Yosemite Upgrade Phobia

Still holding back from upgrading to Yosemite (OS 10.10.1)

The notifications for the latest Mac OS upgrade were becoming more and more  frequent, almost to the point of seeming ‘prowl-like’.  

So I finally decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and upgrade to Yosemite – whatever happens, happens – I’ll deal with it. And to think I was only just getting use to the current Mac Operating System.

So, how about you, do you often find yourself deliberating over operating system upgrades with trepidation ?

Worried about what will and won’t work once the upgraded software is installed? And how much will it costs to upgrade those third-party apps that no longer work?

For some people this could be a costly affair reaching 1000s of pounds – but not for most of us -hopefully. Amidst all of the changes I have to say I was looking forward to the iCloud Drive, ever since since the end of the iDisk days.

Why ‘Yosemite’ – how does that name fit in ?

Okay – okay, so you are probably wondering what happened to the ‘cats’. You see, as if you didn’t already know, the previous Apple Operating Systems (OS) were named after wild cats, there was; Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and now Yosamite. Ooops I almost forgot Mavericks…

Yosemite refers to the Yosemite Valley located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains; the Yosemite National Park. Now when I first cuaught wind of the name I immediately pictured Yosamite same the Disney Character.  Anyway…at first glance there are some noticeable differences:

Spotlight surprisingly appears as a small pop up window in the middle of your screen, at the same time providing additional search suggestions relevant to you based on your location. Spotlight now shows suggestions from the Internet, iTunes, App Store and more… “ hey, this is in fact pretty cool!”

The general look and feel is clean, fresh and agreeable – Using Pages and even iCal presents a new look and feel worth experiencing. All in all a seamless integration to date…

No iCloud Drive on Your Desktop ?

 iclouddrive fro finder sidebar

No sign of the anticipated iCloud Drive icon on your desktop – but wait !  From the Finder Sidebar there is a folder or drive that you can access just as with any other folder or external hard drive connected to your mac . Simply open any window and select fro the side bar for iCloud access.

Maybe there are, or will be options to access iCloud Drive directly from your desktop – then again is it really necessary ?

All the same here is a nifty method for creating your own iCloud Desktop app using Automator.

iCloud Drive DIY

Step 1:

Launch Automator

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Launch Automator and below where is says;
Choose a type for your document:
Choose Application.

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Step 2:

Now choose Files and Folders from the Library in the far left sidebar
and then double-click Get Specified Finder Items in the corresponding side bar.
The Get Specified Finder Items box should appear.

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Click Add (as above)…

A window will appear, now  select your iCloud Drive from
the sidebar and click the Add button.

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Step 3:

Now double-click Open Finder Items (see illustration above).
The Open Finder Items box will appear below the Get Specified Finder Items.


 Leave the Open with: option  set at Default Application (see illustration above) before moving on.

Step 4:

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Now, select the Run button at the top of the window and the iCloud Drive Folder should open in your Finder.
(If a dialogue box prompts you to move the Open Finder Items – you should ignore this for now).

Now save the Automator application as  iCloud Desktop.app on you Desktop – done!

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You can change the icon with one one of these: icons, or create one of your own.

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Finally…

Double Click the Icon on your desktop and your iCloud Folder should
open just like any drive or folder on your desktop.

MUST READ: Take Control Of  Yosemite


Aperture – Apple

Apple - Aperture artwork

Aperture

Apple

Genre: Photography

Price: £54.99

Release Date: 04 January 2011


Aperture combines the control and speed pros want for demanding photo tasks with the easy learning curve iPhoto users need to step up to an advanced photo tool. It has been fully optimized for the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro, letting you browse and edit high-resolution images with remarkable clarity and resolution. And with a new unified photo library, you can now move seamlessly from iPhoto to Aperture —  and back — without having to import, export, or reprocess your photos. Aperture is packed with innovative adjustment tools to refine your images, including a revolutionary Auto White Balance that uses skin tones to correct color casts, and a professional Auto Enhance that applies Exposure, Vibrancy, Curves, and more with a single click. It also includes powerful Brushes for painting image adjustments onto parts of your photo, and dozens of ready-to-use professional photo Effects. You can share your photos directly to Facebook, Flickr and SmugMug and add them to shared photo streams using iCloud. You can also showcase your best work as an impressive coffee table-style photo book or as stunning slideshows that weave together photos, audio, text, and HD video.   



Fully optimized for Retina display

• Optimized Viewer allows you to see more of your high-resolution images onscreen with pixel-for-pixel accuracy

• Displays razor-sharp thumbnails in Browser


Aperture and iPhoto Unified Library

• Share one photo library across both applications

• No need to import, export, or reprocess photos from one app to the other

• Faces, Places, albums, web sharing, and more work with both applications

• Adjustments done in either app are non-destructive and visible in the other


Organize photos using Faces and Places 

• Use face detection and recognition to organize your photos by the people in them 

• Explore photos based on where you took them, using robust GPS support 

• Drag photos to an interactive map to add location data easily 

Perfect images with Brushes and Effects

• Retouch photos nondestructively using edge-aware brushes 

• Handle the most common touch-up tasks with a set of 10 Quick Brushes 

• Choose from dozens of ready-to-use effects or create and share your own effects 

• See results of any effect in a live preview window before applying it to an image

Create stunning multimedia slideshows 

• Use professionally designed themes to weave together photos and HD video clips 

• Add text to slides using your choice of fonts, styles, and colors 

• Build a layered soundtrack with location audio clips and music tracks 

Share photos with built-in iCloud support

• View and automatically import recent photos taken on your iOS devices
• Automatically send newly-imported photos to all your iOS devices
• Post photos and videos to other people’s shared photo streams, or create your own streams to share with friends and family
• View and add comments and “likes” to photos and videos in any shared stream

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