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Create a Folder from Multiple Selected Items in Finder

New Folder with Item Screen Shot
You can create a folder from a selection of files, instead of creating a new folder first, then moving files in.

Here’s how: In the Finder, select any files you want to put into the same folder. (sleet multiple files by holding down the command button and clicking files to ad) You can do this in any Finder window, including the Desktop or from the results of a Spotlight search (not the Spotlight menu itself).

Right-click on any one of the selected files, and the top menu item is New Folder with Selection (number of Items). When you choose that, a new folder will be created, and the files literally leap into the folder. The new folder is called New Folder With Items, and you can change its name.

(This isn’t technically new, it was added in Lion. But it’s a nice feature to be aware of) I use this daily.

Works for:

  • OSX 10.7 Lion
  • OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

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Assign a Launchpad Keyboard Shortcut

Launchpade OSX Screen Capture
After installing Mountain Lion on my mid-2011 iMac i realized that the launchpad key (F4) that my MacBook Air has, didn’t exist on my Apple wireless keyboard. No worries, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to open it.

Click on the Keyboard in System Preferences, then choose Keyboard Shortcuts tab along the top.

Keyboard System Pref Screen Capture

Click on Launchpad & Dock on the left side of menu. Click Show Launchpad, press Enter or Return, and enter your shortcut. Once you’re satisfied, you can click OK and close all windows.

Keyboard Prefs Screen Capture

All done. I set mine up to use F4, same as it is on my MacBook Air. Force of habit since I use it often.

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How-To: Install iMac Memory

If you’re like me and really don’t appreciate a sluggish machine, then this walk through is for you. There’s instructions on Apple’s site on how to replace memory on any model iMac, but people usually have questions about how to do, was it hard, how long did it actually take, what memory did you end up with, etc. so I’ve summed it up with pictures and a how-to if you feel like you want to upgrade your iMac too!

27 inch iMac 4 GB MemorySo first off you need to check what you have – and then where you want to be. My iMac is Mid 2011 model (purchased in August 2011) but you can also check what model, by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left of your desktop and choosing About this Mac from the drop down menu. It’s also important to take notes on the speed and memory type from this menu before heading to a store and buying a few sticks of ram. Also read up on how much ram your machine can handle (per slot) and then you’re ready to buy. Mine started off at 4GB 1333 mhz DDR3 SDRAMM. (2 sticks of 2GB). If you need help figuring out what you have, tweet me and I’ll help you out.

Corsair 4GB Memory for iMacAfter researching that my iMac maxes out at 16 GB of ram, and that each slot can take up to 4GB, I was ready to purchase. Found Corsair at CanadaComputers at $19 CDN per 4 GB. I bought 4 sticks and headed back home. It’s also important to note that the memory you’ll be looking for is marked on the package as “Laptop Memory”, and as long as it’s the 204 pin (for my Mac) you’re ok to use. The 244 pin ram isn’t compatible and won’t fit if your specs don’t ask for it.

What You Need

  • 4 x 4 GB Corsair 204-pin memory sticks
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Flat Surface
  • Towel/rag/shirt/blanket

Step 1
iMac Flat Memory SlotAfter you shut down your iMac, unplug the power cord and lay your iMac flat, screen-down, on a towel/blanket/rag. You don’t want the screen to get scratched while you’re working on the ram. Lift the stand out to the highest position so that it’s out of the way and you can easily access the memory port along the bottom of the screen.

Step 2
Unscrew Memory Cover from iMacUse your Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the 3 screws holding the memory cover in place, and remove. *Make sure you use the correct size Phillips and be sure it doesn’t slip and/or strip the head on the screw. They’re not changeable. If you strip the head, you’ll need to get a new cover.

Step 3
Memory Tabs on iMac
As soon as you have the memory cover off, you’ll notice there are 2 sides of memory slots and there is a film-like ribbon covering them. You pull down the ribbon from the top (it’s attached at the bottom) Pull the ribbons back to get access to the memory. This is the trickiest part of the old memory removal; Pull the tabs gently and firmly towards you. Make sure your fingers are dry and don’t worry about ripping the ribbons out from the iMac. They’re secured to the bottom of the ram pockets, and the only way to unseat the old ram is to pull on these tabs until you hear the memory click and it will slide out. *DO NOT use pliers or tweezers or any other tools to pull out the old memory, you will scratch the surface of your computer and could risk damaging the ram sticks. Patience is key when removing the old ram. It will come out – take your time.

Step 4
New iMac Memory InstalledWith the old ram out, unpack your new ram and remember to place it in label-side up (or follow the old memory orientation). In order to seat the ram correctly, you press in firmly until you hear the memory click. *Remember to hold the removal tab so that you don’t crush it when installing the new ram. Repeat this step for all of the memory sticks you want to install. My mac has 2 slots on each side. It’s important to note that you should stick the same brand and size of memory for every pair of sticks. Don’t mix and match. Install memory in even numbers of two.

Step 5
iMac Memory Tabs ReplacedNow that you’ve got all your memory in and seated, make sure you put the tab ribbons back into their original position, and tuck on top of the stop memory stick. The tabs shouldn’t interfere with the installation of the memory cover at all. See my pic for an example of how it should look before you attempt the re-install of the memory cover.

Step 6
Replace the memory cover using the Phillips, and remember not to over tighten. If you strip the head of the screw or tighten too much, it won’t hold. Hand tighter is good enough.

Step 7
You’re now ready to re-connect your iMac to a power source and power it on. If you hear the standard start-up mac sound, you know that your memory was received and read correctly – and the computer will power up normally. If you don’t hear a sound while power up and the screen doesn’t come on, you have to go back and check that you seated the memory correctly and that it’s pushed it all the way. Done.

Let’s Check
iMac 16 GB Memory InstalledAfter your iMac boots up, click on the Apple icon in the top left and choose About This Mac from the drop down menu, and you should now see the GB of ram as per what you installed/wanted.

If you want to go deeper, click on More Info and then choose Memory tab along the top. You’ll now see how many slots have been used and how much memory is in each slot. Any questions or comments, leave them here or tweet me.



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Say Hello to iCloud

iCloud Sync

So what does iCloud do exactly? Well for starters, it does pretty much everything MobileMe did before it — meaning web-based email, contacts, and calendar. Those three services will also sync to your devices. But iCloud does a lot more than that.

The service promises to keep your photos, music, and settings synced across devices, using the iCloud servers as a way point and container for most (but not all) of your content. Essentially what it does is keep a running tab of content you’ve created, or apps and music you’ve purchased from iTunes. All of that content is sent to the cloud, and then back down to your phone, iPod touch, or iPad.

To help you visualize how this works, here are a few use cases:

  1. You take a bunch of photos on your phone. Since you’re using Photo Stream to sync these to iCloud, they get beamed up to Apple’s servers. Later, when you open your laptop and start up iPhoto, the application pulls down all of those photos onto your local storage. The same thing happens when you use your iPad with the same account and Photo Stream turned on.
  2. You buy an app on your iPhone. Later, you want to put that app on your iPod touch. You’ll have access to that app on any of your devices in a list of purchased software in the App Store. All you need to do is download the app to your device.
  3. You buy a new song in iTunes. If you have iTunes in the Cloud turned on, that new purchase will sync down to all of your devices registered with the same account. No fussing with syncing individually anymore. The same goes for video and iBooks content too.
  4. You’re working on a document on your iPad in Pages. With iCloud, that document will be saved on your iPad, then accessible through icloud.com for download, or will be synced to your other devices running Pages. Every time you update that document (unless you’re doing it in Pages on your laptop), it will be synced to the cloud.

Essentially, this is a rather static service which is constantly moving your content from your devices, up into the cloud, and back down to devices. It’s not Flickr or Gmail — it’s a way to keep content and devices in sync without hassle. In its current state, it works quite well, though there are some catches in the service that you should probably make a note of.

For starters, you get 5GB of storage for free, which doesn’t count your apps, music, books, TV content, or Photo Stream images. You can upgrade that storage for a nominal fee (starting at $20 a year for a total of 15GB, up to $100 annually for 55GB of cloud storage). Secondly, the way iCloud handles your photos is that it will keep 1000 photos in the cloud for up to 30 days. If you go beyond 1000, or past 30 days, you start to lose your content unless you move it to a device (say your laptop) or to a folder in your Camera Roll. If that sounds confusing — that’s because it is. Also, there’s no way to view your photos or share them online at this point.

There’s one other issue with Photo Stream that I find a little disconcerting. Once your pics have uploaded to Photo Stream, you have no way to delete individual photos. You can delete all of your photos and turn off the service (thus allowing you to delete on your devices), but you can’t choose single files to delete by hand. The moment you finish taking photos, they’re upped to iCloud where they basically cannot be manipulated. It’s actually a bit upsetting — it feels like you don’t have full control over your content.

By the end of October, Apple will introduce another component to iCloud – iTunes Match. For $24.99 a year, that service will find every song you’ve ever purchased on iTunes and make it available to stream on your devices, and will also upload or match anything else you have in your collection — whether you’d purchased it in iTunes or just ripped a CD.

The free basic iCloud service should simplify the experience of moving content to and from devices. It’s not perfect but it solves many problems that iOS users have struggled with since the first iPhone.

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Install OS X Lion on Multiple Machines

OS X Lion IconIf you’re a diehard Apple fan, like I am, you’ll likely have to install OS X Lion on more than one Mac. Since I just picked up my 27″ iMac on Friday, I figured it was time to update the OS on it and my MacBook Pro at the same time. I downloaded Lion through the Mac App Store, but then thought about how I didn’t want to pay another $29.99 when I installed it on my MacBook.

Lucky for me, I didn’t have to.

So I did a little digging and found out that as long as you have the Mac App Store authorized with the same Apple ID on each of your machines, you only need to pay once. Here’s how:

1. Download Lion

Launch the Mac App Store on the first machine. Buy the app and confirm your purchase by entering your Apple ID and password, then just wait for it to download the 3.5 GB installer.

OS X Lion Install Option

2. Install

After the download is complete, follow the instructions and begin the install process. (It took about 25 minutes on my i5 2.7 GHz iMac)

OS X Lion Install Progress

3. Download on Another Machine

Launch the Mac App Store on the second machine that needs the update and make sure you’ve logged in with the same Apple ID as you used for the first one. Follow these steps:

Click “Purchases” along the top of the App Store browser window

App Store Purchases Screen Shot

You’ll see a complete list of all Apps that have been purchased in the App Store with this account and the option to download each of them. In this case, choose OS X Lion and let the download begin (Again the size of the download is 3.5 GB)

Purchased List App Store Screen Shot

4. Install

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Once You Go iMac, You Never Go Back

I write this entry with the great news that MacAddiction author, me, has finally made the switch and I am now 100% Apple!

A lot of my friends ask me what took me so long? – and the real answer is money. Since I don’t get any breaks on pricing or discounts, I had to save up enough money on my own to buy the next big Apple product, and as of Friday, September 2, 2011, I added a 17″ iMac to my collection. Let me just start off by saying… WOW!

I use a 21.5″ iMac at work that’s at least 4 or 5 years old and it treats me good, so I figured it was just a matter of time until I’d get rid of my cheap PC at home and get something better suited to my needs at home. After going back and forth on whether I should get the 21.5″ or the 27″, I posted out a question to friends on Facebook asking “Does size really matter” – poking fun at a sexual innuendo that would get people responding – and respond they did.

After being made fun of the fact that I wasn’t already all Apple, they choice was clear that 27″ would be the only choice I wouldn’t regret in a few months. They were right! I love my iMac! So much, that I’ve spent a chunk of my weekend just working on it. It’s actually renewed my love for sitting at my desk at home and using my computer.

The setup couldn’t have been easier. From unboxing to use, it was a matter of 5 minutes. Network setup was a breeze. Getting MobileMe sync was quick. The only place I spent most of time was getting my iTunes transferred from my old PC into the new iMac.

I was so excited I figured I’d walk you through my un-boxing. First is the box arriving at my home office.

iMac Arrives At Home

Cracked open the first tabs and notice that everything is neatly packaged inside and that there’s only three elements in the box; the iMac, power cord, keyboard/mouse/software box.

The back side of the 27″ looks really nice. There’s 2 thunderbolt ports, 4 usb ports, ethernet, firewire and the optical drive on the side and an SD card slot.

iMac From Behind

And then the front is just so big!

iMac From The Front

And then finally how awesome it looks once all powered up, with Apple’s wireless keyboard and Apple’s magic track pad (sold separately).

iMac Powered On

Now I’m going to try and get OS X Lion loaded up on this machine as well as my MacBook pro. Wish me luck.

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OS X Lion Arrives in the Mac App Store Today

OS X Lion Banner
Today is the day! Long-awaited and talked about OS X Lion (Version 10.7) update has finally arrived. Available for download through the Mac App Store. And guess what? – It’s only $29.99 if you already own Snow Leopard.

I went into detail about what will be available with OS X Lion a while back, but today it’s officially released and ready for the public to dive into head first.

If you’re keeping track this will be the first ‘true’ test of just how simple the Mac App Store really is and how it will pave the way for Mac users to be able to get large programs/full applications without having to go out and buy the boxes and multiple discs at the Apple Store, which they’re discontinuing anyway.

OS X Lion IconsComfort, speed and ease! No lineups, no busy malls, nothing. To upgrade your Mac to OS X Lion, you don’t need to drive to a store, bring home a box, and install a bunch of discs. All you do is click the Mac App Store icon, buy Lion for $29.99, and your Mac does the rest. Just make sure you have what you need to download Lion to your Mac, so before you head over to the download, make sure your system meets the minimum requirements.

To upgrade today, you’ll need to:

  1. Make sure your Mac can run Lion.
    Your Mac must have an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor to run Lion. Find out if your current Mac has one of these processors by clicking the Apple icon at the top left of your screen, then choosing About This Mac.
  2. Make sure you have the latest version of Snow Leopard.
    Get up to date with the latest version of OS X Snow Leopard to purchase OS X Lion from the Mac App Store. If you have Snow Leopard, click the Apple icon and choose Software Update to install Snow Leopard v10.6.8, the latest version.
  3. Download OS X Lion from the Mac App Store.
    Open the Mac App Store from your Dock to buy and download it. Then follow the onscreen instructions to install Lion.

If you’re already using Lion, let me know how you’re liking it in the comments or on Twitter @mac_addiction and let me know your initial thoughts.

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Temperature App for Menu Bar

Want to know what the temperature is outside while working on your Mac, without leaving an open application? – There’s an app for that and it’s FREE.

Meteorologist Menu Bar Preview

Called Meteorologist, this app does just that, sitting in your menubar giving you weather updates on the locations you specify. Meteorologist displays a location’s temperature and descriptive icon to demonstrate the current weather situation all in the menu bar. After clicking on the menu item, a drop-down menu displays multiple location’s weather, the forecast, highs and lows, humidity, pressure, UV index, visibility, wind speed and direction, and even the sunrise and sunset times.

You can also customize the settings as to what should always be displayed and what should only be included in the drop-down (full) menu.

If you think the dashboard weather app is a little limiting in the information it displays this app picks up the slack and the best part, is that it’s FREE.

Download Meteorologist at SourceForge.

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iCloud, oMy!

iCloud Apple IconIn case you missed it, iCloud is coming. I won’t go into a full round up of what that means, but I will say that it will change the way we store and share data with our devices (iOS followers rejoice).

If you’re like me, and have already (sort of) experienced the greatness of using a syncing service, like MobileMe, you’ll be excited about this FREE feature coming to all iDevices in the next iOS update, and OS X Lion.

The added benefit of 5GB through iCloud though, and the reason it’ll be a huge hit, is because of how easy it is to setup, use and update. Actually the updating part won’t even affect you… it happens automatically.

With MobileMe, users paid for a year of service ($99 US) and they could sync email, calendars, notes and contacts across their Apple devices. iCloud will feature that PLUS allow your Apps and stored media to sync as well. COOL!

That’s correct, no more having to download an App on your iPhone, then on your iPad and then on your MacBook when you get home. As soon as you confirm the download on one device, you iCloud will update the other devices to have them available there too when you’re ready to use them. No waiting for it to sync or update … it just ‘magically’ happens.

The in-app data will also sync through iCloud, so if you’re on level 56 in Plants vs. Zombies on your iPhone, when you switch to your iPad, you’ll still be on level 56. No more having to start over or wait until you get back on your iPhone to continue through the levels.

I believe that there’s a hidden intention with the release of iCloud, but I’ll update you on what that is when I get a chance to recap the also-announced iOS 5 coming soon. Let’s just say … Bye, bye, Windows.


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An iMac Update is Coming April/May (Rumour)

iMac on WhiteWith all the recent buzz about iPads and iPhones, we’ve all managed to overlook the iMac! Sources at CNET, via Twitter, suggest that a new iMac is set to release in April/May.

CNET iMac Tweet Capture

If you’re keeping track, the last update to the iMac lineup was in July 2010 and that was when they announced the Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors with ATI Radeon graphic cards.

Major things that could be part of this iMac ‘update’ would be similar to what we saw a month ago to the refresh of MacBook Pros; Sandy Bridge processors and would likely include the new high-speed Thunderbolt port. There doesn’t appear to be any cosmetic changes reported, but in the end, no one really knows except Apple.

I’ve been considering an iMac for home use the past few weeks and have only been holding out because I had dreams of one day waking up and seeing/hearing an Apple keynote address announcing an iMac “Touch” …. Yup, exactly as it sounds. The speed and luxury of a desktop, with the ease of an iOS device. Maybe it’s just a dream, but I have a strong feeling that one day it will become a reality.

For now, an updated iMac will have to do.

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