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Mac OS X Solutions Guidebook released System
Some of you may be familiar with the OS X Guidebook I wrote back in April of this year. This was a 12-page PDF file with some general advice on using OS X, and it proved quite popular -- over 20,000 downloads to date!

Since its release, I've been slowly working on a revised version with more detail and updated information relative to recent OS X updates. I used the four-day break for Thanksgiving to complete the revision. Only it was so 'revised' that I felt it merited a new name. After way too many hours in development, I am pleased to announce the release of:

The Mac OS X Solutions Guidebook - download [1.3mb PDF] **

The Guidebook is now 60+ pages long and covers a number of topics, including general advice, the Finder, the dock, Classic, System Prefs, a few key apps, and a detailed section of UNIX command-line tricks and hints. There are over 100 screenshots to help illustrate various hints, and the entire Guidebook runs over 32,000 words (spellchecking took forever!).

As a reflection of the size and scope of the new Solutions Guidebook, it is being distributed as a shareware project. I'll be using the registration fees to help fund macosxhints in the future. The shareware fee is only $10.00 ($5.00 for students), but if you've made a donation (either monetary or a submitted hint) to support macosxhints, then the Guidebook is free -- consider it my way of saying "Thank You" for the support!

For everyone else, please download the guide and put it to use. If, after you've read it thoroughly and tested the hints and found the Guidebook to be valuable, please pay the shareware fee. Not only will you be helping to support macosxhints (remember, I don't accept advertising), but you'll be getting an incredibly useful book for only $10!

As always, I welcome comments, corrections and criticisms - drop me an email with your thoughts.


** NOTE: If you have trouble with the download, the Guidebooks is also available via a direct download from macoshxints. If you can't get to work, try the direct download.
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Good job!
Authored by: vonleigh on Nov 27, '01 12:15:29AM


I'm reading through the guide and it seems quite nicely written. I just posted a note to my local MUG so they can check it out too.

Anyway, while reading through it I've noticed two things:

1. In "use keyboard in column view windows" (page 24) I see no difference between using the arrows and using command tab. Maybe I'm missing something.

2. Under "Why do my apps stay in the dock" (page 29). It is not necessary to first close an application to remove it from the dock. If you drag the icon off the dock while the app is open, it will return to it's position. But once the application closes it will disappear from the dock.

Got up to page 37 today. I'll finish reading it tomorrow. Two tips surprised me, the ability move instead of copy to another drive using command; and the other tip I liked was forcing an application to open in any application using command-option.

Good job,

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Arrows vs. tabs
Authored by: robg on Nov 27, '01 01:42:02AM

The difference between the arrows and the tab/shift tab is hard to explain, but easier to see. Navigate into a folder that's six or seven levels deep in column view. If you now use the back arrow to move backwards, the Finder will erase the sub-directories as you move to the left. If you use shift-tab, the marker moves backwards as before, but the sub-directories are still displayed, making it very easy to get back to the same point in the path (using tab this time). If you try to move forward again after using the arrow key, the Finder won't remember the paths you had chosen previously.

As I said, hard to explain but easy to see if you try the above experiment.


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Arrows vs. tabs
Authored by: vonleigh on Nov 28, '01 01:34:21AM

OK! now I get it. Today I continued reading and wanted to add a few things; not to criticize or anything, just wanted to add some more information to this already great guide:

1. Under "send a message again" (page 40). There are two additional ways to send a message. The first is to control-click the message, transfer it to the out box, then open it and click send. The second way is to use the 'redirect' button. You will have to re-enter the email address though.

2. I would add a section detailing the "bounce" button. It is one of the best tools I've encountered to combat spam. Simply bounce back unwanted messages, and it will appear like the message couldn't be delivered. It has to be added to the toolbar by customizing.

3. I'd add a tip that I've found very useful, maybe it should go under Finder. "Speeding up the mouse". The mouse I think is excessively slow, fortunately you can change it three ways, by editing the plist; using the terminal "defaults write -globalDomain -float 5.2". The last way is I think there's a GUI app for it, but I don't remember... maybe it's TinkerTool. Note: the number needs to be in the 0.0 format. 1.7 is the default. I use the mentioned 5.2


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