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  1. kimgh

    Audio files from Mac to iPhone

    I really have 2 questions: 1. What is a good Mac program for capturing audio from the Mac audio stream? 2. Is there a way to wirelessly (through the cloud or otherwise) transfer any such audio files from the Mac to my iPhone? I know I can transfer files from iTunes to the phone through a USB connection, but since most of my stuff is transferred from the cloud, it's confusing to me and to the phone to connect to the computer. Thanks, Kim
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    Audio files from Mac to iPhone

    I know it's silly to answer my own question, but I think dropbox is my best bet for moving the files to the iPhone. So all I need is is recommendation for an audio capture app. BTW: I'm working on improving my morse code speed for amateur radio. I want to capture audio practice files generated on my Mac with Morse Mania and have them on the phone for practice out and about. Thanks, Kim
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    Passcode required randomly

    I'm wondering why my iPhone 6s requires my passcode every few days, even when TouchID is enabled and it hasn't been over 48 hours since I last used it. This was also true of my last phone, an iPhone 6. Is this normal/expected behavior? I have never heard anyone else mention this, so I'm thinking it shouldn't happen. It's clearly not a hardware problem, so is there some setting that makes the phone require occasional passcode entry? This has been driving me nuts for over a year now! Kim Helliwell
  4. Is is just me? Or has Safari on the iPad become more and more unusable for nearly any kind of web browsing? What happens is that a page will load, and I'll start to read. Then I get a message that there was an error loading the page, so it reloads. This continues sometimes 3 or 4 times, after which Safari gives up trying to reload the page. My suspicion is that some of the ad content is causing problems for Safari, but I have no way to prove that. But if that's the case, the advent of ad blocking capability in IOS 9 will be very welcome. Meanwhile, is anyone else experiencing this? Does anyone have a solution?
  5. Now that the new Photos app is out and we can use iCloud Photos, is there any reason to continue using Photo Stream? Really the question is: will photos I take on my iPhone automatically upload when only iCloud Photo is on? Or is photo stream needed as well?
  6. Adam pointed me to the fact that even if iPhotos is not available, it should still be in your purchased list in the Applications app. I moved the old iPhoto to the trash and then clicked the update button for iPhotos, and it downloaded and installed, and it works. The version number is 9.6.1. So all is not lost if you failed to update.
  7. I might be able to get it from my wife's laptop, now I think of it. I agree: loss of location tagging is an issue, and I hope it won't take long for that to be restored. I'm doing the same thing you are: adding slides and prints, though I am mostly done now. I think once the pix are in Photos, though, you are out of luck tagging locations in iPhoto, as changes won't transfer over ( from what I understand). So I think we have to wait for tagging to be added to Photos.
  8. I think I'm out of luck. I have 9.6 on both my macs and evidently it's too late to upgrade. Really wish apple would not be so quick to pull the plug without a warning. I was misled by more than one review of Photos. I missed some fine print somewhere!
  9. For me, iPhoto is just not working anymore. Yes there is still the application in the applications folder, but it's xed out and when I try to launch it says that it is not compatible with Yosemite. Which I think is strange because it was working before I did the update to 10.10.3 . I'm given an opportunity to search the applications app for a new version that works, but then the app says there is no such animal anymore. So I conclude that iPhoto is gone baby gone. I'm not too sad about all of this. The new photos app works beautifully. But I thought I was going to be able to use iPhoto in parallel for some time and I'm a little bit miffed find out that's not the case.
  10. Hi, John: In this case, it's too late. I've been eagerly awaiting the new Photos app since it was first announced, and there was little chance I would not upgrade immediately. What I've noticed is: contrary to the reviews I read based on the beta version by David Pogue and others who said that Photos and iPhoto would both work once Photos was installed, the fact is that iPhoto is Gone Baby, Gone! Also, in partial answer to my own question, the Preferences screen for iCloud photos is hinting that Photo Stream will continue to work with devices that don't have iCloud Photos turned on. So I'm guessing that Apple is going to one day deprecate Photo Stream and it will eventually disappear. So unless someone else has different/better information, I suppose I am answered.
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    Mounting an iPhone in the car

    Does anyone have a favorite car mount for an iPhone 5? I am looking for one that will work in my Prius. I know there are a lot of these made, and I would like to narrow the field by getting a few recommendations. Thanks, Kim
  12. Boy, do I miss MacDraw! I have a need for a vector drawing program that: a) Provides scaling of the drawing elements doesn't cost too much (OmniGraffle at $100 is too much for me). I need this to draw a floor plan of a house I own. I don't need a lot of fancy features, just the ability to draw rectangles that are scaled properly. Any suggestions?
  13. I have about 10 or so old MacWrite files that were written in the 1980's (so probably MacWrite 4.5 or so, but I don't remember for sure). I'd like to recover them. Looking into ways to do that, I find that there is no easy known way to do this. So it occurs to me that someone in the community is more of a packrat than I am (or has more room to store old electronics gear) and may have a working old Mac ca 1989 or 1990 with a version of MacWrite that could read these files. If so, I'd appreciate it if I could email said person the files and get either RTF, MS Word, or .txt versions (Preferably the latest possible Word format that can still be read by modern versions of Word or Pages). These files are a manual for an old Mac program I wrote in the late 1980's. I've gotten interested in re-writing the program in Cocoa for current Macs mainly as a way to teach myself Cocoa programming, but with a view to releasing the final product as a freeware program, including the manual. This is not sensitive data, and I have no problem using email for transferring this data back and forth.
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    How can I read old MacWrite files?

    Cool! Getting the files into the old Mac is going to be a bit of a problem, I think. But if that machine has an internet connection, it may be possible to ftp them over from files I email to you. If you don't have an email address you're willing to share on here, do you have a LinkedIn page? If so, send me (at Kim Helliwell) a LinkedIn invite. I can send you one of the files to see if you can get it onto the old Mac. If that works, I can send the rest. Thanks, Kim
  15. kimgh

    How can I read old MacWrite files?

    I might take you up on that; I'm having little luck with the emulators I've been trying...
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    How can I read old MacWrite files?

    @johnfoster: thanks. I tried OpenOffice before posting this question, but could not find the MacWrite format in OpenOffice, even though the link you provided suggests it should be there. I think the emulation approach looks promising. I actually got it working, but I guess I need a way to create disk images onto which I can copy my files; seems to be no way to just get them from my Mac's file system! Any ideas? Thanks, Kim
  17. I've been experiencing repeated crashes of Safari Web Content (which takes Safari itself with it, of course). I don't think I've noticed this until 6.0. I'm running it on two machines, one with Lion and one with Mountain Lion, and both show the problem. It is possible that this didn't start until my recent installation of 1Password. There is a known problem that appeared to be due to 1Password, but it turned out that this was due to a bug in auto proxy handling in Apple's networking code. The fix was to disable auto proxy handling. But I already had it disabled, so that doesn't seem to be my problem. Anyone else seeing this? Has anyone a clue how to overcome this? Presumably Apple is getting the crash reports, so I hope someone there is looking into this. It's getting a bit annoying, because it happens several times a day and usually when nothing whatever is happening in Safari proper (when I'm working on another program, for example).
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    Playlists in InstaCast

    Is anyone using the playlist feature in InstaCast? I find that they don't work: when a podcast in the list ends, the next one requires me to start in manually. Vemedio is unresponsive; apparently it's a one man show and the guy is overwhelmed. I've scanned reviews of Instacast for mention of a problem with playlists and saw nothing about that. Either no reviewer has actually used the feature or I have a bad copy of the app or some other glitch that makes it not work for me. So: anyone with any success on this? Kim
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    Podcast apps

    Hmmm, on further investigation, it appears that InstaCast Pro does exactly what I want. A bargain at $0.99!
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    Podcast apps

    The new Apple Podcast App seems lacking to me, and so, apparently, does Instacast, which I've had on my phone. Here is what I want to be able to do (used to be dead easy on iTunes, now takes some fiddling, but still possible, but soon to go away entirely): 1. The main thing: I'd like to be able to build a playlist of podcasts to listen to (say for a commute) and put them in a selected order. Have them play in that order without user intervention. 2. I'd like to be able to discard unlistened to podcasts easily (my Instacast lists 750+ podcasts that I will never want to go back to... I don't want to delete these by hand one at a time!) As far as I can tell, both the Apple one and InstaCast make you listen to all episodes of one podcast in reverse order, or else require user intervention to move to another podcast/episode. This is a no-no while driving! Maybe I'm missing something, but I would have thought this was required functionality for a pod catcher! If it's there and I just haven't found it please let me know. Or else let me know whether any of the ones mentioned here allow this. thanks, Kim
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    Photo Stream

    Actually, I now see what to do here: events are not automatically created, but if you click on the "Photos" entry on the left, you can select pix and create your own events. So maybe this isn't so bad after all. Kim
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    Photo Stream

    Rob, thanks for starting this thread. As far as I've heard, a photo, once streamed, is there until you shut off photo stream and delete all the pix therein, or else until it scrolls past the 1000 picture limit. I have a slightly related question: Once I have photo stream pix in iPhoto, I'd like them to be added to the photo library so I can preserve them when I fill up the stream and start to lose them. there doesn't seem to be a way to do that. Nor do the pix get put in the camera roll so they sync to iPhoto in the normal way. Nor do photo stream pix form events (Unless each one is its own event, maybe?). You can display PS photos with your library, but basically they are parallel streams and apparently never join. Perhaps my use case is not what Apple had in mind for this feature. I may just turn it off and let my pix sync normally. But I'll give it a while first I guess. Kim
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    Which iPad will you be buying?

    I've ordered the 32 Gig Wifi only model. I really agonized, first, over whether I needed one of these at all. I have multiple Macs and an iPhone. But I have a 1st gen Kindle that I was planning to upgrade to 2nd gen. I finally decided that the iPad would be a way better 2nd Gen Kindle. Then I agonized over whether to go for the 3G or not. Decided that if I actually ran out of reading material, I should usually be able to find a WiFi hotspot to get more. In general, I'll plan ahead as much as I can. And I hope Amazon's iPad Kindle app will be allowed on the device! I guess if I decide I've made a mistake about the 3G, I can correct that when an update becomes available.
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    Sorting of Smart Playlist on iPhone

    I too have this problem and it drives me nuts! I would like to arrange the podcasts in a particular order in iTunes so I can listen to particular podcasts first, but the iPhone since the update previous to the last one stubbornly refuses to honor any order I set in iTunes. This used to work beautifully and has been broken for a while now. I've seen or heard nothing about this anywhere else, so your confirmation that I'm not the only one experiencing this is helpful. Maybe I need to call Apple to complain about this. I doubt there is a workaround, I think Apple needs to fix it.
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    unlocking iPhone as instructed by AT&T...???

    My guess? They are not talking about "unlocking" the phone (which SURELY cannot be THAT simple to do!), but "unBLOCKING," as in changing a security password(??) NO carrier would advertise or make it simple to unlock a handset from their service. BTW: why is the reference to "some Motorola phones" in there, if the instructions are for an iPhone 3G? Sounds VERY fishy to me.