New IM and Profile fields have been added to Address Book, and others have been expanded. You can add them to cards by going to Card » Add Field and picking the new field you want.
For example, Skype has omnipresent for years, but Apple's Address Book had no field to store a contact's Skype name. Now, the IM fields can be specified as: Facebook, Google Talk, Skype, Yahoo among several others.
There is also a new Profile section in Address Book, with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, MySpace and Custom labels, although there seems to be something lacking.
When I filled in Facebook with a contact's name and saved the changes, clicking on the 'Facebook' label, there were two options: 'Show Profile' and 'Show Photos.' They didn't work. But, adding profile.php?id=nnnnnnnnn where nnnnnnn is the profile number of a contact, will indeed get you to their profile.
[crarko adds: Welcome additions to Address Book. Hopefully it will continue to improve in future updates.]
Mac OS X has long had the Go menu in the Finder. Within it there has long been quick Finder access to folders. The shortcuts listed there have also been usable in Open/Save dialogs (with the exception that going to the Desktop in an Open/Save dialog is done with Command+D, not Command+Shift+D like is used in the Finder).
10.6 added the Documents folder to the Go menu. Oddly, though, its Command+Shift+O shortcut that could used in the Finder was not available in Open/Save dialogs. 10.7, though, corrects this and users can now use it to get to their Documents folder in any Open/Save dialog.
[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described.]
After upgrading to Lion, Many of my databases would no longer show dates that were in the default format. Instead they showed Asian characters for the year. This is despite an early post on Apple's compatibility site that FMP 11 did not have that problem. Only Pre 11. But it still does. The solution can be tedious for large FMP systems with lots of windows with many date fields but for now this is the only solution. A FileMaker update which corrects this is promised for August.
You must go to each date field, or select several at once, and change them to a CUSTOM date format. You can make the custom format the exact same as the default, and it will still correct the problem. If you select several date fields at once to change their format, make sure the only thing you change is the format. (A good hint in itself.)
[crarko adds: Yes, it's obscure, but there are a lot of FileMaker users out there. Let is know if this works.]
if you are choosing to use the window restore feature also known as Lion's Resume feature, here's how to override this feature at the time of quitting the app.
Hold the option key while pressing Command+Q, or selecting the Quit from the application's namesake menu, and all the open windows will be discarded. In the application menu the Quit menu item will change to Quit and Discard Windows.
I was reading the hint about the Library in the Go menu, when I got curious to see what other menus change when holding down the Option key, and this is what I found.
When installing Lion's version of Xcode (4.1) you may get an error that iTunes must be closed before installing (even if it appears to already be closed).
This is pretty frustrating since I had no other applications open during the install. But in Activity Monitor, iTunes Helper (the Start up Item I always forget about) was still running. Force quitting that will let the installer finish. Just an FYI for those trying to install.
[crarko adds: I'm guessing this conflict is caused by the ability of both iTunes and Xcode to communicate with iOS devices (soon wirelessly).]
The new version of Mail in Lion has a nice Conversation View, which shows messages in thread form (like Gmail). I like this view, but the main problem that I had with it was that, to see messages that you've sent in that conversation, you have to move to Sent Mail.
Luckily, Mail lets us show messages we've sent as well. Here's how to enable that:
Go to Mail » Preferences » Viewing. Under View Conversations, check the Include related messages box. Conversation view is now complete.
[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described.]
Mail 5 in Lion includes a view option to show contact photos in the message list. This is great for people, but what about RSS? Instead of a generic person icon, you can get something better.
Create an Address Book contact with each feed author listed in the email block (they don't have to be actual addresses). To find the RSS author or group name, save a copy of a feed item and look for the "X-Mail-Rss-Source-Name" in the .eml file.
Depending on the contact you setup, you may need to organize your feeds or smart mailboxes by conversation to see the result.
Apple has done a huge revamp of its Mail application. By default, you don't even see your list of Mailboxes along the left side of the main window. You can restore that view simply by going to View/Show Mailbox List.
Unfortunately, in my case, the Mailboxes were displayed much larger than I had them set in the previous version of Mail, with no available way to change the size from within the Mail app. The View/Use Small Mailbox Icons command is gone.
After a bit of digging around, I found the solution. Apple apparently now considers the Mailbox list to be a Sidebar, similar to the Sidebar in a Finder window. To change the size of the Mailbox List, navigate to System Preferences » General, where you will see a new option -- Sidebar icon size, with a choice of Small, Medium and Large. In my case, it was set to Medium. Simply choose your favorite size and your Mailboxes will now look the way you want them to.
One caveat: this setting affects ALL Sidebars, including those in the Finder. There is no longer a way to set the Mailbox size separately. Now, that would be a nice one for someone to figure out.
[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. I don't know about other people, but I prefer that application preferences be tied to the application, and not a global setting like this.]
I do a lot of writing with TextEdit, using a keyboard shortcut with the macro editor QuicKeys. My SL macro would switch to or open TextEdit, close any previous TextEdit document using the built-in Mac keyboard shortcut Command+D (which closes a window without saving). Lion has evidently done away with the Command+D shortcut, so my macro wouldn't work. Here is a simple script that opens or switches to TextEdit, closes (without saving) any note that is there, and opens a new note:
tell application "TextEdit"
close window 1 saving no
make new document
This can be entered in QuicKeys and activated with the keyboard shortcut of your choosing.
[crarko adds: I suppose the removal of Command+D is a result of the new Auto Save feature; things get saved whether you intend it or not.]
This hint describes how to use iAlertU with Proximity (a Bluetooth-enabled app) to secure your Mac. I have bundled the apps and scripts and give a thorough walk-through on how to set it up.
I have posted a hint previously on how to setup a Bluetooth capable cellphone as a security key for your Mac by activating the screen saver with a password .
Here is an alternative for those using laptops: iAlertU is a free app that is very LOUD! It will bring attention to anyone messing around with your lappy.
I have included the latest apps (with their checksums), along with two proximity scripts to make it work. Look in the README.rtfd file.
I'm not absolutely sure that it will work out of the box on Snow Leopard, so feedback is welcome (I'm on Leopard and it works fine).
Recent versions of iAlertU allow for a Hotkey to be used to arm the system (i.e., activate the security). I have coded F6 to be the trigger in my script. If F6 on your system is something else, modify the script to reflect the change.
Download the files, Turn on your Bluetooth, install Proximity, iAlertU and you can make them work as a security setup that works similarly to a car alarm.
iAlertU will make a loud noise when your mouse moves, screen is closed, keyboard is touched, or power cord is unplugged.