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 ?

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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


Mac Software Faves

Favourite Mac Software Essentials for Getting Things Done…

 

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If you are a new owner of a Apple Mac computer, your portable or desktop computer probably came bundled with essential Apple software. Applications which constitute the basic tools you will need to get most things done. From making crisp quality videos and music, to impressive graphics and publishing.
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So, what are the tools you should be looking out for ?
Although there are third-party alternatives to the software that came with the purchase of your Mac computer. The following is an overview of the 5 essential tools for getting mostly anything you want done on a mac.
The list is divided into two sections and includes both software that usually comes with your mac plus other dedicated third-party  software.
 
 

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PRODUCTIVITY

create your product with these:

 

#1 PAGES
Pages is the Word equivalent for Mac. Create professional text based documents and publication with ease and the convenience of integrating with other mac software.

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#2 KEYNOTE

Keynote is the PowerPoint equivalent for Mac. Create professional slideshows and presentations with ease and the convenience of integrating with other mac software.


Although the serious musician may find Garageband a little gimmicky, there is no doubt however that besides it fun and ease of use, you can crank  quite a few slamming tunes out of GarageBand – And why not add a midi guitar whilst you’re at it.

 



#4 iMOVIE
With Apples basic video software iMovie, you will need very little experience where it comes to editing video and producing professional looking movies. Plus of course the convenience of integration with other Mac software. Want to step up the pace and produce video like you see on TV then definitely go pro with FINAL CUT PRO.


UTILITY

access images, audio and video with these:

If used appropriately and alongside the likes of Pages and Keynote, the previously mentioned software, you can truly experience the convenience of having access to your orderly arranged images using iPhoto as a utility software. Similarly, working with audio or video, you can use iTunes to access video clips and audio files.

 
iTunes is the Apple answer to managing all your digital entertainment. From your music downloads, videos and audiobooks, podcasts, iTunes U and more…

 Third Party

 

Although Apple provides a relatively decent suit of software that will allow you to get most things done. Making crisp videos, music, basic graphics and publishing on a Mac can be further enhanced with third-party software.

 

Kindle Publishing Pro
Now, whilst Apple does have its own book publishing software, namely iBook, a great number of individuals actually find the wider Amazon Kindle market more appealing in terms of generating income. This is where KD Publishing Pro comes into play with its ease of use and integration with your Amazon Kindle account.


If you like the idea of designing websites, but without the need for programming skills, then Freeway Pro is a must. If you are familiar with using graphic design software you will certainly feel at home using Freeway Pro.


#. WordPress with BitNami for WordPress

BitNami Stack for WordPress is an excellent solution for developing WordPress sites locally. See Getting Started Basic Usage.


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