Increase Productivity With macOS

Increase Productivity With macOS

Series Three 

Continuity Camera for Pictures and Scanning

Take a photo

Open a supported application on your Mac. Control-click or right-click in the document or window where you want the photo to appear Then select Import or insert from iPhone or iPad

(see below for requirements and supported applications)

You will then be prompted by your Mac to take a picture with your phone. It will look like this: 

When you take the photo with your phone, it will appear in your document, window or if you’re currently on your desktop, it will be on your desktop/

Scan a document

Open a supported application on your Mac. Control-click or right-click in the document or window where you want the scan to appear. Then select Import or insert from iPhone or iPad. 

Select Scan Documents

You will then be prompted by your Mac to take a picture with your phone. It will look like this: 

On your iOS device (iPhone or iPad), you will see a screen to scan. 

When you want to capture the text on the screen, press the circle button

The iOS device will then give you a preview and ask if you want to retake or Keep Scan. It will also give you an option to crop.

Crop to the text and then select Keep Scan. The preview on the iOS device will then disappear.

Your scan will now appear in PDF format on your desktop as shown:

The scanned document will be in high definition. Sample below:


Mac and iOS device have both wifi and Bluetooth turned on,
Mac and iOS device must be signed in to iCloud and with the same Apple ID that is using Two-Factor Authentication.
Your Mac is using macOS Mojave (or later), your iOS device is using iOS 12 or later.

Supported applications

O365 Suite, Finder, Keynote, Mail, Messages, Notes, Numbers, Pages, and Text Edit.

MAC Corner

By Shannan Sutherland

Increase Productivity With macOS: Series Two

It can be frustrating when you’re working from more than one application with one screen. It can be time-consuming to switch between PDF documents and Word or Excel when you need both for one task. Check out this feature called SplitView.

Chances are, you’re running OS X El Capitan or later so your mac should be compatible.

macOS Catalina:

To enter SplitView, find the Full-Screen button in the top left corner of the application. Click and hold. Two options will become available: tile window to the left of the screen or tile window to the right of the screen. Click which one you would prefer and then simply select the other app you want in the next window.

Other macOS versions:

Click and hold the full-screen button in the top left corner of the application
window. As you click and hold, the window will shrink so you can drag it to the
left side or the right side of your screen.
The app windows can be adjusted by hovering the cursor on the line separating
the two applications.
To exit SplitView, click the full-screen button on either application. This will allow
you to exit and the applications will separate.

Customize Your Volume Control

The audio is too loud in one setting but too low in another setting. It’s time to
customize the system volume control.

Hold down Shift+Option and then your volume key to adjust your system volume
by quarters.

Increase Productivity With macOS

Series One

Screen Sharing
Did you know that every Mac has a built-in screen-sharing function for Mac to Mac? It comes with the operating system. It’s a hidden feature so you will have to use Spotlight to find it.
Simply press Command + Space Bar to bring up the Spotlight search function.

It will look like this:

Select Screen Sharing and a box will come up that looks like this:

From here, you can put your AppleID, the person you’re trying to connect to’s AppleID or if you know the IP address, input the IP where it says Connect To.
And gets better: the Mac uses your iSight camera’s microphone to provide your audio to the recipient.
For those times that you need to work on that PowerPoint for that upcoming meeting but also need to watch the Webinar that’s starting in five minutes. Meet Picture-in-Picture!
Picture-in-Picture is a feature embedded in macOS that allows you to multitask with your work in one window while a floating, adjustable, sizable window appears to hover above your current work. And when you’re done, you just snap the window back in! It’s as simple as a click!

To activate, just double right-click over the video you want to pop-out. Select Picture-in-Picture.

As you can see here, the YouTube video has popped out and is now a floating adjustable window that hovers above while a Word document is in progress. To end the session, simply click the x in the corner.
Requirements: macOS Sierra and later

Beware of the Meltdown and Spectre patches

Installing security patches is usually such a humdrum task that even the most inexperienced users handle it. Unfortunately, that has not been the case with the Spectre and Meltdown fixes. This time around, we recommend you skip installing the update and let an IT professional handle it for you.

Unsecured data storage

Spectre and Meltdown are the names given to two hardware flaws that allow hackers to see any piece of information stored on your computer. Although slightly different in execution, both take advantage of a hardware feature that computer chips use to access and store private information. For the last 20 years, security experts believed this information could not be stolen or spied on by malicious software, but that assumption was proven false on January 3, 2018.

Now that the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities are public information, hackers can use them to create programs that steal passwords, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and anything else you type into your computer.

Because these problems are hardware-based, none of the updates will be able to secure the vulnerable storage; they’ll simply prevent your computer from storing anything in it. Currently, there are patches for:

  • Operating systems (Windows, macOS, and Linux)
  • Web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and IE)
  • Chip firmware (low-level programs installed on the processor itself)

If you’re using an Apple computer, these updates are relatively easy to install. If you’re using a Windows or Linux-based computer, these patches may cause your machine to freeze, reboot unexpectedly, or significantly slow down.

Why should I wait to install the updates?

Intel, one of the chipmakers responsible for the Spectre and Meltdown flaws, has provided contradictory recommendations on more than one occasion. As recently as January 18, Intel recommended waiting for an updated patch, but in the same announcement also recommended “consumers to keep systems up-to-date.”

Experts believe detecting an attack that is based on one of these flaws will be relatively easy and represent an alternative to installing updates that could render your computer unusable.

What should I do?

IT support experts will be able to quickly and easily assess what is the best option for your computers. For example, our team can determine whether or not your hardware will conflict with the current patches, and either install them or set up a detection strategy that will help you mitigate the risks without ruining your computer.

If you need expert IT support for quick responses and ironclad security — give us a call today.