Mac|Life - All Articles http://www.maclife.com/articles/all/feed en Ask: Sharing Monitors between Computers http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask_sharing_monitors_between_computers <!--paging_filter--><p>Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? Here's the answer. In this edition of Ask, we'll explain what to do when you're having trouble sharing monitors between your Mac and another computer.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>I have two computers and two monitors: a Mac Pro (running Mavericks) with a 27-inch Dell monitor connected using DisplayPort, and a Windows 8 PC with another Dell monitor that’s shared between the PC and the Mac Pro over DVI on the PC. Sometimes I want to use both monitors on the Mac, but if I unplug the monitor from the PC and connect it to the Mac Pro, the Mac recognises the new display, but the screen stays black. After a few seconds the monitor goes into standby. How do I fix this?</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>OS X sends a query to the monitor through the video cable when the Mac first boots or wakes from sleep, when you plug in the Mac end of the video cable, and when you hold å in Display Preferences and click the “Detect Displays” button.&nbsp;</p><p>If the monitor doesn’t answer with its display ID at any of these points, the Mac will conclude that there isn’t anything at the other end of the cable and will stop sending video data through it. The monitor, in turn, will drop to standby as soon as it goes a few seconds without receiving a video signal.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/02/ask_monitors.png" width="620" height="453" /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">The Detect Displays button can force a stubborn monitor to notice you.</span></strong></p><p>It may be that your monitor isn’t responding because it’s only listening to the PC through the DVI port at the time and doesn’t switch over immediately. You could try using the Detect Displays button on the Mac to send a few extra ID queries down the cable and see if the monitor catches any of them. If that doesn’t work, try cycling the power on the monitor first, before you plug it into the Mac. Even if this works, however, it’s a little inconvenient to have to turn the monitor off and on again every time you switch computers.&nbsp;</p><p>However there is a glimmer of hope. There are a few monitor detection bugs in Mavericks that Apple is aware of. If you upgrade to Yosemite, there is a chance that Apple has already fixed this issue in the display driver. The only way to be sure is to actually try it with your specific Dell monitors and your PC.</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_sharing_monitors_between_computers#comments Ask Columns Dell Monitors Sharing Tips tricks windows Mac How-Tos Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:22:19 +0000 MacLife Staff 21348 at http://www.maclife.com Price Drop: The Weekend's Best App Deals, February 27 http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/price_drop_weekends_best_app_deals_february_27 <!--paging_filter--><p>Well, it's a good day if you're a fan of children's books, because in honor of the great Dr. Seuss, there is an abundance of apps on sale featuring his signature work. Or if you'd rather game or learn or get productive, we've got that on for size for you too. 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Grab the <a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/become-a-elite-designer-w-the-learn-to-design-2-0-bundle" target="_blank">Learn to Design Bundle</a> today.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/become-a-elite-designer-w-the-learn-to-design-2-0-bundle" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></strong></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_last_chance_pay_what_you_want_learn_design_bundle#comments Deals Deals sponsored Stack Social Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21346 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: March 9 Media Event; iCloud & Apple Maps Updates http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_march_9_media_event_icloud_apple_maps_updates <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple has finally sent out invitations for its next media event, which will likely focus on pricing and peripherals for the upcoming Apple Watch. In other news, Apple has at last opened its iWork for iCloud to everyone, and the Cupertino company is adding spiffy little cosmetic features to Apple Maps.</p><h3>Apple to Hold Media Event on March 9; Apple Watch Set for April</h3><p>Apple's next big media event will take place on Monday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time, according to invitations that the Cupertino company sent out this morning. The event will be held at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and it's widely thought that Apple will use the occasion to provide more details about the upcoming Apple Watch.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/02/spring.jpg" /></p><p>The clues aren't just in the timing, but in the name itself, which reads "Spring Forward" in reference to the switch to Daylight Saving Time that occurs on the day before in the U.S. And since most of us will be setting our non-digital clocks ahead an hour on that date, it'd be a nifty way to discuss a "time change" by revealing details such as the full pricing structure and specific accessories for the long-awaited piece of wearable tech.</p><p>While the event is thought to place a special focus on the Apple Watch, it's possible Apple will round off the event with slightly less groundbreaking announcements, such as the long-rumored launch of the 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display.</p><p>As for the Apple Watch itself, Cook said not long after the origibal reveal that the device would ship in April, and alleged insider sources who spoke with <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/02/26/apple-watch-early-april-launch/">MacRumors</a> claim that we'll see the launch more toward the start of the month than the end — possibly between April 6 and April 10.</p><h3>Apple Opens iWork for iCloud to Everyone</h3><p>Apple's <a href="https://www.icloud.com/">iWork for iCloud</a>&nbsp;suite of productivity apps just became a lot more useful, particularly for the poor saps out there who don't own an Apple device. As of today, the web-based versions of Apple's Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are available for everyone.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/02/icloud.jpg" width="620" height="348" /></p><p>That was quick. News that the beta version embraced such inclusivity <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_iwork_beta_open_everyone_government_apple_pay_support_icar_rumors">dropped</a> on February 13, and apparently Apple determined that everything's working according to plan in that short a time. New users who sign up for an account through the site get access to 1 GB of free storage, which can then be used to edit and store documents for retrieval anywhere where there's an Internet connection (as long as it's through recent versions of Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer).</p><p>In the past, Apple's iWork suite was limited to users who owned an Apple device, which greatly limited its appeal on professional circles in light of that glaring limitation in comparison to Google Drive or Microsoft office. With the doors now flung open, however, there's a chance that could change.</p><h3>Apple Brings Animated Landmarks to Apple Maps</h3><p>Apple's been busy lately trying to turn Apple Maps into something useful and interactive, whether it's through the upcoming inclusion of information from GasBuddy and GreatSchools that we <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple-daily-will-smith-movie-edited-in-final-cut-pro-x-new-features-for-apple-maps-big-gains-for-apple_pay">mentioned yesterday</a> or via those "mystery cars" that seem designed for a Google Street View-like service. But judging from new features introduced to its 3D Flyover map of London late yesterday (via the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2962043/Apple-s-maps-real-bid-outdo-Google-Update-shows-correct-time-Big-Ben-reveals-London-Eye-rotating.html">Daily Mail</a>), it's also trying to make the service more fun.</p><p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OigPN7pVJpQ" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>Visitors who look up London through Apple's Maps app will now see some impressive little cosmetic features, such as the correct time on the famous tower housing Big Ben, and a constant spin on the London Eye (London's gigantic Ferris wheel). It's pure fluff, but it does help make Apple Maps stand out a bit from its competition. According to the Mail, Apple will start rolling out similar features for other cities within the coming weeks. In addition, Apple has also introduced new Apple Flyovers for several cities around the world (including Edinburgh, Venice, and Guadalajara).&nbsp;</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_march_9_media_event_icloud_apple_maps_updates#comments News Apple Maps Apple Watch iOS Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:46:22 +0000 Leif Johnson 21344 at http://www.maclife.com The Best New iOS Games: HeavenStrike Rivals, Overkill 3, and More! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best_new_ios_games_heavenstrike_rivals_overkill_3_and_more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best_new_ios_games_heavenstrike_rivals_overkill_3_and_more#comments Gallery Age of Sparta App App Store AppLife Apps BeatDefense Columns Eat Beat: Dead Spike-san Gallery HeavenStrike Rivals iOS iPad iPod Kyubu Magic Touch new releases Okay? Overkill 3 Rotate – Zen Journey Striker Arena iPad iPhone iPod Games Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:09 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21345 at http://www.maclife.com The Week's Best Deals for Your Mac and iOS Device, February 26 http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/weeks_best_deals_your_mac_and_ios_device_february_26 <!--paging_filter--><p>We're all about saving you your hard-earned money so this week's refurbs are all about keeping it low price. That's why nothing in this week's bag o' deals goes any higher than just under $1K. You can get quite a few awesome Macs for under a grand and they'll last you years and years, so consider these deals extra great. And if you had more to spend in your budget, but you were wise enough to come here first, then check out what you can do with some of your other coin.&nbsp;</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/weeks_best_deals_your_mac_and_ios_device_february_26#comments Gallery bluetooth Bluetooth speaker Deals earbuds earphones External Battery external hard drive external storage Flash Drive Headphones iMac iPad iPad case ipad keyboard case Keyboard lightning cable MacBook macbook air macbook pro memory refurb Refurbished refurbs sales Storage weekly deals wireless wireless speaker Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:02:04 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 21343 at http://www.maclife.com Review: Adobe Premiere Elements 13 http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_adobe_premiere_elements_13 <!--paging_filter--><p>Adobe Premiere Elements is a fantastic video-editing package that provides more than enough power for any home project, as well as plenty of guidance. It’s also half the price of its next biggest rival, Final Cut Pro. For professional/prosumer editing, Final Cut is worth paying extra for its added precision and features, but for holiday videos, birthday memories, or even a web show for YouTube and the like, Elements is plenty.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/02/elements13_620.png" width="620" height="388" /></p><p>However, Elements 13 isn’t a huge update over <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/adobe_premiere_elements_12_review" target="_blank">version 12</a>; the biggest change being belated support for Retina displays. As far as editing goes, the two biggest additions are aimed at new users and those who want to make a movie without too much “clip squinting.” Video Story is a new wizard that offers templates such as birthday, wedding, and graduation. Each is a storyboard broken into pre-defined chapters such as “Dressing Up” or “Getting The Degree,” with the option to add extras or delete. Some take a single clip, others multiple (with Auto-Analyzer on hand to break up long footage), with the Video Story combining and mixing them up with music, fades and looks. You can then add captions and narration. You can edit default captions, and either publish the whole thing there or send it to the timeline.</p><p>The Favorite Moments edit takes an extended clip that you want to extract elements from, but instead of making multiple in-and-out cuts, you just scan to the part you want, click a Mark button and adjust the length of each selection before exporting just those bits to the timeline as a combined clip or individual ones.</p><p>These two features (on top of an already excellent line-up) make 13 a great choice for new users. It’s hard to say the other improvements are worth the upgrade price if you have version 12. There are new Guided Edits for putting video behind a title, and applying primitive effects masks, though the latter is let down by only allowing a hard-edged rectangular mask rather than feathering and circles. These aren’t bad as one-time tutorials. After that, Elements 13 runs out of steam, with a few updates to features like the Shake Stabilizer, but nothing really major. A pity, but there’s always the next version...</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Plenty of features for detailed editing, just not many new ones for a new release.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Adobe Premiere Elements 13</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adobe Systems, Inc. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.adobe.com" target="_blank">www.adobe.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $99.99 ($79.99 upgrade) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mac running&nbsp;OS X 10.8 or later, 2GHz processor, 2GB RAM</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Extremely fast editing. Powerful at all levels. Excellent effects.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Not many new features; version 12 owners might want to hold off.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_adobe_premiere_elements_13#comments Reviews Adobe Premiere Elements 13 video editing Mac Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:30:40 +0000 Richard Cobbett 21342 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Learn the World's Greatest Open-Source Electronics Platform and Save http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_learn_worlds_greatest_opensource_electronics_platform_and_save <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/an-introduction-to-arduino-an-open-source-electronics-platform" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/arduinocourse.png" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>Your phone is a tiny, powerful computer that you can keep in your pocket but you probably still think about computers with towers or bigger bodies. The Arduino microcomputers are the perfect example of why size doesn't matter when it comes to power. You can learn how to make the most of these microcomputers with the Arduino Beginner Course. It's on sale in our <a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/an-introduction-to-arduino-an-open-source-electronics-platform" target="_blank">Deals tab</a>.</p><p>You've never seen a device quite like the Arduino microcomputer. The open-source electronics platform is capable of doing just about anything you can imagine. With this course, you'll learn how to program for the Arduino prototyping platform. You'll also learn the principles of programming and electronic design. 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It's a great deal for an informative course that you'll put to great use, so <a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/an-introduction-to-arduino-an-open-source-electronics-platform" target="_blank">grab this offer</a> today!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/an-introduction-to-arduino-an-open-source-electronics-platform" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></strong></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_learn_worlds_greatest_opensource_electronics_platform_and_save#comments Deals Deals sponsored Stack Social Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21330 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: New Features Coming to Apple Maps, Big Gains for Apple Pay, & More http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple-daily-will-smith-movie-edited-in-final-cut-pro-x-new-features-for-apple-maps-big-gains-for-apple_pay <!--paging_filter--><p>Our Wednesday Apple Daily finds Final Cut Pro X making a comeback with the new Will Smith movie, and more than a million Chase cardholders signing up for Apple Pay. On the downside, Apple may lose half a billion dollars to a patent dispute over iTunes. Read on for all the details!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/focus.png" /></p><h3>Apple Focuses on Will Smith Feature Edited with Final Cut Pro X</h3><p>In the four years since Apple launched Final Cut Pro X, the reaction has mostly been negative. The $299 pro video-editing software has made headlines for the number of customers jumping ship to competitors like Adobe Premiere Pro, while Apple toiled away in the background refining the application.</p><p>The silence from Cupertino ended today, with Apple launching a new "Final Cut Pro in Action" page on its website detailing how an upcoming Warner Bros. film starring Will Smith was edited entirely in 2K ProRes 4444 format — the first major studio release edited with Final Cut Pro X.</p><p>“We got exactly the film we set out to make,” remarked John Requa, who co-directed <em>Focus</em> with Glenn Ficarra. “What I love about Final Cut Pro X is that it allowed me to be involved with, and in control of, every aspect of making our film.”</p><p><a href="https://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/in-action/focus/" target="_blank">Check out the Apple website</a> for the complete story of how <em>Focus</em> came to be.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/apple_maps_0.png" width="620" height="300" /></p><h3>GasBuddy, GreatSchools Appear as New Apple Maps Data Sources</h3><p><a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/02/25/apple-maps-partners-greatschools-gasbuddy/" target="_blank">MacRumors today reported</a>&nbsp;that Apple has quietly added acknowledgements to both GasBuddy and GreatSchools in the built-in Maps app, suggesting iOS and Mac users may soon see gas prices, station locations, and school data populate search results.</p><p>A third service, Yext, is also new to Apple Maps, although that partnership was announced prior to turning up on the acknowledgments screen. Described as a service which "allows businesses to update their locations for multiple online sites at one time," Yext joins The National Land Survey of Finland Topographic Database as a new data source.</p><p><br /><img src="/files/u220903/coin_dozer_app_620px.png" alt="Coin Dozer" width="620" height="300" /></p><h3>Apple Ordered to Pay $532.9M in iTunes Patent Dispute</h3><p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-25/apple-told-by-jury-to-pay-532-9-million-in-gaming-patent-trial" target="_blank">Bloomberg reported Wednesday</a> that a federal jury has awarded Texas-based Smartflash LLC the sum of $532.9 million in a lawsuit alleging that Apple's iTunes software infringed upon three of the company's patents. Smartflash originally sought $852 million in damages, an amount Apple's lawyers attempted to reduce to a mere $4.5 million.</p><p>The patents in question are described as covering "digital rights management and inventions related to data storage and managing access through payment systems," with third-party apps Coin Dozer and 4 Pics 1 Movie specifically cited as infringing upon Smartfish intellectual property. At least one of those developers, Game Circus LLC, was dismissed as a defendant last year. Apple plans to appeal the decision.</p><p><br /><img src="/files/u220903/apple_pay_chase_visa_620px.png" alt="Apple Pay Chase card" width="620" height="300" /></p><h3>Chase Confirms Over 1M Customers Have Set Up Apple Pay</h3><p><a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/02/24/chase-announces-over-1m-wallets-provisioned-on-apple-pay" target="_blank">AppleInsider reported Tuesday</a> that JP Morgan Chase has hit an impressive milestone with more than one million customers having activated credit or debit cards with Apple Pay, the mobile wallet service introduced with iOS 8.1 last fall. The news was announced during the company's 2015 Investor Day yesterday, and serves as more good news for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.</p><p>"We were an early participant of Apple Pay," said Eileen Serra, CEO of Chase Card Services. "We do continue to see good growth in the number of consumers that are provisioning Chase cards in their Apple Pay wallet."</p><p>Chase described Apple Pay customers as "younger with higher incomes," with 69 percent of card transactions coming from credit cards, with debit cards making up the remaining 31 percent.</p><p><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="http://www.twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple-daily-will-smith-movie-edited-in-final-cut-pro-x-new-features-for-apple-maps-big-gains-for-apple_pay#comments News apple daily Apple Maps apple news Apple Pay Chase data sources Final Cut Pro X GasBuddy Hollywood iTunes Patents iPhone Mac Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:55:32 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 21340 at http://www.maclife.com How to Master iCloud Drive http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how-master-access-icloud-drive-mac-ios <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/02/icloud_drive_620.png" width="620" height="324" /></p><p>You might say that iCloud Drive was long overdue. When iCloud was introduced, many people were disappointed that it didn’t include a regular file repository that could be accessed from the Finder. You could sync contacts, calendars, and bookmarks through it, but you couldn’t drop files onto it manually. With iCloud Drive, however, you can.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s also at the heart of Handoff, Apple’s recently introduced tech for starting a document on one device and then picking up where you left off on another. You’ll need OS X Yosemite to access iCloud Drive (and be running iOS 8 if you want to use compatible apps, such as Apple’s iWork suite and a growing selection of third-party apps that will surely expand moving forward).&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/02/iclouddrive_macmain.png" width="620" height="347" /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">In addition to the iWork suite, you can store documents from many third-party apps in iCloud Drive.</span></strong></p><p>Signing into iCloud on your Mac running OS X Yosemite lets you switch on iCloud Drive (go to System Preferences &gt; iCloud), after which it will become available as a shortcut both in the sidebar of any Finder window and in the Go menu from the Finder. Select it, and your iCloud Drive folder appears in a Finder window as any other folder would, though with a unique design. You can then drag and drop anything from your Mac onto the drive and it will upload to the cloud.&nbsp;</p><p>For small documents this will take a matter of seconds, but for bigger items it will depend on your connection speed. You also only get 5GB of space for free; while this is fine for uploading some files, if you’re backing up your iOS device too, those backups may already be using most of that space. You can upgrade for a modest monthly fee of $0.99 to 20GB of storage, though 200GB ($3.99/mo), 500GB ($9.99/mo) or 1TB ($19.99/mo) options are available — and you can downgrade, too, if you change your mind.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/02/iclouddrive_gomenu.png" width="620" height="357" /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">In Finder, you can open iCloud Drive with the keyboard shortcut of Command + Shift + I.</span></strong></p><h3>Not Just for Storing</h3><p>As well as simple file storage, the space on your iCloud Drive can be used for other things when you are running the latest version of OS X. Perhaps the most useful is a new feature called Mail Drop, where you’ll be able to send Mail attachments much larger than those allowed by any email provider directly from inside Mail.&nbsp;</p><p>Attach a file, and, if it’s large, Mail will upload it to iCloud and instead of sending the whole message through your email service, the attachment gets uploaded to your iCloud Drive. If the recipient is also using Mail they see an inline copy of the file and can click to download it. Users of other mail programs will see a link to enable them to do the same.&nbsp;</p><p>Attachments of up to 5GB are supported, though you’ll be waiting a while for anything that big to upload over a home broadband connection. You’ve been able to use other upload services for this before now, but it’s now integrated into Mail, removing several steps.</p><h3>Cutting out the Middleman</h3><p>On a device running iOS 8 you can also use iCloud Drive, but there’s no dedicated app for exploring its files; instead you have to use an app that’s been updated to be able to read and save files directly into iCloud Drive. This includes Apple’s iWork suite, of course, and it’s been made easier for third-party app developers to incorporate the functionality, so expect to see it coming to more apps soon. The reason this updating is necessary is because iCloud Drive works differently to the old iCloud “documents in the cloud” model. Previously, apps could still use iCloud to save their documents across device, but you couldn’t browse them in other apps — it was all very locked away. iCloud Drive is more flexible, letting you browse for, say a text file that’s been saved in TextEdit’s iCloud Drive folder to open in Pages. It’s easy to do this on iOS or Mac.</p><p>You can also easily share a file or photo as a link to a colleague or friend by tapping on Share and selecting Share Link via iCloud, or alternatively, send it direct by opting for Send a Copy.</p><p>Unfortunately, some apps aren’t suited to cloud operation — mainly those that deal with large files like video. But many are (since they deal with much smaller files), and even pictures are pretty easy to upload and download depending on the speed of your internet connection.&nbsp;</p><h3>Sorting and Access</h3><p>Viewed on a computer, your iCloud Drive sorts documents into folders by type: Numbers documents, Keynote documents, and so on, and also allows regular arbitrary file storage, though this means you’ll have to know where you put the files to find them in iOS apps. You can also access your drive from a web browser at icloud.com and open and edit iWork documents, as well as upload and download other files.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/02/iclouddrive_web.png" width="620" height="202" /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">You can access iCloud Drive on the web so you can reach your files no matter where you are or what device you're using.</span></strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>How to Get a File from Mac to iOS via iCloud Drive</h3><p><strong>1. Enable iCloud Drive on your Mac</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/02/iclouddrive_transfer1.png" width="620" height="339" /></p><p>In Yosemite, go into System Preferences &gt; iCloud and switch on iCloud Drive from the list of available items. Sign in with your Apple ID. From the Go menu or from any Finder window sidebar, click on iCloud Drive to view the files stored on it.</p><p><strong>2. Drag and Drop</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/02/iclouddrive_transfer2.png" width="620" height="364" /></p><p>Drag and drop a file or folder from your Mac into the iCloud Drive window and it will be uploaded to the cloud. This will be quick for smaller items, but could take longer for larger ones. Organize things into folders (such as pictures, movies, sounds and so on).</p><p><strong>3. Access in iOS</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/02/iclouddrive_transfer3.png" width="620" height="284" /></p><p>On your iOS 8 device, find an app that’s able to use iCloud Drive (like Numbers, Pages, or Keynote). Open a document from iCloud and you should be able to pull any compatible file from the cloud and open it on your device. More apps will support this feature as time goes on.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how-master-access-icloud-drive-mac-ios#comments cloud data storage Handoff iCloud iCloud Drive iOS 8 synching yosemite Features iPad iPhone iPod Mac How-Tos Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:51 +0000 Hollin Jones 21341 at http://www.maclife.com