5 Tips for Customizing the Scrivener Editor

In recent articles, I’ve looked at how you can customize the Scrivener Editor. I began by explaining how you can set up the editor to your liking, then discussed how to choose default font settings so all your documents look the way you want, and then I introduced styles, showing how you could go beyond the basic font settings.

In today’s article, I want to present a few additional tips you can use to make the Editor work efficiently for you.

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To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

Review: iPad mini 2021 – in spite of the increased price, it’s still a great device

I’ve long been a fan of Apple’s iPad mini, the goldilocks device: it’s not too small, not too big, and fits that sweet spot between an iPhone – even a Max model – and a full-sized iPad. It’s compact, light, and this year’s model is powerful and versatile.

It’s a great device, even if Apple has upped the price. Here’s why.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

iPhone 13 Pro Review: The Camera’s the Star, but the Battery Life Is the Best New Feature

As is often the case, the iPhone 13 Pro is an iteration on last year’s model. But if you want a powerful, flexible smartphone camera, and above all better battery life, this model will fit the bill.

On Apple’s web page for the iPhone 13 Pro, the company says:

A dramatically more powerful camera system. A display so responsive, every interaction feels new again. The world’s fastest smartphone chip. Exceptional durability. And a huge leap in battery life.

These five points are an excellent guide for examining what’s new and what’s improved in the iPhone. Let’s take a look.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Why doesn’t Apple want people to upgrade to iOS 15?

Apple released iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 on Monday, September 20, and, as usual, many people updated their iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches to the new operating systems. But unlike in the past, Apple is not pushing people to make the upgrade. For the first time, Apple is going to maintain the previous operating system for users who don’t want to upgrade. You can choose to remain on iOS 14, and still get essential security updates, if you’d rather not move to iOS 15. (When I mention iOS in this article, I also include iPadOS.) This is similar to the way Apple manages macOS; you can upgrade to the new version, or continue to receive security updates on the previous version.

While we’re only a few days into the new operating systems, it’s clear that fewer people are making the transition. In general, the uptake is pretty quick, but after two days, it seems that iOS 15 adoption is much lower than for iOS 14. Last year, in the first two days, 14.5% of users had updated, but this year, over the same period, only 8.5% of users had made the switch.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #206: Why Doesn’t Apple Want People to Upgrade to iOS 15?

There’s new Mac malware hiding in a terminal emulator app, an interesting Finder vulnerability, and Apple launches iCloud+. We also wonder why Apple isn’t prompting iOS users to upgrade to iOS 15

Follow the The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

How to Use the Find My App to Locate Friends, Apple Devices, and AirTags

Apple’s Find My app is a versatile tool for finding your friends, keeping track of your Apple devices, and locating lost items that you’ve protected with AirTags. You can find your lost iPhone, see where your keys are, if they’ve got an AirTag on them, and find that friend you’re supposed to meet in a busy shopping mall.

Find My is not only for finding items, but also for protecting your Apple devices. You can mark them as lost, and even erase them remotely, protecting your data. Here’s how to use the Find My app.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

How to Use iCloud+, with Additional Security and Privacy Features, and More

As Apple has released iOS15 and iPadOS 15 this week, the service they announced in June, iCloud+, is also now available. iCloud+ provides three useful features that enhance security and privacy, plus one more feature that many people will find useful.

Here’s how iCloud+ works.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Kirk’s Picks No. 20 – The Wire [TV series]

The Wire is one of the great TV series of the past couple of decades, depicting cops and robbers in Baltimore.

Theme music: Honest Labor, composed and performed by Timo Andres.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 101: Practicing Photography with Ben Long

What does it mean to really practice your craft? In this episode we welcome back photographer and educator Ben Long to PhotoActive to talk about his wonderful new book The Practicing Photographer: Essays on Developing Your Photographic Practice. We talk about why practice involves more than grabbing your camera every once in a while, about getting out of creative ruts, and the value of studying other photographers’ works.

Find out more, and subscribe to the podcast, at the PhotoActive website. You can follow The PhotoActive on Twitter at @PhotoActiveCast to keep up to date with new episodes, and join our Facebook group to chat with other listeners and participate in photo challenges and more.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #205: Apple’s Consistent Iteration

Apple has patched two in-the-wild vulnerabilities, and you should update your devices right away. We look at the dangers of “corrupt my file” websites. And we discuss Apple’s new product announcements.

Follow the The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.