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iCloud Photo Library Users: Do NOT Turn Off iCloud

By | 2018-03-31T12:55:37+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Mac Tips|

File this warning under “unless it’s absolutely necessary.” If you use iCloud Photo Library on your Mac, don’t sign out from iCloud. Also, don’t deselect the iCloud Photo Library checkbox in either the Photos options of the iCloud pane of System Preferences or in the iCloud preferences in Photos itself. Why not? Because, when you [...]

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Apple’s Family Sharing Simplifies Sharing Purchases and Managing Kid Capabilities

By | 2018-03-27T13:42:07+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Family life is all about togetherness, but keeping track of who’s doing what when can be tough. Apple’s Family Sharing service makes it easy to share apps, media, and more within a family of up to six members, and it provides a few helpful digital housekeeping capabilities, such as locating your kid’s misplaced iPad. Here’s [...]

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Trading Faces: Picking a Better Face for People that Photos Recognizes

By | 2018-02-05T19:46:41+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Apple’s Photos app is remarkably good at identifying people in your snapshots and collecting all the pictures that contain a particular person into a group in its People view. At its top level, the People view shows a thumbnail photo for each person, picking one automatically from all the available photos. Needless to say, it [...]

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Looking for More Image Editing Power than Photos Can Provide?

By | 2018-01-25T17:13:52+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Mac Tips|

In macOS 10.13 High Sierra, Apple significantly enhanced the editing capabilities of Photos on your Mac, adding tools for adjusting specific colors, fine-tuning color and contrast via curves, and even focusing an image with vignetting. But it still lacks many features found in other image editors, including applying a filter to an arbitrary portion of [...]

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Make Your Holiday Cards with Apple’s Photos App This Year

By | 2017-12-22T16:54:06+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Mac Tips|

It’s that time of year again, when we realize that if we’re going to do holiday cards, we should get started. You can take the easy way out and buy a few packs of generic reindeer cards at the drugstore, but with a little work in Apple’s Photos app on the Mac, you can instead [...]

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Merge Recognized Faces in Photos in Both iOS and macOS

By | 2017-11-03T02:42:21+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Mac Tips|

An extremely welcome under-the-hood change in iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra is that Photos facial recognition syncs across iCloud Photo Library. Previously, people you identified on one of your devices remained unidentified on others. But what if Photos now identifies the same person twice, such that they have two separate entries in the [...]

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What’s New in macOS 10.13 High Sierra and Its Main Apps

By | 2017-09-18T18:46:49+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Mac Tips|

Although Apple’s eye-catching Desktop image of the High Sierra mountains makes it easy to confirm that your Mac is running High Sierra, the most noteworthy new features are invisible! These changes are aimed at improving your Mac’s performance. But, don’t worry that there’s nothing new in High Sierra to play with—you’ll find plenty to do [...]

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The Top Features You’ll Want to Try in iOS 11

By | 2017-09-18T19:18:02+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Mac Tips|

Even if you’re not buying a new iPhone this year, you can still enjoy a hefty dose of “New and Improved!” with Apple’s iOS 11, which provides a host of new capabilities. Hold on tight, there’s a lot to cover, and we have another article coming about the iPad-specific changes in iOS 11.   Getting [...]

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Go Beyond Texting a Snapshot: Share Photos via iCloud Photo Sharing

By | 2017-09-18T19:13:33+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Mac Tips|

It’s easy to take lots of photos on vacation these days, and while a slideshow of all of them is a bit much, friends and relatives might like to see a Best Of collection. Or you might wish to share baby photos with your family or pictures of your new city with friends back home. [...]

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