Mac|Life - How-Tos http://www.maclife.com/articles/6/feed en 10 Top Health Apps http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/10-top-health-apps-iphone-ios <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u324771/top_health_apps-opener.png" width="600" height="314" /></p><p>The Health app built into iOS 8 can be a powerful partner to anyone looking to live a healthier life, and it shines brightest when paired with other apps. We explained the data tracker's core features in <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how-to-use-apple-health-app-iphone" target="_self">How to Use Apple’s Health app</a>, and now we’ll go a step further with compatible apps that take health tracking to a whole new level. Many of them are free with in-app purchases to bolster their standard set of features, while others charge right up front. Usually, the extra functionality is well worth the cost.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/10-top-health-apps-iphone-ios#comments Gallery CARROT Fit FitPort Get Moving health app Instant Blood Pressure Instant Heart Rate iOS 8 MotionX MyNetDiary Pocket Yoga runtastic sleep cycle iPhone How-Tos Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:24:46 +0000 J Kerin-Swanson 21463 at http://www.maclife.com Easy Mac Hacks: How to Install OS X from a Bootable USB Drive http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/easy-mac-hacks-how-install-os-x-bootable-usb-drive <!--paging_filter--><p><em><img src="/files/u12635/easy_mac_hacks_icon_flat_43.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 />Maybe you've just replaced a drive in your Mac and need to reinstall Yosemite, or perhaps you need to upgrade a Mac to the latest operating system without taking it online. Whatever your reason, there is a simple way to make a bootable drive of the OS X Installer so that you can easily update your operating system.<br /><br />What You'll Need:</p><ul><li>USB thumb drive or hard drive with at least 8GBs of space available</li><li>OS X Yosemite Installer from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/os-x-yosemite/id915041082?mt=12" target="_blank">Mac App Store</a></li><li><a href="http://diskmakerx.com" target="_blank">DiskMaker X</a>&nbsp;(This is an AppleScript app that will automatically format the drive you want to use as a bootable disk, then copy over the installer so that the disk can be used to boot into the OS X Installer.)</li></ul><p>Once you have these items available, you'll be ready to begin creating the bootable installer by following these steps:</p><ol><li>Connect the drive that you want to use as a bootable disk to your Mac.</li><li>Open the DiskMaker X app, then select either "An 8GB USB thumbdrive" or "Another kind of Disk" when the app launches.</li><li>When prompted, select the name of the drive that will be used as a bootable drive.</li></ol><p><img src="/files/u12635/diskmakerx_1.png" width="300" height="209" class="thickbox" /></p><p><br />After doing this, DiskMaker X will spring into action and format the drive, then proceed to copy over the installer files. By default, it should automatically find the OS X Installer inside of your Applications folder. If it doesn't, then you'll be prompted to select its location.</p><p><img src="/files/u12635/diskmakerx_2.png" width="300" height="124" /><br /><br />This process can take a while depending on the speed of your Mac — anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. When the process has been completed, you'll see a confirmation dialog appear, and you'll be able to safely eject the drive.<br /><br />To use the installer to load Yosemite onto a computer, boot or reboot the Mac while holding down the Option key, then select the drive from the choices displayed. You'll be booted into the OS X Yosemite installer.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/easy-mac-hacks-how-install-os-x-bootable-usb-drive#comments bootable Columns disk DiskMaker X drive Easy Mac Hacks How to Install installer Mac OS X OS X 10.10 yosemite Mac How-Tos Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:43:04 +0000 Cory Bohon 21462 at http://www.maclife.com Ask: How to Archive Magazines in Newsstand for iOS http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask-how-archive-magazines-newsstand-ios <!--paging_filter--><p>Have an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. In this edition of ask, we explore the possibility of archiving digital magazines that you've downloaded through Newsstand on your iOS device.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>Is there a way to archive magazines that I've downloaded to my iPad via the Newsstand app? I'm close to running out of storage space!</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>When you download a magazine inside of Newsstand, you are in essense downloading an app to your device. Instead of being shown on your Home Screen, the app is displayed inside of the Newsstand app folder interface.</p><p>When you begin to run out of storage space, many of these magazine apps inside of Newsstand will let you archive (or delete) previously downloaded issues to free up space on your device. All magazine apps are different, so you'll have to check inside of your particular magazine app to see if it supports this feature. For example, with MacLife, if you go to your library, then push the edit button, you'll have the option to archive issues.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/03/ask_archivemags2.png" width="620" height="466" /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">You may be able to archive issues, but it depends on the particular magazine.</span></strong></p><p>If the magazine in question doesn't support such a feature, then you can delete the app by tapping and holding on the magazine app inside of Newsstand, then tap the "x" that appears in the corner of the icon (this will subsequently delete any downloaded data inside the app). You should then be able to re-download the magazine app and begin downloading future issues only.</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="mailto:ask@maclife.com" target="_blank">ask@maclife.com</a>.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask-how-archive-magazines-newsstand-ios#comments archiving Ask Columns iOS newsstand iPad iPhone iPod How-Tos Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:58:05 +0000 Cory Bohon 21450 at http://www.maclife.com Preview for Mac: Top Tips http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/preview-mac-osx-top-best-tips-tutorial <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u324771/preview_flat.png" width="600" height="314" /></p><p>Since Preview is the default app for opening images and PDFs, it’s often not taken as seriously as it should be. Preview is fast, powerful, and versatile, and this tutorial will show you just what it’s capable of.</p><p>(For more tips, check out these other Preview tutorials: <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_create_signature_and_sign_pdf_preview" target="_self">How to Create a Signature and Sign a PDF With Preview</a>, <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/manipulate_pdfs_using_preview" target="_self">Manipulate PDFs Using Preview</a>, <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_rearrange_pdf_pages_preview" target="_self">How to Rearrange PDF Pages in Preview</a>, <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_scan_images_preview" target="_self">How to Scan Images with Preview</a>.)</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/preview-mac-osx-top-best-tips-tutorial#comments Gallery Apple Software Mac OS X Preview Mac How-Tos Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:51:22 +0000 Alan Stonebridge 21358 at http://www.maclife.com Easy Mac Hack: Checking on DNS Cache Statistics http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/easy_mac_hack_checking_dns_cache_statistics <!--paging_filter--><p><em><img src="/files/u12635/easy_mac_hacks_icon_flat_42.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 />Last week, we talked about how to <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/easy_mac_hacks_solve_connection_issues_clearing_os_x_dns_cache" target="_blank">flush your DNS cache</a> on your Mac should you have trouble connecting to certain websites or have other network difficulties within OS X. This week, we want to take another look at DNS, and specifically see how we can utilize <em>discoveryutil</em> to find additional details out about the DNS caches in OS X.</p><h3>UDNS Cache Stats</h3><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/screen_shot_2015-03-22_at_7.02.55_pm.png"><img src="/files/u12635/screen_shot_2015-03-22_at_7.02.55_pm.png" width="620" height="435" class="thickbox" /></a><br />To see the unicast DNS cache statistics, open up the Terminal app (located in /Applications/Utilities), then enter the following command:</p><pre>sudo discoveryutil udnscachestats</pre><p>After entering this command, press return, and you will be prompted to specify your administrator password. When done, press return again. You’ll see something like this:</p><pre>UDNS Cache Stats: Cached 310 of 5000</pre><p>This stat tells you how many DNS entries are currently cached on your Mac. When flushing the DNS cache, you will see this number drop back down to 0.<br /><br />Note that if you have multiple network interfaces, the stats will be repeated for each of the interfaces on your Mac.</p><h3>MDNS Cache Stats</h3><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/screen_shot_2015-03-22_at_7.07.41_pm.png"><img src="/files/u12635/screen_shot_2015-03-22_at_7.07.41_pm.png" width="620" height="435" class="thickbox" /></a><br />To see the statics for the multicast DNS cache, simply open the Terminal again, but use this command instead:</p><pre>sudo discoveryutil mdnscachestats</pre><p>Again, you’ll see something like this printed to the Terminal screen:</p><pre>MDNS Cache Stats: en0: Cached 169 of 7500</pre><p>Once again, the command will be repeated for each network interface on your Mac, so you may see multiple entries in the Terminal. If you flush the MDNS cache like we showed last week, then this number will also drop down to 0, letting you know that the cache has been cleared.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/easy_mac_hack_checking_dns_cache_statistics#comments Columns DNS Cache Easy Mac Hacks How to Mac report stats Terminal 101 Tips tricks Mac How-Tos Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:31:09 +0000 Cory Bohon 21438 at http://www.maclife.com Ask: How to Use an iPhone without SIM Card (like an iPod) http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask-how-use-iphone-without-sim-card-ipod <!--paging_filter--><p>Have an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. In this edition of Ask, we'll tackle one of our most frequent questions: how to use an iPhone without a SIM card so it basically functions like an iPod touch.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>I want to pass along an old iPhone 4s to my kids to use for texting, FaceTime, or to email their friends. I don't want to have it operate as an iPhone; I only want it to use a Wi-Fi connection. However, whenever I try to set up the phone, it asks me to insert a SIM card. What can I do to make this iPhone only work over Wi-Fi?</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>You can absolutely use the old iPhone as a Wi-Fi-only device that can still use iMessage, FaceTime, and other apps included on iOS and that you've downloaded from the App Stores. It sounds like you've already restored the device to its default settings, which is the first step. If you haven't, go to the phone's settings and select General &gt; Reset &gt; Erase All Content and Settings.</p><p>After restoring, and during the set up process, you will need to insert a functioning SIM card temporarily into the device. Once you've completed the set up process, remove the SIM card from the old device, and you will be able to use it without issue.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/03/ask_sim.png" width="620" height="465" /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">You will need a SIM card to set up your iPhone as a Wi-Fi-only device, but only temporarily. After that, it'll work SIM-free.</span></strong></p><p>Note that after rebooting the device, you may get the notification to insert a SIM card; however, this message is easily dismissible using the "Cancel" button in the alert. If you have a non-operational SIM card handy, then you could insert it into the old iPhone to keep the messages from appearing occasionally.</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="mailto:ask@maclife.com" target="_blank">ask@maclife.com</a>.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask-how-use-iphone-without-sim-card-ipod#comments Ask Columns SIM card Tips tricks use iPhone as iPod use iPhone without SIM iPhone How-Tos Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:35:48 +0000 Cory Bohon 21426 at http://www.maclife.com How To Use Apple's Health App http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how-to-use-apple-health-app-iphone <!--paging_filter--><p>If you’re running iOS 8 on your iPhone, you’ve got Apple’s Health app. Lots of people haven’t so much as peeked inside it, though, and when they do, the hefty amount of health-tracking data can be daunting. But the app is a lot simpler than you might think, and it’s surprisingly useful even if you don’t exercise at all. It can really improve your life, and possibly even save it — we’ll show you how!</p><p>(Also see our list of great <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/10-top-health-apps-iphone-ios" target="_self">third-party apps </a>compatible with Health.)</p><h3>How It Works</h3><p><img src="/files/u324771/_how_it_works.png" width="620" height="355" /></p><p><strong>From Active Calories to Zinc, a long list of health categories can be tracked and charted.</strong></p><p>Okay, first things first: What exactly does the Health app do? Well, if you don’t open it, fill in your personal data, and give compatible apps permission to work with it, Health won’t do much at all. And what fun is that? The app works as a centralized hub for all things health related. When you first launch Health, it’s pretty empty. The four tabs across the bottom of the screen include three tracking sections: Dashboard, Health Data, and Sources. We’ll start with those and come back to the fourth tab, Medical ID.</p><p>The <strong>Dashboard</strong> is where you can quickly check the data you decide is most relevant to you and see it graphed over time. Health is already logging steps (if you have an iPhone 5S or newer) and flights of stairs climbed (if you have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus). This functionality is free and easy since your handset’s low-power M7 or M8 coprocessor logs this data in the background. If you use the Health app for nothing else, you can at least monitor how much you get up and move around.</p><p>The second tab, <strong>Health Data</strong>, organizes various metrics by category. Top of the list is “All,” which contains everything the Health app is capable of logging. “Body Measurements” is broken down into BMI, height, weight, and so on. Each subcategory has a management screen where you can review your data, add data manually, share it with third-party apps, and choose whether or not to include this information on your Dashboard.</p><p>Of course, manually adding data is tedious, and the whole idea behind the Health app is to make things easier. That third tab, <strong>Sources</strong>, is where things get fun. Here we see any compatible third-party apps you’ve downloaded to gather more data. And unlike the early days of health-tracking wearables like pedometers and Jawbone’s UP, battery drain is a non-issue since Apple’s low-powered M7 and M8 coprocessors take on tracking duties — the apps don’t even need to be running.</p><h3>In Case of Emergency</h3><p><img src="/files/u324771/_in_case_of_emergency.png" width="620" height="355" /></p><p><strong>A thorough Medical ID could help a paramedic save your life at the scene of an accident.</strong></p><p>This brings us to the fourth, and arguably most important, tab: <strong>Medical ID</strong>. Do you take daily medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety, migraines, or other health concerns? Maybe you have severe food or medication allergies, or react badly to certain treatments? If so, that info needs to go in your Medical ID. Open the Medical ID tab and tap “Create Medical ID.” You’ll see a variety of fields to fill out, such as height and weight, medications you’re taking, allergies, and an emergency contact. At the top of the screen is a “Show When Locked” slider. Health responders are learning that an unconscious patient’s phone can be a vital source of health information.</p><p>Tap the <strong>Emergency</strong> button at the bottom-left of the Passcode screen and you’re taken to the Emergency Call Screen. At the bottom of that screen is a link to your Medical ID for easy access. You can choose which information to share in your Medical ID, but if you’re taking medications with major contraindications or have life-threatening allergies, it’s best to put those things out in the open. It could be a matter of life and death.</p><h3>Using Other Compatible Apps</h3><p><img src="/files/u324771/_using_other_compatible_apps.png" width="620" height="355" /></p><p><strong>To make full use of Health-compatible third-party apps, you must grant them varying levels of access to phone features and private data.</strong></p><p>Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk more about the compatible third-party apps that fill up those pretty charts in Health with data. When you first install a Health-enabled app, you must grant it access to your iPhone’s Core Motion API, and give it permission to read and write to and from the Health app.&nbsp;</p><p>If you’ve already installed any health apps but denied these permissions, don’t fret. You can easily change this by going to Settings &gt; Privacy and selecting Health and Motion Activity. In either category, simply choose the app you wish to grant access to and you’re done. Next time you fire up the Health app, you’ll find it pulling that data and sending it on.</p><p>Beyond the freebies, a variety of paid apps offer more detailed health data; some require other wearable devices. Heart rate monitors, activity trackers, breathalyzers, blood pressure cuffs, and scales are all joining the Internet of Things, collecting and distributing data to your iPhone through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.</p><h3>Give It a Try!</h3><p>All in all, the Health app is a great way to collect your exercise and nutrition data for easy access and consultation. It’s also a valuable resource for keeping track of health issues. You already have it if you’re on iOS 8; now it’s just a matter of using it to its full potential.&nbsp;</p><p>Before you go, be sure to check out our list of great starter apps in the gallery below. These and many, many more can be found in the App Store — check Apps for Health or Featured Health &amp; Fitness, and begin with a few well-ranked freebies.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how-to-use-apple-health-app-iphone#comments Gallery apple health app iPhone How-Tos Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:00:00 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 21405 at http://www.maclife.com Easy Mac Hacks: Solve Connection Issues by Clearing OS X DNS Cache http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/easy_mac_hacks_solve_connection_issues_clearing_os_x_dns_cache <!--paging_filter--><p><em><img src="/files/u12635/easy_mac_hacks_icon_flat_41.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 />You may occasionally get into a situation where the DNS on your Mac needs to be flushed from the system in order for a new server or some other DNS address change to be recognized by your computer. Usually you don't need to worry about this unless you're a systems/network administrator or if you're a web developer, but there may be other network issues that can be solved with a simple DNS cache flush. In those situations, you can use the command in this how-to without even having to restart your Mac.<br /><br />With almost every iteration of OS X, the command has changed to flush the DNS cache. In this article, we'll show you how to clear the DNS cache in OS X Yosemite (10.10). The old "mDNSResponder" command no longer works since Yosemite has a new system that manages the DNS cache.<br /></p><h3>Reset MDNS Cache (Multicast DNS)</h3><p>OS X utilizes two DNS cache systems; the first is a MDNS Cache (or Multicast DNS) that handles the zero configuration services on your local network. To reset the MDNS cache, open the Terminal (located in Aplications/Utilities) and type the following command, followed by the return key:</p><pre>sudo discoveryutil mdnsflushcache</pre><p>If you are prompted for a password, simply enter it, then press return again.<br /></p><h3>Reset UDNS Cache (Unicast DNS)</h3><p>The second DNS cache is called UDNS (or Unicast DNS), which handles associations between the network addresses and the network endpoints. To reset this cache, open the Terminal, then enter the following command:</p><pre>sudo discoveryutil udnsflushcaches</pre><p>Again, you may be prompted for a password. If so, enter it, then press return.<br /></p><h3>Reset Both Caches at Once</h3><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/cache.png"><img src="/files/u12635/cache.png" width="620" height="435" class="thickbox" /></a></p><p>If you wish to reset all DNS caches in OS X Yosemite at once, then simply join the commands together with a semicolon, then paste them into Terminal like this:</p><pre>sudo discoveryutil mdnsflushcache; sudo discoveryutil udnsflushcaches</pre><p>After you've typed the command on a single line, all you have to do is press enter to flush both cache systems in OS X.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/easy_mac_hacks_solve_connection_issues_clearing_os_x_dns_cache#comments cache clear Columns connection issues DNS Easy Mac Hacks How to Mac Networking OS X 10.10 yosemite Mac How-Tos Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:29:20 +0000 Cory Bohon 21413 at http://www.maclife.com iTunes 12: An In-depth Guide http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/itunes-12-changes-features-guide <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u12635/itunes12_icon.png" width="200" height="200" class="graphic-right" />When Apple released iTunes 12 alongside OS X Yosemite, the update was a major breakthrough with changes to functionality that users had been accustomed to for many years. While many of those changes were for the better, they can take some getting used to. Here, we take a close look at everything new in iTunes 12 and answer users' most-asked questions.</p><h3>How to access Music, TV shows, apps, and more without the sidebar</h3><p>From the very first version of iTunes there was always a sidebar allowing users to jump directly to the iTunes Store, Library, Playlists, etc. But in iTunes 11 Apple hid the sidebar in favor of a new jump bar system, and in iTunes 12, the sidebar was removed completely.</p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/itunes12_1.png"><img src="/files/u12635/itunes12_1.png" width="620" height="162" class="thickbox" /></a><br /><br />You navigate around iTunes by clicking one of the items in the top jump bar (located below the now playing / control bar). To the left of the jump bar, you'll see icons for "Music," "Movies," "TV Shows," and a more button that opens a popover revealing "Podcasts," "iTunes U," "Audiobooks," "Apps," "Tones," and "Internet Radio."<br /><br />By clicking the "Edit" button at the bottom of the list, you can set the items that you want to appear in this area of the jump bar. Moving on to the middle of the jump bar, you'll notice the context buttons. These buttons will change based on which media you're currently browsing. For instance, if Music is selected, then options for "My Music," "Playlists," "Match," "Radio," and "iTunes Store" are presented in this middle area of the bar.<br /><br />This jump bar serves as the main navigational aid while using iTunes, and replaces the older sidebar.</p><h3>How to access the iTunes Music Store</h3><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/itunes12_2.png"><img src="/files/u12635/itunes12_2.png" width="620" height="439" class="thickbox" /></a></p><p>In previous versions of iTunes, there was a special button that could be clicked to navigate the iTunes Store. With iTunes 12, the store is a more integrated experience.<br /><br />Whenever you click on one of the media buttons in the jump bar (Music, Movies, TV Shows, etc.), the middle contextual buttons will change and one the options will be "iTunes Store."<br /><br />Clicking on the iTunes Store button loads the iTunes Store for the media type that was selected in the jump bar. Once the store has been loaded for a particular media type, you can click another media type in the jump bar to load the store for that media (Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, etc.).</p><h3>Where's the Internet Radio stations?</h3><p>In Previous versions of iTunes, clicking on "Radio" in the sidebar loaded the Internet Radio directory where you could peruse various Internet radio stations. But in iTunes 12, "Radio" now means "iTunes Radio" instead.</p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/itunes12_3.png"><img src="/files/u12635/itunes12_3.png" width="620" height="439" class="thickbox" /></a><br /><br />To get to the plain old Internet radio stations, you'll need to select "Internet Radio" from the media options in left of the jump bar. If you do not see Internet Radio, it can be enabled by ensuring that iTunes &gt; Preferences &gt; Parental has the option for "Disable Internet Radio" unchecked.</p><h3>Where are my devices?</h3><p>Whenever you connect a device to iTunes (or have iTunes Wi-Fi syncing enabled), it will appear in one of two places: You can access the device currently connected via the File &gt; Devices menu; or, for the standard iTunes device-configuration panel, select a device from the jump bar.</p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/itunes12_4.png"><img src="/files/u12635/itunes12_4.png" width="620" height="439" class="thickbox" /></a></p><p><br />Devices appear in the jump bar to the right of the media option icons. When multiple devices are connected, selecting the icon will show a list of the ones you can choose from. When only one device is connected, clicking on the its icon jumps directly into the configuration panel.<br /><br />Inside of the device configuration panel, things have largely remained the same, except top items move to a sidebar (for items like Summary Apps, Music, etc.). The settings panel is divided into two groups in the sidebar: Settings and On My Device. Settings lets you configure items pertaining to particular media while the icons in the On My Device section let you see the items currently synced to your device.</p><h3>Using the "Up Next" feature to make an on-the-fly playlist</h3><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/itunes12_5.png"><img src="/files/u12635/itunes12_5.png" width="620" height="439" class="thickbox" /></a></p><p>iTunes 12 includes a feature called "Up Next" to create an instant playlist, and interject songs into that playlist at any time. Begin by playing a song, then locate another track you'd like to play after the current song has finished. Drag and drop the new song onto the "Now Playing" area in the iTunes control bar. You can continue doing this, and the songs will stack up to create an instant playlist that isn't saved.<br /><br />Click the small list icon in the right side of the Now Playing bar to see the Up Next playlist that was created. You can delete the list by clicking the Clear button at the top.</p><h3>Using the MiniPlayer and search</h3><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/itunes12_6.png"><img src="/files/u12635/itunes12_6.png" width="620" height="507" class="thickbox" /></a></p><p>iTunes 12 features a new and redesigned MiniPlayer. Users can get to the new MiniPlayer by selecting Window &gt; MiniPlayer.</p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/itunes12_7.png"><img src="/files/u12635/itunes12_7.png" width="237" height="620" class="graphic-right" /></a>In this new view, album artwork takes center stage, letting you see a large version of the image for the currently playing song. When you mouse over the MiniPlayer window, the controls fade into focus, letting you pause, play, adjust volume, and change the song.</p><p>The MiniPlayer is more useful than ever before. You can easily get more details about the currently playing song by clicking on the More button at the top of the screen to get the contextual menu for the song.</p><p>If you want to change songs, there is no need to switch back to the standard view. Instead, search for a song, artist, or album right from the search button in the MiniPlayer. Double-click on any song or album you wish to play without leaving the smaller player controller.</p><h3>Keyboard shortcuts to get around iTunes</h3><p>Navigating around the new version of iTunes is a little easier with the jump bar, but Apple added some new keyboard shortcuts to make jumping to the various media types much easier. You can cycle through the various media types (Music, Movies, TV Shows, etc.) by holding the Command key and pressing the numbers 1-9 on your keyboard.</p><p>Here's an iTunes shortcuts cheat sheet:</p><ul><li>Command + 1 : Music</li><li>Command + 2 : Movies</li><li>Command + 3 : TV Shows</li><li>Command + 4 : Podcasts</li><li>Command + 5 : iTunes U</li><li>Command + 6 : Audiobooks</li><li>Command + 7 : Apps</li><li>Command + 8 : Tones</li><li>Command + 9 : Internet Radio</li></ul><p>These commands can make it easier to navigate through the interface without having to use the mouse.<br /><br /><strong>Have you used the latest version of iTunes?</strong> What do you think about it? Leave a comment in the discussion below with any tips or tricks that you might have for using iTunes 12 in Yosemite.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/itunes-12-changes-features-guide#comments How to in-depth iTunes iTunes 12 Look Mac MiniPlayer Radio sidebar store walk through yosemite Mac How-Tos Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:14:51 +0000 Cory Bohon 21361 at http://www.maclife.com Ask: How to Make Time Machine Restore to a New Hard Drive http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask-how-make-time-machine-restore-new-hard-drive <!--paging_filter--><p>Have an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. This time we'll show you a workaround for when you have a new or recently restored hard drive on your Mac, but you can't load files from your old Time Machine backups.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>I’ve just restored my Late 2012 iMac running Yosemite. I was asked to restore from Time Machine, but I opted not to and reinstalled the OS instead. After a few days, I noticed Time Machine had done a few backups, but now it will neither let me view nor restore any of my files from before my system restore. Time Machine says it has 41.9MB free of 1TB, so my data is still on there!</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>It’s on there, but Time Machine isn’t showing it because it thinks it belongs to a different Mac. Every disk volume has a “universally unique identifier” (UUID) assigned to it. Time Machine separates backups according to the UUID of the source disk, and it only shows you backups that belong to the same UUID — otherwise you’d end up with a mess of files from two different disks getting merged in the same folder. When you deleted your old volume, you created a new one with a different UUID.</p><p>In the future, use Migration Assistant: this relaxes the UUID constraint, so that you can restore from one Mac to another. By skipping this step, Time Machine thought it was looking at a new Mac and created a new backup set.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/03/ask_migrationassistant.png" width="620" height="438" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>Migration Assistant is the easiest way to transfer a Time Machine backup to a new disk.</strong></span></p><p>To get to your old data back, use the tmutil command in Terminal. First find the newest snapshot of the old backup set; click Go &gt; Network in Finder and select your Time Capsule. Click the volume that appears. This shows the disk image for Time Machine. Double-click this and “Time Machine Backup” will appear in the Finder sidebar. Click this and you’ll see a folder called Backups.backupdb. Inside that is a folder for the old backup set and one for the new set.&nbsp;</p><p>Open Terminal (located in Applications/Utilities) and type <strong>sudo tmutil associatedisk -a / </strong>(with a space after “/”). Don’t hit Enter; in Finder, drag the folder for the most recent backup from the old set to the Terminal window. This will fill in the folder path to the tmutil command. Now hit Enter. Your current disk UUID is now associated with the old backups and you'll be able to restore your data from Time Machine.</p><p>Got an Apple tech question? Email <a href="mailto:ask@maclife.com" target="_blank">ask@maclife.com</a>.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask-how-make-time-machine-restore-new-hard-drive#comments Ask Columns migration assistant restore time machine Tips tricks Mac How-Tos Fri, 13 Mar 2015 18:07:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21404 at http://www.maclife.com