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Darkroom photo editor for iPhone and iPad updated with new album manager

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The popular Darkroom photo editing app for iPhone and iPad has been updated today with major enhancements to its album management system. Users can now browse their photo library easily and also create and edit albums directly in the Darkroom app.

Rather than just letting you find your photos, Darkroom now offers the option to manage albums without having to open the iOS Photos app. If you want to organize a collection you’re editing or even if you have just imported photos from an external storage and you want to add them to a specific new album, you can do it without leaving the app.

To create a new album, simply navigate to the album picker by tapping on the “Recents” button, and tap the big “+” button to pick a name for the album. Once in an album, you can add photos to that album, rename the album, or delete the album altogether. This can all be done from the “…”button near the album name. This makes album management insanely easy and fast.

Another new feature is the Suggested Album Workflows, which lets you tag images that you need to quickly find them, like the best images from a photoshoot. All the changes will be synchronized across your devices through iCloud, as it also modifies the albums in the Photos app automatically.

Darkroom was previously updated with full mouse and trackpad support on iPadOS, so users can use the cursor to manage albums more easily with today’s update. You can download Darkroom on the App Store for free with a $19.99 per year subscription to unlock all the features.

In a related note, Darkroom founder Majd Taby is donating 100% of his book sales to the Equal Justice Initiative. You can read more about the Darkroom update and Majd’s project here.

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Poll: Are you trying the iOS 14 beta or waiting until the fall?

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Apple announced iOS 14 at WWDC 2020 last month with a redesigned home screen and features like widgets, App Library, Car keys, and more. While the developer beta preview has been available since June, Apple released the first public beta of iOS 14 this week. Now we want to know if you’re already trying iOS 14 on your devices or if you decided to wait until the fall.

Every major iOS and iPadOS update first goes through a more restricted testing phase before being available to the public. That’s because beta software is often unstable, and it can cause compatibility issues with third-party apps.

Even so, some users get intrigued to test new versions of iOS before everyone else. This year, iOS 14 stood out for its major changes to the home screen interface, which was nearly the same since the first iPhone in 2007.

For the first time you can add widgets to the home screen and combine them with the app icons. These widgets can be positioned in different ways and in different sizes. There’s also the App Library, a new place to organize all installed apps automatically without having to put them on the home screen.

iOS 14 also brings several new features, and we have already covered some of them here on 9to5Mac. These include changing default email and browser apps, more accessibility options, Car keys, new Translate app, and much more.

The official release of iOS 14 is only expected later this year, so regular users will have to wait longer until they get all these new features. However, with iOS 14 now available to Apple Beta Software Program members, we want to know about you.

Are you already trying iOS 14 on your devices? Or have you decided to wait until the fall? Let us know in the poll below and elaborate down in the comments!

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Podcast of the Week: California City

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A few weeks ago, my family and I were coming home from vacation, so I was looking for a new podcast to enjoy during the six-hour drive home. Thankfully, I had an early release of California City to pass the time.

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Deep in the Mojave Desert sits a would-be city of the future, a desolate plot frequented only by prospective investors and real estate agents promising a future of riches. But the reality is much different — a story of dreams overshadowed by deceit. These investors are not large corporations or tycoons; they’re largely immigrants who’ve scraped together their life savings, only to lose it all on a flawed sales pitch. To understand what’s happening today, and seek justice for those who’ve lost their hard-earned money chasing the American Dream, this Western crime noir goes back to where it all began — untangling a web of money, power and deception started 60 years ago by an immigrant with a dream of his own.

I had early access to episodes one through six, so I binged the majority of the series on a single trip, and it’s one of the most interesting shows I’ve listened to all year. Episode one comes out on Monday with new episodes following each week. The team went in-depth to explain the backstory of what happened in the past, but then bring the listeners up to speed to how people today are being impacted.

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Apple @ Work: Addigy LiveDesktop could be a crucial addition for supporting remote workers

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It seems like every article I’ve written in the past few months has started regarding COVID–19. While I hate that I keep mentioning it, it is informing a lot of how I am thinking about business operations going forward. I recently did a deep dive into the Addigy mobile device management system, and I think it could be beneficial for companies moving to permanent work from home.

About Apple @ Work: Bradley Chambers has been managing an enterprise IT network since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing firewalls, switches, a mobile device management system, enterprise grade Wi-Fi, 100s of Macs, and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple IT managers deploy Apple devices, build networks to support them, train users, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for IT departments.


Apple’s decision to build its mobile device management setup as APIs that any company can talk to has been beneficial for customers. Just this week, I was switching from Jamf Pro to Jamf School. They are separate platforms, so I had to unhook my app licenses from one system and move it to another. The beauty is that all of this happens through Apple School Manager. All I have to do is upload a new token. Apple’s design has helped customers know that they can easily shop around for new MDM providers if they aren’t satisfied.

One of the challenges that I’ve found when working from home is doing remote support. While in school, I don’t worry about remote access as I can physically walk to all of our machines within a few minutes, so it’s one less application to install, manage, and setup. An app like Splashtop SOS is incredibly useful, but it’s another solution to install on each machine. Remote support is essential for work from home, though. When users run into software issues, it’s going to be a challenge fixing them via chat or email. A lot of the time, it’s faster to take control of a machine. While I was doing a deep dive into Addigy, I discovered they have a feature called LiveDesktop.

LiveDesktop provides an unrivaled experience for remotely controlling macOS devices. Unlike third-party tools that install a separate application to control the device, LiveDesktop uses the Remote Management framework built into macOS. Then, LiveDesktop securely tunnels traffic from that service to a unique URL you can access from Addigy.

LiveDesktop requires no additional software installations, no additional local user creations, and no Privacy Preferences to connect to macOS devices.

By using Addigy’s MDM solution, you’ll get built-in remote access to all of the Macs in your fleet without an additional subscription to a third-party solution. If your organization is looking to move to work from home permanently, remote access to your fleet is something you should consider, and Addigy over its built into its MDM.

LiveDesktop uses the built-in remote management setup in macOS, so you won’t have to worry about future versions of macOS breaking the functionality. If a user is already logged into a machine, they’ll get the built-in Screen Sharing alerts from macOS, notifying someone is attempting to control their computer remotely and to approve or deny.

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I am impressed with how well Addigy LiveDesktop works in practice. For organizations moving permanently to work from home, figuring out a remote access solution for IT support is going to be necessary. If you are looking to combine your MDM with remote support, Addigy would be a great choice.

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