Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Mac OS X; Keyboard Shortcuts You Might Not Know

Cmd-O opens the selected folder in the Finder.
Shift-Cmd-N creates a new folder in the current directory.
Cmd-J opens the View Options panel, where you can tweak settings for how a specific folder appears in the Finder, such as icon size.

Mac OS X; Empty iLife's Trashes to Free Up Space

When you delete pictures and movies, they go into iPhoto’s Trash—located in iPhoto’s sidebar—where they remain until you Control (right) click on Trash and choose Empty Trash (Similar in iMovie and Mail etc).

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Mac OS X; Keyboard Shortcuts You Might Not Know

Ctrl-Shift-Eject puts the display to sleep immediately.
Opt-Cmd-Eject puts the computer to sleep immediately.
Ctrl-Opt-Cmd-Eject shuts down the computer immediately.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Mac OS X & iOS; Mobile Mouse, A Wireless Mouse, Keyboard, and Remote

Mobile Mouse is a remote control tool for Windows and Mac computers that isn't just a mobile trackpad and keyboard but a remote control with a library of specific application interfaces and an application launcher. Basic version is free, get it here.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Mac OS X; Hidden, Locates Your Stolen MacBook & the Thief

Install theft tracking solution Hidden and you'll know your MacBook's coordinates, screenshots, webcam pictures, and other incriminating data—and the app (normally $20) is currently free. Get it here.

Mac OS X; VirtualBox 4.0

VirtualBox 4.0 makes creating virtual operating systems a lot less bothersome. The interface is easier to get around, the virtual machines easier to move or wipe away, display and hardware compatibility is improved, and new "extensions" can add new capabilities. Get it here for free.

Mac OS X; Keyboard Shortcuts You Might Not Know

Holding Shift-Cmd-Opt-Esc for three seconds force quits the frontmost application (Leopard and Snow Leopard only).

Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Mac OS X; Opera 11 for Mac Debuts

Opera 11 for Mac is finally available with all sorts of cool features for you to play with, like "tab stacking," mouse gesture support and extensions. Here's an initial run-down of the major features available in Opera 11 for Mac. Get it here.

iOS; iPod Nano Watch Kits Nab Almost $1 Million

Apparently MINIMAL founder and designer Scott Wilson has captured some attention with his TikTok and LunaTik iPod nano watch kits, since he raised US$941,558 in funding on Kickstarter. Read the rest here.

iOS; Word Lens for iPhone

Word Lens, an app that translates English text to and from Spanish on the fly, is a reminder of just how powerful apps can be. But how's it really work? It ain't perfect, but it's still pretty damn amazing. Get it here.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Mac OS X; Keyboard Shortcuts You Might Not Know

Ctrl-Cmd-D displays a popup dictionary for a selected word. Just hover over the word with the cursor and hit the shortcut. Useful for quick definitions.

Mac OS X; Window Previews, Other Dock Enhancements with HyperDock

Apple likes to criticize Microsoft for copying user interface elements from OS X, but lately Microsoft's come up with a few gems of their own. One of the more popular user interface features in Windows 7 is Aero Peek, letting you hover over a minimized application and quickly get a preview of the open windows. Get it here.

Mac OS X; Kylo Is a TV Optimized Web Browser

Kylo is a Mozilla-based web browser optimized for surfing the web on your HDTV from the comfort of your couch. Check out our screenshot tour to see it in all its 10-foot display glory. Get it here.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Mac OS X; Hold Down Command-Shift-Option-Esc 3 sec to Force Quit Active App

When the application currently in front is freezing you up or giving you grief, hold down Command-Shift-Option-Escape for three seconds and Mac OS X will gladly kill it for you.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Mac OS X; Mikogo, Two-Way Desktop Sharing Tool

Mikogo sports the basic features you'd expect from a decent desktop sharing tool: whiteboard functionality, mouse pointers for participants, and remote control. Where Mikogo shines is one-click reversal, you can nearly instantly switch from the current desktop to a viewer's desktop. Free for Mac and Windows. Get it here.

Mac OS X; MenuPop Puts Your Mac Menubar Anywhere

MenuPop is a free app that makes your menubar accessible as a contextual menu, letting you access menu contents easily via the keyboard. Get it here. Source lifehacker.

Mac OS X; Useful Safari Extensions, Preview for Blogger

This extension gives you an immediate preview of your writing entry on Google Blogger and expands the input box of Labels.This extension works under the mode Edit HTML only. Download here.

Mac OS X; WWF Document Format Makes You Save Paper

Mac OS X: PDFs are great, but constantly printing out endless amounts of documents wastes a heck of a lot of paper. The World Wildlife Federation has created their own PDF format that is unprintable in an effort to end that.
Right now, the file format is only savable and readable on Macs, but a Windows version is coming soon. The software is a plugin that allows you to save anything as a WWF file from the print menu in Mac OS X. It's basically the exact same thing as a PDF, except you can't print it out. It also adds a small explainer to the bottom of each WWF document. Download here. Source lifehacker.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Mac OS X; Top 10 Free Apps

2. VLC

7. Skype and Adium

Mac OS X; Useful Safari Extensions, YouTube5

YouTube5; This extension removes the need to use flash video on YouTube by converting all videos to their HTML5 video tag equivalents. It also has the added benefits of decreased CPU usage compared to flash, and the removal of in-video ads. Download here.

Tip; Use Spotlight as a Reference Tool

Type any word in the Spotlight box and one of the top entries will be a definition. Click on it, and it will bring up the dictionary application to check the word in either the dictionary, thesaurus, Apple database, or Wikipedia.

Tip; Keyboard Shortcuts at Mac OS X Startup

Here's a list from Apple's own keyboard shortcut documentation and personal experience:

-X during startup - Force Mac OS X startup
-Option - (eventually) brings up a screen with startup volume choices
-Option-Command-Shift-Delete - Bypass primary startup volume and seek a different startup volume (such as a CD or external disk)
-C - Start up from a CD that has a system folder
-N - Attempt to start up from a compatible network server (NetBoot)
-T - Start up in FireWire Target Disk mode (very handy for plugging your Mac into another as an external hard drive)
-Shift - start up in Safe Boot mode and temporarily disable login items and non-essential kernel extension files (Mac OS X 10.2 and later)
-Command-V - Start up in Verbose mode.
-Command-S - Start up in Single-User mode
-cmd-opt-p-r - Zap PRAM. Hold down until second chime.
-cmd-opt-n-v - Clear NV RAM. Similar to reset-all in Open Firmware.
-cmd-opt-o-f - Boot into open firmware
-Hold mouse click - Force eject a CD/DVD

    Mac OS X; Simple, Elegant Twitter App, Weet

    The popular iOS Twitter app Weet has made it's beta debut on Mac OS X, bringing its focused functionality and elegant interface to the desktop. Download it now.

    iOS; Official Pantone Case for Your iPhone or iPad

    If anyone can be considered an authority on something as essential and accessible as color, it's Pantone. So be grateful that they'll share their imprimatur with you with these official cases for iPhones and iPads.
    Source Gizmodo