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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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TidBITS #1299 on 2015-11-23

We’re taking a hiatus for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States next week, so our next email issue of TidBITS will be published on 7 December 2015. In the meantime, could you please fill out our 2015 reader survey so we know what you want from TidBITS? In sad news, music-streaming service Rdio is shutting down, with its remains being purchased by Pandora. Dave Kitabjian joins us to look at the recently discontinued Logitech K760, a solar-powered Mac keyboard that can pair to three different devices. Finally, Josh Centers takes another hard look at the Apple TV, this time evaluating the Siri Remote as a game controller. Notable software releases this week include Transmit 4.4.10, Tweetbot 2.2.2, Fantastical 2.1.3, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.8, and Lightroom CC 2015.3 and Lightroom 6.3.

TidBITS #1298 on 2015-11-16

Please join us in welcoming Lauri Reinhardt, who becomes our fourth employee this week, in charge of customer service. Comcast is subjecting more areas to its data caps — Josh Centers tells you what you can do about it. Is Apple slipping in design? A pair of Apple user experience veterans think so, as Adam Engst explains. NetNewsWire was once king of the Apple newsreader apps, and while it’s now back on all of Apple’s platforms, former fan Julio Ojeda-Zapata isn’t impressed. Finally, as the release date for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” approaches, Josh lists all the ways you can geek out on Star Wars with your Apple devices. Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner 4.4, Type2Phone 3.0, Mactracker 7.5, DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9.3, Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.8, BBEdit 11.1.4, and Pages 5.6.1, Numbers 3.6.1, and Keynote 6.6.1 for Mac.

TidBITS #1297 on 2015-11-09

Publisher Adam Engst is back from the annual MacTech Conference, and he has highlights to share from his week in Los Angeles. You’ve likely never read the iTunes Terms and Conditions, but Michael Cohen offers a reason why you might want to: a graphic novel that co-opts the legalese into an adventure story starring Steve Jobs. Rich Mogull joins us this week to discuss the million-dollar iOS exploit and the shady world of cyber arms dealers. Live Photos are one of the coolest things about the iPhone 6s, but they’re hard to share in their full glory. Julio Ojeda-Zapata explains how to convert Live Photos into more common formats. Finally, “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers examines some of the most interesting Apple TV apps to see where the new tvOS platform is heading. Notable software releases this week include ClamXav 2.8.7, OmniFocus 2.3.1, Postbox 4.0.8, Voila 3.9.2, Evernote 6.2, and TextExpander 5.1.3.

TidBITS #1296 on 2015-11-02

Apple yet again narrowly avoided pundit-predicted doom in its final fiscal quarter of 2015, wrapping up another record-breaking year for the company. The fourth-generation Apple TV is now available, and “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers has answers to all your questions! Apple has flooded the market with new products this year, but Take Control has been keeping up, and we have a roundup of our latest titles that provide the technical assistance you need. Back in the entertainment world, one of the main problems with digital movie downloads is how they’re locked into a single service. However, Disney has found a way to break its movies out of the usual walled gardens, as Josh explains. Finally, Glenn Fleishman joins us to discuss Wi-Fi Calling in iOS 9 and how to take advantage of it. Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 11.0.2, ScreenFlow 5.0.3, OmniFocus 2.3, and OS X Server 5.0.15.

TidBITS #1295 on 2015-10-26

Apple unleashed an update avalanche last week, with OS X 10.11.1, iOS 9.1, and watchOS 2.0.1 — we have the details on each. Also, the fourth-generation Apple TV is now available for sale and will start shipping later this week. Elsewhere in this issue, Julio Ojeda-Zapata evaluates the Android Wear smartwatch platform for iOS users, Josh Centers explains Siri content reminders in iOS 9, and Adam Engst assigns blame for the Internet’s content woes. Notable software releases this week include Tinderbox 6.3.2, Postbox 4.0.7, SpamSieve 2.9.22, Safari 9.0.1, Mac EFI Security Update 2015-002, and Security Update 2015-007 (Mavericks) and 2015-004 (Yosemite).

TidBITS #1294 on 2015-10-19

Hardware takes center stage in this week’s issue of TidBITS, as Adam Engst examines the new iMacs, including a 21-inch 4K Retina model, and Apple’s new lineup of Magic accessories: mouse, keyboard, and trackpad. Continuing our look at Apple’s competition, Julio Ojeda-Zapata surveys the new hardware from Microsoft, including the Surface Pro 4 and the intriguing new Surface Book. On the software side, Apple Music seems to confuse everyone, and Josh Centers describes some unusual steps Apple is taking to help befuddled Apple Music users. Finally, Michael Cohen reviews the iBooks-exclusive “enhanced editions” of the Harry Potter series — are the enhancements worth buying new copies? Notable software releases this week include Tweetbot 2.1.1, Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.6.2, Audio Hijack 3.2.1 and Airfoil 4.9.1, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.7, Sandvox 2.10.3, Fantastical 2.1.1, iMovie 10.1, Dropbox 3.10.8, Pixelmator 3.4, 1Password 5.4, and Pages 5.6, Numbers 3.6, and Keynote 6.6 for Mac.

TidBITS #1293 on 2015-10-12

In this issue of TidBITS, we welcome Julio Ojeda-Zapata as our newest contributing editor, and he commemorates the occasion with a summary of Google’s latest hardware announcements, which are eerily similar to Apple’s. Moving on to a pair of musically themed articles, Josh Centers reviews the Beats Solo2 headphones and Adam Engst explains why he’s quitting Apple Music to return to Rdio. Notable software releases this week include Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.2, Lightroom CC 2015.2.1 and Lightroom 6.2.1, ChronoSync 4.6.4, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.6, Tweetbot 2.1, Typinator 6.7, and iBooks Author 2.4.

TidBITS #1292 on 2015-10-05

Last week brought two more Apple updates: the major release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan and a small update to iOS 9.0.2 — we answer all your questions about both. Podcasters were aghast when they discovered that the abandoned audio tool The Levelator didn’t work in El Capitan, but Adam Engst has discovered an easy fix. The new News app in iOS 9 marks a notable change in Apple’s approach to publishers; Josh Centers looks at what’s different and explains how you can start using News for your daily info fix. Finally, don’t miss the Mail Capitan sale from indie Mac developers, which offers deep discounts on Apple Mail plug-ins, as well as Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Apple Mail.” Notable software releases this week include Coda 2.5.12, Microsoft OneNote 15.14.2, Skype 7.13, Mellel 3.4.3, CleanMyMac 3.1, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.3.1, BBEdit 11.1.3, TextWrangler 5.0, Safari 9.0, and SuperDuper 2.8.

TidBITS #1291 on 2015-09-28

In this week’s issue of TidBITS, Adam Engst explains what’s really behind the record-breaking iPhone 6s sales, Josh Centers shares what’s new in iOS 9.0.1 (with help from some readers), and Jeff Carlson points out some easily missed details from watchOS 2. If you’re one of the 13 million people who bought a new iPhone, you may be wondering how to migrate your Apple Watch without losing data — Michael Cohen has the solution. XcodeGhost’s days of haunting iOS apps are waning, now that Apple has now warned developers about downloading Xcode from unofficial sources. Josh also offers detailed notes about the new Notes app in iOS 9, and tells you why it now may be the only note-taking app you need. Finally, we’ve announced the winners in our Swift Publisher 4 DealBITS drawing, but everyone wins because we have an exclusive 50 percent discount for all TidBITS readers. Notable software releases this week include ClamXav 2.8.5, GraphicConverter 9.7.2, Postbox 4.0.5, LaunchBar 6.5, Fantastical 2.1, and Airfoil 4.9, Nicecast 1.11.6, and Piezo 1.2.9.

TidBITS #1290 on 2015-09-21

In this news-packed edition of TidBITS, our FAQ answers many of your iOS 9 questions, and for even more in-depth coverage, we have “iOS 9: A Take Control Crash Course,” by our own Josh Centers. Apple also just released watchOS 2, and we have the high points of this first major update for the Apple Watch. In other news, Apple is reportedly dropping its One to One training program, Amazon has updated its Fire tablet and Fire TV line of hardware, Michael Cohen explains how search works in iOS 9, and Adam Engst and Rich Mogull dig into why the XcodeGhost App Store exploit is interesting. Finally, we explain how to fix garbled text on Apple’s support pages and throw back the curtains on a DealBITS drawing you can enter to win a copy of Swift Publisher 4 from BeLight Software. Notable software releases this week include BusyCal 2.6.7 and BusyContacts 1.0.6, Fission 2.2.5, Boom 2 v1.3, and iTunes 12.3.

TidBITS #1289 on 2015-09-14

This week, TidBITS has all the details on Apple’s big announcements: better iCloud storage pricing, new Apple Watch models, the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the iPad Pro with optional Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories, and the upcoming fourth-generation Apple TV. But if you’re planning on buying one of the new iPhones, you may find that the experience is completely different this time around — Josh Centers and Adam Engst dig into the details so that you can figure out the best purchase method and data plan for you and your family. Finally, Josh admonishes Apple for what he calls the Mac’s Achilles heel: its fragile and flaky headphone port. Notable software releases this week include Final Cut Pro X 10.2.2, Compressor 4.2.1, Motion 5.2.2, and ChronoSync 4.6.3.

TidBITS #1288 on 2015-09-07

Here at TidBITS, we’re getting ready for this week’s kickoff to the Apple upgrade season, and now you can too, with Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan” and Scholle McFarland’s “El Capitan: A Take Control Crash Course.” Grumpy about the annual upgrade cycle? Adam Engst feels your pain, but explains why you really should keep pace with upgrades. If you’re overwhelmed by unwanted digital chatter, Josh Centers spells out how to clean up your Twitter timeline using the Tweetbot client. Turning to the digital detritus that collects on all our computers, Joe Kissell shows you how use CleanMyMac 3 to freshen up your Mac. Glenn Fleishman takes a look at the early reviews for Google’s OnHub router, and they’re not pretty. Looking for an alternative to a pricey Apple Watch? Julio Ojeda-Zapata joins us to review the affordable Pebble Time smartwatch. Notable software releases this week include TextExpander 5.1.1, Alfred 2.7.2, and Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.4.

TidBITS #1287 on 2015-08-31

In this extra-helpful issue of TidBITS, we tackle three common problems. First, if you’re troubled by auto-play videos on social networks showing you offensive acts, Josh Centers has the advice you need to disable them. Second, if you anticipate migrating to a new Mac from a Time Machine backup, Michael Cohen offers solutions to many of the potential pitfalls that you might encounter, based on his own recent migration to a new iMac. Third, if your Wi-Fi network is dropping out or suffering from slow throughput, Glenn Fleishman explains how you can use a pair of Mac utilities to optimize its range and performance. Finally, Josh goes retro with a review of Pac-Man 256 in FunBITS. Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 8.0 and Fusion 8.0 Pro and PopChar X 7.2.

TidBITS #1286 on 2015-08-24

In this feature-packed issue, Adam Engst explains why Apple is replacing some iPhone 6 Plus iSight cameras — is yours due for a replacement? Wi-Fi authority Glenn Fleishman has the details on Google’s new premium OnHub router, while Julio Ojeda-Zapata identifies six Windows 10 features that Apple should steal. Finally, reader Dave Kitabjian joins us to talk about iPhoto features that are missing from Photos. Notable software releases this week include Simon 4.1, Evernote 6.1, and Parallels Desktop 11.

TidBITS #1285 on 2015-08-17

Today kicks off Take Control’s 2015 Back to School Sale: save 50 percent on all Take Control titles through 24 August 2015! Meanwhile, Adam Engst has the details on the OS X 10.10.5 and iOS 8.4.1 updates, which address numerous security vulnerabilities. Josh Centers reveals a secret method to see your iPhone’s precise signal strength, and in a lengthy editorial, he sums up the problems with Twitter and offers some potential solutions. Notable software releases this week include Safari 8.0.8, 7.1.8, and 6.2.8; PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.3; BBEdit 11.1.2; Security Update 2015-006; and iTunes 12.2.2.

TidBITS #1284 on 2015-08-10

Thunderstrike 2 has been described as a scary new worm that could infect your Mac’s firmware, but Rich Mogull explains why you needn’t worry. Julio Ojeda-Zapata joins us to look at eight Apple Watch stands that are worth your attention, while Adam Engst reviews Dark Sky 5, a hyperlocal weather app that can warn you when rain is imminent in your exact location. Finally, in FunBITS, Josh Centers writes about Google’s DeepDream, software that’s designed to visualize how neural networks think and that can be used to create bizarre art out of any photo. Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner 4.3 and Postbox 4.0.3.

TidBITS #1283 on 2015-08-03

This week in TidBITS, Adam Engst details what’s new in Keyboard Maestro 7, a major upgrade to the longstanding macro utility. Tonya Engst tells you about Kirk McElhearn’s new “Take Control of Audio Hijack,” which explains everything you need to know about recording with Rogue Ameoba’s recently updated audio app. Many people have had issues with the latest iTunes update, and some have cited the 80-20 rule for redesigning it. But what does that mean? Michael Cohen looks at the origins of the 80-20 rule to explain why it won’t really help in fixing iTunes’ woes. Finally, Adam offers tips on avoiding cellular data overages when taking short trips from the U.S. to Canada. Notable software releases this week include Audio Hijack 3.2, Tinderbox 6.3.1, OmniFocus 2.2.3, DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9.2, and Piezo 1.2.8.

TidBITS #1282 on 2015-07-27

In this issue of TidBITS, we’re happy to announce “one more thing” — Joe Kissell’s latest book, “Take Control of Keynote,” which walks you through planning, creating, and delivering a killer presentation. Strong iPhone sales helped Apple break financial records in Q3 2015 again, despite iPad sales volume continuing to decline. Moving on from the news, Josh Centers takes a look at BeardedSpice, which lets you control Web media players with your Mac’s media keys, and shows you how to replace an iPhone 5c screen with the Screasy repair kit. Adam Engst reviews TripMode, which helps prevent data overages when tethering your Mac to your iPhone, and in FunBITS, Michael Cohen takes you on a trip though time, space, and music with Notable software releases this week include Mellel 3.4.2, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.3, MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0, Default Folder X 4.7.3, and TextExpander 5.1.

TidBITS #1281 on 2015-07-20

In this music-focused issue of TidBITS, we cover Apple’s long-awaited update to the iPod touch and the recolored versions of the iPod nano and iPod shuffle. For those puzzled by the latest version of iTunes and Apple Music, we’re pleased to announce Kirk McElhearn’s new “Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ,” which answers all your questions. To round out our music coverage, the TidBITS crew shares five more Apple Music tips. Changing gears, Adam Engst unveils the new Take Control Web site and Josh Centers uses the recent Comcast outages as an excuse to explain what to do when your Internet connection goes south. Notable software releases this week include CrashPlan 4.3, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.6, and Office 2016 for Mac.

TidBITS #1280 on 2015-07-13

Apple has released public betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan and iOS 9. Josh Centers explains how to get started installing them and why you may not want to. Michael Cohen has updated his book, “Take Control of TextExpander,” to cover the new features in Smile’s TextExpander 5 and TextExpander touch 3. Michael also explains why recent minor updates to iBooks and iBooks Author are actually a big deal in that they let self-published authors reach larger audiences. Randy Singer joins us to describe a troubling Internet scam, and how to avoid it. Finally, in FunBITS, Josh discusses Her Story for iOS and Mac, and explains why the interactive movie may be making a comeback. Notable software releases this week include iTunes 12.2.1, GraphicConverter 9.7.1, LaunchBar 6.4.1, Skype 7.9, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.2.

TidBITS #1279 on 2015-07-06

With other TidBITS writers on vacation, Josh Centers stayed behind to keep the home fires burning, where he handled the yeoman’s work of covering Apple’s releases of OS X 10.10.4 and iOS 8.4. He also found the time to provide a tour of some of the more subtle features of the just-released Apple Music streaming service, and to track down clues to the next-generation Apple TV in the forthcoming iOS 9. Notable software releases this week include Voila 3.9, Typinator 6.6, GarageBand 10.1, iTunes 12.2, Security Update 2015-005, Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001, and Safari 8.0.7, 7.1.7, and 6.2.7.

TidBITS #1278 on 2015-06-29

In this issue of TidBITS, Julio Ojeda-Zapata takes a look at Apple’s new iPhone dock to see how it stacks up to the competition, and Joe Kissell counts off 11 stupid backup strategies that you should avoid. Then Josh Centers shines a light on Flashlight, which expands OS X 10.10 Yosemite’s Spotlight capabilities, and in FunBITS, he laments the lack of originality in gaming. Notable software releases this week include ClamXav 2.8.1, Toast 14 Titanium and Toast 14 Pro, and iMovie 10.0.9.

TidBITS #1277 on 2015-06-22

Apple has started a replacement program for 3 TB hard drives in some 27-inch iMacs, and the company has also made the Apple Watch available for pickup in Apple retail stores. That’s perfect timing, since we’ve just released Jeff Carlson’s comprehensive “Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course.” Developer Vemedio has pulled the plug on its popular Instacast podcast client, but Josh Centers suggests some alternatives. Adam Engst warns that iCloud Photo Library could cause cellular data overages, and that repairing your Photos library could trigger another large upload. Michael Cohen examines the Revisions app for Dropbox, which offers a better interface for Dropbox file recovery. Finally, Josh takes you on a tour of the Pandoland conference, which brought Silicon Valley to Nashville. Notable software releases this week include Lightroom CC 2015.1 and Lightroom 6.1, Default Folder X 4.7.2, ChronoSync 4.6.2 and ChronoAgent 1.5.3, Audio Hijack 3.1.1, and Mellel 3.4.

TidBITS #1276 on 2015-06-15

In this week’s issue of TidBITS, we traverse a wide variety of topics. Apple has combined its developer programs for OS X, iOS, and Safari into one convenient package. Josh Centers describes three alternative ways to wear your Apple Watch Sport and examines the Robinhood stock trading app for the iPhone. Dan Moren joins us to explain how Doodle can make scheduling meetings a snap, and Steve McCabe tells us about his Apple Pay experiences around the world. We also bring you news of the SummerFest 2015 software sale and welcome a new sponsor: Bushel, a cloud-based service that simplifies Apple device management for small organizations. Finally, TidBITS newcomer Alexandre Leroux explains how to unlock the full potential of the iTunes visualizer in our latest FunBITS installment. Due to many developers being in San Francisco for WWDC last week, the only notable software release this week is GraphicConverter 9.7.

TidBITS #1275 on 2015-06-08

Another WWDC keynote has come and gone, and despite the season, snow is in the forecast for OS X, with the upcoming release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Adam Engst explains why it has the potential to be the best update since Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Josh Centers has the details on iOS 9 and an overview of the new Apple Music streaming service, while Michael Cohen tells you what to expect from watchOS 2. We have a new sponsor starting this week: Mapbox, which offers a platform that enables designers and developers to create custom maps. In other news, Congress has passed the USA FREEDOM Act — Josh explains how it changes government surveillance in the latest edition of Keeping Up with the Snoops. To wrap up the issue, Adam concludes his two-part series on exercising with the Apple Watch, this time examining Apple’s fitness software. Notable software releases this week include Fission 2.2.4, QuarkXPress 2015, CrashPlan 4.2, SpamSieve 2.9.20, Evernote 6.0.13, iFlicks 2.2.1, Mactracker 7.4.4, Tinderbox 6.3, and Fantastical 2.0.6.

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