Safari Updates the Clear Browser History

Safari and all other web browsers give you the ability to clear your browser history. Sometime over the last year it appears that Apple has updated Safari to allow you to clear your history based on periods of time. Now, you can just clear your browser history for the last hour. This is really handy if you’re doing web development.

Check out this video demonstration showing how it’s done.

Get Driving Directions for your Contacts Using Apple Maps

Are you travelling to a new location and aren’t exactly sure how to get there? It’s easy to pull up a map to find the location and get driving diretions using Maps.

There are a couple of ways to map an address. First, if, in Safari you can map an address by selecting the address, right mouse clicking and choosing “Show Map” from the Services menu as shown below.

Apple Maps from Services

The second is from within the Contacts app. Just select the contact you wish to map and then click on the pin in the address as shown below.

Apple Maps from Contacts

Once inside Apple Maps you’ll see the address highlighted by a pin. Click on the pin to view additional information about that location. It will open a dialog that allows you to add that address to your bookmarks or get driving directions to that location.

How are you using Apple Maps? Let me know in the comments.

Copy Paste Addresses into Contacts with Ease

I usually begin the new year doing some maintenance on contacts that I have in my address book. I try to do this annually because over the years I’ve accumulated a lot of contacts that I know longer keep in touch with or who’s details have changed. I recently discovered something in Yosemite that I thought was cool enough to share.

A Contacts address record has separate address, city, state and zip code fields. If you want to add an address you needed to either type or paste in the parts of the address into the appropriate fields. This was a very tedious error-prone process. At least that’s how it used to be.

Now, in Contacts you can just paste a full address into the address fields and it will split it out into its individual components.

For example, copying this:

123 Anywhere Street
Doylestown, PA 18912 USA

and pasting it into the address field of a contact card results in the following on the contact card:

2015-01-31 at 8.13 AM

As you can see each of the address fields is put into its proper place. Each of those fields that makes up the address, including the street address, city, state, zip and country, is now populated with the correct information.

This is an awesome hidden feature that really speeds up adding contacts to your address book.

Do you know any other OS X Yosemite Contacts tips that you’d like to share? Please leave them in the comments.

iTunes Match Stuck on Step1? Here’s a fix.

I recently added iTunes Match to my iTunes account. I was a subscriber during the beta period but haven’t used it since.itunes match stuck step 1 Anyway, when I tried to start it,  iTunes Match became stuck on step 1. I did some poking around on Apple Forums and here is what I came across to unstick Step 1.

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Change to /Users/System
  3. Delete the SC Info directory with the command rm -rf SC Info
  4. Reboot OS X

SC Info is the folder that holds the authorization information for your Mac’s iTunes account. Removing it will force it to reauthorize and, it seems, kick start a broken Match process.

Synchronize Two iTunes Libraries

iTunes Home Sharing feature is a great way to listen to content in other iTunes libraries around your house. It’s also pretty simple to copy individual songs. In my case though neither of these options are quite good enough.

I am a multiple Mac household. I have a MacBook Pro for work, my wife has a MacBook and my kids and I share an iMac as the family computer. I was keeping my iTunes library on my iMac but since I’ve begun using my MacBook Pro I’ve wanted to have my music there.

What I really want to do is have an easy way to keep both the iTunes library on my iMac and MacBook Pro synchronized. After doing some searching around I found that it’s pretty easy to do with some features built right into Mac OS X.

At the end of this article you should be able to sync your iTunes library from one Mac to another.

Update : This problem has been addressed with iTunes Match. iTunes Match is a pretty low cost way to keep your iTunes libraries in sync across all of your iDevices.

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