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Allister Jenks
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40 something Kiwi geek
40 something Kiwi geek

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Do you use iCloud tabs with Safari? As someone who has two Macs, an iPad, and an iPhone, I've had it turned on for a while and find it really useful. If I'm at work and want to check on something I was researching on my iMac the night before — easy — with iCloud tabs I can just bring up the already opened page on my iPhone. iCloud tabs let you see tabs open on all of your devices from all your devices.

But did you know there's another trick it can do?

What if, upon opening that tab on my iPhone, I want to close it on the iMac. I'd have to wait until I get home, right? Wrong! You can close tabs on any device from any device!

On iOS, simply swipe left to reveal a close button. On macOS, when you hover over an entry, a ⊗ button appears. Tap or click on either of these and the tab will be closed. If the target device is active, it will happen in near real time.

If you've not used iCloud tabs before, the link below gives you instructions on how to set it up and use them, including this tip.

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I was trying to understand how keywords were embedded in my photos exported from Lightroom and how they would interact with Flickr with a view to using ExifTool to do some automation outside of Lightroom.

First up was to understand EXIF versus IPTC versus XMP. I don't think I succeeded in grokking it at all. Take a read of this!

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I wrote a review of an album that is very dear to me. It's over on Subjective Sounds.
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This is an unfinished design (a lot of different colours need to be applied) which I knew I could quickly and easily accomplish in Affinity Designer for Mac. But I wanted to see if I could manage it with the new iPad version.

In short, yes! It took me about 5 minutes to find the tools I needed, another 5 to make a first attempt, which I realised wasn’t pixel perfect, and a couple of minutes more to redo it.

A truly powerful (and incredible) app.
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My next annoying problem is this window which appears after I reboot my iMac. I recently changed my iCloud ID email address. This window shows the old one. If I enter my password it fails and offers a button to try again or another to cancel. If I cancel, it goes away.

How do I tell what part of the OS or what app is asking? The iCloud pane in System Preferences clearly shows I am logged in under the new email address.

I tried the AppleScript shown in the second picture and it only reads out the obvious apps plus Notification Centre as having any windows.
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I think I have an old problem come back to haunt me. In just the last couple of days, I often come back to my iMac and wake it up only to find one or more notifications telling me I should eject my external drives before disconnecting them.

In fact, I've done no such thing. As soon as I am able to check after wake, the drives are there, properly mounted as they should be. With a sense of deja vu, I started Googling and found plenty of references to the problem in 2015.

My Energy Saver preferences are set as shown below and I don't believe that should allow the computer to sleep any more than the display.

Anyone heard of fresh problems with (I suspect) 10.13.5 or have any ideas? All my drives connect either directly or via a single, powered USB3 hub. The drives that show the errors differ from one occurrence to the next and are both direct and hub-connected.
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If anyone listened to/read my PaintCode review recently and thought it was just a wee bit too expensive, they have a one day, 20%-off sale today.

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Did someone say GDPR?

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If you use the Alfred app, you might like this Workflow I created.

I use it when I walk away from my Mac at night (I leave it on overnight for all manner of reasons). It does 3 things:

1. Show the current charge levels of all attached Bluetooth input devices.
2. Mute the sound
3. Invoke the screen saver

More details (and a download link) in the blog post...
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