Archive (April 2019)

I did not forget about you iPad users.

Here is a multipage PDF loaded with iPad features for you to use. Enjoy. Click on the Comments below to leave a comment.

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Here is a multi page pdf to show you how:
Adobe Acrobat is a fine editing tool (if you enjoy being pestered with constant updates). But Mac users have a built-in alternative that comes with features comparable to the free version of Acrobat.

The list of ways you can manipulate a PDF or photo (including JPEG or PNG) in Preview is long. Here is just a sampling to get you started.

How to fill in and sign a form on Preview

This is the most basic function of a good PDF reader. In Preview, just click on the fillable sections and start typing.

You can also sign a fillable form in Preview.

1. Open the PDF in Preview.

2. Click Tools > Annotate > Signature.

Signature option in Tools menu
You can insert your signature into PDF documents.

3. If you've already added a signature to Preview, it will appear in a pop-up box. Click your signature to add it, then drag it to the appropriate spot on the form.

4. If you don't have a signature or want to create a new one, click "Manage Signatures." A window will appear that allows you to create a signature on your trackpad, or scan one with your camera. Once you are satisfied, click "Done" and your signature is saved.

You can create a signature with your trackpad, or by scanning one with your computer's camera.

One caveat: If you save a fillable form and send it to someone who will open it in Acrobat, Acrobat may see your entries on the form. You can get around this by printing and scanning the document or by printing to PDF.

How to annotate a PDF in Preview

There are numerous ways you can edit a PDF in Preview. Most of the editing tools are found under Tools > Annotate.

You can add text, arrows, circles, rectangles, and more. To customize these annotations, click the appropriate icon on the menu above the document.

Change the thickness of a line by clicking the line icon. A menu of line options will drop down.
To change the color of an arrow, shape, or line, click the outline icon. A color palette will pop down. Click on the color you want.
To change the fill of a shape, click the box icon. A color palette appears. For no fill, choose the white box with a red line across it.
Click the text icon to change the font, size, alignment, or style of added text. To change the text color, click the color box on the upper right side of the font box. A color palette will pop down.

Preview allows you to change the color of most annotations.

You can annotate text that's already in the document with options such as highlight, strikethrough, and underline. Simply place your cursor on the text you want to annotate. Choose Tools > Annotate to see your options.

How to edit a photo in Preview

You can annotate a photo with the same tools you can use on a regular PDF. In addition, you can flip a photo horizontally or vertically, crop it, or adjust the size.

To change the orientation of a photo, the tools menu gives you options to rotate or flip the image. If you want to adjust the size, choose Tools > Adjust Size. Size adjustment comes in handy if your image is too large to send or add to a social media profile.

Here are the steps to crop a photo:

1. Place your cursor at one of the corners where you want to start cropping.

2. Drag your cursor until the dotted line is the size you want to crop.

Select what you want to be saved after the crop.

3. Choose Tools > Crop. This option will be grayed out until you have set the crop area.

You can undo any of these changes in Preview by choosing Edit > Undo. You also have the option to revert to an earlier version of the image or PDF.

Just click File > Revert To. A box will pop out showing you previous saved versions of the document.
You probably noticed that there is a microphone button on the iOS keyboard for iPhone and iPad (see below). When you tap this button, you can dictate text by speaking. Some users may find this helpful. Because tapping this button will give you you the ability to talk to your iPhone or iPad instead of typing. However, I sometimes accidentally tap this, and further I almost never use this feature. If you are like me, you may want to remove this button. In this article, I explain how you can remove or add this microphone button. Please note that if you remove this (also this means you are disabling Dictation), you will still be able to use Siri.

Please note that the steps described here will also disable or enable dictation on your iPhone or iPad.

How to remove the microphone button (disable dictation)

1-Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPadSettings app iPhone iPad

2-Tap General

3-Tap Keyboard

4-Find the “Enable Dictation” option and turn it off. Doing so will produce a popup saying “The information Dictation uses to respond to your requests is also used for Siri and will remain on Apple servers unless Siri is also turned off.” It may also say, if you have a paired Apple Watch: “Turning off Dictation on your iPhone will turn off Dictation of your Apple Watch”

If you are still want to get rid of the button, tap Turn Off Dictation.

Exit settings and now go open your keyboard and you will see that the microphone button is gone:

If you change your mind, you can simply add the button by going to Settings > General > Keyboard and then toggle on Dictation.

Siri everything
Siri is the fastest way to open an app. It’s the fastest way to open Settings for an app – just ask Siri to “open Settings” while you are in the app. It’s also the fastest way to send a fast message to someone and the quickest means by which to dictate an email. You can even ask it to switch on Do Not Disturb or schedule meetings with named contacts.

Fast response
Received a message and want to send a response fast? Just long press the message to open its preview and then slide your finger up the screen to find three quick responses you can use.

Long press links on a page
Long press any link on a Safari page and gently swipe up. You’ll get a range of options including opening and sharing the site. Or long press the Safari icon to open a new session. Or long press any app icon to find numerous shortcuts.

Read later offline
Found a webpage in your lunch break you’d like to take a closer look at later when you’re offline? Long press the Bookmark option and add it to your Reading list.

Need power in a hurry? Use AirPlane mode
Switch your iPhone to AirPlane mode and your iPhone will charge more efficiently in the time you’ve got.

Call handling
Call comes in and you can’t take it? Tap Message on the incoming call screen and you can choose a text message to let the caller know you can’t pick up right now.

Want to speak to one of your contacts on speakerphone? Just ask Siri to call that contact and finish the request with the words “on speakerphone”.

Maps control
Double tap to zoom in Maps. If you keep holding after the second tap you’ll be able to zoom in and out of the map just by moving that your finger up and down the screen.

Fast App Switching
Swipe right in the indicator area at the bottom of the display to get to the last used app. Keep swiping to move between apps.

Quick currency
When you want to type another currency symbol just press and holdthe dollar key and you’ll see a bunch of alternatives you can use. This also works on other characters, so try this on all the keys.

Which number?
Someone made contact and you don’t know which number they used? Just open up their Contacts app listing and the last method they used to make contact with you will be marked as ‘Recent’.

You can ask Mail in iOS to tell you when a new message comes through in a key conversation. Just tap the flag icon and choose 'Notify Me...' in the options that appear.

Refuse the call
When you receive a call you can’t take then swipe down the screen and use one of the commands you’ll find there: Message will send a text message to the caller saying you can’t speak, while Remind Me will remind you to call them back.

The one everyone knows and so many forget: Double-tap the Space bar to add a period.

The other one everyone knows but sometimes forgets – when you enter an incorrect number in the Calculator app you don’t need to start the sum all over again, just swipe back in the numbers field.

Take a snap
Using the Camera app and want to keep the iPhone steady? Just tap one of the volume buttons on the device, or tap the volume up button on your wired earbuds.
I do hope these come in useful from time to time.
Open the Camera app

As you line up your shot, look for the magnification indicator (1x) and camera selection close to the shutter button
Make sure it’s oriented in the same way you’re holding your phone

If you are holding it so that you are taking a shot holding the iPhone vertically, the icons should look like this:

If you are holding it sideways, they should look like this:

If it’s not, try rotating your phone back to another orientation and back to the one you want

As shown in the images above, you can quickly tell if your orientation will be off if the zoom indicator and camera selection is rotated 90-degrees from how you’re holding your iPhone.

If you’ve already taken a photo in the wrong orientation, just tap Edit, then choose the square frame icon next to cancel. Finally, tap the square icon with the rotate arrow to rotate your photo.

Tap Done when you’re finished.
Here’s How to Make Sure It’s Enabled

Apple Watch Fall Detection:


While the ECG and other heart monitoring features on the Apple Watch seem to get the lion’s share of credit for saving lives, the Apple Watch Series 4 boasts another very important sensor that’s often overlooked: fall detection.

It was this feature that was credited with coming to the aid of an 80-year-old woman in Germany this weekend, detecting her fall and connecting her with emergency services, as reported by the Munich fire department.

According to the report, the Apple Watch automatically placed a call to 112, the German equivalent of “911” and played a recorded announcement to emergency dispatcher telling him that a person had fallen heavily and transmitting the GPS coordinates to the scene of the accident.

The police were able to use that data to identify an address and send an ambulance and render aid. The woman’s son was also simultaneously notified, since he was registered as an emergency contact, and he also came to her aid.

Although the elderly woman was shaken up enough that she was unable to answer the door when emergency workers arrived, requiring the fire department to enter the apartment by force, she was not seriously injured, and the paramedics were able to release her into the custody of her son.

However, the Apple Watch has already saved lives in considerably more serious situations, such as the case a Swedish man last fall who passed out from crippling back pain while cooking with the stove on and a young daughter in the house, or a 67-year-old Norwegian man who was found bloody and unconscious on his bathroom floor after emergency crews responded to an automated Apple Watch Emergency SOS call.

How to Make Sure Fall Detection Is Enabled

While Fall Detection is a great feature on the Apple Watch Series 4, what you may not realize is that it’s only enabled automatically for users who are over 65 years of age — based on the data entered by the user when the Apple Watch is originally setup. It’s also unclear whether it will be automatically activated on your 65th birthday, so either way, if you want to be able to take advantage of this potentially life-saving feature, you’ll need to take a trip into your Apple Watch settings on your iPhone and make sure it’s enabled:

Open the Apple Watch app on your paired iPhone
Ensure the My Watch tab is selected
Scroll down to Emergency SOS and tap it
Look for the Fall Detection setting and ensure it’s switched on

Enabling Fall Detection


Note that there are valid reasons why you may want to leave Fall Detection disabled, especially if you regularly participate in high-intensity workouts. This may be why Apple has chosen to only enable it automatically for older users, however it’s also worth keeping in mind that Fall Detection will not send an emergency SOS signal immediately — you have to be immobile for over a minute before the fall detection even kicks in, after which a very noticeable and loud alarm will sound along with 30-second countdown before the emergency call is made, during which the process can be cancelled.

Add Emergency Contacts

When triggered, Fall Detection will automatically place a call to the emergency services number for your country (i.e. 911), but if you want to also notify family members or friends, you’ll also want to set them up as emergency contacts. This is done from the iPhone’s Health app:

Make sure the person you want to add an emergency contact is already in your Contacts app.
Open the Health app
Tap the Medical ID tab in the bottom right corner
Tap the Edit button in the top right corner
Scroll down to the Emergency Contacts section
Tap Add Emergency Contact
Select the person from your list of contacts (note that only contacts that include phone numbers are selectable)
Tap the person’s mobile phone number (if they have more than one)
Select your relationship to the person from the provided list
Tap Done in the top right corner.

Health App Medical Id Setup


If you have one or more emergency contacts listed, they will each receive a text message notifying them that there’s a problem, along with a link to your current location, so you’ll want to ensure that you use a mobile phone number for each of your emergency contacts.
In my never-ending quest to simplify my photographic workflow (and also my life workflow) — I’ve discovered that Apple Photos is actually a very strong alternative to Adobe Lightroom (or perhaps– even superior?)

Faster: Loads photos faster when scrolling through images
Simpler: Superfluous functions are taken away; stripped down to the essentials.
Simpler workflow: I like the simple ‘heart’ or ‘favorite’ ❤️ icon as a way to quickly ‘flag’ (select your best photos).
Simpler ways to process your photos (I really like the Apple Photos ‘Light’ function to adjust the brightness of your images– it works very well!)
Free: Included with Mac, iPhone, iPad. The frustration with always having to login to Adobe Lightroom — and having to pay a monthly subscription fee.

Importing Photos

Looking at photos in a new ‘My Albums’

Why not as much love for Apple Photos?

How to flag (favorite) photos in Photos

My theory:

A lot of people look down on Apple photos because it isn’t “pro” enough.

Truth be told, it seems that Apple Photos does at least 85% of what Adobe Lightroom can do, but it simplifies your photographic workflow process, while allowing you to view, post-process, and export your photos faster and simpler!

I honestly think that Apple Photos is one of the most underrated tools for Apple/Mac/iPhone/iPad. This piece of software alone is worth the investment in any Apple device — and it’s free!

I plan on using more of Apple photos for my photographic workflow, and will keep you updated!

Find out much more about Photos from Apple by clicking on the below link:
Toddler Locked You Out of Your iPad? Here's What to Do

Everyone punches the wrong passcode into their iPhone or iPad at some point, either on accident for because they forgot it. It might make you anxious for a second, but you only need to reenter the correct code and, voila, you're back in.

Unfortunately, your Apple iPhone or iPad isn't as forgiving when you enter the wrong password multiple times. Do it enough, and the device will be locked out for days and even years.

This isn't just hypothetical --- in fact, it happens more often than you'd think. Evan Osnos, a staff writer at The New Yorker tweeted in April 2019 that his 3-year-old locked him out of his iPad for 25,536,442 minutes, or around 48 years. This can happen to anyone who kicks on an Apple security feature that lengthens the lock-out time the more you input an incorrect password.

If you find yourself on the wrong end of this scenario, don't worry: Here the steps you should take when iPhone or iPad becomes disabled into the 22nd century.

This is another reason why it is so important to have an iCloud backup for your iPhone and iPad...

How to Unlock a Disabled iPhone or iPad

You'll first need to download iTunes onto your laptop. Connect your bricked device to your laptop and open iTunes.
You will now need to force a restart. If you own an iPhone 8 or later or an iPad Pro 12.9 or iPad Pro 11, then press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button, then tap and hold the side (or top) button until you see the recovery mode screen.

If you own an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, complete step 1 then hold the side and volume buttons down until recovery mode appears on your phone.

On an iPhone 6s or earlier or an iPad with a home button, press and hold the Home button and top (or side) buttons at the same time.

Once you've completed this step, an iTunes pop-up should appear on your laptop that asks you to restore or update your device. Choose "Restore."
iTunes will then download software onto your device (this will take several minutes) so you can set up your phone as new.
In a best-case scenario, you have an iCloud or iTunes backup you can use to store your iPhone or iPad. If so, select "Restore from iCloud Backup" or "Restore from iTunes Backup" and follow the prompts (you'll be asked to sign in to your accounts).

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