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Tue, Jun 16, 2015The Text-Automation Edition


Editorial 1.2 Brings Powerful New Text Editing Features, More iOS Automation, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Developed by Berlin-based Ole Zorn, Editorial was the app that reinvented text automation in 2013 and that pushed me to start working exclusively from my iPad. Editorial is a powerful Markdown text editor that combines visual Automator-like actions with a web browser, text snippets, Python scripts, and URL schemes to supercharge text editing on iOS with the power of automation. I spend most of my days writing and researching in Editorial, and my workflow depends on this app.

Editorial 1.2 Update Improved Task Management And Document Creation, by MacDrifter

It's a fantastic text editor, a superior task manager and a powerful scripting tool. Heck, it even has a terrific browser.

Apple's Privacy

Apple Versus Google, by Om Malik, New Yorker

Still, one can’t help but wonder whether Apple backed into their position on privacy. As a cynic, I don’t think that Apple truly has a genuinely profound concern for the issue. Very little in their past would suggest that this is something they care about to the core. They’re a company that has always understood hardware, not software, and they’re fumbling as software becomes something defined by data and cloud and constant connectivity. Google’s view is a post-Internet ideology, and Apple, confused and slightly threatened, is falling back on an argument about privacy.


How To Shoot Travel Videos: An iPad Can Become The Perfect Holiday Companion, by David Phelan, The Independent

Here’s the thing: I’m not a fan of people holding up tablets in front of them shooting videos in the street or, heaven forbid, at concerts. It feels that they’re not present, they’re just recording it as a piece of video they may never look at again and distancing themselves from the event as it happens.

But this experiment has won me over. If you shoot judiciously and with a conscious eye to how you’ll use it afterwards, everything changes. Instead of slavishly filming everything, it works better when you deliberately take on the role of careful filmmaker for a few moments every now and again. And then return to enjoying the moment – to, you know, actually being there.

The App Revolution For Diabetics, by Steven Petrow, Washington Post

Marrero recommends choosing apps based on individual goals. For some people with diabetes, that’s weight control; others need help tracking blood glucose or remembering to take medication, while some turn to their apps to find community support. Most people I spoke with agreed there’s no one app that does all of that well — yet.

Adobe Announces 2015 Creative Cloud Updates, New Integrated Adobe Stock Service, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The updates bring new features and performance enhancements with "Adobe Magic" to all of Adobe's Creative Cloud apps, notably including Linked Assets that will allow assets within Creative Cloud Libraries to be updated whenever a change is made, ensuring the update is available to all team members in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Adobe Photoshop Mix Now Lets You Edit Your Existing Photoshop Layers And Masks, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Users can now pull in existing assets that they have stored in their Creative Cloud Library, which they can then edit in the app. This includes Photoshop documents, along with their individual elements like layers and masks.

Drafts 4.3 Adds Custom Filters And Extension Enhancements, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Facebook Releases Moments App To Rescue Photos Of Your Friends From Your Camera Roll, by Casey Newton, The Verge

Moments, an app launching today on Android and iOS, attempts to rescue the hundreds of photos on your camera roll that feature your friends and let you share them with a few taps. Using the face-recognition technology that powers the suggested tags you see when adding a photo of a friend, Moments scans your camera roll for familiar faces and lets you quickly "sync" them to the subject of the photo.

An App That Knows When You're Working Too Hard, by Vignesh Ramachandran, OZY

Three times per hour Look Up gives a gentle reminder to take a rest. It follows the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at least 20 feet away, for 20 seconds.

Spark App (iOS): Smart Email, by Chris Carter, Paste Magazine

Camper's Helper iPhone App Review, by Aron Kramer, Tapscape

Camper’s Helpers by Gerard Guerin is designed to find over 55,000 camping accommodations for you to enjoy across the states and Canada.

Mac Backup Guru 5.0 Offers Improved Data Backup Options For Mac OS X, by MacTech

When iWork Doesn't: Troubleshooting Mail Merge, Copying Data, Sharing, And Printing, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Many of you have written in with questions about merging data, selectively printing or exporting data, or gaining access to options that you think should be there. In this column, I’ll try to help, and point you to previous Mac 911s that may offer more in-depth assistance.

It's All About The Magnets

Apparently you can put a MacBook to sleep using a magnetic iPad cover... #itjustworks

— John Johnson (@johnernaut) June 15, 2015


Sipping From The WWDC Firehose: What’s New And Important For Developers, by Erica Sadun

Thoughts On Swift 2 Errors, by Nicklockwood, Gist

Bug Writing Season, by Craig Hockenberry,

Now’s the perfect time to start using QuickRadar. As its name suggests, this project run by Amy Worrall, makes creating or duplicating bug reports much quicker. You’ll also find that a native Mac user interface is much easier to deal with than some web form pretending to be iOS 6.


Favicon-Bug, by benjamingr, Gist

This repository demonstrates that Chrome will download huge favicon files to the point that they crash Chrome and bring the computer to a halt.

Safari has a similar bug too.

How To Pick A Cellphone Plan For Traveling Abroad, by Seth Kugel, New York Times

Prices for calling, texting and using data overseas continue to fall, but the larger system relies on a haphazard and incomplete set of agreements among wireless companies from every country on earth. That makes finding the cheapest option that will (mostly) satisfy your needs still a complex task, depending on where you’re going, for how long and with whom.

The Fight For Root, by Frederic Jacobs, Medium

Apple Posts Four New 'Shot On iPhone 6' Videos To World Gallery, by AppleInsider

Apple News Curation Will Have Human Editors And That Will Raise Important Questions, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

Apple hasn’t talked about it publicly, but the company is hiring human editors that will curate content for its upcoming News app and work with publications to quickly surface breaking stories.

Here’s What Happens To Your $10 After You Pay For A Month Of Apple Music, by Peter Kafka, Re/code

Here are the real numbers, according to Robert Kondrk, the Apple executive who negotiates music deals along with media boss Eddy Cue: In the U.S., Apple will pay music owners 71.5 percent of Apple Music’s subscription revenue. Outside the U.S., the number will fluctuate, but will average around 73 percent, he told Re/code in an interview. Executives at labels Apple is working with confirmed the figures.

Those totals include payments to the people who own the sound recordings Apple Music will play, as well as the people who own the publishing rights to songs’ underlying compositions. That doesn’t mean the money will necessarily go to the musicians who recorded or wrote the songs, since their payouts are governed by often-byzantine contracts with music labels and publishers.

Online Password Locker LastPass Hacked, by Blair Hanley Frank, IDG News Service


Everyday I stare at my iPhone, and my iPhone stares back at me, with an icon that has the following instructions: Find Friends.


Today is one of those days when I wake up and I decide that I really do not want to talk to any humans. I want a job where I only talk to machines. I want to only buy food from vending machines. And the bus driver of the public bus that I commute in shouldn't be looking at me at all.

Too bad today ended up not like one of those days.

Maybe when I retire.


No humans actually read this little web page of mine, right? Esepcially this far down in the page? Only Google Bots and Bing Bots hang out here, right? (Apple News bot probably doesn't know I exist.)

Parting Words

The characters from @DisneyPixar's Inside Out seem like they'd make good emoji.

— Parakeet (@Parakeet) June 15, 2015

Thanks for reading.