Mac Sources Digital media blog for resources and reviews 2017-09-21T17:36:26Z https://macsources.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Nicholas Calderone https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[How To: Find Purchases in iOS 11 App Store]]> https://macsources.com?p=48705&preview=true&preview_id=48705 2017-09-21T17:36:26Z 2017-09-21T17:36:26Z Some common features are hidden in iOS 11. We’ve all come to expect that with major operating system updates come some quirks and bugs to work through. This is why it’s always important to backup your files or device before updating — because the entire world you are used to is likely to change. This has […]

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Some common features are hidden in iOS 11.

We’ve all come to expect that with major operating system updates come some quirks and bugs to work through. This is why it’s always important to backup your files or device before updating — because the entire world you are used to is likely to change. This has never been truer than it is now with iOS 11. Even though the mobile operating system from Apple is only a day and half old, many users are already finding those troublesome differences that will take some getting used to. One such difference is finding previous app purchases in the App Store.

I make it a personal practice to back up my iPhone and iPad to iCloud. I like to make sure that no matter which device I am using, I will always have access to the same files. And, when I get a new device or when I update to a new OS, I can immediately restore from backup without plugging in a single cable. Yesterday, when iOS 11 was released, I made sure my phone was backed up and then I began the install process on my iPhone 7 Plus. It’s a fairly painless process, but I found that I was experiencing some rather odd bugs with the update so I decided to complete a clean install of the device. After that, the phone was running smoothly.

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The unfortunate thing was that meant I had to set my apps back up from scratch instead of automatically loading them from iCloud. So, I went searching for the “Purchased” option in iTunes to begin downloading my favorite apps. It was gone! I started hearing the same issue from multiple people. “What happened to the Purchases tab? How do I download the apps I owned before the update?” Fortunately, it’s not missing — it was just hidden in plain sight. When you open the App Store on the iPhone, which is completely redesigned, of course, you will see a profile image in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. When you tap on it, a new screen will appear with your App Store username, a note about the credit that’s available in your iTunes account, the options to Redeem or Send a Gift Card, and Purchased.

When you tap on Purchased, you will see two options — one for All and the other for Not on this iPhone. Even though I remember the names of many of my most used apps, it’s nice to be able to view apps that were previously purchased and downloaded on my iPhone or iPad so that I don’t forget.

For more information on iOS 11 features, visit apple.com/ios.

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Robyn https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[Shark IONFlex DuoClean IF201 Bagless Cordless Stick Vacuum REVIEW]]> https://macsources.com?p=48682&preview=true&preview_id=48682 2017-09-21T16:23:39Z 2017-09-21T16:23:39Z Shark IONFlex gets the job done without the hassle. Over the years, I’ve had a real love-hate relationship with vacuum cleaners. When I got my first apartment, I was very impressed with my selection of carpet sweeper, but it wasn’t very portable or easy to store because of its size. Nowadays, I’ve really taken a […]

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Shark IONFlex gets the job done without the hassle.

Over the years, I’ve had a real love-hate relationship with vacuum cleaners. When I got my first apartment, I was very impressed with my selection of carpet sweeper, but it wasn’t very portable or easy to store because of its size. Nowadays, I’ve really taken a liking to the more compact floor cleaners because they are easier to get in and out of our storage closet. This makes it easier to do a quick sweep at the end of every day instead of letting dust and dirt pile up. The one issue I’ve still had with these compact vacuums is that they have cords. This cord-free vacuum from Shark is just what I needed.

FEATURES
Shark really thought about the consumer when they designed this vacuum. Not only is it bagless and cordless, but it’s also lightweight. It weighs just under 9 pounds. It uses Shark’s DuoClean Technology, which means that the vacuum uses a bristle brush roll and powerful suction to ensure that all dirt and debris are picked up off your floor. It has a removable, rechargeable battery that is easy to install and remove and using Multi-Flex Technology, the IONFlex can be folded over for storage or flexibility to get into hard-to-reach places. The IONFlex has some really impressive LED headlights on the front of the floor nozzle. They are very bright and made it very easy to see even in rooms where no other lights were on.

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When you open the box, you will find that all the pieces of the cleaner are individually wrapped up in plastic or boxed for shipment to consumers. It took me approximately 10 minutes to pull out all the pieces and lay them out for assembly. There are several attachments for different types of cleaning that can actually be stored away until you need them. The main part of the device is only three pieces – the floor nozzle, MultiFlex Wand, and the handheld vacuum. To assemble the vacuum, you slide the wand into the floor nozzle and then lock the handheld vacuum element onto the other end of the wand. Assembly took far less than unboxing all the parts did.

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USER EXPERIENCE
Using the vacuum is quite easy. The battery arrived with a small charge on it (one bar) so I plugged it in and started sweeping. The first area I did was a tile entryway that always seems to hide dirt in between the individual tile pieces. The Shark did a great job of pulling up the hiding dirt without having to use any special attachments. After the entryway, I moved into our kitchen/dining room area and was amazed at how easily the Shark turned corners and slid beneath cabinets. It picked up everything from dry spaghetti to toothpicks. Finally, I moved on to the carpet in our living room and small areas in our bedroom before the battery died. Considering that there was only one bar on the battery when I pulled it out of the box, I thought this was a pretty successful first run for it.

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Moving between surfaces is easy because it only takes a button push. The vacuum does a good job of not only picking up the dirt but also being easy to store. It’s a little top heavy, but if you fold it over when you have to stop to pick up something, then it will stay sitting upright. When I went to clean up the vacuum before storing it for the night, I did have to clean out the front roller and empty the dirt trap. I found that you actually have to remove the handheld vacuum segment from the wand in order to open the trap door for the dirt reservoir. Shark made it very easy to assemble and disassemble the unit and you can even use the vacuum assembly as a standalone handheld vacuum with the provided attachments.

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The Shark is a really nice investment in household tools. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to keep their house clean. I don’t think it’s a large-form vacuum replacement, but it’s definitely a great option for light clean-up jobs. It’s powerful and very easy to use.
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For more information, visit sharkclean.com
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Robyn https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[LIFX Now Supports Apple HomeKit NEWS]]> https://macsources.com?p=48708&preview=true&preview_id=48708 2017-09-21T16:02:15Z 2017-09-21T16:02:15Z LIFX, maker of the world’s brightest color Wi-Fi enabled smart lights, is proud to announce Apple HomeKit support for its existing LIFX and LIFX + line of products. LIFX is leading the way by delivering the best possible lighting experience for every space in your home. With an expanding range and all the hardware built […]

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LIFX, maker of the world’s brightest color Wi-Fi enabled smart lights, is proud to announce Apple HomeKit support for its existing LIFX and LIFX + line of products.

LIFX is leading the way by delivering the best possible lighting experience for every space in your home. With an expanding range and all the hardware built into the light, getting started just requires one bulb.

Starting today, consumers can control their LIFX lights with their voice through the Apple Home app or via Siri on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.

Consumers lights will now work seamlessly and securely with other HomeKit-enabled devices. One command will allow them to interact with multiple parts of their smart home at the same time, creating a completely unified experience.

“The HomeKit ecosystem is something we’re thrilled to be a member of. Apple builds amazing experiences and we’re excited to see LIFX added to the HomeKit ecosystem,” said Marc Alexander, Chief Executive Officer at LIFX.

Automate your lighting

With the Home App and compatible Apple TV or iPad, you can automate your HomeKit enabled accessories to all be controlled from the same interface. One touch scenes can automatically run at a certain time, location, or remotely control your HomeKit accessories to grant access to the people you trust.

Set your schedules to wake up gently in the morning with our range of energizing whites, or create the perfect calming mood in the evening by surrounding yourself in 16 million colors. Just ask Siri to adjust your LIFX lights to create the ideal lighting experience.

If you already own LIFX Lights, use these instructions to connect to HomeKit.

  1. Open the latest 3.8.1 or newer LIFX app. Available free on the App Store.
  2. Follow the in-app prompts to upgrade your lights to the HomeKit-enabled firmware.
  3. Save or print your HomeKit Code, you’ll need this to complete the next step.
  4. Pair with HomeKit automatically in the LIFX app, or any time later with Apple Home.

The following products are HomeKit compatible.

LIFX A19
LHA19E26UC10
LHA19E27UC10
LHA19B22UC10

LIFX + A19
LHA19E26UC10P
LHA19E27UC10P
LHA19B22UC10P

LIFX + BR30
LHB30E26UC10P
LHB30E27UC10P

LIFX BR30
LHB30E26UC10
LIFX Downlight
LH4DK1UC08
LH4DK1UC08AU

LIFX GU10
L3GU10C04
L3GU10C04CA

 

For more information and steps to get started, please visit lifx.com/pages/hello-homekit
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Nicholas Calderone https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[Printworks 2 for Mac is Now Available NEWS]]> https://macsources.com?p=48701&preview=true&preview_id=48701 2017-09-20T20:05:36Z 2017-09-20T20:05:36Z Printworks 2, an enhanced all-purpose publishing app for Mac, is out! BeLight Software released Printworks 2, an all-purpose page layout and desktop publishing app for the Mac. Printworks 2 brings a great variety of new features, including new publishing tools, stylish interface, improved program performance, a collection of heading presets and much more. Printworks is […]

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Printworks 2, an enhanced all-purpose publishing app for Mac, is out!

BeLight Software released Printworks 2, an all-purpose page layout and desktop publishing app for the Mac. Printworks 2 brings a great variety of new features, including new publishing tools, stylish interface, improved program performance, a collection of heading presets and much more.

Printworks is a versatile app that can satisfy all the desktop publisher’s needs. Not only does it provide templates and layouts for such common desktop publishing documents as brochures and flyers, but also gives an opportunity to easily create CD and mailing labels, envelopes, business cards and much more.

Apart from pre-designed and blank project templates for different document types, Printworks delivers specific tools and capabilities for each type of document (contact import for labels, track info import for discs, direct-to-disc printing support).

New in Version 2
Design and Layout

Spread Mode
Spread Mode allows a user to view and edit two pages simultaneously on the same sheet. It is useful when creating newsletters, magazines and other types of documents in which common design elements on the spread are used.

Customizable Grid
A customizable grid helps enhance the accuracy of work by conveniently setting the horizontal and vertical grid spacing.

Improved Text Box Linking
Text box linking has evolved in version 2 by allowing the linking of existing text boxes or breaking the links between them.

Pixel and Pica Measurements
Printworks 2 enables work with pixel and pica units. Pixels are useful when working with web banners and social network images, while picas are widely used by designers and in typography.

Easier Layer Management
Layer management was moved to the Inspector, which is much more convenient than the drop-down menu.

Style and Performance

Optimized for macOS High Sierra
Printworks 2 is fully compatible with macOS High Sierra.

Interface Enhancements
The user interface has become more stylish and intuitive! Check out the new tabs in the Inspector and the state-of-the-art icons on the toolbar.

Support for Touch Bar
Printworks 2 enhances the keyboard experience for those owning a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Significantly Improved Performance
Program performance has been significantly improved, allowing the user to edit large, multi-page documents smoothly and efficiently.

Useful Add-ons

Artistic Headings
A collection of 2D and 3D artistic heading presets guarantees that documents will stand out. Each and every heading preset was carefully created by a professional designer who selected the textures and shapes.

New Templates
New professionally designed templates were added to be used as a starting point when creating documents.

Art Text 3 Integration
Integration with Art Text 3  helps unleash user’s creativity by providing the opportunity to create own text effects and artistic lettering with Art Text and use them in the Printworks document (requires the purchase of Art Text 3).

Google Maps Integration
Make sure your clients can always find you. Include a street map with driving directions in your brochure or flyer. You can even add high-resolution satellite imagery of your area for advanced navigation.

Integration with Depositphotos
Depositphotos integration provides access to one of the largest picture banks with more than 60 million pictures that can be added to the document with just one click. It is possible to buy single pictures or get a subscription. For demo purposes, a user can download pictures with a watermark right into Printworks 2.

Pricing and Availability

Printworks 2 is available directly on BeLight Software website and on the Mac App Store for $29.99. Previous versions users can buy an upgrade for $19.99 on BeLight Software website.

For more information, visit belightsoftware.com/printworks.
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Robyn https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[Good RX iOS App REVIEW]]> https://macsources.com?p=48628&preview=true&preview_id=48628 2017-09-20T17:59:01Z 2017-09-20T17:59:01Z Prescription medications provided at discount prices. A few years ago, I worked with a nonprofit organization that helped to provide people who were uninsured or underinsured with affordable health care options. It was part of their mission to ensure that all people had access to health care. In our area, we have a few options […]

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Prescription medications provided at discount prices.

A few years ago, I worked with a nonprofit organization that helped to provide people who were uninsured or underinsured with affordable health care options. It was part of their mission to ensure that all people had access to health care. In our area, we have a few options for organizations that offer options for low-cost or even free doctor visits and treatments. One thing these organizations cannot help with though is the cost of prescription medication. I myself have been without prescription insurance in the past and I can say that it’s frustrating to need medicine to help you feel better and not be able to afford it. Fortunately, there are programs, like Good RX, available to fill the gap between insured and those who need financial assistance for treatment.

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Good RX is an amazing program that provides users with discounts and coupons for prescription medications. You can use their service free of charge and don’t even have to set-up a user account to take advantage of the discounts they offer. They do have an account set-up option, which will give you, even more, options as a user, but it’s an optional feature and not required to search their databases.

Good RX states that with some medications, users can save up to 80% off of the list prices (I personally typically save around 40%). The best part about Good RX is that you don’t have to print anything out to use it. You can keep the app on your phone, search for a medication when you go to the pharmacy, and then show your phone to the pharmacist to receive the discount. They will input the code in their computer/register and you reap the benefits!

In addition to the discount feature of the service, Good RX also gives you an option to compare prices between pharmacies. It’s sort of like Gas Buddy for medicine. You are given a list of pharmacies and the prices they are offering the medication for so that you can make an educated decision about where to get your medicine from.

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When you first start up the app, you will see a screen with a simple search field in the center. There is also a Settings menu (indicated by a ‘gear’ icon in the corner) that allows you to connect the app to a registered account if you choose to make one. When you tap in the search to enter your medication, a list of most recent searches will appear beneath it along with some suggested searches including Browse Popular Drugs, Find Drugs by Condition, and Identify a Pill. Once you enter a drug name, you will be asked to select the form, dosage, and quantity. The app uses Location Services to locate pharmacies close to you offer the medication and it shows the prices they currently offer it for. From here you select a pharmacy option and the coupon information will appear on the screen.

Good RX is an exceptional option for finding prescription medications at an affordable price. I was faced with using this app recently when I had to fill a prescription for our dog who was obviously not on my insurance plan. The medication was offered at a discount and it ended up saving us more than 50% on that medication. The list price was well over $70 and I paid less than $30 for it. Good RX can be used anytime you are faced with purchasing a medication at list price. This means that even if you have insurance, you can opt to use the discounted price from Good RX if it’s a better option. You can also use Good RX through their website, which is listed below.

DOWNLOAD – Good RX – FREE

For more information, visit goodrx.com
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