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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.

Public beta of Mac blog publishing app MarsEdit 4 is now available

A new version of the MarsEdit blog publishing app has been rolled out. If you’re running the current version on your Mac, you can try out the public beta for free ahead of its release.

This is from the MarsEdit 4 public beta announcement:

“It’s been over 7 years since MarsEdit 3 was released. Typically I would like to maintain a schedule of releasing major upgrades every two to three years. This time, a variety of unexpected challenges led to a longer and longer delay.

The good news? MarsEdit 4 is finally shaping up. I plan to release the update later this year.

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If you decide to install the beta, please join us in the Red Sweater Slack team to discuss the upcoming release. As always, I welcome bug reports and other feedback via email as well.”

If you don’t have a MarsEdit 3 license, you’ll need to purchase a license between now and launch for $39.95 to run the public beta, then upgrade to MarsEdit 4 without an additional charge.

Briefly MarsEdit 4’s top new features and changes include:

  • Editor Enhancements
  • WordPress-specific enhancements
  • Improved system integration
  • Expanded post downloads
  • Automated preview templates
  • Safari App Extension
  • Application Sandbox

Tutorials: Disable Touch Bar text prediction on MBP

Previous report said law students who have bought the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar must disable the Touch Bar functions when attending the bar examination 2017, because Touch Bar can predict text according to the words typed in.

During the exam, the Bar Examination Committee will disable MacBook Pro from accessing the Internet, apps and files, but Touch Bar on MacBook Pro can break these restrictions, that’s why Touch Bar must be disabled.

ExamSoft, the company that provides exam management solutions, said that Touch Bar’s text prediction will effect the completeness of the exam. Let’s see how to disable the text predction of Touch Bar on MacBook Pro.

  1. Open the System Preferences.
  2. Click Keyboard.
  3. In the Keyboard window you can see two drop-down menus. In the first drop-down menu (Multi-Touch Bar), select Unfolded Control Strip.
  4. In the second drop-down menu, select Display F1, F2, etc.

After finishing the above settings, you will see the Touch Bar displays default function keys. The text prediction can be restored anytime it’s needed.

Be careful! Two malware appeared on Mac

Recently two Mac malware respectively called “MacSpy” and “MacRansom” which attack through MaaS and RaaS have been discovered on Dark Web.

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They both came from the same malware developer, but security companies Fortinet and AlienVault thought the developer is inexperienced, pointing out that the malware don’t have digital signature file, which means macOS that has protective measures can detect them and send alerts. Researchers called MacSpy a “better coding tool”, MacRansom is a more dangerous malware due to its ability of permanently destroying users’ files.

Fortunately, MacSpy and MacRansome haven’t spread widely, because the developer requires contact from customers for direct price negotiation. Meanwhile, Mac security researcher Patrick Wardle said Internet criminals have been focusing on Mac more and more. Researcher Ruben Dodge said that users of macOS and iOS need to be much more careful, because it’s very likely they will be targets of hackers. Despite that fact that MacSpy and MacRansom haven’t infected many computers, there can be a very powerful malware awaiting in the near future.

Although Mac computer is considered safer than Windows PC, but lately the number of outlaws targeting Mac is growing.

New macOS support device list: same as the last year

At Apple WWDC in 2017, the new macOS launched as expected, but it’s called macOS High Sierra, not the names of scenic spots in States as we guessed.

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Just like the name indicates, its coming doesn’t exclude any type of Mac. In other words, as long as your Mac computer supports macOS Sierra, it can be updated to the this new version. Specific devices include:

  • MacBook (from 2009 and later)
  • iMac (from 2009 and later)
  • MacBook Air (from 2010 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (from 2010 and later)
  • Mac Mini (from 2010and later)
  • Mac Pro (from 2010 and later)

Starting from last year, macOS Sierra no longer supports Mac devices produced in 2007,  2008, and 2009. Apple said that Mac’s software update cycle will be closer to the hardware update cycle. So the launch of High Sierra doesn’t mean those old machines won’t be supported, which did surprise many users.

But since currently Mac hardware update frequency has been greatly lowered, many old type of machines still have their value. Although old devices will not support every feature of the new system, many users won’t be worried their devices may lose Apple’s support due to this update.

Beta 1 of macOS 10.12.6 released on Mac App Store

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Apple has rolled out the first beta of macOS 10.12.6 for developer testing. This update is likely for bug fixing and security improvements.

Releases notes for the update can be seen by developers through the Mac App Store, but no specific focus areas are mentioned.

One day after the public release of macOS 10.12.5, which was previously only available for developers and public beta testers, the first beta of macOS 10.12.6 was released.

Now registered developers can download macOS 10.12.6; a public beta version may be released shortly.

We will update if any features are discovered in the new update.

 

How to solve intermittent WiFi disconnection on Mac?

WiFi disconnection is very frustrated, how can we deal with it?

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The reasons that cause WiFi disconnection on Mac include:

1. The router is interfered by external factors or its signal is weak.

2. Incorrect settings of Mac networking.

3. Unsafe app has been used for network freeloading, which resulted in setting modification by the unsafe app.

Corresponding solutions are as follows:

1. Change the position of the router.

2. Open “Network” from “System Preferences”, click “Automatic”, select “Edit locations…”, click “+” to add a new network site, and reboot the Mac.

3. Restore the router to its factory settings, and call the network provider to unbound the media access control code.

Additionally, if the Mac used to get impacted badly, there may be some problem with its network card. But most of the time, intermittent Wifi disconnection on Mac is caused due to router setting modification by unsafe factors.