Thursday, February 9, 2017

Apple rolling out macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 2 for Mac

By the time you read this, the latest version of Mac OS X – sorry – macOS, will be available to download from the App Store. macOS 10.12 Sierra, to give it its full title, finally sees Apple move away from the OS X nomenclature given to every version of its desktop operating system since 2001. 

You might be thinking, "Why macOS?" Well, the answer is simple: the new naming convention brings it in line with Apple's other operating systems: iOSwatchOS and tvOS. After previously naming versions of OS X after big cats of some description, the company turned to locations in California for recent releases.

Apple tends to release new versions of macOS with a "tick, tock" cadence. Back in 2009 it followed up OS X 10.5 Leopard, which introduced hundreds of new features and improvements, with Snow Leopard – a performance-focused update. It repeated the trick with Sierra's predecessor, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, which was basically a much faster version of Yosemite with a few new multi-tasking features baked in for good measure. 

Instead of using the new name as an opportunity to overhaul OS X, Apple has made Sierra another iterative release in the vein of its recent predecessors. 

However, it makes a clear attempt at swinging the focus back to new functionality and features, rather than performance. Sierra places a firm focus on usability while allowing you to be more productive on the desktop - especially so if you use your Mac in conjunction with Apple's mobile devices. 

Whether you're clasping a shiny new iPhone 7 or Apple Watch 2 in your hand, Apple wants you to make you feel like your investments are more than the sum of their parts. Clearly this is something of a double-edged sword, as Mac owners that don't own them are bound to feel like they're missing out. Not prepared to buy more Apple products? Then the message is clear: you're not getting the full experience.

It almost feels churlish to moan, however, as Sierra continues tradition by leaping from the App Store onto your machine for the princely sum of nothing – just like every version of macOS has been since OS X 10.9 Mavericks. A word of warning, though: be sure to check out Sierra's system requirements before you hit the download button, as they are more taxing than what has gone before.Supported Macs 

Here are the Mac models that are compatible with macOS Sierra:

  • MacBook (Late 2009 and later)
  • iMac (Late 2009 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
  • Mac mini (2010 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 and later)
Latest news 

A few months past the release of macOS Sierra, Apple’s newest operating system continues to serve as a highlighted selling point for prospective Mac buyers. And, now that it’s patched out one of the new MacBook Pro’s battery life issues, macOS has that much less to hold it back. 

Speaking of MacBook Pro, a handful of new Kaby Lake models have been discovered in the second macOS 10.12.4 software beta. This news stems from Apple fan site Pike’s Universum, who claims to have discovered that there are two 13-inch MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar models, three 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and three 15-inch MacBook Pro models in the works. 

What’s more, Night Shift is coming to macOS, too, complete with all the proven color temperature techniques to help deter restlessness. If you’re up late at night browsing the web on your Mac rather than your iPhone or iPad, the reduction in blue light should have the same effect here as it does there.Siri lands on the Mac 

With Siri's arrival on the Mac, owners of Apple's computers no longer have to look at iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch owners with envy. Apple's personal assistant is arguably even more useful on the Mac than it is on the company's mobile platforms as you can drag and drop Siri's search results from the Notifications pane and into other apps for sharing or accessing on a later date. 

Those results include images pulled from the web, which appear as thumbnails along the right-hand edge. Siri can also retrieve other information as part of searches, including maps results, location data and user reviews courtesy of Yelp. 

As far as its basic operation goes, Siri works just the same on the Mac as it does on other devices. You click the purple icon in the top right-hand corner, instead of holding a button, before speaking into your Mac's microphone. You're given a five second window before Siri gives you what can only be described as a digital nudge and reminds you of what phrases you can ask. 

You can also retrieve a list of actions that Siri can perform by simply asking, "What can you do?". Some are basic, such as asking Siri to open a folder on the Mac or launch an app. It's also possible to start a FaceTime call, set up a meeting using the macOS Calendar, or find photos from a particular date. If you're a social media addict, the ability to post updates to Twitter and Facebook could prove a big time-saver. 

So, how well does it work? Very, in fact: Siri's voice recognition engine is near-flawless. Even in my strong regional accent, it picked up what I was saying almost every time. Siri only struggled with words that sound the same but are spelled differently. For example, she repeatedly failed to distinguish the difference between questions based around the country Wales, and ones about whales.Siri commands to try 

Things that you can ask Siri include:

  • Tell me what movies are playing today
  • Read my latest email
  • Text John 'See you soon smiley exclamation point'
  • Find a table for four tonight
  • Call Dad at work
  • Find me books by C.S. Lewis
  • How's the weather in London on Saturday?
  • Did Manchester United win?
Keeping tabs 

It's now possible to use tabs in any almost application, whereas El Capitan restricted them to OS-specific apps such as Safari, and Finder. Apple's apps that support tabs from the off include Mail, Maps, TextEdit and the three iWork apps - Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Apple says that you can open tabs in any app without the need for extra coding from developers, but that depends. That is the case where the app can open multiple windows, but you aren't suddenly going to be flicking through tabs in ones like Spotify, Ulysses or Evernote, which already have their own sidebar-based navigation systems. 

Apps that currently support tabs let you activate tabs using the View menu. The obvious benefit here is that you don't have to open as many new windows to multi-task, which comes in especially useful in split screen mode. For example, somebody writing up an essay could position Safari (or any other browser) on the left and Pages on the right. Previously it would have only been possible to view one website at a time in full screen mode, whereas tabs allow multiple webpages to be opened. 

This can be particularly useful when used in conjunction with note-taking services such as Evernote. Suddenly it's possible to flick between multiple notes open in various tabs for retrieving information while maximizing the amount of information that can be displayed on the other half of the screen. It's especially useful for owners of Apple's Macs that don't offer much real estate - including both sizes of its MacBook Air and even the 12-inch MacBook. 

macOS Sierra released the second beta 10.12.4

Quickly measure up, look at the new features and functions are easy to use. 


Yesterday, Apple released macOS developer beta 10.12.4 beta 2, and Apple today released a public beta version of the test. Already registered to participate in the beta test version of Apple's users will be able to get the beta version Update via Mac App Store in the Software. 

 If you also want to participate in the beta test version of Apple system, you can register in the beta test site to obtain and macOS iOS beta. Because the beta stability is not high, it is recommended that users take the test, do not install the beta version of popular devices. 

 In macOS Sierra 10.12.4 in Apple added an important new feature: Mac Edition Night Shift. Night Shift is a new feature in iOS 9.3 Apple introduced in the first, the blue light can be reduced by adjusting the color temperature of the display to improve the user quality of sleep.After the screen when the lighting will emit blue light, although it is an essential element of the display, but an excess of blue light into our eye, glasses may cause dryness, tearing, severe or even appear macular degeneration. Apple's official website also claimed bright blue light exposure at night may disrupt the body's circadian rhythm, making it difficult to sleep.

 The user can choose to open or close the Notification Center Night Shift in today's forum.Also in the display system of preferences the user can set up more for Night Shift. For example, users can set the Night Shift before sunset remains closed, or customize it to open and close times. There is also a manual switch and option allows users to change the monitor's color temperature. 

 macOS Sierra 10.12.4 increase in Siri dictation support Shanghai dialect, providing cricket scores, improve PDFKit API and iCloud Analytics option.

Monday, January 30, 2017


Summary: This article shows you the easiest way to rip Disney DVD movies on MacOS Sierra/El Capitan so that you also can keep DVD backups on on MacOS Sierra/El Capitan. You also can convert DVD to digital files like MOV then you can play DVD movies with QuickTime on Mac OS X macOS Sierra. 

For Kids disney DVD collection represents an extensive investment. Naturally, there’s the amount of money spent to acquire it, but there’s also the essentially collective nature of the medium. Disney DVD collection DVDs are not being constantly produced, and to lose a rare or difficult-to-find disc can be a severe inconvenience. Given the value placed on our collections and the inherent difficulty in replacing certain favorites, it’s not surprising that many people have taken to using disney DVD ripping movies on MacOS Sierra/El Capitan. 

There are thousands of DVD movies in the market, how to get the disney DVD movies on MacOS Sierra/El Capitan. Which One Gets Good Video Quality When Ripping Disney DVD on MacOS Sierra/El Capitan? This powerful Pavtube ByteCopy Mac also features the unique ability to ripping disney DVD videos M2TS, MKV, AVCHD, HDTV BDAV and MPEG-TS video movies, offering users the most convenient way to play no matter 720p or 1080p HD video on MacOS Sierra/El Capitan. What’s more, you can also choose to convert Disney Zootopia DVD video on MacOS Sierra/El Capitan as you like. Reviews.

Best DVD Copier on macOS Sierra– Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac

1. Rips DVD on macOS Sierra to MP4, MP3, AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, ISO image, and other various digital video formats for different occasions, or copies DVD to iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV etc. with 370+ preset profiles.
2. 1:1 rips DVD with ZERO quality loss. The secret of the macOS Sierra DVD ripper original quality output lies in embedded “High Quality Engine” and “Deinterlacing”.
3. Copies DVD free on macOS Sierra with 6× real time faster speed, thanks to Hyper Threading tech and multi-core CPU utility.
4. Auto gets around DVD copy protection, be it Region Code (1-6), Disney DRM, Sony ARccOS encryption, RCE, CSS, etc. The DVD ripper for macOS Sierra is continuously updated to support users to decrypt and copy the latest DVDs on macOS Sierra with improved quality and speed.


How to Rip Disney DVD movies on MacOS Sierra/El Capitan? 

Step 1. Insert a Disney movie DVD: 

Start up Pavtube ByteCopy Ripper , insert your disney DVD in computer DVD-ROM, and click DVD Disc button to load movie. After you import the DVD, the software will automatically detect the correct title so that you can rip DVD from the main movie content with correct order. 


Step 2. Choose an output profile: 

Scroll down Output Profile and select any output format you desire. Your DVDcan be converted to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV video file on MacOS Sierra/El Capitan, to fit Apple/Samaung/Android/Microsoft/Sony devices or websites, and saved to a music file. For example, the Disney DVD rip software supports ripping Disney DVD to Device -> to Video (MPEG4 or H.264 Codec). 


Step 3. Make personal settings: 

You may make personal settings like selecting several titles and clicking “Merge titles” to combine them into one, trimming video segments, cropping and cutting off unwanted area of the movie, choosing or adding subtitles and setting tags. You are suggested to change the destination of saving the file before the ripping starts. 


Step 4. Start to rip your disney movie DVD: 

Just click Converter button, and you can do other things before the DVD backup is completed. After that, you can watch Disney DVD directly on your computer, to transfer the video on MacOS Sierra/El Capitan, etc. at fastest speed. 

Below is Byte DVD Ripper for MacOS Sierra/El Capitan Function Reviews

Outstanding multi-track output
Lossless backup from Blu-ray/DVD to MKVBackup Blu-ray/DVD to MKV without any quality loss.
Multi-track MP4/MOV outputConvert Blu-ray/DVD sources to multi-track MP4/MOV.
3D experience
2D-3D conversionMake 3D videos out of 2D Blu-ray/DVD sources in 3D MKV/MP4/MOV/WMV/AVI formats with side by side, anaglyph and top-bottom effect.
3D-3D backupKeep the same 3D effect with the source 3D Blu-ray videos.
Excellent Blu-ray/DVD backup
Full disc copyBackup Blu-ray/DVD sources to your computer hard drive in original structure and with all information preserved.
Main movie backupCopy the main movie from your Blu-ray/DVD discs without annoying previews, warnings and promotional clips.
A remarkable video editor & maker
Add SRT/ASS/SSA subtitles to videoPavtube ByteCopy allows you to insert subtitles in SRT/ASS/SSA format to help get a better understanding of the video.
Trim & CropGet your favorite video clips by trimming and remove black bars and unwanted areas of the video by cropping where you’re also allowed to adjust aspect ratio.
Split & MergeSeparate one file into several clips according to quantity, time duration and size by splitting and combine several videos into one as a complete movie by merging.
Extract SRT subtitlePavtube ByteCopy allows you to extract subtitle in srt format from the source video.
Video preview before conversionA small built-in player allows you to take a preview of your source video first before conversion.
Choose desired subtitle and audio trackSelect your target subtitle and audio track from your Blu-ray/DVD discs.
Conversion acceleration supportedYou’re allowed to accelerate the conversion speed with NVIDIA CUDA/AMD APP technology.

How to Judge If Your DVDs Are Protected by Disney Copy Protection System? 

* Disney copy protected DVDs has 99 titles and the DVD movie size is larger than 40 GB. 
* The DVDs are not playable on your DVD player which is not matching for the protected DVDs. You have to look for another workable DVD player. 
* When you use common DVD backup tool to copy Disney protected DVDs, error message pops up or the program crashes. 
* The new copy protection will prevent the DVDs from ripping by general DVD ripping software and the videos converted from DVD will be out of order, scrambled or get stuck in a loop. 
* It may even shorten the life for DVD drive if wrong decoding scheme is misused.