Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
Manage Multiple ChronoSync Documents

If you have multiple ChronoSync documents and need to run your syncs or backups manually, you may find it taxing to open each ChronoSync document and execute it manually. There are two easy methods to simplify managing multiple ChronoSync documents.

  • You can add the ChronoSync documents to a Container document. A Container holds multiple ChronoSync documents and enables you to control several ChronoSync documents as if they were one document.
  • You can make use of the Scheduled Documents Manager window to collect and organize commonly used ChronoSync documents without scheduling them.

Both methods allow you to schedule or manually run your syncs and backups.

Visit ChronoSync Tips

 
 

The Return of AIM (in Beta)

Send Article to a Friend

AOL, which I often forget still exists and has millions of users, has released a beta test version of AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) rebuilt from scratch. The first glimmer of a revised version since February 2004 - according to the folks at CNET's Webware - AIM for Mac 1.0 beta has a few differences from iChat, but nothing that seems significant.

The interface features a design and icons that are similar to Apple's AIM-connected iChat software, although audio and video options are missing. Screen sharing via instant messaging is unique to iChat in Leopard, and thus isn't available in AIM. The beta version of AIM also adds tabbed browsing sessions, something Apple added in Leopard's iChat release as well.


As you pass over an entry in the Buddy List, AIM pops up a "flyover" that shows an enlarged version of their buddy icon, how long they've been online (if they allow that detail to be disclosed), and their current status message.

AIM allows you to set a more detailed response for when you're away from your computer, including using the name of the person pinging you, which seems quite useful. You can also go crazy and access animated icons and wallpapers and load custom emoticon sets. I'm too old to find that appealing.

While the software is "integrated" with AOL Mail, that just means there's a mail icon on the bottom of the Buddy List that, when clicked, opens a Web browser and logs you into your AOL Mail account.

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>