Apple’s newest operating system, macOS Sierra and the newest update OS High Sierra come with some new tools to save time and have a bit of fun.
Here are some of our favorite Mac tools:
Not a time saver by any means, but definitely a fun trick. You can use the Photos application to create fun GIFs from a live photo. Open your live photo in edit mode. From the drop down menu select Loop. Then export the photo as a GIF and you’ll be a favorite among your friends.
Do you find yourself constantly scrolling through your notes looking for the important one? Well now you can pin those important note to the top and save yourself sometime. Simply right click on the note you want at the top and choose Pin Note. While you’re there you can also password protect sensitive notes.
Siri has been available on Macs for a while now, but you might not be using her to the best of her ability. If you need to change some of your system preferences use Siri instead of searching around. For instance, you can say “increase brightness” after activating Siri to brighten your screen hands free.
Copy and Paste Across Devices
Since the release of OS Sierra, you can now use a Universal Clipboard so you can copy and paste across your devices. As long as you’re logged in using the same Apple ID on both devices, this feature will work automatically. Try hitting Control + C on your Mac and then holding down and selecting Paste on your iPhone. No more sending emails or texts to yourself.
Printing a contract, signing and then scanning it to email back is a major pain. With a Mac trackpad you can sign PDFs right in Preview. Just open the PDF and click the toolbox icon at the top right of the the toolbar. Select the signature icon and then in the window select Create Signature and ensure the trackpad option is selected. From there select the signature line and sign away.
Record Your Screen
Have you ever tried to explain how to use a program to someone and found yourself confused? Instead of typing out lists use QuickTime to record your screen. Open your QuickTime Player and from the File menu select New Movie Recording. It will try to use your built in cam but click the small arrow next to the record button to select your screen to record instead.
Save Your Battery
Instead of frantically searching for your charging cord try to run your computer more efficiently. Click on the battery icon in the top toolbar and you’ll see a menu appear. This shows you the apps that are using a significant amount of power and also allows you to adjust energy preferences. You may not be able to close all the power-draining apps, but maybe you can save yourself a bit of battery life.
If you ever need help running your Mac, give us a call. We’re available to troubleshoot over the phone or in person.