Exploring the many miracles of Image Capture

Reader Colin Pritchard would like more information about an app I mentioned recently. He writes:

When you talked about how to delete images from your iPhone you said something about an app called Image Capture (and mentioned that hardly anyone uses it). I must be one of those people as I’ve never touched it. What does it do?

Apple’s pretty good about giving apps and services descriptive names. Image Capture is no exception. It pulls still images and movies from compatible connected devices such as scanners, iOS devices, cameras, and removable media. And it's included with every Mac. You'll find it in the Applications folder. In the screenshot below you can see that connected devices appear in the Devices pane. In this case you find my connected scanner, an iPad Air, an SD card reader, and the hard drive of a camcorder connected via USB. In the main portion of the window you find a lot of information about the images a device holds. But Image Capture can do more. Such as:

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How to bulk delete images from your iPhone

Reader Melissa Mead has a bad case of the overloaded iPhone. She writes:

My iPhone is running out of storage space and I think it’s because I have a lot of photos on it. I’d like to remove them all in one go, after backing them up. Is there a simple way to do that?

Try this: Jack your iPhone into your Mac using the included syncing cable and launch Image Capture. This is an oh-so-handy utility (that hardly anyone uses) for grabbing images from connected devices (including scanners, cameras, and iOS devices).

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How to create mail merge documents with Pages and Numbers

Reader Ann Grace wishes to send form letters to her clients. She writes:

I’ve recently upgraded to OS X Yosemite as well as to the latest versions of Apple’s Numbers and Pages apps. Is there a way I can use the two of them to create mail merge documents?

There is, although it’s not a feature directly built into either app. This is possible through the power of AppleScript (don’t worry, I’m not going to ask that you learn AppleScript in order to carry out this job). Instead, I’ll direct you to the Mac OS X Automation site. Here you’ll find an AppleScript and Pages page that provides instructions for using the free Pages Data Merge utility (the page also includes a link to that utility). As its name suggests it lets you incorporate data found in a Numbers spreadsheet into a Pages documents.

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How to remove MacKeeper Part II (the pop-up edition)

I recently provided instructions for removing the MacKeeper app from your Mac, along with its component parts. But for some, that’s only a piece of the puzzle. This question is typical of the follow-up email:

But how do I stop MacKeeper notifications from popping up in the Safari and Chrome browsers and asking me to install it?

The first thing I’d suggest you do is remove any MacKeeper-related cookies in your browser. In Safari this means opening Safari’s preferences, clicking the Privacy tab, and in the Cookies and Other Website Data area clicking the Details button. Search for mackeeper in the sheet that appears and there’s a good chance you’ll find a cookie for mackeeper.com. Select it and click the Remove button. Vow to never visit the site again.

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Stop that ringing! How to prevent the iPhone from forwarding calls

Reader Graham Lee’s iPhone is making its presence a little too well known. He writes:

I’m running iOS 8 on my iPhone along with a couple of iPads and an iPod touch. I also have Yosemite on my Mac. At first I was impressed by the feature that lets my iPhone ring through to my other devices, but now when I receive a call, the whole house fills with ringtones and my work is interrupted when it happens. Is there anything I can do to shut up some of these devices?

Certainly. If you want to stop forwarding entirely, you can do so by tapping Settings on your iPhone, tapping FaceTime, and then flicking the iPhone Cellular Calls switch to off. You can always enable it again later if you want the feature back.

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