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Safari 5 has been unleashed

Jun 8, 2010 - 4 Comments
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In the midst of all the exciting news about iPhone OS iOS 4 and the new iPhone 4, Apple snuck in yet another bit of innovation in the release of Safari 5. With little surprise, the most advertised of new features are enhancements to the rendering of HTML 5. Of the HTML 5 improvements, full … Read More

Configuring Xcode to use Subversion

Jun 3, 2010 - 2 Comments
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Whether you are a new Apple developer or an experienced Cocoa engineer with roots in NeXTStep, you will understand the need to back up your hard work. Integrating Xcode with subversion not only allows you to back up your code, but it also enables you to keep a history of changes that you can revert … Read More

Shrink Illustrator PDF File Sizes with ShrinkIt

Apr 29, 2010 - Leave a Comment
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ShrinkIt is a handy little app that greatly reduces the file size of Illustrator generated PDF’s. Created as an internal tool, the developers over at Panic realized that PDF files saved from Adobe Illustrator were loaded with loads of extra nonsense metadata, even patterns, preview bitmaps, swatches, creating enormous PDF file sizes when they should … Read More

Change Font Smoothing Settings in Mac OS X

Feb 18, 2010 - 6 Comments
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Mac OS X 10.6 simplified the font smoothing (anti-aliasing) for Mac OS X and all apps within it, but for some the change is unwelcome. If you feel like your screen looks different, it probably does, and the change can be very profound on certain LCD displays. Using the Terminal we can adjust the font … Read More

Change the Mac Login Screen Background

Jan 25, 2010 - 8 Comments
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You can change the Mac OS X login screen background picture using a few different methods. We have covered this tip before but it was based around a few Terminal commands that might not be easy to follow for the average Mac user without command line experience. With that in mind, here are ways to … Read More

Get a free copy of Mac OS X Server for evaluation

Jan 22, 2010 - 2 Comments
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Mac OS X Server is infinitely better equipped, more stable, and just generally more pleasant than any of Windows offerings (yes I am biased, but it’s true), if you’re needing a server I highly recommend checking out Apple’s offering. Instead of shelling out the $499 for a copy though, you can get a free evaluation … Read More

Change the Dock item click-and-hold behavior in Snow Leopard

Jan 13, 2010 - 6 Comments
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Snow Leopard changed the way the Dock behaves when a Dock item has been clicked on and held down, since 10.6 it launches Expose for that specific application. You may recall how Leopard handled the click-and-hold though, which was to launch the contextual menu (the same one you get when you right-click in 10.6). Using … Read More

Accept file extension changes with Command-U

Jan 2, 2010 - 3 Comments

When you go to change the file extension in Mac OS X you will get a dialog box notifying you that by changing a file type it may open in another application. Chances are if you are changing the file extension deliberately, you did this intentionally. You can quickly accept this file type extension change … Read More

Change the Login Background Wallpaper on your Mac

Dec 19, 2009 - 11 Comments
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If you want to change the wallpaper that sits in the background of your Mac’s login screen, from the Finder hit Command+Shift+G to open the ‘Go to Folder’ screen. Type /System/Library/CoreServices/ and click ‘Go’: Next, find the image file called ‘DefaultDesktop.jpg’ – you should save a copy of this somewhere safe, or rename it to … Read More

Chinese Character Input in Mac OS X

Nov 27, 2009 - 11 Comments
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With Mac OS X Snow Leopard you can input Chinese Characters directly into the trackpad! This is an extremely cool feature but requires a newer Mac with a multitouch trackpad. Enable Chinese Character Input in Mac OS X * Launch System Preferences * Select the Languages and Text pane * Click the “Input Sources” tab … Read More

Option-Click the Airport Menu for Extra Wireless Info

Nov 24, 2009 - 5 Comments
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If you Option-Click the Airport Menu you can get extended information about the wireless network you are connected to (and the ones you’re not as well), including Channel information, MAC address of the access point, signal strength, and the transmission rate. This is Snow Leopard only, if you haven’t upgraded to Snow Leopard yet and … Read More

Resize Partitions in Mac OS X with Disk Utility

Nov 20, 2009 - 19 Comments
Resize Partition in Mac OS X with Disk Utility

You can easily resize any disk partition in Mac OS X using the included Disk Utility app, located in /Applications/Utilities, and you can even resize a mounted volume. In fact, you can grow or shrink HFS+ (Mac OS X) Partitions on the fly, with the resizing done live regardless of whether the drive is internal … Read More

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