Despite their differences, Apple and Google do work well together when it comes to email. Gmail is free and it has great spam protection. But the Gmail web interface is a bit clunky. Apple mail is very nice to use and you can set it to use a Gmail account. Here’s how to use Gmail from Apple’s mail app and also how to set up Gmail on your iPhone or iPad.
Have you ever gone to send an email, and when you start to type the person’s name all their past 5 email addresses come up, even though you have deleted them from Address Book? Where are the addresses coming from and how do you get rid of them?
Normally an email is just text. You can add attachments to an email, and you can insert pictures, but how would you send an email that has pictures, a background, and text mixed and laid out nicely like this:
I recently was sent a link to a movie file in someone’s dropbox via email. No matter what I did I couldn’t get it to download. Safari wanted to play it. To download the movie I needed to click in the safari address bar, paste the link, and then press option-return which downloaded the movie instead of playing it.
When you want to send someone a lot of files in an email, the best way to do it is to compress them into one file first, called an archive or a zip file. When the person receives the zip file they just need to double click it and, hey presto, the exact files that you put into it appear in a folder! Read on to find out how to do it.
Avery has just released a free program designed to be able to print on any of their labels, of course you can use them to print on anything, but they work well with the Avery stuff because you can just type in the number from the packet and it has all the sizes already. It’s a free download from here. I just downloaded it (262 MB!) and it looks pretty good.
Thanks to Paul Sheely for this pointer on how to export from an apple numbers file into the avery application:
1. Export your numbers file as a CSV file (make sure that you’ve made the first line in each column a heading)
2. Download the design pro app from Avery (http://www.avery.com/avery/en_us/Templates-&-Software/Software/Avery-DesignPro-for-Mac.htm)
3. Follow the simple instructions…. you choose a label type… an avery number… a design type… you mail merge your CSV file… and you’re away.
Very simple once you’re set up. The Avery app allows you also to merge directly from Address Book or Mail and you can upload artwork or photos.