The Con­ti­nu­ity Cam­era and how to use it

The Mac can use an iOS de­vice to im­port pho­tos or scans di­rectly into doc­u­ments, re­veals Ro­man Loy­ola

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Over the years, the task of dig­i­tiz­ing printed pho­tos and doc­u­ments has be­come a lot eas­ier. Scan­ners used to be main tool for the job, but now we have smart­phone cam­eras. With the Con­ti­nu­ity Cam­era, you can use your iPhone or iPad to di­rectly im­port pho­tos or doc­u­ments scans (like re­ceipts) into a file that you’re cre­at­ing on your Mac.

How it works: Con­ti­nu­ity Cam­era con­nects your Mac to your iOS de­vice. You can then take a photo or snap a pic­ture of a doc­u­ment, and that im­age is then au­to­mat­i­cally im­ported into the file you are work­ing on.

Re­quire­ments

• iOS de­vice with iOS 12 • Mac with macOS Mo­jave • Cur­rently, Con­ti­nu­ity Cam­era works with the Mo­jave bun­dled apps like Notes, Tex­tEdit, and Mail. It also works with Ap­ple’s Pages and Key­note. For your favourite third-party apps, look for up­dates from the de­vel­op­ers • The Mac and iOS de­vices need to be logged into the

same Ap­ple ID • The Mac and iOS de­vices need to be on the same

Wi-Fi net­work

Take pho­tos

Here’s how to use Con­ti­nu­ity Cam­era to in­sert a photo into a doc­u­ment you’re cre­at­ing on a Mac. Pages is used in here, and they are the same steps for any of the bun­dled Ap­ple apps, such as Notes, Mail, and Tex­tEdit.

1. In your doc­u­ment, place the cur­sor at the point where you want the photo to be placed.

2. Right-click (or tap with two fin­gers on the Track­pad). A pop-up menu will ap­pear.

3. Se­lect Take Photo.

4. An in­di­ca­tor will ap­pear in your doc­u­ment, in­struct­ing you to take a photo with your iOS de­vice.

5. Go to your iOS de­vice and open the Cam­era if it’s not opened. Frame your doc­u­ment. No­tice that your cam­era op­tions are re­stricted to Photo. You can’t take a Square shot or shoot Video.

Take your pic­ture.

6. Go back to the Mac and your doc­u­ment. The pic­ture you just took should ap­pear. You can now edit the pic­ture and doc­u­ment as you wish.

Scan doc­u­ments

Here’s how to use Con­ti­nu­ity Cam­era to scan a doc­u­ment for a Mac. Notes (In Dark Mode) is used in the in­struc­tions here, and they are the same steps for any of the bun­dled Ap­ple apps, such as Pages, Mail, and Tex­tEdit.

1. In your doc­u­ment, place the cur­sor at the point where you want the scan to be placed.

2. Right-click (or tap with two fin­gers on the Track­pad). A pop-up menu will ap­pear.

3. Se­lect Scan Doc­u­ments.

4. An in­di­ca­tor will ap­pear in your file, in­struct­ing you to scan a doc­u­ment with your iOS de­vice.

5. Go to your iOS de­vice and open the Cam­era if it’s not opened. Frame your shot, then press the shut­ter but­ton.

6. The iOS Cam­era app will go to a screen of your doc­u­ment in a se­lec­tion box. This is where you can se­lect the area you want scanned. Click and drag the corners un­til the area you want scanned is in­side the box. Then tap Keep Scan if you want the scan, or tap Re­take if you want to scan the doc­u­ment again.

7. The iOS Cam­era will go back to scanner mode if you want to scan more doc­u­ments; you’ll es­sen­tially re­peat Steps 5 and 6 for each scan. Next, tap Save.

8. Go back to the Mac and your doc­u­ment. The scan you just took should ap­pear. Note than the scans are not saved on your iOS de­vice.

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