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๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ’ป Finer Tech Newsletter โŒš๏ธ๐Ÿ“บ GIF Watch faces, slide between calendars, new macOS screenshot Features

Hello all you Finer Readers! In this issue I have a good round of tips for iPhone, iPad, Watch, and M
๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ’ป Finer Tech Newsletter โŒš๏ธ๐Ÿ“บ
๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ’ป Finer Tech Newsletter โŒš๏ธ๐Ÿ“บ GIF Watch faces, slide between calendars, new macOS screenshot Features
By David Chartier • Issue #50 • View online
Hello all you Finer Readers! In this issue I have a good round of tips for iPhone, iPad, Watch, and Mac. There are also some great non-news reads for your thoughtful musings.
Iโ€™d love to hear your thoughts on this issue or if thereโ€™s something youโ€™d like to see covered in the future. If you know people who would enjoy this newsletter, Iโ€™ll owe you a beverage if you share this signup link and my Patreon link.

๐Ÿ’ก Tips
๐Ÿ“ฑ Timepage: Quickly slide between calendars to see how busy each one is for the month
At the bottom of the month view of Timepage, a calendar app for iPad and iPhone, you can quickly swipe across a colored bar of all your calendars. This gives a quick glimpse at the events of each calendar across the month, making it easier to glimpse at which calendars are busier and where you might have free time.
๐Ÿ“ฑ Safari: Quickly open links in a new tab (and in the background on iPad)
If you use two fingers to tap any link in Safari on iOS, it will open in a new tab. On iPhone, Safari will switch to the new tab and I canโ€™t find a way to change that behavior. But on iPad, the new tab is opened on the background.
โŒš๏ธ How to use a GIF for a Watch face
 I wasn't sure how to capture an animating Watch face, but... trust me, it animates
I wasn't sure how to capture an animating Watch face, but... trust me, it animates
If you create an Apple Watch face from a Live Photo, the photo will animate each time you raise your Watch. You can also use a GIF as a Watch face if you use an app like GIF Toaster or intoLive to first turn it into a Live Photo:
  • Use editing tools to crop your favorite GIFs down to a second or two
  • Export them to Photos as Live Photos, not as GIFs
  • Tap the share sheet, then Create Watch Face
  • Youโ€™ll see a Watch preview with your GIF-ifield Live Photo as the face
  • Choose that face, wait a second or two for it to transfer, then select that face on your Watch (you can swipe across your Watch faces or force press, then swipe)
The first time you tap the face to use it, your Live Photo wonโ€™t animate. Sleep your Watch (cover the face with your palm), raise your wrist again, and it should animate.
Hat tip to Tashen on Twitter
๐Ÿ’ป Tell Finder, apps to open new documents in tabs
If you generally prefer to work in tabs instead of multiple windows, macOS Mojave can help. Open System Preferences > Dock, then tinker with the Prefer tabs when opening new documents option. As I understand this, it should work for the Finder and Appleโ€™s main apps (like iWork), but third-party developer support might be hit and miss. You might want to explore and kindly as developers of your favorite apps to add support.
Hat tip to The Sweet Setup
๐Ÿ’ปMojave has a whole new screenshot tool and keyboard shortcut
In macOS Mojave, Apple introduced a brand new screenshot tool that combines features from many of its previous versions. Donโ€™t worry: Command + Shift + ยพ are still there, but the Grab app is gone.
New is a Command + Shift + 5 shortcut. This triggers a screenshot tool with more flexibility and on-screen options. A bar along the bottom allows you to pick between snapping different types of windows, starting screen recordings, saving directly into a variety of apps, and triggering a timer.
Itโ€™s certainly a change. But after playing around with it, I really like and wish it had arrived a while ago.
๐Ÿ”— Links
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Using the iPad Pro as my main computer
Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong
๐Ÿคฉ Thanks for reading
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David Chartier

Quick tips to help you get more out of your apps and Apple devices, served with a side of non-news good reads across tech and culture.

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