fixed : hi-res icons for the new Mac mini 2018

Question :

I have just gotten my new space grey Mac mini 2018, and as I’ve always done, I would like to change the icon to the official Apple icon, but I can’t find an official logo anywhere…

What can I do ?

 

Answer :

The current version of macOS 10.14 Mojave doesn’t include an official icon for the new space grey Mac mini 2018 yet, but you can use one of these :

  • you can get a ‘front view’ icon here :

  • or you can get a ‘top view’ icon here :

  • after downloading your preferred icon, do this :
  • select the Macintosh HD (or whatever you’ve renamed your internal SSD to) on your Desktop or in the Finder
  • press [CMD]+[I] to open the “Info” popup menu
  • then click on the icon (top left) and a blue outline will open around it
  • then open the file (with the icon as a picture) you’ve just downloaded in Preview
  • in Preview press [CMD]+[A] to select the entire image
  • then return to the Info-popup window, and press [CMD]+[V] to paste the new icon
  • now your Mac mini 2018 has a better looking icon

That’s it !

enjoy 😉

 

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fixed : new hi-res icon for Scanmarker.app

Question :

I have recently bought an Scanmarker Air scanner-pen. Seems like a great device. I’ve also installed the macOS-app. Strange thing is that the app’s icon is very pixelated.

How can I change that ?

 

Answer :

Scanmarker has released new colorful versions of the Scanmarker Air pen that can be bought here. It’s a great device for :

  • reading out written text from a book (very handy for anyone having dyslexia)
  • translating text on-the-fly
  • scanning text (or just portions of text) from textbooks

The official icon of the current Scanmarker app for macOS is still a 32x32pixels icon, which is a very old that shouldn’t be used in macOS (where 1024x1024pixels icons are standard).

Simplest way to fix this is to download an appropriate icon of higher resolution and paste that onto the app. Here’s how to :

  • either download my custom made 1024×1024 icon here :
  • or download the original icon here (still fuzzy since it is a 300x300pixels icon enlarged to OSX-native 152x152pixels) :  Scanmarker Android app icon
  • or download the icon of the iOS app here : ScanmarkerAir iOS icon
  • or download the diap desktop icon here :ScanmarkerAir OSX icon
  • after downloading your preferred icon, do this :
  • select the Scanmarker app in your Applications folder
  • press [CMD]+[I] to open the “Info” popup menu
  • then click on the icon (top left) and a blue outline will open around it
  • then open the file (with the icon as a picture) you’ve just downloaded in Preview
  • in Preview press [CMD]+[A] to select the entire image
  • then return to the Info-popup window, and press [CMD]+[V] to paste the new icon
  • now your Scanmarker app has a better looking icon
  • to make sure it also shows on the Desktop, delete the old Scanmarker alias from the Dock, then open the Scanmarker app again and right-click on it’s icon in the Dock and select “Keep in Dock” from the popup menu

That’s it !

enjoy 😉

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fixed : Logitech Craft keyboard not recognized during macOS 10.14 Mojave startup

Question :

I have bought this great Logitech Craft keyboard and it works perfectly. I love it. With it’s backlit keys, it’s programmable crown-dial, it’s USB-C charging, it’s multiple device-switching and it’s very responsive keyboard keys, it’s a joy to work with and a very interesting alternative for Apple’s own Extended Magic Keyboard at roughly the same price point if you shop around.

The only problem is : when I start up (or restart) my Mac, the keyboard isn’t recognized so I can’t type my password to unlock my Mac…

When using the Carft keyboard with my MacBook Pro that isn’t a huge problem, since I can just open the MacBook Pro and use the built-in keyboard to bypass this, but with my new Mac mini… I’m stuck…

The only option I could come up with is to keep an old USB-keyboard connected to my Mac mini and just use it for loggin in only… but that’s not a very tempting solution…

Isn’t there any alternative solution ?

 

Answer :

Yes, there is… there are actually 3 alternative solutions (option 3 is the most versatile in my opinion) :

  1. use your Apple Watch to login on macOS Mojave (of course, this won’t work if you don’t wear an Apple Watch…)
  2. use the on-screen keyboard during login (the so called Accessibility Keyboard that you can use when only your mouse or touchpad is recognized)
  3. use Logitech’s Unifying Receiver (the 2.4GHz RF-connection USB-plug that came with your Craft keyboard)

1. To enable your Apple Watch to unlock macOS Mojave, do this :

  • go to Settings.app
  • click on “Security & Privacy”
  • in the window that opens, click on the “General”-tab
  • put a check mark at  “Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac”
  • then use the “<“-button to go back to the main Settings screen
  • then exit Settings.app (by clicking on the red dot top left)
  • now, you’ll only need to make sure you wear your Apple Watch and have it unlocked before you try to login on your Mac… (this seems trivial, but turns out to be complicated from time to time…)

2. To enable the on-screen keyboard during login, do this :

  • go to Settings.app
  • click on “Users & Groups”
  • in the window that opens, click on “Login Options”
  • then, click on the “Accessibility Options”-button
  • in the window that opens, put a check mark at “Accessibility Keyboard” and click the “Apply”-button
  • then use the “<“-button to go back to the main Settings screen
  • then exit Settings.app (by clicking on the red dot top left)

3. To setup the connection with your Craft keyboard using the “Unifying Adapter”, do this :

  • find the Unifying Receiver (the USB-plug) that came with your Craft keyboard… it might still be in the original box… if you can’t find it, you can get a new one here or at Logitech (Logitech charges $15 or €13 plus shipping for it)
  • plug the Unifying Receiver in one of the USB-ports on your Mac (or in a USB-port of a USB-hub that is connected to your Mac)
  • go to Settings.app
  • click on “Bluetooth”
  • in the “Devices”-list click on the Craft keyboard, the non the X-marked dot that appears on the right side of it (to un-pair the Craft keyboard from your Mac)
  • then go to https://support.logitech.com/en_us/downloads and download the latest version of the Logitech Options software
  • install the Logitech Options software on your Mac
  • then, go to Logitech Options.app and follow the directions to pair your Craft keyboard to your Unifying Receiver
  • note that in macOS 10.14 Mojave you will need to also allow Logitech Options.app in the Privacy settings, to do so do this :
    • go to Settings.app
    • click on “Security & Privacy”
    • in the window that opens, click on the “Privacy”-tab
    • then, click on “Accessibility” in the list on the left
    • then, put a check mark at “Logitech Options Deamon” on the right
    • then use the “<“-button to go back to the main Settings screen
    • then exit Settings.app (by clicking on the red dot top left)

That’s it !

enjoy 😉

fixed : best iPhone-app for DHL, UPS and PostNL track-and-trace in The Netherlands

Question :

I live in The Netherlands and on my iPhone, I want to trace packages that will be delivered to me shortly.

The PostNL.app works perfectly, but it’s for PostNL shipments only…

The UPS.app works perfectly too (despite the privacy agreement is a little awkward), but it’s for UPS shipments only…

There are various apps in the Apps Store for DHL shipments, but none of them work for The Netherlands…

I’ve tried the iPhone-apps by Deliveries, ParcelTrack and 17track, but even though they are advertised as ‘perfect solutions’ in most countries, they fail for at least one of the main delivery services in The Netherlands…

Isn’t there any iOS-app that can track all mayor post & parcel delivery services like PostNL, UPS, DHL, GLS and TNT in The Netherlands ?

 

Answer :

Yes there is… but there’s only one : AfterShip.app [click to download]

…and it’s not perfect yet, it still needs a little more do-it-yourself than advertised :

  • the Auto Detect function doesn’t always select the proper delivery service, nor does it always include the proper delivery service in it’s short list of options, so (especially for DHL deliveries) you must always double-check the exact delivery service from your shipment confirmation eMail
  • there’s only one Title (or Description) field you can add to your Shipment-entry, so if you want to include both Sender and Content description (as you can in most other Track&Trace apps) you will have to combine those into only one line of info
  • the Edit option only allows you to edit the Title (a.k.a. Description) of your Shipment-entry, so… if you’ve erratically chosen (or guessed) the wrong delivery service, you will not be able to edit or correct it… you will have to delete the entire Shipment-entry and create/add a new, corrected one entirely…

But apart from that… it’s FREE and once you have picked the delivery services correctly, it works as expected ! (and that’s far better than any other Track&Trace app)

There are a few things to know :

  • TNT-shipments from Amazon UK and Amazon DE to The Netherlands : if your online Amazon account info lists TNT (or “TNT (Netherlands)”) as the delivery service, the actual shipment will be done by PostNL, so you’ll need to choose “PostNL Domestic” as the delivery service ; if in the “Verzendbevestiging” you have received through eMail, the fine print says “Je items worden verzonden door Post NL Pakketten.” the actual shipment will expedited be by PostNL Domestic, even if your online Amazon-shipment-info says something else !
  • DHL-shipments from Amazon DE to The Netherlands : if your online Amazon DE account info lists DHL (or “DHNL”) as the delivery service, this will NOT be DHL Express or DHL Benelux (the ones suggested by AfterShip.app), this will usually be shipped using DHL Parcel NL ; in the “Verzendbevestiging” you have received though eMail, the fine print says “Je items worden verzonden door DHL NL Pakketten.” the actual shipment will be expedited by DHL Parcel NL, even if your online Amazon-shipment-info says something else !
  • DHL-shipments from Dutch resellers to addresses within The Netherlands will be usually expedited by “DHL Benelux” (and NOT by “DHL Express” or any other DHL branch)

enjoy !

fixed : no sound on otherwise great FREE interval training watchOS app

Question :

I have finally found a completely FREE app that I can use on my AppleWatch for interval training like TIIN and Tabata. It’s called “Intervals – Timer for Workouts (Tabata, HIIT, etc)“. And it’s fully customizable too.

I have been using it very happily for about a month now, but a few days ago the bell sound  that helps me switch from running to resting and back without looking on my AppleWatch has suddenly stopped working. Now I only get a buzz, but that’s too faint to notice during workouts most of the time.

What is wrong ?

 

Answer :

The solution is so simple, you may have overlooked it :

  • on your AppleWatch in standard view, slide up to see the buttons for WiFi, Airplane Mode, Night Mode, etc.
  • slide up again to see the rest of the buttons
  • bottom left, you’ll see the Bell-button crossed-out in red : click it to reactivate (so the button’s color will be back to gray)
  • now, your (bell) sound will be back when you ar e using the app on your AppleWatch

That’s It 😉

enjoy !

fixed : transfer old iOS apps to old iPhone

Question :

I am currently using iOS12 and I encountered some apps that no longer run in iOS12. Now, I want to transfer all obsolete iOS-apps I have on my iPhone to an old iPhone that can’t run iOS12.

How do I do that ?

 

Answer :

The first step if you want to move apps from one iPhone/iPad to another iPad/iPhone, without using iTunes : start by backing up your obsolete apps to your Mac (or PC). Instructions can be found here.

Then, make sure you have an older iPhone/iPad that’s running iOS10 (or iOS9) ; the best would be a device that cannot run a newer version of iOS. Here’s a list of iOS-devices and the newest version of iOS they can run :

  • iOS-devices that can run iOS8 but not iOS9 (or tvOS9) : AppleTV 3
  • iOS-devices that can run iOS 9 but not iOS10 : iPhone 4s, iPod Touch 5, iPad 2, iPad 3 & iPad Mini 1
  • iOS-devices that can run iOS10 but not iOS11 : iPhone 5, iPhone 5c & iPad 4

Then, start transferring :

  • connect your ‘old’ iOS10 iPhone/iPad to your Mac using the usb-charging-cable.
  • then start the iMazing 2 software on your Mac
  • click on your ‘old’ iPhone/iPad’s icon in the list on the left
  • from the pulldown list, select Apps
  • from the bottom menu, click on “Copy to Device”
  • in the window that opens, select the folder that you have used to backup your (obsolete) iOS apps
  • select the apps you want to transfer and click “Select”
  • if you want to transfer any additional apps, repeat the process
  • when you have transferred all apps needed you can disconnect your iPhone/iPad from your Mac
  • now, find the transferred apps on your old iPhone/iPad and try if the app still runs on that iPhone

That’s it !

enjoy 😉

fixed : how to backup incompatible iOS apps ?

Question :

I have iOS12 running on my iPhone and I found that some the apps I have installed are no longer able to run on iOS12. I would like to delete these apps to save space on my iPhone, but I also want to make sure I have backup versions of all of them, because I might want to reinstall them in the future and Apple doesn’t guarantee that you will always be able to re-download all previous purchases (Apple will delete them from the AppStore when Apple judges the apps obsolete or inappropriate due to new regulations, even if I have payed to purchase them in the past).

How can I backup my incompatible apps ?

 

Answer :

Technically, one would be able to backup all iPhone/iPad apps to iCloud wirelessly, or to iTunes on your Mac (or PC), but then you risk the app being deleted by Apple at any moment in the future, without warning and without compensation.

So, I would recommend using additional backup-/filetransfer-software on your Mac (or PC) to do so…at this moment iMazing 2 is a good option, but there are various alternatives around.

You can get iMazing 2 here. (the trial version is FREE)

And there currently is a discount version of iMazing 2 available here.

Here’s how to backup incompatible iOS apps :

  • on your iPhone/iPad go to Settings > General > About > Applications > Incompatible apps
  • make screen dumps (by pressing menu button & NO/OFF-button simultaneously) of the list of incompatible apps ; make multiple screen dumps if the list is very long
  • connect the iPhone/iPad to your Mac using a USB-cable
  • start the iMazing 2 app on your Mac (or use similar software)
  • click on your iPhone/iPad’s icon in the list on the left
  • from the pulldown list, select Apps
  • in the overview of installed iOS apps that shows up in the main screen, select the app that was listed first in the list of incompatible apps
  • then click the “Copy to Mac”-button
  • you will get a warning, telling you to make a full backup of your device ; do that first
  • when that’s finished, make sure that the first incompatible app is selected, then click “Copy to Mac” again
  • when asked where to save, select your desired save location and create a new folder and call it “incompatible apps iOS12” or something alike
  • then click OK 
  • when done, select the second incompatible app and click “Copy to Mac”
  • save to the same “incompatible apps iOS12” folder
  • when asked, choose “Extract from current backup”
  • then repeat the saving process for all incompatible apps
  • when done, check if all incompatible apps you need are in the “incompatible apps iOS12” folder
  • if you missed one, back it up also
  • when done, select the first incompatible app again and click “Delete”
  • repeat that for all incompatible apps
  • in doing so, you will free up lots of valuable drive space on your iPhone/iPad

That’s it !

enjoy 😉