Cloud Mate changes the way you interact with iCloud. With a Finder-like interface, drag-and-drop functionality and Notification Center alerts, Cloud Mate gives you the keys to unlock iCloud's vault and puts all of your documents at your fingertips--in some cases even more than we'd like to see.
There are plenty of places where OS X and iOS overlap. Files can be shared with ease through iCloud-enabled apps, Messages keeps our conversations in sync, and even our open Safari tabs can be viewed across our MacBooks and iPhones. But there's nothing on the touchscreen side that really replicates the experience of handling files on our Macs. The aptly-named Files App might be the closest thing to Finder that iOS will ever see.
The Mac|Life 101 series is where you can come to learn new and simple ways to do things with Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems. Whether you’re new to the platform, or just want to learn a new technique, then MacLife 101 is for you.
You have physical labels, tabs, and other forms of organization in the real world, but what about the digital world of your Mac desktop? Sure, you may use an app for that, but there’s a little known feature that gives you the same flexibility in organizing your files and folders in the Finder. Labels are OS X’s way of visually organizing and tagging your files for future use, and in this MacLife 101, we’ll show you how to label your files and folders, and then search for files using their labels.
Cloud storage has become a hot commodity in the tech world, with each service continually trying to leapfrog the others. This week, it's SugarSync's turn, with a slick new version 2.0 public beta now available for all to enjoy.
You can really shave time off tasks by using a keyboard-driven utility like LaunchBar ($35, www.obdev.at) or Quicksilver (see sidebar). Everything you can do in the Finder (copying, pasting, moving, QuickLook, launch apps, quit apps, search), you can do by calling up LaunchBar and pressing a few keys. Search the web, look up words, email a photo, run a script—the possibilities are endless. Here are three things to try first.
Mountain Lion strolled onto the scene earlier this year, with a lot of interest but no showy unveiling. Apple gave the world a better glimpse at its newest big cat at the World Wide Developers Conference, reserving a good chunk of the June 10 keynote for more details about the next iteration of OS X, which dropped in July in the Mac App Store for just $19.99, the lowest price yet for an OS X upgrade.
With Mountain Lion, Apple has brought a bunch of useful iOS features over to the Mac, including AirPlay mirroring, Messages, Reminders, Twitter, and iCloud support throughout the OS. Join our Mac safari to see 80 Mountain Lion features that you may have missed since you clicked Install in the Mac App Store. Some will make you more productive, while others are just fun and make your life a bit easier. Not everyone will fall in love with all 80 of these features, but together they’ll give you a lot to sink your teeth into.
As we get closer to WWDC we can expect the rumor mill to heat up and it's already started. Bigger iPhone, smaller iPad is the refrain you're going to hear until they don't and then we'll move on to something else. Pocket sized Steve Jobs! The Apple iApple digital fruit! Instead of that nonsense, let's take a look at some real news from the week past.
Smart Folders are virtual folders that, unlike regular folders on your Mac, can be organized based on criteria set specifically to the folder. The process of creating a Smart Folder is similar to creating rules in Mail or iTunes Smart Playlists. The possibilities for Smart Folders are unlimited, allowing you to organize files by type, size, and Mac App Store category.