It’s been more than three weeks since OS X Lion escaped from the Mac App Store and took up residence in Macs around the globe, and for the most part users are quite happy with their new houseguest. Part of the fun with any new operating system releases is uncovering the new features -- and this big cat has plenty of them.
After demoing the MobileMe replacement, iCloud at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this summer, we've been eagerly awaiting a chance to play with the service. Earlier this week, the company launched the web-based version of iCloud beta. However, there is still some confusion about how to register for this service, we’ll show you the steps required to convert your Apple ID into an iCloud-ready account.
Although it may appear that Adobe is stubbornly holding firm to its commitment to its Flash technology, in reality the company has been quietly slipping HTML5 features into its Creative Suite products -- and now they’ve introduced a public preview for a tool dedicated to creating HTML5 for web designers.
Lion continues to dominate the news, like the king of the jungle that it is, and we continue to rock out hard with stories featuring this good beast. But that wasn't all, by far, that happened this week, because there were some hardware refreshes, some how-tos that came out as a result of the new OS, and more, tons more, in case you missed it.
Mac OS X Lion includes a cool new feature in Preview that gives you the ability to create a digital version of your signature by simply holding a signed piece of paper in front of your Mac’s FaceTime camera. This signature can then be applied to any PDF in Preview, ready for you to email your signed document without messing with any printed copies.
With more than 250 new features coming to Mac OS X Lion in July, it was impossible for Apple to demonstrate them all, especially during a two-hour keynote shared by iOS 5 and the introduction of iCloud. So what are some of the features that didn’t make the cut? Why, we’re glad you asked.
In an uncharacteristically open press release on Tuesday morning, Apple not only confirmed the appearance of CEO Steve Jobs for the WWDC 2011 keynote on Monday, June 6 but also outed iCloud and iOS 5 in addition to the release of Mac OS X Lion.
I run a small bookkeeping business, so I have to look through dozens of bank statements in PDF format every month. I view these PDF files in Preview, and I often have to search for dollar amounts. This used to work just fine, but now Preview doesn’t accurately search for dollar amounts anymore. For example, if I search for “5.00”, Preview will find any instance of “5” or “00” in the entire PDF file, which doesn’t help me narrow down the search results at all.
A little known fact about the Mac OS X Preview application is that you can use it to import photos and movies from your iOS devices to any place you choose that is accessible to Finder. Preview's usefulness doesn't stop there and this weeks tips will show you how to get the most of of this hidden Mac OS X gem.
Apple just released an updated build of their Xcode 4 preview. Why would a person need Xcode, you ask? If you're into developing Mac or iOS applications, it's just about the only way to go. As to why a person would care about the new version of Xcode, it's a massive rewrite, featuring a rearranged application interface, fully integrated Interface Builder -- trust us, it's a huge deal -- a rewritten debugger, and even a new Fix-it feature, which not only knows what's causing the bug in your software, but can actually fix it for you.