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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen Apps
Last night a Macworld reader emailed me, asking how he could get rid of the "Buy .Mac" splash screen that shows every time he launches iWeb. I hadn't ever seen this screen, as I do have a .Mac account. So I blanked my account and password in the .Mac System Preferences panel, and then launched iWeb.

Sure enough, there's a big ".Mac Information" splash that gets displayed soon after you launch iWeb. It has three buttons; one to sign in, one to learn more about memership, and one to close the dialog and get on with using iWeb. After I closed the dialog, I checked the (very basic) Preferences in iWeb, and saw no obvious way to disable the splash. I then went so far as to use this hint to display all the possible defaults values for iWeb, hoping to find something like DoNotShowSplash or somesuch. No luck with that, either.

So I returned to the .Mac System Preferences panel, intending to just give up and write back "sorry, you're stuck with it." But then inspiration struck.

Instead of putting in my .Mac username and password, I entered a completely nonsensical username ("zxcvxzq2" in this case) along with a meaningless password ("123"). After typing the password, I pressed Tab again (as there isn't an "OK" or "Done" button or anything else). Below the password box, a small "validating password" line appeared, along with a spinning gear icon. In short order, .Mac came back and told me (as expected) that my name or password was invalid. After doing this, the login portion of the .Mac preferences panel looked like this:



Then I closed System Preferences and launched iWeb. This time, instead of the .Mac splash, a Keychain dialog appeared, asking that "iWeb wants permission to use the "zxcvxzq2" item from your keychain. Do you want to allow this?" I clicked Always Allow, and then iWeb came up, never showing the .Mac splash screen. Subsequent launches of iWeb just worked -- no Keychain dialog (since I chose Always Allow), and no .Mac splash screen.

I can't think of any downside to this, other than having to replace the dummy info with your real info if you ever do sign up for .Mac. But maybe there's some other interaction I didn't consider, so as always, no warranty expressed or implied. But it seemed to work for me, and it worked for the original correspondent when he tested it.
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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: bjmorgan on Feb 23, '06 08:39:21AM

Brilliant. I eMailed Apple feedback on this one, but the temp workaround is great.



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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: CrankyMacGuy on Feb 23, '06 09:17:19AM

Dang! I have hated iWeb for this. Well, this and it's insipid redundancy (saving a copy of the graphics for each page in it's own folder, even if they are the same as other pages)

I've tested it and it works. BTW, you need to put garbage in. If you use a username that is readable you might pick a name somebody has and then the password field clears, awaiting proper input. If you put in garbage for both the .Mac pane stays as you showed - thus enabling this little hack. ;)

Thanks, man.

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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: mozart11 on Feb 23, '06 09:32:35AM

I don't have .mac. And I've never gotten this screen on launch of iWeb. Upon reading this hint, I again launched iWeb and no dialog asking or selling .mac.

Never have seen it.



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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: robg on Feb 23, '06 10:30:30AM

Did you ever have a .Mac trial account? If so, is that info still listed in your .Mac preferences pane? A friend doesn't get the dialog, and he found his trial account listed there, showing it expired "1,475 days ago" or somesuch.

-rob.



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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Feb 24, '06 06:12:18AM

I think that's it. I had a .Mac account, and since that is my Apple ID, it's still in the pref pane, so I also don't get the splash screen.

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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: wgscott on Feb 23, '06 12:30:02PM

Strangely enough, my sister, whose name is zxcvxzq2, just received a bill from Apple Computer for $100.



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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: PancakeMan on Feb 23, '06 02:39:34PM

That's so weird - I dated a girl in college named zxcvxzq3!



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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: blgrace on Feb 23, '06 02:58:41PM

zxcvxzq2 is actually alive and well. She is a Table-top Dancer in Dubbo, N.S.W



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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: missinglina on Feb 24, '06 02:42:33PM

she is alive and well correct. she broke up with me after i forgot how to pronounce her name one too many times.

ah zxcvxzq2, how i do miss your heart of gold. don't pay that $100 to apple, we can all explain.



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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: solipsism on Feb 23, '06 12:44:52PM

THIS IS WHY I LOVE THIS SITE. EXCELLENT WORKAROUND.



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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: digitol on Feb 23, '06 12:57:50PM

FANTASTIC!! THANKS SOOO SOOOOO SOOOOOOOO VERY MUCH!!! I am sad to report that as botherd as I was by this annoying MICROSOFT LIKE ADDWARE SPLASHSCREEN, I learned to ignore it...giving up right away....I'm so pleased to report that now I don't have to be faced with this crap....No Mac user should STEVE!!!! :) right all? Thanks for this!



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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: ob1cannoli on Feb 23, '06 06:19:08PM
Alternatively, you can just rename
/Applications/iWeb.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/BLDotMacRegistrationAlert.nib
to anything (just add a space for an easy revert later). Goodbye message and no need to change your .Mac settings (in case you use your friend's iDisk or something.)

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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: macfeller on Feb 23, '06 07:11:52PM

After I do this launching iWeb just gets the menu bar. I do not see how to then get a new project started.



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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: ob1cannoli on Feb 23, '06 07:22:16PM

Yeah...I obviously didn't test that one well enough. sorry for the inconvenience.



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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: macfeller on Feb 24, '06 07:19:16AM

Dang! Thanks for getting back to me.



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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: mlongval on Feb 24, '06 08:47:33PM

Simply brilliant!

Very nice.

Michael Longval



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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: Kar98 on May 09, '06 06:58:22PM

Thank you, that was bugging the hell outta me.



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Disable the iWeb 'Buy .Mac' splash screen
Authored by: Nightwatch on Mar 03, '09 08:47:40AM
Easiest way is to type in the Terminal
defaults write com.apple.iweb dismissDotMacUpsellWindow -bool true


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