Dialog Boxes</strong></p><p>On the right-hand side, you have commonly used dialogs such as layers, paths and History, which allows you to undo edits you don’t like. You can add other dialogs, such as a histogram or a color picker, using the Tools menu.</p><p><strong>D. Multiple Dialogs</strong></p><p>To make the best use of space, multiple dialogs sit on top of each other, with tabs to denote which are available. You can toggle between them using these icons, and add new ones by dragging loose dialogs into this space.</p><p><strong>E. Single Window Mode</strong></p><p>GIMP works in one of two screen modes: single window &nbsp;or multi-window. Here, in single window mode, the dialogs are locked together into one window. In multi-window mode, they are loose and can be placed in many positions.</p><p><strong>F. Multiple Images</strong></p><p>You can have multiple images open at once in GIMP, and you can easily swap from one image to the next via this strip of thumbnails along the top of the image. This visual approach is much more intuitive than tabs.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Keyboard Shortcuts</h3><p>Some of GIMP’s shortcuts don’t follow the Apple/Adobe standards you may be used to. For example, Command + Z is still Undo, but Command + Y is Redo. To zoom, press Shift + = [equals] to zoom in; press - [minus] by itself to zoom out. Keep an eye on your tools for other different shortcuts.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Cropping Your Images</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtogimp-cropping.png" width="620" height="392" /></p><p>Select the Crop tool from the Tools palette (it looks like a scalpel), and create your chosen crop by dragging and selecting. If you don’t get it right first time, you can tweak the selection area using the highlighted square areas at its corners.&nbsp;</p><p>To keep the aspect ratio constant (the relationship between the height and the width of the image), hold Shift when making your selection, or select the Retain Aspect Ratio checkbox in the Tool Options palette on the left-hand side. Here, you can also amend other variables, such as the output size of the image you are creating, as well as the resolution.&nbsp;</p><p>To straighten an image, just select the Rotate Layer tool from the Tool palette, which brings up a grid to help you line up your picture perfectly — or you can enter rotation values as numbers to get your horizon perfect.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Color Balancing</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtogimp-colorbalancing.png" width="620" height="375" /></p><p>GIMP has a number of powerful color-editing tools, which can be found in the Colors menu. The most basic option is Brightness and Contrast, which enables you to make quick and easy tweaks to the lightness and darkness of your image. But if that’s still too basic, try Hue and Saturation. This allows you to edit the colors in your image with more accuracy, as well as adjusting the brightness of some or all of the colors to remove color casts or fix similar issues. You can also do this using Color Balance, which lets you adjust colors in the highlights, shadows or mid-tones, respectively.&nbsp;</p><p>These three are still relatively basic, but if you’re feeling more adventurous you can try Levels and Curves. These will be familiar if you have any experience using higher-end image-editing programs, such as Photoshop. They let you adjust the tonal range of the image through the image’s histogram (a visual representation of the colors within your image). You can manipulate points on the curve or the points underneath the Levels histogram to get the perfect image.</p><p>If you’re not comfortable making these kinds of manual changes, there are “Auto” options for all these tools, which perform fixes to your images at the click of a button.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Making Selections</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtogimp-selectimage.png" width="620" height="427" /></p><p>If you’re looking to apply a color change to a specific part of the image rather than the whole thing, you'll want to select only part of the image, and GIMP has a fantastic collection of selection tools available. In addition to the standard rectangular and elliptical Marquee tools, there’s also a freehand Lasso tool, which enables you to select parts of your images by drawing around them with your cursor.&nbsp;</p><p>With any selection tool, once you’ve made your selection, a dotted line appears on the screen (known colloquially as “marching ants”), and you can then apply adjustments to just these parts of the image.&nbsp;</p><p>If you’re wanting some more sophisticated options, you can use the Intelligent Scissors tool, which allows you to select areas of your image using a smart lasso. Simply draw points around the subject you want to tweak and GIMP attempts to detect its edges, filling in any gaps. If it doesn’t appear to have found the edge correctly, you can add more points or move existing points around until they are just right. Once drawn, simply click in the middle of the selection and the “marching ants” appear, turning it into a selection.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Working with Layers</h3><p>As image editing gets more complex, it’s worth it to start working with layers – something that iPhoto doesn’t offer. Layers enable you to stack up parts of an image on top of each other and move them around without affecting the area beneath – it’s as if your image is a stack of papers and you can move the sheets independently. To work with layers in a non-destructive manner, use Layer Masks, as described here.</p><p><strong>1. Adding a Layer Mask</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtogimp-layermask1.png" width="620" height="374" /></p><p>Layer Masks let you cut out part of an image without damaging it. This creates an editable mask (represented by a black and white thumbnail in the layers palette) of the area you want to cut, using an “alpha channel”. This is then editable at any time and doesn’t damage the layer or the one below. To apply a mask, you must first have a layer to apply it to (the background doesn’t count), so duplicate the background layer using the contextual menu in the layers palette. (Right-click the layer's icon to access the contextual menu.) Select your new duplicate layer, click the contextual menu again, and choose Layers &gt; Add a Layer Mask.</p><p><strong>2. Creating and Editing Your Mask</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtogimp-layermask2.png" width="620" height="374" /></p><p>Once you have created a Layer Mask, you can choose which kind you want. Create one that completely hides your layer (full opacity), or completely shows it (full transparency). You can also choose to make a Layer Mask based on a selection or from an existing alpha channel, which saves you having to make a new selection. We’re going to choose full opacity. If you look in the layer palette next to your highlighted layer, you see a white square appear. This is your Layer Mask. Before doing any further, hide the original layer for editing by clicking on the eye icon next to its layer.</p><p><strong>3. Creating a Transparent Background</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtogimp-layermask3.png" width="620" height="375" /></p><p>You edit the Layer Mask by painting in areas of black or white to denote the area you wish to keep. Your foreground and background colors default to black and white. For this example, we’re going to select our flower using the Intelligent Scissors tool, and once we have created a marquee of marching ants, we’ll invert the selection using Select &gt; Invert. With the background selected, we’ll fill it with black using the Fill tool (the paint bucket in the Tools palette) in order to reveal just the flower. If you look at the thumbnail of the mask, you can see which areas are selected.</p><p><strong>4. Fine-tuning the Mask</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtogimp-layermask4.png" width="620" height="352" /></p><p>The mask likely still needs fine-tuning; you can edit the mask with as much finesse as you require. Use any of the brushes to paint in your mask. When editing, make sure you have the mask selected in the Layers dialog and not the image, or else you’ll just be painting black and white marks onto your image instead of your mask. The flower has now been cut out from the background without damaging the background or the new layer. We can now edit the background (turning it grayscale, or blurring it, for example) without affecting the top layer.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Resizing and Saving</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtogimp-resizesaveexport.png" width="620" height="648" /></p><p>To resize images for web use or to make low-res thumbnails, go to Image &gt; Scale Image. Here you can see the image’s dimensions and edit them accordingly. By default, images are measured in pixels (px), but this can be changed using the drop-down menu if you prefer. Here, you can alter the size of the image in order to reduce it for posting online. Just remember to make sure the image is set at 72dpi, which is the standard for digital images on the web.</p><p>For print images, go to Image &gt; Print Size and you can adjust your image for printing. If you alter the width and size, remember to retain the pixel dimensions, to ensure you get the highest image quality you can.</p><p>Once you’re done, you can save your image in a variety of different formats. GIMP supports all major image file formats, including JPEG, PNG, and TIFF, as well as its own native format, XCF. Be aware, though: to produce (for example) a JPEG version of your image, you have to use the Export command rather than Save As.</p><p>For online images, choose the widely used JPEG and apply compression to reduce the file size even further — but be careful with applying it too heavily. For files with individual layers you wish to retain, save them as TIFFs.</p><p>Need more image-editing options? Take a look at our <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/20_great_imageediting_apps_mac_and_ios" target="_self">20 Great Image-Editing Apps guide</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/starter-guide-gimp-free-mac-image-editor#comments Adobe Gimp GNU guide Image Editor Photography Photoshop Tips tricks Mac How-Tos Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:42:07 +0000 Alex Thomas 20857 at http://www.maclife.com Easy Mac Hacks: Using Mail Drop to Send Large Email Attachments http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/easy_mac_hacks_using_mail_drop_send_large_email_attachments <!--paging_filter--><p><em><img src="/files/u12635/easy_mac_hacks_icon_flat_19.png" width="200" height="200" class="graphic-right" />Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X utilities such as Terminal, Apple’s command line application. These easy hacks can make life better and simpler, and don’t require any knowledge of coding — all you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!<br /></em><br />Have you ever tried to send a large attachment to someone in Mail.app, only to have the message rejected and returned due to the recipient's mailbox being full or because the mail server couldn't handle the large attachment? It's a real issue in the modern age, but Apple has a way around this in OS X Yosemite, and in this article, we'll show you how to use Mail Drop.</p><p><img src="/files/u12635/maildrop_1.png" width="399" height="292" /><br />You can enable Mail Drop on any of your accounts, regardless of if they are iCloud-based accounts or not. In Mail.app in Yosemite, perform the following steps:</p><ol><li>Open Mail &gt; Preferences....</li><li>Select Accounts &gt; [Your Account] &gt; Advanced.</li><li>Check the option for "Send large attachments with Mail Drop."</li></ol><p>With this option checked, if a large attachment exceeds the maximum size allowed by your provider's email account, Mail Drop will upload the attachment to your iCloud account, encrypted and stored for 30 days.</p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/maildrop_2.png"><img src="/files/u12635/maildrop_2.png" width="620" height="609" class="thickbox" /></a></p><p>Adding an attachment with Mail Drop is no different than adding a normal attachment:</p><ol><li>Open Mail.</li><li>Select File &gt; New Message.</li><li>Drag and drop your attachment into the email as usual.</li></ol><p>When you elect to send the message, you may be prompted to use Mail Drop if the attachment is large enough to exceed the maximum file-transfer abilities of your email provider, or if you didn't enable Mail Drop using the method above, then you'll be prompted to send the message attachments through Mail Drop. You can elect to not do this as well.<br /><br />If a recipient uses Mail in OS X Yosemite, the attachments are automatically downloaded and included in just like any other attachment. For other recipients, they will receive a download link that shows that attachments and their expiration date.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/easy_mac_hacks_using_mail_drop_send_large_email_attachments#comments attachments Columns Easy Mac Hacks Email How to Mac Mail Drop OS X yosemite Mac How-Tos Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:21:18 +0000 Cory Bohon 20814 at http://www.maclife.com Ask: Fixing Bad Screen Resolution http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask_fixing_bad_screen_resolution <!--paging_filter--><p>If you've got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question, we've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we'll let you know how to restore your Mac monitor when the resolution gets thrown out of whack.</p><h3>Question</h3><p><strong>Suddenly (possibly due to a small child) everything on my Mac is too big for the screen. I have to drag the mouse to the right-hand side of the screen to see the clock, etc. I’ve tried zooming out, and that doesn’t help. All of the text seems distorted. Can you help?</strong></p><h3>Answer</h3><p>The wrong resolution could be set on your Mac for a few different reasons. The main reason is that the actual resolution of your Mac has changed. To check this, navigate to Apple menu &gt; System Preferences &gt; Displays, and check to make sure that the “Resolution” option is set to “Best for display.”&nbsp;</p><p>Usually when the screen contents doesn’t fit to the display, and moving your mouse from side to side only scrolls the screen, then an accessibility setting has been changed. To check this, navigate to Apple menu &gt; System Preferences &gt; Accessibility &gt; Zoom. Once here, ensure that the options for “Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom” is left unchecked, and also make sure that “Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom” is left unchecked. Disabling these options will disable the Mac’s built-in accessibility scrolling.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/ask_zoom.png" width="620" height="416" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>When certain accessibility settings are enabled, the screen will be zoomed in so that you can more easily see certain items up close. Disable these to prevent accidental zooming.</strong></span></p><p>After disabling these features, your display should fix itself and you should no longer have this issue persist on your Mac, since we’ve disabled the options that could accidentally enable this feature in the future.</p><p>Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.</p><p>Got a tech question? Email <a href="mailto:ask@maclife.com" target="_blank">ask@maclife.com.</a></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask_fixing_bad_screen_resolution#comments accessibility Ask Columns monitor screen resolution Tips tricks Zoom Mac How-Tos Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:58:32 +0000 Cory Bohon 20839 at http://www.maclife.com How to Create a Quiz on Your Mac http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_create_quiz_your_mac <!--paging_filter--><p>Improving your Numbers skillset can take some effort, but with this tutorial we can have a little fun at the same time. We’re going to design an interactive quiz you can use just for kicks or for educational purposes, then share it with friends and family — and it'll let you brush up on some spreadsheet techniques as well.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoquiz_main_0.png" width="620" height="389" /></p><p>Our basic quiz lets you ask a series of questions — some with accompanying sounds, photos or even movie clips — so you can invite players to select the correct answer from a drop-down menu. If they answer correctly they score a point, and a final tally (along with a rating) is kept at the bottom. All that leaves you with is the job of populating the Welcome sheet with your quiz’s title, plus some introductory text.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>1. Get Started</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoquiz_1_0.png" width="620" height="230" /></p><p>Create a blank workbook in Numbers. Click "+" next to Sheet 1 to create a second sheet. Rename Sheet 1 to “Welcome” and Sheet 2 to “Questions” by right clicking on the sheet names. Save, then switch to Questions. Resize the table to five columns, then resize each column as shown, with A as the widest.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. Set up Headers</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoquiz_2_0.png" width="620" height="389" /></p><p>Click Format in the upper-right corner to show the Format Inspector, then set the row headers to 0. Next, type “Question” into cell A1, “Select your answer here” into B1, “Correct?” into C1 and “Score” into D1. Type “Answer” into E1. Select the header row and style it using the Format Inspector’s Text tab.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. Add Choices</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoquiz_3_0.png" width="620" height="389" /></p><p>Type a question into A2, then select B2. On the Cell tab on the Format Inspector, change Data Format to Pop-Up Menu. Enter possible answers by double-clicking an item to rename it, or tap + for a new one. Click the Start With First Item menu and change to Start with Blank.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>4. Answers and Formulas</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoquiz_4_0.png" width="620" height="389" /></p><p>Type the correct answer into cell E2, making sure it matches the answer in the pop-up menu in B2. Select cell C2, enter the formula “=IF(B2=E2, “Yes”, “No”)” and click the green check button. Type “=IF(C2=”Yes”, 1, 0)” into D2 and click the check mark.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>5. Test the Formulas</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoquiz_5_0.png" width="620" height="389" /></p><p>To make sure the formulas are correct, select B2, click the drop-down menu and choose an incorrect answer. You should see “No” and “0” appear in cells C2 and D2. Select the correct answer — the cells should update to “Yes” and “1.” Once verified, set the menu back to blank.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>6. Add More Questions</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoquiz_6.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p>Repeat the steps for the second question. When you come to fill in C3, select C2 and press Command + C to copy. Next, select C3 and press Command + V to paste in the formula, which is automatically updated to apply to the current question. Repeat the process for D3 using D2. Use the same steps for additional questions.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>7. Use Multimedia</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoquiz_7_0.png" width="620" height="389" /></p><p>You can insert sound, movies, and photos into your quiz by using the Media button or by dragging files from a Finder window into Numbers. Take care with photos — if you drag them onto a cell they embed as a background. Resize the row to accommodate the media object.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>8. Set up Scoring</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoquiz_8_0.png" width="620" height="389" /></p><p>After setting up all the questions and answers, at the bottom, type “SCORE” into the next available cell in column C. Type “=SUM” into the adjacent cell in column D and select cells in column D from D2 down to the final question for the total score. Select a cell in column E and, from the top menu bar, choose Table &gt; Hide Column.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>9. Final Result</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoquiz_9_0.png" width="620" height="389" /></p><p>Add a rating for the player based on their score. Type the formula into the cell beneath the score, adapting for the number of questions and the cell the score is in. For example, if the final score tally is in D12, enter: “=IF(D12&lt;4, “Poor”, IF(D12&lt;7, “Okay”, IF(D12&lt;10, “Very good”, “Perfect!”)))”</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_create_quiz_your_mac#comments Numbers quiz Tips tricks Tutorial Mac How-Tos Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:35:41 +0000 Nick Peers 20822 at http://www.maclife.com Easy Mac Hacks: What's New in Terminal in Yosemite http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/easy_mac_hacks_whats_new_terminal_yosemite <!--paging_filter--><p><em><img src="/files/u12635/easy_mac_hacks_icon_flat_20.png" width="200" height="200" class="graphic-right" />Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X utilities such as Terminal, Apple’s command line application. These easy hacks can make life better and simpler, and don’t require any knowledge of coding — all you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!<br /></em><br />We've covered a lot of Terminal tips and tricks on this site over the years, and the basis behind all of those tips was the use of the Terminal in OS X. In Yosemite, the Terminal sports a slightly different user interface, and a new icon, but that's not all that's new with one of our favorite power-user tools on the Mac. There's a few other changes under the hood that will leave power users everywhere wondering how they lived without thm. Let's delve in and see what's new.</p><h3>Scroll through manual pages</h3><p>The "man" command in Terminal makes it easy to look up the documentation for commands on your Mac. When looking at the manual pages, it's usually a pain to scroll through the document (if you needed to look at something near the bottom, for instance), because you'd need to press the space bar to go page-by-page through the docs.</p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/terminal_1_2.png"><img src="/files/u12635/terminal_1_2.png" width="620" height="435" class="thickbox" /></a></p><p>In Yosemite, however, you can easily scroll through the manual pages just by using the scrolling feature of your mouse or trackpad, just as if you were scrolling through a web page.<br /><br />Give it a try:</p><ol><li>Open Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities).</li><li>Type in "man man" to open the manual page for the manual command.</li><li>Using the scroll feature of your mouse or trackpad to begin scrolling in the window.</li></ol><p>You'll notice that when you reach the top or bottom of the document, you'll hear an audible beep to let you know you're at the top or end of the document. (Remember, you can quit the manual by pressing q.)</p><h3>Inline search for items in Terminal</h3><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/terminal_2_1.png"><img src="/files/u12635/terminal_2_1.png" width="620" height="462" class="thickbox" /></a></p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/terminal_2_1.png"></a>Searching through on-screen items in Terminal has always been a bit of a pain, but Apple has aimed to make it easier with the latest version of the Terminal application in OS X Yosemite.</p><p>Now with the new version of the Terminal app, search can be your friend:</p><ol><li>In any Terminal window, press Command + F.</li><li>In the Find search field, type in your query.</li><li>Press the Return key.</li></ol><p>After pressing the Return key, any matched words will be highlighted in Yellow just like in Safari, Pages, or other applications where inline search can be found. When you're done with search, simply click the "Done" button.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/easy_mac_hacks_whats_new_terminal_yosemite#comments Columns Easy Mac Hacks How to Mac OS X Terminal Terminal 101 yosemite Mac How-Tos Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:28:42 +0000 Cory Bohon 20815 at http://www.maclife.com Ask: How to Save & Export Voicemail http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask_how_save_export_voicemail <!--paging_filter--><p>If you've got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question, we've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we let you know how to save and export voicemail from your iPhone (or your phone's iTunes backup on your Mac) as a usable sound file.</p><h3>Question</h3><p><strong>I have voicemails on my iPhone that I want to save and copy to my Mac laptop. Is that possible? Is there a way to share or forward voicemail from an iPhone?</strong></p><h3>Answer</h3><p>Voicemails, whether on your Mac as an iOS backup from your iPhone, or on the actual phone itself, can be saved and exported using an application called iExplorer. This application costs $34.99 USD (a free trial is available), and you can get it from the <a href="http://macroplant.com/iexplorer" target="_blank">Macroplant website</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/ask_voicemail.png" width="620" height="271" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>You can use a program called iExplorer to save and export voicemail.</strong></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Once you’ve downloaded and installed iExplorer, follow these steps to get your voicemails from either an iOS backup or from the actual device itself:&nbsp;</p><p>1. Open the iExplorer application.</p><p>2. Connect your iPhone to the Mac .</p><p>3. Click on the Device Overview screen once it appears.&nbsp;</p><p>4. Navigate to [your phone] &gt; Voicemail (or navigate to Backups &gt; Voicemail if you want to browse voicemails included in the backups on your Mac instead).</p><p>5. Select a voicemail and click the play button to listen to it.&nbsp;</p><p>6. Click Export Selected Voicemails, or Export All to export the voicemails from the device or the backup to your Mac for safekeeping.&nbsp;</p><p>iExplorer exports all voicemail data in the .amr &nbsp;format. This export process is 100% lossless, so you can listen to the voicemail files using QuickTime, iTunes, and other popular audio players. NOTE: If your Backups data is loading blank, make sure that you have iTunes set to back up to your computer on the Summary tab for your device and that the Encrypt box is unchecked.&nbsp;</p><p>Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.</p><p>Got a tech question? Email <a href="mailto:ask@maclife.com" target="_blank">ask@maclife.com</a>.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask_how_save_export_voicemail#comments Ask Export iExplorer phone Tips voicemail iPhone Mac How-Tos Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:15:57 +0000 Cory Bohon 20802 at http://www.maclife.com 50 OS X Yosemite Tips & Tricks http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/50-os-x-yosemite-tips-tricks <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/50-os-x-yosemite-tips-tricks#comments Gallery OS X OS X 10.10 Tips tricks yosemite Mac How-Tos Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:35:59 +0000 Michael Simon 20788 at http://www.maclife.com How to Reposition a Photo’s Subject http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_reposition_photo%E2%80%99s_subject <!--paging_filter--><p>When photographing some subjects, such as wildlife, it can be a challenge to position the elements in the most aesthetically pleasing parts of the frame. In our example image shown here, the house and cow are to the left of the frame, with lots of empty space at the right. This produces an unbalanced composition. On the actual shoot, we could have waited for the cow to wander into the right of the frame, or we could have tried repositioning the camera to put more space between the cow and the house, which would have been the ideal situation.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoreposition_main.png" width="620" height="429" /></p><p>With Photoshop Elements, there are effective post-production solutions to creating a more balanced composition and countering this sort of problem — including Photoshop Elements 12’s new, intelligent Content-Aware Move tool (which is also available to users of Adobe Photoshop CC).&nbsp;</p><p>To start with, we’ll use tools that are available on older versions of Elements: we’ll use the Clone Stamp tool to quickly sample the pixels of your subject and paint it in a new position. To hide the original subject, we’ll use the Clone Stamp tool again, sampling adjacent areas of image to hide it.</p><p>Getting this type of copying and cloning right can be quite time-consuming, so for quicker recomposing, you can use the Content-Aware Move tool. It lets you select a subject (such as our cow), move it to a new position and remove it from its original location. We’ll also use this tool to extend elements in our image, so let’s get to it.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>1. Clone the Subject</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoreposition_01.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p>Before we use the Content-Aware Move tool, let’s look at the other way to reposition a subject; in some cases, this may be enough to get the job done. Use the Clone Stamp tool and set size to 400 in the options. Hold Option and click your subject to sample it. Move the cursor to the right and paint in the clone.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>2. Hide the Original</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoreposition_02.png" width="620" height="386" /></p><p>This cloning technique leaves you with two subjects. To hide the original, hold Option and click a clear patch of the image you want to replace it with (in our case, grass). You may need to resample a few times for large subjects. When done, choose Edit &gt; Revert.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>3. Set up the Tool</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoreposition_03.png" width="620" height="400" /></p><p>Now we'll move the subject using the typically more useful Content-Aware Move tool. Zoom in for a close look. Select the Content-Aware Move tool, and in the Tool Options, click the New icon. Set Mode to Move. The Healing slider creates a tight or loose blend between the moved subject and its new surroundings — try it in the middle at first.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>4. Create a New Layer</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoreposition_04.png" width="620" height="442" /></p><p>Go to Layer &gt; New &gt; Layer, and click OK. A transparent layer is created; editing on this layer lets us tidy up our move more easily and effectively. Check the Sample All Layers box in the Tool Options, so the tool transfers pixels from the Background layer too.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>5. Move the Subject</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoreposition_05.png" width="620" height="425" /></p><p>Click and drag to draw around your subject, including some of the area around it. Drag the selection marquee to move the subject to the right — don’t worry if it overlaps the original. When you let go, the tool moves the subject, blends it and removes the original.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>6. Tidy Up</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoreposition_06.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p>The copied subject appears on the transparent layer in the Layers panel. Press Command + D to deselect the marquee. If any copied areas don’t quite work, remove them with the Eraser tool. If any traces remain in the original location, use the Spot Healing Brush.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>7. Extend a Selection</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoreposition_07.png" width="620" height="387" /></p><p>While we're at it, let's use Content-Aware Move for another neat trick: extending a selection. Click the tool’s icon and check the Extend button in the Tool Options. Here, we’ve selected the boundary between the sea and the sky. Click inside the marquee and drag the horizon upwards.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>8. Heal the Join</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/howtoreposition_08.png" /></p><p>Deselect the marquee — you can see the join between your original line and the extension. To make them seamless, use the Spot Healing Brush. Check the Proximity Match button in the Tool Options. Click a few times over any obvious joins to blend them together.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_reposition_photo%E2%80%99s_subject#comments Adobe Photography Photoshop Elements reposition Tutorial Mac How-Tos Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:26:41 +0000 George Cairns 20781 at http://www.maclife.com