I have often been asked in classes about photos about whether there is a way in the Photos app to record details about the photo.
The good news is that now it is really easy to add a 'caption' to any photo, from the Photos app on Mac, iPad or iPhone. Here's how.
Back in July/August, iTandCoffee ran a really informative 2-part class series - called Bootcamp for OneDrive. (We will run this series again early in 2021, for anyone who missed it the first time.) It was a great introduction to OneDrive and how to use it, and also touched on OneDrive in Business and use of Sharepoint.
The book that corresponds with the series is now available. It offers a great way of learning about OneDrive, as well as providing a very useful reference guide (one I refer to regularly myself) that covers:
You may have read in the press in the last couple of weeks that there is now a new series of Macs available - MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini - and these new Macs no longer use Intel Chips. Instead, Apple has developed its own chip - a high performance chip called M1.
So, if you are in the market for a new Mac right now, should you consider getting one of these new Macs?
Just this week, iTandCoffee has assisted two different clients who had the same problem - that their Mac Mail app just constantly crashed. Every time they clicked the Inbox, the app would immediately close.
Both clients had the same operating system - OS-X El Capitan. Here's what we had to do to fix the problem.
I have helped a couple of clients just this week who have had problems with the Mail app on their Mac - a problem that we were unable to solve because it seemed to relate to the out-of-date version of their Mac operating system.
Both clients were still using the 5-year-old Mac OS-X El Capitan. The Mail app was continually crashing, making it impossible to use. (Read more about this issue here).
So we needed to upgrade their Mac operating system to a newer version - something that was worth doing for more reasons than just fixing this single app problem. There are lots of new features and fixes delivered by newer versions of the Mac operating system - and more problems are likely to arise in future from running a 'too old' version of the operating system.
This year's big upgrade to the Mac operating system, macOS 11 Big Sur, arrived about 10 days - and it brings significant changes to the Mac.
In fact, it is the biggest change in 'look and feel' for a very long time and I know many Mac users will feel a bit like the ground has shifted underneath them. I'm still getting used to the changes - can't say I love them yet.
Even the Apple App icons have changed to rounded squares - so that they now match their iOS/iPadOS equivalents. One of the biggest icon changes is to the Mail app icon. It is no longer a stamp - but instead is the envelope you see on your mobile devices. And the Messages app is the green 'speech bubble' icon from iOS/iPadOS, rather than the previous blue icon.
16/11/2020 0 Comments
What I love about my job is that, nearly every day, I have one of those "I didn't know that!" moments - for example, where I find out there is a quick way to do something that was otherwise quite tedious and potentially error prone.
I have regularly come across the problem in Excel where a column includes values that are generally numeric, but can also sometimes include an alphabetic character. Excel will often assume that the numeric value is number, when I really need the whole column to be treated as text.
When this happens, it can cause problems for any formulae that try matching against the column values - if the formulae expects text, but the value stored is numeric. Changing the overall column format to text is not enough - the numeric values already in the column remain as numbers even when this is done.
In preparing one of the recent Boot Camp sessions for Microsoft Excel, I discovered that that there is such an easy way to convert a column like that so that all entries are text - with no need for formulae or copying and pasting values (which is what I used to do!)
7/11/2020 0 Comments
Groundhog Day! Once again, there is an update for our iPads and iPhones - iOS/iPadOS 14.2, released on Friday 6th November (AEDT).
This one is an important one and should be installed as soon as possible. Here's why.
7/11/2020 1 Comment
Just recently, we ran the online class Organising Photos (Old and New) on the iPad and iPhone, where (amongst lots of other things) we looked at how to really easily scan old photos straight into your Photos library on the iPad and iPhone. (We also looked at the change to the Photos app that arrived in iOS/iPad OS 14.)
If you missed that class, and would like to watch the 70-minute video pre-recording of it, here is the link to purchase access.
This also gives you access to the slideshow from that class. (Note. Those of you who have Premium or Online iTandCoffee Club membership can watch the video here for free. New members welcome!! Here's the link.)
One of the key questions that I get in relation to scanning of old photos is How do you change the date of an already scanned photo or of any photo that does not have the correct date (eg where the camera date was not set correctly)?
iTandCoffee Club member Gwen used one of her Free Support allowance to ask if I could suggest a way that she could create a transcription of an audio file. She was interested in any free apps/tools that she could use to do this on her mobile device or computer.
We talked about a couple of easy ways to create such a transcription of an audio file - one using the iPad or iPhone, and the other using Microsoft Word on her computer.
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