All posts tagged mac

→ Is iPhone 6s faster than a Mac

I feel like this is more to this than the graphs indicate. I look forward to someone (read: not me) explaining what is is “off” about this comparison.

→ OS X Reviewed

It’s a bummer that we have read our last Siracusa review of Mac OS X, but we all thank John for all the work he’s done over the past 15 years.

Some updates on Reeder for iPad and Mac

Reeder developer Silvio Rizzi tweeted a couple of updates this morning:

  1. Reeder 2 for iPad will go into beta this week. He also says that he anticipates submitting the app to the App Store in August.

  2. Reeder for Mac still needs work, but he says there will be a public beta.

Personally, I am most looking forward to Reeder for Mac and Reeder for iPhone1


  1. Unfortunately, I have a feeling we won’t be a getting a new version of Reeder for iPhone before, at least, the end of October. 

→ The Mac Configuration Tip You Didn’t Know You Needed

This was making the rounds yesterday. Try it. It is life changing1.


  1. Okay, that might be some slight hyperbole, but it does really help. 

→ The Macalope Daily Goes Free

[Editor’s Note: Starting this week, all Macworld readers can look forward to a new Macalope Daily every Tuesday and Thursday, as well as the Macalope Weekly on Saturdays.]

That is great news for people who love reading the Macalope crush some of the people who call themselves “pundits” these days.

→ Save to iCloud Keyboard Shortcut

Command-Shift-I

(via Ben Brooks)

→ Siracusa and Gruber Unite

Really solid episode of The Talk Show this week. 2 hours and 20 minutes of John Siracus and John Gruber talking about all things Mac-y, Geek-y, and Tech-y.

→ This is not the “Save As” You Are Looking For

If one edits a document than does Save As, then BOTH the edited original document and the copy are saved, thus not only saving a new copy, but silently saving the original with the same changes, thus overwriting the original.

Wow. This could lead to major confusion. It happened for me in minimal testing.

→ Monthly Magazine from Don McAllister and ScreenCasts Online

Really glad to see Don McAllister back in the app store after his SEO Tutor apps were pulled. I bet this is going to be good.

→ Tweetbot for Mac Updated

Really nice update. Little tip about the new “docking” columns from The Next Web:

If you’d like to create a large Tweetdeck-like interface that lets you move them all around at once, you’re in luck, because you can now dock the windows together. To do so, hover a window next to the right edge of the one previous and let go, they’ll snap right together. To pull a window off, move your cursor to the bottom of the rightmost timeline and grab the undocking handle, dragging it off and to the right.

The advancements in Tweetbot mean I am going to be really sad when Twitter cuts off third party clients.

→ Optimize Your Wireless Network Using Mountain Lion

Really cool tip from 9to5mac. I’ll definitely be doing this when I get home.

→ Get Save As Back in Mountain Lion

I ended up just accepting the new “Duplicate” functionality, so I am not sure I even care about this anymore. Still, I know a lot of people who miss it a great deal.

→ Pause Notifications

Press the Option key while clicking on the Notification icon in the right end of the menu bar. This will pause the display of notifications. To reactivate them, you can either Option-click the same icon again; display notifications at the right of the screen by clicking on the Notification Center icon, then toggle the Show Alerts and Banners switch from Off to On; or just wait until tomorrow, when they’ll go back on automatically.

Nice. Thank you Macworld and Macworld Hints reader guillaumegete

→ Mac OS X Defaults

Brett Terpstra tweeted his favorite Mac OS X default1. It remove the delay before showing a hidden dock2. My favorite might be “Make Text in Preview selectable:”

defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection -bool TRUE

  1. Spoiler: defaults write com.apple.Dock autohide-delay -float 

  2. Don’t get me wrong, I like that one too. 

→ MacDrifter on Text Editors

Gabe from MacDrifter lists a number of good resources for both BBEdit and Sublime Text.

I moved from TextMate to BBEdit when I upgraded my Macbook and was learning Ruby. Some of these links would have been helpful during that.

→ Mountain Lion Review Roundup

I was thinking about doing something like this, but I think David Chartier has it covered.

→ Preparing for Siracusa’s Mountain Lion Review

Another solid video from Pat Dryburgh. This year’s version features a cameo from the man himself.

→ Mountain Lion is Available

Go get it1.


  1. Affiliate Link 

→ Fantastical – Updated and On Sale

I can’t believe I waited as long as I did to start using this app to enter calendar events. It finally got me to move away from only entering events in Google Calendar.

(via David Sparks)

Dealing with iCloud’s Current Shortcomings

I love of the concept of Apple’s iCloud: a system where all my documents and settings are instantly available on any device, without me having to think about configuring sync. If that was how iCloud worked, would be amazing. Unfortunately, Apple’s execution does not equal the syncing utopia I was hoping for.

Problems

My two major problems for iCloud deal with (1) document management and (2) reliability. Document management can be summed up by the “Open from iCloud” dialog box in many iCloud-enabled applications: a list of files in some order.1 My hope is that Mountain Lion’s new folder system will allow slightly better organization for my documents, than a simple list, perhaps with some kind of search functionality.2 For now, however, I am constantly faced with the simple list.

My second problem comes from reliability. I have been a paying member of Dropbox3 for a number of years now and I have never had a problem. When I go looking for ale I expect to be in one place, it’s always there.. With iCloud, however, I have not always had such success. I’ve left work with my iPad a few times, figuring I’d do some work at some other location, only to find that iCloud had not properly synced either the latest version of my document or, sometimes, the entire document itself. This normally means using either Screens or FileConnect to connect to my computer and get the document I need to work on.

Workarounds

In order to work around iCloud’s limitations, I have had to delve into the location iCloud stores documents:4:

 ~/Library/Mobile Documents/

In this directory, there are a number of sub-directories that contain the iCloud documents for individual apps. For example, iA Writer is located in:

~/Library/Mobile Documents/74ZAFF46HB~jp~informationarchitects~Writer

Though the names can look confusing, it is not terrible difficult to figure out which folder refers to which application. Inside the application-specific folder, there is a sub-folder called “Documents” and inside that folder are those documents that are stored in iCloud.

Knowing the location my iCloud documents are stored means that I can create Hazel rules that operate on the folder. These rules are usually fairly simple. For example, I have Hazel sync all text files I create in iA Writer into my nvAlt folder, That way, I can use nvAlt’s full text search functionality to figure out the document name I need to open back in iA Writer. I also use Hazel to create a series of backups of my iCloud documents,5 which gives me a little piece of mind as to whether or not my documents might get lost in transit during an iCloud sync. In total, this series of Hazel rules makes my iCloud experience much more comfortable.

Over the Horizon

Though my Hazel rules have helped me settle into using iCloud for a number of different apps, my hope is that Mountain Lion will mean that they are no longer necessary. Thankfully, I only have to wait another couple of weeks to find out if that is the case.


  1. Most recently edited is the ideal order for me, however, I’m partially okay with there beany order. The applications that seem to just dump the files randomly get deleted from my system rather quickly. 

  2. Byword (affiliate link, as are the rest of the app links in this article) is an example of an application on the Mac that has basic search functionality built into the open dialog box. 

  3. Affiliate Link (the kind where I get additional free space if you sign up) 

  4. This is section is related to how iCloud operates in OS X Lion. My hope is that this workaround becomes obsolete with the enhanced iCloud support in Mountain Lion. 

  5. To my Dropbox account, unsurprisingly.