Have you ever needed to connect to your iPhone when you don’t have a wireless network available?

Probably not, but I had to a few weeks ago, here’s why:

While on vacation I took a video using Cycorder on my iPhone. I needed to move the video to my MacBook to edit and upload it to the web. Unfortunately, the only way to get a video off the iPhone (that was taken with Cycorder) is to wirelessly connect to the iPhone and copy the video (I avoid the Terminal and just use Transmit to connect via ssh).

The problem was that even though I paid $15 for internet access at my hotel, it would only work for one device at a time (either the iPhone or the MacBook). Rather than spending another $15 to connect my MacBook and iPhone to the same network so I could copy the video, I set out to find a better (read: free) solution.

The easy 3-step solution I discovered was right under my nose:
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At first glance, Quicktime seems very basic. But I’m continually amazed at what neat little tricks it keeps tucked away. I just stumbled upon one such trick today when I was looking for an easy way to overlay text on a video (see previous post).

The overlay isn’t fancy, and I can’t find any way to customize the font or size or anything else – but if you want to avoid expensive programs and steep learning curves, just follow these 5 easy steps:

FYI… I’m pretty sure you need Quicktime Pro for this to work

1) In TextEdit, type the text you want to overlay and save as .txt file.
2) In QuickTime Player, choose File > Open File and then select the text file.
2) Choose Edit > Select All and then choose Edit > Copy.
3) Select the part of the movie you want to overlay with text.
4) Choose Edit > “Add to Selection and Scale.

See text overlay in top left:
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iPhone Terminal Alternatives

MobileFinder (also on installer.app) – Browse your iPhone’s file system, change file permissions from within the iPhone, move/delete files and folders, even send files via-e-mail

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AFPd (also on installer.app) – Connect to your iPhone via Finder just like any other networked computer

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Mac Terminal Alternatives

iRepair – Easily change unix file permissions

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Invisibility Toggler – Show/Hide invisible files with a simple double-click of this tiny automator application

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Symbolic Linker – Create a symbolic link (like an alias) from the Finder contextual menu

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ACL Fix – Removes ACLs from files and folders

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You can drag-and-drop an e-mail message from Mail into iCal, but only in iCal’s Month view! I wish I would have tried this sooner, but I never use month view.

Drag-and-dropping into Month view creates an event with the Mail message link/alias that, with one click, opens my e-mail message in Mail. Perfect for setting a reminder to read an e-mail at a specific day/time.

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There are a few shortcuts every mac user needs to remember. They will make your mac experience much smoother and your workflow more efficient.

The main reason to use shortcuts is so you can spend more time with your hands on the keyboard instead of the mouse or trackpad. Forgoing the mouse or trackpad completely is almost impossible, but forgoing them occasionally will definitely speed you up.

Before starting, first go to the Apple menu (top left), System Preferences, Keyboard & Mouse, Keyboard Shortcuts, and select “All controls” at the bottom.

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