In Yosemite, Use Spotlight To Find The Path And Locate Documents

In Yosemite, Spotlight has a bunch of new features. (See previous tips) While it is great to have Spotlight find a document that you can then maneuver without opening it up, sometimes you need to actually open it. That means you have to find it. Spotlight in Yosemite helps with this is a more efficient way than it has in the past.

  • Select the file in Spotlight.
  • Hold down the Command key and the path will be revealed at the bottom of the Quick Look.

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Four Unique iPhone 6/6 plus Cases From Griffin

Griffin Technology has released four new cases for iPhone 6 and 6 plus. Each offers unique features, but all four have several things in common.

The cases are: Survivor Slim  ($39.99 and $44.99 respectively), Survivor Core  ($29.99 each), Reveal ($19.99 each), and Identity (Prices range from $24.99 – $34.99 depending on style)

Each of these four case includes a one-year warranty. Each package has contact information for the company as well as a customer service phone number, each works with the fingerprint scanner, each has several color options, and each comes in sturdy, easy to open packaging. Now, for some people this last item may not seem to be that important, but for someone like me, who opens 6 or so products a week, you have no idea how wonderful it is to get into a product without the need of a chainsaw or sharp knife. Sometimes, in a pinch, even a two year old who can open anything.

The packaging designer for Griffin has created an outside case with an inner clear plastic case that holds the phone and simply slides out of the outside case. The inner case is held together by two snaps that quickly open, revealing the case.

The first is the Survivor Slim.

The cases weighs 2.2-oz and is 0.5-in thick. It is available in four colors – black, gray, mineral blue, and turquoise. The package includes a screen protector and micro cleaning cloth. The thick protective back means that the Apple logo doesn’t show.

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The ports for the camera are open and of good size. The port is blackened to absorb reflection.

It is easy to insert the phone into the shell, but not so easy to remove because it offers a very tight fit. The ringer on/off button is recessed into the case to the point that it is not easy to flip the button. I used the nail of my smallest finger to fit into the recessed area. The buttons for the phone are covered and easy to depress.

This case fits easily into most pockets and the textured surface keeps it from slipping around. I had no trouble using the fingerprint scanner while testing this phone.

The second is the Survivor Core

The case weighs 1-oz and is ¼-in thick. This case is available in black or purple. The back of each is clear, allowing the Apple logo to show.

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The Survivor Core offers drop protection up to 6.6 ft. The case covers the back and sides of the phone and has extra protection on each corner. The case also works well with a tempered glass glass screen protector like this one for iPhone 6 plus from ZAGG.

The ports for the camera are open and of good size. The port is blackened to absorb reflection. the on/off ringer button is recessed to prevent accidental switches. It is quite easy to insert and remove the phone from the case. The case fits easily into most pockets.

The third is the Reveal 

The case weight 1.2-oz and is ¼-in thick. It is available in black, hot pink, or white. The back is clear, allowing the Apple logo to show.

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This case is thin, but made from polycarbonate so it is sturdy. There is extra support at the edges for protection. The back of the case is a separate piece.

The ports for the camera are open and of good size. The ringer on/off switch is recessed for protection. The port is blackened to absorb reflection. the on/off ringer button is recessed to prevent accidental switches. It is quite easy to insert and remove the phone from the case. The case fits easily into most pockets.

The fourth is the Identity 

This case weighs 1-oz and is ¼-in thick. The outside is clear. The unique feature of the Identity is the case and back plate cover are separate pieces so that the back plate cover can be changed using multiple designs available from Griffin. When ordering, the purchaser chooses their phone with the backplate of their choice.

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The Identity case features four foot drop protection and a raised lip to protect the front. I was able to use it with the tempered glass screen protector, but the fit was not as good as it would be without that specific screen protector.

The ports for the camera are open and of good size. The port is blackened to absorb reflection. the on/off ringer button is recessed to prevent accidental switches. It is quite easy to insert and remove the phone from the case. The case fits easily into most pockets.

I recommend any one of these cases. It’s all in your preferences.

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In Yosemite – Batch-rename Multiple Files At Once

There is a new feature in Yosemite that allows you to batch-rename multiple files at once.

  • To use the tool, select the files you want to rename, using right-click or control-click to designate them.
  • From the menu that appears, select Rename X files (where “X” is the number of items you selected). From here, you can add text to the files’ titles, replace a portion of their titles, or apply formatting to the filenames. Once you’re done, click Rename.

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  • If each of your images or documents contain numbers in the title, such as 20150216, Yosemite will automatically place a number at the beginning that separates each one, such as 102150216.

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In Yosemite, Use Spotlight To Attach Documents To An Email

Spotlight has several new features available to those using Yosemite. Here is one of them.

Find and attach documents to emails even if you don’t know where they are stored.

  • Open and prepare your email message.
  • Open Spotlight and search for your document.
  • When you find what you think is the desired document, click on it to double check. The Quick Look column on the right gives you a quick image of the document.attachdocuments1Grab the document and drag it to the message portion of your email and you are done.
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Add Keynote Transitions On An iPad

If you are familiar with Keynote on your Mac then you probably know that it is very easy to add transitions to your slides. They make for a nice, interesting presentation. If you create a Keynote on your Mac and save it to the cloud, all your transitions will transfer nicely to your Keynote on the iPad.

But, what if you don’t have a Mac and have to create your Keynote from scratch on your iPad, or you want to make changes when you are away from your Mac. You can still add or change transitions. Here is how.

  • Tip:  If you want to add an identical transition to multiple slides, a quick way to do it is create the transition on a single blank slide and then duplicate that slide as many times as necessary. This works on your Mac or your iPad.

Tap once on the slide you want to add the transition to. You get this option.

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Tap on the transitions option and, in the effects tap, scroll down to select the transition you want.

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Tap on the Options tab to set other requirements.

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Undo Actions in Keynote on your iPad

There’s no need to manually save your changes as you work in Keynote. Keynote automatically saves your work about every 30 seconds as you work. But you can always undo your recent actions, if you don’t want to save them (tap Undo in the top-left corner of the screen).

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