Understanding New macOS Mojave App Security Alerts

Apple works hard to ensure the security of its operating systems and sometimes these security features can be confusing. In recent years, Apple has sandboxed their operating systems. This means that apps only have access to limited parts of your computer’s operating system and files. The reason for this is to prevent rogue apps from accessing data that they shouldn’t be able to read and to prevent malware from installing in certain parts of the system.

Related to this are specific accessibility permissions for apps that use the accessibility framework and automation permissions, for apps that use AppleScript, and other background technologies. You see dialogs asking you to grant these apps the permission to do certain things to your files.

While sandboxing and permissions are a good thing overall, they can be an annoyance. It means that some apps – notably utilities – are limited as to which files they can access on your Mac, and that some app features that you were used to using on your Mac may no longer work. While some of these permission dialogs existed before Mojave, they have become more common and can be confusing.

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How to Use Annotations and Quick Actions in the macOS Mojave Finder

Among the new features in macOS Mojave is a set of powerful tools in the Finder that lets you manipulate or annotate files. Instead of needing to open an app to make simple changes, you can perform some operations on files directly in a Finder window or using Quick Look. In this article, I’m going to tell you about these new features: Annotations and Quick Actions.

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How to Use Dark Mode in macOS Mojave

Dark mode is one of the most visible new features in macOS Mojave, and is the most radical change to the interface of Apple’s operating systems since the advent of Mac OS X in 2001. This setting allows you turn most of what you see into a sort of negative view: instead of black text on a white or gray background, you see gray text on a black (actually, dark gray in most places) background. Windows, menus, toolbars – everything shifts (though there are some elements that don’t change; see below).

Dark mode is not for everyone. Reading white text on a dark background can be difficult for many people, notably those with astigmatism. But some people love working like this; it’s a lot more restrained than the standard interface; there is less light to assail you. It is especially good for working late at night which is probably why many developers tend to favor this mode.

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How to Convert Automator Workflows to Finder Quick Actions in Mojave

I’ve long used Automator for “quick actions” on files in the Finder. Now, with Mojave’s Quick Actions in the Finder – available when you’re in the new Gallery view – you can run your Automator workflows from this new interface, instead of using a contextual menu, or other method.

To do this, open a workflow, then choose File > Convert To… By default, Automator displays its file type dialog with Quick Action selected.

Convert quick action

Click Choose, then press Command-S to save the file and name it. It will immediately appear in the Finder’s Quick Action More menu.

If you want it to be visible in the Quick Action sidebar, go to System Preferences > Extensions, then Finder. You’ll see a list of available quick actions. The first two items in the list show up in the Finder. Drag any quick actions you want to be visible to the top of the list. And you can uncheck any that you don’t use, so they don’t clutter up the More menu.

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Unfortunately, I don’t yet see any way to show more than two quick actions in the Finder, before the More menu, so choose the ones that are really most useful to you.

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macOS Mojave Is Here – Get Up to Speed with Two Great New Take Control Books

Tc umojaveToday, Apple is releasing macOS Mojave. Most Mac users are going to upgrade – if their hardware is compatible – and it’s good to know what you need to do to prepare for upgrading. In Take Control of Upgrading to Mojave, Mac expert Joe Kissell has updated his trusted advice on upgrading to the latest version of macOS. Learn what you need to know to make the process go smoothly and efficiently, and what has changed from previous versions, including revisions to the APFS file system and important new ways of keeping your Mac secure. Includes troubleshooting advice in case things go wrong!

Tc mojaveAnd once you’ve got Mojave running on your Mac, you need to know how to get the most out of it. Learn all about it with Take Control of Mojave by Scholle McFarland. Like her previous book on High Sierra, this book covers all the new features and options in macOS 10.14, and also provides a good overview of the entire operating system. Find out about all the changes to your Mac’s apps and system-wide tools, and learn useful tricks that may be not be obvious at first glance.

Get Take Control of Upgrading to Mojave and Take Control of Mojave.

What Are 32-Bit and 64-Bit Apps, and Why Do They Matter?

You may have heard recent news about Apple’s warning to end users that the company intends to phase-out 32-bit apps running on macOS computers in 2019. And you may be wondering a few things, such as what are 32-bit and 64-bit apps, and why do they matter?

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How to Use Accessibility Features on Apple iOS Devices

On iOS, as on the Mac, Apple offers a wide range of accessibility features to make the devices easier to read, hear, and work with for people with limitations. While many of these features are useful to people with limitations, some can make using an iOS device better for everyone. Here are a few accessibility features that you might want to try out.

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macOS Mojave: New Interface Options, Under the Hood Refinements

Apple announced the next version of its desktop operating system at this week’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC): macOS Mojave. Due out in the fall, Mojave doesn’t bring a lot of new features, but some of the changes will be very visible.

Much of the work on macOS Mojave is under the hood, bringing refinements to the guts of the operating system. Gone are the days when Apple could tout 100 or more new features in an OS update; instead, now they focus on a half-dozen marquee features, while still tweaking the operating system in lots of little ways.

The biggest change you’re likely to notice in Mojave is dark mode. You may already have some apps that offer this option; this will become an OS-wide setting, turning everything from light to dark.

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Use Your Mac More Efficiently with Accessibility Options

Apple has long made its operating systems compatible for the largest possible number of people, providing options and tools for those with assistive needs. Accessibility options can help not only those who need to adjust their computing devices for certain limitations, but some of these options can make computing easier for everyone.

Last year, we covered five accessibility features; and now, here are some more options that can help you use your Mac more efficiently.

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Understanding Compressed Files and Apple’s Archive Utility

Compressed files and archives are very common. You certainly see these files often–they bear the .zip extension, and contain one or more files that have been shrunk to save space. Archives also allow you to store a number of files in a single file, making them easier to move around or send to others. (For instance, if you sent a hundred text files to someone by email without compressing them, it would be very annoying to receive that many attachments.)

Apple’s macOS uses Archive Utility, a small app hidden away in an obscure folder and used to create and decompress .zip files. The Archive Utility app has some options that may make working with archives easier. In this article, you’ll learn about compressed files and Archive Utility, and we’ll show you some options you can adjust that will make working with compressed files easier.

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