I was told it was not possible to make a Disk Copy ".dmg" file from a Toast PC ISO image by using "New Image from device" on a mounted Toast image. So I decided to try it.
I saved it the image as "DVD-CD Master" and got a file named "filename".cdr.dmg. I launched this file (without mounting) in Virtual PC (in window, not full screen, mode), and it mounts as a CD in VPC. This is the same as the ".img" files did in OS 9.
I also can burn this cdr.dmg file if I select it from Toast, navigating from the "Select" button in "Disc Image" burn mode. Has anyone experimented with other Toast and Disk Copy compatibilities?
[Editor's note: I don't use Toast, so I can't comment, but I thought others may find this interesting.]
I had never noticed it before, but in Internet Explorer if you press the F5 key, it will refresh the current page. A lot of 'keyboard-only' users might find this tips useful. F5 is a common Windows shortcut to refresh any kind of data.
Note: I have not tried this with an old classic Internet Explorer version, but it probably does the same thing.
I've been slowly converting my CD collection to MP3s (why, I don't quite know; it's not as if I have an iPod). The most annoying factor is the need to be there to change to another disc when it's done encoding everything. However, another hint about the fact that the system will offer to play CD images made me try making and encoding from an image... and it worked.
So, if you want to batch up several CDs, and have several gigs to blow on this quest, you can make disk images of a bunch of CDs, mount them all at once, and drop them into a playlist to be encoded ... then go off to work while your computer crunches sounds. I presently have Audion working on seven CDs, and will let it go all night. I'm not sure if this trick would work with iTunes, as I don't use it.
Now, if only I could convince Disc Copy to make the CD images instead of having to use Toast.
Maya PLE requires a three-button mouse to access all features of the application. However, if you are hesitant to buy a $50-$70 rodent for use with the free learning edition of the world most advanced 3D editor, there is a workaround.
Locate and edit your MAYA.ENV file. Open the file with BBEdit, SimpleText or any other plain-text editor. Place this line:
MAYA_MAC_BUTTON_MAP = 1
into the file and save. Then use your mouse and the option and command keys.
[Editor's note: I haven't tried this myself yet; I'm just now installing PLE from the MacAddict monthly CD.]
Left to its own devices, Mail.app tends to break long lines in messages in stupid places (I've seen it do it at apostrophes, colons, all sorts of weird places). Depending on the mail client the recipient is using, this can make the sender look rather illiterate. One workaround is to re-flow paragraphs yourself using fmt.
First install the incredibly useful TextExtras package as described in this hint. Then define a "user pipe" which sends the current selection to fmt and replaces the current selection with the result by editing your .TEUserPipes.plist file. Mine looks like this. Note that it binds this pipe to Command-\.
Now in any Cocoa text editor you can highlight some text, hit Command-\ and it will get reformatted so the lines are between 65 and 75 chars long (fmt's default setting). Obviously this method can be easily extended to call any of the other command line text processing tools from inside a Cocoa window.
That's useful in itself, but to be honest I'd love to be told a better way of coping with this line length madness.
I'm sure some people have found this, but if you wish to edit a photo from your iPhoto gallery in another application (such as Photoshop) without reassigning the iPhoto internal editor, it's quite easy to do. Just drag and drop the photo from iPhoto to the editor icon in your dock or wherever, and the image will open for editing in the selected application.
Often times I get email from someone who's cc'd it to other recipients and instead of hitting the 'Reply to All' button I'll just hit 'Reply'. Partway through composing my reply, I'll realize I ought to have replied to all, so I'll copy and paste the cc addresses manually.
I'm not sure if this is a new feature of the updated Mail.app in 10.1.5 or not (I just now discovered it after upgrading), but regardless of which reply option you initially select, you can toggle back and forth by clicking the Reply button in the mail composition window. Cool.
[Editor's note: I'm pretty sure this has been there since the beginning, but I don't think it's ever been documented here.]
iPhoto 1.1.1 for OS X has a Mail button in the Share panel of the application. Select a photo, then select Mail. Problem is, it will only launch the Apple Mail application. There are no preference options to change this to your preferred email client. This patch lets you configure iPhoto to use your favorite email application.
[Editor's note: This is an extension of the technique discussed in the comments to this hint. The above patch was also written by JackSim, the author of the original Entourage patcher discussed in the article's comments.]
If you drag a Photoshop file to the Preview application, you get a full size image with all visible layers. Useful for Photoshop users (since it's quite a bit faster than opening the file in Photoshop) and for others who are sent .psd files but don't have Photoshop.
If you are installing the newly-release SR1 for Office v.X, be aware that it may kill your existing registration information. If this happens to you, to complete the installation you will need to re-enter your CD Key number from the original CD.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you purchased an upgrade CD, the installation is going to ask you to browse to the folder containing the version of Office that you are upgrading from. If you're like me, Office 2001 and OS9 are long since history.
It took a call to Microsoft support, but the answer is to find your original Office 2001 CD, mount it to the desktop, then navigate to the Office 2001 folder on the CD when prompted to do so during the upgrade verification step of the installation process.
[Editor's note: I have now upgraded Office v.X on two different machines, both of which were installed with upgrade CD's, and I have not been asked for my registration information in either case. I'm not sure what triggers this behavior, but it has been reported by a number of people.]