Trouble with the iOS 10 Beta "Save to iCloud" Box

Because I can't help myself, I was early to the game with the iOS 10 betas this year. As a nerd, I find it generally fun to be at the bleeding edge technology. When something goes wrong, I don't blame Apple because it is, after all, a beta. Most things that break in beta get fixed before the final product ships. 

As such, I usually don't worry too much about problems in beta. I am, however, concerned about the "Save to iCloud" dialog box in iOS 10. Here is a screenshot.

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In iOS 9, the Save to iCloud dialog box was a little buggy but generally worked. It had a search bar and a way to navigate through your folders. Starting with iOS 10 beta 1 we got the above Save to iCloud dialog box. They've removed the search function and instead made it a very long scrolling list of folders. There's no way to collapse the folders and no way to jump to a specific destination. Instead, every time you want to save something to iCloud, you need to scroll through a seemingly endless list until you find the folder you want. In that process, you need to be very careful. If you scroll too fast and the iPad mistakes your swipe for a touch, iOS 10 saves the file to whatever folder you happen to touch. As I discovered, it's not always easy to figure out exactly where things end up. With every new iOS 10 beta I go back to this thinking it will have improved. So far it hasn't.

This new Save to iCloud dialog box is unusable for someone that has more than a few iCloud-based folders. When this arrived, I was in the midst of a two-month experiment running most of my cloud-based files off of iCloud. There were good parts and bad parts but it was workable. This dialog box put the brakes on the whole experiment. At first, I thought it was simply a placeholder until they made something better. But now they are up to the fifth beta and there still has been no change with this dialog box. I'm starting to get worried that this is what they intend to ship.

Does anyone at Apple use more than 100 folders on their iCloud drive? If they do, this has to be a pain point for them. I know we still have a month or so before iOS 10 ships and I really hope that I end up looking like Chicken Little with this post but if Apple does not improve the Save to iCloud dialog box before iOS 10 ships, it's going to be difficult to use iCloud with any significant number of folders.

MPU 334 - She Can’t Take It Anymore, Captain!

On this month’s live episode of Mac Power Users, Victor Cajiao joins us to discuss all the steps of producing a modern music album. We also help troubleshoot an accidentally reformatted hard drive, discuss password schemes, using a ScanSnap for photos, share listener feedback on our Special Event and Keynote shows, and discuss options for Evernote.

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A Few Rumors and Speculation Concerning Apple's Fall Lineup

Apple’s Fall Lineup I expect we’ll see a lot from Apple in the next few months. If history is any indicator, we’ll get new iPhones next month but that’s not all. The MacBook Pro is long overdue and rumored to be coming out by the end of the year and yesterday AppleInsider broke a story about the Apple Watch 2 by the end of the year with GPS, a barometer, and better water-proofing.

If there will be one missing product from the “new and improved” category, I’d guess it is the iPad. The iPad Pros are still pretty new and I’d not be surprised to see any new iPads pushed to Spring 2017. Also, did you notice how the iPod has completely dropped out of the narrative when talking about new Apple products?

Either way, if you’re looking to upgrade some of your Apple hardware, the next few months could get expensive.

1Password Subscription Plans

In recent months 1Password has added subscription plans for families and teams. It’s only natural that now they’ve added one for individuals. Dave Teare from 1Password made a post at the 1Password blog that gives all the details. For $2.99 a month, users get access to all the 1Password apps plus their cloud services.

As 1Password explains in their blog post, subscribers get all the 1Password features plus:

  • Built-in automatic sync across all devices
  • Data loss protection
  • Web access to your data on 1Password.com
  • Item History for restoring deleted or changed items
  • Secure Document storage
  • Brand new multi-factor security model

I get in hot water every time I write this, but I’m okay with productivity app makers adopting subscription plans. Upgrade pricing isn’t realistic anymore and Apple doesn’t even provide for it the the iOS and Mac App Stores. If you want good productivity software, productivity software makers have to stay in business.

With 1Password’s plan, you’re getting all of its apps plus the above features for $36/year. Purchasing 1Password licenses (which is still possible) has always been (and remains to be) quite a bit more expensive than that. Moreover, if you get in on the launch special, you get six months for free.

I’d recommend subscribing to 1Password. It’s a great service and will keep you more secure in an increasingly insecure world. Learn more at 1Password's blog.

Disclosure: 1Password has been a sponsor of Mac Power Users for years. I’ve been a 1Password customer even longer and happily currently pay $5/month for my 1Password family plan.

New MindNode Screencast Series

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I like to use mind mapping to plan out projects. For several years now, my weapon of choice for mind mapping has been MindNode. MindNode, for me, is the right balance of features and ease-of-use. MindNode’s easy to pick up, syncs over iCloud, and I use it all the time. I’ve done a set of five screencasts using MindNode explaining the why and how of mind mapping from my perspective and you can watch them all over at the MindNode website. Below is the first video. Enjoy.

OmniFocus Video Field Guide Updated

The new version of the OmniFocus Video Field Guide (v1.1) is now available for download.

The new version includes several updates for new features that have been added to OmniFocus since version 1.0 shipped. There's also an additional 40 minutes of content on OmniFocus Automation.

If you purchased the OmniFocus Field Guide already, you should have received an email last night with a fresh download link. 

Below is a little sample of some of the new automation materials. Check it out.

Sponsor: Track Your Time Automatically with Timing

My thanks to Timing for sponsoring MacSparky this week.

Have you ever spent all day in front of your Mac, just to wonder where the heck all that time went?

Or tried to bill a client, but couldn’t reconstruct how many hours you spent working for them?

You could use a time tracker.

But to be honest, manual time tracking sucks.

You have to start and stop timers, enter what you did, and so on.

And if you forget that, you are back to square one.

This is where Timing comes in. Instead of making you do all the work, Timing automatically tracks how you spend your time. It logs which apps you use, which websites you visit, and which documents you edit. You can easily categorize activities into projects.

 

Also, your data is not uploaded to anyone’s server. It stays safe on your Mac at all times.

Still not convinced? Download the free trial now and on Friday review all the gory details of what you did this week. But don’t blame the Timing team when you see all those hours wasted on Facebook and elsewhere…

I bought this app a few months ago and I've been running it. I actually find the data quite useful not only for tracking how much time I spent in Microsoft Word on a contract but also how much time I burned in Twitter. It's good feedback and because Timing is a local app, it's for your eyes only.

You can purchase a copy via the Mac App Store or from their website at timingapp.com. The app is $29, but if you buy direct with coupon code MACSPARKY, you can save 20% this week - that already pays for itself by recovering just half an hour of unproductive or unbilled time! (And the Timing team promise you will save much more time than that!)

OmniFocus Video Field Guide Update Coming Sunday

I’ve been working the last few months on an update to the OmniFocus Video Field Guide. I’ve updated it for several new features and gone deep on the iOS Automation and URL linking. I'm making final edits and additions over the next few days and intend to publish it sometime Sunday (probably late). The update will be free for people that have already purchased the field guide. However, please note that for new buyers the price is going up to $19.99. So if you want to get in on the current $9.99 price, do so between now and Sunday afternoon when it goes up.

The Perils of Your Own Mail Servers

I was at a professional gathering recently when the subject of email security came up. I was surrounded by a group of lawyers that knew next-to-nothing about technology and it made me curious about their thoughts on email servers. Going around the room, I found that just about everyone was maintaining their own email servers because they felt it was “safer”. There is this bias when it comes to data that somehow privately owned servers are safer despite the fact they are connected to the same Internet populated with the same bad guys everybody else is facing.

While I think there may be some private servers out there that are as well protected as the more reputable email providers, I think that is the exception, not the rule. My impression is that most of these private servers are instead on aging Dell box in a closet connected to the Internet that may (or may not) have the most recent security patches installed and may (or may not) have an IT person baby-sitting it once in awhile. I think there is this impression that despite this lackluster security, they are somehow safer than email services that have full time professional staff holding the barbarians at the gate 24/7. As the Democratic party found out, they’re not.

Yesterday, John Gruber linked to an article by Josephine Wolff that agreed.

The DNC is never going to be the equal of these companies employing thousands of engineers and managing millions of email accounts when it comes to security, so perhaps it should stop trying and let the experts take over.

If you’re running your company’s email on a private server and haven’t been compromised (or at least not aware of being compromised), there’s a good chance that the reason for your good fortune is not because of your security but instead the fact that you are not as juicy of a target as the DNC. Maybe it’s time to reconsider.

Wireless Keyboard Security Vulnerabilities

Bastille Networks ran an experiment where they tried to intercept transmissions of some wireless keyboards. This would let the bad guys capture a user’s keystrokes from a remote computer and even inject their own keystrokes on your device. It all comes down to poor encryption. They’ve got a list of keyboards they were able to intercept and it’s pretty spooky. Apple’s not on the list but there are several recognizable vendors.

Six Colors on Apple Quarterly Results

Speaking of Jason Snell, his Six Colors website did a bang up job on coverage of Apple's quarterly earnings call today. Not only does Six Colors make pretty charts, Jason's knowledge and vast experience covering Apple make his commentary some of the best there is. It's nice to see iPad results improving. I hope this translates into Apple putting more muscle into iPad productivity.

Sponsor: SaneBox

I’d like to thank SaneBox for sponsoring MacSparky.com this week. Connecting SaneBox to your email account is like giving it super-powers. SaneBox adds a host of additional features to any email account and works with exchange, Google mail, or IMAP accounts. Because it’s all server-based, you can get the benefits of SaneBox no matter which email clients you use.

There is a lot you can do with SaneBox to tame your email. One of my favorite features is SaneVacation. The SaneBox vacation filter is something you can turn on when you go on vacation. Then SaneBox snoozes your emails until you return. When you turn it off, SaneBox does its usual bang-up job of putting your email where it belongs

Learn more about all of the features of SaneBox over at SaneBox.com. If you sign up using the links in this post, you get $10 off. If email is giving you trouble, give SaneBox a try. You won’t regret it.