Mac|Life - How-Tos en Ask: How to Stop Automatic iTunes Downloads on Your iPhone <!--paging_filter--><p>Have an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we'll let you know how to prevent your iPhone from automatically downloading recently purchased music when you connect it to your Mac.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>I have a problem where when I connect my iPhone to my MacBook Pro, the phone has all of my recent iTunes purchases loaded onto it. These songs are not a part of the cloud as far as I can tell: I have all of those options disabled. I can delete them from my device, but as soon as a plug the phone back in, they re-appear.&nbsp;</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>It sounds like your iPhone is set to automatically sync music from iTunes when connected to your Mac. Fortunately, this is a very easy fix that will only take a few minutes.&nbsp;</p><p>To begin, plug your iPhone in, then open iTunes. Inside of iTunes, select your device from the Devices area from below the "Now Playing" area. Once the device is selected, click on the Summary section under Settings, and uncheck "Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected." This will prevent any automatic syncing between your iPhone and your Mac.</p><p>To really be on the safe side, click on the Music settings from the sidebar for your device. In this area, you will see a Checkbox to enable or disable Music syncing. Ensure this option is unchecked, then click the "Apply" button, then click "Sync" to transfer the new settings to your iPhone.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/04/ask_automaticsyncing.png" width="620" height="292" /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">Be sure to uncheck "Sync Music" under the music settings for your iPhone.</span></strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.</p><p>Got an Apple tech question? Email <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Ask Columns iTunes Music syncing Tips tricks iPhone How-Tos Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:52:27 +0000 Cory Bohon 21552 at Make Your Mac Go Faster: Top 10 Tips <!--paging_filter--><p>Whether your Mac is new or old, you could probably always do with a little extra speed. Though there are lots of things you can do to improve the performance of your Mac, here are the top 10 tips that will have the biggest impact when it comes to making your Mac run faster.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/04/gofaster_620.png" width="620" height="295" /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">Keep your Mac's performance up by regularly shutting down apps you're not using.</span></strong></p><h3><strong>1. More RAM</strong>&nbsp;</h3><p>The more RAM you have, the better. One reason that Macs can run slowly is because apps and processes consume lots of RAM, leaving little for the others. But RAM is expensive, and adding it after you’ve bought a Mac is becoming difficult. The next best option? Minimise how much you use. Don’t keep lots of apps running if you’re not using them, and close Safari tabs. Use Activity Monitor to identify apps that are hogging your RAM and then quit them.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>2. Hard Drive Space</strong>&nbsp;</h3><p>The more storage space you have on your boot drive, the better. OS X uses it as a cache when it needs more room than is available in RAM. At the very least, keep 10% of your storage available for use. Open a Finder window and select “Show status bar” from the View menu to see how much is available. Archive documents you don’t need to access regularly, and consider using an external drive for your iTunes Library. Empty your Downloads folder. Use an app such &nbsp;as Gemini to identify and delete duplicate files.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>3. Reduce Desktop Clutter</strong></h3><p>Those files on your Desktop slow down your Mac, too. OS X draws a new window (complete with Preview) for every file on the Desktop, hogging system resources. If you have dozens of &nbsp;documents scattered around, they will incur a performance hit. File them, Trash them, or put them in a new folder called “Desktop Clutter” or the like.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>4. Spotlight and Time Machine</strong></h3><p>Spotlight and Time Machine are both terrific features, but they can cause performance issues, particularly if you backup to a network drive or allow Spotlight to index an external volume. To stop Spotlight indexing an external disk, go to System Preferences &gt; Spotlight &gt; Privacy tab. Drag the volume into the window or press “+” and select it. If Time Machine slows you down, you can pause a back-up. Consider using a local external drive for backup.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>5. Shut Off/Delete Unused Apps</strong></h3><p>Apps running in the background use resources and most apps now launch very quickly, so there’s no reason to keep them open when you’re not using them. Quit them, either by right-clicking their icon in the Dock and choosing Quit, or hit Command + Tab to pull up the app switcher, tab to the app and then hit Command + Q. Unused apps tie up disk space, so get rid of them. Use a tool such as AppZapper to go nuclear on them.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>6. Restart Your Mac Regularly</strong></h3><p>Many of us (especially those who use a MacBook Pro/Air) only restart our Macs when we have a problem. It’s so much easier just to close the lid and let it sleep. But restarting your Mac clears out its cache and re-initializes hardware, so rebooting regularly can have performance benefits. Also, modern Macs — especially those with SSD drives — boot almost as quickly as they wake from sleep. If your Mac is running slowly, restart and see if that helps.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>7. Turn Off Visual Effects</strong></h3><p>If you have an older Mac, animations — such as the way the Dock slides up and down and app icons balloons — can affect performance, so consider switching them off. Go to System Preferences &gt; Dock, or choose Dock from the Apple menu if you’re not on Yosemite. Uncheck the boxes marked “Magnification,” “Animate opening applications” and “Automatically hide and show the Dock.” Click the “Minimize windows” menu and choose “Scale effect.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>8. Empty Safari Tabs/Clear Cache</strong></h3><p>Safari’s tabs can be very RAM-intensive. The more you have open, the bigger the performance hit. Close the ones you’re not using — bookmark them if you think you’ll need them again. Next, open Preferences from the Safari menu — we’ll clear its caches, for a full performance boost. In pre-Yosemite versions of OS X, click Reset Safari in the Safari menu, then choose Remove all Website Data &gt; Reset. In Yosemite, choose “Clear History and Website Data” from the Safari menu and pick an option from the drop-down menu. These do clear your history, though!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>9. Reduce Login Items and Restart</strong></h3><p>Login items are those apps and processes that automatically start when you restart or log in to your account. They’re often related to software you no longer need or use. Go to System Preferences &gt; Users &amp; Groups &gt; Login Items. Click the padlock at the bottom-right of the screen, then enter your password. Click the first login item you don’t need and click the “-” at the bottom of the window. Repeat for every login item you don’t want. Now restart.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>10. Keep Software up to Date</strong></h3><p>Out-of-date software can cause performance problems. In open apps, click the application menu and select “Check for Updates”. Download and install them if there are any. Now, go to the App Store pane in System Preferences and check “Automatically check for updates,” “Download newly available apps in the background” and “Install app updates.”&nbsp;</p> faster OS X speed yosemite Features Mac How-Tos Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:05:52 +0000 Kenny Hemphill 21541 at Easy Mac Hacks: Customizing Your Time Machine Backup <!--paging_filter--><p><em><img src="/files/u12635/easy_mac_hacks_icon_flat_47.png" width="200" height="200" class="graphic-right" />Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!</em><br /><br />Sometimes you may have files and folders that you don't want Time Machine to backup due to space constraints on your external backup drives. Perhaps it's junk or temporary files, or perhaps you just don't care about certain files being backed up through Time Machine. Either way, Time Machine can happily comply in this situation and allow you to exclude certain files from backups. Continue reading and we'll show you how this works, and we'll also give you an easy-to-use command that will display the excluded files.<br /></p><h3>Excluding Folders</h3><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/tm_1.png"><img src="/files/u12635/tm_1.png" width="620" height="429" class="thickbox" /></a></p><p>To begin excluding certain files or folders from backup, follow these steps:</p><ul><li>Open System Preferences &gt; Time Machine &gt; Options.</li><li>Excluded Items will be displayed in the list.</li><li>Select the + (add) button to begin adding a new excluded directory.</li><li>Once the location has been selected, Click "Exclude." The directory will be added to the excluded list.</li><li>Click Save to accept the new changes.</li></ul><p>Once you've done this, Time Machine will no longer back up these excluded directories when a Time Machine backup is scheduled.</p><h3>Viewing Excluded Folders</h3><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/tm_2.png"><img src="/files/u12635/tm_2.png" width="620" height="435" class="thickbox" /></a></p><p>OS X also automatically adds certain files and folders to the excluded list alongside your excluded items. If you wish to view the entire Time Machine exclusions listing, then you can open the Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities), and use the following command (all on one line):</p><pre>cat /System/Library/CoreServices/backupd.bundle/Contents <br />/Resources/StdExclusions.plist</pre><p>This will display the plist file containing the OS X and User excluded directories when performing Time Machine backups. Don't edit this list by hand unless you know what you are doing and how plist files are structured. Damaging this file may effect Time Machine backups.</p> Columns Easy Mac Hack Excluded files folders How to Mac Terminal time machine viewing Mac How-Tos Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:38:51 +0000 Cory Bohon 21535 at Ask: How to Disable Continuity Call Forwarding from an iPhone <!--paging_filter--><p>Have an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. The ability to answer iPhone calls from your other Apple devices can be pretty convenient, but it can also be intrusive at times. In this edition of Ask, we'll show you how to disable the call-forwarding Continuity feature that was introduced in iOS 8.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>Like a lot of Apple users, I own multiple Apple devices — an iPhone, an iPad, an iMac — and I tend to have them all on the same wi-fi network. But I don’t like having phone calls sent to my iPad or iMac, especially when I’m trying to work! How do I disable that aspect of Continuity, so my iPhone doesn’t push the calls to my other devices?&nbsp;</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>The recently introduced Continuity features, which allow you to smoothly transition between all your Apple devices running iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite, can be very useful, but sometimes it can give you more than you've bargained for. Fortunately, this one is easy to fix if you know where to look. To deactivate the forwarding of calls to your other devices, navigate to Settings &gt; Facetime on your iPhone. From there, turn off iPhone Cellular Calls and your phone will no longer push calls to other Apple devices.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/04/ask_iphonecontforwarding.png" width="620" height="546" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>To prevent the forwarding of calls, you just need to turn off the iPhone Cellular Calls option.</strong></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Got an Apple tech question? Email <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Ask call forwarding Columns Continuity Tips tricks iPhone How-Tos Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:48:51 +0000 Chris Hoffman 21528 at 22 Super-Useful System Tips for Mac OS X Yosemite <!--paging_filter--> Gallery default app iCloud Keychain mirroring notifications parental controls PDF Preview record video remote access rename files Safari spotlight Tips tricks Wi-Fi Features Mac How-Tos Wed, 15 Apr 2015 22:04:08 +0000 Kenny Hemphill 21522 at How to Make a Mac OS X Recovery Disk <!--paging_filter--><p>OS X 10.7 Lion did away with recovery disks, and these days, Apple provides a built-in recovery system within Yosemite. Start your Mac and hold Command + R to go into recovery mode, from which you can start Disk Utilities, restore from a Time Machine backup, or perform a clean install. This recovery system is stored on a hidden partition on your Mac’s hard drive — but what if something happens to your hard drive? Well, if your Mac can’t find the recovery partition but it’s connected to the Internet via either Wi-Fi or a network cable, it’ll start the OS X Internet Recovery Feature. However, if your Mac is not online, or if you’ve upgraded an older Mac to Yosemite, that method won’t work. The simplest solution is to put an external USB drive or SD card into service using the OS X Recovery Disk Assistant. To create a recovery disk, you need a USB flash drive or an external hard drive that has at least 1GB free space. You’ll also need access to a Mac running Yosemite that includes an existing Recovery HD partition.</p><p>The steps below show how to download the Recovery Disk Assistant and create a recovery disk. Should you need to use it, you can then boot from this disk before restoring from a backup or reinstalling OS X.</p> Gallery Mac OS X Recovery recovery disk yosemite Mac How-Tos Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:22:39 +0000 Joe Cassels 21519 at Easy Mac Hacks: Get Zoom Control Back in OS X Yosemite <!--paging_filter--><p><em><img src="/files/u12635/easy_mac_hacks_icon_flat_46.png" width="200" height="200" class="graphic-right" />Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!<br /></em><br />With Mac OS X Yosemite, Apple removed a feature that has been around in OS X forever: the zoom control that was part of the window options next to the close and minimize buttons. This little green button has now been relegated to making apps go full screen in Yosemite. If, however, you wish to get the old functionality back, then continue reading this article to find out exactly how.<br /><br />The way the zoom feature used to work in OS X is that, by clicking the green button, the window would expand in either the horizontal or vertical direction until the majority of the content is displayed without showing too much wasted space. This was the standard until Yosemite hit.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="" width="308" height="310" class="thickbox" /></p><p><br />There's an easy way to get that functionality back, however. Simply mouse over the green button in the upper-left corner of a window of an OS X app and press the Option key. You will see the full-screen icon turn into a + icon that will "zoom" the window when clicked. After clicking the button, you can release the Option key on your keyboard.<br /><br />While this won't permanently change the functionality of the full-screen button, it's a way that you can still get to the seemingly missing zoom functionality.</p> Easy Mac Hacks full screen How to Mac yosemite Zoom Mac How-Tos Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:16:41 +0000 Cory Bohon 21515 at Ask: How to Fix a Jailbroken iPad or iPhone <!--paging_filter--><p>Have an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer — even when it has to do with a jailbroken iPad. For some, jailbreaking an iOS device might sound like a beneficial idea, but it isn't necessarily all it's cracked up to be. If you've jailbroken your iPhone and want to restore regular functionality, we'll show you how it's done.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>I have a jailbroken iPad running iOS 6.1; however, as of late I haven't been able to get updates or update my apps due to the jailbreak. I've heard that removing a jailbreak can be difficult. Is there an easy way to "un-jailbreak" my iPad so that it only has official software on it?&nbsp;</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>You are in luck, because removing a Jailbreak requires no trickery — just follow these steps and you'll be enjoying your iPad (or iPhone) as it was meant to be:&nbsp;</p><p>1. Connect your device to your Mac.</p><p>2. Open iTunes.</p><p>3. Select your device from the iTunes Devices list.</p><p>4. Select the Summary sidebar item for your iOS jailbroken device.</p><p>5. Click the "Restore" button.</p><p>6. When prompted if you want to backup, choose the Back Up option.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/04/ask_fixjailbroken.png" width="620" height="331" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>Fortunately, it's pretty easy to fix a jailbroken device directly from iTunes on your Mac.</strong></span></p><p>iTunes will then connect up to Apple's servers and download the latest version of iOS that will be able to run on your device, and will then perform a factory software restore. This means that you will lose all data on your device, but when complete, your device will no longer contain the jailbroken version of iOS.</p><p>After the Restore is complete, if you created a backup, then you will be able to restore your Apps and Settings from the old backup during the setup process. This will not bring back any jailbroken apps, however.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.</em></p><p>Got an Apple tech question? Email <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Ask jailbreak Tips tricks iPad iPhone iPod How-Tos Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:26:08 +0000 Cory Bohon 21503 at How to Use the New Photos App for Mac <!--paging_filter--><p>For the better part of a decade, iPhoto was arguably the cornerstone of Apple’s successful suite of consumer creative iLife products. Many of us got in the habit of shooting our daily and family adventures, then manually syncing them to our Macs when we have a free moment.</p><p>But times change. We now live in an age of ubiquitous cameras, always-available cloud photo libraries, and one-touch editing. With the meteoric success of iOS, Apple has elected to retire both iPhoto and “iPhoto Pro” (a.k.a., Aperture). It’s no secret that iPhoto was getting bulky and slow, and the pro-centric Aperture has been eclipsed by its largest competitor, Adobe Lightroom. Both products have already been “sunset” and will receive no updates going forward.</p><p>A successor now rises in their place that is both familiar and different — an all-new Mac edition of the Photos for iOS app, which over 700 million people (and counting) are quite familiar with.</p><p>Over the following pages, we'll explain how the new Photos works and give you helpful tips. (If you'd like to jump directly to a section, just click one of these direct links: <a href=",1" target="_self">Organizing Your Photos</a>, <a href=",2" target="_self">Basic Photo Editing</a>, <a href=",3" target="_self">Advanced Editing Tools</a>.) But first, take a look below and meet the new Photos for Mac!</p><h4>Quick Look: The Main Photos Area</h4><p><img src="/files/u324771/photos_annotated.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p>This should feel pretty familiar, whether you have previously used iPhoto or just about any similar app or service. It’s all your photos (and videos), displayed in a simple grid. If you’re using a Trackpad, you can pinch in and out to quickly resize the grid and see larger photos with more detail or more photos all at once.</p><p><strong>A. Sidebar:</strong> Here is where you can slice and dice your library. In fairly standard Apple practice, new Albums, Smart Albums, and Folders you create are listed here. This also displays any Shared Photo Stream albums you have created or joined.</p><p><strong>B. Smart Sidebar:</strong> Photos for Mac does quite a bit of library organization for you, automatically sorting some items into sections like Faces (Mac-only for now), Favorites, Panoramas, Videos, Slow-Mo, and more. Unlike albums you create, you cannot remove any of these sections.</p><p><strong>C. Toolbar:</strong> An app’s toolbar is often your anchor, your home base for figuring out where you are and what you can do next. For iPhoto and Aperture users, the Photos for Mac toolbar is dramatically simplified. Only a couple options are visible while browsing photos and albums, and options to share and edit a photo appear only once you select or double-click, respectively.</p><p><strong>D. Editing:</strong> Click the Edit button at the right of the toolbar to craft a photo into your own image. A suite of tools, which iOS users should recognize, appears to the right of your photo as the app switches into an editing interface. This is where the magic happens.</p><p><strong>E. Search:</strong> What good are ever-expanding photo libraries without a way to search through them? Here you can zero in on just about anything, including metadata like locations and dates that is automatically captured when you shoot with an iPhone, as well as album names, Faces, and other information you add.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Next page: Organizing Your Photos</em></p><hr /><h3><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">Organizing Your Photos</span></h3><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_1_main.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p>By default, and just like iOS, Photos for Mac punctuates your photos and videos using basic metadata of time and location (when available). Combine this with the new built-in sidebar categories, and many people will be happy with this level of automated organization.</p><p>For the more adventurous, you can create albums to organize media for just about any purpose or topic you want. If <em>that</em> isn’t enough, you can also use Smart Albums, a longtime staple of iPhoto, Aperture, and OS X itself, to automatically filter your library by criteria such as date, text in titles you add, and even the camera used.</p><p>Of course, the fabric tying all Apple products together is iCloud, and it is a first-class citizen here with a custom feature name: iCloud Photo Library. If you enable this, your entire library will automatically sync between all devices as long as they’re on Wi-Fi. Yes, even edits you make to photos will sync, as will your ability to revert a photo to its original form.</p><p>If I have a complaint with the organizational features of Photos, it’s that not all of them sync with iOS. You can create Smart Albums and organize Faces on Mac, but as of this writing, Apple’s latest iOS doesn’t see them. Our ever-expanding photo libraries sync to all devices now, but the smart tools we need sift through them do not. Also, out-of-the-box, Photos is woefully short on filters. I hope Apple allows third-party apps to add filter tools on Mac like they can on iOS.</p><h4>Step-By-Step: Get Organized</h4><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_1_step_1_import.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p><strong>1. Import Your Photos:&nbsp;</strong>Of course, you need to get your photos into Photos for Mac to do anything with them. If, like most people, you shoot everything with your iPhone, be sure to enable iCloud Photo library on all your devices for effortless sync. To manually import from a traditional camera, simply plug it in via USB to trigger the Photos for Mac import tool.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_1_step_2_new_album.png" /></p><p><strong>2. Create an Album:&nbsp;</strong>Use File &gt; New Album to create a blank album in your sidebar, give it a name, and start dragging photos into it. Alternatively, if you hold Command or Shift to select multiple photos, then click File &gt; New Album, all selected items will be automatically organized into that new album.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_1_step_3_smart_album.png" /></p><p><strong>3. Get Smart:&nbsp;</strong>If you really want to start organizing, use File &gt; New Smart Album to create a live, dynamic filter of your library. For example, you could combine criteria like “date” and “Face” to find all photos of yourself from that <em>one time in your life</em> and delete them to leave no evidence… or simply reminisce.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_1_step_4_new_shared_album.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p><strong>4. New Shared Album:&nbsp;</strong>A great feature of Apple’s new photo ecosystem is the option to share and even collaborate on an album with friends and family. Use File &gt; Share &gt; iCloud Photo Sharing to share media with people you invite (Apple devices required). You can even let others upload, making these handy for collaboration.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_1_step_5_info_keywords.png" /></p><p><strong>5. Manage Info and Keywords:&nbsp;</strong>You can add titles, descriptions, and keywords to photos to make them easier to organize and search for later. For example, if you take a boat ride on one of your regular family trips, a “boat ride” keyword will make it easier to find that trip later.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_1_step_6_hide.png" /></p><p><strong>6. Hide Photos:&nbsp;</strong>If you save images like Internet memes or screenshots on your iPhone, but don’t want them cluttering your actual photography, Photos for Mac (and iOS) can hide them (Image &gt; Hide Photo). If you put them in albums first, the photo will display in that album, but not in All Photos.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Next Page: Basic Photo Editing</em></p><hr /><h3>Basic Photo Editing</h3><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_2_main.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p>Photos for Mac provides a nice, succinct set of editing tools to help most typical users polish their memories. iOS users should feel right at home with the handful of options — Enhance, Rotate, Crop, Filters, Adjust, Retouch, and Red-eye — but iPhoto and Aperture users shouldn’t have any trouble picking them up.</p><p>Like iPhoto, Aperture, and Photos for iOS, edits are non-destructive (you can undo them tomorrow or a year from now), and they even sync across devices if you use iCloud Photo Library. Crop a photo in Photos for Mac and add a filter for that extra style, and later you can revert back to the original from your iPhone or iPad. Yep, we live in the future.</p><p>As I mentioned earlier, the Edit button won’t appear in the upper-right until it’s needed (the idea is that users don’t need to see certain tools until they are in the right mode or it is necessary). But once you’re editing, the entire interface shifts to accommodate. The sidebar automatically hides, the light, Yosemite-standard background turns to black, and the edit tools appear on the right; it’s pretty difficult to miss that you have left “organization mode” and are now in a different task.</p><p>Let’s give some basic edits a try with a photo from, a great photography project that regularly publishes beautiful photos which are free to use for anything you want.</p><h4>Step-By-Step: Edit Your Photos</h4><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_2_step_1_edit_button.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p><strong>1. Time to Edit:</strong> To enter edit mode, find a photo in your library or download one from ( and drag it in (remember, all edits are non-destructive, so feel free to play around now and backtrack later). Double-click the photo to view it individually, then click Edit at the right of the toolbar.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_2_step_2_enhance.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p><strong>2. One-Click Fix:</strong> If your photo needs a quick boost, use the first tool, Enhance. It has no options or customization, but will assess your photo for things like white balance and color balance, then automatically tune it for sharing or posterity.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_2_step_3_rotate.png" /></p><p><strong>3. Right-Side Up:</strong> Sometimes a photo falls on its side, or your iPhone’s rotation lock might have caused it to appear upside down. Use the Rotate tool to make it right. Bonus sub-tip: hold the Option key to switch the rotation direction.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_2_step_4_crop.png" /></p><p><strong>4. Crop for Focus:&nbsp;</strong>Editing tools should appear on the right. Let’s focus on a good part of the photo by clicking the Crop tool. Now click and drag the handles that appeared around your photo to move the most prominent person or object to the center, or perhaps near the lower left or right corner.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_2_step_5_filter.png" /></p><p><strong>5. Add Some Style:</strong> Move back over to the toolset on the right and click Filters. Apple includes a handful, so you could try “Process” to add a dreamy state, or “Noir” for some mystery. When you’re happy, click Done in the upper right to keep your new masterpiece.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_2_step_6_revert.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p><strong>6. Throw It All Away:&nbsp;</strong>But what if you <em>didn’t</em> just create a masterpiece, and maybe even ruined a priceless family memory? No problem! Double-click the photo again to view it individually, then click the Edit button. See “Revert to Original” right next to Done? There’s your ticket back to square one.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Next Page: Advanced Editing Tools</em></p><hr /><h3>Advanced Editing Tools</h3><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_3_main.png" /></p><p>Despite its focus on the everyday customer with Photos for Mac, Apple packed in a number of advanced photo-editing tools that are easy to access if you want them, yet effortlessly avoidable if they just aren’t for you. They surely aren’t an end-all replacement for serious Aperture users or professionals, but they may be just what you need when it’s time to move beyond a crop and a filter.</p><p>In true Apple fashion, diving into the advanced editing tools feels deceptively simple. These tools live alongside the others we just tinkered with, at times adding an advanced feature to a core tool (like fine-grained rotate/leveling in Crop), and sometimes being collected in their own section like Adjust.</p><p>As you might expect, these tools can all stack or combine their effects as you work (and yes, everything is still non-destructive if you have to start over, whether you decide right now or a year down the road). For example, if a photo’s colors are all over the map, you can first crop it, then use a White Balance adjustment on the cropped area to better center its palette, <em>then</em> use a filter to add style, again on just the cropped portion.</p><p>Let’s roll up our sleeves and dig a little deeper.</p><h4>Step-By-Step: Advanced Editing</h4><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_3_step_1_rotate.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p><strong>1. Rotate to a Degree:</strong> You may have noticed that a degree meter appeared with the Crop tool, just to the right of your photo. Click and drag this to level your photo with fine control; this is great if you were off-balance when shooting or if you want to add some tension to a shot.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_3_step_2_retouch.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p><strong>2. Retouch:</strong> Arguably one of the most “magical” tools, Retouch is a surprisingly accurate way to make many unwanted elements disappear. This is great for restoring aged, cracked family photos to glory or even, in this example, removing the boat and its passengers from view.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_3_step_3_crop_aspect.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p><strong>3. Crop to a Standard:</strong> If you are often cropping photos for a specific use or format — say, 5 x 7 inches for print or 16:9 for featured blog post images — look to the bottom of the Crop tool. Click the Aspect button for a bunch of size presets, or define your own dimensions.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_3_step_4_split_view.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p><strong>4. Split View:</strong> If you’re on an editing roll, use View &gt; Show Split View to show a left sidebar of all photos in the currently selected album. This gives you a bird’s-eye view of the other photos you can edit, and it’s just one click to switch while staying in edit mode.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_3_step_5_adjust.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p><strong>5. Adjust:</strong> This is where you can take complete, manual control over enhancing your photos. Sliders offer fine-grained control over everything from color saturation to highlights and shallows, complete with clever thumbnail previews before you start sliding.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_3_step_6_paste_adjustment.png" /></p><p><strong>6. Paste Adjustments:</strong> When editing a similar group of photos and you get adjustments on one just the way you like, you can copy and paste it to all the others. Simply use Image &gt; Copy Adjustments on the current photo, then Image &gt; Paste Adjustments on the rest.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_3_step_7_adjust_adjustments_0.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p><strong>7. Adjust Your Adjustments:</strong> You can add a broad array of tools to the default set. Click the Add button at the top of the Adjustments column — everything from a histogram, to noise reduction (for grainy photos), and even a Photoshop-ish levels panel can give you great control over your photos.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/section_3_step_8_levels.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p><strong>8. Levels:</strong> Long hailed as one of the most useful photo-editing tools, a Levels tool is like going under the hood of the Light and Color adjustments. Levels allows you to adjust color and tone by hand, and to fix “flat” images by setting new black and white points.</p> advanced Edit Mac OS X Photos Photos for Mac Mac How-Tos Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:04:48 +0000 David Chartier 21497 at Easy Mac Hacks: Get Faster Wi-Fi by Scanning for Available Networks in Yosemite <!--paging_filter--><p><em><img src="/files/u12635/easy_mac_hacks_icon_flat_45.png" width="200" height="200" class="graphic-right" />Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!</em><br /><br />Sometimes you may want to use your Mac as a Wi-Fi scanner so that you can detect which routers in your vicinity might interfere with your own router. If there are many routers on the same channels as yours, then you may start noticing network slowdowns. You may think you need to head to the Mac App Store to get an app that will handle this task, but in fact this feature is built right into OS X. It's a bit hidden, but we'll unearth this feature and show you how it works.</p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/scanner_1.png"><img src="/files/u12635/scanner_1.png" width="620" height="226" class="thickbox" /></a></p><p><br />To begin, you'll need to have the Wi-Fi icon shown in the menu bar of OS X. If it's not there, then navigate to System Preferences &gt; Network &gt; Wi-Fi, and check the option for "Show Wi-Fi status in menu bar."<br /><br />To see the Wi-Fi scanner, hold down the Option key and click on the Wi-Fi status icon in the menu bar then select "Open Wireless Diagnostics..."</p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/scanner_2.png"><img src="/files/u12635/scanner_2.png" width="620" height="270" class="thickbox" /></a><br /><br />When the Wireless Diagnostics app appears on the screen, select Window &gt; Scan, or press Command + 4. This will open the Wi-Fi scanner where you can see a listing of Wi-Fi networks nearby including listing their network name, security type, protocol, signal strength, noise levels, channel, band, and width. The currently connected Wi-Fi network will be shown in bold.<br /><br />On the left-hand sidebar, you'll see a summary of the networks available, including how many 2.4GHz networks are available, how many 5GHz networks are available, and how many there are total; however, you'll probably be more interested in the "Best 2.4Ghz" and "Best 5Ghz" items. The scanner analyzes the networks in the area and can automatically figure out what the best channels are for 2.4 and 5GHz networks. This is where those recommended channels are listed.<br /><br />Armed with the knowledge contained in the Wi-Fi scanner utility in OS X Yosemite, you can better configure the channel setting on your router to provide the best network speed and least collisions.</p> Easy Mac Hacks How to Mac network OS X 10.10 scanner troubleshooting Wi-Fi yosemite Mac How-Tos Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:53:53 +0000 Cory Bohon 21489 at