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Quartz Screen Savers

Quartz Savers

Very nice Quartz based Screen Savers, although you’ll need Mac OS 10.4 to view/use them. http://www.zugakousaku.com/index.cgi?quartz

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Tiger Incompatibilities and Workarounds

OS X 10.4

Macintouch has an indispensable chart for people who’ve upgraded to 10.4. They have been on-the-ball with keeeping it updated, as software releases slowly catch up.

http://www.macintouch.com/tigerreview/incompatibility.html
http://www.macintouch.com/tigercompat.html

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View All RSS Articles

Safari 2 RSS

For those out there that use OS X 10.4, Safari 2.0 and it new RSS feed abilities, I discovered something which I had previously overlooked. If you have a number of “feeds” in your RSS folder, you can control-click and select “View All RSS Articles”. This will give you an grouped version in one page – sortable by any of the regular means. Very handy for first thing in the AM when you want to quickly browse all updates.

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Still a use for OS 9

“This tip, while it does not always work, should be given a try first. You would be amazed at how often it does work and saves the bacon. Mac OS X hard drive issues: Sometimes you can’t see the drive or think the drive is fried. Try connecting it to a Mac OS 9 Mac.
 
I have had two massive failures over the years and this saved the bacon. My first one had to do with an early deployement of a OS X 10.1 server. The drives were mirrored by using an Adaptec card. 39160 card. Seems that the card, software and Apples RAID software did not want to co-exist together. I had a massive failure. Thought I might have to send the drives to Drive Savers. They suggested I hook one of the drives up to a OS 9 mac.
 
Lo and behold, there were my files. I copied them off and reformatted the hard drives. Used a ATTO card in place of the Adaptec and everything was hunky dory. This won’t always work but if it does it will save you time and money.”

MacInTouch Home Page

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Mac OS Startup Sound

mac

“The Mac startup sound wasn’t a $$$ marketing exercise. It was a hack that was quietly dropped into the machine by an engineer with a home studio… ”
http://musicthing.blogspot.com/2005/05/tiny-music-makers-pt-4-mac-startup.html

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Apple’s homepages through the years

Dedicated screen snaps of the apple homepage through the years …

Apple Homepages : 1997 – 2005

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WhatSize

what size

“WhatSize is a simple tool for OS X that allows the user to quickly measure the size in bytes of a given folder and all subfolders and files within it. You would be surprised at how many useless files might be laying around on your hard disks. The files and folders are automatically sorted by size, with the biggest sizes first.”

id-design, inc. | WhatSize

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Finder Slideshow

Slideshow Controls

A Small feature in 10.4 that’s been overlooked by most designers, is the Finder Slideshow.

  • Select any number of media file’s in the finder (i’m not sure exactly which supported, i assume it’s any type that Quicktime opens)
  • Right click to bring up the contextual menu and choose “Slideshow”
  • Once they’ve opened, you have the options to go Play/Pause/Fwd/Rev/Show expose type thumnails, Max/Min to screen size , etc.

Very useful when looking through a folder full of 50 photos’s.

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Typography and OS X 10.4

Typorgraphy

Seems the one area of my mac that i just can’t whip into shape, is how to deal with fonts. After having used Suitcase for the past couple years, i’m trying other options and will try and keep track of them here,

The most basic option availble is to use the OS and Font book to activate and deactivate your fonts,
http://www.apple.com/pro/training/fonts/index.html
http://images.apple.com/pro/pdf/L303878B_Font_TT_v4.pdf

Some more info and options to be investigated,
http://www.creativepro.com/story/feature/15266.html

This piece of software might have some potential… FontAgent Pro 3.0 …
http://www.insidersoftware.com/FA_pro_osx.php
http://www.macworld.com/2005/04/reviews/fontmanagement/index.php

And … in searching for this … found a nice little primer from adobe,
http://www.adobe.com/education/pdf/type_primer.pdf