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Sierra Users: Don’t Edit PDFs in Preview

macOS 10.12 Sierra has been plagued with PDF problems. First, there were problems with PDFs created using ScanSnap scanners, but those issues turned out to be relatively mild and Apple addressed them in the 10.12.1 update.

Unfortunately, 10.12.2 Sierra ushered in some even more troubling issues with PDFs. Developers have reported a number of PDFKit problems, most notably the OCR text layer being deleted when manipulated by apps using PDFKit, including Preview. The main takeaway is that you shouldn’t use Preview to edit PDFs until these issues are resolved, hopefully in 10.12.3. In the meantime, if you have to edit a PDF, either work only on a copy, just in case, or consider investing in Smile’s PDFpen, which annotates and edits PDFs independent of Apple’s PDFKit.

For more information, read the TidBITS article Sierra PDF Problems Get Worse in 10.12.2.

Posted by Josh Centers (Permalink)

Josh Explains What’s New with Apple TV and tvOS

Apple TV, slowly but surely, continues to gain features and capabilities, this time with its new TV app and Single Sign-on capability. Josh and Chuck Joiner of MacVoices discuss the state of streaming TV, Apple TV’s place in this dynamic and highly contested market, and what’s new in the latest edition of his book. Adjust your rabbit ears, sit back, and enjoy.

Posted by Michael E. Cohen (Permalink)

Jeff and Joe on Serial Collaboration and Apple Watch

Jeff Carlson and Joe Kissell spend some time with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices describing what’s new in their co-authored Crash Course about Apple Watch and how the current edition came about. Learn what special Watch features float each of their boats and more in this timely interview.

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iOS 10 Adds Unsecured Hotspot Warning

October 2, 2016 — Both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra have appeared since the last update of this book, but the portions related to Wi-Fi and networking have changed very, very little. We have no current plans to update the book.

Apple added a fairly severe warning about using an unencrypted network connection in iOS 10. Select a network that doesn’t have any network security enabled, and iOS displays “Security Recommendation” in the main Wi-Fi view, and then explains further in a details screen, which includes a link to follow to get even more information. The warning suggests that “you” update the network to WPA2 Personal security, but it shows up for public hotspots, including Apple Stores, not just ones you ostensibly control. The warning is well intentioned but the message poorly considered.

There are a few other very minor changes. Apple changed the icons used in AirPlay for some destinations in iOS 10. And a new release of Airfoil appeared since our last update that gives it a different appearance, but the features we discuss remain the same.

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MyMac’s Review of “Take Control of Preview”

Elisa Pacelli of MyMac.com reviewed Take Control of Preview, saying “Once again, TidBITS hits it out of the park with their latest book.” Pacelli offers a summary of Take Control of Preview and shares a few of her favorite parts. “Some tips can literally be life changing,” she said.

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Joe and Chuck in a Parallels Universe

Joe spends some quality time with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices to discuss Joe’s new book. Joe begins by describing why, at the moment anyway, Parallels is his choice for running Windows, Linux, and other OSes on his Mac, including beta versions of new macOS releases. The discussion goes on to cover what is new in Parallels 12, security issues, using external drives, and how to wrangle your other peripherals with guest operating systems on your Mac.

Posted by Michael E. Cohen (Permalink)

Tip: Control Object Layering in Preview

When you add text boxes and shapes to an image, they’re added in layers corresponding to the order in which you created them. For example, a rectangle created after a text box will obscure the text if you position it over the text, which may not be desirable. Other graphics apps tend to have Bring Forward and Send Backward commands to rearrange objects, but Preview lacks any such controls. Here’s the workaround: Option-drag the bottom shape to create a duplicate, which is newer and thus will appear on top of any other object. After making and positioning the duplicate, you can delete the original object.

Posted by Adam Engst (Permalink)

Acoustic Fingerprinting Comes to Apple Music, Some DRM Leaves

Yesterday, the Apple news world was abuzz with a change that Apple is rolling out to Apple Music subscribers. The change effects the way that iCloud Music Library tracks are matched. Instead of using metadata, as it had before, iTunes will now employ the same acoustic fingerprinting technique used by iTunes Match.

This change means that iTunes is more likely to accurately match your music. And, now, if you want to download your matched tracks to another Apple device, those tracks come down without DRM (digital rights management). This makes is easier to not lose your music if you unsubscribe from Apple Music without carefully checking that you have at least one copy of all your tracks locally.

To read about all the picky details, see Kirk McElhearn’s Macworld article.

According to Jim Dalrymple in his article at The Loop, Apple is rolling out the new matching service to 1% or 2% of its users per day. If your iCloud Music Library is now matching with acoustic fingerprinting, you’ll see Matched in the iCloud Status column for newly matched music, instead of Apple Music.

Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)

Kirk and Chuck Discuss the iTunes Comeback Tour

From the app that sold a zillion iPods to the app that tech pundits love to hate, iTunes has been on a long journey into and out of favor. With the latest revisions in iTunes 12.4, iTunes seems to be on a comeback tour, bringing back some interface elements and refining others, making it more usable again. In his interview with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices, Kirk describes the iTunes changes that led to his being able to add more coverage about iTunes features without appreciably increasing the book’s page count (hint: a lot of complex step-by-step instructions could be streamlined thanks to iTunes’ newly restored sidebar and improved navigation).

Posted by Michael E. Cohen (Permalink)

PDFpen 2.5 for iPad & iPhone Adds Support for Digital Signatures and Audio Notes

The recent update of PDFpen for iPad & iPhone to version 2.5 adds support for validating digital signing certificates, as well as the ability to play and record audio annotations and to view PDF file attachments, all features that were introduced with PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8 on the Mac. In addition, the updated iOS app now supports the Apple Pencil.

The 34.5 MB update is available for download from the App Store on your iOS device.

Posted by Michael E. Cohen (Permalink)