Andy's Un-Official Unsolicited Mac Advice Thread

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  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 24, 2005
    safari settings to make typing in dgrin easier?
    typing is slow in dgrin... i have in prefs "autofill" for forms turned off.

    what else should i do?
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CAPosts: 19,160Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited January 24, 2005
    Andy wrote:
    typing is slow in dgrin... i have in prefs "autofill" for forms turned off.

    what else should i do?

    Hey, what are you trying to do, hijack this thread? The title clearly states that this is for UNSOLICITED advice. So stop soliciting.

    Clearly, I do not know the answer to your question.
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  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 24, 2005
    in honor then, of the late johnny carson
    DavidTO wrote:
    Hey, what are you trying to do, hijack this thread? The title clearly states that this is for UNSOLICITED advice. So stop soliciting.

    Clearly, I do not know the answer to your question.

    would you apple people please start guessing what my questions are?
  • dkappdkapp Custon Title :) Posts: 985Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 24, 2005
    Andy wrote:
    typing is slow in dgrin... i have in prefs "autofill" for forms turned off.

    what else should i do?

    User CP -> Edit Options -> Misc Options -> Basic Editor.

    Thats all you need. You probably just type in your special smilies anyway.

    thumb.gif
    Dave
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 24, 2005
    dkapp wrote:
    User CP -> Edit Options -> Misc Options -> Basic Editor.

    Thats all you need. You probably just type in your special smilies anyway.

    thumb.gif
    Dave

    uh, where's user cp?
  • dkappdkapp Custon Title :) Posts: 985Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 24, 2005
  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaPosts: 14,434Super Moderators moderator
    edited January 24, 2005
    Andy wrote:
    i have no snapz thingie and how d'you make grab work?

    Once you have the frame or screen you want to capture, go to the Applications folder, to the Utilities folder and click on Grab. (It is a good time to create an alias for Grab for your desktop also so you don't have to drill down into the Utilites folder again to find Grab).

    Now look at the top most portion of your screen, and it should say Grab right to the left of the little blue Apple icon (If it doesn't say Grab, click on it in your Dock).

    Click on Capture and choose Selection, Window, Screen, Timed Selection. Click on whichever you want and follow the bouncing ball. It is straight forward from that point. When you save the image it is saved as a .tiff so you will need to bring it into PS to convert to a jpg like this one I captured of this screen right here in the reply box. thumb.gif
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  • dkappdkapp Custon Title :) Posts: 985Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 24, 2005
    pathfinder wrote:
    Once you have the frame or screen you want to capture, go to the Applications folder, to the Utilities folder and click on Grab. (It is a good time to create an alias for Grab for your desktop also so you don't have to drill down into the Utilites folder again to find Grab).

    Now look at the top most portion of your screen, and it should say Grab right to the left of the little blue Apple icon (If it doesn't say Grab, click on it in your Dock).

    Click on Capture and choose Selection, Window, Screen, Timed Selection. Click on whichever you want and follow the bouncing ball. It is straight forward from that point. When you save the image it is saved as a .tiff so you will need to bring it into PS to convert to a jpg like this one I captured of this screen right here in the reply box. thumb.gif

    Or you could use keyboard shortcuts.

    1.) Command (Apple key) + Shift + 3 = Entire screen
    2.) Command (Apple key) + Shift + 4 = You can use the mouse to select what you want.

    Dave
  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaPosts: 14,434Super Moderators moderator
    edited January 24, 2005
    Andy wrote:
    would you apple people please start guessing what my questions are?


    These questions have been hermetically sealed in a Mason Jar, and the Great Carsoni( May He Rest in Peace) will answer your questions. I am holding the envelope to my forehead awaiting inspiration :D :D
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  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaPosts: 14,434Super Moderators moderator
    edited January 24, 2005
    dkapp wrote:
    Or you could use keyboard shortcuts.

    1.) Command (Apple key) + Shift + 3 = Entire screen
    2.) Command (Apple key) + Shift + 4 = You can use the mouse to select what you want.

    Dave

    I am a slow learner at keyboard shortcuts, but I'll give these a try!headscratch.gif
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  • fishfish Site Megalodon Posts: 2,950Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 24, 2005
    Andy wrote:
    would you apple people please start guessing what my questions are?

    be careful what you wish for, andrew. naughty.gif
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  • DeeDee Major grins Posts: 2,981Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 24, 2005
    Andy's questions
    Why did I wait so long to switch to Mac? :-)
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 24, 2005
    dkapp wrote:
    Right Here :D

    got it, i was looking in safari's menus for this lol3.gif :D
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 24, 2005
    fish wrote:
    be careful what you wish for, andrew. naughty.gif

    i ain't afraid o' you you big toothy lug
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 24, 2005
    Dee wrote:
    Why did I wait so long to switch to Mac? :-)

    heheheeh lol3.gif
  • dkappdkapp Custon Title :) Posts: 985Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 24, 2005
    Question for Andy:
    Did you start using Tabs in Safari yet? If not, get on it!

    You can find all the settings in the Preference window of Safari. Its the best way to keep 20+ window organized.

    Dave
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CAPosts: 19,160Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited January 25, 2005
    Here's a meta-hint:

    In Safari, or Finder, or Mail or most Apple apps, open Help (in the Help menu!), and type in shortcut. You'll see all kinds of pages on shortcuts to make your life easier.
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  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 25, 2005
    i ordered for $20 the ilife disks (shipping only) on saturday by web order from apple, the disks were sitting in my mailbox when i got home.

    apple rocks.
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CAPosts: 19,160Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited January 25, 2005
    Andy wrote:
    i ordered for $20 the ilife disks (shipping only) on saturday by web order from apple, the disks were sitting in my mailbox when i got home.

    apple rocks.

    Andy, it's time you got some ink.
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  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 25, 2005
    d00d some of those are siiiiiiiick!
    DavidTO wrote:
    Andy, it's time you got some ink.

    and some of them are a bit of a turn on lol3.gif
  • patch29patch29 C|34N3R Atlanta, GAPosts: 2,928Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited January 25, 2005
    Andy wrote:
    and some of them are a bit of a turn on lol3.gif

    boy does that suck when Apple makes changes to their logo. rolleyes1.gif

    I love my mac, just not sure if I love it that much.
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CAPosts: 19,160Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited January 25, 2005
    patch29 wrote:
    boy does that suck when Apple makes changes to their logo. rolleyes1.gif

    I love my mac, just not sure if I love it that much.

    Nah, not a problem, then you're just old-school!
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  • DeeDee Major grins Posts: 2,981Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 25, 2005
    What the heck are tabs?
    dkapp wrote:
    Did you start using Tabs in Safari yet? If not, get on it!

    You can find all the settings in the Preference window of Safari. Its the best way to keep 20+ window organized.

    Dave

    You know I had to switch to OSX so quickly, there's a lot I'm not up on, and now they want to introduce Tiger.... geesh!

    But what the heck are tabs in Safari?

    I haven't gotten far in my OSX book yet.. just finished reading about how to mouse... Laughing.gif
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CAPosts: 19,160Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited January 25, 2005
    Dee wrote:
    You know I had to switch to OSX so quickly, there's a lot I'm not up on, and now they want to introduce Tiger.... geesh!

    But what the heck are tabs in Safari?

    I haven't gotten far in my OSX book yet.. just finished reading about how to mouse... Laughing.gif

    You can enable them in the Safari prefs. Many windows in one. Very cool. And you can set a folder of bookmarks to all open at once. I do that with mac news. They all open, and then I browse them at leisure.
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  • lynnesitelynnesite Horses of Courses Posts: 747Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 25, 2005
    Andy wrote:
    and some of them are a bit of a turn on lol3.gif

    Something for the Mac Man that has everything:
    Your own silhouette, Apple-style

    or, make your own!

    Lynne
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CAPosts: 19,160Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited January 26, 2005
    OK, here's nother unsolicited tip.

    The Dock. Cool. Snazzy. Maybe a little too snazzy?

    Here's my tip. You can access all of the dock prefs by right clicking on the divider. If you just plain ol' click on the divider, you can drag and resize your dock.

    Here's what I recommend: turn off hiding and magnification. It's just too hard to chase the dock around, and all the icons just get too squirrely. Then place the dock where you want it (left, bottom, or right) and make it as small as you can (and still see it well enough for it to be useful.)

    That's it. Just take some of the bells and whistles off of your dock, and make it unobtrusive.
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  • dkappdkapp Custon Title :) Posts: 985Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 26, 2005
    DavidTO wrote:
    OK, here's nother unsolicited tip.

    The Dock. Cool. Snazzy. Maybe a little too snazzy?

    Here's my tip. You can access all of the dock prefs by right clicking on the divider. If you just plain ol' click on the divider, you can drag and resize your dock.

    Here's what I recommend: turn off hiding and magnification. It's just too hard to chase the dock around, and all the icons just get too squirrely. Then place the dock where you want it (left, bottom, or right) and make it as small as you can (and still see it well enough for it to be useful.)

    That's it. Just take some of the bells and whistles off of your dock, and make it unobtrusive.

    I love the dock magnification! haha
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CAPosts: 19,160Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited January 26, 2005
    dkapp wrote:
    I love the dock magnification! haha

    It's fun, but I truly believe that it's not really useful and is bad UI design.

    Just my opinion!
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  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CAPosts: 19,160Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited January 26, 2005
    Here's a couple more:

    How do you make an app launch at startup?

    Go to your System Preferences>Accounts>Startup Items. You may see stuff in there that you have no idea what they are. That's OK. You can add any app.

    Aside from LaunchBar (mentioned earlier), one of my favorite startup items is DesktopCalendar.

    Enjoy!
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  • fishfish Site Megalodon Posts: 2,950Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 26, 2005
    Did anybody mention Macaroni yet? (the atomic bird kind, not the pasta kind).

    macaroni-165x165-flat.png

    Why should you have to remember to clean up your Mac every day, every week, and every month? Shouldn't a computer be able to remember for you?

    Macaroni is a tool which handles regular maintenance for Mac OS X, including the Mac OS X repair privileges process as well as Unix-style maintenance. Without Macaroni, some of these tasks normally run in the middle of the night, and don't get run unless you leave your Mac on all night. Others don't run automatically at all, and won't happen unless you remember when they're due.

    Macaroni remembers the schedule for you!

    Macaroni runs these maintenance tasks on a regular schedule, regardless of when your Mac is on. If a scheduled maintenance task is not run when it's normally scheduled, Macaroni automatically ensures that it's run at the next opportunity, whenever the Mac is on.


    $9 USD for one machine.
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