Copy Existing Filename to 'Save As' Field
While many utilities provide file naming automation, they're mostly overkill for those cases when you need to make small variations in file content while ensuring the documents group together in a "by name" list.
In the Save As dialog, the default name is the current document name. You can quickly change this to match any existing file.
1. Make the list of files the active element.
2. Click on a grayed-out filename, which momentarily turns black.
3. The Save As field now contains the filename you just clicked.
You can modify the name (adding, say, "version 3") or overwrite that existing file you clicked.
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Apple has once again posted record profits, but more interesting is that the company has released the public beta of the upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite. If you want to tour around Yosemite, Joe Kissell has the ultimate guide to installing it: “Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite,” which we’re offering for whatever price you wish to pay. For TidBITS members, we also have Chapter 8, “Mail Services,” of Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server.” Potato salad made a surprising splash on Kickstarter, causing Glenn Fleishman to ponder if we’ll be inundated with more joke campaigns. Apple and IBM have signed a pact to bring iOS devices to the enterprise, and systems administrator Andrew Laurence joins us to examine its implications. Amazon’s hoping to light up the mobile space with its Fire Phone, but does it offer anything new? Julio Ojeda-Zapata took the phone for a spin to find out. In this week’s FunBITS, Adam Engst gives his take on Strava: a social network for fitness buffs. Notable software releases this week include TinkerTool 5.3, Default Folder X 4.6.8, Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.0, Nicecast 1.11.0, Airfoil 4.8.7, Piezo 1.2.5, and Marked 2.3.
With his “Take Control of Apple TV” hat on, Josh Centers explains how the Apple TV’s Netflix client can now automatically play the next episode of a TV series when you finish an episode. Apple has launched a new iTunes Pass feature that lets you buy iTunes Store credit in a retail Apple Store via Passbook — we delve into what it’s useful for and how to set it up. Sitting too much may be killing us all, but the Stand Up work break timer could lessen the damage. Josh reviews it, as well as Marco Arment’s new podcast app, Overcast, which isn’t for everyone but brings welcome refinements to podcast listening. Michael Cohen tells the story of his involvement with the invention of the ebook, and how it almost fell prey to the curse of Macbeth. In this week’s FunBITS, Josh takes a look at The Rhythm of Fighters, a musical take on a fighting game mainstay. Notable software releases this week include DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.1, Typinator 6.1, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.1, and Voila 3.8.
If your phone’s battery dies while traveling, you’re at risk of losing it if you fly into the U.S., as the TSA has demanded that unpowered devices flying into the U.S. from select airports be confiscated. In happier news, iTunes Extras are at last available on the Apple TV — ”Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers tells you how they work. Some say Apple is dumbing down its professional apps, but Michael Cohen, author of, “Take Control of Pages,” explains why it’s not. There are loads of Thunderbolt docks on the market, but which ones are worth the steep cost? Julio Ojeda-Zapata pits them in a battle to see which reigns supreme. Finally in FunBITS, Josh takes a trip down memory lane with the role-playing classic, Dragon Quest VIII, now available for the iPhone and iPad. Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 9.0.24237, Skype 6.19, and TextExpander 4.3.2.
Apple has released a security lock adapter for the new Mac Pro, but is $49 too much for what should have been a standard feature? At least the Mac Pro’s lock adapter, unlike so many accessories for Apple products, probably isn’t junk, and Josh Centers has dug up six others that are worth the money. As iPhoto and Aperture ride into the sunset, Jeff Carlson looks at what’s next for photographers. The MacBook Air seems to be stagnant compared with its PC rivals; is it still a competitive machine? Julio Ojeda-Zapata pits the MacBook Air against three Windows laptops to see if it holds up. Josh closes the issue with our latest FunBITS entry: Blek, an award-winning puzzle game based on calligraphy. Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 6.0.2, ScreenFlow 4.5.2, and Security Update 2014-003 (Mountain Lion and Lion).
The OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks and iOS 7.1.2 updates kick off this issue of TidBITS, with the former including fixes for Wi-Fi and wake from sleep, and the latter improving iBeacon. Last week’s Google I/O conference unleashed a slew of product and service announcements that could reshape the tech landscape — we look at the highlights. Among Google’s releases is Android Wear, an operating system for watches and other wearables, and while it’s more real than Apple’s much-rumored iWatch, Steve McCabe takes a look at the market-leading Pebble smartwatch to see what it can do. In Take Control news, our latest title is something special — Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Automating Your Mac” explains how anyone can find shortcuts to repetitive tasks. Plus, in the streamed “Take Control of OS X Server” for TidBITS members, Charles Edge looks at the Contacts, Calendar, and Messages services. In FunBITS this week, Josh reviews Leo’s Fortune, and explains why it sets a new bar for touch-based platform games. Notable software releases this week include Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2, Compressor 4.1.2, Motion 5.1.1, Default Folder X 4.6.6, and OmniOutliner 4.1.
In this far-reaching issue of TidBITS, we cover a pair of announcements: Amazon’s long-rumored Fire Phone, with a 3D interface and streamlined shopping, and Apple’s new entry-level iMac, which trades significant power for its lower price. The second- and third-generation Apple TVs don’t support iTunes Extras, but Agen Schmitz shows you how to watch them on Apple’s streaming set-top boxes. Yahoo and AOL have taken drastic new measures to enhance security, but at the cost of breaking mailing lists and email forwarding — Adam Engst explains the highly technical details. In Take Control news this week, Charles Edge looks at enabling file sharing in “Take Control of OS X Server,” and we’re particularly pleased to publish Glenn Fleishman’s new “Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network” to answer all your wireless networking questions. Don’t miss the 70% discount on Live Interior 3D in this week’s DealBITS drawing, and if you’re fluent in Dutch or Japanese, we could use some translation help! Finally, in FunBITS, Josh Centers strolls down memory lane with SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition for Mac, an updated edition of the classic city simulator for modern Macs. Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 6.0.1, Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.5, OmniFocus 2.0.1, and Typinator 6.0.
The just-released LaunchBar 6 brings a fresh new look and a host of new features to the venerable launcher and shortcut utility — Adam Engst shares all the details. Josh Centers does similar honors for The Omni Group’s OmniFocus 2, the recently released update to the popular Getting Things Done app for the Mac. In book news, we’ve just published both the third edition of Andy Affleck’s “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac” and, for TidBITS members, the latest chapter in Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server.” Changing gears a bit, Michael Cohen examines Swift, Apple’s new programming language, to see what it means for both professional and hobbyist developers. Josh also contributes another look at the latest updates in the NSA mass surveillance kerfuffle, and our resident soccer fanatic, Agen Schmitz, explains how to watch the World Cup online in the latest installment of FunBITS. Finally, be sure to enter this week’s DealBITS drawing to win one of ten free copies of BeLight Software’s interior design app Live Interior 3D! Notable software releases this week include ChronoSync 4.5, MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.8, MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update 2.0, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.
We’re still processing the flood of new technologies announced by Apple at last week’s Worldwide Developer Conference, with Adam Engst and Josh Centers collaborating to bring you a look at 10 annoyances that Apple will be addressing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Plus, in FunBITS, Josh looks at new technologies for gamers coming in iOS 8, as well as this year’s Apple Design Award winners. Moving beyond WWDC, Josh also spent several weeks using Amazon’s new Fire TV in order to compare it to the Apple TV, and Julio Ojeda-Zapata reviews Google Docs and Google Sheets, the search giant’s new iOS productivity apps. Also, TidBITS members can now read the latest chapter of Charles Edge’s streamed “Take Control of OS X Server,” which covers the often mind-bending Open Directory. Notable software releases this week include Keyboard Maestro 6.4.3, Tinderbox 6.0, BBEdit 10.5.11 and TextWrangler 4.5.9, Fission 2.2.1, and 1Password 4.4.1.
We’re back from our Memorial Day hiatus with a huge issue of TidBITS. Apple charted the course for OS X and iOS for the next year at today’s WWDC keynote, where the company announced the redesigned OS X Yosemite alongside iOS 8, both with a flood of features for users and developers alike. But that’s not all, since Apple last week dropped $3 billion on Beats, maker of the Beats Music streaming service and a line of popular premium headphones. In other news, Apple also updated iWork for iCloud, Microsoft released a new Surface 3 tablet that hopes to get it right, we look forward to the 2014 MacTech Conference in November, and TidBITS members can read the latest chapter of Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server.” In FunBITS this week, Josh Centers examines Hearthstone, an online collectible card game for the Mac and iPad. Notable software releases over the past two weeks include TextExpander 4.3.1, Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.2, ScreenFlow 4.5.1, iFlicks 2.0.3, iTunes 11.2.2, Mellel 3.3.3, Postbox 3.0.10, Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.10 and Nicecast 1.10.10, KeyCue 7.2, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.7.6, Yojimbo 4.0.3, Pixelmator 3.2, Safari 7.0.4 and 6.1.4, OS X Server 3.1.2, and NoteBook 4.0.1.
The big news this week is Apple’s release of OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks, which adds pixel-doubled Retina mode for 4K displays and collaborates with the new iTunes 11.2 to bring back local contact and calendar syncing. Adam Engst provides instructions for enabling the local contact and calendar syncing, and Agen Schmitz dives into iTunes 11.2’s podcast-listening improvements. Online backup service Backblaze has released data suggesting that heat does not affect hard drive lifespans, and Geoff Duncan examines a pair of topics that could have a huge impact on the future of the Internet: the current FCC net neutrality proposal and the European Union’s “right to be forgotten.” Finally, in FunBITS, Josh Centers takes a look at Beats Music, a unique music streaming service rumored to be an Apple acquisition target. Notable software releases this week include Mailplane 3.2.1, SpamSieve 2.9.14, GraphicConverter 9.2, and Logic Pro X 10.0.7. The next issue of TidBITS will be out 2 June 2014.
We’re pleased to announce the launch of our latest streamed book: “Take Control of OS X Server” by IT expert Charles Edge. Read on for the details and links to the first two chapters; future chapters will be available only to TidBITS members. Speaking of memberships, Netflix is raising the price of a streaming video account by $1 per month, but existing members get a two-year reprieve. On the privacy front, a new White House report recommends changing the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which allows law enforcement agencies to access email older than six months without a warrant. Geoff Duncan explains the situation, and why nothing may change. Those looking to keep prying eyes out of their files should read Nick Mediati’s review of Hider 2, which promises an easy way to secure files and notes. For your other note-taking needs, Julio Ojeda-Zapata compares the new Mac version of Microsoft OneNote to the popular Evernote. Finally, with Amazon’s purchase of ComiXology, some comic fans are worrying about the future of their digital comic collections, so Josh Centers takes a look at DRM-free comic books in this week’s installment of FunBITS. Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 5.6.4 and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.2.1.
If you’ve been waiting for an update to the MacBook Air, wait no longer. Apple has refreshed the diminutive laptops with slightly faster processors and a $100 price drop. Mozilla has also overhauled the venerable Firefox Web browser with a fresh new look and synchronization service, and AgileBits has updated 1Password to integrate the company’s new Watchtower service for identifying sites vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. If you’ve heard about how iOS 7 doesn’t encrypt email attachments properly, it’s true, but Adam Engst and Rich Mogull explain why you probably shouldn’t worry about it. ComiXology, after being purchased by Amazon, has dropped in-app purchases from its popular iOS app; Josh Centers explains why this could be a blow to the superheroes. Finally, Michael Cohen has an, umm…interesting entry for FunBITS this week: “Venice Under Glass,” an iBooks Author art theft mystery featuring a teddy bear cast. Notable software releases this week include Mailplane 3.2, Default Folder X 4.6.5, and OpenOffice 4.1.
Don’t worry about Apple making rent — the company last week announced another quarter of record sales and revenues, in spite of flagging iPad and iPod sales. The company also released a slew of updates, including iOS 7.1.1, which includes fixes for Touch ID, Bluetooth keyboards, and a nasty SSL security bug. Also new this week is Joe Kissell’s latest book, “Take Control of the Cloud,” which answers all your questions about the Cloud, including those surrounding security and privacy. Turning away from the news, we share a number of essential tips and techniques for working with external hard drives, which have become necessary now that Macs rely on low-capacity SSDs and lack room for internal storage expansion. In this week’s FunBITS, Josh Centers takes a look at the optically puzzling iOS game Monument Valley. Notable software releases this week include Adobe Flash Player 220.127.116.11; Instacast 1.2; VMware Fusion 6.0.3 and Fusion 6.0.3 Professional; DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8; DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.5; OmniOutliner 4.0.5; 1Password 4.3; AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3; Paprika 2.0.3; and Security Update 2014-002 (Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion).
TidBITS marks 24 years of continuous publication this week! Adam Engst shares a few thoughts about where we came from and where we’re going, noting that TidBITS is doing better than ever, thanks to support from thousands of TidBITS members. In other articles, Josh Centers shares his impressions of the innovative App Camp for Girls, which held an open house at Macworld/iWorld 2014, and in FunBITS this week, he reviews Global Delight’s Boom, which promises to crank your Mac’s speakers up to 11. Can you justify a Mac Pro if you’re not a video editor or number-crunching scientist? Julio Ojeda-Zapata rejoins us with a look at how Apple’s professional Mac stacks up for regular users. For those with a foot in the IT world, David Koff offers a deep look at the world of remote desktop software, with suggestions about which package might be right for you. Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.1, Adobe Flash Player 18.104.22.168, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.2, Keyboard Maestro 6.4.1, and Typinator 5.9.
Thousands of prominent Web sites — including Yahoo, Dropbox, Instagram, Netflix, and Minecraft — have proved vulnerable to the recently discovered Heartbleed bug, called “catastrophic” by a leading security expert. TidBITS Publisher Adam Engst teamed up with Security Editor Rich Mogull to explain the bug and what it means for normal Internet users. A more staid risk of computer use is neck strain, a problem that the ultra-portable Roost laptop stand seeks to solve — coffee shop patron Jeff Carlson offers an in-depth look. If you spend most of your time in places with Wi-Fi access, you may be able to avoid paying for a mobile phone entirely; we explain how to use an iPod touch or iPad as a phone. Josh also shares his impressions of being a Macworld Expo newbie, and in this week’s FunBITS, he reviews the new iPad adaptation of previous pick FTL: Faster Than Light. Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner 4.0.4, PCalc 4, FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced 13.0.2, and BBEdit 10.5.10 and TextWrangler 4.5.8.
Why Apple can’t rest on its laurels was brought home this week, as Amazon introduced the Fire TV, an impressive-sounding competitor to the Apple TV, and Microsoft’s Office for iPad hit 12 million downloads in its first week. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers covers the Fire TV’s announcement, and Julio Ojeda-Zapata takes a long, hard look at Office for iPad. We also have another collection of interesting products from Macworld/iWorld 2014, a glance at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference lottery, and, in this week’s FunBITS column by Nick Mediati, capsule reviews of a number of iOS gardening apps. Notable software releases this week include Paprika 2.0.2, Type2Phone 2.4.1, and Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3.
The NSA figures heavily in this week’s news, with documents from former contractor Edward Snowden revealing that the security agency is in hot water with the Recording Industry Association of America over illicit copies of music and is also working to address limitations in telephone metadata gathering by partnering with a mobile virtual network operator. But Snowden’s documents aren’t related to the other big NSA news story — a dustup with Comcast over bandwidth throttling. Back in the real world, we explain how to install Mavericks on an iPad Air (don’t get your hopes up, it’s not particularly usable) and explain why Apple’s much-rumored iCar may never see the light of day. Finally, Josh Centers takes a look in FunBITS at Nintendo’s iOS adaption of the venerable Super Mario Bros. 3 — can it possibly live up to its reputation? Notable software releases today include Firefox 104, Mac Pro ATS Update 1.0, Pages 5.1.1, and Jamiroquai 22.214.171.124.1.
The TidBITS crew is back home from Macworld/iWorld 2014, and while we’re all low on sleep, we’re kicking off our coverage this week. We lead off with a look at some of the coolest products on the show floor, Adam Engst writes about what it’s like to attend, and, in a special edition of FunBITS, Josh Centers shares his thoughts on some of the amusing apps and gadgets displayed at the show. In other articles, Julio Ojeda-Zapata offers initial details on Microsoft’s release of Office for the iPad, Adam reviews the Triage email app for iOS, and Joe Kissell returns with a FlippedBITS column that explains why privacy policies are important (it may not be what you expect). Notable software releases this week include DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.4, Skype 6.15, Fluid 1.8.2, Keyboard Maestro 6.4, Retrospect 11.0.1, Downcast 1.0.11, and PopChar X 6.5.
After three years, Apple has laid the venerable iPad 2 to rest, bringing back the fourth-generation iPad to fill its entry-level shoes. Josh Centers has the details, along with the story of how he was accidentally banned from Hulu and WATCH ABC and what to do if such a thing happens to you. Photographer Charles Maurer took Fujifilm’s X-E2 mirrorless camera on an expedition to Antarctica: does it set a new bar for compact cameras? Finally, Josh flies high with the arcade game Luftrausers for Mac in this week’s FunBITS column. Notable software releases this week include Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2 and GarageBand 10.0.2.
Josh Centers has been busy this week, first keeping up with the snoops, in a piece that features UFOs, the NSA’s advice columnist, and a potentially significant fight between the CIA and the Senate. When not following the latest NSA shenanigans, Josh has been in the kitchen, testing the Paprika recipe management app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac in his latest FunBITS column. You’ll also hear from Julio Ojeda-Zapata, who returns with a look at the Microsoft Surface for those wondering about Microsoft’s entry into the tablet market, and Adam Engst, who reviews the Recur iPhone app for tracking repetitive tasks and shares where TidBITS staffers will be at the upcoming Macworld/iWorld conference. Notable software releases this week include Alfred 2.2, Default Folder X 4.6.4, and 1Password 4.2.1.
iOS 7.1 is out, and Adam Engst examines its important visual and functional changes. Apple also updated the Apple TV and the Remote app with welcome interface improvements — Josh Centers has the details about those and Google’s updated Gmail app for iOS, which now supports background refresh for speedier email viewing. Speaking of email, Joe Kissell returns with a FlippedBITS column that delves into misconceptions about changing email addresses. Then Adam is back with a story about how he replaced the battery in his iPhone 5, a task that turned out to be harder than anticipated, and a look at how Apple has phased out support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard — is it finally time to upgrade? Josh closes out the issue with a FunBITS column profiling the iOS game Ridiculous Fishing, which introduces shotguns and chainsaws to the popular pastime. Notable software releases this week include BBEdit 10.5.9 and TextWrangler 4.5.7, Dragon Dictate 4.0, Delicious Library 3.1.6, OmniOutliner 4.0.3, and Retrospect 11.
OS X 10.9.2 Mavericks is out, and our coverage dominates this week’s issue of TidBITS. It’s an important update from the security perspective, since it addresses the critical SSL/TLS vulnerability fixed in iOS and Apple TV last week, and 10.9.2 also adds FaceTime Audio and iMessage blocking. Perhaps more important from an everyday usage standpoint, 10.9.2 features a number of Mail improvements, and Joe Kissell ferrets out a number of changes beyond those Apple lists. Joe is deep in Mail this week, since we also published his “Take Control of Apple Mail,” and he has another article that shares some of the tips he didn’t have room for in the book. Rich Mogull digs deep into iCloud Keychain, and tells you how to make yours so secure that even the NSA can’t access it. Finally, Nick Mediati joins us for this week’s FunBITS to explain how blurry photos can be a good thing. Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.3.1, Downcast 1.0.10, Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update 2.0, iTunes 11.1.5, Safari 6.1.2 (Mountain Lion and Lion), and Security Update 2014-001 (Mountain Lion and Lion).
If you have an iOS device or Apple TV, be sure to update its system software to ensure that you’re protected from a particularly ugly SSL bug — Mac OS X is still vulnerable, but Apple promises a fix soon. The broadband industry has been much in the news and Geoff Duncan rejoins us to explain the issues behind both the proposed Comcast/Time Warner merger and the FCC’s third stab at establishing net neutrality without classifying ISPs as common carriers. Fresh off the podcast circuit after the release of “Take Control of Apple TV,” Josh Centers speculates about the future of the Apple TV, and also examines the addictive puzzler Threes in this week’s FunBITS column. Finally, Julio Ojeda-Zapata, reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and author of “The Mobile Writer,” returns for the second of a series of articles about non-traditional hardware choices from an Apple user’s perspective, this time covering the Google Chromebook. Notable software releases this week include SuperDuper 2.7.2, PDFpen and PDFpen Pro 6.1.5, and Vox 2.0.1.
Apple TV owners, read on for news of our just-released “Take Control of Apple TV,” by managing editor Josh Centers, but don’t stop there, since Josh also devotes this week’s FunBITS installment to Silver Screen, a simple, Mac-based solution to viewing video in almost any format on your Apple TV. Moving on to the iOS world, we’re joined by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and author of “The Mobile Writer,” for the first of a short series of articles about non-traditional hardware choices from an Apple user’s perspective. This time, he talks about how the iPad Air may be the ultimate tool for the roving writer. Rich Mogull continues the theme with a deep look at the “Bring Your Own Device” trend, and how Apple protects personal information on your iPhone or iPad from your employer (and vice-versa). But don’t feel left out if you’re mostly a Mac user, since Josh also has a neat tip for finding out how often you’ve restarted your Mac. Plus, notable Mac software releases this week include DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.7; GraphicConverter 9.1; ReadKit 2.4; CrashPlan 3.6.3; Marked 2.2 (Build 823); PDFpen and PDFpen Pro 6.1.4; and Boot Camp 5.1.
Ever wondered why Apple’s Internet services always focus on personal data syncing instead of on community or collaboration? Michael Cohen suggests that it’s the result of something that Steve Jobs believed even before he returned to Apple. Key to that vision today is ubiquitous Wi-Fi, but as we all know, Wi-Fi isn’t always reliable. If your Mac is having trouble maintaining a Wi-Fi connection, consultant Alicia Katz Pollock suggests some solutions. And if you’re among those who are perturbed by iTunes, Kirk McElhearn puts the Vox minimalist music player to the test. Locations and dates for MacTech BootCamp III events around the U.S. and Canada have been announced (with a discount for TidBITS readers), and we have another exciting DealBITS drawing this week: a chance to win a copy of the Art Text 2 vector illustration program (a $19.99 value). Finally, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are now in full swing, so Josh Centers takes a look at some of the best ways to follow along online and via iOS apps in his latest FunBITS column. Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.3, Evernote 5.5, Voila 3.7, and Downcast 1.0.6.