After upgrading to Mac OS X Lion, I started searching for mail to find registration emails for software that I had to reinstall. I knew they were in my mailboxes because I had found them with no problem in my previous Snow Leopard Install. None of the emails were showing up when I did a search via Lion's search function.
After doing a search I found a thread on Apple Discussions that helped solved the problem but I went back to search for the thread so I thought I'd submit it as a hint.
The solution is to force Spotlight to re-index your hard drive. There are a few ways you can do this:
In previous versions of iCal, calendar items and to-do items (reminders) were contained in the same calendar container. In Lion, they are separated into Calendars and Reminders Lists.
To see the Reminders Lists, click on the word 'Reminders' above the list of reminder items on the right side of the screen. To create a new Reminders List, select File » New Reminders List.
You may have a Calendar and a Reminders List with the same name. But you can also have Calendars and Reminders Lists which are only displayed in the one place.
When I upgraded from MobileMe to iCloud, I thought some of my calendars had disappeared, except the reminders from those calendars still appeared in the list. These were special calendars I had that only contained reminders. Then I clicked on 'Reminders' and discovered that they were listed separately.
More of an observation than hint but from the Apple site (and Geniuses at the stores), I was expecting to have to move photos taken on my iPhone from Photostream to the permanent library on the iPhone to preserve them after the 30 day limit.
Not so. Both on my iPhone and my iCloud-synced MacBook Air, the photos are both in Photostream and in the Library automatically. Personally, I think this is preferred behavior but does seem to defeat Apple's goal of not having too many pics stored on the iDevices.
[crarko adds: I haven't tried Photostream as part of my general putting-off of the iCloud transfer, but the behavior mentioned here is what I would expect, and would have been pretty annoyed has it been otherwise. You should never be forced to do these things manually.]
It looks like you can finally hide purchases from the the App Store (and the iTunes store).
This may have been mentioned somewhere before, but I haven't seen it.
If you open iTunes and go to the iTunes store and click on 'purchased,' you'll get your list of purchases. From here, if you mouseover a particular purchase (movie, tv show, app), you'll see a little X in the top left corner. If you click on the X, you'll see a message: 'Are you sure you want to hide this purchase? You can unhide purchases from your Account Information page.'
Click the X and the purchase is now hidden on all your Apple devices.
[crarko adds: I don't know how new this is, but I'd not noticed it before either. Handy to know for things like the MLB app that have a new version each year.]
There is a way to add an iCloud Calendar in iCal in Snow Leopard.
Open iCal in Snow Leopard (if is up to date, it should be Version 4.0.4 (1395.7).
Select 'Preferences' from the iCal Menu.
Go to the Accounts tab.
Click the + sign to add a new account.
Select the 'CalDAV' option under the Account type.
Enter your 'User name' which is your iCloud .me email address.
Enter your iCloud 'Password'.
Now comes the tricky part; the 'Server address'. See below.
It will be of the form pXX-caldav.icloud.com (the XX would be numbers of the dedicated server). I was able to determine this value by sending an invite to another one of my other email accounts and clicking the 'Accept' button. This will open the reply in a web browser. If you look at the long URL, at the end there is a pXX value and that's the dedicated server.
Once that is done, the calendar will show up iCal. However, a few minor updates will need to be done so that it behaves just like in Lion's iCal.
Click the 'Server Settings' tab for your new calendar and update the 'Server address' with your pXX-caldav.icloud.com.
Next you need to update the 'Server path'. The way that it was configured is based on the MobileMe configuration and it needs to be updated to the iCloud. The value that MobileMe has is /principals/users/1.XXXXXXXXXX/ (The XXXXXXX is the dedicated number for your account. Update the path to /XXXXXXXXXX/principal/.
Update the 'Port' to 443 and select the 'Use SSL' option if is not selected.
Restart iCal in Snow Leopard. The Calendar will refresh.
[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one, although it looks very similar to the hoops you have to jump through sometimes when running the iCal service in OS X Server.
I'm one of those poor folks maintaining a mixed Lion/Snow Leopard setup holding out for some kind of update to Snow Leopard that will support a few basic iCloud functions like this. And I'm not switching from MobileMe to iCloud until either I see that, or have no other choice next Summer.]
I just accidentally discovered that in most typing fields in 10.6 or 10.7 (and maybe older as well) that if you hold down Option and hit Delete OS X will delete the last word you typed. If you hold Command and hit Delete it will delete the entire line.
I haven't stumbled across this documented anywhere and it will become part of my keyboarding repertoire. I confirmed it works in iChat, TextEdit, Mail and Safari so I would think it's part of the standard text input library. In MS Word 2008 and 2011 both command and option delete only remove the previous word.
[crarko adds: This is part of the Cocoa text handling system. I found an earlier reference in this hint but it's buried in there and so this particular usage may not be well-known. I trust nobody will be too alarmed if it's pointed out again.]
The new iPod nano Web page on Apple.com features a delightful, photorealistic Mickey Mouse watch face, one of the new clock faces available on the new nanos. Since the Web page for the new nanos is rendered in HTML5, you can ‘clip' this clock into the Dashboard on your Mac, and enjoy it long after Apple replaces the page in the future.
Right-click or Control-click on a white area of the page in Safari, and choose "Open in Dashboard" from the contextual menu.
When the white Dashboard selection box appears, hover over the Mickey Mouse face and click once. Resizing drag handles appear on the bounding box for the Dashboard selection.
Use your mouse to drag a selection box around the Mickey Mouse watch face, including a little white area around each corner.
Click the "Add" button at the top of the Safari window to confirm the selection, and the watch face opens in Dashboard.
The incredibly detailed and realistic movement of the second hands, and even the minute hands, make this a perfect Dashboard clock for any Disney lover. The watch face will even follow the time zone settings of your Mac to show the correct time and date wherever you are.
[crarko adds: HTML5 is a wonderful thing. This worked fine and gave me a chuckle.]
I was bothered by the fact that I could not easily change the state of a message within a conversation from 'unread' to 'read.' That is when one clicks on a thread in the middle pane of mail, one can read all incoming messages in a conversation, but this does not change the state of all the messages. You actually have to click on each individual message.
So playing around, I discovered that hitting the Right-arrow key unrolls the entire list of incoming messages in a conversation right in the middle column immediately under the cluster list item. It is now only a matter of navigation with the arrow key to read, and hence, change the state of message, and then come back to the original conversation cluster item. You can then close the list by hitting the Left-arrow key.
[crarko adds: This seems like a pretty handy shortcut.]
Sadly, Apple's decided to not include the popular Front Row with OS X Lion.
When Lion was released, it was found that you could install Front Row on Lion and it worked fine. That is, until Apple released iTunes 10.4, which changed the iTunes library format, so even if you installed Front Row, it couldn't see your iTunes content.
Here is how you can get Front Row working on Lion with the latest iTunes:
Install Front Row Enabler for Lion -- you can find a package installation at the very bottom of this link, under Attachments. You'll need to reboot after installing.
Make sure 'Share my library on my local network' is turned on in iTunes preferences.
To try this out once, run dns-sd as described in this post, using the command:
dns-sd -P "Local iTunes" _daap._tcp local 3689 localhost.local. 127.0.0.1 "Arbitrary"
Or to make this permanent, you can create a file in ~/Library/LaunchAgents called something like net.iharder.shareitunes.plist. The contents of that file should be the following: