How to Setup and Use Text Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

Text substitution in iOS, while not comparable to something like TextExpander, does have the advantage of being available to use in any app. Even in iOS 8, TextExpander snippets will require using a custom keyboard. 

Using iOS text substitution is still a great way to substitute abbreviations and characters for alternatives, and this guide over at iMore has some great tips. 

If for nothing else, specifying that the phrase "eml" should be substituted with my email address is one of the best hacks I've ever used and makes it so much easier to log into websites and apps. 

Using a Third-Party Remote Control with Apple TV

While Apple's Aluminium Remote Control is decent, you can actually control your Apple TV from almost any other remote, especially universal remote controls, which can help de-clutter the coffee table.

If you aren't a universal remote like a Logitech Harmony which can be automatically programmed, Apple has published a support article explaining how to use some spare buttons on an existing remote to control your Apple TV. 

How to make your own Fusion Drive

Fusion Drive is a utility that combines an SSD and traditional hard drive into a single storage space. Your Mac then automatically manages where data is stored, moving files and apps between the SSD and HDD depending on how often they're used. It's a great compromise between SSD's high speed and HDD's large capacity.

While Fusion Drive is officially only supported on an iMac or Mac mini purchased with an SSD and HDD combination, it can be set up on any supported Mac. Macworld published a useful guide back in 2012 on how to do this and after a few minutes in Terminal, you'll have a fully working Fusion Drive set up and ready to use. 

Aperture to Lightroom Migration Guide

Back in June, Apple discontinued development of Aperture. A move that wasn't all that surprising considering how long it had been since it had received a major update.

While there isn't anything wrong with continuing to use Aperture, the lack of updates will mean that any outstanding bugs or new features will never be worked upon, so many are now switching to Adobe Lightroom. 

Aperture Vs Lightroom has published a comprehensive migration guide, going far beyond Adobe's own PDF migration guide by covering everything from metadata to flags and labels. 

Restore the Power Key's Pre-Mavericks Behaviour

The release of Mavericks brought about many changes, though one that has been unwelcome to some was the altering of the Power key's default behaviour. Prior to this version of OS X, pressing the Power key would bring up a dialog box asking you to select whether you'd like to Restart, Sleep or Shut Down the Mac.

Now that pressing the key puts the Mac to sleep, it's become a hard habit to break for those that have used the Mac platform for many years. Fortunately, Mac|Life explain how to change this behaviour back using a simple command in Terminal.