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More fun with 'mailto' links Apps
I submitted a tip on how to create a blank email message button by drag-and-drop a "mailto:" link to a folder or dock. Well I got bored and decided to play around some more with mailto links. And I found some neat stuff you can pull of with mailto: links:
  • Multiple Recipient emails links and subjects: I play guitar in a band and I frequently have to mail the rest of the band and this enables me to this with one click. Drag this text to the dock (or desktop):
    mailto:foo@bar.com?cc=bill.gates@microsoft.com,
    steve.jobs@mac.com&subject="Keep a free .Mac option"
    [Editor: I had to break that into two lines, so you'll need to recombine it into one before the shortcut will work; I also had to drag it to the desktop and then to the dock; direct dragging to the dock failed in Jaguar.]

    You now have a one-click way to email to multiple people. Leave the "&subject=" out of the link if you don't need a subject or add more headers with additional &'s

  • One click mailing to all your friends in style: I love the fact that you can add pictures to addressbook entries and that you see them in messages. This prompted me to do the same thing with the mailto: links. I keep a folder with links to the people I mail frequently, and add their picture to the icons of the links. Just use the get-info command (command-i) and copy/paste their pictures over the icons. Viola, a supercool collections of one-clink email links to all you friends (here's a screenshot of my folder). Add that folder to your dock for easy right-click (or control-click) access.
You can save yourself a lot of clicks and typing because of the wonderfull things you can do with Mac OS X and its Aqua UI ! Just let your friends try this one on their XP's or Linux's

You will emailing quicker than Quickdraw McGraw (Pun intended ;-)
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Dragging Internet Explorer windows around Apps
Quite by accident, I discovered that if you hold down the apple key and then "click and hold" on a blank spot on an IE page, you can grab and move web pages as if they were PDF documents. This makes for a much easier time of scrolling sideways as well as up and down.

[Editor's note: This isn't new to Jaguar or even OS X, apparently ... still, I don't think it's been mentioned here before. Thanks to Jensen G. for the clarifying email.]
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Export mailbox data to a tab-delimited text file Apps
A simple perl script, used in conjunction with find, can create an export file containing a tab-delimited list of the From, Subject, and Date fields of all emails in Mail. You could bring this into a spreadsheet or database for further processing. Modifying the script (the formail parameters, mainly) would allow you to extract the message body and other fields as well.

Read the rest of the article for the script and find syntax...
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Take advantage of Preview's 10.2 new features Apps
I hadn't really read about the improvements to Preview, but they are notable:
  • It now creates page thumbnails for PDF files and displays them in a drawer to the side of the main page.

  • If you drag-n-drop several JPEGs onto Preview, it opens them in one window with the first image in the main part and the other images in the drawer. Use arrow keys or click to step through them!

  • If you drop an animated GIF onto Preview, each frame opens as a separate image in the drawer.

  • It can open multi-page TIFF documents, which are an optional method of receiving faxes from eFaxes, so no native eFax reader is required.

  • You can export to different file formats, although I'm not sure if that was there before or not.
[Editor's note: The last three bullets are from me, not wfolta, so blame me if they're wrong! I was intending on running a hint on Preview at some point, so I just merged them into this one...]
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iTunes3 changes pane focus on hover Apps
Not sure if its iTunes3 or 10.2, but in iTunes if you are in browse mode with all four panes (genre - artist - album - library) and you have a scrollwheel mouse, you can hover over the pane you want and just scroll away to your hearts content! AWESOME!

[Editor's note: This also works when just two panes are onscreen. I could not find a way to scroll with the keyboard, however, so it looks like a scrollwheel mouse is required.]
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Drag and drop text from the Terminal Apps
Terminal has what (I believe) is a new feature in 10.2: text can be selected in a Terminal window, and then dragged to any other terminal window -- upon release it appears at the cursor. Unfortunately, if a program like emacs is running in a Terminal window, the cursor doesn't move to the drop point. But its still quite a useful feature.

[Editor's note: I honestly can't recall if text could be dragged between Terminal windows in 10.1; can someone test and let us know? As a Cocoa app, I would think this has always worked, but I must admit I never tried dragging text OUT of the window, only IN.]
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Display large results from the Calculator window Apps
Just spotted this. If you control-click on the Calculator's number window, you get a "large type" pop-up menu option which displays numbers large just like the Address book does with Telephone numbers.

It would be interesting to see where else this feature appears.
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Use iChat sounds in other applications Apps
Have you ever wanted to use the iChat sounds for another purpose? I am an avid user of Fire, an excellent Instant Messenging application, but I hate the AOL IM sounds it uses by default for messages. When I heard the iChat message sounds, I knew I had to use them with Fire. I looked everywhere for them. System Libraries, User Libraries, even inside the .app package itself but to no avail!

Then I saw a hint posted on macosxhints.com about using ktrace to see what apps and commands are doing. I ran ktrace and started iChat from the terminal. After sending a few test messages out to make sure the sounds were used by the program, I checked the kout file and sure enough, there was the system call to an iChat sound.

The iChat sounds are hidden deep inside the System folder, in this directory: /System -> Library -> PrivateFrameworks -> InstantMessage.framework -> Versions -> A -> Resources. The iChat sounds are the .aiff files.

My next move was to use them as chat sounds for Fire. Problem. Fire crashed every time I tried to use the sounds. After a few days of monkeying around, I finally figured out that you have to change the sound file's creator type from the default "hook" to something else like "mAmp".

Enjoy!!
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Mail.app freezes with GPGMail bundle installed Apps
Upon upgrading to 10.2, I found that my new Mail 1.2 would not display any windows and was simply hanging until I force quit it. I cleared out my ~/Library/Mail folder and it worked again, rebuilding all my IMAP mailboxes automatically.

When I went to reinstall GPGMail.mailbundle I realized the real hangup -- that bundle causes Mail to get mad. No need to delete your mail, just delete that file from your ~/Library/Mail/Bundles folder, if you have installed it.

I also attempted to run my old Mail 1.1 app to continue to use my GPG utilities. No luck, it quit with no error message.
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Palm Desktop and disk partitions Apps
Hotsync Manager on Palm Desktop 4 is a carbonized application that cannot handle multiple disk partitions. You can neither HotSync nor edit the conduit settings unless the conduits and the user data are on the same disk partition. The unfriendly error message complains "You do not have sufficient permissions. See your administrator."

If you like to keep user data on a separate partition (sysadmin 101 stuff), you can still fool the Hotsync Manager as follows:
  1. Create a folder /Users/Palm that is on the partition holding the Mac OS X System (more specifically, /Users/Palm should be on the partition holding /Library -> Application Support -> Hotsync Manager).

  2. Copy the contents of ~/Documents/Palm to /Users/Palm. Use the Finder, just to be on the safe side. The tilde (~) represents your home folder.

  3. Replace the folder ~/Documents/Palm with a link to /Users/Palm. Using a Terminal window, type:
     % cd ~/Documents ; rm -r Palm ; ln -s /Users/Palm Palm
After this, Hotsync finally worked!
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