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Apple discontinues its own photo printing service, recommends third-party Photos Projects apps instead →

Benjamin Mayo writing for 9to5Mac:

Apple is discontinuing its Photo Print Products service, which has been integrated into iPhoto since its launch in 2002. The service expanded from simple prints, to albums, photo books, and calendars.

Maybe I’m a dinosaur, but I used this service every year to make a Mother’s Day calendar for my wife and our daughter’s grandmothers. The story does mention some third-party apps that include Photos Projects extensions, so this isn’t a complete loss. Still, I’m sad to see it go. I hope the third-party solutions are as elegant as the Apple solution.


Understanding Shortcuts in iOS 12 →

Matt Birchler writing for Birchtree.me:

I’m seeing a bunch of people saying Shortcuts are a power user-only feature. “No normal person will ever use these!” In their WWDC keynote, I think Apple leaned too hard into what Shortcuts can do for power users, and people lost the message that these are something users will benefit from even if they do zero work to set them up. Let me explain.

This is the best and most understandable overview of the Shortcuts feature coming in iOS 12, and explains how even “regular” users can utilize them. The article is worth a full read. If you aren’t someone who gets excited about the news coming out of Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference, you may not have heard about Shortcuts, an upcoming automation tool/framework/feature in iOS 12. Birchler also has a podcast on the topic that is next up in my feed.


DEVONthink adds iCloud sync →

Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann, writing for the Devonian Times (the DEVONtechnolgies blog):

Sychronization via iCloud was the no. 1 feature request on our list. And here we go: DEVONthink 2.10 and DEVONthink To Go 2.6 let you keep your databases in sync via iCloud and without entering anything except for the optional encryption password. No messing around with sync store names, server addresses, or login credentials. Add the iCloud sync location, check off the databases you want to sync, done. It can’t be any easier.

This is the feature in this update that will get most people excited, assuming they have enough iCloud space. But some of the other features, such as improvements to syncing on both platforms, are just as important. There’s a pretty good list here, so check out the full post.


Use Apple Maps to Find Businesses That Take Apple Pay

Apple Pay is faster and more secure than paying with a credit card. It’s also convenient, especially with an Apple Watch. The problem, at least where I live, is it still isn’t accepted everywhere.

One way to find out where Apple Pay is accepted is to use Apple Maps. You can search for a specific business or perform a general geographic search.

Search for a business

To find out if a business takes Apple Pay, simply search for the business in Apple Maps. Once you’ve selected the business, scroll down in the item listing, and look for the Apple Pay logo.

Search near you

To do a general search of which nearby businesses accept Apple Pay, type “Apple Pay” in the Maps search box. I found this showed me several nearby businesses, but it did omit some places I know accept Apple Pay.

Let’s hope Apple Pay and other contactless payment methods are someday accepted almost everywhere, but for now you can do a bit of work to figure out where to use it.


iPhone J.D.’s Tips for using 3D Touch →

Jeff Richardson, writing for iPhone J.D.:

If you tap on the Messages app icon, you will probably see your most recent text message conversation.  But if you 3D Touch on the Messages app, you will see a list of names of folks who have recently had text message conversations with you.  Assuming that you wanted to send a message to, or review a recent message from, one of those three people, this is a faster way to jump directly to the text message conversation with that person.

If you’re like me, 3D Touch is a feature you intend to use more but never do. Maybe this article by Jeff Richardson is the impetus you need. Jeff describes several handy ways to use 3D Touch. If nothing else, make sure you heed the tip for using 3D Touch to move your cursor when typing.