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IF you’re an Apple user and are looking for ways to make the most out of your network of iDevices there are several tricks you might need to know.
Apple has been rolling out updates to iOS and its Mac OS to constantly help re-invent how we use our gadgets. If you want to save time, make things more efficient or unlock some hidden features of your gear, here are some tips:
Text without your phone:
iMessage offers more than free texts. By turning this feature on you are able to text from any of your Apple devices, so even if you’ve forgotten your mobile, you can still send and receive texts using your computer or iPad. If you’re at work and don’t want to be caught checking your phone, a small notification window will pop up and you can reply directly through it — a sneaky way to chat without raising the boss’s suspicions.
Print your panorama photos:
You’ve just taken a glorious, sweeping shot of the lying landscape but now what? You’re just looking at your photography flair within the confines of a screen. Enjoy them on your wall by printing them out. You won’t need a special printer to accommodate this – do it from iPhoto by selecting the image and tapping on the share icon (the square icon with the arrow pointing out the top) and tapping ‘Order prints’. You can get panoramas printed up to 90cm in length, delivered to you or to a friend, for prices starting at $3.99.
Never remember a login password again:
Keychain is a time-saving feature that will remember all your online passwords and logins. While Google Chrome has been offering this feature for some time, Safari’s keychain will also automatically remember your logins across your Apple gadgets so you won’t have to input them every time.
You can put yourself into movie clips:
A clever little trick found on iMovie — the app where you can edit your own video clips — will let you digitally add yourself to a scene, just like they do in Hollywood productions. Get yourself a portable green screen (easily picked up online pretty cheaply) and film yourself with this behind you, import the clip to iMovie and a setting will let you cut yourself out and magically place you in the foreground of any of your clips. Simple special effects.
Browsing without breaks
Jumping from your iPhone to your iPad or Mac could be disruptive, especially if you’re in the middle of web browsing. You could have opened several tabs on your iPhone on the bus and when you get home have to remember them all and open them all again. Did you know if you turn on iCloud tabs, every window you have open on one device will appear on your other Apple device? You’ll need to be using Safari on your Mac for this to work and have your iCloud setup. If you want to use it on another browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox, you could use Cloudy Tabs but it only shares in one direction (from iOS to Mac).
Find photos from a face:
Trying to find a photo of someone particular could require meticulously scrolling through your library until you recognise their mug. Hidden within iPhoto is a trick that lets you tag a face, attribute a name, and then pull in all images where that person is seen. You can even organise your whole photo folder by several faces.
Easier way to read on the web
It’s not easy reading on the web. So many sites are littered with ads, flashy things and odd layouts it assaults the eyes. Click the “reader” tab on Safari (found on the URL bar on iOS) and it makes font more legible and strips out all the share buttons, unnecessary images and links for a cleaner read. Once you start using this, you’ll never go back.
Meetings made easy
We’ve come a long way since the days of making a meeting with a Filofax. There are some snazzy features found in Apple’s Calendars that will allow you to not only arrange a meeting but also you can now add a map so you know where you’re going as well as input how you’re getting there and it can tell you public transport travel arrangements. It will even tell you when you need to leave and adjust the meeting time to factor in your travel time. If you’ve made this on your Mac, it doesn’t mean it stays there either. You can send it to your phone and all the information, including the map of how to get there will appear on your phone.
You can create and share documents that can be edited in real-time by others as long as you’re all working on Apple’s iLife software. If you’re a de facto Office user, this dynamic way of working might sway you towards Apple’s Pages and Numbers as someone can make something like a spreadsheet and let other people dip in and out and it’ll update automatically on their screens without needing to sign into any accounts. This is an alternative option to the likes of Google Drive (or Google docs) for collaborative working.
It sounds boring, but this feature is actually a really useful little tool not many will know is available. By turning on website notifications for Safari from the System Preferences certain websites will pop up a small window every time something new happens on a website. Safari doesn’t even need to be running to do this. For instance, it’s a great way to keep up with breaking news or knowing if you’ve won your eBay item without having to constantly scan.