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Edit iPhoto images in a separate window Apps
I don't know if this was posted or anything like earlier, but iPhoto has this neat feature that allows you to edit the photo in a different window. In the Preferences panel (iPhoto -> Preferences), there is option to change the behaviour that occurs when you double-click an image. You can choose between the default, opening a new window, or using a third-party application. If you select "Separate window", a new window will pop-up when you double-click any image. It has a customizable toolbar (just like the Finder) and some other features as well.

[Editor's note: This preference setting is very useful if you're trying to make a series of photos match (using a side by side eyeball comparison test), as its the only way to edit more than one image at the same time within iPhoto. When using the separate window option, you can have as many images open for editing at one time as you like; using the default iPhoto behavior, you edit one photo at a time.]
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Capture DVD screens using VideoLan Client Apps
Recently I purchased a Polish/Japanese DVD which would not play with the DVD Player in my PowerBook 400, even though I could play it in my standalone DVD. The DVD is marked with an "All" region code, so it wasn't a region problem.

I decided to give Video Lan Client a try. This application not only could play the DVD, but I discovered that I could capture frames using "Grab" (in Applications -> Utilities) which I could not do using the DVD Player ("Grab" will complain and not launch if the DVD Player was previously launched).

In order to capture a frame, I first pressed the space bar in VideoLan Client to pause the palyback, then proceeded with the capture with "Grab". I tried both area capture and full screen capture successfully.

[Editor's note: I haven't tried this program myself, but it appears that it works around the ATI vs. NVidia problem (ATI cards can't capture DVD screens; NVidia cards can when using SnapzPro), as the PowerBook 400 shipped with an ATI card. I'm also not sure if VideoLan Client can handle all DVDs or not -- anyone have more experiences to share about the program?]
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Try Proteus 2.0 for Internet chat needs Apps
I'm sure this isn't high on most people's priority list, but I'm so excited I had to share. I've been using Fire as my chat utility ever since I started using X. It has a tendancy to crash from time to time, and does so consistantly when receiving a message from someone using Web-based ICQ.

So I tried out the new 2.0 release of Proteus, and I must say I'm absolutely thrilled. Simply put, this is the best ... chat program ...ever. If you were like me, and thought you were stuck using Fire due to the lack of a Mac version of Trillian or the many other PC multi-chat programs, try this one immediately.
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Enter line feeds in dialog boxes Apps
While editing song info in iTunes, I discovered a way to add a line break without closing the dialog box. You can't use the return key, because it is mapped to the "OK" button. Instead, I tried pressing shift-return.

This allowed me to insert line breaks in comments, etc. (something I always wanted to do). I assume that this works in other apps as well.
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Some general hints on using Entourage X Apps
Here are four general tips to ease your work with Entourage X.
  1. To speed up Entourage: Under the "Entourage" menu, turn off "Office Notifications".

  2. To stop bouncing Entourage icon in Dock: Go to General Preferences -> Notification -> When Mail Arrives and uncheck the "Animate" icon.

  3. To get more space for mail folders: The amount of room on the left side of Mail window is minimal; to increase it, go to General Preferences -> General, and then check "Display small navigation buttons".

  4. To successfully send email attachments: This works for nearly all email clients on nearly all platforms; select Mail and News Preferences -> Compose -> Attachments -> Encode for, and then choose "Windows (MIME/Base64)".
Tip #4 is the same for Outlook Express. Microsoft email clients on the Mac have problems sending attachments to Microsoft Windows computers. The preference setting to fix this is misleading, because "Any Computer" doesn't work for any computer. It's been like this for years. Stupidity on Microsoft's part, or are they deliberately trying to make Macs look bad? The truth is out there...
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Run Office98 to fool Entourage X Apps
I use Entourage X for managing more than a dozen email accounts. I always have found the "feature" in Office that prohibits switching between Entourage email accounts if Word, Excel or PowerPoint were launched very frustrating and annoying.

However, thanks to the Classic Environment, I can have Entourage X open, and with Word, Excel and/or PowerPoint in Office 98 launched, I can switch between email accounts easily. Hence, I can copy/paste/embed data from open Office documents into email from multiple accounts without having to quit an app such as Word in order to make a switch in Entourage, only then to have to re-launch.

The other benefit here is that I find Office 98 in Classic to be all around faster; easier to scroll through large documents, quicker to print, and vastly quicker to launch large files than Office X in 10.1.4 or 10.15.
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Modify shadowGoogle's input box properties Apps
Earlier today, I posted a hint about how much I liked the freeware application shadowGoogle. As I used the program today, I realized that the only things I didn't really like about it were the background color of the input box and the font used when typing the search string. The all-white background contrasted too much with my desktop, and the text was too big for the longer strings that I was typing.

Luckily, shadowGoogle is a Cocoa application, so modifying those items is relatively trivial (assuming you have the Developer Tools installed). Read the rest of the article for the basic how-to...
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Search Google from the desktop Apps
In the course of my browsing for cool OS X software this morning, I ran into shadowGoogle (alternate download here). This freeware Cocoa application puts a floating text box (optionally floating over all windows) on your screen. To find something on Google, just type in a word or phrase in the search box, and hit return. Your preferred browser then opens the Google search results page.

There's not much more to it than that - you can set the size and color of the "Search for" text which appears next to the search box; you can even turn it off, which is what I did. You can also control how many results to display on the page, what languages to search in, and whether to search keywords, images, newsgroups, or Mac sites.

You can also switch which type of data to search for without opening the prefs panel -- just hit command-K for keywords, -I for images, -G for groups, and -M for Mac sites before you hit return in the search box.
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Quickly get into good iTunes visuals Apps
If you're like me, you may not like how iTunes takes a while to start showing the good visuals after you click the visuals button.

To get into a better visual, fast, click the visuals button once, then again to turn it off. Now you can press it again and it'll start at a more colorful visual instead of making you wait to go through the orange tunnel, which sometimes can feel like it lasts forever.

[Editor's note: I don't normally use iTunes in visual mode, and when I tested this, I'm not sure I noticed any speed difference. I don't get an orange tunnel when I start the visuals, but clicking the button twice does make it come back with a different pattern the second time...]
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IE 5.2 and new windows Apps
In IE 5.2 (and previous versions) under Interface Extras, you can specify that IE should open a new browser window when a URL is requested by another application. I noticed an anomaly in the way this preference works.

It works great when other apps tell IE to load a URL. However, when you double-click a file that has the extension .URL, it will open the URL in the frontmost browser window ... it does NOT open a new window.

Interestingly enough, if the same URL file is named with the extension .webloc, then IE does the right thing and opens the URL in a new window.

Bug or feature?
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