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Avoid forward slashes in Word filenames Apps
I discovered this in MS Word, but it might apply to other X applications. I was using an old Word Perfect converted document in Word X, and when I tried to print, Word constantly and unexpectedly quit.

I realized the document's name had a date in it in this format: mm/dd/yy. Word doesn't allow forward slashes (/) in filenames anymore (although the Finder does). The document printed perfectly after I renamed it with this date format: mm-dd-yy. Is this a Windows compatibility "feature?"

[Editor's note: Anyone have any information on officially allowed filenames, either in Office or OS X in general?]
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Microsoft Intellimouse drivers released! Apps
While browsing the Macworld forums this afternoon, I noticed a post stating that the Microsoft Mouse drivers had been released. The servers are actually in the midst of being updated right now, but I dug around a bit and found a viable download URL.

You need to pop-up the operating system choices to see the OS X version. The final choice is "OS X 10.1.2". I'd call this a very quiet release, at least so far (there's no information on Mactopia about it).

The mouse program installs into /Applications, with no way to specify a directory that I saw. It is, however, just a program, so it should work fine if moved. Note that a restart is required after installing the driver.

When you launch the mouse program, you can select tabs to control the mouse pointer speed (max setting is pretty quick, but not as fast as you can get with the Turbo Mouse preferences panel), buttons (all programmable), and wheel (how many lines to scroll). With the drivers installed, my side and wheel buttons are now once again usable in OS X! It's so nice going "forward" and "back" using the two side buttons again.

I've only had it running for about 45 minutes now, but I haven't noticed any problems as of yet. Running top in the terminal shows a "Microsoft Mouse Helper" background app, but it was taking 0.0% of the CPU the whole time I watched (even while actively using the mouse).

As a side benefit, the MS driver has fixed a longstanding OS X issue for me. Previously, if I switched my mouse and keyboard over to my other machine, when I returned to the Mac the mouse would be very slow, and I'd have to manually reset the speed in the preference panel. Now, the speed setting is retained when I return to the Mac.

So if you have a Microsoft Mouse, head on over to the download site to grab the new drivers. The Macworld forum post also implied that the keyboard driver would be released next month.
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Create custom Epson paper sizes in VectorWorks Apps
Today I was drawing in VectorWorks 9.5.0 and I needed to print in a custom paper size. But I own an Epson Stylus Color 777 and the drivers for OS X don't allow you to create custom paper sizes, at least at this time.

But I discovered that you can actually create them!

I drew what I needed, saved it and quit VectorWorks. I was decided to print it in the Classic environment, because I have my printer installed in OS 9 and there custom sizes are allowed. So I went to start Classic but first I went to the VW folder and selected the VW icon, pressed command + i for file info and checked the option to start up it in Classic (although not recommended by VW's manufacturer). Then I launched Classic and then VW.

Of course, here I was allowed to create a custom paper size, and I made a 24 x 110 cm page. I printed it succesfully (but slowly), and quit VW, quit the Classic environment and then again went to the VW icon to uncheck the "startup in Classic option".

Only because of curiosity, I launched VW again (now in native OS X, not Classic) and opened the drawing I was working on. Went to page setup and ... surprise! The custom paper size I had made in Classic appeared selected! I tried to print in a paper of that size, and... it was printed succesfully!!!

So, VW 9.5.0 keeps custom paper sizes from OS 9 to OS X, and you can print in custom sizes in X.

After you create a custom paper size, do not delete that file. Just clear its contents and paste whatever you want to print, because that custom size is available only for that file. But VW accepts lots of image formats, text, and others, so if you have it, you can use it for creating custom papers if you have an Epson printer. I think it should work with other X supported Epson models.
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Use the mac.com SMTP server with Entourage Apps
So I have tried to set up a few installs of Entourage. Each works well, however none of them allowed me to send mail using my mac.com email account, or use the smtp.mac.com server as my outgoing mail server. I always received a connection failure error.

Normally you need to enable authentication to use mac.com as the outgoing mail server. I had that option checked, along with the option to use the login ID and password for authentication. Well turns out there must be a bug, because to finally get my email to send, I had to check the button "login as" instead, and enter my username and password manually. Walla, on all five computers, that fixed the problem.

Note: Why might one want to use this feature, well simple. If you have a portable computer, it allows you to send mail from where ever you connect, i.e. from home, work and friends houses. If you are using your ISPs outgoing mail server, you can only send mail when conected to your ISP.
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Fix PNG images in Internet Explorer Apps
This doesn't appear to be in the archives, and I get asked this constantly, so I'm submitting it so I can refer people here instead of responding to emails all the time. :-)

Microsoft Internet Explorer in OSX has a bit of a problem displaying PNG files. The seem to work fine when embedded into HTML document, but when you attempt to view them "raw" (e.g. dropping a file onto the window, or browsing a FTP site) they will not load. While at first this appears to be a bug in MSIE, it's actually linked to the Apple Quicktime plugin, which will override IE's default settings!

I'm not really sure if this is the fault of Apple or MS, but here's how to fix it.

Step 1: Go into the Quicktime control panel in System Preferences. Under the plug-in section, click the "MIME Settings..." button. Expand the "images" category, and deselect the "PNG image file" option. This tells the quicktime plugin you no longer wish it to attempt to seize authority over PNG images in your web browser. Now you are finished with this step, so click OK to save your changes and exit System Preferences.

Step 2: Launch IE and go into the preferences. Go to the "File Helpers" category. Sort by extension, so you can find the two (2) ".png" categories (titled "PNG Image [image/x-png]" and "Portable Network Graphic [image/png]"). Edit both these (click "change") in the last category "Handling", change to "View with Browser" for each. Once you have done both, click OK to exit preferences.

Step 3: There is no step 3 (although I'm sure someone will suggest "use Omniweb instead!"). Your settings in IE will stick unless you change the Quicktime preferences back to the defaults, which will override the IE ones the next time you launch.
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Brighten the default blue in Terminal.app Apps
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has switched to a black background Terminal window, with transparency. I'm also sure that I'm not the only one who has been annoyed by the default colour used for dark-blue; it's very hard to read text displayed in that colour (the blue used, for example, to show directory entries in a color 'ls' command).

However, I might actually be the only person who was annoyed enough to fix it. It wasn't easy since the colours used are clearly hardcoded. With a little help from my friends GDB and HexEdit, I can now easily read blue text.

What follows is *not* for the faint-of-heart. I wish there were an easier way, but I can't think of one. If what follows doesn't immediately make sense to you, you're probably better off just living with the Terminal the way it is.

Read the rest of the article for more on changing the color blue inside Terminal.app...

[Editor's note: The following instructions are provided as received. They are far from step-by-step, and you should have a solid understanding of both GDB and HexEdit before proceeding. As that previous sentence does NOT describe me, I have not tried this hint! Proceed at your own risk...really, I mean it - this hint requires additional knowledge beyond what is provided here.]
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Screen scroll BBedit without moving the cursor Apps
I didn't see this posted anywhere else. In BBEdit version 6.5.2, you can use the ctrl button, and any directional arrow to move the screen with out moving the cursor. This proves to be very useful from keeping your head from looking at the bottom of the screen all of the time....stopping neck-aches.
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Use Goliath to speed iDisk access Apps
Goliath is a freeware open-source app which enables much faster access to iDisks (and other WebDAV sites). Goliath is available for both classic MacOS and MacOS X. It has been around since 1999, but really needs to be more advertised.

[Editor's note: I had never heard of Goliath. I downloaded it and tested it, and there's no doubt about it -- it's a very fast way of using WebDAV to access your iDisk! I had been using AFP in the Finder as it was much faster, but Goliath is at least as fast, if not faster. The only thing I found lacking was documentation on exactly how to connect to the iDisk. In the connection dialog, simply enter http://idisk.mac.com/username and then enter your username and password where noted, and you should be in. Once connected, you can treat the Goliath windows just like Finder windows.]
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Create a multiple user iTunes music library Apps
Although some posts allude to this, I think it's the first mention of sharing an iTunes library between multiple users on the same machine.

I'm encoding my entire CD collection so that my wife and I can fully utilize our iPod. However, with multiple users in OSX, iTunes naturally will create a separate library for each user. Not great when we're both adding new files regularly and need access to the most current roster of available MP3s. It's pretty simple use of aliases to solve the problem:
  1. Logged in as either user, move the iTunes folder from the Documents folder into the Shared user folder.
  2. Delete the same Documents/iTunes folder from each individual user.
  3. Create an alias of this iTunes folder on Shared (remove the word 'alias').
  4. Copy that back to each user's Documents folder so each user has an alias to the Shared/iTunes folder.
  5. Your MP3 files should also be placed in the Shared folder. When you move them, you'll also need to "reset" the index of files in iTunes. Since you've set up everyone to work off ONE library, though, you only need to do it once.
This process will ensure that every user has access to the same list of files, regardless of who adds new rips. We also have an "Unfiled Rips" folder on Shared so we know what's been ripped recently, then file it alphabetically in the master pile 'o MP3s.

[Editor's note: Until I can convince her otherwise, my wife's primary machine is a PC, so I don't have to worry about this situation. We did, however, use Samba to make the MP3 directory on the Mac visible to her PC so that she'll have access to the same library of songs. I, however, am stuck with all the encoding work for now! ;-)]
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Unselecting all messages in Mail.app Apps
I hated how once you got a certain number of messages in Mail there was always a messsage in the preview window. I just figured out that command-click can unselect the message so you have just a blank preview part. Hey, I'm happy.

[Editor's note: If you have just a few more messages in your inbox than you have room for, you can also resize the top part of the screen to hold them all without a scrollbar and then click on the white area to deselect the message.]
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