While teaching Apple’s official courses, there are constant references to Apple’s Support Articles. For those of you that have not used them, by going to search.info.apple.com you will find the Advanced Search section of the Apple website. This is an invaluable tool for researching issues with Apple devices. During a Server Essentials course I taught in Manchester last week, one of my delegates pointed out a great dashboard widget that allows you to either enter an article number or search term and it will immediately take you to the relevant webpage. The widget is rather appropriately named “Apple Knowledge Base… read more →
Last month Apple announced that they were introducing a new certification for Apple Certified trainers called the “Apple Master Trainer” certification. The certification has been designed by Apple to recognise those trainers “who build their skills and knowledge around Apple technologies” and “stand out as experts.” Throughout Europe there are a total of 700 Apple Certified Trainers, of which, 20 have been awarded this new certification, 5 of whom are from Amsys. So, we just wanted say congratulations to all the Apple trainers who have been awarded their Apple Master’s certification. At Amsys training we have 6 Apple Certified trainers,… read more →
Are you new to the Mac platform and just want to have a quick guide to ‘Find Out How’ to do something? Apple have a superb collection of online video and text tutorials. Most of these videos are around 5 minutes or less and nicely categorised into the key areas end users need to know for finding out how to get the best out of using the Mac OS system. If you need to know how to use Mail, iCal etc or just want to get a better understanding of the user interface or wireless networking, these little tutorials are… read more →
Ever have the need to move multiple items into one folder? Well now in Lion there is a quick and easy way to do just that. Simply highlight the folders or documents you wish to place inside of a folder, right click to bring up the contextual menu, and the top option will be to create a new folder with the highlighted selection!
Has anyone else found it a pain that whilst entering Mission Control, that an application’s windows are stacked on top each other and you can only clearly see the foremost window? Well, i’ve discovered a multi-gesture to expand all windows in an Application so you can have a better look at which one to switch to! Enter Mission Control and move the mouse cursor over an Applications’ stack of windows. Whichever one your mouse is over will now have a blue highlight. Now use either the ‘Scroll Direction’ gesture upwards, (two fingers up), or the ‘Show Desktop’ gesture which is… read more →
Although there are some alternatives on the market, my favourite is still Plex. I have been using it at home for a few years now. The solution includes: A Mac mini server with 6TB of external storage (to hold my movies and TV shows). The Mac mini runsthe Plex media server. This handles the streaming of all content to other devices in my home. An Apple TV as a Plex media client. After jail-breaking my Apple TV 2, I could get SSH access and then install the Plex client. Although a Mac mini would do the job (I actually started off with… read more →
LogMeIn has a nice holiday gift for iOS device owners this season: a new free app called simply LogMeIn that provides remote viewing access and control of Macs and PCs on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It’s basically what the paid version LogMeIn Ignition provides, without ads or limitations. Along with free remote control of an unlimited number of Macs or PCs from your iOS device with LogMeIn, LogMeIn Pro also provides access to your computer’s entire file structure, where you can grab files and copy them to local storage, other computers, or to cloud-based storage via online services… read more →
By Richard Mallion On December 20th 1996, Apple purchased NeXT. This gave Apple maker a modern OS, but also brought one of its founders, Steve Jobs, back into the fold. The NeXT OS went on to form the basis of Mac OS X and iOS. Where would Apple be now if not for NeXT………
Ever wanted to be able to quickly sign a document you need to email without having to print it off, sign it and then scan it back on to the computer? Well new in Lion is the ability to add your signature directly to PDF documents. To start the process, Open the Preview application and then select Preferences from the Preview menu. Navigate to the Signature pane. Click Create Signature and a window will pop up asking you to hold your signature to the built in camera. Please note you must sign your name in black ink on white… read more →
Apple today seeded developers with an updated version of OS X 10.7.3. The new version, comes with no documented known issues and is said to include iCloud Document Storage, Address Book, iCal, Mail, Spotlight and Safari as focus areas for developer testing. The build for updating from OS X 10.7.2 weighs in at 986 MB, while a combo version weighs in at 1.2 GB.