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📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺 #43

Hello to all you Finer Folks, old and new! I’m experimenting with switching the newsletter from Monda
📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺
📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺 #43
By David Chartier • Issue #43 • View online
Hello to all you Finer Folks, old and new! I’m experimenting with switching the newsletter from Monday mornings to weekend mornings; usually Saturday, but I got really sick Thursday night so I needed more time.
I have a good handful of iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch tips for you this week, as well as some good links worth your time.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue or if there’s something you’d like to see covered in the future. If you know people who would enjoy this newsletter, I’ll owe you a beverage if you share this signup link and my Patreon link.
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📰 Apple News + Finer Things in Tech
💡 Tips
Opening the app extensions menu on a video in Photos
Opening the app extensions menu on a video in Photos
📱 iMovie’s app extension in Photos can rotate videos with just a two finger twist
On iPhone and iPad, you can quickly rotate a video stored in Photos with iMovie’s app extension. Many video apps simply don’t offer this option, so it’s nice to have for those quick fixes while browsing videos.
To use this (and most) editing app extensions for Photos:
  • In Photos, tap a video to view it full size
  • Tap Edit
  • Tap the (…) app extension button, usually next to the play button
  • In the menu of app extensions that appears, tap iMovie
  • (Optional) If iMovie isn’t an option yet in that menu, swipe all the way left, tap **More (…)**, and enable it
  • Once the iMovie extension loads with your selected video, place two fingers on the video and twist them left or right
  • When you’re happy with your rotated video, tap Done
Credit to Serenity Caldwell at iMore for this tip
Sharing an iOS screenshot before deleting it
Sharing an iOS screenshot before deleting it
📱💻 Capture screenshots to your clipboard, share them without making a mess
Traditionally, on iOS and macOS, capturing and sharing screenshots meant they had to pile up in Photos or on the desktop, respectively. But you can actually capture them directly to your clipboard, then paste them into most apps—you get all the sharing, none of the file mess to clean up.
iOS: As of iOS 11, when you snap a screenshot, a small thumbnail appears in the lower left. If you tap it before it disappears (saved to Photos), you get a basic set of editing tools, a share button, and a done button.
Edit the screenshot as you like, then tap the share button. You can send it to any number of apps, or just Copy the screenshot to your clipboard and paste into other apps like Messages, Discord/Slack, Pages, etc. The trick is: once you share or copy it, tap Done > Delete Screenshot.
macOS: There are two great keyboard shortcuts for taking screenshots, which are saved to the Desktop:
  • Command+Shift+3 to snap your whole screen
  • Command+Shift+4 to be able to drag a specific section to capture. Bonus Tip: Press Space after this one, and you can snap a specific window.
If you add Control to those shortcuts, the screenshot will be saved to your clipboard, not the Desktop. You might need two hands to hit Control+Command+Shift+¾, but it’ll save time cleaning up files.
📱💻 You can share an iCloud storage plan among family members
For years, every individual Apple customer had to pay for their own iCloud storage plan to get more space for documents, iCloud Photos Library sync, etc. As of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra last year, this has (finally!) changed.
Apple has a good support document that explains how this works and how to set it up. The short version is: this is tied to Family Sharing, and you can set it up from any Mac, iPad, or iPhone. The sharing group leader decides on an iCloud bucket to buy, then invites the other members to use it as well. As far as I can tell, there are not yet tools to divide this space between members; if one person starts hogging it all up, you might just need to have a chat about it.
1Password's mini window, available via keyboard shortcut
1Password's mini window, available via keyboard shortcut
💻 1Password: Keep any item open for reference, editing, etc.
1Password for Mac has a great way to keep any item open in a floating window. This is great for reference (say, copying and pasting multiple bits of info into another app), adding notes to an item, or editing.
Assuming you have the 1Password Extension running (Preferences > Browsers), there are two handy shortcuts here: first, use Command+Option+\ to display 1Password’s magical floating mini-window of all your stuff. Use arrows to navigate and select an item you want to keep around, then use Command+O to open it in another magical floating window. Except, this one doesn’t disappear when you click away; it’ll stay open for your reference and editing needs until you close it.
🔗 Links
No one in Marvel's Avengers universe has a character arc that compares to Tony Stark's
The Little Trade-Offs
I’m Sorry I Criticized You, Apple. You Win
The Reinvention of America
What Comes After The Social Media Empires
🤩 Thanks for reading
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David Chartier

Quick tips and exploring apps to help you work faster, shoot better photos, and do more with your iPad, iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, apps, and more. Also, some good weekly reads about tech and culture.

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