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How to install dual system and shared partitions on Mac?

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Now there are many ways to install dual system and shared partitions on Mac, but some of them are not general enough or too complicated. A user, days ago, posted a general, simple way that doesn’t require you to reinstall macOS.

The user said this only applies to non fusion drive, otherwise just turn off the CoreStorage, which is a disk managing mode Apple designed for fusion drive.

Tools:

Mac’s built-in “Terminal” “Boot Camp Assistant” and “Disk Utility”.

Steps:

1. Turn off the CoreStorage.

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Access Terminal, type in command “sudo diskutil CoreStorage revert /”, press Enter, provide password, and reboot the Mac.

2. Use Boot Camp to install Windows.

Access Boot Camp, select “Open Boot Camp help”, then follow the prompts including the steps below:

– Check for software update
– Get a Windows ISO
– Prepare for installing Windows
– Install Windows
– Install software supported by Windows

3. Use Disk Utility to create multi partitions.

– After the installatio of Windows, reboot the Mac, press Option key, and select Mac system to log in.
– Open Disk Utility, select the whole disk, and select “Partition”
– Select the “MacintoshHD” partition, press “+” to enlarge the space according to your needs, select the exfat format, which can be visited by both systems.
– Click Apply.

4. Reboot the Mac.

Use pictures to tell stories – Vivaldi Browser Snapshot 1.12.955.3

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Image Inspector – another fundamental functionality that the latest snapshot adds on in this digital era.

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This new feature allows users dive into the general attributes of the image. All the information available based on the image meta data will be displayed by Vivaldi. Properties including the camera brand, color  temperature (kelvin), histogram, while balance, image dimension, file size etc. will be provided.

The developer believes that photography bloggers and enthusiasts are going to love this new feature. That doesn’t stop all those who are curious to know more about their favorite pictures on websites, though.

You’re suggested going to photography sites that keep all the information intact: For example

Right clicking on the image and selecting ‘Inspect Image’ will bring you to the picture properties.

Specific changelog:

  • [New Feature] Inline image inspector (VB-3075)
  • [Regression][Mac][Linux] Prevent mute button from disappearing on youtube videos (VB-32486)
  • [Regression] Session list is not visible in open session dialog (VB-32532)
  • [Downloads] More download panel info (VB-6942)
  • [Media] Platform media broken on macOS 10.13 (beta) (VB-32098)

Does your processional app support macOS High Sierra?

Days ago Apple released the latest developer beta and public beta of macOS High Sierra, and this could be the last beta before the system officially launches, for which he company is currently preparing for other aspects.

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According to the feedback of some users, they recently received emails from Apple that remind the professional users which version of professional apps support macOS High Sierra, and which older version will no longer be compatible.

Apple stated in emails that the lowest versions which support macOS High Sierra include: Final Cut Pro 10.3.4, Motion 5.3.2, Compressor 4.3.2, Logic Pro X 10.3.1 and MainStage 3.3.

The incompatible ones include Final Cut Studio and Logic Studio, which are 32-bit. So we guess apple is about to terminate the support for 32-bit apps.

The popularization of 64-bit apps for Mac is relatively slower than that for iOS, but it’s imminent now. Apple made it clear that starting from January 2018, any app submitted to the Mac App Store must support 64-bit, and all the purchased Mac apps and updates must support 64-bit after June 2018. macOS High Sierra will be the last version supporting 32-bit apps.

New Beta of High Sierra, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11

Today, except for iOS 11 Beta, Apple also updated the Beta of macOS, High Sierra, watchOS, and tvOS 11.

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As for macOS High Sierra, Apple released Beta 7 for developers, which can be downloaded through Apple Developer Center or from the Mac App Store.

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watchOS 4 Beta 7, which was also rolled out by Apple today, can be downloaded through Watch app on iPhone after the file configuration is correctly set in Apple Developer Center.

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tvOS 11 Beta 7 is also available now. Developers need to connect Apple TV to Mac through USB-C, then get the update through iTunes. Soon after that, Apple released tvOS 11 Public Beta 6.

In short, the three above-mentioned updates are mainly for stability improvement and bug fixes, no important new feature has been discovered yet.

How to change the folder display settings on Mac

One user said he still failed to list all the files in the same display type, then he found out that the setting “View display options” is effective only under current directory, so he came up with the following steps:

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1. Open Finder, continuously click Command+↑ several times until the you can see the disk icons without redirecting.

2. Choose the display type you want, e.g. icon (Command + 1), list (Command + 2), column (Command + 3), then press Command + J at the same time or click the pinion to open “View display options”.

3. Adjust the display size you want.

4. Open Launchpad – Others – Terminal, type “sudu find / -name .DS_Store -exec rm {} +” in and press Enter. Provide your account password if you’re prompted, then press Enter and wait.

5. When Step 4 is finished, click the apple icon in the upper left corner and select “Force Quit”.

6. In the window of Force Quit, select “Finder” and click “Restart”.

Mozilla Firefox 55.0 officially released

The opensource browser Mozilla Firefox 55 has just entered a brand new stage, multithreading’s improvement and introduction made its performance finally catch up, yet those old extensions (e.g. Flash) may cause problems during the browser’s multi-thread running. In Firefox 55 and later versions, Mozilla will focus on solving these issues.

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For example, in version 55, it’s set as default that running the Flash plugin needs the user to confirm, and local content of this kind is not allowed to call. Meanwhile, starting from version 55, Firefox will support WebVR.

Another notable feature in this update is that the search box and location bar become more closer. You can anytime search the keyword by typing it in the address field. So maybe in the near future, the location bar would be removed, just like that on Chrome.

The “Sync” features have also become better – an access to Firefox sync center has been added to the sync menu, where the user can manage the Firefox sync on multiple devices.

The following are the update details:

New

  • Browsing sessions with a high number of tabs are now restored in an instant
  • Sidebar (bookmarks, history, synced tabs) can now be moved to the right edge of the window
  • Fine-tune your browser performance from the Preferences/Options page.
  • Make screenshots of webpages, and save them locally or upload them to the cloud. This feature will undergo A/B testing and will not be visible for some users.
  • Added Belarusian (be) locale
  • Assign custom shortcuts to Firefox menu items on OS X and macOS via System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts
  • Simplify print jobs from within print preview
  • Use virtual reality devices with the web with the introduction of WebVR
  • Search suggestions are now enabled by default for users who haven’t explicitly opted-out
  • Search with any installed search engine directly from the location bar

Changed

  • Breaking profile changes – do not downgrade Firefox and use a profile that has been opened with Firefox 55+.
  • Windows stub installer is now streamlined for simpler installation. Users requiring advanced install options should use full installers.
  • The Flash plugin is now click-to-activate by default and only allowed on http:// and https:// URL schemes. This change will be rolled out progressively and so will not be visible to all users immediately. For more information see the Firefox plugin roadmap
  • Modernized application update UI to be less intrusive and more aligned with the rest of the browser. Only users who have not restarted their browser 8 days after downloading an update or users who opted out of automatic updates will see this change.

Developer

  • Insecure sites can no longer access the Geolocation APIs to get access to your physical location

New features of Photos in macOS High Sierra

Apple updated the built-in Photos in macOS High Sierra – new tools added with other update and improvement on other aspects. It brings better managing and editing experience.

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New features of Mac photo app

Compared to the version of last year, macOS High Sierra isn’t quite different besides some small features and improvement.

Sidebar locked

In this update, the sidebar of Photos can’t be hidden anymore, so that the user can access gallery, shared gallery, images and items anytime.

Better photo management

The user can drag the photos from the selecting zone to a new album or export them to the desktop. With new tools added, the user can quickly add photos to favorites and edit them.

New editing tool

The new Curves tool allows the user to adjust the tone, switch colors, and make the image brighter or darker.

Adjustment of filters

In macOS High Sierra, the following colorific filters having been added:

  • Vivid
  • Dramatic Warm
  • Dramatic Cool
  • Vivid Cool
  • Vivid Warm

And these black-and-white filters:

  • Mono
  • Silvertone
  • Noir

Live Photos Edit

With the infinite loop mode, the user can take long-exposure photos with iPhone.

Support for third-party tools

Photos on Mac now can better work with third-party tools.

Other new features

In macOS High Sierra, Photos became more intelligent – albums with tags of birthday, wedding, baby, etc. are added.

How to quickly finish updating macOS?

Isn’t it boring when updating macOS, all you can do is waiting and watching the progress bar? Lately a user posted on Reddit to share a Terminal command that can speed up macOS update.

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The user said it usually takes half an hour to update macOS through the App Store. macOS now has a built-in utility that quickens the update, and users can use their devices while updating the system.

The user also said it only took him 10 minutes to finish updating to the latest version of macOS 12.6. The device needs to restart during the update, so you won’t be able to use your device for about 2 minutes.  The user suggested using the following commands for update:

softwareupdate -l 

softwareupdate -i -a

The first one is to check for updates, the second is to install the update. During the process you’ll be prompted to restart the device.

The post soon received replies – another user discovered a method with higher efficiency. This user said executing “sudo softwareupdate -ia;sudo reboot” command will automatically do the tasks one by one, so that during the update you can put the device aside and do other things.

Another method is to execute “sudo sh -c “softwareupdate -ia && sudo reboot” command. The device will restart after the first task is done, and you’ll be prompted if the device fails to restart.

The last but the better way is to execute “sudu sh -c “softwareupdate -ia && reboot” command.

Well, no matter which way you choose to update the device, backup is always suggested.

Fantastical 2 update: several new features added

Fantastical 2, Mac calendar app released by developer Flexibits, has now receive its 2.4 version update, which includes some great new features. This can be the greatest update since 2015.

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In version 2.4, Fantastical 2 users will be delighted to find out they can add attachments to this app. Besides the attachment functions, many changes for view and usability have also been made in this Mac app.

The following is the update details of Fantastical 2 stated in the Mac App Store:

  • Atachments! View, create, and edit attachments on iCloud and Exchange
  • View attachments on Google Calendar
  • Travel Time! Receive notifications when you need to leave to reach an event on time
  • Define travel time so you can plan how long it will take to reach an event
  • Fantastical 2 will now combine identical events that are on multiple calendars
  • Undo and redo adding, editing, and deleting events and reminders
  • Click “more…” on a busy day in the month view to show more events and reminders
  • Customize the number of weeks shown in the month view

Currently Mac users who run OS X 10.11 or higher (64-bit processor only) can download version 2.4 of Fantastical 2 from the Mac App Store.

See what’s new on Safari 11

Apple has declared war against annoying auto-playing videos and creepy ad tracking across the websites users visit. In High Sierra, the company has ramped up Safari’s capabilities to shield users against both. And these auto-playing defenses are incredibly effective so far.

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You can set preferences for individual websites or a blanket rule that bans all autoplay, only stops content with sound, or lets everything play:

I haven’t found any site that can successfully break through Safari’s new safeguards against unexpected media playback. Loading animations made clear that sites were trying to auto-play something, but they still failed. Apple insists that it’s way faster than Chrome.

With the new update, though, Safari lets you make it the default way to view web pages, where possible. You can also choose to have the Reader mode activated just for specific websites.