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Extract Directly from Time Machine

Normally you use Time Machine to restore lost data in a file like this: within the Time Machine interface, you go back to the time the file was not yet messed up, and you restore it to replace the file you have now.

You can also elect to keep both, but the restored file takes the name and place of the current one. So, if you have made changes since the backup took place that you would like to keep, they are lost, or you have to mess around a bit to merge changes, rename files, and trash the unwanted one.

As an alternative, you can browse the Time Machine backup volume directly in the Finder like any normal disk, navigate through the chronological backup hierarchy, and find the file which contains the lost content.

Once you've found it, you can open it and the current version of the file side-by-side, and copy information from Time Machine's version of the file into the current one, without losing any content you put in it since the backup was made.

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Take Control of Apple TV, Chapter 8: View Photos & Home Movies

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This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of Apple TV,” by Josh Centers, scheduled for public release in January 2014. Apart from “Chapter 1: Introducing Apple TV,” these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “‘Take Control of Apple TV’ Streaming in TidBITS” for details.


View Photos & Home Movies

The Apple TV is a great way to show off your favorite photos in the living room. With iCloud Photos, you can see photos and videos on the big screen as soon as you take them. The Flickr App lets you browse any Flickr user’s photos. Of course, the Apple TV can also display photos from your iPhoto or Aperture library, or from any folder on your computer. Then, you can use photos from any of these sources to Customize the Screen Saver or to Make Slideshows.

Note: Since the current versions of iPhoto and Aperture can share the same library, everything I say about iPhoto in this chapter also applies to Aperture.

Home movies are equally great on the Apple TV. I’ll show you how to AirPlay Photos & Videos directly from your iOS devices and even view iMovie projects in The iMovie Theater App.

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