Preview can import images directly from cameras and scanners. Better yet, in Preview’s eyes, your iPhone or iPad counts as a camera.
To import pictures from a camera, connect it to your Mac via a USB cable, open Preview, and choose Import from _CameraName_ (for instance, Import from iPhone).
A window appears displaying thumbnails of the photos on that camera, largely mirroring the look and features of Apple’s Image Capture utility (which lives in the Utilities folder inside your Applications folder). By default, Preview displays the photos in a list, with EXIF information like the date and time the picture was taken, file size, resolution, GPS coordinates, aperture size, whether the flash was fired, and more. Even if you don’t want to use Preview to import your photos, it’s a handy way to view all that data.
Neat Trick via OSX App, Preview
Here’s another neat trick: if you select a file in the Finder, choose Edit > Copy (or press Command-C), and then invoke Preview’s “New from Clipboard” command. It creates a new document containing all sizes and resolutions of that file’s icon. It’s a great way to snag
an application or document icon!
Archive your Contacts
- Load up Contact — Open your Contacts app on your Mac by clicking its icon in the Dock or heading to your Applications folder and searching for it.
- Export menu — Now go up to File in the menubar and scroll down to the Export menu. From the options that slide out right, select Contact Achieve to continue.
- Safe place — All that’s left to do is save your Contacts archive to a safe destination. Hit “Save” when ready. your contact information is now safely backed up.
Share Huge files over Email
Fed up of using WeTransfer or Dropbox to transfer large file sizes over email? We were too, until we started using iCloud’s brilliant Mail Drop feature. As long as you have the ‘Send large attachments with Mail Drop’ setting ticked in the Advanced section of Mail>Preferences>Accounts, you can send files up to 5GB in size over email. The recipient will be sent a link to access the contents, which stays active for 30 days.
Using iCloud Drive
If you’re reading this and you haven’t set up iCloud yet, don’t worry — you’re not alone. Plenty of Apple users have resisted ‘the cloud’ for many reasons. We firmly believe that the positives far outweigh the negatives. Thankfully, Apple makes setting up an iCloud account simple. All you need is an Apple ID and the following instructions…
- Set up on Mac — Go to system Preferences and select iCloud. Activating iCloud is now as simple as entering your Apple ID and enabling which features you want synced.
- Set up on iOS — On your iOS device, head to your Settings menu and tap iCloud. Type in your apple ID credentials, tap Sign In and choose what you want to sync to iCloud.
How to Answer a Call with a Text Message
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Sometimes, you just don’t have time to answer the phone. Especially if you’re driving, it’s often safer to send an iPhone automated message to let the person know you’ll call them back later. This function is accessible right from the call screen with different messages prepared for quick sending. Here’s how to answer a call with a text message if you happen to be busy.
When your phone is ringing, tap Message over Slide to Answer.
You will get a menu of responses and a Custom option. Tap “Can I call you later?”, “Sorry, I can’t talk right now.” or “I’m on my way.” Your phone will automatically send a text for you.
If you tap the Custom option, a text conversation with that person will appear. Type whatever you like! (But please don’t choose this option if you’re driving!). Tap Send, and you’re done.