Start A Message On Your iPhone (or iPad) and Finish It On Your Mac.

Have you ever started to answer an email on your iPhone and decided that your reply is getting complicated and taking WAY to long to type? It happens to me frequently. Of course, I don’t thumb type like a lot of kids do, I actually touch type about 100 wpm so it is probably easy to understand why I get frustrated trying to respond on my iPhone.

In the latest version of the iOS you have the ability to start responding to an email on your phone (or your iPad) and finishing the response on your Mac. The steps are easy.

  • Start the message.
  • When you are ready to save the message as a draft, tap the Cancel button in the upper left corner of the screen.
  • text2A new screen appears. Tap Save Draft at the bottom of the screen.

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  • When you are ready to complete the message on your Mac look at the Mail icon in your dock (assuming you have it there) and you will see that tiny iphone image has appeared on the Mail icon. Tap the Mail icon and your saved draft opens automatically for you. Finish it up and send it off. If you don’t have the Mail icon in your dock, open Mail and choose Drafts.

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Personally, I love this feature.

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Ever Take Pictures? You have GOT to check out Noiseless from Macphun

If you ever pick up a camera you should check out Noiseless, the brand new app for your Mac from Macphun. It requires Yosemite. It eliminates all the noise from your pictures. Noise is those little dots that show up in your shots and make them fuzzy looking. Most frequently they show up in photos taken inside where there is no adequate light source.

For the amateur photographer it will fix the photo automatically. More experienced photographers can utilize a pallet of tools. Here is a photo I took that shows the before and after.

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I love using this. I just drag and drop my photo and it appears on the screen showing my photo cleaned up on one side and the original version on the other. If I like it, I just save it and it is a new, clean photo. You can save it as a .jpg by exporting or you can save it as a .mpn file which allows you to continue editing. You can also crop or share your photo from the application. Now for the very best part, right now you can download an early preview version http://macphun.com/noiseless for free.

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The Tethys Case For iPad mini is Waterproof, Drop Proof, and Dirt Proof

Tethys case for the iPad mini is shockproof, waterproof, snow proof, and dirt proof. It is designed to work in water up to eight feet deep. It works with the iPad mini and the iPad mini Retina. It will also work with the iPad mini 3, but may not support finger print sensor.

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The back is an opaque clear with a clear circle that allows the Apple logo to show through clear and clean.

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The front is a touch-through ultra clear that allows instant response when using the mini. The sides of the case are black heavy duty plastic, but the back also includes a flexible rubber rim that makes it easy to insert and remove the iPad.

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The Tethys iPad mini case is only 0.75-in thick. It is truly a light weight case, easy for even little hands to handle.

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The camera port is covered with clear plastic and it includes a black rim around the edge of the opening to absorb reflections.

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This case has an MSRP of $99.99, but it is currently available on Amazon  for $19.99. It also offers a lifetime warranty.

Using The Product

The most important thing to do when using this case is to follow the written directions for installing the mini in the case. I read a couple of complaints concerning the waterproofing aspect, but it was clear to me that they had not followed the directions. I only had access to about four feet of water for testing, but I left it laying in the water for an hour with no leakage.

I also tested it by letting my two year old grandson use it with his iPad mini. Watching him, I realized that he had more control of his iPad in this case than in the heavy rubber case he usually uses. He did indeed drop it several times over the course of a couple of days as he tends to do when he wants to go on to something new. (We’re working on that – not particularly successfully at this point.) The case stayed together and there was no damage to the iPad.

The few pictures that I snapped with this case installed were of high quality.

Do I Recommend It?

I do. It is almost impossible to find a waterproof case for around $20. It is easy to use, works well with the camera, and it is easy to install and remove the iPad mini. I definitely recommend it for use by kids.

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Share Your Pages Documents

There is a terrific new feature in Pages 5.2 that lets you share your document from right inside the document. The icon that allows you do so is a little box with an arrow pointing upward. It is the same icon that you use to send items in iOS 8. You will need to save the document before sending it.

If you have an iCloud account, you can send the document via Mail, Messages, AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, or Linkedin. To use that option select Share Link via iCloud.

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As an example, select Messages. A contextual window opens allowing you to move your document to iCloud. Then a Messages window opens that contains your document ready to send as soon as you enter the address(s) of recipients. The recipient clicks on the URL to get to the document.

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Or you can send a copy via Mail, Messages, or AirDrop.

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In this case, select Send a Copy and choose Mail. Mail will open a new message that already includes your email address and the document. All you have to do is enter the recipient and subject and hit Send.

I hope these tips help increase your efficiency and comfort when using Pages.

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Using Formulas To Add or Subtract in A Pages Table in Yosemite

You don’t don’t know formulas from a ham sandwich, but you have to include a table inside a document that requires use of formulas. Well, I don’t know much about formulas either, but I do know how to create formulas to add or subtract within a Pages table in Yosemite. So, for all of us who still use their fingers to count, here are some steps you can follow for simple problems.

Adding Cells Together Within a Pages Table

  • Place the cursor in the cell you want the results to appear in.
  • Enter an equal (=) sign.
  • The formula creation field will open showing the equal sign. To the far right you will see a red circle with a + in it, and a green circle with a check mark ✓ in it.
  • The functions menu opens as soon as you enter the = sign.
  • Select the functions you want. In this case, select Numeric from the first column and SUM from the second.
  • Click in the cell of each number you want included, (no space) between each one.
  • Click on the green circle with the check mark, and your total will appear in your cell.
  • Clicking on the red circle erases your formula.

In the following example I clicked in the cell in which I wanted the results to appear. I entered the = sign. Then I selected Numeric and SUM from the functions menu. Then I clicked on the first number, clicked on the second number, and clicked on the third number. Then I clicked on the green circle and had my total for that month.

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Using A Formula to Add Fields B2, B3, and B4

The same system works if I want to add the totals left to right. I click in the new cell and enter the formula.

Subtracting Cells Within a Pages Table

If I want to subtract I enter the = sign. Then I click on the first cell followed by the minus (-) sign and then I enter an open parenthesis (, and select each cell I want included. Hit the green button and your answer will appear. You don’t have to enter the close parenthesis if that is the end of your formula.

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Using a Formula To Subtract Cells B2 and C2 From E5

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Working With Tables In Pages In Yosemite

New versions of the operating system always bring changes to the apps that work in that system. Some times we can figure out the “new way” to accomplish our goals. Sometimes we can’t.

The latest version of Pages, 5.5.2, has presented lots of learning opportunities. The task that most frequently annoyed me in the new version was creating tables. Here’s why.

When you create a table in Pages 5.5.2, there are two ways to start. Select the format menu and select tables, or click on the tables icon in the menu bar. The menu bar option is the fastest. Once you click on the tables icon you get a drop down menu that lets you select a style. This is a much more efficient option than what previously existed. There is only one problem. You will get a predetermined number of columns and rows.

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Create a Table

Assume that you don’t want that predetermined number of columns and/or rows. To reformat your table do this:

Your table should show the numbers for the rows and the letters for the columns as demonstrated in the image below. It will also show a small circle on the far right of your table that contains two lines (||) and a circle on the left at the end of your rows. That circle has an equal sign (=).

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Modify the Table Configuration

To change the number of columns, click on the circle (see red arrow) and make your choice. The number of columns will change instantly. Do the same thing on the circle for the rows (see green arrow) and that change will also be instantaneous.

For this example I wanted two columns and two rows.

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Table Refigured to My Specifications

You can still add additional columns and rows if you need to. The easiest way to add another row is to tab from the last column in that row and a new row will appear. If you want to add several more rows go back to that circle with the equal sign and make your changes.

To add one more column click back into the circle with the lines (||) and make your choice.

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