116 pages of the latest Apple help & advice!

Issue 314 July 2017 @macformat

macOS Sierra

hints & tips

Install fonts, enhance

Siri and more!





SAVE SPACE! Handy tips

for reclaiming wasted storage


for Apple

tutorials &



Improve your Mac setup with 78 brilliant

new Apple apps and accessories


photos on

your Mac

How to use Smart

Albums to full effect

Six new desktop

speakers on test

The best options for your Mac

Mac iPhone iPad Watch iCloud


and manage

your Apple ID

Sort out annoying syncing

issues and more!

Stay fit with the

latest Apple kit

Smart tech for a better you




Game-changing tech from the world of Apple and beyond

The M4 Vintage Stand

brings nostalgia to

iPhone charging.

Elago M4 Vintage Stand

An iPhone charging stand with a retro flavour

If you miss the Apple Macintosh Classic design but can’t quite bring yourself to find and buy a

working model, there’s always this. It’s an iPhone stand from Elago with a heavy nod to the past,

shaped to resemble Apple’s old stalwart. Slide your iPhone in the side and it gives the effect of a

Mac display while charging, with an easy-access opening for the volume controls and a routing

area for your Lightning cable. Elago says its ideal for watching movies and browsing the web, but

we think it’d be equally at home in a curio stand alongside a mini Bondi Blue iMac G3, perhaps.

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Apple’s recent quarterly earnings

results show the California’s finest

tech company is still making more

money than it can spend. In terms

of units sold, Apple Watch and Apple

TV remain minnows compared to

iPhone, but it’s a bit of an unfair

comparison as there will probably

never be another product by any

company, let alone by Apple, that

will have the same global success

that the iPhone enjoyed. People

judge Apple Watch unfairly. If you look at its sales compared

to another tech product that’s deemed to be successful, like

Amazon Alexa, you’ll see it’s easily outselling it.

This issue we’re looking at ways to supercharge your Mac

with the best hardware and software. And talking of software,

Pages, Keynote and Numbers were recently turned into totally

free downloads on the App Store. They were previously free to

new Mac owners, but now they’re free to everybody and I’m

hoping that more Mac users will give them a go instead of

using Google Docs, because they’ve all matured into very

nice apps. Look out for some iWork tutorials in a future

issue of MacFormat. See you then.



Meet the team

Jo Membery

Operations Editor

Never far from her

running shoes, Jo wants

a new Apple Watch this

year that will enable her to

listen to podcasts without

having to carry an iPhone.

Alex Blake

Commissioning Editor

Football fanatic Alex,

wants Apple to release

the iBall, a super smart

football, even if it’s

something of an own

goal for Apple.

Paul Blachford

Art Editor

Esports supremo Paul

has turned his family into

his own team of rabid

gamers. If Apple upgraded

its AirPods with a chat

mode then it would suit

his gaming stye.

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Issue 314

July 2017


Apple CORe

8 RuMOuR & News

The core Apple news you need to know about

11 Apps & GAMes

Our top picks of the month for Mac and iOS

12 Apple FACTs

Amazing stats from the world of Apple


Does the Mac App Store need an overhaul?

16 leTTeRs

Have your say on all things Apple-related



YOur Mac

Improve your Mac setup

with 78 brilliant new Apple

apps and accessories

18 OpiNiON

Bring on a home assistant we can trust

20 spliT view

The team’s views on the latest Apple tech

Apple HOMe

23 Apple HOMe

Keep a smart eye on your well-being


Make sure your body’s in top condition

27 Five OF THe besT

Our pick of smart health monitoring devices

hOw tO






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Issue 314 CONTeNTs


GeNius Tips

61 GeNius Tips

Howard Oakley solves Mac and iOS issues

62 peRipHeRAls

Enlightening answers for external devices

Apple CHOiCe

91 Apple CHOiCe

New kit and apps – we’ve got all the latest

hardware and software reviews




Sagacious solutions to Mac maladies

66 iOs HARDwARe

Making good on your mobile gear


106 sTORe GuiDe

Get help with picking your next piece of

Apple kit and the best add-ons to go with it



A djay 2

or djay pro




68 bACk issues

Head here if you’ve missed an issue

112 pHOTO sTReAM

Send us your Apple-related shots

113 NexT MONTH

What’s coming in MF315 on 4 July



Turn to page 28







The luxury (and

headache) of remote

hot tub control…

Apple skills

44 sMART AlbuMs iN pHOTOs

Use Smart Albums to organise your pics

47 pRepARe FOR iOs 11

Is your iOS device ready for the next update?

48 pOweR up COpy AND pAsTe

Increase productivity with multi pasteboards

50 CHeCk iClOuD sTORAGe

Don’t waste money on unused online storage

52 sORT yOuR eMAil

Reignite your enthusiasm for email with Spark

sieRRA skills


Use the sidebar and tags to sort your files

57 iNsTAll exTRA FONTs

Add style to your docs with additional fonts

58 usiNG vOiCe CONTROl

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What’s inside


rUmoUr & NEwS

Word on the grapevine

about future Apple kit


aPPS & gamES

Our top picks of the

month for Mac and iOS



The stats behind

Apple Stores



Does the Mac App

Store need a refresh?



Have your say on

all things Apple



Matt Bolton on Apple’s

perfect Home Assistant


SPliT viEw

What’s next for iOS?

Contact us

Email your queries to

Join the conversation at

or on Twitter @macformat

EditEd by graham barlow

aPPlE rUmoUr

the Siri home


Hot on the heals of Google

Home, could Apple be

expanding Siri’s reach?

With Apple owning the powerful combination of Siri,

Apple TV, and HomeKit, creating some sort of AI-based

home assistant that works like Google Home or Amazon

Alexa would seem like a natural progression of the

company’s product base.

As WWDC approaches this June, rumours are

circulating that Apple is about to release something along

these lines. Here we’ve tried to imagine what that device

could look like, and what it will be able to do. Apple could

well be making an announcement as you read these pages,

but expect the actual release to be more like Christmas

time for Apple’s Siri-powered home helper. See what

Matthew Bolton thinks about the idea on page 18.

Alex says…

Apple is late to the home

assistant game, but a Siri

speaker could really help

it catch up to Amazon and Google

8 | maCFormaT

Rumour aPPlE CorE


ThE Poll

wE aSkEd… Could the

Samsung Galaxy S8 tempt

you away from the iPhone?





maC Pro-likE


The rumoured Siri

device is thought to

resemble a current Mac

Pro, which Apple is set to

redesign next year



SmarT SPEakEr

The device would

incorporate a speaker,

so you could ask it

to play tracks from

Apple Music.


aSk mE a QUESTioN

Siri integration

would mean that the

device could work with

your iCloud account,

enabling you to set up

appointments and put

things in your diary.


kNowlEdgE baSE

The advantage of

having Siri on hand in

your home is that you

can easily get the answer

to quick questions like,

“what’s the weather

like today?”.

Yes, definitely!




got to be


Log on and see next

issue’s big question!



Hot on the heels of the

tech giant’s latest moves…



aPPlE Car

The rumour that Apple

will enter the car business

received another boost this

month with news that Apple

was surveying Connecticut for

its maligned Apple Maps app.


I’m thinking

about it





The iPhone 8 will feature

an ‘enhanced receiver’ with

improvements to stereo

sound and waterproofing

according to JPMorgan.


iPhoNE 8

Rumours are that the next

iPhone is still on track for

a September release, with

‘iPhone 8’ being the most

popular name prediction.

july 2017 | maCFormaT | 9





IIGS computerS

WIth Woz’S


The IIGS was the most

powerful computer in

the Apple II series. To

make it even better, the

first 50,000 came

bearing Steve Wozniak’s

signature silkscreened

onto the front. They

were known as the ‘Woz

Limited Edition’ version.


apple dropS

mac Internal


By 2005, Apple had

decided dial-up modems

were passé, and ceased

building them into Macs.

The USB Apple Modem

debuted for people who

still wanted dial-up.



lc 520’S 1993

launch prIce

Apple’s Industrial

Design Group so

detested the design of

the Macinstosh LC 520

that they began working

on a redesign almost as

soon as it went on sale.

It launched at $2,000

(roughly £2,600 today),

but was discontinued a

mere eight months later.

Apple worth

$800 billion

Still the most valuable

company in history


he upward trajectory of Apple’s

already sky-high valuation

continues apace. In early May

it became the first company in history to

be worth $800 billion.

It’s even more amazing considering

Apple only broke the $700 billion barrier

just over two years ago.

The company’s shares have increased

by 33% in 2017 and almost 50% since

November 2017. If they continue this level

of growth, Apple could hit the $1 trillion

mark by the end of the year.

The staggering valuation will be music to

Tim Cook’s ears, especially as it comes shortly

after news that iPhone sales had taken a

surprising dip in the year’s second quarter.

Apple shipped 50.8 million iPhones in the

quarter ending 1 April, down from 51.2

million in the previous quarter.

Apple working on improving

Siri performance

No more noise interference with Apple’s virtual assistant


pple’s AirPods were impressive

when we reviewed them, but Siri

was an issue. Using the virtual

assistant with the AirPods proved difficult

in noisy locations, as it often struggled to

understand us. However, it appears that Apple

is working on improving Siri’s performance in

loud environments.

But it won’t do so through voice

commands – a recently published patent

shows the Cupertino giant has been designing

ways for you to interact with Siri through

text commands.

Apple grows more valuable

despite an iPhone sales slip.

But with the iPhone’s tenth anniversary

due this September, Apple will be confident

that sales will return to their usual growth –

especially if the company launches a special

anniversary edition of the phone, as expected.

The system would work much like

iMessage. Users could send Siri a message,

which would then carry out the command and

respond via text.

Not only would this be a boon for noise

interference, but it would also help in situations

where talking to Siri may seem inappropriate.

No more strange looks from passersby as you

talk to your AirPods, we hope!

Of course, as this is a patent there is no way

of knowing when (or if) it will make it into an

Apple product, but it’s something to look out for

if you use Siri a lot.

10 | MACFORMAT | July 2017 @macformat

Apps & games APPLE CORE




Our top picks

of what’s worth

watching and

playing this month

[ Mac aPP]

Flux 7 $118.80 (about £92)

Web editing wizardry on your Mac

There are two ways to design

web pages – visually or with code.

Flux, now updated to version 7,

caters for both.

Its WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get)

editor lets you drag and drop page elements to

create your designs, while you can dive in with

code if that’s more your style.

Version 7 introduces a coding assistant

called Code Context, which offers contextual

help on tags, properties and more while you

edit your pages to perfection.

Alongside that you get support for the

new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, an emphasis

on mobile-first design, Google Font previews,

CSS clipping paths and more.

The app also supports responsive design

with Bootstrap and Skeleton, as well as HTML5

and CSS. You can also add templates from

ThemeForest and work on them in Flux.


T2 TRAinsPOTTing


The follow-up to cult hit

Trainspotting sees the

original cast return to

Scotland. If you loved the

original, this is a worthy

follow-up film.

[ iOs aPP] [ iOs GaME]

[ i tunEs stOrE]



If you like to sing,

you’ll love Vanido.

It’s a free app that

gauges your singing and gives

you training to help improve.

With daily exercises and realtime

visual feedback, plus

recordings you can listen back

to, it’ll help you improve your

vocals like never before.

Why you need it: Learn faster

with the app’s visual feedback.

What’s it best for: Getting

your vocals in tip-top shape.



This graphically

beautiful game got

great praise on Mac,

and now makes its debut on

iOS. Two doctors explore a

dying man’s memories so that

they can fulfill his last wish – in

his head, at least. Gorgeous

visuals and music meet great

game storytelling.

Why you need it: To play

a visual treat on iOS.

What’s it best for: Peacefully

whiling away the hours.


FOxEs £9.99

Fleet Foxes’ first

album in six years

picks up right where

2011’s Helplessness Blues left

off – its first track begins on

the note the 2011 effort ended

on. The band donated signed

copies of the album to the 20

‘most frequent’ commenters

on their Instagram page, too.

Why you need it: A worthy

next work from the band.

What’s it best for: Harmonies

that made the band famous.

[ POdcast]

ThE TALk shOw


John Gruber’s podcast

covers all things Apple.

Tune in for interviews

with industry bigwigs,

from app developers

to Apple chiefs.

[ tV shOw]



The gods of the old

world take on those of

the new. Based on the

book by Neil Gaiman, it’s

visually stunning, grand

and hugely ambitious. @macformat July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 11

APPLE CORE Facts & figures

Apple Stores

in nUMBERs

In 2001, Apple took to the high street to

sell us its wares – and its wisdom…



In 2007 Apple began offering

classes at its Apple Stores. For $99

a year you could get unlimited access

to training on how to get more from

your Apple products.


The Apple’s flagship store

on New York’s Fifth Avenue is

a huge, beautiful glass cube.

It’s open 24 hours a day, seven

days a week, 365 days a year.





To say the opening of

the first Tokyo store in

2003 was popular is an

understatement – 1,982

people queued outside

on opening day.



Of Apple’s 22,000 employees

based in Europe, 14,000 work in

Apple Stores. That’s almost 64%.

Next issue

We get into the groove and try not

to put a spin on the figures behind

Apple’s own radio station: Beats 1.


The world’s first two Apple Stores (in

Virginia and California) sold $599,000

of goods in their opening weekend.



The year-on-year

retention rate of Apple

Store employees who

work on the Genius Bar

is around 90%.

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APPLE CORE News feature

For our latest

subscription offer

see page 28!


App Store wars

Not everybody is happy with Apple’s Mac App Store.

we investigate why…


aunched in 2011, the Mac

L App Store quickly became

an integral part of the Macowning

experience, providing

easy access to thousands of apps and

merging seamlessly into macOS itself.

Almost all the most important apps are found

on the Mac App Store, but there have always

been some notable exceptions – Adobe in

particular has apps that are famously absent.

Regardless, if you’re looking for an app, the

Mac App Store is the place you start your

search, mainly because it’s so convenient:

you’ve probably agreed to Apple’s Ts&Cs and

given them your credit card details, so there

are no risks regarding the security of your

payment information. You can also trust that

the App Store team has reviewed the software

you’re installing, so there will be no nasty

virus or adware hiding within the app itself.

Many of these factors can make it much easier

for you to make a purchase from a company

that you haven’t heard of before. Essentially,

the App Store experience offers you many

of the same benefits as purchasing boxed

software from a retail store.

However, all is not well within Apple’s

one-stop shop. A gaggle of third-party

developers have recently upped sticks in

favour of their own app store. All this has us

wondering if we’re about to see some major

changes to the Mac App Store.

“At the very beginning of the Mac App


Apple has a

rather opaque

review process

Setapp has quickly proved its

credentials with a variety of

top-quality applications.

Store, Apple promised to set a high bar for

applications in quality and design,” explains

Oleksandr Kosovan of Setapp, expressing

some of his frustrations. “But what we see

today is that they actually made barriers for

most major applications and set no limitations

to the poorest quality apps. The Store is now

flooded with low-quality apps and copycats.

I think this is the area where Apple could

improve things a lot.”

Another problem for developers is getting

through Apple’s opaque review process; the

developers behind Flume recently found that

their app had been rejected due to a random

reassessment that claimed it broke the rules

because it uploaded to Instagram. This was

despite being previously accepted, along with

other apps that did the same thing. After

repeated requests for clarity on the exact rules

being broken, Apple failed to reply. It was

treatment like this that led them to abandon

the Mac App Store altogether and choose

Setapp ( instead. Unlike the Mac

App Store, Setapp is a subscription service.

Once you’ve signed up you can download

any of the apps on the Setapp service, which

cover most categories.

“With Setapp, you don’t buy a cat in the

bag. You can have a free month trial and can

use any of the applications on Setapp without

any limitations. It is a great way to discover

new apps. All the apps are the highest quality,

fully functional and include the latest version.

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News feature APPLE CORE

A montly subscription to

Setapp allows you to trial

and download applications.

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You don’t have to worry that you bought

the wrong application due to lack of trial or

misleading communication from some tricky

developers,” says Oleksandr.

Feeling optimistic

Developers have found ways to work around

Apple’s restrictions. For example, the App

Store doesn’t allow trial versions of apps to be

downloaded, but apps like OmniFocus and

OmniGraffle do appear on the Store as trials.

We asked Ken Case, CEO of Omnigroup,

how it gets around the restriction: “The App

Store doesn’t allow ‘trial apps’, but it does

allow free trials of in-app purchases – and

there have actually been examples of

entertainment apps with free trials of their

in-app purchases in the App Store for years,

from Netflix to Pandora to Candy Crush.

Some of those apps are actually completely

useless without a subscription, but Apple

has a specific exclusion in their rules for

apps which offer subscriptions.

“We could have chosen to offer our apps

with a subscription as well (as some other

productivity apps have recently done),”

continues Ken. “But we prefer the traditional

sales model for productivity tools where you

make a one-time investment and then choose

to upgrade that investment when you think

the new functionality being offered is worth

additional money, rather than the rental

model where you have to pay every month



have recently

developed their

own app store

Setapp offers a fresh approach

to app stores by running a

subscription-based service.

to continue to access your own documents

in the software you’ve been using.”

The key to making OmniGroup’s apps

pass App Store review was to make sure each

app had truly useful functionality even when

people didn’t make additional purchases.

“In this case, the free functionality we offer

is the ability for our apps to view their own

documents without requiring a purchase,

much like a PDF reader,” explains Ken.

There are plenty of things Ken would

love to see improved on the Mac App Store,

of course: for example, “right now there isn’t

any way for a developer to indicate that in-app

purchases should be eligible for Family

Sharing or the Volume Purchase Programs

(for business and educational institutions).

But I’m optimistic that those changes (and

more) will come with time!”

While some developers are clearly

unhappy with Apple’s Mac App Store

it seems that most are happy for now.

“I know that behind the scenes they’re

constantly working to improve the App

Store,” says Ken, “and we’ve seen them roll

out a number of improvements over the past

year – the most recent big change being the

ability for app developers to respond to

feedback left by customers in reviews.”

At MacFormat, we’d say that better

navigation and search facilities are are

at the top of our wishlist for a better Mac

App Store. Let’s hope Apple is listening! @macformat

JuLy 2017 | MACFORMAT | 15

CONTACTS Get in touch

Contact us

Have your say on all things Apple!

Email your queries

and your questions to

leTTer OF The MONTh!

MacBook pro rip-off

I wasn’t overjoyed at having to shell out

£79 for a second power adaptor for my

new MacBook Pro, but that’s my own

choice (though a MagSafe adaptor would

have been a nice thought from Apple).

However, I was infuriated to find that

£79 for the adaptor doesn’t include

a cable to connect it to my MacBook,

unlike every previous version, and that I have to pay another £19

for this. I’ve been using Apple equipment for nearly 30 years and

have never minded paying a premium price for a quality product,

but for the first time ever I just feel I’ve been cynically ripped off.

by Paul Rex

grAhAM SAyS… Firstly, for people without a MacBook Pro, let’s look

at the changes to its power supply situation. Firstly, the new MacBook

Pro has four USB C ports, and you can plug the power supply into any of

them, so you’re free to choose the side of the Mac that you’re plugging

into. The old MagSafe connector limited you to the side the MagSafe

port was on. Secondly, as Paul notes, the USB C cable is separate from

the power supply itself. This does have advantages… If, for example, the

cable starts to fray, you can now replace it without having to replace the

whole power supply. However, we’d agree that paying £79 for a second

power supply only to be stung for another



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£19 for the cable is a bit much. It’s even

worse if you need an extension plug for the

power supply – which is an additional £19!

You might like to consider how you’re

using the power supply. If you have one

power supply at home, and an additional

one at work, and don’t need to cart a heavy

cable around with you, the USB-C cable is

light enough to carry with your MacBook

Pro. Another advantage is that USB-C is

also used as a charging standard for other

devices, which you can then use your

Apple power supply for. For example,

the Nintendo Switch uses USB-C.

We do have sympathy though. Apple’s

fetish for Macs that have as few ports as

possible is offloading a lot of the cost of

ownership of a Mac into a kind of ‘cable

tax’ that needs to be considered as part

of the overall cost of buying a Mac.

Old MAC upgrAde

My 20in iMac was purchased in April 2008, a

mid 2007 model, with 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo

processor and 2GB memory, and is currently

running 10.9 Mavericks. In the past, I normally

installed every other major upgrade to the

OS, but for some reason I failed to install El

Capitan. Probably as over the last few years

I have made much more use of my iPad.

I have been attempting to reprint

photographs taken 40/50 years ago, the

colours on the originals have faded and they

are so much smaller. I am disappointed with

the performance of iPhoto, the print colours

are far worse than the screen image. I would

like to try Photos for Mac but need El Capitan.

On Amazon, I found a retailer of an

upgrade supplied via a USB drive but it will

not install. I have read that my iMac will only

accept DVD upgrades. Are these available?

Thanking you for any help you can provide.

by DaviD PieDot

Poor colour reproduction in photographs is more likely down

to your printing options than the software you’re running.

16 | MACFOrMAT | july 2017 @macformat

Get in touch CONTACTS

Apple hOMe

Is it me? Have I missed something? Normally, I would

be crawling on the back of all this new security tech,

but there seems to be a fundamental problem with

the new home security market.

Can I just state for the record I am no burglar, but if you

have cable internet coming into your home (and in many

cases satellite) the cable entry to the house comes up from

the ground, or a wire down from the dish. Once this line is

severed there is surely no Wi-Fi in the house and no

broadband connection to send any pictures or information

from cameras, sensors or any other information from smart

security kit? Therefore, surely all a burglar has to do is to

wear a baseball cap and glasses (in case the surveillance

extends to outside the property) and cut the broadband

connection thereby rendering any wireless sensors, etc,

useless or at least unable to contact you or upload pictures.

Does any central control unit ‘realise’ there is no internet

connection or Wi-Fi and trigger an alarm at least?

If not, then why should we invest in anything other

than a simple burglar alarm?

by neil gabRiel

Every level of protection you put

in to safeguard your home acts

as a deterrent to burglars.

Alex SAyS… Disabling the Wi-Fi network in a home will

remove a lot of the security features of these units, but

not all. Depending on the model you’ve purchased, a lot

of security cameras will keep recording without needing

a Wi-Fi network, keeping a local copy. Also, remember

that a lot of surveillance tech works because burglars are

unaware that it’s actually on and functioning, recording

their every move. At the end of the day, every measure

you put in place to safeguard something can be

counteracted, but the more levels of protection you

add in the more you secure something, since every

element acts as a deterrent.

jO SAyS… David, first of all, the

problem in your print colours not

matching what you see on screen is

probably not due to iPhoto, but more

to do with the method of printing.

How are you printing them? Are you

sending them to a photo shop, or are

you printing them out yourself on a

home printer? There are professional

solutions for colour calibrating your

monitor, but this would probably

be overkill for you. Instead, we’d

recommend changing the method

of printing and seeing if the results

differ dramatically.

Secondly, let’s address updating

your Mac. El Capitan didn’t come on

DVD, so that’s not the issue. If you’re

running Mavericks, there’s no reason

why you can’t simply download the

update via the Mac App Store. This

will upgrade you to the latest macOS

Sierra, but again, we can think of no

reason not to do this instead of going

for El Capitan.

pOrTrAiT MOde

Portrait mode on my iPhone is pretty

neat. One day, I’ll probably never need

to use my proper cameras because

the mobile phone will be good enough

in a lot of cases. Who was it that said:

Great shot! Seymour’s photo of his son Dylan,

using the iPhone 7’s Portrait Mode.

the best camera you have is the

one in your hand right now.

by SeymouR yang

pAul SAyS… That’s a great shot

of your son, Seymour. Portrait Mode

is a great addition to the iPhone 7.

Interestingly, Apple recently

released a series of videos showing

how to get the most out of the iPhone

7’s camera here:

photography-how-to. There are 17

videos in total, and they can also

be found on YouTube.

What do

you think?

ever BeeN

lOCked OuT

OF iClOud?

if you’ve found yourself locked

out of your iCloud account and

struggled to find the solutions you

need to answer security questions

and/or verify you are who you say

you are, then we can help! Turn

to our in-depth feature on ‘how

to Manage your Apple id’ for

all the help you need!

Find the feature on p74! @macformat july 2017 | MACFOrMAT | 17



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A HOme AssistAnt tHAt

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rom the arrival of Siri, it was only a matter of

time before smart voice assistants escaped our

phones and took up residency in our houses

through devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home.

The effectiveness of AI assistants in our lives is decidedly

hit-and-miss – after almost six years, I still use Siri mostly for

setting timers over my Apple Watch when cooking, which

actually justifies the wearable’s price on its own for me, to be

honest – but with my growing suite of smart home products, I

must admit to being very, very tempted by the voice control that

Alexa and Google Assistant offer.

That anyone in my house can just

order all the lights off at once when

they head to bed, or request the

temperature boosted when the

British spring fails us, or ask what

my weather station detects is the

real wind speed out there (rather

than just a forecast), is achingly

appealing to a tech-head like me.

But I wish I didn’t have to

sacrifice the entirety of what happens in my home to the gods of

capitalism to have that convenience. The only real players in

this game are Amazon and Google, two companies that are to

private data what Winnie the Pooh is to honey.

That’s why I would only really trust this kind

of device when it’s from Apple… if only it

actually made one.

These voice assistants listen to everything

that goes on in your house. They have to: to be

able to respond to voice commands that come

suddenly, they have to already be listening. I

don’t mind Apple’s device listening, because

I feel totally confident the company does not

give two figs what goes on in my house, but

I don’t feel the same about the likes of Amazon

and Google. I know that their business models

depend hugely on having my data, so even if

they say the audio capture will be handled

sensitively, do I really feel 100% confident about

that? And now Amazon wants to launch a

camera (the Echo Look) that sits in your

Amazon and

Google are to

private data what

Winnie the Pooh

is to honey…

Siri has grown as a personal assistant,

but it’s still relatively limited – handy on

your phone, not so much in your home…

Amazon and Google are currently streaks ahead when

it comes to truly useful AI assistants, but they’re also

ahead of the game on data capture, too…

bedroom and tells you whether you’re dressed

well enough, presumably to point out how

this nice £20 hat from Amazon would really

complete your outfit, and could be with you in

10 minutes via Amazon Prime Now… And

let’s not forget that Google Home has literally

read out paid adverts to people in their home

in response to questions they want a useful

answer to, like it’s an appliance in a Philip K

Dick novel, already abusing its place at the

heart of our homes.

The rumours are that Apple is looking

to launch this kind of device at WWDC,

and I am so very ready. Hopefully with new

Siri programming interfaces, so that it’s

not limited to just doing what Siri can –

because Amazon’s Alexa assistant can do

so much more. That’s the thing: while I don’t

trust Amazon, Alexa is really, really good,

and works with a colossal range of products.

I need Apple to save me from my own

tech impatience.


Matt is the editor of Future’s flagship

technology magazine T3 and has been

charting changes at Apple since his

student days. He’s sceptical of tech

industry hyperbole, but still gets warm

and fuzzy on hearing “one more thing”.

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Turn to page 28

Graham says…

I’ve got a feeling the next upgrade won’t be

that dramatic. The latest iPad didn’t really

rock the boat, but then Apple already had

a great product. And iOS is impressive too.

I’m worried about the upgrade… Apple is

stopping support for 32-bit apps, isn’t it?

There’s no need to panic about that. In fact,

p47 of this issue explains how to check out

your apps in advance! It’s the new stuff

and improvements I’m interested in…

Sometimes even minor tweaks can make a

big difference. I’ve heard you might be able

to ‘lock’ individual apps. With kids

wanting to play on my iPhone or my iPad all

the time, that would be really useful.

And talk of multiple user accounts, which

we’ve been after for a while.

Group chats in FaceTime could be a fun

tweak! Mind you, I’ve also seen leaked

images of a Watch style interface, and I’m

not sure I want that kind of look or operating

style on my phone…

LisA JACksOn

“We’re a little

nervous, but we

also think it’s

really important.”

Apple will make recycled

iPhones in the future, says

Apple environment chief


I want to see Mail get a bit more clever, and a

customisable Control Center. Give me updates

here, and I’ll be happy. For a while…

“What came first, the chicken or the egg?”

‘I can’t say. But if you’re that hungry,

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home health

Find out more about

your wellbeing with

smart fitness products

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health &


Industry standard info

and the Health app’s

useful Medical ID


Five oF

the beSt

Keep track of your

condition with these

top health checkers

Millions of people use an iPhone

or Apple Watch when they exercise,

but smart tech can monitor other

aspects of your health too

he iphone has been at the heart

T of apple’s plans for health

technology for years, and those

plans took another big step

forward with the apple Watch Series 2 last

year, which can now be used to monitor your

performance in an even wider range of

sports and activities. And, of course, there

are dozens of rival smartwatches and fitness

The smart home is

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bands that provide their own iOS apps too.

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apple home Home health




From calories to cardio, Apple technology allows

you to monitor all aspects of your health and fitness

What is HealthKit?

Apple’s Health app can

store info about your

exercise patterns, and

so on. However, the

app is part of a wider

software framework

that Apple calls

HealthKit. This allows

a variety of health

apps to share data – so

your Nike running app

and Withings scales

can talk to each other

and combine their

data into a personal

health profile.

What about


Using HealthKit and

the Health app to

share data between

apps does raise

privacy issues, but

Apple has strict

guidelines for

developers. These

include giving users

the ability to control

which third-party

apps have access to

your data, by using

the Privacy settings

on your iPhone.

he complex array of sensors

T that apple has crammed into

the iphone and the apple

Watch can compile an amazing

amount of data about your exercise habits

(or lack thereof). They can track how far you

run, walk, or swim, and calculate the number

of calories you burn while you’re at it. The

Apple Watch can even monitor your heart

rate in case you overdo things a bit.

For most people, that level of information

is all they need to keep on top of their health

and fitness regime. However, there are plenty

of other smart devices that can connect to

your iPhone and help you to monitor your

health, and that of your family.

Of course, you don’t need an iPhone or

iPad to weigh yourself or check your blood

pressure, but the advantage of using a

‘smart’ set of bathroom scales or blood

pressure monitor is that they can use an

iPhone app to monitor your health data over

a period of time. That can give you a helpful

indication of the progress that you’re making

and – even more importantly – the app may

be able to spot vital early warning signs if

there’s an unexpected change in your data.

On the scales

Withings has long been one of the top names in

digital health devices – so much so that it was

recently taken over by Nokia, which plans to

put the company’s health products at the

heart, so to speak, of its strategy for the

Internet Of Things (IoT). Withings makes a wide

range of health products, including smart

bathroom scales, sensors for heart rate, blood

pressure and oxygen levels – and it’s even

announced a smart hairbrush that claims to

‘optimise sebum distribution and avoid tangles’.

However, the company’s most well known

product is probably its range of Body scales. As

well as simply allowing you to weigh yourself,

the standard Body scales (£90) can also

monitor your Body Mass Index (BMI); fat,

muscle and bone mass, and can store up to

the advantage of using

smart devices is that they

can monitor health data

over a period of time

eight separate profiles for different members of

your family. There’s also a Body Cardio model

(£150) that can check your pulse and heart-rate

too. Withings’ success here has spawned a

number of imitators, with the most affordable

being the Koogeek S1 at around £60. Garmin

and Fitbit also make smart scales, so the Fitbit

Aria (£100) or Garmin Index (£150) will be a

good choice if you’re already using fitness

trackers or watches from those companies.

There are three key sets of data that can

be used to detect and monitor a wide range of

health problems: heart rate, blood pressure,

and blood oxygen levels. The Apple Watch can

monitor your heart rate, as can many other

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Body mass index (BMI) is your weight in

kilograms, divided by the square of your height

in metres. A BMI above 25 is considered

overweight, while above 30 is medically

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apple home Home health

Is it safe?

Bathroom scales are

fairly straightforward,

but when it comes

to measuring blood

pressure, oxygen levels

and other medical

data you need to be

sure that the devices

you’re using meet

professional medical

standards. Europe

uses the CE Mark to

indicate that a product

meets standards, while

products developed

in the US should be

approved by the

US Food And Drug

Administration (FDA).

What is Medical ID?

The iOS Health app

includes a feature called

Medical ID, which can

display important

health information on

the locked screen of

your iPhone if you’re

suddenly taken ill. This

could tell people if

they’re diabetic,

indicate medicines that

they may need, or

provide an emergency

contact number.

One of the key indicators of health problems is blood

pressure. so it’s a good idea to monitor it.

smartwatches and fitness bands, but the

cheapest alternative we’ve seen for

checking your heart rate is the Wahoo

Tickr (£40), which includes a stretchy

strap that allows you to attach it to your

wrist or wear it around your chest while

you’re exercising.

It’s been reported that the heart rate

sensor inside the Apple Watch is capable

of measuring blood oxygen levels too,

so that feature might be something that

Apple is preparing for the next version of

the Watch. In the meantime, though, you

can buy a basic blood oxygen sensor, such

as the Withings Pulse Ox for around £80.

There’s also the more sophisticated

Masimo MightySat, which costs a hefty

£280, but is a professional-quality sensor

that clips onto your finger – just like the

ones they use in hospitals – and can also

monitor oxygen saturation and other

important details.

Withings Body scales don’t just offer feedback on your

weight – they can provide you with your BMI, too.

The QardioCore is

particularly suitable for

people with a history of high

cholesterol or diabetes.

Under pressure

When it comes to blood pressure monitors,

there’s actually quite a wide choice available.

Philips’ healthcare division makes a number

of blood pressure monitors, including a

compact Wrist Monitor (£70) that is small

enough to slip into a bag and carry around

with you. And, of course, Withings is there

too, with the more traditional armband

design of its Blood Pressure Monitor (£90).

A less well known name is Qardio, which

was only founded in 2014, but has made quite

an impact with its emphasis on heart care

products, including its QardioArm bloodpressure

monitor (£99). The QardioArm can

also detect irregularities in your heartbeat,

and can send notifications to the Apple Watch

of a friend or family member. And, for more

specialised needs, Qardio is also planning

to release a device called the QardioCore

(£450), which will allow you to perform a

detailed electrocardiogram (ECG) at home

in order to monitor the health of your heart.

There are, of course, plenty more

specialised health devices available too, such

as glucometers that can monitor blood sugar

levels and display them as a graph on your

iPhone, but the products we’ve looked at

here can monitor the key data that most

people need to keep an eye on their health.

And, with Apple pushing forward with its

CareKit and ResearchKit software for the

iPhone and Apple Watch, you will soon be

able to rely on your Apple devices to provide

advice and information that is tailored to suit

your own personal healthcare needs.

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The increase in cases of

Type 2 diabetes since

1991, according to the

University Of Cardiff.


The percentage of adults

who were overweight or

obese in in 2015.

(Public Health England)


The UK ranks 9th worst

out of 34 countries in an

international measure of

obesity. (Public Health


Working out with a

smartwatch is a great

way to get reports on

your progress.


The number of steps per

day (approx 300 calories)

recommended to reduce

the risk of heart disease

and diabetes.

Five oF the beSt

Stay fit and healthy with these smart devices

Withings Body

Cardio £150

Not the cheapest set of

smart scales, but the Body

Cardio goes way beyond

simply checking weight. It

can monitor body fat,

muscle and bone mass,

and check heart rate and

pulse. It can also connect

to your Wi-Fi network and

email progress updates.

Wahoo Tickr £40

A low-cost heart rate

monitor and calorie

counter. It’s small enough

to wear on your wrist, or

you can place against

your chest using the

stretchy strap. There’s

a TickrX model for £65,

that’s designed for indoor

workouts on treadmills

or cycling machines.

Philips Wrist

Blood Pressure

Monitor £70

Most blood pressure

devices opt for the

armband design, but this

Philips unit is small and

easy to carry. The device

monitors heart rate too,

so it’s an affordable

alternative to expensive

fitness trackers.

Fitbit Aria £100

Fitbit is known for its

popular range of fitness

trackers, and its Aria

scales use the Fitbit app

so you can share your

health data within a

single app. The app also

includes a food log and

database so that you

can keep an eye on

the calories.

Apple Watch

Series 2

From £369

The original Apple Watch

didn’t work too well on its

own, but the Series 2

model adds GPS, and is

water-resistant so you

can use it for swimming.

Like previous models, the

Series 2 includes a heart

rate monitor. @macformat

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No matter how you use

your Mac, we’re here to help

you furnish it with the best

gadgets and devices available

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Whether you’ve

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If you’re a frugal student, we’ve

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From desktop users to laptop evangelists, there

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Pro 900

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display, uSB interface, green mode

Power cuts can do more than just

shut down your Mac – they can

cause you to lose your work. A UPS (or

uninterruptible power supply) can protect

you by powering your Mac for a short while

in the event of a power cut, letting you save

any work before you shut down. This UPS

has a USB interface, so you can configure

your Mac to shut down properly after UPS

power kicks in – great if you’re away from

your Mac when the power drops.

Belkin Surge

Protection Strip

£20 FROM Belkin,

FEATURES Six surge-protected three-pin

ports, recessed power button, 650-joule

surge resistance, £30,000 warranty

Uninterruptable power supplies can

save your bacon, but they’re costly.

If £200 is a stretch too far for you, you can

still get great protection with a six-port

Belkin Surge Protection Strip.

It’s not just a simple extension lead. It’s

able to handle a surge of up to 650 joules,

plenty to resist voltage fluctuations and

low-level power spikes. It even comes with

a £30,000 warranty for your equipment

should anything go wrong.

Seagate Backup

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£80 FROM Seagate,

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Losing your important data is an easy

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always do it – until it’s too late.

Well, here’s a quick way to get peace

of mind. The Seagate Backup Plus Slim is a

light, portable external hard drive that you

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sound. At 2TB it has plenty of storage, and

is small and light enough to carry around

in a backpack wherever you go.

KEF Egg desktop


£326 FROM KEF,

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input, optical input, Bluetooth

Getting a good set of speakers for

your Mac can really make a huge

difference to your listening experience.

The KEF Eggs won this issue’s group test,

and we were seriously impressed by them.

Their sound is rich and warm and works

with everything from acoustic ballads to

heavy rock. Add to that a good range of

connectivity options, a design that is both

practical and eye-catching, and a decent

price tag and you’re on to a winner.

Satechi Premium

USB 3.0 hub

£47 FROM Satechi,

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available with black or white trim

Apple loves creating slim Macs bereft

of ports, so if you need a USB boost

this device should do the trick. It comes

with seven USB 3.0 ports, giving you plenty

of expansion options for all your drives and

peripherals. Not only that, but its sleek

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For students

Improve your study time without breaking the bank?

Sounds like you’ll need our top picks on student gadgets

Being a tech-savvy student is all

about getting the best value for

money possible. Not every student

can afford a £4,000 MacBook Pro

with Touch Bar and 2TB of flash

storage, after all.

That’s why we’ve opted to focus

on the MacBook Air here. It’s perfect

for university life – light, portable and

very capable for writing essays and

doing research. It’s Apple’s cheapest

laptop, too – with prices starting at

under £1,000 – so won’t cause too

much heartache when you check

your bank balance.

Study aids

All of the accessories on the next

page are aimed at increasing your

productivity at an affordable cost.

You’ll find storage expansions and

speedy flash drives, alongside stands

and keyboards to make the days

spent churning out your dissertation

a more comfortable affair. There are

also devices to help alleviate one of

the more annoying aspects of uni life

– shoddy house Wi-Fi – as well as one

to keep your MacBook safe when you

want to work in the library or local

coffee shop.

Owning a MacBook, and arming

yourself with a few truly useful

accessories, can be affordable;

just follow our guide and you’ll

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Transcend JetDrive

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The trouble with getting

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option of a 512GB flash drive, but

it’s a rather expensive way to go.

If you’ve got invested in a

MacBook Air only to find that

you’ve run out of space but don’t

want an external drive cluttering

up your desk – and are turned off

by the idea of paying a monthly

cloud subscription fee – what

can you do?

Well, a JetDrive Lite from

Transcend is a great choice. It’s

a tiny device that fits snugly into

the MacBook Air’s SD card slot,

instantly boosting your available

storage. Once the expansion

card is in, you won’t even notice

it against your

laptop’s chassis. It comes

in 64GB and 128GB sizes, but

we particularly recommend the

256GB version as it can provide

an impressive storage boost

without adding a big footprint

to your desk space. It’s small,

simple and cost-effective.

TP-Link AC1750

Wi-Fi range extender


450Mbps on 2.4GHz channel

and 1300Mbps on 5GHz

channel, adjustable antennas

Sharing a house with

other students can give

your network a pounding. If

your internet has slowed to a

crawl, give it a boost with

a Wi-Fi range extender. The

AC1750 from TP-Link offers

super speedy performance,

packs in a great range and is

a breeze to set up. All that,

plus a very reasonable price?

It’s a no-brainer.

Twelve South HiRise

for MacBook

Anker Ultra Compact

Wireless Keyboard

Maclocks MacBook

Air Lock

Lexar Professional

JumpDrive P20 32GB

£50 FROM Twelve South, FEATURES

Height-adjustable stand,

rubber gribs. Works with

all Apple MacBooks

£17 FROM Anker,

FEATURES Power-saving

mode, six-month battery life,

28.7x12.7x1.3cm dimensions,

321g weight

£55 FROM Maclocks, FEATURES

Wedge locking bracket, cable

lock, two keys for MacBook Air

security lock

£18 FROM lexar,

FEATURES up to 400MB/s

read speeds, up to 150MB/s

write speeds, 256-bit AES

encryption (with lexar app)

All of those late night

essay-writing sessions

can take their toll. Spending

hour after hour hunched over

your MacBook can lead to bad

back pain, so give your body a

break with the HiRise. It raises

your MacBook up to a more

comfortable height, so you

can type the night away in

ergonomic bliss.

Getting a HiRise means

you’ll also need a

wireless keyboard for your

MacBook. Apple’s Magic

Keyboard is a costly £99,

so here’s an affordable

alternative from Anker. It’s

slim, has a rechargeable

battery and looks great. It

only comes in a US layout, but

costs a student-friendly £17.

The last thing you need

when working at uni is

for someone to steal your

MacBook. The MacBook Air

doesn’t have a Kensington

lock slot, but this is the next

best thing. It’s a slimline base

for your MacBook Air that has

a slot for a secure wedge lock,

so you can work in a public

place with full peace of mind.

Budget flash drives are

10 a penny these days,

but their speeds leave much

to be desired. Not so this one.

Up to 400MB/s read speeds

and 150MB/s write speeds

make it ideal for transferring

big files between Macs – great

for working on group projects.

For less than £20, it’s a budget

drive with premium speeds. @macformat July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 35

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leave the office behind with the 12-inch

MacBook and the best accessories

available for mobile workers

For many of us these days,

the ‘office’ is wherever we need

to be. Whether that’s stopping

off between travelling from

meeting to meeting or heading

out to meet clients, there are

a lot of times when having a

desktop Mac just isn’t practical.

With that in mind, we’ve

centred this part on the 12-inch

MacBook, Apple’s feather-light

laptop that’s ideal for working on

the go. Every accessory you’ll

find here will help ramp up your

productivity on the road, letting

you get work done whether

you’re home or away.

Road warrior

A laptop means you’ll need a few

essentials to keep you mobile. A

battery pack for your travels and

an international-friendly charger

for the hotel will be invaluable,

as will a rugged hard drive to

protect your work from drops

and bumps. Throw in a USB hub

and a MacBook-saving BreakSafe

cable, all wrapped up in a stylish

backpack, and you’ve got

yourself a complete travel pack

for the modern road warrior.

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Anker Power-

Core+ 20100

£40 FROM Anker,

FEATURES 2x uSB-A ports, uSB-C port,

20,100mAh internal battery, 60cm uSB-A

to uSB-C cable, 90cm uSB-C to uSB-C cable

When you take your work on the

road, it’s essential that your

MacBook battery can last the distance.

The 12-inch MacBook has good battery life,

but the excellent Anker PowerCore+ 20100

is perfect if you need more. Containing a

capacious 20,100mAh internal battery, it

can completely charge a MacBook and still

have juice to spare. It can charge three

devices simultaneously; while not slim, it’s

still easy enough to carry on your travels.

Satechi Type-C

USB 3.0 Hub

£31 FROM Satechi,

FEATURES 2x uSB 3.0 ports, uSB-C port,

SD card slot, Micro SD card slot. Silver,

Space Grey and Gold colours

The 12-inch MacBook is great for

working on the go, but it’s not great

for connectivity. That single USB-C port

means you can’t connect many of your old

devices. To restore that connectivity, try

this hub from Satechi. It’s got two USB 3.0

ports, an SD card slot and a Micro SD card

slot, giving you a good range of expansion

options. There’s also a USB-C port to

charge your MacBook. It even comes in

Gold, Space Grey and Silver colours.

Twelve South

PlugBug World

£40 FROM Twelve South, FEATURES Adaptors

for uK, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore,

Japan, North America, Oceania and more

Travelling for work can have one

major annoyance – having to pack

all manner of charging adaptors for

different devices and different mains

power points. The PlugBug World aims

to change all that. It’s a wall charger that

comes with five different mains adaptors,

so it’ll work in most of Europe, North

America, Asia and Australia. And, thanks

to the USB port, you can power up a Mac

and iOS device at the same time.

LaCie Rugged

Mini USB-C 1TB

£115 FROM laCie,

FEATURES Drop resistant (up to 4ft),

rain resistant, crush resistant (up to 1 ton),

uSB-C cable

Hard drives aren’t the most bumpresistant

of devices, and one big

knock can spell disaster. That’s even

more apparent when you travel a lot, so

getting good protection is key. The LaCie

Rugged USB-C drive gives you just that –

it’s rain, drop and crush resistant, so should

be able to withstand most threats that

come its way. If keeping your work safe

while out and about is important to you

(and it should be), get this drive.

Knomo James


£135 FROM Knomo,

FEATURES Detachable straps, padded

laptop and tablet sections, RFID-blocking

card pocket, detachable keychain

Carry around your MacBook in style

and safety with the Knomo James.

This excellent backpack is highly regarded,

and it’s easy to see why. It’s got tons of

space inside for all your books, gadgets

and more, plus enough room for any size

MacBook you opt for. It’ll be a great

partner for any work trip thanks to its

ample padding both inside and out. It even

incorporates blocking protection for

contactless cards. A great all-rounder.

Griffin BreakSafe


£30 FROM Griffin,

FEATURES 6ft charging cable, 60 watts

charging power; works with MacBook

(2015), MacBook Pro (2016)

Apple no longer ships its MacBooks

with MagSafe adaptors. If you rue

their demise, get one of these. It works

just like MagSafe – if excessive force is

put on the MacBook’s charging cable, the

magnetically-attached adaptor breaks free.

That stops your MacBook getting thrown

onto the floor (we don’t like to even think

about that). It’s only a small adaptor, but it

could be the difference between life and

death for your precious MacBook. @macformat

July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 37

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Whether you’re on set or in the studio,

these devices will give you the edge in

your photographic work

Working with photography

means you expect a lot from

your computer. You’ll need

something that’s powerful enough

to quickly edit your shots, but

that’s easy enough to carry

around to shoots and locations.

The new MacBook Pro fits the

bill. It’s got plenty of power, with

either an i5 or i7 processor to

power your photo edits speedily

and efficiently. The screen is

bright and beautiful too, and

there’s the Touch Bar option,

which lets you make quick edits

with the touch or slide of a finger.

All that squeezed into a light,

slimline chassis makes it an ideal

choice to carry out on location.

We’ve included a range

of devices here that will make

perfecting your images a breeze.

Picture perfect

It’s essential that your photos

look as good in print as they do

on screen, so we’ve picked out

a great display and quality

colorimeter. An editing tablet will

help you get creative quickly and

easily, plus we’ve included a

couple of expansion devices so

you never have to worry about not

being able to connect your cards

and cameras to your

USB-C MacBook.

Philips 328P6VJEB

£552 FROM Philips, FEATURES 3840x2160-pixel resolution,

31.5-inch screen size, 100% of sRGB, 93% of Adobe RGB, 97% of P3 gamut

Photo editing requires top notch

colour accuracy, and that’s

what you get with this brilliant

display. In our tests it hit 100%

coverage of the sRGB colour space,

93% of Adobe RGB and 97% of the

P3 colour gamut used in Apple’s new

UltraFine displays jointly made with

LG. That’s fantastic coverage, and

should see you sorted if ensuring

high colour accuracy is important

to your work.

At almost 32 inches, it’s a big

beast of a display, and that kind of

footprint paired with its 4K resolution

(3840x2160 pixels) gives you acres

of screen space to dive down into the

details of your photos. It’s perfect for

this kind of work, and the difference

over lower display resolutions really

is very noticeable.

And there’s more… Despite being

so large, it’s easy to adjust the tilt

and swivel to get the screen exactly

how you need it. It also has a range

of input options, including DVI, HDMI

2.0 and DisplayPort, with all the

necessary cables included in the box.

In fact, the 328P6VJEB

impressed us so much that we gave

it five stars and our Editor’s Choice

award in MF309, and it takes pride of

place in our Store Guide section. If

you’re looking for an amazing, highly

accurate display for your photo

editing, get this offering from Philips.

38 | MACFORMAT | July 2017 @macformat

Datacolor Spyder5

Elite colorimeter

Wacom Intuos Photo

editing tablet

SanDisk Extreme Pro

SD UHS-II Card Reader

Elgato Thunderbolt 3


£180 FROM Datacolor, FEATURES

Integrated room light sensor,

five ambient light settings,

unlimited calibration choices

While having a colouraccurate

display is

vital, it needs to be properly

calibrated. The Spyder5Elite

is tailor-made for this purpose.

It’s an industry standard piece

of kit that checks the colour

accuracy of your display and

helps correct any problems,

ensuring that your on-screen

images look the same in print.

£75 FROM Wacom, FEATURES Four

shortcut buttons, included

Intuos pen, 152x95cm active

area, 1,024 pressure levels

Wacom’s tablets are the

best in the biz, and can

be a boon for photo editing.

That’s because the improved

control the Intuos pen can give

you over a mouse for photo

editing can really speed up

your work. Wacom includes

Corel Aftershot Pro 2 with

every Intuos Photo, which is a

nice bonus for photographers.


SD card slot, uSB-C

connection, uHS-II transfer

speeds (up to 312 Mbps)

Miffed that the new 2016

MacBook Pro lacks an

SD card slot? Worry no more,

as this neat little adaptor fits

right into the new MacBook’s

USB-C slots. It’s the first SD

card reader to support both

USB-C and super fast UHS-II

transfer speeds (hitting up to

312 Mbps), so you can transfer

your photos in no time.


Thunderbolt 3 ports, support

for two external 4K displays,

supplies 85W of power

Regaining the SD card

slot may not be enough

for you. If it isn’t, look into

Elgato’s Thunderbolt 3 Dock.

This gives you three ports for

USB 3.0, two Thunderbolt 3

ports and much more. We’ve

been impressed with Elgato’s

previous Thunderbolt Docks in

MacFormat, so look out for our

review of this one soon. @macformat July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 39

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For video editing

Speed up your video editing work with our favourite

accessories for videographers pro and amateur

Whether you make videos for a living

or just enjoy creating home movies,

an iMac is ideally suited to the task.

That’s thanks to its combination of

powerful hardware and plentiful screen

space, allowing your workspace plenty

of room to breathe.

Anything that can help you find your

way around video editing navigation

menus in an efficient manner is an

instant boost to productivity, which is

why we’ve included some amazing input

devices – an ergonomic, video-friendly

mouse, the trackpad of choice, and a

truly job-specific keyboard. Each will

leave you wondering how you ever

worked without them.

Editing excellence

We’ve also included some top quality

audio equipment for your recordings,

from a microphone that combines

versatility and quality, to a superb set

of headphones, so you can ensure

your audio is nice and clear.

We’ve also included a dedicated

video console – a customisable, modular

tool designed to enhance your editing

productivity no end.

With all this clever equipment at your

side, you’ll work better than ever before,

and will create masterpieces you can be

particularly proud of.

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Logitech MX

Master mouse

£71 FROM logitech,

FEATURES Darkfield laser sensor

(400-1600dpi), 40-day battery life,

seven buttons including gesture button

Apple’s Magic Mouse 2 is great, but

the Logitech MX Master is better.

It’s a mouse built for power users and is

ideal for video editing thanks to its clever

horizontal thumbwheel, which lets you

quickly skip through a timeline to find the

section you need. It also comes with a

gesture button on the side, and a comfy

ergonomic design. It’s a mouse that’s loved

by video editors the world over – many

consider it the best mouse money can buy.

Apple Magic

Trackpad 2

£112 FROM Apple,

FEATURES Force Touch, Multi-Touch

gestures, rechargeable battery, Bluetooth,

lightning port, 231g weight

The MX Master isn’t for everyone; if

you prefer a trackpad, Apple’s own

offering is fantastic. Its comfortable

Multi-Touch surface is perfectly suited to

swiping through video timelines, where its

large surface area really comes into play.

Its pinch gestures are also very handy for

video editing, but have great utility in other

apps too. That’s not forgetting its Force

Touch feature, allowing you to activate

extra actions with a deeper press.



£95 FROM logickeyboard, FEATURES Colourcoded

keys with printed shortcuts designed

for various creative apps

Remembering the myriad shortcuts

in an app like Final Cut Pro can be

a bit of a nightmare. Thankfully, this nifty

keyboard can help. It features colour-coded

keys with app-specific shortcuts printed on

top, helping you remember shortcuts and

work more efficiently. Logickeyboard also

makes keyboards for apps like Adobe After

Effects, DaVinci Resolve and more, as well

as ‘skins’ with printed shortcuts that fit

over existing Apple keyboards.

Blue Microphones

Yeti USB

£110 FROM Blue Microphones, FEATURES Four directional

modes, mute button, uSB cable, volume

and gain controls

Long a favourite of

amateur and pro video

creators alike, the Yeti is

a mic that won’t let you

down. With four pattern

modes, you can set it up to

record music and podcasts,

conduct interviews or use

it for conference calls,

all with minimal fuss.

Its sound quality is

exceptional and simple

to tweak too, thanks

to its easy-to-access

dials and buttons. The

microphone can be

mounted on a stand

and it’s easy to adjust it

to the perfect angle, too.



£122 FROM Audio-Technica, FEATURES 45mm

driver, 15-28,000Hz frequency response,

detachable cables, carry pouch

When it comes to editing videos, a

set of high quality headphones can

be worth their weight in gold. After all,

ensuring your final video sounds exactly as

it should is paramount; these headphones

can help you achieve that. They sound truly

fantastic, with superb clarity in the highs

and deep, accurate bass notes throughout.

Their sound isolation is great too – helping

you concentrate on your work and nothing

else – and they’re highly portable to boot.

Palette modular

editing console

£200 FROM Grant & union Inc,, FEATURES Central

‘Core’ block, plus modular control blocks

featuring buttons, dials and sliders

Take a look at the Palette modular

system if a traditional mouse and

keyboard setup doesn’t cut it for you. It’s

nothing if not unusual, but could help make

video editing a breeze. It works by fitting

different blocks together, each with its own

programmable function. You can mix and

match dials, sliders and buttons to make

your own video editing console. If you have

a lot of oft-repeated tasks in your video

editing app, this could save a lot of time. @macformat

July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 41

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Get clever with your

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Understand iOS gestures

A tap is a brief contact of

(usually) one finger on your

device’s screen.

Swipe means move one or

more fingers across an item

or the screen, then let go.

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getting more from

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Pinch means move two

fingers together or apart,

usually to zoom in or out.

To drag is to move a finger

across the screen to scroll

or pan around content.

A flick is like swiping, but it’s

quicker, and is often used to

scroll content more quickly.

Touch and hold means lightly

rest your finger on an item

and wait for a reaction.

Master Mac keyboard shortcuts

When you see a shortcut like

ç+å+C, hold all but the

last key, then press that one.

ç is the Command key,

which is also labelled cmd.

å means the Option key,

labelled alt or opt.

≈ means the Control key,

labelled ctrl, and shown as ^

in shortcuts in the menu bar.

ß is the Shift key, which is

typically just labelled shift.

∫ means the Delete key,

which deletes to the left of the

insertion point. Press ƒ+∫

to delete to the right.

† is the Tab key, which shifts

the focus between some

controls in windows and web

forms. Turn on Full Keyboard

Access in System Preferences

to jump between all controls.

jUly 2017 | maCformat | 43

APPLE SKILLS Mac software

Create a Smart

Album in Photos

Become an organisational whizz-kid in

Photos with help from Smart Albums


Smart name

Give your Smart

Album a smart

name. If you use

this feature a lot,

you’ll have loads of

albums, so give them

descriptive names

you can tell apart.


10 minutes

you wILL LEArn

How to create a

Smart Album and apply

and modify filters to it

you’LL nEEd

Some photos and

the Photos app

Photos’ built-in organisational

chops are not to be sniffed at.

Face recognition, geotagging

and sifting of images into Selfies,

Panorama and Live Photos make finding what

you want incredibly easy. To organise things

further, you’ll often find yourself creating

Albums. This is fine for single events – last

year’s holiday, say, or a wedding lend

themselves well to individual albums. You’ll

find, though, that creating an individual album

for, say, a favourite couple of yours is pretty

onerous – let’s say you want pictures of your

mum and dad. You’d have to search for one

person, then sift through for the pics you want.

Smart Albums are the answer – you can

filter your entire photo library using a very

wide selection of filters that will instantly find

the photos you want – and keep the new album

automatically updated as you add new shots.

Here’s how to use it. dave Stevenson


Setting rules

This one’s important

if you have a Smart

Album with multiple

rules. By default,

Photos will find all

photos that match

any of your rules.

If you only want the

shots that match

them all, say so here.

How to Create a Smart Album

New album

1 To create a new Smart Album in Photos, go to File > New

Smart Album, or click the ‘+’ in the toolbar and choose Smart

Album. Alternatively, press å+ç+N to bring up the New

Smart Album dialog box.

More control

2 While the general options enable you to look for certain

criteria (people, types of camera, and so on), the ‘Is/Is not’

dropdown box really allows you to drill down for more finite

control of what you might be searching for.

44 | MACForMAt | JULY 2017 @macformat






Jargon buster

Keywords is the name

Photos uses for what

some other apps called

tags – individual words

that describe what your

images contain. Smart

Albums let you filter

by multiple keywords.


Default rule

The default Smart

Album screen allows

you to set a single

rule. If you want

more, hit the ‘+’ sign

to create another.


Refining rules

If it looks like your

Smart Album is

going to contain

hundreds of shots,

you could consider

refining your rules

a little more.

Genius tip!

One of the best,

simplest ways to use

Smart Albums is to

create a set of photos

taken by a single

camera – voila, all

your shots taken

with your ‘proper’

camera in one place.

3 Conditions

‘Photo’ is the default selection but, as you can see, the

number of conditions you can choose from is extensive. You

can even sort by factors such as Focal Length, Aperture,

ISO or Shutter Speed.

4 Names

In this case, we’re trying to build a list of images for a

wedding anniversary gift, so we’ll start by naming two people

we want to appear in every photo. Each line can only have one

variable in it, so click the ‘+’ sign to add the other person. @macformat JULY 2017 | MACForMAt | 45

APPLE SKILLS Mac software

How to Create a Smart Album

5 Flash-free

For this example, we’re actually only interested in images

that have been taken outdoors, so we’ve added a Flash category

to our criteria and selected Did Not Fire so that the album will

be limited to flash-free shots.

Auto update

6 Each time you add a condition, the number of images

in the album updates automatically. We’ll be importing more

images to Photos after the Smart Album is created so the

small running total is not a problem.

7 Equipment

Here, we’ll refine the search to exclude certain older phones

and compact cameras – useful if you’re aiming for a certain level

of quality. The dropdown box is automatically populated with all

the different camera models found in your Photos library.

Later edits

8 Hit OK and your album is created and automatically filled

with images. To make changes later, ≈-click the album name

and choose Edit Smart Album – this is handy if you realise

certain images are being missed.

9 Keywords

Unfortunately, you can’t type in multiple keywords and use

them as variables. If you want to do this, enter multiple keywords

in Photos’ standard search box, then add another single keyword

that will definitely be picked up by your Smart Album.

Super album

10 Here, we’ve decided to put together a ‘super album’

using photos from a selection of different travel albums. If

we then add Favourites as one of the conditions, the album

will be a blast to browse through.

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What’s new in macOS APPLE SKILLS

Prepare for the iOS 11 update

Discover which of your apps won’t work in the next iOS – and replace them


15 minutes


How to keep your

apps working in iOS 11

yOu’LL nEEd

iOS 10.3 or later

After updating your iPhone

or iPad to iOS 10.3, opening

certain apps and games may

have presented you with a

warning that they need to be updated to

work with future versions of iOS. You can

keep using them with iOS 10, but if you plan

to upgrade to iOS 11 (expected to be released

in the autumn), now is the time to take action

for any apps you depend upon.

You need to find out which of your apps

are affected. Expect many of them to be

games, which you may still enjoy playing,

but it’s more in the case of productivity

apps that you should be concerned about;

if you’re dependent on any of those apps

and plan on using iOS 11, you’ll need to find

replacements. For example, if you’ve got

important documents prepped up, you

don’t want to lose access to them.

There’s no need to laboriously open

each app to discover which be definitively

incompatible with the next iOS, though. In

addition to the warning upon opening an app,

iOS 10.3 can show you a list of all affected

apps that are currently installed. Note, though,

that it won’t tell you about apps you’ve deleted

to make room for something else.

Redownload first

So, before following the steps below, and

assuming your device has enough space,

redownload apps you may want to use again:

open the App Store and tap Updates followed

by Purchased.

If you’ve disabled auto-downloading of

apps in Settings > iTunes & App Stores on

any of your devices, you’ll need to follow this

tutorial on each device to be certain you

aren’t overlooking an app that’s on your

iPhone, say, but not your iPad.

Alan Stonebridge

How to Check apps for updates or replacements


Check the list

In Settings > General > About, if there’s

no arrow at the right of the Applications

row, none of your apps require immediate

action (though that’s no guarantee they

won’t have other issues). If there is an

arrow at the top of the row, tap it.


Check for updates

Tap an app’s row to go to its store

page, if it’s still there; you may see an

Update button if you’ve disabled autoupdates

in Settings > iTunes & App Store.

If there’s an update, download it and see

if iOS flags up its compatibilty.


Ask the developer

If the app’s delisted, check if an

upgrade is available as a new purchase:

search for the developer’s name in the

App Store. Failing that, ask directly

through its website if there are plans

for an update or a replacement app. @macformat JuLY 2017 | MACFORMAT | 47

APPLE SKILLS Mac software

Power up copy and paste

Pastebot gives you multiple clipboards, copy/paste filters, and more


10 minutes


How to get started

with and use Pastebot

to boost copy and

paste on macOS

yOu’LL nEEd

OS X 10.11 or later,

Pastebot trial, an

internet connection

(or alternate items

to copy and paste)

Pastebot can






The basics of copy and paste

have barely changed since

the Mac’s earliest days.

And that’s fine – after all,

part of the Mac’s appeal is its elegance

and simplicity. Even so, it can feel limiting

to only have a single pasteboard if you

frequently use copy and paste. It’s here that

Pastebot can prove transformative, hugely

improving productivity through multiple

pasteboards and powerful filtering.

The app costs £9.99 from the Mac App

Store, but you can grab a free trial from for this tutorial.

On installing the app, you’ll need to run

through a quick process to install a script

(click Open Scripts Folder when prompted,

and then Save Script).

It then pays to familiarise yourself with the

app’s preferences. Use the Blacklist section

to have Pastebot ignore certain apps (such

as Keychain Access or 1Password, to avoid

manually copied login details being stored

Pastebot enables you to store easy-access shortcuts.

in the app). General houses options for finetuning

the maximum clipping size and number

kept, iCloud sync, and how the app displays.

The Shortcuts section is also vital from an

efficiency standpoint, enabling you to create

global keyboard shortcuts for actions, such

as showing the clipboard or filters windows.

Usefully, you can also add a shortcut for any

custom pasteboard you create, to quickly

access it regardless of the app you’re using

at the time. Alan Stonebridge

Genius tip!

Click ç on an

individual pasteboard or

filter item in the main

window. You can then

assign it a unique

keyboard shortcut.

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Multiple pasteboards APPLE SKILLS

How to Master Pastebot in minutes


Copy and paste

In Safari, go to

ç-click the logo and select Copy Image.

Then select and copy the biography using

ç+C. In a new TextEdit document, use

ç+V. Your copied text will be pasted.

But the image?


Use clipboard history

Press ç+ß+V to open the

clipboard viewer, which shows your

recently copied items. Assuming you’ve

not copied anything new, the image

will be listed second. Press 2 on your

keyboard to paste it into your document.


Search history

Pastebot can hold up to 1,000

‘current’ clippings. Open the clipboard

viewer and start typing – your list will

filter to show matching items. Navigate

them with the arrow keys and hit ® to

paste what’s selected.


Stash favourites

Go to Window > Main Window. Click

‘+’ and choose New Pasteboard. Name

your pasteboard. Drag clippings to it

from the Clipboard list, clipboard viewer,

or by copying and pasting into the

pasteboard in the usual manner.


Find a quirk

Back in step 1, formatting came

along for the ride when you pasted the

text – and this can happen when copying

from word processing software such as

Word as well. Pastebot can filter out

everything but text.


Zap with a filter

Instead of immediately pasting,

bring up the clipboard viewer, press

ç+® to open the filter window, and

select Convert to Plain Text. On hitting

® again, only plain text will be pasted

into your document.


Create a filter

Copy MacFormat’s Twitter URL

from Safari. In Pastebot’s main window,

click General under Filters, then the blue

‘+’ to create a new filter. Click Preview to

open the preview window. Call your filter

‘Lazy URL email’.


Add filter properties

Turn off Apply to Each line. From

the menu, select Quote Text. In Before

Content, type an intro, and in After

Content a sign-off. Use carriage returns

to adjust formatting, guided by the

preview. Save your filter.


Use your filter

In a new Mail message, follow the

process from step 6 to use your filter

on a copied URL. If you use the filter

often, give it a shortcut (see Genius

Tip). Explore Pastebot’s other filters

for further possibilities. @macformat

July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 49


Save money with iCloud

Be frugal by reclaiming wasted online storage capacity


> 15 minutes


> How to stop apps

using an unwanted

amount of precious

iCloud storage


> iOS 10.3

It’s tempting

to leave certain

settings on your

iPhone or iPad

on their defaults, not

least iCloud Backup –

how many times has the

importance of backing up

been hammered into your

brain, after all. That may

seem like the safest strategy

for looking after your files,

but ask yourself whether it’s

costing you more money than necessary.

While writing this tutorial, we were

shocked to discover that iCloud Backup was

putting 941MB of data from Tweetbot, and

459MB from Amazon Music online. Neither

of those apps stores anything we can’t easily

obtain again. So, if you’re trying to stay within

the 5GB Apple provides for free with all

iCloud accounts, we suggest checking

the space your backups of app data are

taking up, and whether that’s close to costing

money that you don’t really need to spend.

However, if you’re already paying for more

space in your iCloud account, and think you’ll

soon need to use it – and don’t want to run

Backing up to iCloud offers reassurance, but also costs if you need to up storage.

the risk of running out – you may not care to

follow the advice here; if your requirements

change in the future, though, you can always

check back to this tutorial.

The following walkthrough is written

with iOS 10.3 in mind, which is the current

release as we go to press. The 10.3 update

relocates some of the settings you’ll need

to access, but the same principles apply

in previous versions – instead of tapping

the new consolidated row for your Apple

ID, iCloud, iTunes and App Store accounts

at the top of Settings, scroll down and look

in the discrete iCloud submenu.

Alan Stonebridge

How to Reclaim wasted iCloud storage

Get more


If you prefer to back up

everything regardless,

but need more space to

do so, tap the storage

breakdown in iCloud’s

settings, then Change

Storage Plan.


Locate iCloud settings

In the recent iOS 10.3 software update,

Apple consolidated settings that relate to

your Apple ID, iCloud, and the iTunes and App

Stores in one place, which is conveniently at

the top of Settings. Start by tapping that row.


iCloud storage usage

Tap iCloud near the top of the next page.

You’ll see a colour-coded breakdown of what’s

using your iCloud storage – not just iCloud

Drive, but email and backups, too. Tap that,

and then tap Manage Storage.

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Storage settings APPLE


Finer details

The next page breaks things down more

precisely. Ignore the Documents & Data section

lower down, despite it listing how much iCloud

storage each of your apps is using. Instead,

under Backups, tap the device you’re using.


Identify space hogs

Under the heading Choose Data to Back

Up, tap Show All Apps, and then work your way

down the list, noting any apps whose usage you

consider excessive or unnecessary. You may be

surprised by what’s backed up online.

Jargon buster

iCloud Backup is a

feature of iOS that will

automatically back up

the data contained in

each of the apps you’ve

installed on your iPhone

or iPad. It includes

everything from your

photo library to saved

progress for games.


Is it necessary?

Several of our apps’ backups were

using a significant amount of the storage

iCloud gives you for free. Consider turning off

backups for apps that contain media that’s free

to redownload, or for which there’s no benefit.


Free up the space

When you switch off an app’s backups,

you’re asked to confirm; doing so deletes the

backup data from iCloud immediately, freeing

up space for what really matters, such as data

that actually warrants being backed up.


What saves to iCloud

As well as disabling backups for apps,

consider whether apps should save content to

iCloud Drive at all, or if you’re content to use

File Sharing (see to move

files to and from your Mac manually.


Limit select apps

At the top of iCloud’s settings, scroll past

Apps Using iCloud to third-party apps. Check

online whether those that use lots of space

support an easy transfer method (File Sharing,

or AirDrop); switch off those that do.



You’ll need to repeat

these steps on each

of your iOS devices

to configure their

backups individually. @macformat

July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 51

APPLE SKILLS Mac software

Organise your email

Discover how to reignite your enthusiasm for email with Spark


10 minutes


How to tame

all your emails

yOu’LL nEEd

An email account,

Spark app, OS X

10.11 or later

If email makes

you anxious,

Spark could be

the solution.

It’s available

for iOS too

If, like us, you spend a lot

of time reading and replying

to email, it’s easy to feel

overwhelmed by an overstuffed

inbox. Apple’s Mail app does a decent job

of filtering things, but it lacks some useful

features that make email much easier, such

as automatic replies, automatic classification

of incoming messages and the ability to

snooze messages until it’s time to deal with

them. Spark (Free) offers all those things

not just on the Mac, but on iOS and the

Apple Watch too.

Spark starts with what it calls the Smart

Inbox, which organises your incoming

messages into Personal, Notifications and

Newsletters with Personal at the top. When

messages have been read but not filed they

move to the Seen section, and if you want to

come back to them later you can Snooze them

so they’ll pop up at a more convenient time.

Snoozing works across all your devices, so

if you Snooze a message on your phone

it’ll be snoozed on your Mac too.

One of our favourite features is the

Quick Reply, which enables you to set up

simple responses for those messages you

need to acknowledge but don’t fancy writing

a whole response to. Simply set up the Quick

Reply messages you want and then choose

the correct one for the message – so, for

example, we’ve got a ‘thanks, but this isn’t

one for us’ message as well as the default

‘call me’, ‘cool’ and ‘thanks’ responses. The

app also works with the Touch Bar on the

new MacBook Pro, enabling you to quickly

respond or file messages with a single tap.

Email your way

We’ve made Spark our default email client

on our Mac, iPad and iPhone because it’s a

great way to manage busy inboxes – and it’s

very customisable too, so if something isn’t

quite right it’s easy to change to suit your own

way of working. As we’ll see in our tutorial,

you can change how it looks, how messages

are signed, and even set your own keyboard

shortcuts for common tasks.

We particularly like the way the Smart

Inbox can be configured across multiple

accounts, so for example you can have

all your personal emails across multiple

accounts shown in the same group, or

split them on a per-account basis. If email

makes you anxious or irritable, Spark

might just be the solution. Gary Marshall

How to Set up Spark and start sorting

Get connected

1 Spark works with all of the major

email platforms including Gmail, iCloud

and Outlook, and you can manually

configure it if your particular provider

isn’t covered. In this example we’re

going to choose Google.

See your mail

2 Enter your details (and the code for

two-factor authentication if you use it –

and you really should) and you should

see something like this, a traditional

three-panel mail layout with various

folders and tags at the side.


Find your folders

If you want to add your own folders

to the sidebar, just click on More at the

bottom of the sidebar and then navigate

to the folder you want to add. Click on

the star to add it. You can create new

and Smart Folders here too.

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Manage your mail APPLE SKILLS

CoNtINUED… Set up Spark and start sorting

See the sidebar

4 As you can see in this screenshot,

adding a folder will also add any

subfolders it contains. We can now

file messages in any of these folders

by dragging and dropping them over

the appropriate one.

Get swiping

5 If you’re using a laptop, swiping on

the trackpad from right to left uncovers

two important options: Delete, which

will ditch the mail into the Trash folder,

and Snooze, which hides the selected

email for a specified time.

Choose your Snooze

6 As you can see here, there are

multiple Snooze options: later today,

tomorrow, the weekend, next week…

there’s even a Someday option if you

like to be vague. You can also select

a particular date.

Set up new Snoozes

7 You can customise the Snooze

options to fit your own requirements.

Go to Spark > Preferences > Snoozes

to specify what ‘later today’ means

and to set the specific days or times

for other Snoozes.

Create Quick Replies

8 We love Spark’s choice of Quick

Replies, which enable you to reply

instantly to messages if you don’t have

time to type up a more detailed response.

In Spark > Preferences > Quick Replies,

you can create your own replies.

Get back fast

9 Here are Quick Replies in action.

Simply scroll to the foot of the message,

tap on the Quick Replies button and

then select the one you want to use.

There’s a brief delay in sending, just

in case you change your mind.

Sign your name

10 Another brilliant feature is

support for multiple signatures, which

you can create in Spark > Preferences

> Signatures. Spark will try to pick the

right signature for each message,

which is clever.

Edit your inbox

11 In Spark > Preferences > Smart

Inbox, you can customise how the

Smart Inbox works – for example, by

grouping Personal messages across

multiple accounts or per-account, or

by hiding specific categories.


Make Spark speedier

Last but not least, allow us to

introduce Spark’s range of customisable

keyboard shortcuts. To change the

defaults, just click on the one you

want to change and press the keys

you want to use. Easy! @macformat july 2017 | MACFORMAT | 53



macOS Sierra

The No.1 guide to making the most of your Mac


Sierra secrets

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Master the Photos app

Take control with Siri

Buy your copy today!

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Keep your sidebar in

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AddinG fOnts

How to add to Font

Book’s list of typefaces


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Tailor Siri to your





Your dedicated guide to

getting more from

macOS Sierra




Genius tip!

Make more

of Messages

OK, so adding super-size

emoji to a text message

may not be essential to

your daily needs, but

it’s a fun addition. And,

Messages on macOS

now offers ‘Tapbacks’,

so you can quickly

respond to someone

with a Facebook style

response, such as

thumbs up, heart,

exclamation mark

or a ‘Ha, ha’.

macOS Sierra requirements

macOS Sierra works on

Macs dating back to 2010, and

MacBooks and iMacs to 2009.

You need to be running

Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

the benefits of running macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra introduces

Siri to the Mac.

You can use Apple Pay on

your Mac with macOS Sierra.

Picture-in-picture – extract

a video from a website and

watch it from your desktop.

For a full list of features, go to

You need 8.8GB of available


Back up your Mac before

upgrading; go to support.

By default, Desktop and

Documents folders are

uploaded to iCloud Drive.

macOS offers the smartest

continuity features to date.

You can now start/pick up

an iPhone call from your Mac.

for advice on using

Time Machine.

Go to the Mac App Store

and download the free

macOS Sierra upgrade.

You can also send and

receive SMS text messages

from your desktop.

Handoff works with a

number of built-in apps,

allowing you to start work

on one device and finish

off on another.

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SIERRA SKILLS Sort files and folders

Organising Finder

use the sidebar and tags to organise your files and folders


10-15 minutes


How to label items

in your sidebar and

customise your tags

yOu’LL nEEd

macOS 10.12 (some

features will work on

earlier versions)

You can assign

multiple tags

to items if

you wish

By default, when Finder opens

it shows all the files on your

Mac. As time goes on, this can

become rather chaotic. In this

guide, we’ll explore firstly how to customise

your sidebar on the left-hand side of the

finder. You can use this to

control which folders and

locations are displayed.

You can also drag

frequently-used folders

into the Favorites section

to access them easily.

The Finder also

supports tags. This allows

you to colour code files

and folders into certain

categories. For instance,

if you’re working on a

mixed media project

involving music and

pictures you could assign

a Purple tag to files and

folders you’re using.

You can assign

multiple tags to

items if you wish.

Simply press

≈-click on

any listed item to add or remove a tag.

Part of the beauty of doing things this

way is that the actual location of your files

and folders doesn’t change. However, you

can click on a colour in the sidebar to show

all tagged items at any time. nate drake

Keep all your files and folders in an orderly fashion by making the most of your sidebar

and using coloured tags to keep various items within certain categories.

How to Organise files with Finder

Customise sidebar

1 Go to Finder > Preferences. Click

Sidebar in the new window that opens.

Here you can tick which items appear

by default in the sidebar, such as your

Music and Movies folders.

Customise tags

2 Click on Tags – at the top of the

window next to General. Right click on

any tag here and choose ‘Rename X’

to give it a new title. Just click on a

coloured dot to choose a new colour.

Tag items

3 Close the Finder preferences window

and ≈-click a file or folder. In the Tags

section of the pop-up menu, click a colour

label to assign a category. Click the tags

in the sidebar to view tagged items.

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Install additional fonts SIERRA SKILLS

Install fonts in macOS Sierra

use Font Book to add new writing styles to your applications


5-10 minutes


How to download,

install and use fonts

in macOS Sierra

yOu’LL nEEd

macOS 10.12 (some

features will work on

earlier versions),

internet access to

download fonts

your Mac comes with many

dozens of fonts, but if you

want to add extra flourish,

you can install extra ones

through the built-in app, Font Book.

Two of the most common font formats

are TrueType and OpenType, and fortunately

macOS – and, by extension, Font Book too –

supports both. If you’re reading this guide,

you’ll most likely have found a website offering

fonts available for download, so make sure the

site provides them in one of the supported

types. Fonts are often protected by copyright

in the UK and elsewhere, so make sure you

have any necessary licence to use them.

Once installed, your new font should be

available from the font menu in relevant apps.

To send documents to another computer,

make sure that the same font is installed there

too, or else they may not display correctly.

If you get stuck, in Font Book choose File >

Restore Standard Fonts to put macOS’s fonts

back to their original state. Other fonts are

disabled, but are easy to restore from ‘Fonts

(Removed)’ in the systems and your user

account’s Library folders. nate drake

Once installed,

your new font

should be

available from

the menu

Font Book is a built-in application and

it allows you to add extra fonts.

How to Install fonts in macOS Sierra

Download your font

1 Do a search in your browser for ‘fonts

for download’ and you’ll get plenty of

options, such as Click on

the link to download a font. By default,

it’ll appear in your Downloads folder.

Install Font

2 Open Finder and navigate to your

Downloads folder. Double-click on the file

with the extension .otf or .ttf. Font Book

will open and show you a preview of your

new font. Click Install to add it.

Use Font

3 Close Font Book. Open the

document you want to use the new

font in. Type your text in, then highlight

the text, and simply select the new font

from the dropdown menu. @macformat JulY 2016 | MACFORMAT | 57

SieRRA SkillS macOS Sierra

using voice control

Give commands to and ask questions of Siri, your voice-controlled assistant

iT will TAke

15 minutes

yOu will leARn

How to use voice

commands to

control your Mac

yOu’ll need

macOS 10.12 (some

features will work on

earlier versions);

optionally an internet

connection to set

up ‘Hey Siri’

you may be familiar with Siri

if you own an iPhone, iPod

touch or iPad. You can ask

the personal assistant to look

up information, create a new reminder or

calendar event, send a message and much

more using just your voice. Siri makes it easy

When you call upon Siri’s assistance, its window slides

into view at the top right of the desktop.

to get many common tasks done without

having to move the pointer around the screen,

click things or type details in a window.

There are several ways to initiate a

conversation with Siri. Even if you aren’t

much of a fan of keyboard shortcuts, we

strongly recommend you try to memorise

Siri’s. If your hands spend a lot of time on the

keyboard, you can call on Siri in an instant,

check the information it provides, then press

to dismiss its window and return to

whatever you were doing.

Correcting Siri

You can also use Siri to search for files based

on simple terms, without having to type

criteria in Spotlight or in a Finder search

window to find items within a range of dates

or which have a certain tag attached.

There’s one thing that’s useful to keep in

the back of your mind. If Siri should slightly

misinterpret you, there’s no need to repeat

yourself. Instead, double-click the mistaken

word at the top of its window, correct it with

the keyboard, then press to rerun your

command. Now, let’s get started.

Alan Stonebridge

How to Tailor Siri to your preferences

Genius tip!

By default, Siri will

speak its responses

out loud. If that feels

inappropriate for

where you are, you can

silence it and just read

responses in its window:

go to Siri’s preferences

pane and then turn off

Voice Feedback.


Set some basic expectations

In System Preferences, click Siri’s icon. The

first two items here determine the language

and dialect Siri expects you to speak in, and

the voice (language, accent and gender) in

which Siri responds. Your choice in the former

dictates the options available for the latter.


Pick a microphone

Many Macs have a built-in mic, but

you might have a USB one or a headset for

FaceTime, Skype, or Messenger. With the mic

connected, click the Mic Input pop-up menu;

when set to Automatic, macOS analyses and

selects one, but you can pick one here.

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Setting up Siri SieRRA SkillS

CoNtINUED… Siri preferences


Call upon Siri

If you’ve previously removed the Siri icon

from the dock, drag Siri from the Applications

folder into the Dock. In the menu bar, icon

visibility is determined in Siri’s preferences

pane. If your Mac has a Touch Bar, its Control

Strip includes a one-press Siri key.


Invoke from the keyboard

Siri’s default keyboard shortcut requires

you to hold ç+[spacebar], adding a slight

delay before reacting. Opting for the

predefined ƒ+[spacebar] alternative or a

custom shortcut makes it react instantly. You

can also disable keyboard access if you prefer.

Genius tip!

You can preserve Siri’s

responses that don’t

show lists of files, too.

Drag from the bar at the

top of the results to the

desktop or a folder in

a Finder window. Don’t

worry if the results

extend beyond Siri’s

window – the image file

will be longer and

contain them all.


Commands and queries

For guidance on what you can ask of Siri,

invoke it and say “What can I ask you?” Its

window will show a mix of apps and activities;

click one for examples. You don’t need

to close and then reinvoke Siri to ask it

something else; say “clear” or “restart” to it.


Keep a file search around

Siri’s window stays open till you click an

item or close it. If you asked about files, such

as “Show files I’ve worked on this week”,

there’ll be a + at the top of the results. Click

it to pin the search to Notification Centre’s

Today view, where the results will update.


Add ‘Hey Siri’ to your Mac

This iPhone feature isn’t provided on the

Mac, but you can add it. In Keyboard prefs,

click Dictation, turn it on, and enable

Enhanced Dictation. Go to the Accessibility

pane, select Dictation, enable the dictation

keyword and set it to ‘Hey’ (without quotes).


Finishing touches

Click Dictation Commands and enable

advanced ones. Click the +, set the command

to ‘Mac’ (without quotes), to work in any app,

to press a key combo, then press Siri’s combo

(it must be the ‘press’ rather than the ‘hold’

kind, and not use ƒ; see step 4). Click Done.

Jargon buster

While the basic dictation

feature of your Mac

provides recorded audio

to Apple to process, the

enhanced type does the

processing on your Mac.

This enables it to be used

to control features of

your Mac by voice. @macformat

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the invisible log


When I used El Capitan, I kept an

eye on my Time Machine backups

in Console. When that didn’t help

in Sierra, I switched to running a small script.

Now that I’ve updated to 10.12.4, even that

doesn’t work any more. Why not?

by John Casella


You’re one of the few Mac users

who is running in normal user

mode, rather than as an admin

user. One of the undocumented changes in

the Sierra 10.12.4 update is that log access

no longer works unless you’re logged in as

an admin user, although log entries are still

made. No one knows whether this is a passing

When running in normal user mode, no tool can find entries

in Sierra 10.12.4’s log, although they’re still being made.

bug, or a permanently changed feature.

The best solution is to switch to your

Mac’s first admin user account when you

want to access the logs, using that script or

any other means of doing so. There’s no tool

which can work around this, and it affects the

bundled utility Console, my free Consolation,

and the ‘log show’ command in Terminal,

which can’t find or show any log entries.

In Terminal’s command line, you can use

the ‘sudo’ command to run as a named admin

user from within your normal user account.

It’s even possible to run apps that way.

However, it can be fiddly to set up, and

can only be used interactively; you can’t

do that when you’re not there.

July 2017 | macformat | 61

GeNiUS tiPS Peripherals


Enlightening answers to your questions

about external devices


quick fire


Should I set my

NAS up to use AFP

or SMB sharing?

> Although Apple Filing

Protocol (AFP) used to

be preferred for Mac

shared file services over

networks, Apple now

says it recommends you

should opt for SMB

(Server Message Block)

instead. You can still

encounter problems

in either, though

you should now try

using SMB first.

Shrink bloated PdFs


I keep scanned copies of utility bills

as PDF files. Although I haven’t

changed the scanner settings since

upgrading to Sierra, the scanned file sizes

have shot up from around 600KB to nearly

4MB. How can I get them down to a

reasonable size again?

by andrew Burt


This is the result of Sierra including

new support for handling PDF data

in its PDFKit library, which in its early

releases had some serious bugs. Many of

those have been fixed over successive

updates, but some still remain.

Scanned PDF file size can be reduced by

converting the documents, and scan settings,

to greyscale or black and white, which should

not affect the usefulness or legibility of most

of your documents.

There are plenty of different third-party

apps which can compress images in PDF files

very effectively, and you should try some

out to see how effective they are on your

documents. Suitable products include Adobe

Acrobat Pro itself, PDF Compress, and PDF Pro

Compressor. Several are available through the

App Store, and some offer separate free demo

versions. Tweak their settings to obtain

suitable file sizes without sacrificing legibility,

and compress your existing scans as a batch.

Eventually, as this new version of PDFKit

stabilises and it compresses embedded images

properly again, its file sizes should reduce to

those achieved in El Capitan. However, custom

compression should bring you some benefits

even then, and may be worth using on your old

files created in El Capitan too. If you’re going

to keep PDF records, it’s worth taking the

trouble to optimise their storage.

Adobe Acrobat Pro and other PDF tools offer a wide

range of options which can help compress PDF files.

Will a Wacom Cintiq

12WX work with

my new iMac?

> Yes. Ensure it is

complete with the

dedicated cable

converter, and buy

a Mini DisplayPort to

Dual-Link DVI adaptor

to go from the

converter to your iMac.

It only delivers a

maximum resolution

of 1280x800 pixels,

though. Download

the latest drivers for

touchscreen support

from Wacom.

62 | macformat | July 2017

Peripherals GeNiUS tiPS

Speedier printing


I’m using my fourth Canon printer,

a PIXMA MG7750. Although I’m

pleased with its output, Canon’s

Easy-Photoprint EX is painfully slow, and

can take over two minutes printing a photo.

What can I do to speed this up?

by Bernard Minns


Minimise delay by connecting

the printer using a wired Ethernet

connection rather than Wi-Fi. After

that, speed is a trade-off against quality:

the higher the quality of print that you

want, the longer the process takes.

Rather than using Canon’s software,

compare speed and quality with Adobe

Photoshop CC and Sierra’s regular print driver.

Photoshop runs more quickly when you have

ample installed memory and contiguous free

disk space on the volume which it uses for its

scratch files, by default the startup disk.

Speed is compromised in more affordable

Old out, new in


I have bought a new printer, which I

want to connect to my Mac running

Sierra, to replace the old one.

What’s the best way to do this?

by ian dewar


Disconnect your old printer, connect

your new one, and power it up. Open

the Printers & Scanners pane. Click

on the ‘+’ tool at the lower left to add your

new printer, which your Mac should now be

able to find. An hour or so later, open the

App Store app and check that there are no

updates, as adding a new printer can trigger

an update to its printer driver.

If you’re keeping your old printer in

reserve, you need not remove the old one,

but you’ll want to make the new printer the

default. If you’re passing the old printer on

or recycling it, select it in the list of printers

and click on the ‘–’ tool at the lower left of

that pane to remove it.

The great majority of printers which can

be used in Sierra are supported by drivers

which are supplied by Apple as part of macOS.

Adobe Photoshop CC offers the most sophisticated range

of controls for printing, and normally delivers top quality

results, even compared to printer specific software.

printers; when you pay more, your printer has

a more powerful processor and more memory,

enabling it to do more work in preparing an

image for printing. This gives the software on

your Mac less work, and preparation is quicker.

Finally, ensure that you’re running the

latest version of macOS, with its latest printer

drivers: Sierra has brought considerable

changes in printing and PDF from El Capitan,

and those features have improved markedly

with each update.

When adding a new printer to Printers & Scanners, your

Mac should detect it if it’s properly connected.

A few models may benefit from the installation

of additional software, or even a different

driver, supplied from the vendor’s support

site. If the driver built into macOS works

well, you should stick with that.

Sometimes the vendor’s own software

enables additional features, but normally the

driver supplied through Apple is the most

compatible. Apple lists current supported

printers at

Why won’t my

internal CD/DVD

drive see disks?

> Check the CDs & DVDs

pane is set to perform

the right actions. If

that’s not available or

won’t work, run Apple

Hardware Test or

Diagnostics from

startup. If you’ve

recently updated

macOS, try downloading

and installing the latest

Combo updater from

Apple Support.

Why won’t my iMac

5K display wake

from sleep?

> If you’ve one or more

external displays and

applied the Sierra

10.12.4 update, this is

a known bug. Disable

display sleep, relying on

a screensaver to darken

your displays instead.

This should be fixed in

10.12.5. If it’s your only

display, run Diagnostics

to see if it’s a graphics

card issue. Details are


Why does one

external drive

power down in


> There are issues with

Power Management

settings on certain

Macs. Even when Energy

Saver is set to not put

drives to sleep, some

internal/external drives

will go to sleep when the

system does. The only

workaround is to disable

system sleep altogether. @macformat July 2017 | macformat | 63

GeNiUS tiPS Mac software

Mac software

Shine a spotlight on sagacious solutions

to your most maddening Mac maladies




How can I transfer

video from my

Sony RX100 IV?

> This shoots AVCHD

video, which is simplest

to transfer from



memory card. Many

tools in the App Store

can convert from

AVCHD to a format

for use in iMovie, or

consider using Apple’s

Final Cut Pro suite, also

from the App Store.

How do I print four

months to a page

in Calendar?

> This has changed since

mentioned in our

February issue (309): in

Sierra 10.12.4, select the

Print command in the

File menu. Set the Time

range for four months,

then Continue. In the

Print dialog, select the

Layout item in its popup

menu, set ‘4 Pages per

Sheet’, and select the

Layout Direction.

looking for protection


I’m looking for new

anti-virus software

to replace AVG

Free on my iMac. What

should I look at?

by Christopher



There is no ‘one size

fits all’ in anti-virus

protection, as the

need depends entirely on

your risk. As a minimum, for

someone who only downloads

apps from the App Store and

is a light and cautious user

of social media and websites,

they should keep a couple of

tools to hand in case they

need to check out anything

suspicious. Objective-See’s

free TaskExplorer from and a

product such as Malwarebytes

Anti-Malware (malwarebytes.

com) should suffice.

At the high-risk end of the spectrum,

someone might regularly download software

from plain HTTP sites, and already have had

a couple of close calls from social media links

and other websites. They will need the

protection of a subscription-based service,

from Malwarebytes, or from Intego for its

Mac Internet Security X9 (, or

similar. These will necessarily be more

intrusive, though.

Also worth looking at are Objective-See’s

other free tools, such as BlockBlock,

RansomWhere?, and What’s Your Sign?

Little Snitch from ( is great for

checking outgoing connections too.

It’s essential not to leave it to software

TaskExplorer scans all running tasks, checks them against

the VirusTotal master malware database, and provides

further detailed information.

to protect you, though. The most powerful and

effective anti-virus protection is you, and your

suspicions and caution. If you don’t check

every incoming email before clicking on links,

and don’t check every web page you view,

then no software will fully protect you from

the consequences. Most phishing attacks,

other scams, and malware exploit the weakest

link – the human – sometimes very cleverly.

64 | macformat | July 2017 @macformat

Mac software GeNiUS tiPS

Screen sharing bug


Since updating to macOS Sierra

10.12.4, I’ve had problems accessing

my Mac using screen sharing and

VNC from my iPad. Using another Mac is fine,

but authenticating using the iPad’s on-screen

keyboard fails. Using a Bluetooth keyboard

with the iPad works fine. What’s wrong?

by andy shuttleworth


This is a bizarre bug which appears

confined to Sierra 10.12.4, and results

in the on-screen ß key not working

on the iPad. If you enter any password

containing capitals, Apple’s VNC server,

If screen-sharing with Sierra 10.12.4 no longer accepts

your password from an iOS device, try eliminating

capitals from that password.

to which it is trying to connect, sees only

lower case letters, and refuses.

As you’ve discovered, you can work around

it by not using an iOS on-screen keyboard; a

Bluetooth keyboard or a Mac will do nicely,

though. You could also change your password

so that it doesn’t use capital letters.

It’s independent of the client app

which you use in iOS, and appears to occur

somewhere between 10.12.4 and Apple’s VNC

Server. If you substitute another VNC server,

such as RealVNC’s, then the on-screen

keyboard works normally again. Full details

are at

How do I sync

Outlook with

Contacts and


> To sync address book

and appointments from

Microsoft Outlook 2016

on a Mac with its

Contacts and Calendar

apps, you need a

Microsoft Exchange

ActiveSync account on

a Microsoft Exchange

Server, which is only

likely on corporate

or organisational

networks. Outlook

on iOS is more

obliging, though.

Where have helper

Services gone in


> Sierra brought new

code to handle PDF

files. Side-effects

include the loss of items

from Services. Formerly

these allowed search

using selected text and

more. Hopefully they’ll

return in an update.

Recovering trashed emails


I was clearing out loads of

emails, but inadvertently

selected all instead of

just the messages I had originally

selected. I was puzzled when those

messages promptly vanished from

my iMac, which connects to the

same iCloud account. How can I

get the trashed messages back?

by Colin heaton


When you keep your mail in

iCloud, changes made on one

connected system alter what’s stored

in iCloud, thus what all other devices see. This

is good, because it means that all your devices

can access your latest incoming messages,

and you can reply to them using any device.

But it also means that deleting messages

If other means of accessing Time

Machine backups fail, you can always

recover individual messages and

attachments from your backups.

removes them from iCloud and all

devices connected to it.

If you’re using Apple’s Mail or

another mail client which keeps Trash,

you could of course retrieve your

messages from the Trash before they

are automatically removed from that

– a setting made in Mail’s Preferences,

in the Accounts item, and Mailbox

Behaviours tab. If they’ve been emptied

already, then your only chance is to

retrieve them from the most recent

backup which you made before deleting them.

If you’ve been using Time Machine, this

should be straightforward. Time Machine does

back up what you have stored in iCloud, unless

you specifically exclude it from doing so. If you

don’t have a recent backup, then I’m afraid

that your messages have gone. @macformat July 2017 | macformat | 65

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iOS hardware

bring us your queries on the gear you’ve

got to keep you mobile

iOS hardware



Why won’t my

iPhone 6 Plus

play 4K video?

> The 6 Plus supports

H.264 video up to

1080p; supporting

H.264 at 4K requires

the next more

powerful graphics

card, the six-core

GT7600, fitted in the

6s, 6s Plus, and even

the SE, although

those, the 7 and 7

Plus only support

4K at 30 frames

per second, and still

stream video at 1080p.

Does the

QardioArm BP

monitor fit

large arms?

> The supplied cuff

is designed to fit

upper arms with a

circumference of

22-37cm. If you try

to use it on a larger

arm, it won’t fit and

measurements will

be progressively

inaccurate and

potentially misleading.

Check with your doctor.

Connecting with

hearing appliances


I rely on expensive, professionally

fitted hearing appliances. My

current iPhone is connected by

its headphone socket to a special adaptor,

which transmits its audio output to those

appliances. If I were to get an iPhone 7

which lacks that headphone socket,

how could I connect this adaptor?

by norMan JaCkson


Although the iPhone 7 doesn’t have

a headphone socket, for around £9

or a little less you can get a Lightning

to headphone socket adaptor cable, which

should then connect happily with the special

adaptor which you use to transmit the audio

to your hearing appliances.

The snag with this is that an iPhone

only has one Lightning port, so you can’t

use that single port for audio output when

you want to charge the iPhone, for example.

There are more expensive adaptors available

which address this: for example, the Belkin

Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar, which

costs around £35.

You should also discuss this with your

audiologist who deals with your hearing

appliances: there are now more than 20

manufacturers who offer ‘Made for iPhone’

appliances which connect wirelessly and

directly with iPhones and iPads using

Bluetooth. Apple provides a full listing

at, where it also explains

what you need to do to pair them for use.

For example, Starkey Halo appliances

are available in the UK, and are detailed at

halo-wireless-hearing-aids. Once paired with

your iPhone, the company’s TruLink app

enables you to use extra features such as

You no longer need an intermediate adaptor to transmit

iPhone audio to hearing appliances: this can be done

direct using Bluetooth.

Live Listen, which allows you to use the

iPhone’s built-in directional microphone to

acquire sound which is then transmitted by

Bluetooth to your appliances.





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or the last year, I’ve been building a

hot tub in the garden. Nothing fancy

– it is literally just a wooden box that

holds enough hot water to cover two people

who know each other fairly well. Most of the

boring digging and plumbing is done now and

I’m moving on to the fun stuff, which is the

electronics to control it. The tub is designed

to be filled and emptied with each use, with

the water inlet controlled by a solenoid valve

connected to an Arduino microcontroller

( When you press the ‘fill’ button,

it uses a Hall-effect flow sensor

to measure out exactly the right

amount of hot water and then

shuts itself off. It takes about

an hour to fill, which is fine, but

I don’t want to have to check on

it, because this cuts into valuable

drinking time. I want the hot tub

to notify me on my iPad when

it is full. And, ideally, I’d like a

running commentary of the

current fill level…

A hot tub is just a waterproof hole

in the ground, connected to the

hot water supply. Simple.


The Titanium PowerBook released in 2001 looked very different

from the bulging, black plastic curves of the G3 PowerBooks before

it. This was a sleek, silvery slab of right angles, with a DVD drive

built into the frame, instead of a drive caddy. Later PowerBooks

would be made of aircraft-grade aluminium, but this was crafted

from titanium; the stuff of spacecraft. Like many spacecraft, it

was a fickle beast though. The screen hinges were

prone to snapping and the video cable

suffered from repeated flexing, which

resulted in screen glitches.

July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 69

LOVe yOUR MAC Hot tub control




How do I upload

code to the

Arduino Yun?

> You can use a USB

cable, but it needs the

USB A connector (the

large flat one) at both

ends because the Yun

doesn’t have a USB B

socket. Much simpler is

to use Wi-Fi. Once the

Yun is connected to

your network, select

Tools > Board > Arduino

Yun in the Arduino

editor. The app will

locate the network

address to use but this

can take a few minutes

because the Wi-Fi

connection on the Yun

is handled by a separate

processor running Linux

and it is slow to boot up.

Hot tub timer


Control electronic gadgets from iOS


he Arduino controller is in the

utility room, next to the boiler,

which is too far away for bluetooth

to reach all the way to the sitting room.

That means I need to use Wi-Fi, but the

Arduino Uno I’m using only comes with wired

Ethernet support. I could add the official

Arduino Wi-Fi shield but it costs £88 and that

seems like a lot to pay, just for notifications.

At the other end of the scale is the ESP8266

Wi-Fi transceiver. This is only £6.59, but it’s

just a bare circuit board and would need quite

a bit of work to integrate it with the Arduino.

Luckily someone has already done this for me,

in the form of the KOOKYE Wi-Fi shield, and

this only costs £10 so it seems like the sensible

compromise option.

The Wi-Fi module is designed to make the

programming really easy. It automatically

intercepts anything I print to the serial port

and rebroadcasts it over Wi-Fi. I can connect

either to my home router, or directly to a

Does Blynk cost

money to use?

> No. Each widget uses

in-app currency when

you first add it to your

UI but you begin with

enough free currency

for a simple app.

Actually running Blynk

doesn’t cost anything.

Control Arduino devices, and

others, with the free Blynk app.

70 | MACFORMAT | July 2017

Making the Wi-Fi connection LOVe yOUR MAC

remote server using a simple configuration

page. I want to send the current fill level of the

hot tub to a web page, so that I can use Safari

on my iPad to monitor it from the sofa. I sign

up for some free web hosting and create a

simple MySQL database to hold the data and

then create a couple of scripts in PHP. The

add.php script takes ‘post’ commands sent

over the web and inserts a new record in the

table and then index.php generates a web

page to display the most recent record.

This works fine when I just send post

commands from a browser, but doing it

i try resetting the board

and, suddenly, the Wi-Fi

configuration wizard

completes successfully!

from the Arduino is another matter. The Wi-Fi

shield automatically handles the process of

connecting to the remote web server, but

before I can post to the database, I also need

to log in to MySQL and I have no idea how

to format the network packets to do this.

Ironically, this problem has already been

solved for just the bare ESP8266 transceiver

and there are excellent code libraries and

online tutorials that I could cut and paste. But

my Wi-Fi shield automates just enough of this

process that the existing libraries don’t work,

and it’s obscure enough that there aren’t any

libraries specifically for this board.

After two frustrating days trying to

capture Wi-Fi packets and reverse engineer

them, I give up and spend £60 on an Arduino

Yun, which is what I should have done in the

first place. This is the version that has built-in

Wi-Fi hardware controlled by a separate

processor on the same board. It is pincompatible

with the Arduino Uno, but

costs less than an Uno plus the official

Wi-Fi shield. Best of all, since it’s an

official Arduino product, it has

excellent library support.

Electrical failure

There’s just one teeny, tiny

gotcha. My Arduino Uno has an

on-board voltage regulator that

accepts power anywhere from 7V

to 12V and converts it down to 5V for the

board. The new Yun skips this circuitry to save

space and requires exactly

5V. I forget this important

detail and connect my board

to the 12V supply I was using

for the Uno. Result: some

interesting flashing lights

and the Ethernet socket

immediately becomes too

hot to touch. So now I have

to buy another Yun and the

total bill for this project

climbs to £130. Remember

when I said £88 was too

much to pay for


Out of the box, the Yun

acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot. I

connect to this from my iPad

and access the configuration

web page at IP address When I try

saving the name and

password for my home Wi-Fi, I get ‘AJAX

Error 0’, which some forums suggest may be

because of the ongoing legal spat between the

different factions of the Arduino organisation

at and The only

suggested solution is to update the OpenWRT

firmware, but this invalidates the Yun’s

warranty and feels like a classic example of

“when in a hole, keep digging”. I spend an hour

looking at different forums and periodically

resetting the Wi-Fi settings and retrying, with

no success. Then, as a last act of desperation

before I go for the firmware update, I try

resetting the board all the way back to the

factory default. And suddenly, mysteriously,

the Wi-Fi configuration wizard completes

successfully! The moral of this story is… well,

actually, I’m not sure what the moral is. Keep

bashing your head against the wall until it

breaks, I suppose.

Magic middleware

With the Yun now connected to the internet,

I could go back to my original plan of posting

hot tub readings to a database. But there’s a

much sexier option. Blynk is a mobile app that

lets you drag and drop widgets onto a phone

or iPad and connect them over the internet to

a remote microcontroller. The Blynk servers

take care of all the network synchronisation

and they provide template code to paste into

your own Arduino sketches. It takes me a

couple of minutes to create a simple interface

on my iPad, with a status LED, a fill gauge and

And to think Luis thought that

getting the hot tub in place

was the tricky bit… @macformat

July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 71

LOVe yOUR MAC blynk projects

How to Control electronics projects with blynk

Create your UI

1 With a Blynk account set up, create an

account. Then create a new project and

choose whether to connect over Wi-Fi

or Bluetooth. Drag and drop widgets to

define your interface. There are widgets

for physical controls like LEDs and

buttons, but also virtual widgets to

connect to Twitter, email or web servers.


Install the library

You will receive an email with your

authorisation key. Download the code

library from and

use the online code builder to create

template code for your model. Add your

key to the line that begins char auth[] =.

Blynk also works with lots of other

microcontrollers, including Raspberry Pi.

Program your pins

3 Widgets in your interface can be

linked to physical pins on the Arduino and

will update as the pins change voltage.

You can also link them to virtual pins and

update them manually from code. The

command Blynk.virtualWrite(V3,

255); turns on the widget connected to

virtual pin 3, for example.

The hot tub controller blends

seamlessly with the tangled

mess of wires and pipes.

Next issue!

Luis stumbles across a

huge haul of vintage

Macs – some of them

dating back to 1983! But

how many can he

squeeze into his car?

a couple of buttons. By adding a few lines of

code to the program that controls the hot tub,

I can tell it to send the fill level to the Blynk

servers and this is picked up by the app on my

iPad. The communication works in the other

direction as well – I can tap the buttons in

the app to remotely start or stop the filling

process. To alert me when the tub is full, I can

set Blynk to send me an email, a tweet, or just

a regular app notification.

Insofar as any aspect of a hot tub in the

garden can be deemed essential, being able

to turn the taps on and off is obviously much

more important than the ability to monitor

the water level without pausing Netflix.

The beauty of the Blynk solution is that

it completely isolates the iPad code from the

software that controls the tap valves. That

makes things much less likely to break and

means that I can upgrade my iPad or change

the UI layout without having to mess about

with the Arduino code.

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How to





Nate Drake

shows us how

to master the

nuances of Apple

ID in case the

worst happens

74 | MACFORMAT | JULY 2017 @macformat

Your Apple ID is an

online account which

allows you to easily

access various Apple

services such as

iCloud, the iTunes

and App Stores,

FaceTime and iMessage.

This can be very problematic if you

lose access to your Apple ID – if you

forget your password, say. Some people

try to resolve this by creating another

Apple ID instead of fixing the one they

have, which means they’ll have no

access to their existing data in iCloud,

nor to any past purchases in the App

Store or iTunes Store.

You need to make sure your Apple

ID is linked to a working email address

and that you know both your passwords

and security questions. You can also link

a credit card and telephone number to

your account, which will also help verify

your identity if you’re ever locked out

of your account.

We have assumed here that you

have already created an Apple ID. If

you’re unsure whether you already

have one, follow the steps on the

Apple Support website to check, and

create one if necessary (go to apple.

co/2pN4OLH for guidance). @macformat

JULY 2017 | MACFORMAT | 75

APPLE ID Manage your account



When you create an Apple

ID, you select three security

questions and enter your

corresponding answers, such

as the name of your best friend

in school. Security questions are

useful for gaining access to your

account if you’ve forgotten the

password – go to

You may also need to answer

security questions when signing

in to the Apple ID website.

If you forget the answers to

your security questions, you’ll need

to know your Apple ID password

to be able to reset them. Go through

the steps to ‘Reset your Apple ID

password by email’ (opposite) if

you’re unsure of this.

Once you’re sure of your

password, go to

and sign in. In the Security section,

click Change Questions to select

new Q&As. When setting up

your Apple ID, you should

write down the

security questions’



safe, but if

you find





you can use


authentication if you

prefer. That sends a

verification code to your

registered (and hence trusted)

devices instead. Follow the steps

at to do this.

Top tip

The Apple ID site may ask

you to answer two of your

security questions to verify

your identity. If you can’t

recall your answers, reset

your questions at


& answers

Make sure you can access your

Apple ID should the worst happen

Your Apple ID password is precious.

You need it to sign in to iCloud and

each time you download something

from the iTunes or App Store.

If you’re having trouble signing in

using your Apple ID, you can easily reset

the password by requesting a link to be

sent to the email address registered

to your ID. See the steps in ‘Reset your

Apple ID password via email’ to do this.

That will only work if you still use this

email address. If not, visit

com in your browser and sign in. Click

Edit in the Account section of the Apple

ID website, then Change Email Address.

The Apple ID website will send a code

to your new email address.

In future, when entering your Apple

ID credentials, use the new email

address and your Apple ID’s password

to sign in. If your Mac was signed in to

iCloud, you may see your old email

address listed in System Preferences.

This won’t actually affect your data but,

for peace of mind, you can sign out and

then in again with the new address.

Multiple addresses

If you use more than one email address

you can add this in the Contactable At

section of your account at

com. Simply click Edit then Add More to

enter another email address and confirm

it in the same way. FaceTime and

iMessage users can then use this

additional address to contact you. You

cannot, however, use this email address

to sign in to the Apple ID website or

receive iForgot emails to reset your

password (see later).

You can also use this section to add

a mobile phone number if you have one.

This is useful for verifying your identity

Use the Apple ID page to update your contact

information, security settings and card details,

and to see where you’re signed in.

76 | MACFORMAT | JULY 2017

Reset your Apple ID

password by email

Click Add More to link another email address or phone number to your Apple ID.

if you need to reset your password with

Apple Support (see below).

The Security section of the Apple ID

website also contains the option to ‘Add

a rescue email’. This is very useful if you

need to reset your security questions.

Click the link and confirm your email

address in the same way outlined above.

Apple ID dilemmas

The above steps are excellent if you have

some level of access to your account.

You can reset your Apple ID password

provided you have access to your email

address or know the answers to your

security questions. You can also reset

the security questions if you know the

password and the answer to at least one

question. What do you do, though, if you

cannot reset your password by email,

nor answer the security questions?

If you’re ever in this situation, you

can contact Apple Support to verify your

Click Edit Payment Information to update

the payment card details and billing address

registered to your Apple ID.

identity over the phone. If this is

successful, a password reset link can

be sent to the email address of your

choice after 24 hours. Similarly, if Apple

Support can verify you’re the account

holder, it can reset your security

questions, so you can choose new

ones the next time you sign in.

Your identity needs to be confirmed

in two different ways. For instance, you

could answer one of your security

questions correctly and receive a code

via SMS. Apple Support can also send a

code to another device, such as an iPad,

that’s currently signed in with your

Apple ID. If you need to reset security

questions, you must also generate a

temporary support PIN by signing in

to the Apple ID website. Apple Support

can talk you through this.

You can also verify your ID by

providing the first six and last four digits

of the long number of your registered

credit card, along with the expiry date.

Many account holders hit a snag here

as their card details aren’t up to date.

If your Apple ID is currently working,

take the time now to sign in to your

account at and

update that information.

In Payment and Shipping, click Edit

Payment Information. If this is the first

time you’re adding billing info, the link

will read Add New Payment Card. Either

way a form will appear. Enter your card

number, expiry date, security code, and

billing and shipping addresses. This is

used each time you make a purchase in

the iTune and App Stores, and to take

payment if you’ve opted in to paying for

more storage for your iCloud account.

Forgotten passwords

1 If you’ve forgotten your Apple ID

passwords, go to and

enter the email address linked to your

Apple ID, such as janedoe223@post.

com, then click Continue.

Reset method

2 Choose ‘I need to reset my

password’ and Continue. You’ll be asked

how to reset your password. If your Apple

ID is linked to a working email address,

choose Get An Email, then Continue.

Reset password

3 Find the ‘How to reset…’ email.

Click Reset Now in that email to go to

the website. Enter your new password in

the New Password and Confirm Password

fields, then Reset Password. @macformat

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APPLE ID Manage your account

Mix and match

Resolve headaches caused by multiple Apple IDs

In the previous section, we discussed

how your Apple ID can be used for

multiple services, such as the iTunes

and App Stores. In fact, you can end

up using different Apple IDs with

different services – for instance,

you may have one Apple ID for

iTunes purchases and another

signed in to iCloud.

iCloud Keychain

Once you’re signed in to iCloud in

System Preferences, you can set up

iCloud Keychain. This handy feature

stores an encrypted version of any

Safari usernames, passwords and

bank cards in iCloud, saving you

the trouble of having to enter

them each time.

If you don’t already use iCloud

Keychain and are interested in doing

so, follow the steps at apple.

co/2qzLu7m to set it up.

During the set-up process, iCloud

Keychain will ask you to create a

six-digit security code, which you

can enter on additional devices to

grant them access to your keychain.

Although ideally you should have one

Apple ID, multiple IDs aren’t necessarily

an issue provided you’re able to

remember the details to sign in to all

of them (refer to the previous section

if you can’t). However, there are times

when you may need to consolidate data

from multiple Apple IDs.

Children going away to university, for

instance, might want to set up their own

Apple ID but would still like access to

your past purchases from the

iTunes Store. Similarly you

might be experiencing

the annoyance of apps

You’ll also be asked for a mobile

number to verify your identity

by sending a verification code

in a text message.

If your mobile phone number

changes and/or your forget your iCloud

Security Code, open System Preferences’

iCloud pane and click Options next to

iCloud Keychain to change the code or

update your number.

If none of your devices are signed in to

iCloud Keychain any more, you can reset

the code, but all your existing passwords

will be lost. In iCloud’s preferences pane,

tick Keychain, then click Forgot Code.

If any one of your Macs is still authorised to use iCloud Keychain, you can change

your security code or the phone number that receives verification codes in that

Mac’s iCloud preferences pane.

repeatedly requesting the password

for an old Apple ID in order to update.

If you suspect you might have more

than one Apple ID, first sign in at appleid. using the Apple ID you want

to use day to day. Note down your

primary email address and any other

email addresses or contact numbers

linked to your account.

Tunes and apps

Go to apple > App Store. In the app’s Store

menu, make sure you’re signed in with

the correct Apple ID (listed next to View

My Account). If not, choose Sign Out

and then sign in to the correct one.

If you previously installed apps using

a different Apple ID, you’ll need to enter

the password for that old ID in order to

update them. For free apps, open the

Applications folder and move the

program to the Trash. You can then

redownload the app using your preferred

Apple ID. For paid apps, sadly there’s

no way to transfer purchases from one

Apple ID to another. You can however

delete the app if you no longer use it,

so you won’t be troubled by requests

for your old Apple ID’s password.

If the system is demanding a

password for a different Apple ID to

run updates to macOS itself, that’s

because the operating system itself

was obtained from the store using that

ID. You’ll need to redownload Sierra

again from the App Store using your

new ID and reinstall to fix this. Follow

the steps at

To make sure iTunes is using the

Your devices may

be signed in to

iCloud using

different Apple IDs @macformat

Click the Store menu in the App Store to check

you’re signed in with the right Apple ID.

correct Apple ID, open the app and click

its Account menu. You can use an item in

this menu to sign out if you want, but any

DRM-protected content, such as films

and TV shows, purchased using the ID

you signed out of won’t be playable. You

also won’t be able to redownload any

past purchases. Any music previously

purchased and downloaded from the

iTunes Store will still be playable if you

sign in with a new Apple ID, but if your

old Apple ID was linked to an Apple Music

subscription and your new one isn’t, you

won’t be able to stream music that way.

If you try to sign in to iTunes with

a new Apple ID, Apple associates the

device on which you do so with your

Apple ID. You can’t then associate that

device with another Apple ID for 90

Click Account in iTunes to check you’re using the

right Apple ID. If necessary, sign out, then sign

in using the correct ID.

days. Refer to for

more about associated devices.

See our section on Family Sharing as

a potential workaround for this, and for

linking previously purchased content

with your new Apple ID.

A silver lining

Using iCloud is a great way to keep data

such as calendars and contacts in sync

across your devices. One of the most

common reasons that data doesn’t

synchronise correctly is because

devices are signed in to iCloud using

different Apple IDs.

Open System Preferences’ iCloud

pane on any Macs you use and check the

email address above Account Details to

make sure it shows the correct Apple ID.

You can do the same on any iOS device

by tapping your name at the top of

Settings in iOS 10.3 or later, or in

Settings > iCloud on older versions.

If the Apple ID isn’t correct, click Sign

Out. You’ll be asked if you want to keep

the associated iCloud account’s data on

your Mac. Allow this in order to retain

data such as contacts, notes, and

reminders. Once signed out, you can

then sign in with your new Apple ID and

sync the same data to its associated

iCloud account. This may lead to some

duplication of data, depending on how

long you’ve been using the two IDs.

If you’re not sure what you’re doing

or suspect you may have another Apple

ID you don’t know about, contact Apple

via the site and

arrange a callback.



If you sign in to the iTunes Store

or App Store using a new Apple ID,

you’ll lose the ability to download

previously purchased content from

your old Apple ID. If you have an

Apple ID you don’t use any more,

you can use Family Sharing to

access content you purchased

using that ID. (Family Sharing is a

way for up to six people to share

their previous purchases using

different Apple IDs.)

In System Preferences > iCloud,

make sure you’re signed in with

your new Apple ID, then click Set

up Family. Follow the on-screen

instructions to create a family

group. Once this is done, return to

System Preferences > iCloud and

click Manage Family. Click the ‘+’

button to add a family member and

enter your old Apple ID. Enter the

password for your old Apple ID to

link it to Family Sharing.

Go to the iTunes Store or

App Store to view and download

purchased content – not just from

the Apple ID you’re currently signed

in to, but for any of the Apple IDs

used by family members, which

include your old one. Not all apps

can be downloaded this way. Check

an app’s info summary on its App

Store page to see if Family Sharing

is supported.

Top tip

From 15 June , you’ll

need to set up two-factor

authentication and enter an

app-specific password for

third-party apps that access

data from your iCloud

account, such as Contacts,

Calendar, and so on. #macformat @macformat

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Apple’s built-in apps are fully

accomplished but they might not be

tailor-made for your needs. Alan

Stonebridge explores the best

alternatives to power up your Mac

each of us has a core set

> of apps we use all the time, but

what if you haven’t discovered

the one app that’ll totally

improve your Mac experience?

Here, we’ve gathered together over 40

must-have Mac apps, covering a range of

categories and price bands. You’ll notice

that some of the apps are listed in US

dollars, but we’ve listed the sterling

equivalent (at time of going to press),

and you can rest assured the apps work

perfectly well this side of the pond.

Once you’ve invested in the top-notch

Mac accessories that appeal to you on p30

onwards, make sure you arm yourself with

these apps, to ensure you’re pushing your

Mac to its full potential.

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suPeRchaRGe Top Mac apps

aiRMail 3 £9.99

PasTe £9.99

caRbon coPy cloneR £32.15

AirMail offers neat

ways to deal with

messages that

Apple Mail does not.

We’re fond of its ability to

‘snooze’ messages to help

focus on the things that

need immediate attention.

Also notable are the ability

to block senders with two

clicks (instead of setting up

rules), a customisable delay

before messages are sent,

and exempting an account

from Do Not Disturb.

This Clipboard


keeps a history of

whatever you copy – text,

pictures, links, files, and

more – and you can save

items as snippets for reuse.

Apps can be excluded to

keep sensitive info private.

Paste syncs its history and

snippets across Macs, so

you won’t lose out on the

convenience of macOS’s

Universal Clipboard if

you’ve gotten used to it.

Time Machine is a good safety precaution to have in

place in case you need to recover a file, or roll back

your system after a bad update. But you should also

make a complete backup of your Mac in a good state, and

optionally update that backup on a schedule. Case in point:

while writing this feature, Time Machine on our MacBook said

it needed to start backups from scratch. Carbon Copy Cloner

is a great app for doing this, and you can even start up your

Mac from the backup it creates to avoid a lengthy downtime.

launchPaD ManaGeR $7.99 (approx £6)

Launchpad is a fast way to open Mac apps, without

the clutter of irrelevant results and the slight pause

you can get when searching for them in Spotlight.

However, if you like to browse its iOS-like arrangement of

icons – rather than just using its search bar – getting them

in the order you want, one icon at a time, gets tedious. You

can speed up the process dramatically by using this tool, not

least because it enables you to quickly group multiple apps.

fanTasTical 2 £48.99

Fantastical 2

interprets event

descriptions that

you type in natural language

much better than Apple’s

Calendar. For example, it

understands if you append

‘alert 30 minutes’ – which

Calendar doesn’t – and

it uses animation well to

show it’s recognising things

as you type them. You can

also tell it to switch to a set

of calendars automatically,

based on your location.

lisT Mias free

This iTunes tool

inspects all the

items in your

library and checks whether

the files they‘re supposed

to link to are where they’re

meant to be – hence the

‘MIAs’ in its slightly

confusing name. It then

displays a list of any tracks

that are missing, including

where they were expected

to be, in case that jogs

your memory about an

unintentional move.

DefaulT folDeR x £29.71

Power up macOS’s Open and Save dialogs with this

excellent add-on and you’ll gain: a one-click shortcut

to focus either dialog on the same location as an

open Finder window; the ability to specify keyboard shortcuts

to any folder, not just those Apple provides for the common

locations in your Home folder; and, perhaps best of all,

shortcuts to recent files, so you can more easily locate one

you saved quickly without checking where it would end up.

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scRiveneR £38.25

For long-form

writing, this app

is a dream come

true. You may be familiar

with it as a way to write

novels and screenplays,

yet it’s good for any long

writing task – including

the feature you’re reading

right now. Scrivener has an

excellent set of tools for

structuring your writing

in smaller documents,

and it can stitch them

all together on export.

ulysses £43.99

Like Scrivener,

Ulysses enables

you to organize

all your work in one place.

But it’s really a minimalist

writing app that helps you

to focus on words, rather

than breaking down a

massive project into more

manageable parts. The app

now supports posting to

WordPress and Medium,

making it our favorite app

for publishing to those

popular blogging services.

DaisyDisk £9.99

Wondering what’s taking up so much of your

Mac’s storage? You could go digging through

folders with the help of Finder’s Info window,

or you can find out a lot more quickly with this app’s

insightful graphical breakdown, which identifies exactly

where the space-hogs on your drive are in a few seconds.

It also enables you to gather files to clear out and then

dispense with them in one move – though it runs a short

countdown before actually clearing out the unwanted files.

cheaTsheeT free

Want to look up the many keyboard shortcuts

available in the app you’re using without having

to manually peruse its menus? With Cheatsheet

installed, hold ç for a moment and it’ll scan through the

current app’s menus, then display all the items that have

a keyboard shortcut assigned to them, grouped under

headings based on their location. It’s a bit like the overlay

that’s shown when you hold ç on a Bluetooth keyboard

connected to an iPad, and you can print it for reference.

bbeDiT $49.99

(approx £39)

Our go-to Mac

app for writing

all sorts of code

– HTML, CSS, JavaScript,

and more – has the ability

to colour documents based

on syntax, plus other

clever productivity

boosters such as control

of how text wraps in its

window, the ability to

collapse multiple lines into

one for clarity, and a sideby-side

view of differences

in two versions of a file.

TyPeiT4Me £19.99

MacOS includes

a way for you to

specify that it

should replace certain

sequences of characters

with a longer passage of

text, but its options are

rather limited. TypeIt4Me

provides more obvious

(and comfortable to edit)

support for multi-line

replacements, inserting

dynamic data such as the

current date, and, perhaps

our favorite of all, support

for rich text formatting. @macformat

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Gif bReweRy free

GIF Brewery is the app to pick if you want extensive

control over how video is turned into an animated

GIF. It makes it easy to stitch together multiple clips,

trim footage, crop into the picture, correct the colors, or

apply quick presets, and even control frame rates and

looping. The app can record media that’s playing elsewhere

on your Mac’s screen, and, of course, you can superimpose

captions and images on top of your composition. Who knows,

it could help make yours the next big meme on social media.

scReenflow £99.99

When it comes to recording and editing what

appears on a Mac or iOS device’s screen – whether

it’s to show off an app prototype, to deliver training

to employees, or to create tutorials for YouTube – skip the

complexity of traditional video editors and use ScreenFlow,

which is purpose-built with screencasts in mind. You can

easily animate graphics over your video, superimpose

yourself over footage thanks to chroma key support, and

make it clear what’s being interacted with by adjusting the

pointer size and triggering animations that illustrate clicks.

aMPheTaMine free

coconuTbaTTeRy free

vlc free

unDock £1.99

Need to keep your

Mac’s display

awake, perhaps

while you’re in the middle

of a presentation and don’t

want its contents, mirrored

by a projector, to keep

blanking out? Just click

this dubiously named tool’s

menu bar icon to stop it

switching off. You can set

Amphetamine to work

indefinitely, for a fixed

amount of time, or only

while the app is open.

There are a couple

of places in macOS

where you can

easily check details of the

health of your MacBook‘s

battery, yet you might want

to grab this free utility to

see not just the battery’s

current capacity when fully

charged, but the amount it

was designed to store when

new for comparison. The

app can also display info

about a USB-connected

iOS device’s battery.

Whether you have

videos from way

back that no longer

play in QuickTime, or they’re

in a popular but alien format

(to Apple, anyway) because

you used to be a Windows

user, the popular VLC media

player should be the first

thing you install to try

playing them on your Mac.

MPEG-2, MKV, Windows

Media, WebM, and many

other video formats are

fully supported.

About to dash off

somewhere with

your MacBook, or

need to detach your USB

flash drive in a hurry?

The controls to eject

storage devices aren’t far

away – Finder’s always in

the Dock, after all – but this

helpful app lets you eject

drives with a couple of

clicks in the menu bar.

It can safely stop any Time

Machine backup that’s in

progress at the same time.

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Top Mac apps suPeRchaRGe

clouDMounTeR £28.99

A clear advantage of iCloud Drive is its inevitable

deep integration with Finder, which enables you to

use it just like a hard drive connected to your Mac

(albeit at speeds limited by your internet connection). Many

other cloud storage services may provide their own tool that

works similarly, or you could install this single tool to handle

your OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, WebDAV,

FTP, and SFTP accounts, saving on the resources that would

otherwise be used by running several similar, discrete tools.

MaGneT £4.99

TinkeRTool free

Magnet enhances

macOS’s window


features with shortcuts that

mimic the window-snapping

capabilities of Microsoft

Windows. For example, you

only have to drag a window

to the left or right edge of

the screen to make it fill

that area. If you’ve switched

from Windows to the Mac

you’ll welcome it, and even

as long-term Mac users we

adore its convenience.

TinkerTool gives

you easy access

to many hidden

macOS preferences you’d

otherwise need to know

the right Terminal

commands to modify. Our

favourites include a more

precise default page zoom

setting for Safari, saving

screenshots somewhere

other than the desktop

(handy if you’ve set Sierra

to store it in iCloud Drive),

and dimming Dock icons.

walTR 2 $39.95 (approx £31)

Not keen on using iTunes to add media to your iOS

device? You’re far from alone. WALTR makes sending

files from Mac to iOS as simple as you’ve probably

wanted it to be for years. Simply drag and drop files onto

WALTR and it’ll send them over a cable or Wi-Fi to your

device. It convert formats such as MKV and FLAC to an

iOS-compatible format on the fly, and files are placed in the

Music, Videos, and iBooks apps that you already know, rather

than ending up in some unfamiliar third-party alternative.

MalwaRebyTes anTi-MalwaRe foR Mac free

You may feel it unlikely that your Mac will become

infected with malware or adware, and not really see

any point in taking up valuable resources running a

scanner in the background all the time. And if you’re careful

about social engineering tricks, you might well avoid catching

anything. But if you share files with people, on a removable

drive or over the internet, it’s good practice to be sure you’re

not risking passing things on to other people. This on-demand

scanner does the job, and it takes just seconds to do so.

hazel $32 (approx £25)

Hazel provides automated file management based

on rules you attach to specific folders. So, you might

set up one for your Downloads folder that moves

various kinds of files – Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, for

example – and moves them to your Documents folder so that

they don‘t end up accidentally trashed when you’re tidying

up. It can get rid of incomplete downloads after a certain

period of time, which we find particularly helpful given our

impatience when clicking download links. @macformat

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suPeRchaRGe Top Mac apps

aiRfoil £27.91

Recent versions of

macOS and OS X

enable you to

redirect your Mac’s audio

to an AirPlay speaker, but

the most control you have

over what doesn’t get sent

to the speaker is to omit

system sound effects. Airfoil

gives you much greater

control over where individual

apps send their audio. It also

gives you the ability to send

any app’s audio to multiple

AirPlay speakers at once.

hanDbRake free

When it comes to

converting videos

to the H.264

format that’s compatible

with iOS devices, look no

further than HandBrake.

Originally it was intended

for converting the contents

of unprotected DVD-Videos

(which is why its interface

is awash with powerful

controls for selecting titles,

chapters, audio streams and

so on), but these days it can

convert regular video files.

affiniTy PhoTo £48.99

Of all the affordable Photoshop alternatives, this is

our favorite on the Mac. It packs in layered images,

the ability to edit Raw photos, correcting for lens

attributes, selectively applying adjustments using gradient

masks, and much more. Version 1.5 added a wealth of new

features, including HDR images from multiple exposures,

360-degree photo editing, and recordable macros with

changeable attributes. The app uses macOS’s Extensions

tech to make some of its tools available in Photos.

affiniTy DesiGneR £48.99

Rather than manipulating the pixels that make

up a picture, which is how bitmap editors such as

Affinity Photo work, Affinity Designer is all about

drawing vector shapes that can be manipulated without

losing quality. It backs up the basics with a powerful toolset

that includes: symbols, which link multiple objects in an

illustration so that changing one affects them all; vectorbrush

strokes that can be edited after you’ve applied

them, and powerful typographic controls.

Max free

What if your music

is stored in iTunes

in a format that

one of your portable devices

can’t play? Apple Lossless

won’t work on a PlayStation

Vita, for example. Max is a

batch converter for audio,

and it’s fast. We used it in a

similar scenario in the past

– before iTunes was able

to resample tracks when

syncing to anything other

than the iPod shuffle, which

we imported into a second

iTunes library for syncing.

buRn free

Still got a CD

player in your car,

or a relative who

prefers to receive family

videos on DVD? Burn is a

one-stop shop for writing

optical discs. Drop an AAC

audio file or an H.264 video

onto Burn’s window and

it’ll convert them to the

appropriate format for

your chosen disc type. Burn

even includes a menu editor

for discs in the DVD-Video

format – handy given that

Apple axed iDVD.

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The unaRchiveR free

The Mac can deal

with Zip files

perfectly well, but

what about those other

archive formats that

sometimes crop up, such

as 7Zip, Rar, and StuffIt?

Even if they’re much less

common these days, The

Unarchiver can handle

those and many more

exotic formats, and its

preferences enable you

to set it as the default app

for handling as few or as

many of them as you want.

viRTualbox free

There are good

reasons to pay

for a tool like

Parallels Desktop or

vmWare Fusion to run

Windows apps within

macOS, but if you need

those apps infrequently,

and don’t believe you’ll

benefit from things like

Parallel’s Coherence mode,

which puts Windows and

Mac apps on the same

desktop, consider

installing Windows in

VirtualBox instead.

TRiPMoDe $7.99 (approx £6.20)

Concerned that iCloud Drive, say, may be sending

or receiving a lot of data in the background while

your Mac is connected to Personal Hotspot on

your iPhone? Or, that you forget about such cost concerns

when using ordinary apps? Click TripMode’s menu bar icon

to see apps and services that use a network connection.

Switch it on and tick the checkbox next to only those

items you want to have internet access; the icon then

turns red as a reminder some things are blocked.

TelePoRT Donationware

hiDDenMe fRee free

With two Macs on

your desk – most

likely a desktop

and a portable one –

Teleport enables you to

use the same mouse and

keyboard to control both,

saving you a bit of clutter.

Install it on both, configure

a few preferences –

including telling it how

your Macs are arranged

– then simply move the

pointer over the adjoining

screen edge to switch

between controlling them.

Hands up, who

keeps files to

hand on their

desktop? If you need to do

a presentation, and other

people will be watching

your screen, it’s tempting

to tidy them up by popping

the files in a folder, but

you’ll lose their positions

on the desktop. Save

yourself the strain by

temporarily making those

icons invisible by using

this tool. The paid version

supports multiple displays.

liTTle sniTch $45 (approx £35)

MacOS’s app firewall is purposely designed to

be very easy to understand: it simply allows

or blocks apps from talking over the network.

Little Snitch offers greater control over which servers,

ports and protocols each process can use. The frequency

at which it pops up at first can be daunting, but the built-in

Research Assistant takes away the worry by helping to

identify the purpose of all those system processes it

warns about but you’ve never heard of. @macformat

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filePane £6.99

PRinToPia $19.99

(approx £16)

iGlasses $19.95

(approx £16)

fluiD $4.99

(approx £4)

FilePane expands

the possibilities

of dragging and

dropping any file on your

Mac. Drag a file to the Drop

Here prompt and a small

control panel pops up. From

here, you can quickly resize

an image file, print the doc,

send it via email or AirDrop,

and more. It’s the sort of

utility you can get so used

to using that you’d be lost

without it when using

another Mac.

Let’s say you have

a printer, and it‘s

a good one that

works perfectly well. But

you also have an iPhone

or an iPad, and you want

to print things from it. By

running Printopia on your

Mac, your iOS devices will

be able to send things

wirelessly to your Mac’s

printer as if it were an

AirPrint-compatible model

– because basically now it is!

This little palette

of controls affects

the look of video

coming from your Mac’s

FaceTime camera. It works

with FaceTime, but also

with Skype and other video

calling apps. As well as

brightness, exposure, white

balance, and other image

attributes, you can even

zoom in, effectively

cropping out surroundings

you don’t want in the image.

If you use web

apps, even just a

webmail service,

it’s easy to get confused and

slowed down as you jump

between them and native

Mac apps. Provide Fluid with

the address of a web app,

with a name and icon, and

it’ll create a dedicated Mac

app for that web page,

which then appears in the

ç+† app switcher, and

you can stash it in the Dock.

wunDeRlisT free

It’s easiest to think of Wunderlist as Reminders Pro.

It immediately won us over with the ability to group

lists in folders, as well as its well-structured

presentation. You can add up to 25 subtasks to a to-do item

in the app’s free edition, and add hashtags to provide context.

It keeps collaborative notes alongside the shared lists they

concern, rather than being conducted by email or elsewhere.

The free version outright omits a few of the collaboration

features of the Pro version, but a cost-free account still

enables the app to sync your lists between Mac and iOS.

Dxo oPTicsPRo foR PhoTos £9.99

Affinity Photo may be more powerful than you need,

in which case try this bunch of Photos extensions.

It includes fixes for distortion and chromatic

aberration (for select lens makes and models, at least), white

balance, noise reduction, Smart Lighting (which attempts to

maximize dynamic range), and a haze reduction tool that

makes local contrast adjustments. You don’t get much

control, but if what you want are quick clean fixes, get this.

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Top Mac apps suPeRchaRGe

callRecoRDeR from $29.95 (approx £23)

There are two versions of Call Recorder – one for

FaceTime, the other for Skype – and each is capable

of recording both audio and video calls. Recordings

are archived in a companion app, Ecamm Movie Tools, where

you can replay or export them. Just remember to check

applicable laws for you and the other person – though it’d be

wise to ask their permission to record, in any case. You can

even record regular phone calls that are passed through to

your Mac by way of macOS’s and iOS’s Handoff feature.

usaGe free

JoysTick MaPPeR £4.99

Usage gives you a

better idea of how

much time you

really spend on things like

Twitter and Facebook. Click

its menu bar icon and it’ll

show the hours and minutes

you’ve spent in various apps

(which can be grouped,

if you want). As well as

shaming yourself back to

some productivity, it can

assist you with accurately

billing clients.

If you play games

on your Mac and

some of them force

you to use the keyboard,

this utility can intercept

button presses on your

joystick or gamepad and

tell macOS you’ve pressed

a particular key. For key

combos, each key has to

be separately bound to the

same button, which takes

time to set up, but this is a

no-brainer for Mac gamers.

alfReD free

Purely as a Spotlight alternative, Alfred immediately

won our affection because it displays keyboard

shortcuts (ç and a number) next to its top search

results. It provides greater specificity than Spotlight, so you

can enter ‘define’ followed by a word to pull up that word’s

meaning and nothing else. And there’s much more, including

a clipboard history, the ability to buffer multiple files to

take action on all of them at once, and, with the paid-for

Powerpack, taking direct action on looked-up contact info.

isTaT Menus $18 (approx £14)

sPaMsieve $30 (approx £23)

Activity Monitor is all well and good for checking

your Mac’s resource usage, but its window isn’t

exactly compact. If you’re keen to keep an eye on

processes that might be hammering the CPU, thrashing your

startup disk with activity, or using up a lot of memory, this

app can display these and much more in the menu bar. Among

the other things it can display are: info from your Mac’s fans

and the temperature of components; your startup disk’s

SMART status, which is normally tucked away in Disk Utility;

and upload and download rates for your network connection.

This enhanced junk mail filter opens automatically

with Apple Mail (and many other apps like it). You

can use the scores it assigns to messages to process

supposed spam in different ways, rather than just moving

everything to a junk folder – you might simply colour some as

a prompt to offer the tool further training. Thankfully, you can

also block senders. The utility works with all of your email

accounts, so you might consider turning off any server-side

junk mail filters in order to help SpamSieve better learn by

ensuring it can inspect all messages you receive. @macformat

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APPLE CHOICE Mac hardware

Olfi one.five

Cheap and extremely cheerful

Reviewed by leOn POultney

£150 from Olfi, features 4K UHD, 240fps slow

motion, gyro stabilisation, waterproof case (up to 30m)

The updated one.five is not

only smaller, but is now more

neatly designed too.

Paul says…

It’s a shame that the

Olfi companion app is

a bit of a letdown and

can’t keep up with the

likes of Garmin and

GoPro. That said, the

hardware looks great

and is very affordable

too – perfect if you’re

dipping your toes into

the action camera

world for the first time.


lfi caused quite a storm in the

action cam world last year when

it unveiled a £149.99 model that

undercut its rivals, yet managed to

compete, and even impress, with its

picture quality. That model has been given

a refresh, and it now boasts enhanced styling,

improved picture quality and a glut of

additional user-friendly features.

The diminutive Olfi one.five camera sits

somewhere between GoPro’s Hero5 Session

and the larger Hero5 Black camera in terms

of size, measuring 5.4x4x2.4cm and weighing

just 55g. The one.five comes with a rugged

plastic housing that’s waterproof to a depth of

30 metres, plus a slimmer cage that includes a

shirt pocket clip and a screw-in connector for

mounting. You also get a Micro-USB lead and

a selection of flat and curved 3M adhesive

mounts. The camera also cleverly piggybacks

on the GoPro mounting system.

The camera is not just smaller than before,

it’s also neater, with a more intuitive button

layout. Two small buttons at the top control

power and shutter release, while two arrow

buttons at the side navigate the simple menu

screens. There’s no clunky touchscreen or

irritating one-button operation. In fact, it’s as

simple as scrolling through the menus via the

The Olfi one.five has an intuitive button layout that avoids

the pitfalls of a touchscreen or single-button operation.

arrows on the side, and confirming with

the shutter button or cancelling

with the power switch.

The LCD screen at the rear is

bright and clear, even in direct

sunlight, and you’ll find a 900mAh

battery pack on the underside. This

new battery pack is down on power

compared to its predecessor, but Olfi

claims the one.five can still deliver a

good hour and a half of recording time.

Even out of its cladding, the one.five feels

like a sturdy camera. The wide-angle lens is

recessed behind its rubbery casing, while the

hatched plastic along the edges makes it easy

to grip. Once inside its waterproof housing

(this takes the overall weight up to 110g), the

thick plastic and oversized buttons suggest it

can take quite a pummelling.

Unfortunately, the main anchoring base

didn’t quite fit the plastic thumbscrew points

affixed to the waterproof housing when we

tested it. As such, the camera had a tendency

to flop forwards under its own weight, no

matter how tight the thumbscrews were

ratcheted. However, it will happily sit in

any mount and accessory that has been

designed for GoPro cameras.

Performance punch

This pocket-sized action cam packs an

impressive performance punch for a camera

in this price bracket, with the ability to

shoot 4K at 24fps (this actually equates

to 3840x2160 pixels interpolated from

92 | MACFORMAT | July 2017 @macformat

Olfi one.five APPLE CHOICE


2880x2160 pixels) and 720p at 120fps – good

for capturing those smooth slow-mo shots.

You can also shoot simple time-lapse

videos using a range of timing settings. There

is a handy ‘Loop Record’ function, which

continuously records in small sections; it then

overwrites the oldest files when the memory

card is full. This means that you can use the

one.five as a car dash cam, with the optional

time and date stamp adding an extra layer of

evidence should the unthinkable happen.

Sadly, the battery life wasn’t great during

our tests. We managed to squeeze 30-45

minutes of filming and general fiddling before

it was time to plug it in, and battery life is

reduced further when Wi-Fi is activated

and the unit is paired with an iPhone.

On the plus side, the addition of the new

back-illuminated Sony Exmor-R CMOS

sensor is instantly noticeable. There’s even an

option in the menu screen that lets you select

how intense the colour palette should be, with

iSaw Edge



4K video at 10fps

1080p video at 60fps

16-megapixel sensor

Waterproof to 40m

(in included housing)

an option to shoot ‘Flat’ should you want to

colour-grade in post. Image shake is also

reduced thanks to gyro stabilisation.

You can play with exposure settings,

three metering modes, five white balance

options and five different ISO limits. It’s

also possible to reduce the fisheye effect

when shooting in wide angle via a

distortion-correction setting. Still images

can also be captured from 3MP to 16MP,

with the option to activate HDR.

Soft on the software

Unfortunately, Olfi doesn’t offer the same

array of apps and editing software as rivals

such as Garmin, GoPro and TomTom, with

just one simple smartphone app on offer. It’s

only really good for viewing live footage,

adjusting basic elements and downloading

footage and images to your iPhone. The

editing functionality is basic (trim, drag and

drop footage) and it feels a little clunky to use.

Moreover, GPS, voice activation and

the ability to link external sensors, such as

Garmin’s numerous cycling products, are

absent from the one.five package; battery life

is a bit of a let-down, and image clarity and

vibrancy don’t quite live up to the standards

set by GoPro’s offerings.

But if you want to capture good-looking

footage without breaking the bank, the Olfi

one.five is a smart choice.

TomTom Bandit



4K video at 15fps

1080p video at 60fps

16-megapixel sensor

Waterproof to 40m

(in included housing)


Simple, sturdy and

with decent picture

quality, the one.five

is a great value

action camera.


Foolproof interface

Impressive picture

quality for the price

Mount feels cheap

Basic, clunky app @macformat

July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 93

APPLE CHOICE Mac hardware

Creative Outlier Sports

Wireless, sweatproof in-ear headphones

£60 FROM Creative,

FEATURES Bluetooth, microphone, compact carry case, USB cable (0.3m)

If you want to block

out the world while you

exercise, these are the

headphones you’ve

been looking for.


These are some

tough and rugged

headphones, and

they sound excellent.


Solid and reliable

Great sound quality


hese wireless

earphones are of

the behind-theneck,

in-ear, variety. They

are pitched at sporty types,

meaning that they’re rugged,

sweatproof and designed to

survive being thrown into

a stinky gym bag at the end

of your workout.

We’ve dragged these

headphones around with

us for a solid month now –

through sweaty training

sessions, endless commutes,

bike rides and some rather

more mundane hours sitting

at a desk – and they’ve held

up remarkably well with

nary a sign of wear to their

exterior. More importantly,

thanks to their design they

sit nicely in your ear without

falling out, and they also

sound excellent as well. If

you’re looking for a set of

wireless headphones that

are one tough cookie then

look no further.

But here’s the thing: the

Outlier Sports go deep into

your ear and the silicone tips

block out all other noises.

The result is that you can

hear internal sounds, like

your breathing, very loudly,

which can be disconcerting.

It feels a little bit like being

underwater. We can see the

appeal if you like to be totally

immersed in your exercises

or lost in music. That said,

we wouldn’t recommend

wearing them walking down

a busy street or when doing

any activity that requires

decent awareness of your

environment. For enduring

a lengthy train journey or

spending half an hour on

a cross trainer, however,

these earphones are perfect.



The fastest portable SSD we’ve tested

£269 FROM Freecom,

FEATURES USB-C port (USB 3.1 Gen 2), USB-C and USB-A cables


When paired with

USB 3.1 Gen 2, you’ll

enjoy incredibly quick

file transfers.


Great transfer rates

High premium per gig


reecom’s latest

portable SSD

sports a neat

design similar to its

regular mSSD. It weighs

just under 71g, so it fits

comfortably in a pocket.

Even the included USB

cables are suitably short.

The wow factor here is a

port that meets the USB

3.1 Gen 2 spec, meaning

you can get a theoretical

1Gbps throughput.

Freecom says that read

and write speeds go up to

700MB/sec, but it’s actually

being modest. During tests

Portability and power – the neat,

petite MAXX boasts impressive

read and write speeds.

on our 15-inch Late 2016

MacBook Pro, we measured

maximum sequential read

and write speeds as 907.3

and 713.8MB/sec.

Even the mean averages

for those operations were

superb, chalking up very

respectable figures of 692

and 659.3MB/sec.

In our toughest tests –

randomly reading and

writing small files – the

drive peaked at 571.2 and

477.1MB/sec, and averaged

234.6 and 271.6MB/sec, still

surpassing SSDs with slower

ports that we’ve tested in the

past (but you pay more per

gig). AlAn STOnEBRidGE

94 | MACFORMAT | JUly 2017 @macformat

Mac hardware APPLE CHOICE

Google Wifi

The simplest, most valuepacked

Wi-Fi mesh system yet

Reviewed by JOe OsbORne

£129 FROM Google,

FeatuRes 5GHz mesh Wi-Fi, Ethernet port on each unit, free iOS companion app

It takes

seconds for

the ‘router’ to

recognise the

points and for

them to begin



By far the most

manageable router

we’ve set up – with

great coverage, too.


Super simple setup

Great value

Excellent design

A bit limited on

hardware control


outers and range extenders are

over – the future is Wi-Fi mesh

or tri-band. Naturally, the smart

home-obsessed Google is all over it with the

eponymous Google Wifi (spelled that way).

A single Google Wifi ‘point’ costs £129, and

a two-unit set is just £229. Google says three

Wifi points can cover up to 4,500 sq ft.

Each unit – a tiny, unassuming cylinder

with a simple white LED band in its centre –

is capable of the same functionality, so any

of them can function as the ‘router’. And each

unit has two Gigabit Ethernet ports so they

can be used for wired or wireless internet.

Setup is sublime – the free app configures

your Wi-Fi network by scanning the QR code

on the Wifi points connected to your modem

or gateway and power. From there, the app

tells you to give your network a name and set

a password, then pair the additional Wifi

points and label them. It takes seconds for

the ‘router’ to recognise the Wifi points and

for them to begin broadcasting.

The app offers plenty of useful features,

like constant monitoring of your network,

the points and connected devices. The app

can run an internet speed test – a mesh test

that measures the health of your points’

connections, as well as a Wi-Fi test that

measures your connection strength from

within the network. You can also prioritise

bandwidth to one device for a time, control

smart home devices and pause internet

access to certain devices.

Google Wifi drew the absolute most

from a 100Mbps Wi-Fi service, and managed

to do so from every room in our test house.

We were able to stream 4K video through

Netflix to a Roku Premiere in the basement,

as well as play games in an office where the

modem is located, all without issue.

Wi-Fi mesh systems like Google Wifi

aren’t focused so much on throughput as

Google Wifi gives you more coverage for

less money than most of its competitors.

they are coverage, but it delivers regardless.

The traffic prioritisation feature can

ensure that games (for example) get more of

that crucial bandwidth than other devices in

your house that are Facebooking or streaming

video. Plus, the network can automatically

repair itself should one or more of the Wifi

points be accidentally unplugged.

Wondrous Wi-Fi

While we know that Google Wifi operates

its mesh system over existing Wi-Fi bands

(2.4GHz and 5GHz) using the 802.11s mesh

protocol rather than, say, Netgear Orbi’s

tri-band system that communicates over a

second 5GHz Wi-Fi band, we haven’t found

a terrible difference between performance.

We’ve seen slightly faster download speeds

in Mbps on the 2.4GHz band from the Orbi

over the Google Wifi, but that could easily

be an anomaly.

The true benefit of Google Wifi over

other mesh systems is its coverage for the

price. The versatility of being able to add

multiple points in terms of shoring up your

home’s dead spots can’t be ignored.

While there isn’t much to gripe about,

it could do with finer control over Wi-Fi

settings, like controlling which bands are

broadcast and when. Also, as it uses AC1200

technology, Google Wifi isn’t capable of the

AC3000 or even AC2200 throughput that

Netgear Orbi and Linksys Velop can manage,

which might put you off if you are shelling

out for super-fast internet speeds.

Still, Google Wifi is the easiest router that

we’ve ever set up, full stop. For a relatively

affordable price, Google offers more units

than most competitors and the best setup

and management app by far. @macformat

JULY 2017 | MACFORMAT | 95



A credit card-sized power bank

AU$79 (about £55) FROM Dubleup,

FeatuRes 1x Lightning charger, LED indicator lights, Micro-USB cable


A super handy

device, but it’s just a

shame it can’t deliver

a full iPhone charge.


Ultra-light, ultra-thin

Half an iPhone charge


hese days, iOS

devices do more

than ever before.

From using Facebook Live

to always being connected to

your Apple Watch, iPhone

batteries take a hammering,

and rarely last a whole day

without needing a charge.

Weighing just 39.7g and at

only 5mm thick, this credit

card sized power bank slips

easily into your wallet so you

can juice up your iPhone or

iPad when you’re on the go,

no bulky charger required.

It has a fold-out lightning

connector for charging iOS

devices, and a Micro-USB

input port used to

charge up its own

internal battery. The

only other features on

the device itself are an

on/off button and a

series of three LED

indicator lights that tell

you roughly how much

charge is left, just like they

do on a MacBook Pro.

Plugged straight into a

wall socket, we found that

the Dubleup took about an

hour to reach full charge,

and it boosted the battery

of our test iPhone 5s by 50%

after 20 minutes of being

plugged in.

The DubleUp iPhone charger is small

enough to fit in your wallet or coat

pocket for convenience.

Perhaps it should have

been called the Halfup, as

you only get a half charge out

of it, but the ease with which

it fits into your wallet makes

up for this in our opinion.

When you can’t risk running

out of battery, it’s essential.

GRahaM BaRlOw

Nonda iHere

Is this tracker the new Tile?

£22 FROM Nonda, FeatuRes Bluetooth, separation

alarm, rechargeable battery, charging cable, free companion app


Sadly missing a few

features, but good at

what it does, with

a nifty app too.


Easy to find lost items

Quite chunky


ack in MF299, we

reviewed key fob

trackers: Tile and

TrackR. How does Nonda’s

iHere stack up against those

tracking trailblazers?

The answer is very well.

The buzzer is loud but not

obnoxious, and the car finder

is great too, pointing the way

back to your car. Get out of

its 75-foot Bluetooth range

and it shows a timestamped

last known location of your

car on a map. It doesn’t show

where you are in relation to

that, which would be useful.

The app is competent and

fairly easy to use, letting you

switch the iHere from

a car finder to a phone

tracker and more. It also

shows you the device’s

remaining battery life.

Speaking of which, each

iHere has a rechargeable

battery which lasts several

weeks. That doesn’t seem

much compared to Tile’s

one-year lifespan, but you

have to replace each Tile

after a year. Not so the iHere.

There are a few bonuses, like

the ability to use iHere as

a voice recorder or camera

shutter for your iPhone. Not

essential, but nice to have.

It’s missing a few of the

The iHere has a

separation alarm that

alerts you if you leave

your iPhone behind.

features its rivals have, like

alerts when other iHere

users discover your lost

item. Further, each iHere

can only connect to one

phone at a time – not so great

for shared items which

multiple people might want

to track. Its 75-foot range is

also less than the 100-foot

range of Tile and TrackR.

Still, as a key or car finder,

it’s an excellent little device.

alex Blake

96 | MACFORMAT | JULy 2017 @macformat

Head to head APPLE CHOICE



Canon Maxify


£140 FROM Canon, FEATURES 4-colour

inkjet, 600x1200dpi resolution, 1200x1200dpi scanner, fax,

50-sheet auto document feeder, two 250-sheet paper trays

CONNECTIVITY uSB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, AirPrint

Eco credentials HHHHH

Designed for home workers and small offices, Canon’s

high-capacity ink cartridges will print 1,200 pages in

mono and 900 pages in colour. It automatically switches to

standby mode after seven minutes, which uses just 0.9W.

Features HHHHH

The MB2750 is a bit bulky, but it’s a real workhorse office

printer that includes a printer, scanner, fax and document

feeder. There are two paper trays, each holding 250-sheets,

and automatic two-sided printing. You can connect via

USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi, and there’s AirPrint support too.

Performance HHHHH

The MB2750 spits out at a speedy 24 pages per minute for

mono documents with crisp, sharp text. Colour printing is

good too, at 15.5 pages per minute, and the MB2750 can

handle business graphics and bright, colourful photos.

Running costs HHHHH

Canon sells a multipack with all four ink cartridges for

about £60. That’s just 1.25p per page for mono, and 5p per

page for colour – well below average for inkjet printers,

but not in the same league as the cartridge-free ET-2600.

Reviewed by ClIFF JOSEph

Epson Eco-Tank


£230 FROM Epson, FEATURES 4-colour

inkjet, 5760x1440dpi resolution, 1200x2400dpi scanner,

manual duplex, 100-sheet paper tray, ink tank system


Eco credentials HHHHH

The Eco-Tank uses a large tank that holds enough ink for

several thousand pages at a time. It includes large bottles

of ink that can print 4,500 pages in mono, and 7,500 in

colour. And the replacement inks are really cheap, too.

Features HHHHH

The compact ET-2600 includes a printer, scanner and

copier with both USB and Wi-Fi connectivity. There’s only

a manual duplex option for two-sided printing, which is

disappointing at this price. It doesn’t support AirPrint

either, but Epson’s iPrint app is available for iOS devices.

Performance HHHHH

Print quality is good, with near-laser quality text. Colour

printing is good for both business graphics and the odd

photo, although print speeds are modest, at just 10 pages

per minute for text, and 5ppm for colour.

Running costs HHHHH

The ET-2600 is relatively expensive, but replacement ink

bottles cost just £8.50 each. That works out at a mere 0.2p

per page for mono text, and just 0.35p per page for colour,

which is far cheaper than conventional inkjet printers.

The speedy, versatile MB2750 is a great

choice for busy offices. Running costs are good,

too – but can’t match the innovative Eco-Tank.



The up-front cost is a bit steep, and it’s not

hugely fast. But the ET-2600 is top dog when

it comes to reducing long-term running costs.

HHHHH @macformat

July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 97




From making the most of your music to

presentations or gaming, you can’t beat

a traditional set of desktop speakers

Reviewed by Cliff Joseph


he phenomenal success of the iPod

and iPhone has completely changed

the audio industry, not to mention

our listening habits. Apple’s mobile devices

gave rise to a new generation of mobile speakers

that were compact and often portable, so that you

could easily carry them from room to room at

home, or even slip them into a backpack when

you were travelling.

Extras and effects

Some of these compact speakers provide

impressive sound quality, but there are still times

when you really need a good old-fashioned set

of stereo speakers sitting on the desk beside

your Mac. Desktop speakers don’t have to go

anywhere, so they’re generally larger and more

powerful than their mobile counterparts. A pair

of ‘bookshelf’ speakers can sit on either side of

your monitor when you’re working, or go up on

a shelf if you want to use your Mac as the centre

of your home music system. And, with multiple

inputs and connectors, you can use them with

your TV or games console as well, or perhaps

with a large display for presentations at work.

The other advantage of using stereo (also

known as 2.0) speakers is that they can really

separate the music, so you can hear Brian May’s

twiddly guitar solo on A Kind Of Magic

bouncing gleefully from left to right – the way

that it’s really meant to be heard. And, of course,

you could also take the next step, which is to opt

for a 2.1 system that throws in a subwoofer as

well. If you’re into bass-driven dance music

then a subwoofer will have obvious appeal, as

well as providing extra power for party time.

A subwoofer can also beef up sound effects on

games and action films, so gamers might want

to consider the specialised Creative Katana,

while movie buffs could opt for the THXcertified

Z623 from Logitech. On the other

hand, if you’re a musician or video editor you

might prefer the carefully tuned sound that

you get from a set of ‘monitor’ speakers, such

as M-Audio’s affordable AV32.1.

So whatever your musical tastes, here’s our

guide to the best desktop speakers currently

available for you and your Mac.

How we


Most of the speakers

here offer a Bluetooth

connection, but we

tested them using a

wired connection in

order to provide the

best audio quality.

Where it was available

we used a USB Audio

connection in order to

bypass the modest DAC

(digital to analogue

converter) that Apple

uses in most of its Mac

models. If USB Audio

wasn’t available we

used the traditional

3.5mm audio output

on our MacBook Air.

98 | MACFORMAT | July 2017 @macformat

Desktop speakers APPLE CHOICE


AudioEngine HD3 £399

Creative SoundBlasterX

Katana £280

Edifier R2000DB £240

KEF Egg £350

Logitech Z623 £160

M-Audio AV32.1 £150

Things to consider…

Everything you need to know before getting started

UsB Audio


Many desktop speakers now include a

USB port that can accept a digital audio signal

from a USB port on your Mac. This is often a

better option than using the conventional

analogue output from the headphone socket.

Mobile music


Desktop speakers are primarily designed

to be used with a wired connection to your Mac,

but many desktop speakers also provide

Bluetooth for connecting to your mobile

devices. KEF and AudioEngine support the

high-quality aptX version of Bluetooth, too.

sub standards


The KEF and AudioEngine speakers

include connectors that will allow you to add

a subwoofer. However, the KEF Egg speakers

will only work with compatible KEF subwoofers,

whereas AudioEngine’s little HD3 lets you use

any third-party subwoofer that has standard

RCA connectors.

Cabinet makers


Build quality is important for speakers,

as a solid speaker cabinet reduces vibration and

produces better sound quality. AudioEngine’s

HD3 speakers are tiny, and perfect for a small

bedroom or home office, yet their sturdy

wooden cabinets produce terrific sound.

power play


Logitech cheats a bit by boasting of

400W output for its Z623 speakers. However,

that refers to ‘peak’ power, whereas most

manufacturers measure power as the ‘root

mean square’ (RMS) – which for the Z623 is


JBl’s Connect X

Wireless cost £500,

but you can use them

together as stereo

speakers, or separately

in different locations.

…or lower?

If the Creative Katana

is a bit over the top, the

Creative T30 speakers

provide good sound,

Bluetooth and aptX,

all for just £70. @macformat July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 99


Test 1 Desktop design

Speakers of all shapes and sizes

AudioEngine’s HD3 provide a

compact set of speakers that don’t

take up much desk space (although

the screw-on aerial for Bluetooth

looks odd). In contrast, Edifier goes

for super-size with the R2000DB,

which tower above a MacBook Air.

KEF makes a fashion statement

with its pod-shaped Eggs, but they’re practical too, with the

controls on the right-hand speaker. The more gaming-focused

Katana from Creative boasts a neon-lit, slimline soundbar that

sits under your display or up on the wall, and a subwoofer that

packs a punch. If you want a more conventional 2.1 system

with separate stereo speakers and a subwoofer then Logitech’s

Z623 and the M-Audio AV32.1 both fit the bill – although the

AV32.1 has a slight edge on quality and price (you can also

buy the AV32 speakers without the subwoofer for just £80).


AudioEngine HD3

Creative Katana

Edifier R2000DB





Logitech Z623

M-Audio AV32.1

Test 2 Plug and play

What features are on offer?




Creative really goes to town with

multiple input and output connectors

for your music, and gaming features

such as microphone and headphone

connectors for online chat. The USB

Audio connector provides better

sound quality than a conventional

3.5mm connector. The KEF and

AudioEngine speakers both include USB Audio; AudioEngine

gets brownie points for putting a convenient 3.5mm headphone

connector on the front of the HD3. Edifier and M-Audio take a

more traditional approach, using RCA connectors that will be

familiar to hi-fi enthusiasts (and both provide an RCA adaptor

for your Mac’s 3.5mm connector). Most of these speakers also

include Bluetooth for connecting mobile devices, but it’s a little

disappointing that the low-cost 2.1 systems from M-Audio and

Logitech just stick with basic wired connections.

Test 3 Sound quality

Do they sound as good as they look?

If you’re on a tight budget then the

Logitech Z623 and M-Audio AV32.1

both provide good value for money,

with complete 2.1 systems that also

include a subwoofer. The Logitech

Z623 provides clear, detailed sound

that works well for music, gaming

and films, and the 200W output is

phenomenally loud if you want to have a party. But while the

subwoofer works well, the higher frequencies can be harsh.

The AV32.1 isn’t quite so loud, but at 110W it can still pump up

the volume when it needs to, and produces a more balanced

sound. The AV32.1 is also designed for recording and editing

music, so it has a ‘neutral’ tone that accurately reproduces the

sound of instruments and vocals, and will appeal to musicians.

The Creative Katana also boasts a powerful subwoofer, but

its soundbar design is more focused on watching films and

playing games. It’s good for music too, with detailed, expansive

sound. However, the soundbar doesn’t capture the left/right

separation you get from traditional two-piece stereo systems.

Beef up the bass

The chunky R2000DB from Edifier doesn’t have a subwoofer,

but the sheer size of the speakers means that they’re seriously

loud, and have room for a big bass radiator that helps produce

a solid depth. The sound can also really fill a room. Higher

frequencies can sound harsh when pushed, but the speakers

are so loud that you’ll seldom need to raise the volume.

Unsurprisingly, it’s the more expensive AudioEngine HD3

and KEF Egg that vie for top honours on audio quality. The

HD3 may be compact, but the speakers are well built, and the

sturdy wooden cabinets produce a strong, expansive sound

that seems a lot louder

The R2000DB doesn’t

have a subwoofer, but

the sheer size of the

speakers means that

they’re seriously loud

than the 30W quoted

by AudioEngine. The

KEF Egg is a bit larger

and a bit louder, but

both of its speakers

produce a rich, warm

sound that works well

with everything from

acoustic ballads on the one hand to classical and even heavy

rock on the other. Neither set of speakers really excels at the

lower end, lacking either a subwoofer or the bulk and body of

the Edifier speakers, but both give the option of adding a hi-fi

quality subwoofer if you want to really boost the bass.


AudioEngine HD3

Creative Katana

Edifier R2000DB





Logitech Z623

M-Audio AV32.1





AudioEngine HD3

Creative Katana

Edifier R2000DB





Logitech Z623

M-Audio AV32.1




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Desktop speakers APPLE CHOICE

The Winner KEF Egg

These Eggs are hard to beat


oth Logitech and M-Audio do well to provide

powerful 2.1 speaker systems for around

£150, but the AV32.1 from M-Audio pulls

ahead thanks to its lower price and better build, as

well as a nicely balanced sound. Creative’s Katana

also includes a subwoofer that can get things

going at party time, but the soundbar design and

higher price means this is something of a specialist

The KEF Egg set offer versatility

setup aimed more towards gamers.

as well as great sound quality.

Edifier’s R2000DB is a more conventional stereo system that sounds great, and it’s powerful

enough for party time too. The optical and RCA connectors suggest that Edifier is thinking more

‘front room’ than desktop, but Bluetooth connectivity means the set is pretty versatile. When it

comes to high-quality desktop stereo, it’s AudioEngine and KEF that lead the way. Both sets

When it comes to high-quality

desktop stereo, it’s AudioEngine

and KEF that lead the way.

provide hi-fi quality sound along with

an impressive range of connectivity

options, and it’s only the £50 lower

price of the KEF Egg that nudges it

ahead as our favourite desktop speaker.

Paul says…

I want a set of desktop

speakers that can easily

deal with music, movie

and gaming output, and

KEF’s offering can cope

admirably with all those

requirements. Its good

range of connectivity

options is also a boon.


do they


> THE SPECS > AudioEngine HD3

> Creative Labs

SoundBlaster X Katana

> Edifier


> KEF Egg > Logitech Z623 > M-Audio AV32.1


Price £399 £280 £240 £350 £160 £150

configuration 2.0 2.1 2.0 2.0 2.1 2.1




Soundbar: 150Hz–20KHz

Subwoofer: 20Hz–150Hz

50Hz–20KHz 80Hz–20KHz TBC

Satellites: 80Hz–20KHz

Subwoofer: 36Hz–200Hz

sPeaker outPut


30W RMS/60W peak 75W RMS/150W peak 120W RMS 50W (RMS) 200W RMS/400W peak 110W RMS


- inPut

1x 3.5mm aux-in, 1x RCA,

1x Micro-USB

1x 3.5mm aux-in, 1x

3.5mm microphone,

1x optical, 1x USB, 1x

2x RCA, 1x optical

1x 3.5mm aux-in, 1x Mini-

USB, 1x optical

2x 3.5mm, 1x RCA

1x RCA, 1x optical, 1x TRS


- outPut

Subwoofer, 3.5mm


3.5mm headphone N/A Subwoofer 3.5mm headphone N/A

Wireless Bluetooth (aptX) Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth (aptX) N/A N/A

remote control N/A Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes




Soundbar: 6x60x7.9cm





Satellites: 19.6x11.7x12.6cm



Satellites: 19x13x14.5cm

Subwoofer: 32.5x19.5x27cm





APPLE CHOICE Mac software

Nuance PDF


Converter, editor and, er, ‘OCRer’

£79.99 FROM Nuance,

Needs OS X 10.10 or later


A feature-rich PDF

editor, although it’s not

as user-friendly as its

cheaper rival.


Decent conversion

Variable OCR results


his app isn’t just

for converting

PDFs. You can add

annotations, rearrange pages,

make edits, and weld new

PDFs to your existing ones.

It also includes OCR, to

add a searchable text layer to

scans. In our tests, a high-res

invoice had minimal errors,

but a medium-res magazine

scan became a garbled mess.

Edits are possible, but fiddly,

often requiring you to click

and update individual words

within a dialog box, rather

than all the text at once. Still,

for simpler documents, the

feature’s a user-friendly boon.

Conversions also proved

variable, but were dependent

on document complexity and

output format. After all, you

wouldn’t expect a magazine

layout to survive unscathed

into RTF. However, we were

impressed to find designoriented

table-based layouts

from InDesign remained

largely intact when converted

Drag the sidebar out and you have a bigger

thumbnail view for faster page arranging.

to Word. Conversions go

through Nuance’s server,

which takes several minutes.

Elsewhere, the interface is

usable and annotations work

fine. There’s even an audio

option, but audio annotations

don’t work in all apps (such

as Preview). PDF Expert 2 is

cheaper, friendlier and nicer

to use, but this is a decent buy

if you need conversion and

OCR rather than just editing.

CRaig gRaNNell

Sparkle One

Build a website quickly – in theory

£38.99 FROM River,

Needs OS X 10.9 or later


Sparkle One has

much to commend it,

but is let down by its

lack of templates.


Familiar user interface

Limited templates


emember iWeb?

Sparkle One is a

reminder of what

could have been for Apple’s

erstwhile website builder.

Heavily influenced by

Keynote and Pages, it’s a web

design tool that aims to be as

simple to use as it is pretty to

look at. Does it work? Sort of.

Launch Sparkle and the

interface feels familiar. It

uses the same conventions

of placing text boxes onto

the page and dragging them

into position as Pages. And,

as with Pages and Keynote,

you can add image boxes and

fill them with an image from

your Mac. Menus, buttons,

checkboxes and forms can

also be added simply.

While some of the tools

(like the Gallery button) may

have you scratching your head

at first, the comprehensive

documentation on the Sparkle

website will help. Where that

documentation doesn’t help

is where most users are likely

to come unstuck: designing

pages from scratch. Sparkle

is aimed at newcomers to web

You can download site designs

from the Sparkle Cafe website.

design, but it makes you start

from a blank page. There are

designs available to download

for free from the Sparkle Cafe

website, but these are mostly

single-page websites. If you

want to use a design and add

multiple pages, there are no

templates or themes to make

it easy. You’ll have to identify

each separate element on the

downloaded design and copy

and paste it to the new page.

KeNNy HeMpHill

102 | MACFORMAT | JuLy 2017 @macformat

Mac software APPLE CHOICE


More ways to work with

your Mac’s windows

Reviewed by Kenny HeMpHill

£9.99 FROM light Pillar Software,

needs OS X 10.11 or later

Mosaic allows

for a little extra

space around

windows so

they look

attractive on

your screen


A very good window

management app,

whether your needs

are simple or specific.


Easy layout changes

Custom layouts

Elegant use of space

Some Pro features

should be in Standard


ullscreen views and Mission

Control are great for quickly

swiping between apps and for

focusing on a single app. But what about

those occasions where you need to frequently

swap between apps, either because you’re

working on a document that references

another, or because you need access to

resources stored in a different folder?

That’s where Mosaic comes in. Mosaic,

like Magnet 2 (reviewed in MF312), lets you

easily manage windows so that they occupy a

set area on your screen, allowing you to view

two or more simultaneously at the tap of a

keyboard shortcut, or a quick drag and drop.

Mosaic sits in the background until you

drag a window, at which point an overlay

You can choose whether layouts appear in rows

or columns and where they appear on screen.

The Pro and Business versions allow you to create

custom window layouts for ultimate control.

appears, presenting you with a view showing

different layouts – such as two windows side

by side, or a grid. Just drag the active window

onto a position on that overlay to set it. If you

don’t want Mosaic to appear every time you

move a window, you can set it to activate only

when you press å. You can also specify

whether layouts in the overlay are displayed

in rows or columns, and where on the screen

the overlay appears.

Window dressing

Neatly, Mosaic’s layouts allow for a little extra

space around windows so they look attractive

on your screen, and so that shadows don’t

overlap the neighbouring window. And as

with most other things in Mosaic, you can

adjust the size of the spacing to suit.

The Standard edition allows you to specify

an exact window size and position on your

desktop, while the Pro (£24.99) and Business

(£2.99 monthly subscription) versions also

allow for constraints-based layouts for

windows using pixel counts or percentages.

If you have a very specific way of working

with and arranging windows, that may

appeal. Also, the Pro and Business versions

both support the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar,

and offer a remote control app for iOS that lets

you resize the active window on your Mac by

tapping a layout on your iPhone or iPad.

Some features that we would have liked to

be included in the Standard version, such as

keyboard shortcuts and Touch Bar support,

are limited to the Pro and Business Editions.

However, the 2.5 times higher cost of the Pro

edition pays off if you want to use Mosaic on

multiple Macs, as in addition to extra features

it can also be used on up to five computers. @macformat July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 103


Cosmic Express

Prepare for a mental pummelling

£4.99 FROM Cosmic Engineers,

Needs iOS 6 or later


Cosmic Express has a

difficulty curve like

a steep cliff, but is

adorably enjoyable.


Charming looks

It’s so very difficult


his adorable yet

rock-hard puzzle

game is made by a

man called Alan Hazelden.

He’s the Einstein of puzzle

games – he’s so very good at

them. But that means Cosmic

Express is incredibly difficult.

You have to draw a tiny

railway to pick up and drop

off alien passengers, whose

houses correspond to their

colours. They will not go to

each other’s houses, and some

of them refuse to even get

inside a train carriage that

another alien has been in.

It’s deceptively adorable,

with cute little noises every

time you squish an alien. But

Cosmic Express is the kind of

game that will wring out your

brain. Is that a good thing?

Well, do you like puzzles? Do

you like the idea of a game

that has you stumped for days

until you suddenly realise

how to solve it in the bath?

Then yes, it is a good thing.

It will punch you in the brain,

and you will probably love it,

like people who love eating

chillies that make them cry.

We have no idea how to solve this

one, so we’ll just draw patterns.

There are so many levels,

which is a lovely surprise for

an iOS game, but a potentially

daunting feature for anyone

who throws their phone at the

wall in frustration every time

they can’t complete a level.

This isn’t the kind of game

that you can blast through on

one bus journey; each level

takes thought, planning, and

a whole lot of trial and error.

And you’ll feel like a genius

when you get it. Kate GRay


No Touch Bar? No problem

Free (Basic)/£14.99 (Premium) FROM Actions,

Needs iOS 8 or later


Quadro works well,

and the premium

version could be a

massive timesaver.


Does its job well

Wi-Fi setup is fiddly


ant a Touch Bar

but can’t afford

the new MacBook

Pro’s price tag? Then enter

Quadro, which turns your

iOS device into a touchscreen

that controls your Mac.

It requires you to install

a mini-server on your Mac,

which it then connects to over

USB (effortlessly) or Wi-Fi

(with a bit of yelling). It scans

the Applications folder, and if

it spots an app it knows about,

it installs the appropriate set

of tiles and buttons to control

it. For example, if you switch

to Ableton you’ll get a screen

enabling you to control audio

The app’s layout is somewhat

reminiscent of Windows 8’s tiles.

track transport, mapping, and

quantisation. Move across to

Calendar and you get buttons

for adding events, editing

events, going to a particular

date, and so on.

But it’s not perfect: the

transport controls didn’t work

in Logic Pro X, presumably

because Apple has updated it

recently, and Quadro doesn’t

recognise third-party apps

such as Ulysses or Spark

automatically – but for core

Apple apps it’s a lot of fun.

If you subscribe to the

Quadro knows about other, non-

Apple apps such as Tweetbot.

£14.99/year Premium plan,

you can create your own set

of collections for specific apps

and web apps. You can also

automate repetitive tasks such

as sharing data between apps

or posting to web services.

That makes it a very powerful

thing to have on your iPhone,

iPad or iPod touch.

Quadro may look more

like Windows than macOS,

but it does the job well, and

the premium version on offer

is a very powerful option.

GaRy MaRshall

104 | MACFORMAT | July 2017 @macformat



Shoot and edit videos, add

effects and share them online

with Apple’s latest app

Reviewed by Kenny HeMpHill

Free FROM Apple,

needs iOS 10.3 or later

Clips is

focused on

doing things

quickly and

easily so that

you can share

the results


Clips offers power,

but is still easy to use.

With a little effort it

gives great results.


Turns voice into text

Powerful editing

Square videos only

Workflow issues


pple’s relationship with social

media has always felt a little bit

uncomfortable. You feel that it

knows it’s important, but just can’t bring

itself to fully engage.

Clips might just change that. It’s not, as

some have suggested, an app made to compete

with Instagram or Snapchat – there’s no

integrated social network for one thing – but

it does provide an easy way to make greatlooking

video and share it on Instagram, as

well as on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Where iMovie puts the emphasis on

powerful editing controls and features, Clips

is focused on doing things quickly and easily

so that you can share the results. It’s not quite

as spontaneous as Snapchat or Instagram,

and you’ll need to do some fairly light editing

work to get the best from it, but it’s close.

Clips’ standout feature is the ability to

turn words you speak into the microphone on

your iPhone into text on your screen. You can

then choose to have the text accompany the

audio, or have just one or the other. It works

reasonably well and, importantly, you can edit

the text to correct any errors that may have

crept in. Once you’ve got the text saying what

you want it to say, there are a number of

different styles for displaying it.

That may be the most impressive feature,

but Clips has plenty more to offer. Launch the

app and you can choose to shoot video, add a

clip from the Photos library, or use one you’ve

already imported. It’s here that you’ll likely

run up against Clips’ major limitation: it only

supports square videos. If you import one in

widescreen, it will automatically crop it to fit.

On the plus side, there’s no problem with

importing videos stored in iCloud – Clips

downloads them automatically.

The tools for recording video live are easy

to grasp. Just tap and hold the big red button

You can shoot video directly from within Clips.

in the middle of the screen for as long as you

want to record. Audio input is automatically

recorded, but if you don’t want it, just tap the

microphone icon to mute the iPhone’s mic.

Adding a clip from your iPhone’s library

uses the same workflow. So, in addition to

tapping ‘video’, navigating to the clip you

want and adding it, you must hold the red

button as the video plays in order to import it.

This also applies to the animated ‘cards’ that

you can add between clips. It’s a bit of an odd

workflow decision, especially since you can

trim clips later, but perhaps it was done this

way to encourage more spontaneous editing.

Clips rewards time spent getting to know

it; poking around reveals features and tools

that aren’t obvious. Whether that’s enough

to persuade the Instagram generation to put

in a little effort rather than simply use the

video tools in their favourite social media

app is another matter, though. @macformat

July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 105



OCT 2015


EARly 2017

EditEd by AlEx BlAkE

your complete guide to the best Apple

hardware and third-party accessories


elcome to MacFormat’s

Store Guide, the place to

go to find out about all the

Apple kit that matters, whether

you’re looking for your next iPhone

or a powerful new desktop Mac.

We’ve highlighted the model of

each product that’s ideally suited to

your needs, whether you’re a recent

Who’s it for?


you’re just getting started in the world of

apple and need to know where to begin.


a firm apple user, you’re ready to move

on and get even more from your tech.


apple is your life. you prize quality and

want the best that money can buy.

Inside your buying guide…



MacBook Pro........................107

Mac Pro.......................................107

Mac mini.....................................107



iPad Pro.......................................108

Apple Watch...........................108


Ultra HD monitor.............109

External SSD.........................109




Network storage..............109

Wireless router...................109

Thunderbolt dock...........109


IP camera..................................109

MacBook bag........................109

Desktop speaker................110

Portable speaker...............110

On-ear headphones.......110

In-ear headphones..........110

Portable battery.................110

Action camera......................110

convert or a seasoned Apple user.

So be sure to check our handy tables

to see which Mac, iPad or iPhone is

best for you.

We’ve also highlighted the gold

standard in audio, storage, cameras,

and many other categories, helping

you complement your Mac or iOS

device with the best accessories.

Model Key specifications price




intel core i5

MEMORY 8GB of 1867MHz lpddr3

GRaphics intel iris pro Graphics 6200

sTORaGE 1tB (5,400rpm) hard drive

DispLaY 1920x1080 (ips, srGB gamut)

aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard





intel core i5




intel core i5

MEMORY 8GB of 1867MHz lpddr3

GRaphics intel iris pro Graphics 6200

sTORaGE 1tB (5,400rpm) hard drive

DispLaY retina 4K (ips, p3 gamut)

aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard

MEMORY 8GB of 1867MHz ddr3

GRaphics aMd radeon r9 M395

sTORaGE 2tB fusion drive

DispLaY retina 5K (ips, p3 gamut)

aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard



Bluetooth tracker..............110


Fitness smartwatch........110

Photo editor...............................111

Video editor...............................111

Web design..................................111

Writing app..................................111


Music making app...............111

Streaming service..............111

Photo editor...............................111

Productivity app...................111


Ever since the famous Bondi Blue iMac

debuted in August 1998, Apple’s all-in-one

desktop computer has been setting standards

in gorgeous design and powerful performance.

Apple’s innovation was as clear back then as it

is today – the iMac was the first Macintosh to

drop the floppy disk in favour of USB, and its

colourful aesthetic set it apart as a playful

pretender in a world of staid beige boxes.

Today, Apple is again pushing boundaries

with the iMac, blessing all of its 27-inch models

with a massive 5K (5120x2880) resolution and

a wider colour gamut than previous models.

Add in a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor

(configurable from 3.2GHz up to 4.0GHz), 8GB

of memory, a fast and capacious Fusion Drive,

and a powerful AMD Radeon R9 graphics

processor – and the large iMac is the desktop

system to own. In 2015, Apple introduced the

first 21.5-inch iMac complete with a Retina 4K

(4096x2304) display. All except the entry-level,

21.5-inch model have a quad-core processor.




Choose an iMac

Model Key specifications price




intel core i5

MEMORY 8GB of 1867MHz lpddr3

GRaphics intel iris pro Graphics 6200

sTORaGE 1tB (5,400rpm) hard drive

DispLaY 1920x1080 (ips, srGB gamut)

aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard





intel core i5




intel core i7

MEMORY 16GB of 1867MHz lpddr3

GRaphics intel iris pro Graphics 6200

sTORaGE 1tB (5,400rpm) hard drive

DispLaY retina 4K (ips, p3 gamut)

aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard

MEMORY 16GB of 1867MHz ddr3

GRaphics aMd radeon r9 M395

sTORaGE 2tB fusion drive

DispLaY retina 5K (ips, p3 gamut)

aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard



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ApR 2016




OCT 2016


OCT 2017


ApR 2017



MacBook MacBook Pro Mac Pro



The baby of Apple’s laptop family,

the MacBook was updated in early 2016

with slightly improved specs and a new

Rose Gold colour. Weighing in at just

0.92kg, it’s Apple’s most lightweight

laptop but still packs in a 226ppi pixel

density in its 12-inch Retina display.

The MacBook is powered by an Intel

Core M processor (at 1.1GHz, 1.2GHz or

1.3GHz), which doesn’t require a fan to

keep cool, so the MacBook runs silently.

It also features a Force Touch trackpad,

which can trigger different responses

as you apply more pressure. All models

of the MacBook come with 8GB of

1866MHz memory, with no option to

add more, and Intel HD Graphics 515 –

that’s 25% faster than the previous

iteration – and there are 256GB or

512GB flash storage options. There are

four colour options: Silver, Space Grey,

Gold, and the new Rose Gold.

Apple debuted the new MacBook Pro

in October with an OLED strip of appspecific

controls called the Touch Bar.

This replaces the function keys with a

row of context-sensitive shortcuts.

The Force Touch trackpad was

made larger to provide more room for

gestures, and the keyboard was also

updated with a second-generation

version of the butterfly keys found in the

12-inch MacBook. Memory speed in all

models except the entry-level 13-inch

was upgraded to 2133MHz, and all new

models are thinner and lighter.

The ports saw substantive changes,

too. you’ll now get either two or four

Thunderbolt 3 ports (depending on the

model), which are also compatible with

USB-C devices, and through which you

charge the MacBook Pro. The 13-inch

and 15-inch sizes remain, although the

entry-level 13-inch lacks a Touch Bar.

If you need power – and we mean

serious power – this is the computer

for you. Even the entry-level model

comes with 16GB of memory, a six-core

3.5GHz processor, 256GB of speedy

PCIe flash storage and dual AMD FirePro

D500 graphics cards. Apple brought

minor speed boosts to the Mac Pro in

April 2017 and has confirmed it’ll unveil

a new modular version some time after

2017, so it’s worth holding out until then.


OCT 2014



Mac mini






Choose a MacBook Choose a MacBook Pro

Model Key specifications price

12-inch 1.1GHz


intel core m3


1866MHz lpddr3

GRaphics intel Hd

Graphics 515

sTORaGE 256GB ssd


12-inch 1.2GHz


intel core m5

12-inch 1.3GHz


intel core m7


1866MHz lpddr3

GRaphics intel Hd

Graphics 515

sTORaGE 512GB ssd


1866MHz lpddr3

GRaphics intel Hd

Graphics 515

sTORaGE 512GB ssd






Model Key specifications price




intel core i5


1866MHz lpddr3

Gpu intel iris 540

sTORaGE 256GB ssd

Touch Bar no





intel core i5




intel core i7


2133MHz lpddr3

Gpu intel iris 550

sTORaGE 256GB ssd

Touch Bar yes


2133MHz lpddr3

Gpu radeon pro 450

sTORaGE 256GB ssd

Touch Bar yes



A welcome update in 2014 brought a

£100 price drop to the most affordable

Mac, but rises in late 2016 added £80

back on. The mini comes with some

interesting talking points: the entry-level

model has a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core

i5 CPU and 4GB of memory, making it

one of the lowest-spec Macs around,

with a 500GB hard drive and no display.

Higher end models come with 1TB

storage (Fusion Drive and SSD options

are available), 8GB of memory, a better

graphics processor and either a 2.6GHz

or 2.8GHz Intel Core i5 for £679 and

£949. Those models can be upgraded to

a Core i7, but there aren’t any quad-core

options available at the moment. @macformat July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 107



MAR 2017


SEp 2017


SEpT 2016




MAR 2016


EARly 2017


The iPhone 7 represents a big update,

no doubt about it. Apple introduced an

amazing dual-camera setup in the Plus

model, which allows for 2x optical zoom

and on-the-fly depth of field effects.

Both sizes feature the improved A10

Fusion chip, a redesigned Home button

with haptic feedback, better battery life,

Lightning EarPods, and storage ranging

from 32GB to 256GB.

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are still

available, and are great devices in their

own right. With 3D Touch giving you a

greater range of interactions with apps,

plus a 12MP rear camera with 4K video

recording and Live Photos, consider

these if the iPhone 7 is too expensive.

And let’s not forget the iPhone SE.

Updated with 32GB and 128GB storage

options, it packs in an A9 chip and M9

motion coprocessor, and has a bright,

crisp and compact 4-inch screen.




Model Key specifications price

iphone se



capaciTY: 128GB

pROcEssOR: a9

3D TOuch no

caMERa 12Mp photos,

4K video recording


iphone 6s



iphone 7




capaciTY: 128GB

pROcEssOR: a9

3D TOuch yes

caMERa 12Mp photos,

4K video recording

capaciTY: 128GB

pROcEssOR: a10 fusion

3D TOuch yes

caMERa 12Mp photos

(dual-camera), 4K video



Apple shifted the iPad range around in

March 2017, replacing the iPad Air 2 with

a 9.7-inch model simply called ‘iPad’. The

entire Air range has been phased out,

but the iPad mini 4 is still available.

The 9.7-inch iPad features an A9 CPU

and M9 motion coprocessor, and comes

in 32GB and 128GB storage flavours. The

Retina display has been made brighter

compared to the Air 2, but the new iPad

is slightly thicker and heavier. It’s also

got an 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP

front-facing camera.

On the software side, the iPad adds

multitasking features, which are a boon

for productivity. you can slide a second

app over the right side of the one you’re

working in, then dismiss it to get back to

work. Picture in Picture enables you to

watch video in a corner of the screen.

There’s also Split View, which lets you

work on two apps side by side.

Choose an iPhone Choose an iPad




Model Key specifications price


ipad mini 4

capaciTY 128GB

pROcEssOR a8

cONNEcTiViTY Wi-fi

caMERa 8Mp

TOuch iD yes


9.7-inch ipad


ipad pro

capaciTY 128GB

pROcEssOR a9

cONNEcTiViTY Wi-fi

caMERa 8Mp

TOuch iD yes

capaciTY 128GB

pROcEssOR a9X

cONNEcTiViTY Wi-fi

caMERa 8Mp

TOuch iD yes



iPad Pro

The iPad Pro comes in 9.7-inch and

12.9-inch sizes, packed with either 32GB,

128GB or 256GB of storage. All models

except the 32GB 12.9-inch one are

available with the option of mobile

network connectivity. The Pro’s A9X chip

is the most powerful in any iOS device,

and it has an impressive four-speaker

sound system, too. Adding the pressuresensitive

Apple Pencil makes it an

accomplished drawing tool.


SEpT 2016


lATE 2017




From £269

The Watch has already

made Apple the second

biggest watchmaker in

the world. Apple is continuing this push

with Apple Watch Series 2, which sees

a big update to the Watch. It’s waterresistant

to 50 metres so you can take

it for a swim, it has a faster dual-core

processor and GPU, and a brighter

display. There’s also built-in GPS, which

can measure routes, pace and distance

when you’re out on a run or hike without

needing an iPhone.

Apple also introduced a ceramic

model to replace the gold Edition, and

has partnered with Nike to create the

Apple Watch Nike+, a range of runneroriented

models. The Hermès straps

come in new colours and designs, too.

108 | MACFORMAT | July 2017 @macformat

Accessories STORE GUIDE

best buys… Curated picks of third-party kit


ViewSonic VP2772


If you’re not fussed

about 4K but still want

exceptional image quality,

this IPS display is truly

superb. It offers 99%

coverage of the Adobe

RGB colour space, 10-bit colour and a

2560x1440-pixel resolution. It has HDMI

1.4, DVI and Mini DisplayPort connections,

and four USB 3.0 ports for expansion.


Philips 328P6VJEB


We love this display. At

32 inches diagonally it’s

big enough to make its

4K resolution worthwhile,

and its colour rendering is

excellent – 100% of sRGB,

93% of Adobe RGB and 97% of the P3

gamut that Apple’s new MacBook Pro

uses. It’s big, bold, beautiful and superb

for productivity and colour work alike.


Freecom mSSD MAXX

512GB £225

This drive is the fastest

portable SSD we’ve ever

tested. Freecom claims its

write speeds can reach

700MB/sec, but in our

tests it blazed past that

to reach 713.8MB/sec write speeds and

907.3MB/sec read speeds, thanks to its

USB 3.1 Gen 2 capability. It’s costly, but

worth it if you feel the need for speed.


QNAP TS-251+ 6TB


We know a good NAS

drive when we see one,

which is why the 6TB

TS-251+ won MF302’s

group test. It’s one of the

quickest NAS drives we’ve seen lately, with

transfer rates of over 105MB/sec for large

files. It has an HDMI port and a remote

control for watching your media directly

on your TV set. Four USB ports top it off.


D-Link AC3200

(DIR-890L) £209

Being a tri-band router,

this blows every other

router we’ve seen out of

the water when it comes

to speed. We saw speeds

of 600Mbps between two

Macs in the same room. Wi-Fi speeds hit

up to 3.2Gbps, so its three channels mean

it’s no slouch there either. It’s costly, but is

a worthy investment if speed is your thing.


CalDigit Thunderbolt

Station 2 £210

Our MF297 group test

winner got the nod for its

beautifully compact form

and superb menu bar

tool, which lets you eject

individual drives as you

please (something its rivals failed to offer).

It’s not the most laden with ports, but has

everything that most people will need,

and comes in at a great price point.



Epson Eco-Tank

ET-2600 £191

The Eco-Tank ET-2600

has a fairly high cost, but

its innovative cartridgefree

design will save you

a ton of money in the long

run. It’s got a scanner and

copier, plus Wi-Fi and USB connectivity.

Replacement inks are cheap, working out

at a mere 0.2p per page for mono text,

and just 0.35p per page for colour.


Netatmo Presence


The Netatmo Presence

is an impressive outdoor

security camera. Set in a

sturdy housing, it’s built

to defy the elements. It

has a built-in floodlight to

deter intruders, and a 100° field of view

recorded in 1080p. There’s also an SD

card included, making it easy to store

and access your footage.



Knomo James


Comfortable, capacioius

and clever to boot, the

Knomo James is a truly

brilliant backpack. There’s

space to stow a MacBook

of any size, plus plenty of

nifty features – detachable straps to turn it

into a smart office bag, an RFID blocker to

prevent identity theft, plus a unique bag

ID that’ll reunite you with it if it’s lost. @macformat

July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 109

STORE GUIDE Accessories

best buys… Curated picks of third-party kit


Kef Egg



With rich, warm sound

that works with pretty

much any genre, the KEF

Egg speakers are ideal

partners for your Mac.

They support high-quality

AptX Bluetooth too, making them perfect

for wireless playback. Quirky design, solid

build quality and support for external

subwoofers makes them a great choice.


Libratone Zipp


Want a multiroom audio

system in your home?

This is your best option,

hands down. It cleaned

up in MF309’s group test,

scoring five stars in every

test category. From top-notch sound to

tons of great features, the Zipp is a superb

choice. It even boasts AirPlay for great

integration with Macs and iOS devices.


Sennheiser PXC 550

Wireless £330

We love these wireless

cans. They’re comfortable

and lightweight, and their

long-lasting battery keeps

them going for 22 hours.

Sound quality is amazing:

wide, rich and detailed, with plenty of bass,

too. The controls take some getting used

to, but active noise cancellation is superb

and the EQ allows plenty of customisation.


Apple AirPods


Apple’s answer to

dropping the 3.5mm jack

is the AirPods; we tested

them against four rivals

in MF312 and they came

out on top. With instant

pairing, balanced sound and a comfortable

fit (even when exercising), the AirPods are

classic Apple design and performance.

They’re even reasonably priced.


Apple iPhone 7 Smart

Battery Case £89

Despite that silly-looking

hump on its back, the

official battery case for

the iPhone 7 is rather

impressive. It’s easy to

fit, the buttons feel great,

and the soft inner lining protects against

scratches. It isn’t the largest capacity case,

yet it has more than enough juice for busy

days, and the bump is surprisingly comfy.


GoPro Hero5 Black


We looked at GoPro’s

new flagship action cam

this issue, and it coloured

us impressed. GoPro has

finally improved its cam’s

usability, and its a cinch to

get started with the Hero5 Black. Add in

superb 4K video quality plus a great range

of shooting options and you’ve got a

hugely powerful camera on your hands.


Tile Slim

From £23

The little tracking device

that won us over in issue

299 has been made even

smaller with the new Slim

model. It’s now far more

portable than before, and

easily slips into your wallet as it’s about as

thick as two credit cards. With a great app

and a loud alarm, your valuables will be

kept safer than ever with this little beauty.


Blue Microphones

Raspberry £204

Don’t be fooled by this

mic’s small form factor; it

punches hugely above its

weight. Its close-up sound

is intimate and bassy, and

brings out the best in any

voice. No matter whether you’re recording

an interview, creating a podcast or just

jamming with your band, its clarity and

depth makes it easy to recommend.


Garmin Vivoactive HR


Packed full of tracking

features for a host of

sports, and filled with

genuinely insightful

metrics, this is a fitness

smartwatch for nearly

any occasion. Its battery will last you days,

perfect for the odd weekend hiking trip.

With all this, it’s not hard to see why it

won MF308’s group test.

110 | MACFORMAT | July 2017 @macformat

est buys… Curated picks of third-party apps


Affinity Photo


It’s hard not to love Affinity

Photo. Whether you’re fancy

yourself a seasoned pro or a

photo novice, you will find it

powerful and easy to use. Its interface has

the perfect blend of ease of use and quick

access to powerful features, and its useful

batch processing is a great addition. An

app that packs both power and practicality

for less than £50? Sign us up!


Final Cut Pro X 10.3


Apple’s Final Cut Pro has

always been a good option

for video editors, but the

latest version makes it even

better. It introduces ‘roles’, which can be

colour-coded to make your timeline’s

components easier to navigate, something

that’s further boosted by the streamlined

interface. It supports the Touch Bar, too,

plus wide colour on the new MacBook Pro.


RapidWeaver 7


Ever since Apple stopped

updating iWeb, Mac users

have been searching for the

ideal replacement. Well look

no further – it’s RapidWeaver. Don’t know

code? No worries, RapidWeaver lets you

design visually if you want to. you can

build any type of page and publish to any

type of platform, and extend its functions

with thousands of addons.




Here at MacFormat, we

demand a lot of our writing

apps. We want them to run

fast, be unobtrusive, support

iCloud and Dropbox, export to lots of file

formats, and much more. Ulysses does all

that and much more to a great standard.

Throw in Markdown compatibility and an

accomplished iOS app and you’ve got the

best writing experience available today.




Moom is the window

manager that should be built

into macOS. Hover over any

window’s green zoom button

and Moom’s controls appear, so you can

quickly make it fill a full, half or quarter

screen. It also features handy window

snapping – just drag a window to the edge

of the screen to snap it in place. It’s

powerful, but so easy to use.


djay Pro


When it comes to making

music on your Mac, djay Pro

is our favourite app by far. It

comes with everything you

need to make amazing professional music,

from coloured waveforms to a four-deck

view and even true-to-life grooves on the

virtual records. It integrates neatly with

Spotify, and its MacBook Pro Touch Bar

integration is very handy.


Spotify Free, £10 per

month (Premium)

Despite strong competition

from the likes of Tidal, Apple

Music and Amazon, Spotify

is our top music-streaming

choice. It hits all the right notes, from its

fair price to its curated playlists. Its library

is one of the largest on the market, and its

interface is simple and straightforward to

use. And, unlike Apple Music and Tidal, it

has a free tier as well.


Fantastical 2 £49 (Mac),

£5 (iPhone)

If you find your calendar

and reminders are getting

out of control, Fantastical is

the app for you. It supports

natural language entry, so that you can

enter events and reminders as you would

speak and Fantastical will get to work. It’s

got a nifty menu bar window, plus a great

interface, clever calendar management

and a powerful iOS app to boot.




Feeling inbox anxiety? The

solution could be Spark, a

free email app for Mac and

iOS. It’s centred on a ‘smart

inbox’, which prioritises your emails based

on importance – no more losing that vital

work email among a sea of spam. you can

snooze emails and be reminded of them

later, and search via natural language too.

And to top it all off, it’s free. @macformat

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Apple history

We take a look at how iCloud has evolved over the years

Apple’s iCloud service is built

on the back of its previous

internet services, which

started way back in January 2000

with iTools. iTools quickly morphed

into .Mac then later into the much

maligned MobileMe service. After a

shaky start, iCloud soon hit its stride.

MobileMe flops

With Google and

Facebook starting to

make serious headway

Apple needed to up

its internet game. Its

answer was MobileMe.

Unfortunately the

service was a disaster.

Plagued by technical

problems it was never

a success. It did,

however, add the ability

to synchronise data

across your devices,

and introduce key

elements of iCloud like

Find my iPhone, but

Apple still wanted £60

a year for the privilege.

MobileMe added the features

we still see in iCloud.

September 2002

Apple announces

that 100,000 people

have signed up to

its .Mac service.

August 2007

A new web gallery

service is added to

.Mac and users get

10GB of storage.

August 2008

In an internal email

to Apple employees,

Steve Jobs admits

that the MobileMe

launch was rushed.

October 2011

Apple releases

iCloud as a

replacement for

MobileMe, alongside

releasing the

iPhone 4S and iOS 5.

June 2013

Apple announce

iWork for iCloud,

enabing people to

use the iWork apps

in a web browser

for the first time.













January 2000

iTools launches.

This is a free collection

of Internet services for

Mac OS 9 users.

July 2002

iTools relaunches

as .Mac, a paid

subscription service

for users of OS X.

October 2006

Apple announces

a new web-based

interface to its .Mac

email service.

July 2008

Apple launches

MobileMe, with an email

address, to replace

the outdated .Mac. It

immediately crashed

leaving customers


June 2011



suspended, as Apple

gets its replacement

ready. Apple announces

iCloud at its WWDC.

June 2016

With macOS Sierra,

Apple introduces a

new iCloud Drive

feature that enables

you to automatically

store the contents of

your desktop and

documents folder

in the cloud.


Apple’s .Mac service

was a paid-for,


replacement for iTools.

It came with an @mac.

com email address,

HomePage (a personal

web hosting service) and

iDisk for online storage.

At a time when similar

online services were

being offered for free

it was never a very

popular option.

Apple’s .Mac account gave you

an email address.

iCloud is born

After two false starts

with .Mac and MobileMe

Apple finally got its

online act together with

iCloud in 2011. As a free

service, iCloud had 20

million users in less than

a week after launch. New

features included iTunes

Match and Photo Stream.

In 2013, the iWork apps

were added to iCloud

via the web browser,

with the ability to store

documents in your

iCloud Drive to access

from anywhere.

next iSSue


Tuesday 4 July 2017



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