Macworld Australia December 2017

Australian Macworld is the longest-running Mac magazine outside the USA. We bring you the latest news, reviews, help and tips for the Mac, iPad, iPhone and everything else from Apple. Plus you'll find photography, lifestyle and the latest gadgets. It's the full package for Mac fans.

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in this issue

8 min
how apple file system works with older macs, encryption, external drives, and other questions

If you clone your drive routinely, make a full clone before you upgrade, because otherwise you won’t be able to revert on an APFS drive to a previous system that uses HFS+. With the release of macOS High Sierra and its upgrade for SSD-based startup volumes to Apple File System (APFS), Macworld readers had many questions about how this new filesystem—more efficient and reliable for SSDs—will interact with older Macs, hard drives, networked filesharing, and more. Here are the answers. Many questions revolve around a concern that files stored on an APFSformatted volume won’t be readable or usable elsewhere. Generally, a filesystem structure only affects the way in which documents are stored on a drive. When the files are retrieved, they’re independent of that format and can handle just as they would…

10 min
apple photos 3: the changes, new features, and improvements you should know about

Photos 3, part of macOS High Sierra (go.macworld.com/oshs), doesn’t bring much that’s truly new. Apple acknowledges this by listing changes as a combination of improvements and enhancements, a welcome bit of frankness. And I’d argue it’s great news, because many of the rough spots in the Sierra release that we heard about repeatedly from readers who ran afoul of them have been smoothed down. But Photos has come a long way since its first release in April 2015 (go.macworld.com/ap15). That initial foray at replacing iPhoto with something fresher, faster, and better often fell short, because it was missing many features that people relied on with iPhoto. Apple released regular updates, however, and features returned, new ones appeared, and existing ones matured. Some people still hate it—I get emails—but it settled down…

5 min
three macbook mistakes: will apple correct course?

Apple’s not a company that backtracks easily. It’s got a lot of pride and a reputation for moving forward. And yet every so often the company makes a decision that it thinks is right and is ultimately proven to be completely wrong. In 2008, Apple removed FireWire from the MacBook (go.macworld.com/jrto), only to put it back in 2009 (go.macworld. com/pibi). In 2009 the iPod Shuffle went buttonless (go.macworld.com/ipsh), only to revert to its previous buttony design in 2010 (go.macworld.com/ipbd). The third-generation iPod, with its row of touch-sensitive controls, was a similar design cul-de-sac. And the most recent example is the Mac Pro, which Apple introduced to fanfare (go.macworld.com/fanf), but ultimately admitted was a mistake (go.macworld.com/awam). I’ve been thinking about all of these visible failures because I’m starting to imagine what Apple might…

5 min
adobe photoshop elements 2018: photo editor focuses on automation and artificial intelligence

Photoshop Elements 2018 (go.macworld.com/phot; $100 on Amazon at go.macworld.com/elem), Adobe’s consumer photo editor, concentrates on giving its targeted family-oriented users new ways to jazz up mundane snaps for sharing with friends, family, and social media pals. It features a flurry of new guided edits, a super-easy selection tool, and improved integration of its Adobe Sensei AI and machine learning framework. Photoshop Elements 2018 also introduces a convenient new naming convention for its annual updates, substituting old-fashioned sequential version numbers with the upcoming year. ORGANIZER APP Like Photoshop’s Bridge, the Elements Organizer helper app that ships with both Photoshop Elements and the Premiere Elements video editor, provides the bedrock for locating, selecting, and searching your photo collection for the best shots to edit or share, or to use in creating an artwork or building…

6 min
adobe premiere elements 2018: artificial intelligence goes to the movies

As Adobe boosts the presence of its AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning framework within its consumer imaging apps, Premiere Elements 2018 (go.macworld.com/prel; $100 on Amazon) benefits with new features like Candid Moments and Smart Trim, as well as some intelligent updates to the companion Organizer app that ships with both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. Going forward, Elements adopts an updated naming convention that uses the upcoming year as part of the software name, as opposed to old-fashioned version numbers. The previous version number was 15. Adobe’s Organizer helper app, which ships alongside both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, offers an updated, wall-to-wall view of your photographic assets in much the same style as photo apps from Apple, Google, and Flickr. (For a detailed discussion of specific Organizer updates, see…

3 min
keymand: turn your ipad into a keyboard shortcut powerhouse for your mac

Keymand (go.macworld.com/keym; $20 on the iTunes store [go.macworld.com/itun]) is an iPad app that turns the iPad into an application-specific keyboard for Mac applications like Final Cut Pro. Hardware application-specific keyboards exist, but they aren’t particularly well-suited to tasks beyond the ones for the apps they are designed for. Keymand can work with a wide array of apps, not just production apps that most application-specific keyboards focus on. Keymand syncs with a free Mac companion app (go.macworld.com/mpap) through a required Lightning-to-USB connection, which also keeps your tablet charged while working. Sadly, the app syncing via the iPad Pro Smart Connector isn’t supported. SHORTCUT COMMANDER After launching both apps, click Connect on the Mac side, then tap Accept at the iPad prompt. When the sync indicator changes from red to green, Keymand is ready to…