Jan 16

One of the drawbacks of operating across ecosystems is the incompatibility of files. In my previous trial of a Google Pixel phone, one of the frustrations I wrote about was not being able to read Apple.pages files that were emailed to me on my Pixel phone. Well thanks to an add-on package  from Mobisystems you can now read a Pages document on an Android phone.

Mobisystems have an office suite called, well, ‘OfficeSuite’ and there is a ‘Personal’ version for $39 per year that allows you to import, among other things,  Numbers, Pages and Keynote files.There are no free options that I know of for doing this.

Be careful, there is also a paid version called ‘premium’ or  ‘pro’ but it has less features than the ‘Personal Cross Platform’ version. It’s the ‘Personal Cross Platform’ version that costs $39 per year and will allow you to read Pages files.

There is no mention of this ability to read Apple Pages files on Mobisystems main OfficeSuite website where it lists what files OfficeSuite can import. It just appeared quietly in the ‘What’s new’ of Version: 9.1.10148. released on December 21, 2017.

While it’s not perfect (some of the formatting can get lost) I have not yet come across a document that it could not import. I would not recommend it for editing Apple Pages files but it does allow you to read them, which is a major bonus for Apple users with Android phones.

Jan 16

I just wanted to let people know of a very interesting billing issue I had with Bluehost recently. I was overcharged for my hosting, but when I enquired into the billing problem they bullied me into stepping down my enquiry or else they would shut down my website!

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Jan 01

I just purchased a phone from this ebay seller and when it arrived it was as good as new!

It’s worth keeping an eye on these guys. The 2 specials below have sold out but they now have Apple watches for $189.

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Dec 20

Quicksilver is one of my favourite apps for accessing documents quickly and doing all sorts of tasks. I use it almost every time I want to open a new app, open a document or find a folder.  I also use Devonthink to store all my files.  I am converting over to a paperless office. (Hopefully I will write an article about this someday!) If you are a Quicksilver and Devonthink user here’s how to add your Devonthink database to your Quicksilver catalogue so that all the PDF files in Devonthink can be accessible to Quicksilver.

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Dec 20

If you want to upgrade your SSD drive this week is a good time to do it. Ebay have a ‘20% off tech’ sale. You can find Crucial SSD drives in there that work great in any Mac that takes a normal 2.5″ SATA drive. That’s all iMacs, all Mac Minis and most (but not all) Macbooks.

Enter the code ‘powerup’ at the checkout to get 20% off before December 27.

Crucial 1TB  $415 – 20% = $332

Crucial 500GB  $232 – 20% = $185

Crucial 250GB $139 – 20% = $111

These are a steal!

 

 

 

Dec 10

To type the copyright symbol simply hold down the option key and press the ‘g’ key. Option-g will type the copyright symbol in any program. This works in Mail, Pages, Microsoft Word, Keynote etc.

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Dec 03

This post if for WordPress users. In this post I reviewed several blogging apps and found them all lacking. Since then Blogo has had a few updates and it’s evolving into a very useful app! You can check it out here.

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Nov 28

Today I discovered a major bug using Illustrator with Apple High Sierra 10.13.1.  Illustrator is stuck on the ‘hand’  tool.  This renders illustrator completely useless because you can’t do anything at all.  A quick Google search discovered that lots of other people have discovered this problem in all versions of Illustrator and also InDesign. I am using Illustrator CS5  which is an old version so I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to resolve this problem. Thankfully there was a simple fix.

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