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 ?
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
Launch Automator and below where is says;
Choose a type for your document:
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.
Click Add (as above)…
A window will appear, now select your iCloud Drive from
the sidebar and click the Add button.
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.
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!
You can change the icon with one one of these: icons, or create one of your own.
Double Click the Icon on your desktop and your iCloud Folder should
open just like any drive or folder on your desktop.
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