Using Continuity Camera and Continuity Sketch With Your iPhone or iPad and Your Mac


Hi, this is Gary with MacMost.com. Let’s take a look at four different ways you
can use your iPhone to create images while working on your Mac. MacMost is brought to you thanks to its supporters. Go to MacMost.com/patreon. There you can read more about the Patreon
Campaign, join us, and get exclusive content. So Continuity is a feature that allows your
iPhone or iPad to work together with your Mac. So you can be working on your Mac and you
need an image of some sort and you can get that through your iPhone. You iPhone has cameras and a touchscreen. You can use those to create different images
in different situations. For instance if you need a photo you can use
your iPhone to take that photo and it goes directly into a file on your Mac. It doesn’t reside on the iPhone. You can do the same things with scans. You can scan using the camera on your iPhone
and then the scan, the PDF, goes right into a file on your Mac. You can also draw things using the touchscreen
on your iPhone and have the resulting file go right into a new file on your Mac or into
a Signature in Preview. So the easiest way to use Continuity Camera
is to use the Task button at the top of any Finder window. Now you want to be in the place where you
want to save the file that you’re going to create. So get there first. Then use the Task button. You can see here I can navigate to Import
From. For you it might say Just From iPhone or it
might say Just from iPad. For me it’s going to say both because you
can see here I’ve got the ability to grab stuff through Continuity Camera from both
my iPhone and my iPad that are nearby. There are three different types of files that
I can get from my iPhone. One is just to use the camera to take a regular
photo. The other is to make a scan using the camera. The third is to actually do a sketch. So it’s not going to use the camera at all
but will allow me to draw on the screen of the iPhone using Markup tools. Now I’m going to start by trying to take a
photo. You can see when I do that my iPhone shifts
to this screen that’s basically a view from the Camera app. I can take a photo here. Once I take the photo I tap the Use Photo
button and that sends it to my Mac and the iPhone returns to what it was doing and I
have the image now in the Finder at that location on my Mac. So this is really useful if you have a job
or hobby where you have to take pictures of objects all the time to use them in documents
or just put them as part of a project on your Mac. You don’t want to have that cluttering up
your Photo Library and have the whole multistep process of taking the picture on your iPhone
and then getting it out of the Photo Library, then deleting it from the Photo Library and
everything like that. You can just take the picture and have it
go right to a file here in the Finder. You can even skip the Finder and not have
it be a file at all. Here I am in Pages and I can click the Media
button and you see I have the ability to import from my iPhone or iPad in the same way here
except it goes directly into this Pages document. It never even exists as an independent file. So in addition to taking photos you can also
use the cameras on your iPhone or iPad to scan a document. It can be one page document or a multipage
document. Taking a scan is much like taking a photo. The difference is that the scanning view is
going to try to find a piece of paper or something that’s a rectangular sheet of some sort and
it’s going to take a picture of that but then correct its perspective so it’s always flat
even if you’re taking the picture at an angle. You can also add multiple sheets of paper
to the scan before you finally hit Save and then it sends it to the Mac and the iPhone
returns to what it was doing. In addition to Cameras the other thing your
iPhone or iPad has going for it is, of course, a touchscreen. You can use a touchscreen to draw on which
is really useful if you want to create a sketch. Something you can’t easily do on your Mac. I mean you can draw with your trackpad or
mouse. But sometimes it’s much easier to draw with
a touchscreen. So using this to create a sketch works in
much the same way except it’s not using the camera at all. You basically get a blank canvas and you get
the Markup Tools that you can use to draw in other places in iOS. So you get like a pencil, pen, highlighter. You can use a ruler. You can do all sorts of different things right
there on your screen by touching and drawing on it. When you’re done it takes that image to your
Mac and your iPhone, once again, returns to what it was doing before. Now where this really shines is if you’re
using an iPad and you’ve got an Apple pencil. Then you can use that to draw a sketch that
will go directly into a file on your Mac. Not only can these sketches go into files
in the Finder but they can go directly into documents like Pages, Numbers, and Keynote
the same way we did photos. You may have noticed that you could take a
scan and do a sketch and have them go directly into documents that you’re working on. In addition you can also use this to create
a signature. You do this in the Preview app. Now the Preview app for awhile has had the
ability to make a signature using your Mac’s camera. You sign a sheet of paper and you hold it
up to the camera or you can use your trackpad and sign the trackpad. But now a third option appears and that’s
to use your iPhone’s touchscreen to create a signature. But to create a signature this way you have
to be in Preview, of course. Then you go to Add a Signature. So you go into the Markup Tools. You go to Add a Signature and you may see
the ones you’ve already created there. But you have the ability to create a new signature
and now your iPhone appears as an option. Then your iPhone changes to the screen where
you could sign the screen. Then that will get added to your list of signatures
in Preview and you can add it to the document you’re working on and the signature remains
around so you can add it to future documents as well. Now for this to work your devices should be
using the latest operating systems. In addition they have to have Bluetooth turned
on, Wi-Fi turned on even though they are talking directly to each other still using Wi-Fi to
accomplish that. They both need to be using the same Apple
ID, of course, and two factor authentication to make it all secure. Apple has more information here at this page
to what you need to use these continuity features and lists even more places where they can
be used as well. So it’s great to see Apple adding more continuity
features. I hope they continue to do that. One thing I would love to see is continuity
video. I would love to be able to use my iPhone as
a video camera and have the video go directly into my Mac as a stream. In other words use my iPhone as a webcam. That would be awesome.

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