A Summit of Geeks – Mac Geek Gab 899

MacMost’s Gary Rosenzweig joins John and Dave today to share Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found and, yes, to help answer all of your Apple-related tech questions. Topics include dealing with Monterey’s “Load Content Directly” issues in Mail, Network Utility Replacements, Monterey image tricks, portable Apple Watch chargers, and much more! Press play and learn at least five new things with your three favorite geeks!

Apple Offers Fix For macOS Monterey Bug Bricking Some T2 Macs

When macOS Monterey was rolled out, an issue arose whereby some Macs with T2 chips were bricking. 9to5Mac reports that this has now been resolved.

Now, Apple says it has identified an issue affecting the T2 security chip that caused this problem and is rolling out a fix to prevent it from happening in the future. In a statement, Apple explained (via Rene Ritchie): We have identified and fixed an issue with the firmware on the Apple T2 security chip that prevented a very small number of users from booting up their Mac after updating macOS. The updated firmware is now included with the existing macOS updates. Any users impacted by this issue can contact Apple Support for assistance. To prevent this problem from occurring to additional users, Apple has rolled out an updated version of the bridgeOS firmware that runs on the T2 security chip. Users already impacted by the problem are instructed to contact Apple Support for assistance.

macOS Monterey Quick Tips, M1 Choices, and Cool Stuff Found — Mac Geek Gab 898

It’s been a busy week in the Apple world: the new M1 Pro/Max-based MacBook Pros began arriving, Monterey dropped for most, AirPods Gen 3 arrived, you had questions, and your two favorite geeks have answers! Listen as John and Dave help try to sort through all of this, deciding what’s important, what’s not, and which macOS Monterey Quick Tips you might’ve missed in the mayhem. Press play and learn at least five new things together with the MGG family!

'Yoink' and 'Transloader' are Both Ready for macOS Monterey With Shortcuts

Yoink is a popular “shelf” app that improves drag and drop on your Mac, in a “hold these files for me while I do something else for a while” kind of way. New in Yoink v3.6: Shortcuts integration; Yoink comes with Shortcuts actions for adding files to Yoink, getting files from Yoink, saving the clipboard’s contents in Yoink, and for removing all files, which allow for all sorts of powerful workflows. Transloader lets you manage downloads on your Macs, remotely from your iPhones, iPads, and other Macs. New in Transloader v3.1: Shortcuts integration; Build powerful download workflows and automate downloads on remote Macs with the shortcuts you already know and love from iOS; Shortcuts can also be called in Transloader’s Link- and File Actions, in order to hand links or downloaded files over to a particular shortcut.

'Data Jar' App For Shortcuts Has Arrived on macOS Monterey

Data Jar is a Shortcuts-adjacent app that lets you store data for use in a shortcut as persistent key-value pairs. You can store text, numbers, booleans, lists, dictionaries, and files. This lets you read and update data directly from Shortcuts. As an example of how I use Data Jar, I have a shortcut that lets me rename a bunch of files at once. Some files are renamed sequentially and Data Jar helps me store the latest number for the files, and it gets updated with every new file I rename with it. It’s a great app, free for Mac and I personally recommend giving a big tip to the developer if you find Data Jar useful.

'Pixelmator Pro' 2.2 Update Adds 28 Actions for Shortcuts

macOS Monterey has been released and apps are updating with support for the system. Notably, Shortcuts has made its way to Mac for the first time, and Pixelmator Pro 2.2 Carmel added 28 actions. “Shortcuts makes its grand entrance to the Mac and boy do we love it. So much so that we’ve added 28 dedicated Pixelmator Pro actions, including all our ML-based tools (Super Resolution, Enhance, Denoise, Match Colors, and Crop). We’ve also got some new, Shortcuts-exclusive features, like automatic background removal for photos of people.”

AdGuard for Mac Supports M1, macOS Monterey, adds DNS Filtering

AdGuard for Mac has a new update, and it brings DNS filtering, support for Apple Silicon, and compatibility with macOS Monterey. “From now you needn’t rely on a DNS server provided by your ISP by default, you have the luxury of making choices — cherry-pick DNS servers from known DNS providers or even add custom DNS servers. You can also add domains to DNS blocklist or allowlist and add complicated rules using DNS rules syntax.”

Monterey On The Horizon — Mac Geek Gab 894

Your macOS Monterey questions are starting to trickle in, and your two favorite geeks have your answers. That’s not all, though! This episode’s got Quick Tips about webpage screenshots, Safari 15 tabs, Internet Recovery, and making your music sound better for YOUR ears. Plus, John and Dave answer your questions about all kinds of things…and they share your recommendations for new keyboards, too! Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things.