I bet you did not know that your Mac could do all this.
Now that we are ready for the release of macOS 10.14.5 Mojave, after the release of its WWDC 2018 statement, there is no better time to look back and ask not what you can do for your Mac, but what your Mac can do for you – it may be more than you think. In most cases, your Mac can use, with its native macOS High Sierra software, what Windows 10 would require from third-party software.
And, once we have downloaded and installed macOS Mojave, the Macs will be able to do much more.
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So, one of the main selling points of the best Macs is the fact that you do not need to download or install anything to work as expected. It works. Whether you have to combine several PDFs into one, to sign documents or even to edit videos, we are at …. have strived to offer you the best advice for Mac that we can think of.
Neither formal nor exhaustive, this easily digestible list includes the 50 best known Mac tips and organizes them as slides. Click or tap ‘Next’ to dive.
Sign PDF directly in Mail
We may be in the 21st century, but we still use scribbles on a piece of paper to accept all kinds of things. If you send a PDF by email to sign, you do not have to worry about printing it, signing it, then rerun it: you can sign it directly in Mail.
Drag a PDF file into the email you are sending, hover over it, then a small button appears at the top right. Click on it to get a range of markup options, including one for signing documents. Plus, you can add your signature by placing a signed piece of paper in front of the webcam on your Mac – and it’s a fantastic job to cut it off the background – or by drawing on your trackpad.
Do you have a stylus for iPad? Try to use this instead of your finger!
Batch rename files
In OS X versions earlier than Yosemite, renaming a group of files at once meant third-party software or launching your own renaming script using something like Automator or AppleScript. However, these days, you can simply select a group of files, and then select Rename from the right-click context menu or from the drop-down button marked with a cog icon in the Finder window.
When you do this, you can add text, replace text, or apply a format such as a name and an auto-increment counter.
Import quickly with Image Capture
Although you can choose to manually import photos from your iPhone or DSLR through a pair of Finder windows, a simpler method is to use Image Capture. The long-standing feature is not new to macOS, but it has been neglected by overwhelming numbers of Mac newcomers. You can choose to import all the photos from your camera at the same time, directly into the folder of your choice or, better yet, choose the photos to store on your Mac while deciding to keep or delete the original.
In addition, you can also connect wirelessly to a scanner to import scanned documents or photos into the directory of your choice. You can also link your camera to any macOS application of your choice. So, if you want Photoshop to open every time you connect your iPhone, Image Capture can be configured for this to happen.
Annotate PDFs and images
Preview is an incredibly powerful tool, which will become even more powerful in macOS Mojave. In addition to previewing PDFs and images, Preview allows you to create a ton of PDF annotations that are compatible with the Adobe PDF application, Acrobat, used by Windows users and businesses, making it easy to share annotated documents with colleagues from the platform they are using.
Make sure the Edit toolbar is visible (from the View menu) and you will see that you have options for drawing shapes, arrows, speech and thought bubbles, and so on. You can also highlight text in different colours, insert strikethrough text, add notes, and enter text in areas.
Send and receive SMS on your Mac (and more!)
When someone sends an SMS – a text message in the original sense of the mobile phone – to your iPhone, it appears in a green bubble rather than a blue bubble, as it would be if someone sends you an iMessage. Before Yosemite, SMS only appeared on your iPhone, but now you could send them to your Mac or other iOS devices as soon as they arrived so you can reply from there.
Your iPhone must be running iOS 8.1, but once you’re signed in and connected to your iMessage account that your phone number is associated with, both on your iPhone and on your Mac or another iOS device, turn on the Text button.
Message transfer option under Settings> Messages on your iPhone.
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