New macOS Catalina Features: Shared iCloud Folders And More

macOS version 15.4 includes some new features. You can now share iCloud folders with other iCloud users. There are new ScreenTime options. You can follow along with lyrics in Apple Music. Safari has new tab options. You can import Google Chrome passwords. You can also control your mouse with your head.

Comments: 14 Responses to “New macOS Catalina Features: Shared iCloud Folders And More”

    Mike
    2 months ago

    Gary, did you notice if they addressed the audiobook issue in Books app to add the ability to store your audiobooks on a separate drive like you could with iTunes with the .4 update?

    2 months ago

    Mike: There was no mention of a change to the Books app.

    Marc Chamberland
    2 months ago

    Will it be possible for one person who is authorise to look at one of my file in a share folder, to download that file ?

    2 months ago

    Marc: Since they are sharing the file with you, they don’t need to “download” it. They already have access to it just like you do. But they can make a copy of it and place it on their local storage or non-shared iCloud Drive folder if they like.

    Scott
    2 months ago

    Hi Gary:
    With the new features in iCloud – should I still be using Dropbox to share files between my apple products?

    2 months ago

    Scott: That’s up to you. One advantage of DropBox is it is cross-platform so if you also have a Windows computer, or often want to share a folder with someone who uses Windows, then DropBox will do it naturally. But otherwise you can device whether you want to use iCloud Drive, DropBox, both, or some other one. They all have slightly different features, costs and advantages.

    Bradley Smith
    2 months ago

    Is there a limit to file size? Also…as documents seem to ‘move’ to the ‘Shared by Me’ folder, would it be better to copy the file there?

    2 months ago

    Bradley: According to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201104 there is a 50GB file size limit for iCloud Drive. Moving or copying is up to you and what you are doing. It really depends on your situation.

    Gene
    2 months ago

    So when the recipient gets it are any tips on how/where to “store” it?

    2 months ago

    Gene: Not sure what you mean. Do you mean sharing files? This is sharing, not sending. You both have the same file and can both work on it.

    Ron Deghi
    2 months ago

    I haven’t received notice for a 10.15.4 update on either my 2019 Macbook Pro or my Mac mini.
    All my iOS updates are current.
    Is Apple not sending out updates to everyone?
    Thanks for your podcasts.
    Ron

    2 months ago

    Ron: Are you currently running 10.15.X right now? Did you check in System Preferences, Software Update?

    Ben
    2 months ago

    Hi Gary. Do you know whether having a shared folder is secure? My dad and I wish to have a means of sharing financial information (account details, etc) with each other in case of emergencies. Thanks

    2 months ago

    Ben: As long as you set it to only allow people you invite. And of course you need to trust those people. Once someone has access to a file in folder, there is no way to prevent them from copying it and putting it somewhere insecure, posting it to the world, etc. So you need to trust whomever you are sharing with. Also, they can edit the file so they can go in and make changes, delete it, etc.

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