Mountain Lion

Re: iCloud Drive

        Here John Carter jumps in to the discussion, "A major disadvantage of iCloud is that it does not allow sharing between users in the way that Dropbox does. However, iCloud has other features that aren’t available in Dropbox. So it becomes prudent to know what iCloud is for and to take advantage of those features in addition to using Dropbox for what it does best.

        "To get informed on what iCloud is for, get the eBook “Take Control of iCloud” by Joe Kissell (2nd Edition) here. (Click on “All Ebooks” in the left margin to find the title. A 30% MUG discount will be applied at checkout.)"
        John provides this further info:  "Here’s an outline of the major iCloud features:
   * Media syncing
   * My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing
   * Syncing documents and app data
    * Mail, Contacts, Calendar, browser data, Reminders, and Notes
    * iCloud Keychain
    *  Find My Device and Find My Friends
    * iCloud backup
    * Apple TV
    * Back to my Mac
      And John summarizes,  "Some of those features require Mavericks, and some are available in Mountain Lion or Lion."

Hard Decisions for Photo Editing Apps

        John Carter sends this report that will interest the photographers:  "Photoshop Elements 11 is out. The upgrade price is $79.99. Adobe has added a whole lot of new features. There is no student price. For some, there probably isn't enough to warrant upgrading from Elements 9 or 10. But if you're still at Elements 7 or below, it's time to upgrade!

        "Photoshop CS6 is out. Student price for the extended version is $249. For the serious photographer, there's nothing really to compare.
        "Adobe Lightroom 4 is another photo editing contender. Only $149. Student price is $79. Personally, I'm not that impressed with Lightroom.
        "Apple Aperture is $79. Aperture interfaces perfectly with iPhoto, but you can't have both open at the same time. The advantages over iPhoto are few, but some are quite useful. Aperture is definitely easier to use than Lightroom. If you already have Elements 9 or above, don't bother with either Lightroom or Aperture.
        "GIMP is free, of course, and it has almost all the features of Photoshop CS. The latest version (2.8.2) does away with needing X11 (XQuartz) and has a very nice interface — more like Elements and Photoshop.
        "Pixelmator is $14.99, designed to work with the Mac, has all the Mountain Lion features, and has many of the same tools as Photoshop CS." 
        John's conclusion:  "You might find yourself wanting more in a hurry, so moving up to GIMP might be the way to go. Some of the Pixelmator reviews aren't too encouraging, but then the professionals wouldn't bother with this app.
        "If you need to work with Layers and Masks, the only viable choices are Elements, Pixelmator, GIMP, and Photoshop CS, in that order of usefulness."

More About Library Access to the Internet

        John's found out more about accessing the Internet at the Prescott Public Library.  His complete report has now been posted to the PMUG website.  Take a look at the details he explains under Benefits > Tips 'N Tricks.  You'll also find there his slide presentation to the PMUG/PC meeting a few weeks ago.  A big thanks to John Carter! 

Messages in Mountain Lion

        John Carter passes on this info from TakeControl publishers:  "Communicate more effectively with 'Take Control of Messages in Mountain Lion.'
        "In 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple replaced the long-standing iChat program with Messages, which takes its interface cues from the iPad version of the program. Although Messages looks easy, many people have had trouble understanding how to integrate different chat services and Apple devices, now that messages can appear on Macs, iPhones, and iPads. 
        "For instance, should you use iMessage or AIM to chat with your friend? What if he's home on his Mac or out while using his iPhone? Can you add someone else to the chat? What if you want to switch to an audio chat? To video? For video, should you use Google Talk or FaceTime? And so on. The mechanics may be simple, but the setup and human interactions are anything but.
        "To bring some sense to the situation, we asked networking guru Glenn Fleishman to explain how you can bend Messages to your will, and the fruits of his labor are now available in the 113-page 'Take Control of Messages in Mountain Lion.' The book normally costs $10, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $7. Learn more about the book via the coupon-loaded link —
        "With this ebook in hand, you'll discover more ways to manage and connect with friends and family than space permits to outline here. Get the ebook and find out.
        "As always, thank you for your support of the Take Control series!
        "Cheers... Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers." 

Where's Safari's Back Arrow?

         Ben, at answered my question.  I hadn’t expected an answer, actually.  But his website invited queries, and I was puzzled about the grayed out Back Arrow at the top of Safari, now that I’m using Mountain Lion.  I was used to clicking that arrow to return to one of the sites I’d looked at earlier.  
        He wrote right back and mentioned the browser tabs at the top of the page in Safari.  Yes!  That solves the question.  I had not been using Tabs to go back to earlier sites.  When the Back Arrow is grayed out, I can click on a previous Tab.  

To close a Tab click the button that appears in the left of the tab when the cursor hovers over it.  The + sign means add new webpage Tab, click to open a new tab.  The black box means show all tabs, click to show tabs in Tab View.
        More to learn, but having fun!  

Up-grade, Frowns or Smiles

You’ve heard about the OS version Mountain Lion.  Have you upgraded yet? 

Do you remember all those names of the previous Mac operating systems?  Look at Wikipedia to flash back to Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard. Maybe you have Lion?  I postponed that until last month, then made the leap to Mountain Lion, two weeks later. 
Maybe you have an automatic sense about these technological things and will know what to do and when and how.  Others of us are still fiddling with previous challenges.
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After years of using Microsoft Word ‘97 it was Dan and Erica Simpson who demoed Pages at their home SIG.  So, that was the time to do it.  And now I‘m up to  Pages ’09, version 4.2
I heard that Lion would not accept my old Word documents, but PMUG people Allen Laudenslager and John Carter and Jim Hamm were an encouragement.  It was time to see what Pages can do with those old documents saved on my Mac.  
I clicked to highlight the name of one old Word ’97 document and did Command I  (lower case i)  which brings up Finder, Spotlight Comments and Info on that document:  Kind, size, where it is, date created, date modified, preview, sharing and permissions, and Open With option to open with Word, Text Edit,  Preview, Pages and several other options.
 With trepidation I chose Pages and  “Use this application to open all documents like this one”  and Change All, hoping it could read my mind.  It did OK.  All the previous several hundred writings I had written since 1997 in Word 97-2004 now open up in Pages.  The only disappointment is that page margins are not exactly the same.  Some documents need to have margins set wider since that was the way I’d initially laid it out when I wrote it in Word ’97.
When you’re writing in Pages it lets you choose Save As Word Document when you do Option Shift Command S.
Here’s a list of features of Word: Mac 2011
Opening Help when you have opened Word: Mac 2011 you can go to  File Formats for saving documents, and that introduces you to such abbreviations as .docx — .doc — .rtf — .htm — .docm — .xml — .xml — .mht — .dic — .thmx
Word: Mac 2011 does let you choose AutoRecovery for anytime from 1 to 120 minutes.  
You can choose to Password Protect your document in Word and in Pages
You can highlight text that you’ve written using  Word:Mac 2011 and do Command + C to copy, then paste it Command + V into a Pages document.  It does copy over into Pages in the same exact font you started with in Word.   
MORE ON PAGES ‘09: Here’s their directions under Help:  Saving a Copy of a Document.  
To save a copy of a document in OS X v.10.6 (Snow Leopard) or earlier: 
     Choose File > Save As, and then specify a name and location.
When the document is copied in this way, the original document is closed; the document that remains open on your desktop is the new copy you created. To work with the original version, choose File > Open Recent and choose the previous version from the submenu.
To save a copy of a document in Mac OS X v.10.7 (Lion) or later:
  1. Choose File > Duplicate.
    An untitled copy of the document is created. Both copies remain open on your desktop for you to view or edit.
  2. Close the window of the untitled copy, type the document’s name, and then choose a location from the pop-up menu.
  3. Click Save.
Pages lets you email a document by choosing Share >Send via Mail.  You then choose which version, Pages, Word, or PDF.  The new email message opens with the document version attached to it.  
Here’s the link to 5 pages of comments and suggestions from the Macworld Forum: 
One contributor gave this quick tip: “I have even gotten old Mac write pro documents (system 9!) to open with this trick, as well as old AppleWorks files too old to go easily into Pages. Find the old document, then change the file extension at the end to .txt then right click and tell it to open in Pages. You'll hit some scribble at the top and bottom, but it's gold for opening 10 year old files you don't want to retype!”
Try this to open an Old Unix Executable file.  Highlight the title of the document in the list, do Command I  and under Open with choose Text Edit.  It came up, so I now save it. It still is listed in my Archives as Kind: Unix E...le File, but when clicked it opens in Text Edit.  I’ve made a new copy of it and saved as pdf with Adobe Reader. 
YES, WE ARE HAVING FUN.            
What have you discovered about Mac and your Apple products?  If you have some interesting info to share on our newsblog why not drop me a line at  The RSS feature was discontinued by Google, so you’ll have to be creative at checking out  so you can benefit from our members sharing their talents and time with you. 
So far this year I’ve posted 309 articles, but last year it was 339.  Top contributors for 2011: 1st = Jim Hamm,  2nd = John Carter, 3rd = David Passell.  Nine other members sent me articles to post last year.
Aren’t you glad you came to PMUG!  Prescott Mac User Group keeps going with friendly, helpful people like you who ask questions and share answers!    
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This is today's handout at the PMUG meeting! 

Mac 101: Dictation

         Starting off with, “People have been talking (occasionally with expletives) to their computers since way before they could listen,”  the latest Smart Dog Tech Tails #841 brings Speech-to-Text dictation to our attention with “You Don’t Say…”  

        The writer goes on to pronounce this thoughtful observation, “Dictating to your technological artifact is almost exactly like speaking to humanoid interlocutors, except for a few key differences.” And he explains, and recommends this article with nifty chart of dictation commands from Mac 101: Dictation using ML or an OS X app.  

Do You Use Dictation?

        One of Mountain Lion's features is Dictation.   Here's a 2 page article:  that describes Dictation and shows screen shots. It's currently supported on the new iPad and iPhone 4S, also. 
         If you're using Dictation why not drop us a line so we can pass along your assessment of the experience? You'll see the email directions in the column, About PMUG, on the right side of the homepage.  

Changing the Full Screen-Size View

         Aaaaack!  Another problem, but it turned into a “new feature” of Mountain Lion. 

        It’s in Pages and Safari; maybe other programs, too?  Looking at a Google news page on Safari I saw some little icons at the top. Pointing at one, a tiny box comes up, naming it.  Clicking on the unnamed one with two little arrows suddenly made my open page in Google expand to fill the entire screen.  There was no indication of how to go back to the previously normal-sized page.  
        Trying various keys on the keyboard: the Function 3 key brought up the Dashboard. At least I could now get to other icons in the Dock.  I tried looking up Help, without finding any help.  Perhaps I just didn’t word my search correctly?  
        In desperation, I emailed the helpful tech down at the Peoria MacMedia Inc. store.  Amazingly, I soon got a reply from Kyle Smith, sent from his iPhone.  “This is a feature of Apple, and you can do that from any program, but if you hold your cursor in the top of the screen it will drop down a menu and then you can click the blue icon that has the 2 arrows pointing towards each other.  That should fix it.” 

....................... Here's the arrows at the right side, top. 

..................Here's what happened.   

Here's the view of the blue arrows at the top.

iMessage Tip

        Although he hasn't tried it yet, Jim Hamm forwards this info:  "Here's a tip concerning iMessage. And following is a quote from the article. "With the combination of iOS6 and the OS X 10.8.2 update, Mountain Lion's Messages app can now send and receive iMessages using an iPhone's number as the identifier.'  Since I haven't upgraded to iOS6 yet, I haven't been able to try this out." 

Getting New? What to Do?

Size up what you’ve got.  What do you use your computer for?  

How long have you had it?
Having any troubles at this time?
Research.  Look at what’s come out since then.  
       Changes since your last Mac?  
              Memory, speed,
             Size of screen,  shiny or not?  
             Small screen of the iPad in place of a laptop?
               Battery life
                APC - Backups   Do you need more capacity? 
What would you like to be able to use your computer for?
What improvements would you like to have?
Write a list so you can review and add to the ideas you have. Brainstorm with someone. 
Print off info from websites and compile a folder of applicable resources.
Then, make that next big decision!  Apple can help you do your best!  
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Check out resources in this list.  Your busy brain will come up with other ideas, too!
Where can I get it fixed, or where can I buy a new one? Try this link. Also see list of Apple stores that sell iPod, iPad, Apple Computers, AppleTV, iPhone. 
Some Apple Stores in the valley: 
Arrowhead Mall 623-707-2860
Biltmore, 2502 E. Camelback Rd.   602-606-1470
Scottsdale Quarter, 15169 N. Scottsdale Rd.  
  corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Greenway Pkwy,  480-627-5501 
Repairs and refurbished Apple computers:
Desert Computer Solutions 16213 S. 33 St. Phoenix. 602-295-5918
New & used computers, accessories, books, parts, services, fix your computer: 
 MacMedia store 15525 N. 83 Ave #108,  Peoria.  623-850-8000  (Look at their map to more easily find this location.) 
                             Prepare before you get that new computer. 
Apple Stores will help you.  Terms on the Apple store One to One service. Data migration, personal training, group training and open training at an Apple store. 
Tips and links to sites with cleaning applications to remove unneeded files, etc.'s_Hard_Drive
How to use Migration Assistant to transfer files from another Mac.     Do not let either computer go to sleep while you are attempting to migrate; this tells how to disable sleep on both computers.  
What’s the latest?   Go for Sandy Bridge now or wait for Ivy Bridge?   Ask if the new system has Ivy Bridge or be prepared to find the processor’s specific model number and compare it to part lists from Intel or other trusted sources.   Intel will make several versions available under Core i5 and Core i& names.  Describes USB 3.0 support, Thunderbolt ports.  
The new 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros feature Intel’s speedy new Sandy Bridge Core i7 quad-core CPUs, available up to 2.3GHz, along with AMD Radeon HD graphics processors (GPU), with up to 1GB of dedicated video memory.
Despite new update, new Apple MacBook Pros continue to crash when running multiple programs. Read more:
Get ready for Mountain Lion OS X 10.8    Backup.  Disable FileVault. Disable third-party encryption.  Run software update.  Check for Mountain-Lion compatible updates to third-party software, setup iCloud account, maybe have an extra drive handy. 
Pre-install Tasks:  Disk Utility, click First Aid and click Verify.  Feeling cautious, run Apple Hardware Test
Going to sell an old Mac?  Do you want to deal directly with some stranger?  Be careful, plan ahead.  
How to prepare your old Mac for sale or recycling:   Get an Apple Gift Card for its value, recycled.
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This was today's handout at the PMUG General Meeting at the Prescott Public Library.  Hope to see you at the October meeting! 

Getting to Know Mountain Lion

        Want to find out more about Mountain Lion? The talk given by John Carter and Art Gorski at the September general meeting has been prepared as a PDF file for your edification.

        The file can be reached by going to the PMUG's website, hover on Benefits, and click "Tips 'N Tricks" in the menu that pops up. Then scroll down and look for "Getting to know Mountain Lion." Right click on the link to download the PDF file to your computer or just click on it to view in the browser. 
        John Carter says, "This isn't everything you need to know about Mountain Lion. There are some 200 new features in Mountain Lion. You can find out about all of them by doing a search in a browser (with Google, Yahoo, MSN, or whatever), but it will take some detective work and patience to get through them all."  (Sounds like fun!) 

Airplay Mirrors Your Laptop to TV

        Airplay, one of the new features in Mountain Lion, will mirror your laptop to your TV through Apple TV.  John Carter sends this link to an article to explain Airplay.  

         John explained, I have a 70" TV, so I can sit 10 feet away and it will look no smaller than my MacBook Pro two feet away from my face.
        "All the websites that talk about Apple TV haven't given me enough information in a real world way that made me feel good about spending $100, so I just bit the bullet and bought it as a trial. I then learned very quickly how easy it was to set up (for me). Most people I know would have thrown it across the room almost right away. And now the problem I have is that I can't find the tiny remote.”
        Will you demo this for PMUG? “No, a TV is needed and one with an HDMI input.”