MacID PopClip Extension

It never ceases to amaze me the things people have been doing with MacID.

I was recently asked about adding a PopClip extension for sending selected text to Mac clipboards. This was actually the first time I’d heard of PopClip, and after a quick Google I found out it was a really nifty tool for quickly actioning selected text on OS X.

Just click the MacID icon to send to all connected iOS devices!
Just click the MacID icon to send to all connected iOS devices!

I noticed that you can use URL schemes to create PopClip extensions, and shortly after replying to Yiplee (who suggested the idea via email) to let them know about MacID’s URL schemes, Yiplee created a working PopClip extension for MacID!

You can find the original project on Yiplee’s GitHub, but I’ve also already turned the extension into a working extension. All you have to do is download it and install into PopClip by double clicking. (PopClip will warn that it’s not signed)

Thank you, Yiplee, for introducing me to PopClip and spending the time to create a working extension!

 

 

MacID – more than just a novelty

One of the things that’s easily overlooked is how much time goes into an app. I work on MacID on my own (although have a small army of beta testers, which I am surpremely thankful for), which means that I often work for many hours a day to finish updates and new features.

This isn’t a tale of woe, however. Much the opposite. Since launching MacID in January my life has significantly changed for the better. I’ve met some amazing people, used some amazing technology and also been lucky enough to change careers into something I truly enjoy. (Today is the last day at my old job, coincidentally)

One thing I didn’t anticipate is how much MacID could help other people too. And this is where I find myself the most motivated, more than money or career prospects. Continue reading MacID – more than just a novelty

20 features you may not know about in MacID

Here’s 20 slightly less obvious features you may not know MacID could do, whether you’re a new or long-time user of MacID have a read and see if there’s something you didn’t know: Continue reading 20 features you may not know about in MacID

MacID’s missing watchOS 2 Glance

[Update, 22 December 2015: The bug has been fixed by Apple in watchOS 2.1, the Glance will be returning in the next update to MacID for iOS and Apple Watch]

As you may have noticed, MacID’s Glance is missing from the native watchOS 2 app.

Removing the Glance was a very difficult decision, I spent time updating its design and only after then did I find a very frustrating bug with watchOS 2 which stops MacID for Apple Watch working if you open the app through the Glance. Continue reading MacID’s missing watchOS 2 Glance

Understanding MacID’s Proximity Features

MacID has two proximity features which you can choose whether you want to enable independently.

Auto-lock and Proximity Wake both work by monitoring your primary device’s signal, or “RSSI”.

RSSI is monitored in dBm, and is displayed as a negative figure. The closer the number is to 0, the stronger the signal. Continue reading Understanding MacID’s Proximity Features

Extending MacID for OS X

A lesser-known feature I added to MacID v1.3 was the ability to extend MacID with AppleScript.

You can now get MacID to run AppleScript scripts (exported as text files) when your Mac sleeps, locks, wakes and unlocks. For example, you could pause iTunes when your Mac locks and resume playback when your Mac unlocks. Continue reading Extending MacID for OS X

Resetting Bluetooth on OS X

Unfortunately, Bluetooth on OS X isn’t perfect. In fact, I’ve had to include a lot of workarounds in MacID’s code to try and get Bluetooth to a more reliable state. Thankfully, Bluetooth on iOS is pretty stable.

If you’re experiencing issues with Bluetooth on OS X there are a few ways you can try resetting Bluetooth. Continue reading Resetting Bluetooth on OS X

Hello!

Hello, everyone.

Welcome to the new MacID blog! Here I’ll be posting tips & tricks, news and more detailed information about things.

Seeing as this is the first post, let me speak a little about myself and MacID, the app which lets you unlock your Mac using just your fingerprint, passcode or wrist.

MacID is designed and developed by just one person, Kane Cheshire. I’ve been working on MacID since October 2014 and finally passed App Store review on January 15th 2015. Since then I’ve worked endlessly on improving MacID, to add multiple feature requests and also keep working around bugs with Bluetooth on OS X.

I’ve been really humbled by the support for MacID and I owe a lot of thanks to beta testers, translators and people who’ve reviewed MacID on their blogs and websites. I am really grateful to everyone who’s downloaded, praised, reviewed, rated, translated, tested, criticised, and supported MacID. I really do read all feedback and I take everything on board, even if I’m not in control of some of the problems.

I also monitor the Twitter and Facebook accounts – as well as the feedback and help email accounts – and I do all of this in my spare time around my job on the railway. I dedicate a lot of time to MacID, because it’s something I’m really passionate about.

Thank you again to everyone who’s helped, enjoy!