How to make exported iPhoto image titles "sticky"

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Reader Ed Dorroh, like many people, is perplexed by what goes on when moving images out of iPhoto. He writes:

When I add a title to a photo in iPhoto and then drag that photo to the desktop, the file name reverts back to its original name—“IMG_0697.jpg” for example. Is there any way to title a photo in iPhoto and make it “stick” when I export it?

There is, and you’ve unwittingly uttered the key word—export. As you’ve observed, when you drag a file from iPhoto to the desktop it retains its original file name. In the case of images that were originally in the JPEG or PNG formats, it also retains those formats. Raw images are converted to JPEG images. Any metadata you’ve attached to an image—title and description, for example—are lost.

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How to share presentations in Messages

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Reader Keith White has a concern regarding remote presentations. He writes:

I’m giving a presentation to a remote group next week and, as in the past, I was going to use Messages to do that. Now that I’m running Mavericks it doesn’t seem to work. What am I doing wrong?

The glib answer is “You’re running Mavericks.” The less glib answer is that Messages’ iChat Theater feature is gone in the Mavericks version.

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Create a reminder on your Mac in an instant

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Reader Robin Lee wants a bit more convenience from the Finder. She writes:

I’m accustomed to creating quick reminders on my iPhone by using Siri. Obviously Siri isn’t on my Mac but is there an easy way to quickly create a reminder without having to launch the Reminders app?

My colleague Kirk McElhearn covered something like this in Create Reminders When You Aren’t in Reminders, where the key to success was Automator. I too have an Automator solution, but one that requires a single action.

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Add Calendar events in a flash

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Reader Andy Gillman is frustrated by iOS’s Calendar app. He writes:

Why does it take so much work to create an event in the Calendar app? I’m tired of tapping the plus button and then entering day, time, details, and so on. There must be a better way!

As a matter of fact there are a couple of better ways. The first is to use Siri. Rather than launch Calendar, tap plus, and then go through the various machinations to create an event as simple as a Friday lunch meeting with your cousin Jo-Jo, just press and hold the Home button and say:

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How to dismiss Mac App Store notifications

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Reader David Gilbert, like many of us, is frustrated by Mac App Store update reminders. He writes:

It seems that every time I start up my Mac I see an alert about application updates waiting for me. Some of them I don’t want. Is there anything I can do about shutting off these alerts?

Yes. Start by launching System Preferences, selecting App Store, and disabling the Automatically Check For Updates option. Do this and the nudging stops. Of course it also means that you may miss out on some important updates. To help avoid that, you might create a weekly calendar alarm or reminder that reminds you to manually check for updates. You do that by opening that same App Store preference and clicking on the Show Updates button.

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Two backup options for three computers

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Reader Pete Barr asks an age-old question. He writes:

My wife and I recently purchased Apple laptops. We use an AirPort Extreme base station as our router and I’ve configured a Mac mini as a media server. I keep thinking that with the addition of an external hard drive I could put together some kind of backup server for us but I’m not sure how to go about it. What do you suggest?

You have many options (as I’m sure the comments below will suggest) but let me address two. If you have Apple’s latest 802.11ac AirPort Extreme base station, format a USB drive as an Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume, connect it to the base station, and Time Machine on each of your laptops will recognize it as a backup destination.

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How to speed up a slow iPhoto library

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Reader Marty Schettler is unimpressed with iPhoto’s speed. He writes:

I am a casual photographer who has amassed about 10,000 pictures in my iPhoto library. iPhoto now runs so slowly that it is essentially unusable (and occasionally tells me that my Library has been corrupted). I’ve heard a few people recommend switching to Aperture, adding iPhoto Library Manager, or jumping to an Adobe or Google product. I just want something where I can organize my photos by date/event and do very light editing. What do you recommend?

Given that the vast majority of us have been filmless for a decade or more, it does seem odd that iPhoto chokes on just 10,000 images. But you’re right, it can and does. Poky performance with largish libraries has been a feature of iPhoto for years and the latest edition is no exception.

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