Oct 12

Microsoft Word for OS X does not have auto save. This is a deal breaker if you are an OS X user wanting to use Word. But there are some ways to mimic this functionality using a scripting program like Keyboard Maestro. IF you are trying to get back an old file, Microsoft Word does have a feature called auto-recovery. If Microsoft Word crashed you may be able to recover your document.  Also if you have Apple’s Time Machine running on your compute you can recover old versions of Word documents that you have saved over even if Microsoft Word cannot recover them.

Here is how to enable auto saving of files in Microsoft Word and recover old deleted Microsoft Word files if you did not have autosave enabled.

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Oct 09

I have written this little AppleScript Quick Action that can paste bible verses from Accordance into any application without having to leave that application. From any application (eg Mail, Microsoft Word, Page etc) simply hit Command-7 and you will get this dialog box:

Paste Verses

Enter in the verses you want, press OK (or hit return) and the verses will appear automatically, pasted into the document where your cursor was. Read on to download the installer.

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Oct 06

If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch you’ll want the latest information available on each one.  There are a number of ways to synchronise different kinds of information. Here’s my suggestions as to the best solution for each area that needs syncing.  If you have an Android Phone read this article instead. Continue reading ⟩

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Oct 06

For all you Queenslanders (a state in Australia) who got woken up 1 hour early by your iPhones this morning. Here’s the fix:

Go to General Settings: Date and Time

Then de-select ‘automatically set time’.

iOS is setting Brisbane iPhones to Sydney time (with daylight saving).

That must be annoying!

Oct 02

I’ve been trying out the world of Android Phones recently with a Google Pixel phone. Overall I have been surprised at how simple and effortless it has been to use my Google pixel phone alongside my Macintosh OS X.  I was expecting it to be a lot harder to synchronise the Google phone to my Macintosh computer but if anything I have found it easier than my old iPhone.

Each individual  application syncs its own data across the internet between the Google phone and OS X. Everything else gets synchronised by Google. I have found this approach surprising simple. It’s just a matter of finding the best application for each job.

Here’s a list of applications  that  I have found that will nicely share data between OSX, iOS and Android.

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Sep 28

There have been reports that the new iPhone XS has an automatic ‘Beauty Mode’ that smooths people’s skin. It is true that the new iPhone XS selfies do look a lot smoother than the previous iPhone X. This could be a ‘beauty mode’ but I doubt it. If Apple did have a deliberate beauty mode they would be crazy not to give users the option to turn it off. I think what is happening is that Apple are using noise smoothing.

Because of limitations in camera sensor technology when you take a photo in low light there is a ‘grain’ that appears in any photo. This happens on digital cameras, old film cameras and also on phone cameras. The less the light the more grain. If you try to take a photo in very low light you may have noticed this. Already phones compensate by raising the brightness of the photo in low light, and smoothing out the image to get rid of this grain.

I think what is happening here is that when the face detection technology detects a face, it sets the brightness of the whole photo to make the face clear. If the face is in low light, the iPhone XS will raise the brightness of the whole picture (hence the shirts etc changing colour in the examples) and it will also therefore apply some smoothing to the entire picture to reduce the grain caused by the low light. This could possibly cause the smoothing of skin blemishes as the phone can’t tell the difference between a skin blemish and the grain caused by low light.

Notice that it only happens on the lower quality ‘selfie’ camera. The main front camera will have a better sensor and so not need so much smoothing.

 

Sep 27

Preview

Apple Keynote has an option when you are importing a photo to “scale” it to fit to a slide. For some reason it will down-scale a larger picture to fit on a small slide but it won’t scale a small picture up. Here’s how to take a lot of photos and scale them all up or down so that they each take up a full keynote slide.  This is the fastest way to make a slide show from a lot of images very quickly.
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Sep 25

I have installed OS X Mojave and it is working nicely.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that some of my older and more obscure applications are still working.

Photoshop CS 5.1 is working. I was expecting it to break, but as usual I just had to load the Java run script libraries and it worked.

Illustrator CS 5.1 is still working.

Dragon is working. Nuance claim they have not tested Dragon with OS X Mojave but it is working for me on my late 2012 Mac mini and I can dictate into Microsoft Word and Pages and Mail.

Scansnap Pro is working and imports into Devonthink Pro.

Microsoft Word 2011 still works.

The only app that seems to be crashing is Online Bible.

 

 

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