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Set the Mail.app startup mailbox Apps
In order to filter my incoming email, I've set up a series of rules that correspond to appropriate mailboxes. I noticed earlier this afternoon that Mail.app was not auto-displaying my Inbox folder. Here's why:

Mail.app auto-displays the last mailbox you viewed before quitting the program. This mailbox "preference" is preserved through restarts, log outs, etc. Normally I keep Mail.app running so long as my computer is on; still, I felt this "tip" fit nicely into the FYI category.

So to make sure mail.app opens to the proper mailbox, select your main mailbox before quitting the program.
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iPhoto and Read Only files on PictureCDs Apps
If you try to import photo files (.jpg) from the Kodak CD directly into iPhoto, you'll have a problem - You won't be able to edit your pictures!

For some reason (bug?) iPhoto doesn't realize that when files are stored on a CD, they are usually set to Read Only. And when you copy a read only file from a CD, you usually have to turn off the read only attribute to allow editing the file. Well, iPhoto forgets(?) to turn off the attribute if you import directly from the Kodak CD.

So, you have two choices. You can either turn off that attribute using the UNIX chmod command, or, as it turns out, you can do the two-step import
  1. Copy the files from the CD into a temporary location (say the 'Shared' folder).
  2. Import the photos into iPhoto from that temporary directory. Ah...success.
I think iPhoto should be modified to automatically turn off the read-only file attribute when importing from CD's.

[Editor's note: Combining the info in this tip with the recent tip about PictureCD's and ImageCapture, you shouldn't have this problem if you have ImageCapture set to load the images to disk first. I'm not sure if this applies to all images on CDs, or only those that are specifically marked as Read Only during the write process. Since CD's are inherently Read Only, this may very well apply to any image on a CD ... but I'm not going to burn one just to test the theory.]
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ImageCapture supports Kodak PictureCDs Apps
I had some PictureCD's made at Wolf Camera after a vacation a couple of years ago that I wanted to use to create a photo album. I was prepared to navigate through the CD's contents to find that cryptic folder that housed the JPEG images. I have done this before and was not looking forward to it.

To my surprise, I noticed that Image Capture launched as soon as the CD mounted, and it pulled every photo from the PictureCD to my Pictures folder. Cool.

Since ImageCapture is the front-end to iPhoto, this means that iPhoto also supports PictureCD's.
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Share your Eudora folder between systems Apps
I'm switching a lot between OS 9 and OS X (Classic is too slow sometimes). In OS X, I check my mail with Eudora beta for OS X.

Because it is a Carbon app, you can use it under OS 9 with CarbonLib, but then you don't get your mailboxes, prefs etc. You can solve that by making an alias of your Eudora Folder from your OS X user directory (not the Eudora Application Folder) in OS9Drive:Documents.
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Drag and drop save as PDF from Preview Apps
Most People know that it is pretty easy to write a PDF via the Preview button in print dialogs. Maybe you didn't know that if you want to save this (temporary) PDF file to your preferred directory, you don't have to go to the menu bar and choose "Save as PDF...". Instead, just drag that little icon from the title bar of the document to your desktop or any open window while holdig down the <alt> key.
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Fun with fortune and FileMaker Pro Apps
Went to a conference this last week, and ran the registration booth. It was a small conference so I only needed to make badges for about 30 late registrants - over three days. That left a lot of time fiddling about. So, as most bored users will do, I fired up fortune in terminal.

But whenever I was interrupted (ahem) for actual work, I was switching back to Filemaker. Realizing that I could probably send output to Filemaker and eliminate the switching, I womped up the following.

In Filemaker, made a global text field, named fortune. Then added a FileMaker Pro script with this AppleScript:
set textResult to [do shell script "/sw/bin/fortune"]
tell application "Filemaker Pro"
set cell "fortune" of current record to textResult
end tell
I've got a fink installation, so your path to fortune may vary. I set a button on the FileMaker layout to trigger the script and added the fortune field on the screen with a monotype font and a scrollbar (for longer fortunes). It was a great conversation starter; people were actually hanging out just to read them, and we had a lot of fun when I changed the switch to fortune -o. ;)

I know this sounds like a completely useless geegaw, but just think about how much more powerful FileMaker can be reading results from grep with this simple AppleScript syntax. More fun to follow.
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Bounce unwanted email back to sender Apps
Have you ever got unwanted mail from an ex-lover or a spam-provider?

The bundled Mail app has a nice feature hidden in the "Customize Toolbar" option. With the "reply as undeliverable" (or something like that, I use a german system -- it's "Bounce to Sender" on the English systems), you send a fake "The following addresses had permanent fatal errors" mail back to the sender. It looks like a real server-message and you have one problem less.

[Editor's note: This is also available in the menus, under Message -> Bounce to Sender.]
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Watching DVDs on TV in 10.1.3 Apps
I saw this mentioned at <a href="http://apple.slashdot.org" target=_blank>apple.slashdot.org</a> today, but I wanted to report more extensively.

Watching a DVD on my TV using 10.1.3 is now as simple as it could be on my Rev. A PowerBook G4 (400).

Whereas before I had to boot the PB in "clamshell" mode with the TV connected in order to see the DVD, now I merely need to plug in the connection (I'm using the S-Video port) and start the DVD application. No reboot or sleep required!

The trick is the new "Detect Displays" button in the Displays preferences pane. After connecting the TV, click on that button and the desktop will be mirrored to the TV. Even cooler (though I'm not sure of the danger factor) is the fact that disconnecting the TV with PB on and then clicking the "Detect..." button reverts everything back to normal. Again, no reboot or sleep required.

Since I have the Rev. A model, I cannot mirror the DVD on both the TV and the computer screen. And, with the TV connected the DVD is automatically shown on the TV. Moreover, I can't see the DVD (ie, there's sound but no picture) if I'm in the OS X equivalent of extended desktop mode.

All in all though, the simplicity of watching a DVD on my TV couldn't be any...er...simpler. Very exciting.
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Easy DNS/BIND server management program Apps
myqslBind is an open-source GPL licensed, browser-based C application that uses the great mySQL database to help manage multiple DNS/BIND name servers.

Runs DNS/Bind 8.2+ servers. More powerful and intuitive then the other well known closed-source and expensive software that shall remain nameless.

Large ISP's use it. Why don't you try it out. It's free!

[Editor's note: I figured this may be of interest to some of you, but I'll be the first to admit I know next to nothing about DNS/BIND name servers, so I clearly haven't tried it myself!]
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Make imported MP3s usable by iMovie Apps
As mentioned in "Make iPhoto imported pictures usable in iMovie", types play a role in importing media into iMovie.

When trying to import an MP3 into iMovie, I noticed that MP3's that had been encoded by iTunes could be imported, while the MP3's that I had downloaded could not. I fired up the GetFileInfo tool found under the /Developer/Tools folder and had a look at a file that would import and one that wouldn't:
GetFileInfo -t song.mp3
The file encoded by iTunes had a type of MPG3, while the imported file didn't contain a type. After changing the type of the imported file to MPG3 with the following command, iMovie imported it properly:
SetFile -t MPG3 *.mp3
So if you're having trouble with an MP3 import into iMovie, check the file type.

[Editor's note: If you don't have the Dev Tool installed, you can also use a third-party tool like Super Get Info to change the file type.]
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