Jan 02
Preview app

If you get a protected pdf file, it’s possible that ‘printing’ is turned off. If you try to print this page the printer will print our a blank page with no error! If you have the password to the document you can turn printing back on. This can happen if a bank or other institution send you a password protected file with a password to access it. Once you enter the password you can ‘see’ the file, but it still may not print unless you turn on printing under file permissions.

1. Go to the ‘File’ Menu then ‘Edit permissions’

Find ‘Edit Permissions…’ in the file menu

2. Click the ‘Printing’ check box

If ‘Printing’ is not checked, this will cause the page to print blank.

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Dec 29

The normal way to access your Google drive is to go into your browser, login to Google, then browse the files. Thus is a bit clunky. Thanks to a macOS app from Google, you can incorporate Google drive directly into the Finder to make it easy to access. Here’s how.

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Dec 23

I was locked out of my Apple podcast creator account. It was an endless loop of entering name and password, then entering verification code, then back to name and password. At times I could catch a glimpse of my personal information, so it was logging me in, but the page was then disappearing and throwing me back to the login page. It turns out this is a common problem, but thankfully there’s a simple fix.

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Dec 19

Some changes in the latest release of dropbox have created a lot of noise in the forums. The summary is that Apple have made some changes in their macOS that gives less flexibility to how Dropbox can operate, and Dropbox have made changes accordingly.

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Nov 23

Apple TV

Apple sometimes offer a free 3 month or 1 year Apple TV+ subscription when you buy a new device (phone or computer). Here’s the catch, it’s only available once in your lifetime per family. I was on support with Apple today and they confirmed this. If one family member uses the free subscription, it doesn’t matter how many computers or phones you purchase. It’s literally a once in a lifetime offer!

We used our free trial 2 years ago, so my new MacBook Pro does not get a trial. So my tip would be don’t waste your free Apple TV on a 3 month trial. Wait until Apple have a 1 year trial. (It varies what they offer). Also, you have up to 3 months after purchasing a new computer to activate your free Apple TV trial.

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Nov 13

Our Church is developing a phone app and as part of the process we needed to get a DUNS number. We were taken to a site called “dun&bradstreet” but there was no place to get a DUNS number if you are not from the USA or Canada. Do you need a DUNS number? Chances are, you already have one!

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Oct 13

You can’t directly edit the details of a contact in the WhatsApp application. You need to make any changes in your ‘Contacts’ app on OSX and Whatsapp automatically syncs any changes that are made. But sometimes it takes a while to sync across.

To speed it up you can change the contact details on your iPhone which seems to sync faster.

If they are not syncing it could be a privacy setting on you phone. Check out this link:

https://faq.whatsapp.com/195231088335525/?helpref=faq_content

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Sep 29

I have an iPhone 13 and a new model 14inch m1 MacBook Pro. I’d love to copy the photo’s from my iPhone to my MacBook Pro. I can’t find a way to do it easily. The only option seems to be using a lightning to USB cable, but even then the processes painfully slow. There are some paid apps on the App Store that claim to allow transfer over wifi, which reinforces to me the idea that it can’t be done over wifi without extra software. I’ve done a lot of searching and can’t see that anyone has an answer yet. If you do find a solution, please let me know in a comment below.

wifi sync

There is an option from finder to do a wifi sync of a phone, but even I you select ‘Sync’ for photos it doesn’t’ copy the photos from the iPhone to the computer.

iCloud

iCloud is obviously Apple’s preferred way of doing it but it requires you to pay for extra iCloud storage space. I just want to transfer the photos directly form my iPhone to my laptop Photos library.

Plug-in lightning cable

Apple offer the ability to copy photos from an iPhone directly to Photos app. But to do so requires a physical connection, you can’t do it over wifi. I found the copy process to be tediously slow. I connected my iPhone to my laptop before I started writing this article half an hour ago and it’s still sitting at ‘Preparing to import from “Wayne’s iPhone”‘

Airdrop

Airdrop is an option that works, but you need to select the photos one by one, and it drops them into the downloads folder of you MacBook (not into the Photos app).

If anyone has found a way to do this, drop a comment below!

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