Archive for July, 2011

Upgrade to Lion Special!

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Apple hails 10.7 Lion as the “best version of OS X yet,” with over 250 new features and a revolutionary new installation process.

During this summer, NeedMacHelp will be offering our Upgrade to Lion Special.  We will upgrade your computer to Lion* and bring you up to speed on all the new features. No DVDs or a trip to the store necessary. For users not running at least Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard (the minimum requirement to run Lion), we will help advise you on updating or upgrading your system.

Best of all, the whole appointment is 10% off.

Call 646-924-2727 now to schedule an appointment with one of our Apple Certified Macintosh Specialists!

*OS X Lion is $29.99, payable directly to Apple.

Important update in Software Update today

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Actually, Apple released Migration Assistant Update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 yesterday.  From Apple’s site:

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About Migration Assistant Update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard

This update addresses an issue with the Migration Assistant application in Mac OS X Snow Leopard that prevents transfer of your personal data, settings, and compatible applications from a Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard to a new Mac running Mac OS X Lion.

So!  Be sure to update before you install Lion 10.7! Either update via Software Update under the Apple Menu on your machine, or download from Apple’s site.

Flickr as a replacement for MobileMe Gallery

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Another tip I meant to mention in the last post regarding the transition from MobileMe to iCloud, was about Flickr.  Flickr is a really good way to share photos, create galleries of images and even set up an online portfolio (we have several users who are graphic designers that do this).  Flickr’s integration with iPhoto, Facebook and other sites makes it very easy to use.  For example, when you post a new image to Flickr, you also choose to have it automatically post to your Facebook wall, Twitter feed, etc.

Flickr also generates easy to find links for sets or collections of images (so you can email direct links to the work you want to show).  Flickr is a Yahoo! service, but you don’t have to have a Yahoo account to join or sign in.  You can also access Flickr with your Google or Facebook account credentials.

You can also check out your Flickr photos on your Apple TV.

Best of all, with a Flickr Pro account you get UNLIMITED photo uploads (20MB per photo) and unlimited storage for only $24.95 a year.

What happens when MobileMe is gone?

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

One of our users wanted to know what would happen to keychain syncing when MobileMe is phased out next year.  Just to updateeveryone on what is going to be safe in iCloud and what is going to be axed, here is the official Apple list:

iCloud = Mail, Bookmarks, Calendar, Contacts, Find My iPhone, and Back to My Mac.

The items that will be cut are Dashboard Widgets, Dock Items, System Preferences, iWeb publishing, Gallery, iDisk, and Keychains.

So what is one to do without keychain syncing through MobileMe?  As there’s no system wide keychain on iOS, one could either put a text file in Dropbox or go with 1Password.

1Password will allow you to do Over-The-Air syncing via an encrypted file in your Dropbox account, or over WiFi by manually opening the host app on your computer and your iOS device at the same time.

On your iOS device, you can use 1Password to browse the web (embedded Safari) and it will auto-fill your passwords for you.

There’s also an app called MacDropAny that allows you to add any folder on your Mac to the folders that Dropbox syncs. One of our techs uses it to back up his AddressBook, and it should be able to be used for keychains as well — assuming that one’s user account passwords are the same on each computer.

Also, what about iWeb sites that have been published to MobileMe? Apple’s document on how to move an iWeb site from MobileMe to another hosting service can be found here.

What about photos that have been published to the MobileMe Gallery? It’s likely that all of your photos are already in your iPhoto library, but you should make sure that you save your MobileMe Gallery photos and videos before MobileMe expires.

And last, files on users’ MobileMe iDisk?  Make sure you save your files to your Mac (or PC).  Dropbox is an excellent replacement for iDisk.

In the meantime, enjoy MobileMe until it ends on June 30, 2012. on Twitter