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Do You Use It? Spotlight Sees Targeted Use for Finding Files and Launching Apps

Posted by BFA Technologies, Inc. on Aug 21, 2023 10:46:12 PM

The first two Do You Use It? polls revolved around features that are easy to use or ignore: Stage Manager and Launchpad. The story is much more complex with Spotlight, the focus of our third poll. Apple introduced Spotlight in 2005 with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, making it a fixture on the Mac for 18 years. Over that time, Apple has continually added features beyond searching for files on the local drive. Its capabilities have garnered widespread use among TidBITS readers, with 85% of respondents to our poll saying that they used it at least occasionally. The blue bar in the chart below indicates my vote—although I employ Spotlight for various tasks, they don’t crop up every day.

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Tags: Mac Integration, Mobile Device Management, MDM, spotlight

How to Turn Mail’s Rich Website Previews into Plain Links

Posted by BFA Technologies, Inc. on Apr 10, 2023 1:04:33 PM

Sometimes apps can be too helpful. Apple’s Mail on the Mac likes to turn pasted URLs into graphically rich previews, and sometimes that’s OK. But other times, the preview is confusing or takes up too much space. Or you may want to send a plain link so the recipient can see its text. There are three ways to avoid rich link previews:

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Tags: apple, Mac Integration, macos