Apply Special Effects and Filters to Images with XCode’s Core Image Fun House

Dec 6, 2011 - 1 Comment
Core Image Fun House

Install the free-of-charge Xcode developer toolkit via the App Store (Apple gives it away to all those who’ve bought OS X), then open Finder and hit Shift+Command+G. In the dialog box that appears, type the following path:

Set the Path Bar to be Relative to the Home Directory in Mac OS X Finder

Dec 3, 2011 - 5 Comments
Finder Path Bar from the Home Folder

Finder can show the path to the currently browsed folder (that is, something like Lion->Users->John->Music->MP3 collection). Just click View->Show Path Bar. However, there’s a slight problem—the path is listed from the root of the hard disk up to the current directory. If all you ever do is browse your home directory, then this information isn’t … Read More

Change the Login Screen Wallpaper in OS X Lion

Dec 2, 2011 - 29 Comments
Change the login wallpaper in Mac OS X Lion

NOTE: New instructions are available to change the login screen background image within OS X Mavericks. Please refer to those if you are looking to customize the login wallpaper in the latest versions of OS X. Here’s how to change the wallpaper that lies behind the standard login screen on OS X Lion & Mountain … Read More

Show a Full Size Window Preview in Mission Control for OS X

Dec 1, 2011 - 5 Comments
Full Size Window Preview in Mission Control

Mission Control in Mac OS X groups together thumbnail previews of windows from the same app. By hovering the mouse cursor over a cluster of these thumbnails and scrolling up on a multitouch trackpad or Magic Mouse (or scrolling up the mouse wheel with other mice), you can cause the cluster to expand, showing more … Read More

Enable Hidden Dock Stack Gestures in Mac OS X

Nov 30, 2011 - 6 Comments
Mouse Spring gesture from the OS X Dock

This is a neat little hack that lets you activate any stack within the Dock by hovering over it and making the scroll gesture on a multitouch trackpad or Magic Mouse, or by rolling the scroll wheel on a mouse. Do the same trick while hovering the mouse cursor over an app icon in the … Read More

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