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How to use new macOS High Sierra Photos, Notes and Safari features

If you’re updating to High Sierra later today, you might be stumped by how some things work. Find out how to use the best new Photos, Notes, Safari and Spotlight features in macOS High Sierra.

With new pro-level editing features coming to Photos, handy additions to the popular Notes app, and some welcome changes in Safari, there is a lot to look forward to in macOS High Sierra.

In this article we will show you how to use the new features coming to the Mac operating system later today (25 September).

How to stop autoplay audio and video in Safari

With Safari 11 in macOS High Sierra, you will be able to easily disable autoplay video.

Next time you are on a site that is autoplaying a video click on Safari > Settings for This Website, or right-click the URL box and select Settings for This Website.

Settings for This Website is a new option in High Sierra.

Once the Settings for This Website option is selected you will see a pop up window with the option Auto-Play, hover on the words beside that to see three choices:

  • Allow All Auto-Play
  • Stop Media with Sound
  • Never Auto-Play

Stop Media with Sounds appears to be the default option, and it will essentially stop any video from starting if the sound is set to be on. If the video is set to play silently it will still run in Safari in High Sierra, but at least they won’t suddenly blare out audio, scaring you because you had the sound on your Mac turned up.

If you would rather not see the video at all, you can choose Never Auto-Play. This selection will apply to any autoplay videos on that site. If you visit a page with a video you will see a Play button in the middle of the video and you just have to click on that to start the video playing.

YouTube doesn’t appear to abide by these new settings currently, but perhaps that can be put down to this being the beta.  

If you want videos to Auto-Play on a particular site you can choose to Allow All Auto-Play. Choose Stop Media with Sound if you don’t mind them playing but would rather not hear the sound track.

You can also add sites you wish not to autoplay video to a listing in Safari Preferences. Go to Safari > Preferences and click on Websites. Click Auto-Play and in the section on the right you will see any currently open websites. As before, you can choose to

  • Allow All Auto-Play
  • Stop Media with Sound
  • Never Auto-Play

How to use the new photo editing features in the Photos app

There are some welcome changes to the Photos interface in High Sierra, from a new selection counter, batch rotation and favouriting within the library views, to some pro-level photo editing features worthy of Aperture. To reach them click on Edit then Adjust.

Where previously you had options to Enhance, Rotate, Crop, Filters, Adjust, Retouch, and Extensions. Now you’ll find Levels, Curves, Definition, Sharpen, Noise Reduction, Vignette and two new editing tools: Curves and Selective Colour.

To view the editing options within each tool, click on the disclosure triangles beside them.

How to use new Colour Curves in the Photos app

With the Colour Curves adjustment you can adjust the tonal range of your image. It’s a little more complicated to use than some of the other tools, but you could use it to lighten a dark scene, boost contrast and colour, or make colour shifts.

To use Curves, scroll down the list and click on its disclosure triangle to reveal the tools and a graph. The images tonality is represented by the line, the highlights of the image are found in the top right section of the graph, the low lights are found in the bottom left segment.

You can choose RGB, or focus on Red, Green and Blue separately, dragging the anchor points on the graph until you get the affect you are after.

For example, to brighten up the image, click on the line in the bottom left and drag it upwards until you see a curve form. The image will change in real time so you can decide when you have achieved the designed effect.

You could also create an S-curve, dragging one anchor point up in the highlights, and another anchor point down in the shadows. This would boost contrast and the colour saturation.

You can also use the pipets to pick a colour to set as a black point, grey point, and white point, just as in Photoshop. You can also choose a colour in the image to set as a point on the curve.

How to use new filters in Photos app

Photos in High Sierra also brings with it nine new pre-built image filter presets.

Where previously Photos offered Instragram inspired filters, such as Fade, Chrome, Process, Transfer, and Instant, now the filters are variations of three different styles: Vivid, Dramatic, and black and white, with warm and cool options.

To access these filters click Edit > Filters and click through the options until you find one you like.

When you have selected your filter you can continue to edit it using the Curves and other editing tools until you have the style you are after.  

Turn a live photo into a Gif

There’s a new Media Types folder in Photos which makes it easy to find your videos, selfies, Depth Effect images, Panoramas, Time Lapse, Slow-mo, and Live Photos. A new feature in Photos in High Sierra is the ability to turn those Live Photos in to a Gif like repeating loop.

You can also manually change the Live Photo’s representative image to a different segment of the video, trim the Live Photos video, and, in addition to the new Gif-like Loop, you can set one of three other effects: a traditional live photo, a back-and-forth bouncing effect, or a Long Exposure image that mimics a photo taken with the shutter left open for a long time.

To turn a live photo into a looping ‘Gif’, open your Live Photo in Edit mode. Below the photo you will see a slider (this allows you to change the still image associated with the Live Photo, as well as change the start and end points of the Live Photo).

Next to that is a drop down box with the options: Live, Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure. Choose Loop. Immediately the image will start to loop. If you were hoping to change the start and end points unfortunately you can’t, but you can choose to turn the audio back on (it’s turned off by default in Loop mode).

The other similar option is Bounce. Where loop sort of fills in the gap between the different movements, in Bounce the sample is shorter and the one movement is repeated over and over. You cannot play audio in Bounce.

How to create a long exposure shot in Photos

If you have a Live Photo of something like a waterfall or fireworks you can make a Long Exposure image from it.

Note: this image won’t be any good if you moved the camera. Ideally you want to keep the camera completely still when taking the live photo (as you would if you were taking a Long Exposure shot the traditional way.

As before, select the Live Photo, choose Edit and in the box beside the sliders choose Long Exposure.

We’d like the option to make a Long Exposure photo out of a Slow-Mo video. Live Photos by their nature aren’t really long enough to give a really good Long Exposure effect.

Open a Photo and edit in Photoshop

The Photos app now lets you make edits using Photoshop and other third-party editors.

From Photos right click on the image you wish to edit and choose Edit With > Other, and then select Photoshop from your applications (or any other photo editor you might prefer).

The image will open in the third-party photo editing app and you will be able to use all the features of that app to edit it. For example, you could choose a Photoshop filter and apply that to your image.

Any edits you make will automatically be saved to your Photos library.

How to pin important Notes

We use Notes all the time, so the ability to Pin the most important ones is one of the High Sierra features that had us the most excited.

To Pin a note, just find the note you want and right click on it and choose Pin Note.

You can also Lock Note, which will mean that a password is needed to open it.

How to use Tables in Notes

To add a table to a Note, click on the table icon in the menu bar.

To add more rows you can either click in the last cell and click on the Tab key, or you can click on one of the small boxes with three dots inside that appear besides the rows and columns when they are selected.

Click on that box to see a drop down menu with the option Add Row Above, Add Row Below, and Delete Row, or Add Column Before, Add Column After, and Delete Column, depending on what area of the table you are extending.

As you add more columns each column will get smaller, once the table is wider than a single page a bar will appear at the bottom to make swiping across to view more data simpler.

How to search for flights in Spotlight

If you know the flight number then it’s easy to search for flight information in Spotlight. Just click on cmd+Spacebar and type in your flight number.

Spotlight will not only let you know when the flight departed, and when it will arrive at its destination, it will also show you where in the world the plane is currently.

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Follow this guide to learn how to delete, and recover, notes on your iPhone

Note-taking apps are crucial to our daily productivity. Thankfully, iOS houses the Notes app, a piece of software that’s designed to go toe-to-toe with Evernote, OneNote, and a host of other note-taking apps that have come to dominate the market.

More: The 9 best note-taking and productivity apps compared[1]

There are many ways to delete and recover notes from directly within the Notes app, but keeping them synced in the cloud — whether using iCloud or Google’s proprietary services — is the best way to make sure you don’t lose any notes. This allows you to easily change devices without fear of losing your data, or get everything back after a complete data wipe. Below, we will guide you through the steps of deleting and recovering notes.

Deleting notes

Deleting all notes at once

  1. Open the Notes app.
  2. Select the folder and account that you want to go into.
  3. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.
  4. Tap Delete All in the bottom-right corner.

Deleting a single note at a time

  1. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.
  2. Select the individual note, or notes, that you want to delete.
  3. Tap Delete in the bottom-right corner.

Deleting a note using the swipe gesture

  1. While looking at your notes, swipe left on any one of them, and tap Delete.

Deleting a note from within

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  1. Tap the note the you want to delete to open it.
  2. Tap the trash icon in the lower-left corner.

Deleting using 3D Touch

  1. When you’re looking at your list of notes, press down on the note you want to delete to perform a peek.
  2. Swipe up while in peek mode, and select Delete from the menu.

Recovering deleted notes

If you have deleted some notes, and you need to recover them, there are a few ways you can accomplish this.

Recovering deleted notes from Recently Deleted

Remember that the Notes app has a Recently Deleted folder. The keyword here being “recently,” as the Notes app will only keep these notes for 30 days. After 30 days have passed, it will permanently delete them.

  1. Open the Notes app, and tap Recently Deleted from the account that you want to recover.
  2. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select the notes you want to recover.
  4. Tap Move To in the lower-left corner.
  5. Select the folder that you want to move the note to.

Bringing back your notes from iCloud

If you’re trying to recover all your notes after you’ve erased your iPhone or bought a new device, make sure that iCloud is turned on in Settings.

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud.
  2. Scroll down to Notes, and make sure it is turned on.

Bringing back your notes from other accounts

You may have created Notes using your Gmail account — or another account — meaning your Notes may be synced with that account, instead of your iCloud account. If this is the case, your notes will not appear in the Notes app until you set up all your accounts again. That said, here’s how to ensure that Notes is turned on in a Gmail account.

  1. Go to Settings > Mail > Accounts.
  2. Select the account, or if you only have iCloud set up, take the time to add your other email accounts.
  3. Once you select or add an account, make sure Notes is turned on.

Using iTunes to restore notes from a backup

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If you regularly back up your data with iTunes, then your notes and other data should be backed up to your computer. Thankfully, you can restore your media from a preexisting backup. Because you are restoring your entire iPhone from a backup, however, the notes that will appear on your iPhone are the notes that were on your iPhone on the day of the backup. Any notes you’ve saved since then may disappear, though you can always restore them using a backup from a previous day.

  1. Open iTunes on your computer.
  2. Plug in your iPhone, and in the Summary tab, choose Restore Backup.

We recommend using a cloud service to keep a complete backup of every note you take. See the previous steps if you want to ensure Notes is turned on for iCloud, and your other accounts.

Using a third-party app

If your notes have been permanently deleted from your Notes app, and you can’t recover them using iCloud or any other app, then your only other option would be to go with a third-party app. These apps are great when you need to recover your notes, contacts, texts, and other types of media. Some of them can even repair various iOS issues. Below are a few of our favorites.

iMobie Phone Rescue ($60+)

Phone Rescue will allow you to recover a number of media files, including your notes. What sets this program apart, however, is that it allows you to recover data from your iCloud account, in addition to your iTunes and device backups. The app also has a number of repair tools, which let you recover your device when it crashes or experiences errors.

Download now from:

iMobie[2]

Wondershare Dr.Fone ($70+)

This recovery tool is compatible with the latest iOS devices, and you can install the program on both MacOS and Windows-based machines. The software will allow you to quickly recover notes, as well as photos, videos, and even data from other apps like WhatsApp.

Download now from:

Wondershare[3]

Tenorshare Ultdata ($50+)

Like other recovery apps, this app will let you recover notes, messages, media, and other various types of data. It also allows you to recover your iPhone when it’s stuck in recovery mode, or when it fails to install the latest iOS update.

Download now from:

Tenorshare[4]

References

  1. ^ The 9 best note-taking and productivity apps compared (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ iMobie (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ Wondershare (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ Tenorshare (www.digitaltrends.com)
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Evernote focuses on speed and simplicity in iOS app redesign

Evernote’s iOS app is getting a big overhaul and there are two areas the update focuses on thanks to user feedback — speed and simplicity.

In particular, Evernote 8 makes it faster to find and create notes, and it also makes it dead simple to format them quickly with color, font size, and more. Erik Wrobel, chief product officer at Evernote, told Digital Trends the redesign’s purpose was to help users operate “at the speed of thought.”

More: ‘Never mind,’ says Evernote about its controversial new privacy policy[1]

“Really simplifying, streamlining, making the product more elegant, making it faster to exit in and out of the product — that’s both the reflection of our heritage of our value of helping people remember everything … but it’s also a response to all the user feedback we’re getting,” he said.

We compared the old Evernote app with Evernote 8, and the redesign vastly improves a new users experience — it’s more fluid, and while both variants performed fast enough, the interface in Evernote 8 is more intuitive. Notably, formatting text and adding color is easy and swift with integration into the bottom tab of the note, and you can press and hold the plus icon in the home page to quickly create an audio or photo note, or a reminder.

It’s easy to add sub-headers and headers, highlight text, or label sections in certain colors and sizes in notes — some of these features were available in the old app, but accessing them is far better in Evernote 8.

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Old Evernote
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Old Evernote
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Old Evernote

New Evernote

Overall, there are fewer taps needed to jump into or create new notes — for example, the “home screen” has been replaced with your notes. The update also introduces two new search features: reminders and tags. Tapping on the alarm clock icon in the home page now brings up all the notes that have been set with a reminder. For tags, tap the icon and you’ll be able to choose the tags you want to filter for.

New users will also get more tips to better familiarize them with the note-taking app.

More: Evernote vs OneNote: Battle of the note-taking apps[2]

The company says it’s easier to separate business and personal notes, notebooks, shortcuts, and searches. Swapping between those accounts also got the same simplified treatment — just long-press on the Account icon in the bottom tab.

Evernote made headlines recently[3] for its new privacy policy, which the firm discarded after drawing ire from its community. An updated policy would have allowed “employees to exercise oversight of machine learning technologies applied to account content … primarily to make sure that [Evernote’s] machine learning technologies are working correctly.”

This meant that the firm’s employees would be able to take a peek at user notes. Naturally, after a severe backlash, the company said it’s revising the policy, and that users will have to give consent before employees can utilize their powers to ensure Evernote’s machine learning technology is working.

“No changes, other than us working more carefully with the community — both our users and the security and privacy community at large, to have a dialogue with them on how to develop it in a thoughtful way,” Wrobel said. “It was really more a miscommunication. There was never really intention for us to change anything there, we just wanted to find a way to provide better machine learning capabilities to the product, certainly without violating anybody’s privacy at all.”

Wrobel said the only time the company would authorize employees to look at notes is when it’s legally required, or when the user gives explicit permission to the customer service team when troubleshooting issues.

“There’s nothing we do where an employee can just go and access a note,” he said.

The update is rolling out for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Wrobel said the Android app is already current, but some of the “speed of thought” features will eventually make their way to the operating system. Still, he said there are “no concrete plans of release on Android right now.”

       
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