October's meeting will be "New iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS" hosted at Kennedy Hall at IC School, Jefferson City, at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Please bring your friends who are MacOS or iOS users to our meetings.
Macstock 2018 on July 21-22, 2018, was the fourth annual gathering of Apple faithful in McHenry, IL (near Woodstock, an hour northwest of Chicago). It had the best attendance with people from California to New York to England.
There is much that I could say, but the information is all available at https://macstockconferenceandexpo.com where you can see the schedule, the speakers, news items and much much more, including the great film "Love Notes to Newton".
The quest for faster and more reliable digital storage is a continual challenge as new computers and processors become more powerful and robust. Other World Computing (OWC) has proven to be a leader in meeting this challenge.
The OWC Envoy Pro EX is a bus-powered portable solid-state drive with 1.0TB of storage and Thunderbolt 3 connection in a solid aluminum case. It is a fast and durable unit with an integrated Thunderbolt 3 cable making it a perfect travel companion. It is the ideal solution for on-location photo editing or simply taking your photo, video, and music libraries with you; and it can do everything from daily tasks such as storing family photos, videos, and documents to professional audio or photography importing.
From a techie standpoint, this drive offers Thunderbolt 3 which provides 40Gbs bandwidth, 8x more than USB 3.1 (Gen 1), and is paired with an M.2 (NVMe) SSD to provide transfer speeds up to 1800MB/s. The Envoy Pro EX is the perfect storage companion for your Thunderbolt 3 equipped Mac (or Windows) computer by blending the latest technologies with multiple model and capacity options, to push the envelope on performance while maintaining affordability.
Envoy Pro EX is built tough to withstand the bumps, jolts and drops life may put it through. With no moving parts and MIL-STD810G drop test compliance, it's ready to handle being tossed around in a backpack or accidentally knocked off the table. Meticulously engineered to run cool and silent, it also looks great in matte black (with a handy felt pouch).
This unit looks great and performs wonderfully when connected to my 15" MacBook Pro TouchBar laptop. Upon arrival, it was already formatted MS-DOS (FAT32), but comes with OWC Drive Guide (an necessary step) which features easy setup and reformatting for my Mac (or custom partitioning too). There was also additional OWC software including InTech SpeedTools and Prosoft Data Backup (also Windows utilities). As an extra bonus, shareware was also included for Fun & Games, Productivity & Organization, Audio & Video, Internet & Utilities, System Enhancements and Other Goodies . . . over 25 complete software packages (and many more for Windows).
You can learn more about the Envoy Pro EX at macsales.com/envoy and purchase 1.0TB version for only $499.99 (also available in 250GB, 500GB, and 2.0TB for $249.99, $349.99, or $1,094.99). This unit has happily joined my family of OWC devices that are high quality and very reliable. This is a great company with products which I highly recommend, particularly at very reasonable prices!
July 11, 2018, was my conversation with Tom Piper. We met at an appleJAC meeting in the early 80s and recently started seeing each other at Capital City Productions. Tom's experiences as a director at DHSS, a MacQuest consultant (macquest.com), a photographer, and much more made it fun and informative.
We have a new book to tell you about today, and I’m especially excited about it because it’s all about solving problems I know many of you are having. Quite a few people have expressed an interest in a book that will help them deal with the many questions involved in storing their data and managing their disks—concerns that have become more frequent as the volume of data we have (photos, videos, music, and more) has grown. I’m pleased to announce that our good friend Jeff Carlson has written a book that addresses these questions, and it’s available now: Take Control of Your Digital Storage.
I can’t tell you how many email messages I’ve received that involve storage puzzles. People want to know if they should use a NAS (network-attached storage) device or not, and if so, what they can do with it. How to partition and format a disk. Whether a RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a good idea. How to decide whether something should be stored on their Mac, on an external or network disk, or in the cloud. How to make sense of Apple’s new APFS filesystem. What really happens when they use iCloud’s Optimized Mac Storage feature. And so on. Jeff and I decided it was time to research all these questions and more, and the result is Take Control of Your Digital Storage.
Here’s just a taste of the topics Jeff covers in this Mac-specific book:
How to choose a new (internal or external) hard drive, SSD, or hybrid drive
Determining how much storage space you need
What you need to know about filesystems, including Apple's new APFS filesystem
Formatting and partitioning disks using Disk Utility
How to repair a misbehaving disk
How to create and use disk images
What a personal cloud is and why you might consider using one
Strategies for freeing up extra disk space
Selecting and using a NAS with your Mac (with extra information on using it to store your digital photos)
The various kinds of RAID setups, why you might want one, and how to set it up
The differences between volumes and partitions (and, for APFS, containers)
Why and how to encrypt a disk using FileVault or the Finder
Using iCloud Drive’s Optimized Mac Storage feature
And, there’s much more packed into this 124-page ebook. If you’re frustrated because you’re running low on disk space…confused about what storage options you should use…struggling with questions about volumes, formats, or partitions…trying to wrap your head around a new NAS…or just wanting to have a better understanding of how storage works on a Mac, you need this book!
I hope you’re as enthusiastic about this book as I am! I’ve been wanting a title like this in our catalog for a long time, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally here. Get to the bottom of your Mac storage issues today!
Running a publishing company, as I’ve been doing for the last year, has been an interesting and exciting challenge. One thing I wasn’t entirely prepared for was how little time it would leave me to actually write books, which is still pretty important given how many Take Control titles have my name on the cover. Today, however, I’m happy to say I’ve crossed one more off my to do list. And if you use Apple Mail on macOS or iOS, I think you’ll find this book incredibly useful.
We’ve just published Take Control of Apple Mail, Fourth Edition. This is a complete guide to handling your email with Apple Mail, and it now covers Mail in High Sierra, Sierra, and iOS 11. Among the hundreds of changes in the new edition are descriptions of the current workings of gestures, addressing, Markup, Handoff, and many other recently updated features. It contains extensive recommendations for third-party plugins; helpful hints for filtering and finding messages; instructions for backing up, restoring, and importing email; suggestions for making attachments work better (both as sender and recipient); and numerous troubleshooting tips. And it has greatly expanded coverage of using Apple Mail on an iPhone or iPad.
In addition, we’ve lowered the cover price of this 221-page book from $20 to $14.99, making it an even better value than before. And, with your 30% MUG discount, it’s only $10.49.
Note: You may have heard about a new encryption issue called EFAIL that can affect Apple Mail. This issue was discovered too late to cover it in the book, but we have an article with complete details here: What You Need to Know About the EFAIL Vulnerability. (Short version: it’s not as big of a deal as the press is making it out to be.)
This update has been in the works for a long time, and I’m delighted that it’s available at last. If you use Apple Mail on a Mac or iOS device, I hope you’ll consider purchasing a copy so that you can have the best possible email experience.
Mark your Calendars! appleJAC Users Group in Jefferson City is hosting a Question and Answer meeting at 7:00pm on May 1 at Immaculate Conception School, Kennedy Hall.
This is a golden opportunity to get your nagging questions answered on Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, or anything Apple-related. This group, that meets monthly, has a wealth of knowledge relating to all things Apple. If it was made by Apple, or connects to an Apple device, we will do our best to answer your questions.
Feel free to bring you computer, phone or tablet along and get those questions you have answered. Since many people will have questions, you will likely learn about many things you were afraid to ask about. You can ask questions from the floor or write them down and submit them. There are no dumb questions!
You don’t have to be a member to attend, so mark May 1 on your calender and plan to learn more about your Mac, iPhone to iPad.
Assembling all of the components for a reliable Smart Home is a continual challenge. It is increasingly important to acquire devices that are not only remotely controlled, but which also have the ability to communicate with each other. Another new unit from a great company more than meets this expectation.
The Elgato Eve Motion unit has become a terrific addition to my household. This device is located in my office so that whenever I walk into the room, it cues the Eve Energy unit to turn on a lamp, and sends a message to my iHome outlet to turn on two additional accent lights. These lights remain on for 10 minutes (or whatever other time I set them for in HomeKit Automation). Elgato also assures that it's software is always up-to-date by sending firmware updates on a timely basis.
As their website promises, Eve Motion can "enrich scenes with powerful rules to automate accessories on your conditions. Automatically activate your 'I'm home' scene in which your connected ceiling fan and ambient lighting switch on, but only after sunset. Then have everything turn off if you're out of the room for ten minutes, provided it's past your bedtime." That is just one of many examples of a combination of "rules" that I can set for automatic control, or change from wherever I'm located.
This means that I have the ability to control devices immediately via Siri, my Control Center, or Apple Watch. This also includes changing accessories using the Home app on my iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Home Pod. And to see concise records, gain insights, and enjoy full control of my connected home, I need look no further than the convenient Eve app. It also alerts me when motion is detected, which makes it another security device when I'm not home. And, it has its own pair of "AA" batteries which work for months before replacement is necessary.
This unit, like all of my Eve accessories, is exclusively HomeKit-enabled. Even when accessing my home remotely via my Apple TV, data is end-to-end encrypted and stored on my iPhone or iPad. Out of the box, Eve accessories work easily with all of my Apple devices. This keeps me connected while out and about, and enhances the value and reliability of my Smart Home.
You can learn more about the Elgato Eve Motion at elgato.com/eve-motion, and purchase it for only $49.95 at the Apple Store. It has happily joined my family of Elgato devices including Eve Energy, Eve Degree, Eve Door & Window Sensor, as well as a variety of Avea lights. This is a great company with units which I highly recommend, particularly at very reasonable prices!
The pace of software updates from Apple never seems to slow down, and that keeps us busy too, since we often update our books to reflect the latest reality. Today I’m happy to announce updated books about two products in Apple’s iWork suite: Numbers and Pages—plus a special discount on our Keynote book.
First, Sharon Zardetto has thoroughly revised her book Take Control of Numbers, now entering its second edition. This extensive update covers Numbers 4 for Mac, with a large number of new features since the first edition of the book was published, including easy transposing of rows and columns, an updated formula editor, threaded comments, Touch Bar support, and much more. This edition also adds a new section on Numbers’ new sharing and collaboration features.
And, we’ve lowered the cover price of this 273-page book from $20 to $14.99.
Not to be outdone, Michael E. Cohen has also updated his book Take Control of Pages, Second Edition to version 2.1, which now covers Pages 6.3 on the Mac, Pages 3.3 for iOS, and the current version of the Pages for iCloud web app, all of which were released in September 2017.
The 283-page book now discusses linked text boxes, the expanded Shapes library, threaded comments, custom color fills in iOS, fixed layout EPUBs, and expanded file management capabilities, among other new or updated features.
But wait, there’s more! Even though each of these lengthy books is individually a steal at $10.49, we have an even better offer for you: buy a bundle of both books for just $20 and save 33% off the cover price—that’s an even bigger bargain than your MUG discount!
There’s one other app in Apple’s iWork suite: Keynote. And we have a book on that one, too: Take Control of Keynote— in fact, I wrote it myself! Unfortunately, that book hasn’t been updated to cover newer features such as real-time collaboration and Keynote Live. But even though the book is somewhat out of date, it still contains loads of useful information, and most of it applies to the latest versions of Keynote for macOS, iOS, and iCloud. Since we couldn’t swing an update at this point, we’ve done the next-best thing, which is to lower the price from $15 to just $5! If you use Keynote, I think you’ll find this book quite useful, and I hope you’ll take advantage of this special deal.
This meeting will be "Smart Home" with Joe Mertzlufft, George Kopp, and Tom Piper giving us in-depth review and demo of what makes up a Smart Home, the requirements, and how to control it from your personal devices. In case you can't make the meeting, be sure to view it live (or afterwards) on our Facebook page (facebook.com/appleJAC.org).