Mac tip of the month: Continuity features

Mac tip of the month: Continuity features

The latest versions of iOS and macOS are packed with features that make it easier to move work between one device and the other. Known as Continuity, this set of features was first introduced in OS X Yosemite,  and lets you share files with your tablet, answer calls from your Mac and more. 

Connecting your Apple devices using Continuity features

Use Continuity to move between your iPhone, iPad and Mac, or use them together. Continuity features include Handoff, phone calling, and SMS. Great for use in business, continuity features mean you can switch between your Apple devices and pick up where you left off with your emails, messages and even phone calls. Here we’ll look at using the Handoff, phone calling, and SMS continuity features.


Use Handoff in Apple apps including Mail, Safari, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Pages, Numbers and Keynote. In simple terms, use Handoff to start work on one device and pick it up and carry on working on it on another.

Here’s what you do…

(As an example, we’re going to use Mail)

1. Sign in to your iCloud account on all the devices you want to use for Handoff.

2. Turn on Bluetooth on all your devices, and make sure they’re all connected to the same WiFi network.

3. Use Mail on one of your chosen devices (as an example, we’re going to use Mail on our Mac).

4. On your second device (we’re using an iPad) swipe up from the bottom left edge of the Lock screen, where you will see the app’s activity icon.

5. Alternatively, go to the multitasking display by double clicking the Home button on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, then tap the app. (On your Mac, the Handoff icon appears on the Dock, or you can press Command and Tab to switch to an app with a Handoff icon.)

Phone calls

With continuity, you can make and receive cellular phone calls from your Apple devices when your iPhone is on the same WiFi network.

Here’s what you do…

1. Like Handoff, sign in to your iCloud account on all the devices you want to use – including your Mac. (These devices all need to be running iOS 8/OS X Yosemite or later).

2. All devices must be on the same WiFi network.

3. Sign in to FaceTime using your iCloud account.

4. Turn off WiFi calling if you have it on.

Make a call by selecting a phone number from Contacts, Calendar, or Safari. To answer a call, the incoming call message should display on your devices. Select which one you wish to take the call on and slide to answer as per usual Apple protocol.


With Continuity, all the SMS and MMS text messages you send and receive on your iPhone can also be set to appear on your other Apple devices – even if the person you’re receiving messages from doesn’t have an iPhone.

Here’s what you do…

1. Make sure your iPhone is updated to at least iOS 8.1.

2. Enable iMessage on your Mac and iOS devices.

3. Go into Settings > Messages on your iPhone and turn on text message forwarding.

4. You’ll then get a code that you can enter to verify the SMS and MMS feature.

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OS X Yosemite: Compatibility roundup

OS X Yosemite: Compatibility roundup

With OS X Yosemite now available to download on your Mac, software manufacturers like Adobe and Quark are clamouring to let users know that their apps are compatible with Apple’s new OS. So we thought it was high time we rounded up all the announcements into one easy guide. 

We’ll be adding to the list as soon as we hear word from any other manufacturers regarding Yosemite support. Have we missed anything out? Let us know of any other updates in the comments below!


“Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe Creative Cloud applications for reliability, performance, and user experience when installed on Intel-based systems running Mac OS X Yosemite (version 10.10). The latest versions of all Adobe CC products are compatible. In addition to the current Photoshop CC release (2014.2), the Photoshop team has also tested Photoshop CC (14.2.1) and CS6 (13.0.6; 13.1.2) for compatibility.

“As with any new release of an operating system, there could be unexpected issues that arise that were not discovered during testing. If you encounter any issues, report them using the bug reporting form.” Check Adobe’s FAQs for more.


Avid have officially confirmed that Media Composer and Media Composer | Symphony Option will both work with OS X 10.10 Yosemite. However, users who are running “dual 6 core Mac Pro towers (Westmere) and the 2013 Mac Pro with a single 12 core CPU may experience performance issues with transcode, render, and playback. These degradations are typically seen with higher resolution material. The issue has been logged with Apple and [Avid] are awaiting an update.”

You’ll also need to make sure you’re running the latest builds of New Blue Titler Pro v1 and v2 in order to avoid installation errors.  These builds are available for download through Avid’s Application Manager, and details of how you’ll want things set up for a seamless installation can be found in the Media Composer | Software readme file.

You can find the readme and other key documentation over at the Avid Knowledge Base.


Enfocus PitStop 12 is also compatible with OS X Yosemite with the latest update (update 3). Users already on PitStop 12 can get the free update for PitStop Pro here, and for PitStop Server here.


Suitcase Fusion 6 is compatible with Yosemite. Universal Type Server 5 and Universal Type Client 5 are compatible with Yosemite. Portfolio Web is compatible with Yosemite. Portfolio, Portfolio Express and Portfolio Netpublish are not currently supported on Yosemite. A future release is planned to add Yosemite support.” For more info, head to Extensis’s FAQs.


Quark have released a new update, QuarkXPress 10.5, which is a free update for QuarkXPress 10 that adds official support for OS X Yosemite. It’s available here. Note: “If you are on OS X Lion, please do not install this update. This update is not compatible with Quark Publishing Platform 10.2″. When QuarkXPress 2015 is released, that will also support OS X Yosemite.

Trim Enabler

Not strictly software, but if you’re using Trim Enabler to boost your SSD performance, it’s important to note this from Cindori:

“In OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), Apple has introduced a new security requirement called kext signing. (A kext is a kernel extension, or a driver, in Mac OS X). Kext signing basically works by checking if all the drivers in the system are unaltered by a third party, or approved by Apple. If they have been modified, Yosemite will no longer load the driver. This is a means of enforcing security, but also a way for Apple to control what hardware that third party developers can release OS X support for.

“Since Trim Enabler works by unlocking the Trim driver for third party SSDs, this security setting prevents Trim Enabler to enable Trim on Yosemite. To continue to use Trim Enabler and continue to get Trim for your third party SSD, you first need to disable the kext signing security setting. It is important to note that the kext-signing setting is global, if you disable it you should be careful to only install system drivers from sources that you trust.”


Wacom have released new drivers for OS X Yosemite, and they’ve got a handy video and advice on installing them here.

  1. “Back up your preferences
  2. Uninstall the tablet driver, then restart your computer to empty out any residual processes
  3. Now you’re ready to install the latest tablet drivers
  4. Once the new driver is in place, click the backed up settings file to put your settings back to the way you like them
  5. Click this link for the latest Windows and OS X drivers:”

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