Major Ulysses Update

On Monday 27th May 2019 Ulysses will release an update to their award winning text editor for Mac and iOS. This update is free for Ulysses subscribers and has two major features added.

The first feature is the ability to publish directly to Ghost (img.1), Ghost is a , is a publishing platform that specialises in blogs and online publications. Due to its simplicity, security and speed, some of the most innovative companies in the world chose to rely on Ghost for their online publishing needs. Ulysses users can already publish directly to WordPress and Medium and every addition to this is more than welcome. The Ulysses press release states:

To date, Ulysses’ publishing function was available for WordPress and for Medium; with the new release, Ghost joins the two. Facilitating the publishing of blog posts and web articles, the feature is the most comprehensive and versatile of its kind in the world of writing apps. Ulysses’ users can upload their texts — including images, links, tags, etc. — to the named platforms with only a few clicks or tabs. Editing happens entirely in Ulysses; there’s no more need to copy, paste or manually format text.



The second feature added blew my mind when I heard about it as I didn’t think it was possible. Full-featured Split View Editing on iPad (img.2), yes two instances of the same application on the iPad enabling editing on two texts at the same time, a feature that many productivity specialists have been asking for and Ulysses is the first application to add this feature. The Ulysses press release states:

The ability to display two texts next to each other is handy for translating, for comparing two versions of a document, and for having an eye at reference notes while writing. On Mac, writers could do it for a long time, and Ulysses just recently improved it by introducing a native editor split view to its Mac app. Now with this release, split view editing comes to iPad. Ulysses’ users can not only display and edit two texts at a time, scroll both texts simultaneously, and portion the available screen space at will between the two editors. With a split view consisting of two full-featured app windows, they’re also able to navigate and to show an export preview next to an editor, to see what their output is going to look like while they write.



These two features will enhance an already great application and I’m sure I’ll be asking Max Seelemann (co-founder of Ulysses) about how they such powerful features when he appears on the Mac Quadcast in the near future.

Auto Turn Book Pages in iOS

Welcome to a new screencast on The Mac Quad. In this post I will show you how to have iOS auto turn your pages in a book, making it much easier for motor impaired users to read an ebook.


Text Walkthrough

How to auto turn pages in a book on iOS

  • Select Settings

  • Ensure General is selected the tap Accessibility

  • Flick down and tap on Accessibility Shortcut

  • Tap on Voice Over

  • Go back to main accessibility screen

  • Flick up and tap on Voice Over

  • Drag Speaking Rate to between one quarter and one third

  • Return to Homepage

  • Launch iBooks

  • Choose book

  • Once on the page you wish to start at triple click home button, Voice Over is now activated

  • Start continuous reading by doing a two finger swipe down

  • Turn iOS volume down to zero

  • When Voice Over reaches the end of the page it will turn

  • To stop Voice Over and auto page turn triple click home button

  • You can return to the homepage as usual

I hope this video has enabled you to get more out of your iOS device and made reading books easier.

iMazing Giveaway Winners

A blind draw was made today with all of the entries that I received for the iMazing Giveaway entered,the three winners were:




Congratulations to the three winners, hope you enjoy the software and find it as useful as I do.

Thank you to everyone at DigiDNA (the makers of iMazing) for generously providing the three copies of iMazing and also, thank you to everyone who took the time to enter.

iMazing Giveaway

The iMazing Giveaway has now closed

This week I have been very kindly given three Single iMazing 2 Licenses by my friends at DigiDNA to give away. If you have read my post about how to Use iMazing to Check the Health of an iPhone Battery you will be aware of some of the features available in the full version of iMazing but there is so much to this great piece of software.

iMazing 2 is for personal iOS device management, empowering users to simply do more with their Apple devices. It has been downloaded by over 10M users and is the number one software to transfer and save music, messages, and data from any iOS device to a computer. iMazing 2 introduced a safer way to back up, backups are automatically archived, so that digital memories are safe, and browsable in just a few clicks. It works with all iPhone, iPad and iPod models, on both Mac and PC.

Key Features

  • Old iPhone to a new one

It's easy to copy the content of any iPhone or iPad to a new one. Users can choose what data and apps they want to save and transfer.

  • Safe backups on any Mac or PC

Any iOS device can be securely backed up via WiFi or USB. Backups can also be browsed and edited before being restored.

  • Simple message transfers

Text messages, MMS, iMessages and attachments can be safely stored on any computer. Conversations can then be browsed and printed.

  • Easy access to music, photos and videos

Media files can be moved between any iPhone or iPad and a computer. Favourite pictures, homemade videos and music can be saved and shared, without using iCloud or iTunes.

Further Features

  • Full iOS 10 and 11 support
  • A time machine for iPhone
  • Battery health check
  • Photos to Device
  • Console and Logs
  • Manage iBooks
  • Install iOS
  • Automatic Wi-Fi Backups
  • Download and Manage Apps

As stated above I have three Single iMazing 2 Licenses to give away each of which is worth £34.99 and gives access to a License for 1 computer (Mac or PC), All iMazing 2.x updates and 24/7 support.

All you need to do to enter for a chance to win one of these licenses is to use the link below to send me an email with iMazing Giveaway in the Subject Line, please only one entry per person.

The iMazing Giveaway has now closed

I will conduct a blind draw to determine the three winners.

All entries must be in by 09.00 GMT on Thursday 8th March 2018. Winners will be posted on the website over the weekend of 10th & 11th March, I will also contact the three winners by email over the same weekend.

Thank you to everyone at iMazing by DigiDNA for their generosity in providing these codes. If you are not lucky enough to win please visit the iMazing website and see what this great piece of software can offer you.

Good Luck,

The Mac Quad

iOS 11.2.2 Released - Spectre Patch

Apple released an iOS patch (11.2.2) last week.

This patch reduces the risk associated with the Spectre chip vulnerability. It will make your iOS device more secure but will not completely eradicate the issue (this can probably never be completely dealt with via a software fix as the vulnerability is within the chip itself)

Apple has said there maybe a small impact on the performance of the iPhone by installing the 11.2.2 update but tests have shown it may be as little as 2.5 %, in my view, a hit worth taking for increased security.

Macworld has an article about the performance hit which can be viewed here.

I would advise installing this update as soon as possible, better to be safe than sorry.

Prevent Live Photo Automatically Reactivating

Live Photos is a feature on recent iPhones that adds a small video clip before the still image and also a small video clip after the still image when taking a picture with the camera app.

Live Photos can be a great feature, especially when editing (enabling the still image to be changed e.g. if the subject’s eyes are closed, to open in another frame) however, some people either do not like Live Photos or cannot afford the extra memory they consume. In iOS 11 turning off Live Photos in the camera app only lasts for the current session of camera use and automatically turns back on the next time the camera app is activated.

There is a setting that can prevent this and permanently disable Live Photos.

How To
Select the settings app on your iOS device (img.1).



Once the setting screen is displayed scroll down until the camera settings option is visible then tap this (img.2).



In the camera settings select the Preserve Settings option (img.3).



Now turn on Live Photo, this sounds counterintuitive but this setting tells the iPhone to remember the state you have chosen for Live Photos (img.4).



Leave the settings app and enter the camera app, make sure the photo mode is showing then tap the Live Photo icon so it appears white with a strike through (img.5).



Live Photos is now disabled for every future use of the app.

Battery Usage On iOS 11

One of the biggest complaints about iOS devices (mainly iPhone) is battery usage, often this can be due to ‘run away apps’ (apps that are using large amounts of battery in the background) some of which may rarely be used. But how can it be determined which apps may be affecting battery life? There is a solution built directly into iOS 11.

How To
Select the ‘Settings’ option on the iOS device (img.1).



Once in ‘Settings’ scroll down and select ‘Battery’ (img.2). 



Then scroll down a little and you will be able to view your battery usage for each app over the last 24 hours or last 7 days (img.3). 



From this it can be determined if an unused app is hogging battery and therefore it can be deleted of if it is an app that is utilised maybe an alternative can be found on the App Store. 

This is an easy way of checking what is happening to an iOS battery.


Website: Todoist

Price: Basic Free - Premium $28.99 per year

Task management is a subject that consumes many column inches in technology blogs and numerous minutes in Mac podcasts. The general consensus being that OmniFocus is the go to application for all task management needs. I however, have come to a different conclusion. Yes, I think that OmniFocus is an amazing piece of software for major project management (I will always open it up if I have a big project I am working on) but I find it quite unwieldy for basic day to day tasks, to do lists, shopping lists, etc. Reminders is great for shopping lists but a basic feature, repeating events, is not included. Therefore, I have been looking for an application to fill this middle ground and is where Todoist more than excels. 

At a basic level Todoist is a to do list application with all the features you would expect, such as the ability to add projects and then add tasks within those project, add dates, add times and have notifications but there are several things that make Todoist stand out. The first thing that grabbed me was the look of the application, it is completely integrated with the look and feel of macOS Sierra and at first glance looks basic and unintimidating (an intimidating look is an issue many people have with OmniFocus) but this friendly user interface belies vast power underneath the hood which becomes apparent once the user begins to dig deeper. After the initial download from the Mac App Store there is a brief registration process primarily to enable sync of your tasks between multiple devices and platforms, then you are ready to go without spending anything, yes the basic applications and service is free. 

As stated previously I was looking for a task management application for day to day events, so as a technology geek I like to charge up my external batteries once a month to make sure I'm not caught with a flat battery while out and about, so I wanted a monthly recurring task to remember to do this. The Todoist interface made this simple, I added a Technology project and then clicked one button within the project to add a task, typed the description of the task and then, a feature I love, in natural language added when it should be a task e.g. Every month starting on 4th June 2015 and my recurring task was added. I now have separate projects for my different recurring tasks as well a To Do project in order to add one off tasks. These tasks can be added, completed, changed around and altered anywhere as Todoist has apps and access across multiple platforms, I have used the Mac App, the iOS App and the browser interface and the syncing between them has been without a hitch, there is also an Apple Watch App.

There is much more to this application and service than basic task management though. For a subscription of $28.99 per year numerous additions are opened up. The ability to collaborate on shared projects and tasks with up to 25 family members, friends or work colleagues, to send tasks to your task inbox via an email address, to add files and notes to tasks, to add labels and filters to your tasks and projects as well as have reminders (including location based). 

For Mac and iOS users there is the benefit of a today widget on both and notifications so that tasks are not easily missed.

My search began looking for a middle of the road task management application but what I found in Todoist was an extremely powerful application/service which is simple and unintimidating to use, is reliable and looks great. What more could anybody want from a task management system.

Take a Screenshot on iPhone or iPad

This is a very simple and quick tip for iOS devices. You may wish, or need to, have a record of what is on the screen of your iPhone or iPad, the quickest way of doing this is using iOS’s built in method of taking a Screenshot. 

How To
1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button.
2. Press and release the Home button.
3. Your will hear the shutter sound.
4. You can then release the Sleep/Wake button.
5. The image will be stored in your Camera Roll.

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