How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

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How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

Photos for OS X is already a fairly full-featured application, but with extensions that you can easily add in just a few clicks, you can make it do even more.

Photos extensions, by their very nature, “extend” the functionality of Photos, giving it more power and features in addition to the ton of cool powers and features Photos already has.

There’s a lot of obvious appeal in being able to extend the function of Photos, especially if you can’t afford Photoshop, and don’t want to try to figure out GIMP (shudder).

Give Photos Some Swagger with These Extensions

Before you install Photos extensions, you need at least one extension, so check these out and see if anything piques your curiosity. It’s probably best if you download a free extension before you take the plunge.


Befunky comes with a lot of cool features, which will let you “quickly and easily create stunning selfies, fix family photos, liven up landscapes.” It includes Auto Fix, which provides single-click results; Skin Smoothing to buff out imperfections; HDR for perfect lighting; and even a Teeth Whitener.

Befunky will set you back $4.99, but you can try it out for free on their website.


Macphun offers several powerful extensions, including Filters (which add a few more fun filters for free), and Tonality ($9.99), for editing monochrome photos. There’s also Snapheal, which lets you remove unwanted objects and imperfections for $4.99, and finally, you can get booming enhanced color and lighting with the Intensify extension for $11.99.


Not only does it have a catchy name, the extension is pretty nice too. Pixelmator will cost you a cool $29.99 but will give you painting, retouching, layer style, retouching, and more. If you find yourself drawn to the simplicity of Photos but want to give it the power of a full photo-editing suite, then Pixelmator will do the job.

External Editors

Finally, if you do have a photo editing program you prefer over Photos, but still like the convenience of being able to use Photos to organize and categorize your work, then there’s External Editors for a paltry $.99. External Editors lets you add and manage external editors, convert from RAW to TIFF or JPEG, and more.

Installing Extensions on Photos

Once you have your extension in hand. It’s time to install it into Photos. For our purposes, we’re going to try out the free Filters product from Macphun.

The first thing we have to do is retrieve it from the Mac App Store.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

Once it’s installed, open up the Photos app.

There are two ways to enable and disable extensions in Photos. Method number one is to do so from the Photos app. First, find a photo you want to edit, click on it and then the “Edit” button in the top-right corner of the application.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

Next, click the “Extensions” button in the lower-right corner of the editing window then “More”.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

If the next screen looks familiar, then it’s because you’ve probably dabbled in OS X extensions at one time or another. This control panel can also be reached directly from the System Preferences > Extensions (this would be the second method).

Now, we will enable the extension by checking the box next to the name. Then exit out of the extensions control panel.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

Once you’ve returned to Photos, click the “Extensions” button again and now choose the one you wish to use, which in this case will be the only one we can use: Filters.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

Now we’re whisked to the new extension interface, where we can apply our intended changes. When we’re done, we can either cancel out or click “Save Changes” in the upper-right corner.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

Right now, the number of extensions available for Photos is still somewhat sparse, though we would hope the situation will improve as time goes on.

Still, the extensions that are available (there are more than what we specifically mentioned) do add a lot of capabilities to Photos, even if some of them will set you back as much as $30. Besides, $30 is a whole lot less costly than paying for a Photoshop subscription (and less time-consuming), not to mention a lot easier for most users than GIMP.

Learn how to use third-party editing apps without leaving the Photos app on your Mac.

For my money, the Photos app for OS X improves upon iPhoto in and of itself. And you can make it even better with third-party editing extensions that bring the power of other editing apps inside Photos.

The hardest part about using an editing extension for Photos is finding one. They are littered about the Mac App Store but I have yet to see them collected in a group and separated from other photo apps that don’t hook into Photos. Thus far, the editing extensions have discovered are Macphun’s Creative Kit (Noiseless, Snapheal, Intensify, Focus and FX Photo Studio), Affinity Photo, Pixelmator and BeFunky Express.

I installed a trial of Macphun’s Creative Kit to see how editing extensions work in the Photos app. The first thing I discovered is that I not only had to install the apps but also launch them before I could add them to Photos.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os xScreenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

Before an extension will show up in Photos, you need to enable it in System Preferences. To do so, go to System Preferences > Extensions. Click on Photos in the left panel and then in the right panel check the boxes for the extensions you want to use in Photos.

With your editing extensions enabled, open Photos. Open a photo and click the Edit button in the upper-right corner. You’ll see your editing tools laid out along the right edge. Click the bottom-most option — Extensions — and then choose the app you’d like to use. The app’s editing tools are loaded into the right panel just as they are with an editing tool native to Photos.

Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

For more, come along with us as we explore the new Photos app for OS X.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

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Photographers will be familiar with the editing tools offered by Photos in macOS, but sometimes the available selection just isn’t enough. AppleInsider shows how to add more options to the editing roster, by taking advantage of extensions offered by other image editing applications.

Photos is an extremely handy application that has built-in tools to alter an image, allowing users to improve upon the original. The Auto Enhance tool, as well as the finer controls for individual changes like white balance and level alterations, are likely to be more than enough to make most images stored in the user’s Photo Library look good.

The app does have its limits, which may force some users to export the photograph into their image editing tool of choice to make the level of changes they want. Sometimes a third-party app may be able to perform some of the editing functions Photos offers, but better or in a way the user prefers.

In many cases, it is possible to access some of the tools included in these image editing suites without having to leave Photos at all, via the use of extensions.

Editing with Extensions

Open the Photos app, either via the Applications Folder or from the Dock. Once open, select the image you want to make changes to, and click Edit in the top-right corner of the window.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

In the editing screen, click the Extensions icon at the top, which looks like a circle with three dots in the middle. This will bring up a list of available extensions from other apps that you can use to alter the image. Click an extension to use it.

Depending on the selected option, the interface will change to provide more editing tools specific to that extension. This will vary between extensions, so some experimentation from the user is required at this point.

Once the edit has been made, click Save Changes in the corner to apply the effect to the image, and to return to the main Edit view.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

At this point you can make edits with another extension or Photos’ own tools. Once finished, click Done in the top right corner of the window to complete the editing process.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

Acquiring Extensions

At a minimum, the Extensions selection will include Markup, but if there aren’t any other options, it’s time to install some new apps.

Click the More. option in Extensions to load up the Mac App Store, which will bring up a list of imaging apps that have extensions supported by Photos.

Install the app you want to use by clicking the Get button next to the icon, then Install App. If the word Get is replaced by a price, you will have to pay for the app before installation.

In most cases, the new app should automatically appear on the Extensions list. If not, you may need to separately enable extensions from the app before they become available in Photos.

Editing in apps, saving to Photos

If the extensions still do not give enough options, there’s always opening the image in a separate editing tool. While you can export the image, edit, then reimport it to Photos, there’s an easier way.

Right-click the image and select Edit With, then the app you want to use from the submenu. The photo will then open in the selected application.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

Once changes have been made, save the file in the editing app as normal. The result will be automatically saved back in Photos.

Comments (11)


So no favorite, most surprising or most installed extension apps? Two minutes of my life I’ll never get back.

Mike Wuerthele

We opted for education, minus sensational headlining.


I love the idea of extensions and have the Pixlemator ones and Intensify, but rarely use them. Intensify is good for one click effects, but Photos pretty much does what I need. If not I edit in Photoshop. I’d love to get Affinity Photo, and along with that the extension. It would great if AI did an extension round-up with descriptions and short reviews.

lorin schultz

Like me. I had no idea that it’s possible to bolt on upgrades to Photos.

lorin schultz

Editing in apps, saving to Photos

If the extensions still do not give enough options, there’s always opening the image in a separate editing tool. While you can export the image, edit, then reimport it to Photos, there’s an easier way.

Right-click the image and select Edit With, then the app you want to use from the submenu. The photo will then open in the selected application.

Once changes have been made, save the file in the editing app as normal. The result will be automatically saved back in Photos.

Correct me if I’m wrong: my understanding of the way Photos works is that it keeps more than one version of a picture after editing — at the very least, the original and the altered/edited version. This makes it possible to back out of changes in the future.

Assuming that’s correct: what happens when an image is edited in an outside app, like Photoshop? Does Photos retain the ability to revert back to the original in the future, or is the original simply replaced with the Photoshopped version?

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Here I’m going to show you how to Download, install and Enable Photos Extensions on Mac running macOS Sierra. I Hope, mac users may familiar with this tip, but we want to help for those users who are directly in touch with macOS. As per the Apple allows third-party Extensions supports, appears under the System Preferences. It gives a better user experience than ever before. in short, Big door is open for Photography editors and Photo fans Mac users mean if users not Satisfied via built-in photos tools, then mac users can apply multiple extensions to one photo, or use any combination of third-party editors plus the editing tools built into Photos.

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So first of all download, install and then enabled them to use during photos app open on your MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook, and iMac.

Please Note– this written right for macOS Sierra beta version and OS X El Capitan Public. In macOS 10.12 beta App crashing problem would occur.

Download, install and Enable Photos Extensions on Mac – macOS Sierra, OS X EI Capitan

  • Step 1. Go to the Mac App Store to Search Best Photo Editors.
  • Step 2. Then, install extensions for Photos.
  • Step 3. Now, Click on Apple logo appear top-left side Menu bar.
  • Step 4. Click on System Preference on Mac. Navigate Extensions and click on it.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

Step 5. From the left sidebar, click on Photos/Photos Editing.

Now checkmark next to the apps to enable extensions that you want to use on the Mac Photos app.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

Now to Edit photos using third-party extensions, open Photos app, Double-Click on the photo in your library to open Photo in the single view pane. After that click on Edit.

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Most people who are slightly familiar with Photos in macOS know the basic editing tools the app offers, but sometimes this just isn’t enough.

While Apple Photos’ editor is user-friendly editor it doesn’t allow for any advanced editing. The good news is that with the right software extensions, it becomes a much more powerful and useful package. The Photos app supports plugins, which means that third-party software developers can expand the functionality of the app by bolstering the tools it comes with.

Here are some of the best Mac Photo Extensions that can help you boost the power of the app depending on what functionality you are looking for.

Mimeo Photos

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

Mimeo Photos is a powerful extension for Photos that allows you to create photobooks, cards, and calendars within the app. You can use identical Apple Photos themes, product sizes, and materials that Mimeo Photos provides as well as enhanced design features to edit your photo into a unique project.

It gives you much more functionality than printing through the Photos app and also offers seamless integration. You can get started right away and print high-quality books, cards, calendars and more straight through the app.

Just select your photos from your Apple Photos Library and create a new project.


How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

‍Pixelmator was introduced a few years ago and became immediately popular because it directly competes with Adobe Photoshop. It is a powerful image-editing extension that uses brushes for tools so you just adjust the size and strength sliders and then click and drag on the image.

Pixelmator also includes a Distort plugin for Photos that extends the apps Warp, Bump, Pinch and Twirl tools to the Photos app. The tools work really well and maintain great image integrity.


How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

‍Noiseless can work as a standalone app or you can use it fully within the Photos app as a plugin. The purpose of Noiseless to remove noise from photographs because digital photography doesn’t always cope well with real-life situations.

The app uses smoothing filters to get rid of the noise and then runs another filter afterwards to try to add back in the detail and definition that the first filter may have erased. It offers settings from Lightest all the way to Extreme and, usually, one of the settings along the spectrum will match your photo.


How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

‍Luminar is one of the top Apple Photos extensions. With Luminar, you can do everything from converting RAW images to working with layers and blend modes.

The Luminar editor is thought of as one of the best overall editors today because it works so seamlessly with the Photos app but boosts its power considerably. The plugin for Photos adds a lot more functionality to Apple’s built-in editor, including advanced color correction, editable presets, and filters.


How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

‍Tonality is an amazing extension for black and white photography. It’s great for dramatic conversions to black and white and offers the ability to make a lot of adjustments. The effects and presets are mind-blowing and can help transform a picture easily in ways the Photos app never could. It can also be used a standalone app or an extension.


How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

‍Snapheal is the fastest and easiest way to remove people, shadows, objects, and other unwanted items from photos. The Apple Photos extension offers custom erasing precision so that you can choose the best mode to edit your photos, no matter the style of photo or size of the object.

Additionally, Snapheal also includes a handy image editing toolset to allow you to enhance your photos after erasing with advanced controls. The app works seamlessly with Apple Photos to make it easy to edit the photos in your library.

These photo extensions can help you turn Apple Photos from a lackluster editing tool into a powerful platform for editing, creating projects, printing photos and more.

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How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

With today’s release of OS X El Capitan, users can now install third-party photo editing extensions on their Mac and use them alongside the built-in tools in Apple’s Photos app.

These third-party extensions expand your editing options in Photos. You can edit a photo using multiple extensions, in addition to all the built-in editing features of Apple’s Photos app. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to set up extensions in Photos:

1. Find and install third-party extensions for Photos in the Mac App Store.

2. Launch System Preferences on your Mac, then click Extensions.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

3. In the sidebar on the left, click Photos.

4. Click the checkboxes for all the extensions you want to enable.

After you set up your extensions, follow the guide below to use an extension when editing a photo:

1. Double-click a photo in your library to open it in single view, then click Edit.

2. Click Extensions, which can be found at the bottom of the Photos editing tools on the right-hand side of the window.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

3. Choose an extension from the menu.

4. Edit the photo with the extension’s tools that appear to the right.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

5. When you’re satisfied with your edits, click Save Changes. You can choose another extension to apply further edits to the photo, or use any of the editing tools that are built into Photos.

6. Once you are finished editing, click Done to exit the edit mode.

Even if you edit a photo using a third-party extension, the Photos app will still allow you to revert image back to its original state.

CHICAGO – September 24th, 2018 – With Apple set to replace its Print Services with photo project extensions on September 30, 2018, Motif, the only native macOS extension for printed photo books, cards, and calendars, released its newest version today, making it fully optimized and compatible with macOS Mojave. The latest version of Motif is available for free in the Mac App Store.

As an approved native extension for Photos on macOS, Motif allows consumers to take advantage of Apple’s powerful photo editing tools within the Motif extension. Included with Motif’s macOS Mojave version is a handful of new features, including:

  • Native Operation: Full integration with Photos on macOS Mojave (10.14), creating a faster and more responsive user experience.
  • Automatic Adjustment: Unified with Mojave system preferences, Motif automatically adjusts based on user settings, including light/dark mode, drag and drop, copy and paste, and image editing within projects.
  • Text Editing: Write and edit custom text in myriad fonts, colors, and sizes.
  • Book Themes: The newest version of Motif offers double the number of photo book themes.
  • Spacing: Improved vertical line and horizontal character spacing, giving users the option to visually separate pictures, captions, and transitions.

“As part of RR Donnelley, a global supplier of print services to Apple since 2005, we are well-positioned to take care of Apple’s customers during the transition from macOS High Sierra to Mojave,” said Craig Bauer, Global SVP/Managing Director of Motif. “After thoroughly listening to customer feedback, we strategically improved the Motif extension for macOS Mojave to optimize performance, efficiency, and product superiority, including revamped photo editing capabilities, themes, designs, and layouts that work natively within Photos. Not only can customers print existing photo projects with Motif, but they can do so with the same high-quality end product that Apple customers have come to expect.”

Additionally, during the transition from macOS High Sierra (version 10.13), existing Print Services projects in Apple Photos will soon be able to seamlessly convert to Motif on macOS Mojave with a high degree of fidelity, including pages, images, colors, borders, and captions. As a result, users with existing Photo projects in development will not lose progress on custom-designed work.

Since its launch in July 2018, Motif has garnered more than 15,000 downloads and has been featured by Apple as one of the “New Apps and Games We Love” in the Mac App Store. To try out Motif, follow these easy steps:

  1. Download Motif: Visit the Mac App Store from your desktop. Search for “Motif Photo Books,” and click “Download.”
  2. Open Photos: Launch the Photos application in macOS. Motif runs inside Photos.
  3. Start Creating: In Photos, select an album or memory. From the “File” menu, choose “Create,” and select “Motif.”

I want to find if there is any iphoto extension can share photos on google photos.

Use the Mac App Store to find and install third-party extensions for Photos.

But I have no idea how to search App Store to find extension for photos. Any idea?

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As of now there only a few extensions for Mac OS X Photos. Many more will be rolling out in the near future. So the extensions available right now are:

  • BeFunky Express
  • Intensify
  • Tonality
  • Noiseless
  • Snapheal
  • Affinity Photo
  • Pixelmator
  • DxO Optics Pro
  • External Editors for Photos
  • Picktorial
  • Polarr
  • HayPhotos
  • Lochkamera

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

I entered Photos extensions in the search bar of the Mac App Store and got 9 apps to come up (as of 01/03/2016). I’m not sure that all are even Photos extensions, either, but for sure, some of them are. I actually bought BeFunky Express for the teeth whitening and skin smoothing abilities. I also have some MacPhun apps that work as extensions: Snapheal CK, Intensity, Noiseless and Tonality. Pixelmator has a distort extension, but nothing more yet. And a newer app called Affinity Photo has some too, that are supposed to be pretty good. I haven’t got that app yet so I don’t know. But, I’m sure more extensions are on the way. Keep your eyes open for more…

Right now the only way is to search for “Apple Photo Extensions” in the App Store search bar. Unfortunately, it will bring up apps that are not extensions since the three words are pretty generic. So far I can only find about a half dozen real extensions and quite honestly they are underwhelming. I am beginning to think Apple’s Photos move is a failure. The new app and can’t even do the basics that other photo editing software (including Apple’s prior versions) can do. Give me back Aperture with iCloud sync and I will be happy.

Actually, I have just discovered that photos has a lot more in the way of editing features than I at first thought. Adding options from the ‘add’ menu is a no-brainer, but I had totally missed the fine tuning options when you pull down the drop down menus in each edit option, and the hidden beauty of extending the tweaking range by pressing the Alt key is just diabolical. Apple often does this, I find, make things very simple and assume if we are interested in going a little further that we will find the way ourselves.

Search “Photos Extension” in the search bar.

In the Mac App Store, search for .

You can also get to this by opening Photos, select a photo, click on Edit in the upper right, then click the “. ” button, and select “More. ” from the menu that appears. This will open the App Store listing of photo editing extensions.

GitLab Runner can be installed and updated on macOS.


There are two methods for installing GitLab Runner on macOS:

  • Manual installation. This method is officially supported and recommended by GitLab.
  • Homebrew installation. Install with Homebrew as an alternative to manual installation.

Manual installation (official)

Download the binary for your system:

You can download a binary for every available version as described in Bleeding Edge – download any other tagged release.

Give it permissions to execute:

The rest of the commands should execute as the user who will run the runners.

Open a terminal and switch to the current user.

Install GitLab Runner as a service and start it:

GitLab Runner is installed and will be run after a system reboot.

Homebrew installation (alternative)

A Homebrew formula is available to install GitLab.

To install GitLab Runner using Homebrew:

Install GitLab Runner.

Install GitLab Runner as a service and start it.

GitLab Runner is installed and running.

Limitations on macOS

To sign in as your current user, run the command su – in the terminal. You can obtain your username by running the command ls /users .

Currently, the only proven way for it to work in macOS is by running the service in user-mode.

Since the service will be running only when the user is logged in, you should enable auto-login on your macOS machine.

The service will be launched as a LaunchAgent . By using LaunchAgents , the builds will be able to perform UI interactions, making it possible to run and test in the iOS simulator.

It’s worth noting that macOS also has LaunchDaemons , services running completely in background. LaunchDaemons are run on system startup, but they don’t have the same access to UI interactions as LaunchAgents . You can try to run the Runner’s service as a LaunchDaemon , but this mode of operation is not currently supported.

You can verify that GitLab Runner created the service configuration file after executing the install command, by checking the

If Homebrew was used to install git , it may have added a /usr/local/etc/gitconfig file containing:

This tells Git to cache user credentials in the keychain, which may not be what you want and can cause fetches to hang. You can remove the line from the system gitconfig with:

Alternatively, you can just disable credential.helper for the GitLab user:

You can check the status of the credential.helper with:

Manual update

Stop the service:

Download the binary to replace the GitLab Runner executable:

You can download a binary for every available version as described in Bleeding Edge – download any other tagged release.

Give it permissions to execute:

Start the service:

Make sure that you read the FAQ section which describes some of the most common problems with GitLab Runner.

Upgrade the service file

In order to upgrade the LaunchAgent configuration, you need to uninstall and install the service:

Using codesign with the GitLab Runner Service

If you installed gitlab-runner on macOS with homebrew and your build calls codesign , you may need to set SessionCreate to have access to the user keychains. In the following example we run the builds as the gitlab user and want access to the signing certificates installed by that user for codesigning:

macOS troubleshooting

The following relate to troubleshooting on macOS.

“launchctl” failed: exit status 112, Could not find domain for

This message may occur when you try to install GitLab Runner on macOS. Make sure that you manage GitLab Runner service from the GUI Terminal application, not the SSH connection.

Failed to authorize rights (0x1) with status: -60007.

If GitLab Runner is stuck on the above message when using macOS, there are two causes to why this happens:

Make sure that your user can perform UI interactions:

The first command enables access to developer tools for your user. The second command allows the user who is member of the developer group to do UI interactions, e.g., run the iOS simulator.

Make sure that your GitLab Runner service doesn’t use SessionCreate = true . Previously, when running GitLab Runner as a service, we were creating LaunchAgents with SessionCreate . At that point (Mavericks), this was the only solution to make Code Signing work. That changed recently with OS X El Capitan which introduced a lot of new security features that altered this behavior. Since GitLab Runner 1.1, when creating a LaunchAgent , we don’t set SessionCreate . However, in order to upgrade, you need to manually reinstall the LaunchAgent script:

Then you can verify that

/Library/LaunchAgents/gitlab-runner.plist has SessionCreate set to false .

fatal: unable to access ‘https://path:3000/user/repo.git/’: Failed to connect to path port 3000: Operation timed out error in the job

If one of the jobs fails with this error, make sure the runner can connect to your GitLab instance. The connection could be blocked by things like:

  • firewalls
  • proxies
  • permissions
  • routing configurations

I simply can’t stress enough how effectively extensions help transform Photos on a Mac into a professional quality imaging application.

One of my favourite improvements in El Capitan, Photos now lets you apply third-party image editing extensions within the application. These improve the built-in editing functionalities of Photos, helping you achieve far more with your images. Developer MacPhun says extensions support in Photos means “Apple’s app will finally get close to Aperture or Lightroom with its editing capabilities.”Introducing the first few extensions to arrive at the Mac App Store.

BeFunky Express

Developed specifically to exploit Photos Extensions on El Capitan, BeFunky Express is free, so it’s going to be a great way for Mac users to experience them. It offers tools – auto fix, skin smoothing, highlight and shadows adjustments, teeth whitening and eye brightening — to help improve self-portraits, family photos, landscapes. (Developed by BeFunky).


Running the Intensify extension with Photos will boost the colors on your photo and make more image details visible. Intensify uses proprietary tools to enhance pro contrast, improve details and structure selectively based on tonal range. It also offers Layers, a customizable brush you can use for selective editing, a histogram and vignette mode. The software provides over 60 presets covering a range of effects, from dark photo fixes and beyond. (Developed by MacPhun).


Black and white images are incredibly effective, somehow people relate to them, but getting the most from the images you take takes skill – and Tonality. The software provides dozens of professional presets, 16-bit RAW processing and powerful controls for clarity, structure, split toning and more. That’s alongside a huge host of effects, lens filters, textures and frames and support for layers, selective editing and a histogram. (Developed by MacPhun).


Digital images often carry a little image noise. You can reduce this in Photos to some extent, but Noiseless improves what you can achieve. Not only this, but it can also automatically identify and reduce noise and provides a range of additional tools to fine-tune details after noise has been reduced. The developers (MacPhun again), recognize that lots of us use iPhones to grab snaps, so they’ve created a special algorithm to fine tune images captured with Apple’s smartphones. (Developed by MacPhun).


Photos hosts its own healing and a clone & stamp tool, but sometimes you’ll need more sophisticated image improvements than you can get using these. That’s where Snapheal steps in with a number of additional features, including the capacity to remove multiple objects and a wider range of tools (brush, lasso) you can use to select image areas that need healing. There’s also a range of healing modes for different types of images and different tasks. (Developed by MacPhun).

Affinity Photo

Apple Design Award winning software, Affinity Photo is about to offer its retouching tools within Photos on El Capitan. This powerful collection includes dodge, burn, clone, patch, blemish, and red eye tools, frequency separation capability, and more.(Developed by Affinity/Serif. Free trial available).

More are on the way

Apple has published a website page to explain use of third-party extensions in Photos for OS X, and these make it pretty clear that other developers (including Pixelmator and DxO Optics) have been looking into supporting this feature – keep an eye on the Mac App Store for more releases in future.

To enable Photos extensions

Once you’ve installed an extension you must enable it. Launch System Preferences>Extensions, select Photos and you may then click the check boxes to enable those you hope to use (they’ll be made available in the Extensions control of Photos).

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When you install the Microsoft OneDrive sync app for Mac, a copy of your OneDrive is downloaded to your Mac and put in the OneDrive folder. This folder is kept in sync with OneDrive. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder on the OneDrive website, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted in your OneDrive folder and vice versa.

To upload files to OneDrive automatically, just copy or move the files to your OneDrive folder using the Finder, or save them in your OneDrive folder from an app. Files you upload this way can be up to 250GB in size if you’re signed in to a Microsoft account, or 15GB if you’re signed in to a work or school account. If you installed the OneDrive app on other computers, the files will automatically be added to the OneDrive folders on them, too.

You can also use the Finder to rename and delete files, create new folders, and move files around in your OneDrive folder. The changes will automatically be made in OneDrive and your other computers that have the sync app installed.

The sync app lets you sync files from your OneDrive for work or school and even from Microsoft SharePoint sites if your admin enabled it. (If you’re the IT admin for your organization, see Enable users to sync SharePoint files with the new OneDrive sync app.)

Note: To use the sync app to sync your work files, you need a Microsoft 365 business account.

OneDrive is supported on macOS devices with Apple silicon through Rosetta 2 emulation. For most users, no additional setup is needed to use OneDrive on a Mac with the Rosetta 2 emulator.

On November 10, 2020, Apple announced their new Macs using Apple silicon CPUs. If you’re using a Mac that has the Apple silicon processor instead of the Intel processor, some Office features may not be available yet. For more information, see Microsoft 365 and Office 2019 support for Apple silicon

As of 1 February 2019, OneDrive only supports new installations on Mac OS 10.12 or newer. For more information, see OneDrive End Of Support Notice


  1. Download Visual Studio Code for macOS.
  2. Open the browser’s download list and locate the downloaded archive.
  3. Extract the archive contents. Use double-click for some browsers or select the ‘magnifying glass’ icon with Safari.
  4. Drag Visual Studio to the Applications folder, making it available in the macOS Launchpad.
  5. Add VS Code to your Dock by right-clicking on the icon to bring up the context menu and choosing Options, Keep in Dock.

Launching from the command line

You can also run VS Code from the terminal by typing ‘code’ after adding it to the path:

  • Launch VS Code.
  • Open the Command Palette ( Cmd+Shift+P ) and type ‘shell command’ to find the Shell Command: Install ‘code’ command in PATH command.
  • Restart the terminal for the new $PATH value to take effect. You’ll be able to type ‘code .’ in any folder to start editing files in that folder.

Note: If you still have the old code alias in your .bash_profile (or equivalent) from an early VS Code version, remove it and replace it by executing the Shell Command: Install ‘code’ command in PATH command.

Alternative manual instructions

Instead of running the command above, you can manually add VS Code to your path, to do so run the following commands:

Start a new terminal to pick up your .bash_profile changes.

Note: The leading slash \ is required to prevent $PATH from expanding during the concatenation. Remove the leading slash if you want to run the export command directly in a terminal.

Note: Since zsh became the default shell in macOS Catalina, run the following commands to add VS Code to your path:

Touch Bar support

Out of the box VS Code adds actions to navigate in editor history as well as the full Debug tool bar to control the debugger on your Touch Bar:

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

Mojave privacy protections

After upgrading to macOS Mojave version, you may see dialogs saying “Visual Studio Code would like to access your .” This is due to the new privacy protections in Mojave and is not specific to VS Code. The same dialogs may be displayed when running other applications as well. The dialog is shown once for each type of personal data and it is fine to choose Don’t Allow since VS Code does not need access to those folders. You can read a more detailed explanation in this blog post.


VS Code ships monthly releases and supports auto-update when a new release is available. If you’re prompted by VS Code, accept the newest update and it will get installed (you won’t need to do anything else to get the latest bits).

Note: You can disable auto-update if you prefer to update VS Code on your own schedule.

Preferences menu

You can configure VS Code through settings, color themes, and custom keybindings available through the Code > Preferences menu group.

You may see mention of File > Preferences in documentation, which is the Preferences menu group location on Windows and Linux. On a macOS, the Preferences menu group is under Code, not File.

Next steps

Once you have installed VS Code, these topics will help you learn more about VS Code:

  • Additional Components – Learn how to install Git, Node.js, TypeScript, and tools like Yeoman.
  • User Interface – A quick orientation around VS Code.
  • User/Workspace Settings – Learn how to configure VS Code to your preferences settings.

Common questions

Why do I see “Visual Studio Code would like access to your calendar.”

If you are running macOS Mojave version, you may see dialogs saying “Visual Studio Code would like to access your .” This is due to the new privacy protections in Mojave discussed above. It is fine to choose Don’t Allow since VS Code does not need access to those folders.

VS Code fails to update

If VS Code doesn’t update once it restarts, it might be set under quarantine by macOS. Follow the steps in this issue for resolution.

Does VS Code run on Mac M1 machines?

Yes, VS Code supports macOS ARM64 builds that can run on Macs with the Apple M1 chip. You can install the Universal build, which includes both Intel and Apple Silicon builds, or one of the platform specific builds.

Now that iOS 8 with the all-new Photos is here, we can see exactly how Extensions work! (I know we haven’t even looked at Photos itself yet, but this is a Really Big Deal™ so I want to jump right into Extensions).

Let’s get started…

What are Extensions?

Extensions is one of the new capabilities of iOS 8 and PhotoKit. Extensions allow developers to write their app so it “extends” the abilities of other apps and services. You’ll find Extensions all over iOS 8, but in this case of course we’re focusing on Extensions for the Photos app.

Third party apps can still operate like they always have; as a stand-alone app where you open a photo, edit it, and save it. But if an app is enabled as an Extension, it makes getting in and out of it a lot quicker. Instead of, say, starting and edit in Photos, leaving Photos, opening another app, opening your photo, editing it, saving it, leaving the app, opening another app, opening that saved photo, editing, saving, leaving, repeating, you can simply open your photo in that Extension right from the Photos app, then jump into another app, and so-on.

What apps work as Extensions?

As of this writing, not many, but iOS 8 was only released 48 hours ago. There are undoubtedly thousands of apps in the App Store review process, many of which I’m sure have already been updated for Extensions. The one we’ll be using as an example is a curious little app called Fragment – Prismatic Effects By Pixite LLC [$1.99 on the App Store].

How do you know if an app works as an Extension?

If the app is already installed, then just go to Photos and try to add it as an extension (instructions on that in a moment). If it shows up there, it’s been updated. If not, it hasn’t.

If you don’t have the app installed, or want to find out before you buy, check the release notes on the app for something like “Open in Photos app using Extensions”. There doesn’t seem to be a specific callout for this function in the app Information list. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, certainly you can check with the developer, and encourage them to update their apps!

Do apps have to become Extensions?

I don’t believe there’s any requirement to this, but I could be wrong. Developers could well not bother, but it’s a pretty great feature; I can’t imagine them not wanting to.

Do Extensions-enabled apps still work on their own?

Absolutely. Apps can still be used stand-alone, and in fact before you can use it as an Extension, you have to enable that feature manually. So yes, every app still works as it always has.

What I don’t know is if developers can restrict what functions are available when running in “Extension mode”, for lack of a better term.

How do you enable an Extension?

Easy! First, go to Photos, and open any picture. Tap the Edit button, and then on the Extensions icon, which I guess is really a “more” icon—three dots inside a circle. If this is the first Extension you’ve enabled, all you’ll see is another More button.

Tap on the big More button, and you’ll get to the Photo Editors window (think of it like an extensions manager). Here you can enable, disable, and rearrange your apps.

Enable one or more, click Done, and you’ll see this:

To edit your photo in an app, of course just tap on the app here, and away you go!

What happens next?

The Extension/app slides into place, and you can edit away, just as you would in the app itself. When you’re done, tap Done in the corner (or Cancel if you change your mind).

You’ll be brought back to Photos, with your edits in place.

Continue editing, but…

Here’s the really important thing to know. If, right now, you tap on the Extensions/more button again, and open that same app, you should be able to pick up editing as if you’d never left. I say “should” because with many apps I tested, this did not work. The app had “baked in” its changes, so you could no longer edit them. This is not how the API is supposed to work, so this tells me that some developers got lazy and basically added the ability to open your photo in their app as an extension, but didn’t bother to save the state so you could pick up where you left off.

In many cases it won’t much matter. Because at this point if you do anything else to edit the photo — using Photos’ own adjustments, or another app — the last app applied will be baked in.

You can however click Done in Photos, returning you to the Photos app, go work on other pictures or anything else, then open up that photo, tap Edit, Extensions and open the app — and you actually will be able to continue editing. Just don’t add anything else to it first. As long as you keep that in mind, it is quite cool to be able to come back and edit.

You can always revert. You can go back to where you started, so it’s truly non-destructive, however there’s no going step-by-step back, or editing “step one” once you’ve moved on to “step two”.

This is exciting stuff

This certainly makes the process of doing multi-app edits a lot easier. Plus you don’t have to save 20 copies of a photo as you go through all the apps. Needless to say it’d be really, really amazing if you could go back and edit each plugin at any time, no matter what else had been done to it, but I’d imagine this is partially a processing power issue, and partially a UI issue. Maybe that ability will come, and certainly if you want to see that, make it known to Apple.

It’ll also be interesting to see what happens when Photos comes to OS X. Handoff between iOS devices exist for apps like this — you should be able to start editing in Fragment on your iPad, then pick it up on the iPhone using Handoff. At least, that’s what the documentation says, although I couldn’t get it to work. I kept getting a “Cannot Open” error. And this only worked (insofar as the Handoff icon showed up on the other device) when working in the app itself, not while working on it as an Extension in Photos. So, limited use there. But if this app comes to OS X and acts as a Photos Extension there, what else will we see?

Before you begin

You must use a kubectl version that is within one minor version difference of your cluster. For example, a v1.23 client can communicate with v1.22, v1.23, and v1.24 control planes. Using the latest compatible version of kubectl helps avoid unforeseen issues.

Install kubectl on macOS

The following methods exist for installing kubectl on macOS:

Install kubectl binary with curl on macOS

Download the latest release:

To download a specific version, replace the $(curl -L -s portion of the command with the specific version.

For example, to download version v1.23.0 on Intel macOS, type:

And for macOS on Apple Silicon, type:

Validate the binary (optional)

Download the kubectl checksum file:

Validate the kubectl binary against the checksum file:

If valid, the output is:

If the check fails, shasum exits with nonzero status and prints output similar to:

Make the kubectl binary executable.

Move the kubectl binary to a file location on your system PATH .

Test to ensure the version you installed is up-to-date:

Install with Homebrew on macOS

If you are on macOS and using Homebrew package manager, you can install kubectl with Homebrew.

Run the installation command:

Test to ensure the version you installed is up-to-date:

Install with Macports on macOS

If you are on macOS and using Macports package manager, you can install kubectl with Macports.

Run the installation command:

Test to ensure the version you installed is up-to-date:

Verify kubectl configuration

In order for kubectl to find and access a Kubernetes cluster, it needs a kubeconfig file, which is created automatically when you create a cluster using or successfully deploy a Minikube cluster. By default, kubectl configuration is located at

Check that kubectl is properly configured by getting the cluster state:

If you see a URL response, kubectl is correctly configured to access your cluster.

If you see a message similar to the following, kubectl is not configured correctly or is not able to connect to a Kubernetes cluster.

For example, if you are intending to run a Kubernetes cluster on your laptop (locally), you will need a tool like Minikube to be installed first and then re-run the commands stated above.

If kubectl cluster-info returns the url response but you can’t access your cluster, to check whether it is configured properly, use:

Optional kubectl configurations and plugins

Enable shell autocompletion

kubectl provides autocompletion support for Bash, Zsh, Fish, and PowerShell which can save you a lot of typing.

Below are the procedures to set up autocompletion for Bash, Fish, and Zsh.


The kubectl completion script for Bash can be generated with kubectl completion bash . Sourcing this script in your shell enables kubectl completion.

However, the kubectl completion script depends on bash-completion which you thus have to previously install.

Upgrade Bash

The instructions here assume you use Bash 4.1+. You can check your Bash’s version by running:

If it is too old, you can install/upgrade it using Homebrew:

Reload your shell and verify that the desired version is being used:

Homebrew usually installs it at /usr/local/bin/bash .

Install bash-completion

You can test if you have bash-completion v2 already installed with type _init_completion . If not, you can install it with Homebrew:

As stated in the output of this command, add the following to your

Reload your shell and verify that bash-completion v2 is correctly installed with type _init_completion .

Enable kubectl autocompletion

You now have to ensure that the kubectl completion script gets sourced in all your shell sessions. There are multiple ways to achieve this:

Source the completion script in your

Add the completion script to the /usr/local/etc/bash_completion.d directory:

If you have an alias for kubectl, you can extend shell completion to work with that alias:

If you installed kubectl with Homebrew (as explained here), then the kubectl completion script should already be in /usr/local/etc/bash_completion.d/kubectl . In that case, you don’t need to do anything.

In any case, after reloading your shell, kubectl completion should be working.

The kubectl completion script for Fish can be generated with the command kubectl completion fish . Sourcing the completion script in your shell enables kubectl autocompletion.

To do so in all your shell sessions, add the following line to your

After reloading your shell, kubectl autocompletion should be working.

The kubectl completion script for Zsh can be generated with the command kubectl completion zsh . Sourcing the completion script in your shell enables kubectl autocompletion.

To do so in all your shell sessions, add the following to your

If you have an alias for kubectl, you can extend shell completion to work with that alias:

After reloading your shell, kubectl autocompletion should be working.

If you get an error like complete:13: command not found: compdef , then add the following to the beginning of your

Install kubectl convert plugin

A plugin for Kubernetes command-line tool kubectl , which allows you to convert manifests between different API versions. This can be particularly helpful to migrate manifests to a non-deprecated api version with newer Kubernetes release. For more info, visit migrate to non deprecated apis

Download the latest release with the command:

OS X and macOS no longer makes it possible to run “classic” Mac applications written for “classic” Mac OS versions, such as System 7 or Mac OS 9. In order to run such applications, macOS users must now install “emulator” software that runs old versions of the Mac OS in a window on the macOS desktop. The most advanced of these emulator programs is SheepShaver. SheepShaver is no longer supported by its original author, Gwenolé Beauchesne, but updates, made by a programmer who calls himself or herself kanjitalk755, are available from an active support forum at E-Maculation.

This page provides a system that makes it easy to set up and use SheepShaver under macOS 10.12 or later. You will need to supply a “ROM file” (as described below) and you will need an installation CD for any version of the Mac OS from OS 8.5 through 9.0.4, or a disk image of such a CD, as described below.

This system requires macOS 10.12 or later. It was updated 15 May 2021 as a universal application, native to both Intel and Apple Silicon. Updated again 1 August 2021 to correct a SheepShaver bug that prevented CapsLock from working.

How to set it up

The usual way to set up SheepShaver is to follow the detailed guide on the E-maculation site. The page you are now reading provides a much simpler method, using a prebuilt “application bundle” that contains almost everything you need, in a single package. To use it, follow these steps. Note that when the instructions refer to OS 9, the same procedure should work with OS 8.5 or 8.6. (Expert users will know how to modify the system for use with System 7 through 8.1; non-experts should not attempt this.)

1. Download the application bundle here. It is enclosed in a 13 MB ZIP file. Extract it and move it from the Downloads folder to any other place on your hard disk. Launch it once so that macOS will request the permissons it needs. The first time you launch it, it will display a warning that you need to add a ROM file, and SheepShaver will not start. Close the warning message and follow the next steps.

2. Get a copy of a New World Mac PPC ROM. See the setup guide at E-Maculation for advice on how to find one. (Or you can go directly to the Redundant Robot web site and find the file indicated as “best for SheepShaver”.) The ROM file that you find will probably be named something like “newworldrom”; make certain to rename the ROM file Mac OS ROM (use this exact string; no extension) and drop the ROM file onto the SheepShaver Wrapper. A message from the SheepShaver Wrapper will tell you that the file was copied to the correct location. If you get an error message, make sure that you are using the correct file with the correct name (remember: no extension – check the Get Info window to make sure).

3. Install Mac OS 8.5 through 9.0.4. This step assumes that you have a copy of an OS 8.5 through 9.0.4 installation CD on a disk image. (You cannot use an actual CD, only an image made from a CD.) The installation CD image must be one that was made from a retail CD, not one that came with a specific machine. Note that when installing, you should not try to format or initialize the virtual hard disk; it is already formatted, and contains some Apple-supplied updates for OS 8.6 and 9.0.4 in a disk image file in a folder named “OS Updaters”. Some of these are US-English versions; other versions may be found through a web search.

Note: To create an image file from an installation CD, use Disk Utility in OS X or macOS and create a disk image in “DVD/CD Master” format.

(Important note: When installing OS 9, when you reach the menu that lets you specify which parts of the OS you want to install, click Options and turn off the option to “Update Apple Hard Disk Drivers”; for reasons that I don’t understand, the OS installation will stall when this option is on. When booting from an OS 8.5 CD image, hold down the shift key to turn extensions off, or else the CD image may not boot; this is not required with OS 8.6.)

3. Drop your CD image file of a Mac OS installation CD on the SheepShaver Wrapper. If the file is in the correct format, and is bootable, SheepShaver will boot from the image file. (If the image file is not “locked,” which it must be if the Mac OS is to be installed from it, the SheepShaver Wrapper will offer to lock it for you.) Install the Mac OS from the booted CD image. Then shut down SheepShaver completely. Start the SheepShaver Wrapper again, and it should now boot to OS 8 or 9, and the CD image will not be mounted.

4. Start up SheepShaver and start working in Mac OS 8 or 9. The steps above will give you a working SheepShaver system, with the “Unix” folder in SheepShaver set to be your Documents folder in macOS. If you want to use a different folder as the “Unix” folder, or if you want to change the screen size or other features, use the Preferences menu.

5. Study the configuration guide at E-Maculation. The Configuration Guide includes absolutely essential information about using the “classic” Mac OS in SheepShaver. If something goes wrong, and you have not studied that guide, then you have only yourself to blame. However, ignore everything you read on that site about the location of the preferences files. Instead, read the next item, below.

6. To modify the preferences file, Ctrl-click on the SheepShaver Wrapper app. Select Show Package Contents. Navigate to Contents->Resources->Files. Ctrl-click on MacOS.sheepvm and select Show Package Contents. Edit the file named prefs ; either Ctrl-click and choose a text editor to open it with, or open a terminal, enter ” open -e ” (no quotation marks, and followed by a space – do not forget the space!), and drag the prefs file into the terminal window and press Enter. Save the file when done.

The virtual hard disk in the system is a 4GB disk. If that does not provide enough disk space for your purposes, create a second disk, using the procedures described in the wiki at Or use the SheepShaver Preferences to add the unformatted Backup 4GB disk also included in the system.


This system is built on software provided by many people who are more expert than I am. The included build of SheepShaver is slightly customized from code modified by the programmer who uses the name kanjitalk755. I have benefited from many suggestions by Ronald P. Regensburg and others in the E-Maculation forum, and I could not have written this script without the help of many experts at and especially from Shane Stanley there at and at the forum at


Please do not ask me to help you set up the “classic” Mac OS or advise you about any applications. Please ask for support in the E-Maculation support forum for SheepShaver. If you want to get in touch with me about the AppleScript in the SheepShaver Wrapper, then please visit this page.

Edward Mendelson (em thirty-six [at] columbia [dot] edu, but with two initials and two numerals before the [at] sign, not spelled out as shown here).

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Mac OS X El Capitan home screen (Photo: Apple)

Q. The updated Photos app in OS X El Capitan still falls short of iPhoto in a few ways. Will that change anytime soon?

A. The photo organizer and editor that’s supposed to replace Apple’s long-neglected, now-abandoned iPhoto received surprisingly few improvements in the OS X release that shipped this week–even considering the modest scope of Apple’s operating-system update.

The tools in Photos to crop, adjust, retouch and dress up your pictures seem almost identical, aside from the new ability to rotate and flip multiple photos at once.

The app now offers a fussy geotagging feature in which you can’t add a location to a photo by clicking on a map; you have to type the name of a place and hope Photos recognizes it, after which you get a map featuring a pushpin icon you can move around.

And Photos added a Selfies folder that automatically collects pictures taken with the front camera on an iOS device. (Tip: For quicker access to any of your folders, press the Command, Option and S keys to show the left-hand sidebar listing all of them.)

Unfortunately, Photos’ choices for organizing pictures still don’t match iPhoto’s: You can’t rate pictures with one to five stars or flag them for your attention.

But one other new Photos feature offers the potential to make this a more useful, flexible program: Extensions that plug in additional editing tools.

Jeff Carlson, a photographer and author of dozens of books about Mac hardware and software and other computing topics, explained why that can beat using a separate image-editing app: “You can still have a central repository for images (and for using iCloud Photo Library to have all the images on all your devices) without having to first export from Photos, edit in a third-party app, then re-import an edited version into Photos.”

Finding these extensions, however, is a little tricky. Photos only advertises this option when you edit a picture, but clicking the Extensions button there doesn’t reveal any way to install them. Instead you have to open the Mac App Store and either search for them by name or see what a query for “Photos Extensions” turns up–there doesn’t seem to be any central list of these apps.

Apple’s support page about Photo Extensions shows images for seven of these apps. Four are available now: MacPhun’s $14.99 Snapheal, $17.99 Tonality and $14.99 Noiseless; and BeFunky’s free BeFunky Express. Three more are coming: Serif’s Affinity Retouching, and DxO’s Optics Pro, and an app called Distort with no identifiable developer.

The well-regarded image-editing app Pixelmator is also working on a Photos extension, Carlson said.

To use one of these, you have to install it, then open the System Preferences app, click Extensions, click the Photos heading, and then click the checkbox next to the extension’s name to activate it.

This is not exactly the most elegant software-installation experience ever.

You’ll then see the extension when you click the “Extensions” button in Photo’s editing mode; selecting it will replace Apple’s editing tools with the extension’s. In the case of BeFunky, the one extension I tried, they include controls to fiddle with highlights and shadows in a scene as well as options to whiten teeth and smooth skin that probably can’t do much for portraits of my fortysomething self.

Tip: Silence Web pages in Safari–and not just in El Capitan

One of Apple’s smarter additions to El Capitan catches up with a feature Google added to Chrome last summer: identifying which Web page started playing audio in the background and silencing it.

As in Google’s browser, El Capitan’s version of Safari identifies the offending page with a speaker icon on its tab and places another speaker icon in the address bar; click either one to shush the unwanted soundtrack without leaving your current page.

But you don’t need to install El Capitan to get this feature (along with some important security fixes). Safari 9.0 is also available for the two previous releases of OS X, Mavericks and Yosemite, through Apple’s automatic software updates.

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Docker Desktop stores Linux containers and images in a single, large “disk image” file in the Mac filesystem. This is different from Docker on Linux, which usually stores containers and images in the /var/lib/docker directory.

Where is the disk image file?

To locate the disk image file, select the Docker icon and then Preferences > Resources > Advanced.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

The Advanced tab displays the location of the disk image. It also displays the maximum size of the disk image and the actual space the disk image is consuming. Note that other tools might display space usage of the file in terms of the maximum file size, and not the actual file size.

If the file is too big

If the disk image file is too big, you can:

  • move it to a bigger drive,
  • delete unnecessary containers and images, or
  • reduce the maximum allowable size of the file.

Move the file to a bigger drive

To move the disk image file to a different location:

Select Preferences > Resources > Advanced.

In the Disk image location section, click Browse and choose a new location for the disk image.

Click Apply & Restart for the changes to take effect.

Do not move the file directly in Finder as this can cause Docker Desktop to lose track of the file.

Delete unnecessary containers and images

Check whether you have any unnecessary containers and images. If your client and daemon API are running version 1.25 or later (use the docker version command on the client to check your client and daemon API versions), you can see the detailed space usage information by running:

Extensions are a super cool feature on your iPad and iPhone that open up a ton of new possibilities when it comes to sharing and editing your photos and videos. In a nutshell, extensions allow you to ‘extend’ the capability of an app by incorporating additional functionality from other apps into them. It allows you to do a whole lot more inside an app without actually having to leave. Two of the most common types of extensions that have us very excited are share extensions and photo or video editing extensions.

Let’s take a dive into each one and show you why they are so cool.

Share Extensions

The focus of share extensions is really around making sharing easy, whether it be with yourself or with others. For example, you can share an article from Safari with a friend, or save it to read later on your app of choice like Pocket. You might want to share an image with a friend off Pinterest or tweet something straight out of another app that you’re using.

How to enable Share Extensions

1. Open the app that you want to share from.
2. Tap on the share button (the icon is a box with an arrow pointing upwards).
3. Swipe left on the top row of icons that appear until you get to the end.
4. Tap on the More button (the icon is a circle with 3 dots inside).
5. The apps that support sharing will show up on a list.
6. Turn on the apps that you would like to be able to share from by tapping the switch next to them.
7. If you share from one app more than another, re-order them on the sheet so that you have quicker access to share. To do this, just tap and hold on the app in the list, drag it into your order of preference and then release your finger.
8. Once you’re happy, tap Done in the upper right corner.

Photo and Video Extensions

This extension is really amazing because it allows you to incorporate editing tools from other compatible apps, directly into your Photos app. This then acts as a hub for all of your favourite filters and effects. Once you’ve installed an app on your iPhone or iPad, all you need to do is enable the extension and then just apply the editing tools directly from the Photos app instead of jumping between them all.

Here are a couple of amazing apps that have extensions for your Photos app on your iPhone or iPad – Camera +, Pixlr, Afterlight and a fun one that gives prism effects to your photos – Fragment.

How to enable Photo and Video Extensions

1. Install the photo or video editing apps that you want to be able to use in your Photos app.
2. Open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
3. Open the photo or video that you would like to edit.
4. Tap Edit at the bottom left of your screen, it’s the icon that has three lines and a dot on each.
5. Tap on the More button, it’s the icon with a circle and three dots inside.
6. A list of extensions will appear. Turn on the ones that you want by tapping the switch.
7. Tap Done in the upper right of the screen.

Now that you’ve enabled the extensions you want, now’s the time to use them! Here’s how:

1. Open the Photos app.
2. Open the video or photo that you want to edit.
3. Tap the Edit icon at the bottom of the screen.
4. Tap the More icon top left of your screen. A list of apps that have enabled will appear, each with their own unique set of filters and edits for you to use.
5. Choose the one you want and tap Done.

Note – you can only use extensions in an app that supports it. They must be using the standard iOS Share Sheet on iOS 8 or later.

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We take many features in OS X on the Apple Mac for granted. Take the Share options for example. Are they the best? The only ones? Are there more? Have you configured them? Here is a guide.

The Share menu is something you probably have not thought about when using OS X on the Mac. There is a Share button in Safari for example and if you click it, you can share the web page URL using the services provided on the menu.

Select a photo in the Photos app and click the Share button. There are options to share it on social networking sites and it just works. What more is there to it?

There are two things you can do and one it to remove items on the Share menu that you never use. They add to the clutter and are distracting. A short menu with just the options you need it better than a long one with items you never use.

The other thing you can do is to add extra share options to the menu to enable you to share web content, photos and other items to more places than you can right now.

There may be sharing features on your Mac you just aren’t showing up and they may be useful. When did you last look? Never?

Let’s see how to configure the Share menu options. I will be using El Capitan, but other versions of OS X are similar.

1 The Share menu

Open Photos, Safari or some other app that has a Share button at the top. Here is the share menu in the Photos app. It enables the selected photograph to be shared on Twitter, Facebook, via Messages and so on.

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2 More options

Click the More option at the bottom of the Share menu and System Preferences opens with Extensions selected. Some items cannot be changed, like Mail and AirDrop, but the others with the blue ticks can be deselected.

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Clear the ticks against any item you never use. For example, if you never share anything on LinkedIn, clear the tick box and it will be removed from the Share menu (you can easily add ity again if you ever change your mind).

3 Add extra options

Scroll down the list of Share options and you might find extra items you didn’t know you had. It all depends on the software you have installed on your Mac. I have OneNote and Wunderlist and ticking the boxes adds them to the Share menu. I don’t have Aperture, so that can be removed by clearing the tick box.

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4 View the Share options

Run Safari or Photos or some other app with the Share button and click it to see the new menu. Now I have options to share on OneNote and Wunderlist. There were not there before.

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After configuring the Share options, the menu is more useful. It has fewer options you don’t need and more of the ones you use most.

How to set up and use extensions in photos for os x

Apple is a company photographers and videographers follow with a mixture of excitement and dread. On the one hand, the Cupertino-based computer and software maker has given us the iPhone and a host of great hardware and applications for editing and sharing imagery. On the other hand, they have discontinued things dear to many, forcing inferior follow-up products on us. As is the case with the premature death of Aperture in favor of Photos. But by integrating Photos with Affinity Photo through extensions, you can restore some functionality to the program.

Before I go further, let me point out that what I’m suggesting here will only work for very specific use cases. I tend to avoid a lot of post processing. For some uses, such as quick online postings or Instagram, I need a program that will take my pictures from scans or raw files, apply some corrections in terms of shadows, highlights, exposure, brightness, and tonality, and then let me get on with life. Photos is not good enough for this yet, but it is the application in which all my iPhone snapshots automatically appear. If I use an Eye-Fi card or Apple’s camera connection kit for iPads and iPhones, that’s also true of photos I’ve taken on the go with more serious cameras. If you’re looking for the path of least resistance from capture to finished product, sometimes saving extra steps in transferring images is worth the trade-off of putting up with a less-than-ideal software solution.

The Why

The obvious question regarding this combination is likely some version of “Yes, but… why?” Fair enough. Here’s why I like this combination. I’ll admit, I am not a Photoshop native. Although I’ve worked with some version of the grand master of editing programs – the one that became the default to the point where its name is now a verb – on and off for over a decade and a half, the two of us never clicked. I loved Lightroom when it first came out in a beta version, but stopped using it in favor of Apple’s Aperture a few years later. While Aperture was a good program, this was a bad decision.

For me, the draw of Aperture when it was still current was not only its much lower price point than Lightroom, or its seamless integration with a Mac-based workflow. It was also the fact that you could easily switch between having a simple, quick interface that integrated with online image-sharing services, most prominently Apple’s own photostream and iCloud, by using iPhoto, and one that let you do most of what I would typically need to do to an image by using Aperture. All you needed to do was open the library file you were working with in one or the other. Since Aperture was abandoned, I’ve been casting about for an alternative. Apple’s Photos is nowhere near the level of usefulness. Enter Serif’s Affinity Photo and its extensions for Apple Photo.

The How

There isn’t much to set up once you have Affinity Photo on your machine. The software itself is $49 on the Mac App Store. If you haven’t heard much about it: it’s a very affordable Photoshop alternative certainly worth a look.

Once you have Affinity Photo installed, six plugins, or extensions, will show up in Apple Photos’ extension rider: Affinity Develop, Haze Removal, Liquify, Miniature, Monochrome, and Retouch, as well as an option to edit the image in Affinity Photo proper. Click on any one extension and go edit your picture. Saving the edits will take you back into Photos, where you can then select to apply more of Affinity’s plugins, or tweak your image further using Photos itself.

What I Liked

Apple Photos and Affinity Photo make for a more powerful combination than I first thought. If you’re looking to quickly retouch a photo taken on your iPhone that’s in Apple’s cloud already, it’s a near-seamless solution. You wouldn’t really expect me to recommend this combination for serious editing work, though. I won’t. Lightroom’s (and formerly, Aperture’s) mere existence has proved that we want professional software to organize and quickly tweak our images. When more excessive processing is called for, Photoshop still beckons – or, depending on your needs, Affinity Photo as a standalone program.

What I Didn’t Like

The most glaring drawback of using an application like Photos with a more serious, capable application by another software maker such as Serif’s photo editing application is simply that it’s a workaround. Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop, and Affinity Photo as standalone programs are capable of using plugins by themselves. I have long used the excellent and free Nik Collection for a large range of filtering and editing tools.

Since there is no way to integrate this directly into Photos, in order to use it you would be forced to first go into Photos’ editing mode, then open the extensions section, select “Edit in Affinity Photo” to send the image from Apple Photos to Affinity, and then edit it there with your choice of plugin. If your eyes just glazed over reading this: it’s not at all more straightforward actually doing it.

The Takeaway

The combination of Photos and Affinity Photo’s plugins is nowhere near a replacement for Lightroom or the defunct Aperture, but if you’re looking to use Apple’s free software to do some heavier-than-normal lifting, it may just be the ticket.

Apple’s Photos App is a free download from the Mac App Store. Affinity Photos costs $49/€49, also downloadable from the App Store.

You can edit photos in a variety of formats with the macOS Photos app. For some folks, working with the RAW format offers several benefits.


Of course, keep in mind that files in the JPEG format, the standard file format in the digital photography world, are stored as compressed files. This means they take up less storage space than RAW files.

Unlike a JPEG file, RAW format is uncompressed and isn’t actually an image file, but is a collection of data from your camera’s sensor that are saved on your camera. Software like Photos allows you to view the data as images and edit the RAW files. The benefits — as noted by Format magazine are:

  • Your camera is capturing absolutely all the data it receives from the camera’s sensor so you have more data to work with.
  • RAW has a higher brightness level than JPEG.
  • The RAW format contains 68 billion more colors than JPEG files.
  • RAW files have a higher dynamic range than JPEG files.

See the image below — courtesy of Digital Photography School — to get an idea of the differences.

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The best way you can use the RAW format is after you’re done shooting, during the editing process. Which is where Apple’s Photos comes in.

About RAW Files on a Mac

There are some things you should know about the availability of RAW files on your Mac depends on a few conditions:

  • If you have the Download Originals to this Mac option turned on in Photos (Photos > Preferences > iCloud > Download Originals to this Mac), then your RAW files are always present in Photos on your Mac.

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  • If you have the Optimize Mac Storage option turned on, then your RAW files are stored in iCloud Photos. The Photos app saves disk space on your Mac by displaying optimized JPEG versions of your RAW images. If you edit an optimized image on your Mac, Photos downloads the RAW file for that image.
  • When Photos downloads a RAW image from iCloud Photos, it creates a new full-sized JPEG for optimal viewing on your Mac. It won’t replace the RAW and embedded JPEG file already stored in iCloud. iOS devices will view the embedded JPEG.
  • RAW files that you store outside the Photos app library (say, in your Pictures folder) are always present on your Mac, but aren’t stored in iCloud and won’t stay up to date in the Photos app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

How to Import RAW Image Files Into Photos

To import RAW image files into Photos, open the app and:

  • Select File > Import.
  • Go to the folder containing the files you want to import as RAW.
  • Select a file or files and click Import.
  • In the Import view, select the images to keep, then click Import Selected.

Use a RAW File as the Original in Photos

Some cameras allow you to shoot photos in both RAW and JPEG formats simultaneously. When you import your pics from these cameras, Photos uses the JPEG file as the original. However, you can tell it to use the RAW file as the original instead.

In the Photos app, double-click a photo to open it, then click Edit in the toolbar. Choose Image > Use RAW as Original.

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How to Shoot RAW Photos on an iPhone

If you’re like me, you take most of your photos with your iPhone. However, the iOS Camera app doesn’t support capturing RAW photos. However, there are several third-party apps that allow you to do this, such as the free VSCO, which is pictured below, and the $5.99 Halide.

Sad news: Apple is discontinuing its photo printing services, which enabled you to create and order physical prints, cards, calendars, and books from within Photos on the Mac. If you’re building such a project right now, be sure to place your order before September 30th, 2018. After that, Apple is directing users to download a Photos Project Extension from the Mac App Store. You’ll see this dialog whenever you click a project in Photos.

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When you click the Open App Store button, Photos opens the App Store app and shows available Photos Project Extensions. (If you need to open this Mac App Store screen manually, search on .) Most of these extensions are free, since they’ll make their money when you order projects.

These extensions aren’t exact replacements for Apple’s projects, so let’s look briefly at what they provide.

Mimeo Photos

The extension that comes closest to providing the same products and features as Apple’s print projects is Mimeo Photos, which can create cards, calendars, and books. It offers a wide array of themes.

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Motif looks quite similar to Mimeo Photos, also enabling you to create cards, calendars, and books with selected photos, and it comes from RR Donnelley, the company that was previously Apple’s partner for print projects. It doesn’t offer as many themes or options as Mimeo Photos, but it has a better interface.

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Even though the popular Shutterfly photo service’s Web site lets you go beyond the basics to put your photos on a vast number of objects, such as pillows, candles, and trivets, the company’s Photos extension is limited to photo books. Happily, it provides quite a few different sizes and bindings, and numerous themes for each.

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Fujifilm Prints & Gifts

The Fujifilm Prints & Gifts extension lets you order prints, cards, wall art, mugs and drinkware, magnets, T-shirts, puzzles, iPhone cases, and much more. However, it has a non-standard interface (basically the company’s Web site), and every time we switched out of the extension, it crashed and forgot which photo we’d had selected.

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Although Mpix seems to focus on prints, if you scroll down in the project list, the final option is Browse Mpix, which provides more possibilities, including photo books, calendars, collages, foil art prints, posters, keychains, magnets, playing cards, and business cards. Confusingly, with some of these items, Photos acts as nothing more than a window onto Mpix’s Web site, with no awareness of the photos you’ve selected.

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WhiteWall focuses entirely on prints, with high-end choices for exotic papers and options for mounting and framing. Supported sizes range from 8″ x 6″ up to 48″ x 36″. Unfortunately, the WhiteWall prices seemed high (a framed photo was between $130 and $530, depending on size), and once you select a particular paper or frame choice, there is no way to try another with the same photo without starting another project.

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Unlike all the others, the Wix extension doesn’t put photos on physical products at all. Instead, it’s designed to create on-screen photo albums for Web sites designed with the Wix service. As such, it’s potentially extremely useful for Wix users, but not at all for everyone else.

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It’s too bad that Apple is getting out of the print project business since the interfaces from these extensions tend not to be as good as what we’re used to from Apple. But if you like making yourself a calendar every year, you’ll probably do fine with Mimeo Photos or Motif, and the rest of the extensions do extend Photos’ printing capabilities in a big way.

Social Media: As of September 30th, you won’t be able to order prints, cards, calendars, or books from Apple in Photos. But several extensions do most of what Apple did, and others go well beyond!

Where to get the app

How to sign up or log in with the application

To create a new account:

Launch the Twitter app from your device.

Click the Sign up button to create a Twitter account.

Choose and enter your username, email, and password.

To log in to an existing Twitter account:

Launch the app and tap Log in.

Enter your username and password.

How to post and delete Tweets and Direct Messages

To post a Tweet:

Type your message in the compose Tweet box.

ClickВ Tweet to post your Tweet.

To attach a photo, GIF, or poll to a Tweet:

В to add a photo, GIF, or poll. You can add up to four images to your Tweets.

Type your message in the Tweet compose box.

ClickВ Tweet to post your Tweet.

To delete a Tweet:

Select the Tweet that you’d like to delete.

Tap Delete Tweet.

To send a Direct Message:

Type in the username of the person you’d like to send the message to, then click their name to select them. You can add more participants to create a group message.

Type your message in the compose box.

to add a photo (optional).

to add a GIF (optional).

HitВ Send to send the message.

How to Bookmark Tweets

From a Tweet, tapВ

В and select Add Tweet to Bookmarks

To view your saved Tweets, clickВ Bookmarks from your profile icon menu.В

To remove a saved bookmark, tapВ

from the Tweet within your bookmark timeline and select Remove Tweet from Bookmarks

How to access the Explore tab

В from the menu to navigate to the Explore tab.

Scroll to view trending topics, Moments, suggested content, popular articles, and more.

How to change your profile information

  1. Tap your profile icon to navigate to your profile page.
  2. Tap the Edit profile button.
  3. Make your changes, and tap Save.

Liking, Retweeting and Retweeting with comment

To like a Tweet:

and it will turn red, confirming that you’ve liked the Tweet.

You can also like a Tweet from a profile page and a Tweet’s permalink page.

To undo or remove a like:

Find the Tweet you liked (the heart will be red).

to undo the like.

To Retweet a Tweet:

Click or tap the Retweet iconВ

Tap Retweet.

The icon will turn green, confirming that you’ve Retweeted the Tweet.

You can also Retweet a Tweet from a profile page, and a Tweet’s permalink page.

To undo or remove a Retweet:

Find the Tweet you Retweeted (the icon will be green).

Click or tap the Retweet icon to undo the Retweet.

To Quote Tweet:

Click or tap the Retweet icon

Tap Quote Tweet.

Enter your comments and press Retweet.

The icon will turn green, confirming that you’ve Retweeted the Tweet.

You can also Retweet a Tweet from a profile page and a Tweet’s permalink page.

Learn a few ways to quickly add new to-dos to Things while you’re working in other apps.

Sometimes, when you’re replying to an email or browsing the web, you might think of something you want to jot down. Things makes it easy to do that before you forget, and without losing focus on what you’re doing. You can even automatically link to a website, email, or file, and capture snippets of text that you need to refer to later. Let’s have a look at how it works.

If you want to import large sets of data from other apps into Things, please have a look at this page instead.

In this article:
  1. Share Sheet
  2. Drag & Drop
  3. Quick Entry (Mac-only)
  4. Live Text
  5. Mail to Things
  6. Siri & Shortcuts
  7. Copy & Paste

Share Sheet

The Share option is native to Apple’s Operating Systems and allows you to quickly create new to-dos that include links and text from within many apps.

  1. Open Safari . In the toolbar at the top of the app, click the Share button.
  2. Click More.
  3. Turn Add to Things on. Things will now appear when you click the Share button in other apps.

Use macOS’ native Share feature to send content directly into Things.

A more powerful alternative to Share on the Mac is our own Quick Entry with Autofill feature. Learn more here.

When you share a file from Finder to Things, it won’t be attached to the to-do but we’ll add a link to where it lives on your Mac. To access the file from another device, store it in a cloud-based service, like Dropbox , and add the file’s URL to the notes of your to-do.

iPad & iPhone
  1. Open Safari and tap the Share button.
  2. In the row of colorful icons, swipe left and tap the More button.
  3. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.
  4. Scroll down until you see Things .
  5. Tap + to add Things to your Favorites. Things will now appear in the row of share extensions when you tap the Share button in other apps.

Use iOS’ native Share feature to send content directly into Things.

Things can only accept plain text as input. The Operating System will intelligently omit Things from the Share menu if you are trying to share content that’s not supported (photos, PDF documents, etc).

Drag and Drop

Drag and drop is a great method of adding content to the notes of an existing to-do. You can also use it to create entirely new to-dos.

  1. Open Things .
  2. Drag and drop from another app to Things .

Some apps that allow you to drag into Things are Apple Mail, Safari, or Finder .

Drag into existing to-dos, or drop into a list to create a completely new to-do.

When you drop a file into Things, it won’t be attached to the to-do but we’ll add a link to where it lives on your Mac. To access the file from another device, store it in a cloud-based service, like Dropbox , and add the file’s URL to the notes of your to-do.

iPad & iPhone

On your mobile devices, you can drag content from some apps into Things , for example from Apple Mail, Safari, Messages, or Maps.

Drag into existing to-dos, or drop into a list to create completely new to-dos.

If dropping content into Things doesn’t work, it might be because the content you’re trying to add is not supported. Things can only accept plain text as input, so dragging in files (photos, PDFs, etc) won’t work.

For information on how to use multitasking on iPad, or drag and drop on iPhones with iOS 15, see Apple’s guides.

Quick Entry (Mac-only)

On Mac, you can add to-dos from anywhere via two features called Quick Entry and Quick Entry with Autofill. They allow you to quickly capture thoughts, and include relevant details, without switching away from what you are currently working on.

To learn more about Quick Entry (with Autofill), please check out our page here.

Live Text

This feature requires at least Things 3.15 and iOS 15 or iPadOS 15.1. For information on how to use Live Text, see Apple’s guides for iPhone and iPad.

Apple’s Live Text feature lets you capture text simply by pointing your device’s camera at it. This makes it easy to turn real-world text from books or even scribbles on a whiteboard into a note in a Things to-do.

Live Text is available in the notes of to-dos and projects. It’s not available in the titles of to-dos or checklists.

Live Text uses your camera to insert text in your notes.

Mail to Things

Mail to Things is a powerful way to create to-dos by sending an email to Things Cloud. This will create a to-do in your Things Inbox . The email’s subject becomes your to-do’s title, and the email’s body is added as the note. Learn more here.

Siri & Shortcuts

  • Siri on iPhone and iPad gives you the ability to interact with Things by speaking. Learn more here.
  • On the Mac, and on your mobile devices, you can use Siri to create tasks in Apple Reminders and move them into Things later. Here’s how to set it up.
  • You can use Apple Shortcuts with Things to create workflows that enhance your productivity, making it easier to add to-dos to specific lists, automatically include content from other sources, and much more. Find examples here.

Copy and Paste

Here’s how to quickly convert a simple list from apps like Apple Notes, Apple Mail or any other text app into to-dos in Things:

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Learn to use Picture in Picture with Safari so you can watch the latest YouTube videos while checking your email.

Picture in Picture is a great way to watch videos on your computer while you’re busy working on anything else. It’s a feature that multitaskers would love to take advantage of, especially when they only have a single display to work with.

Fortunately, on a Mac, you don’t necessarily have to install a third-party extension to use Picture in Picture mode as long as you’re using Safari. The feature is built right in, and you can access it in different ways. We’ll cover all of them below.

What Is Picture in Picture Mode in Safari?

Picture in Picture (PiP) mode is a feature that lets you watch videos in a small floating window when you’re browsing some other page in Safari or performing any other task on your Mac. It stays at the forefront of your screen no matter which new app you open on your machine.

You can use Safari’s PiP mode on any website with video content. However, the method you need to follow to enter this mode may vary from site to site because of how differently they work.

Therefore, it’s important to know all the possible ways to enter Picture in Picture so that you always have an alternate route when one option isn’t available for a particular site.

1. How to Use Safari’s Picture in Picture on YouTube

Let’s start with the most popular video platform on the web. YouTube’s built-in player shows a popout icon in the playback menu, but it’s not the Picture in Picture feature that you’re looking for. It’s basically just a mini player that you can use to watch videos while you’re navigating through YouTube.

The moment you leave the site, it disappears.

To enter Safari’s PiP mode on YouTube, start playing a video and then right-click or Control-click on the video twice. We stress the word twice because doing it once will bring up YouTube’s context menu instead of the following options.

Now, select Enter Picture in Picture from Safari’s context menu.

The video will now pop out of Safari and continue playing back in a tiny window at the corner of your screen. You’ll still be able to use YouTube’s playback menu to control the video playback.

2. How to Enter Picture in Picture Mode From the Playback Menu

Some websites, like Dailymotion, will make it easy for you. The PiP option will be available directly from the playback menu. All you need to do is click on it once you start watching a video.

Once you enter Picture in Picture, everything else is similar to the YouTube method. You can control its playback using the site’s player.

3. How to Enter Picture in Picture From the Address Bar

At this point, you know how to enter Picture in Picture from YouTube and other sites that give you the direct option in the playback menu. But, what would you do if you have access to neither of those options for a website you often visit?

Well, you use the Address Bar technique instead. Safari’s address bar houses a mute button that doubles as a PiP button if you use it correctly.

To access it, start playing a video and right-click or Control-click on the mute button to bring up the context menu. Now, choose Enter Picture in Picture and resume playback in the floating window.

Note that this particular audio control will only show up when a video is being actively played on the webpage. This method is helpful while viewing content on the popular video streaming platform Twitch.

4. How to Enter Picture in Picture Mode Using a Safari Extension

Learning three unique ways to enter the PiP mode in Safari can be overwhelming for some people. This is why we’ve added a technique that will work across all sites in the same manner.

On the downside, though, you’ll need to install a third-party Safari extension despite Picture in Picture being a native feature.

Follow these instructions to install and use the extension:

    Open Safari on your Mac and go to Safari > Safari Extensions from the menu. This will launch the App Store on your Mac.

From now on, whether you use YouTube, Twitch, Netflix, or any other platform, entering Picture in Picture in Safari is just a click away.

PiPifier is just one of the many Safari Extensions available on the App Store. You have plenty of alternatives to try if you don’t like this one.

Using the Pop-Out Player in Safari

Unlike entering the PiP mode in Safari, using the popout player is a lot more straightforward. However, you don’t get a lot of flexibility with this pop-out player. For starters, you can only drag it to one of the four corners on your screen and not anywhere you like.

There’s only an option to pause or resume the video. You cannot use it to fast forward, rewind, or even control the volume level.

To increase the size of the floating window, you can simply drag one of its corners. When it comes to exiting the PiP mode, you have two options.

If you click on the X icon, you will close the pop-out player and end the playback. On the other hand, if you click on the Picture-in-Picture icon, you will still exit PiP mode, but the player will reattach to the Safari webpage and resume playback normally.

Multitask Effortlessly With Picture in Picture Mode

Going through your emails in the morning while watching news videos in Picture in Picture mode can be a great way to save time. You don’t have to open a separate Safari window and rely on Split View that takes up valuable screen space for multitasking.

Despite all the positives, the feature could certainly use some improvements. Being able to place the floating window anywhere you want would be a good place to start.

Apart from Safari, the Picture in Picture view is also accessible in stock apps like QuickTime and Apple TV. If you own an iPhone running iOS 14 or later, you can even use PiP mode on your phone.

Firefox’s Picture-in-Picture mode lets you watch videos while surfing the web.

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Hamlin is a full-time freelancer who has been in this field for nearly five years. Since 2017, his work has appeared on OSXDaily, Beebom, FoneHow, and more. In his free time, he’s either working out at the gym or making moves in the crypto space.

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