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Fix a search error in iTunes AppleScripts Apps
There is an error in three of the iTunes Applescripts. The script adds new script info to the existing search string, rendering searches after the first search impossible. This applies to the SEARCH CDNOW by ARTIST, SEARCH CDNOW by ALBUM, and SEARCH CDNOW by SONG TITLE scripts.

Here is a change to the scripts provided to me by Paul W:

If you open the script up in script editor there is an easy change. Change line 2 to: property dest_URl : "http:..... from property search_url : "http:.... and change the bit that creates the search (about line 36) to set the search_URL to (dest_URL & encoded_name) from set the search_url to (search_url & encoded_name).This change will work on all three scripts.

[Editor's note: I have not tried this myself.]
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Help for iBook owners with PAL TVs Apps
Anyone outside the USA who owns an iBook may have noticed that fullscreen applications will switch to NTSC when plugged into a PAL television. The result is your favourite game, etc, runs in black and white on the TV.

I've written a small app called PALifier that will check the video mode when the TV is connected. If any application changes to NTSC, PALifier will change the video back to PAL (at the same resolution and colour depth).

It's free and available through the above link.

[Editor's note: I don't have a PAL television to test this on...]
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Pentax cameras supported in iPhoto Apps
Even though Apple's compatibility list does not include _any_ Pentax camera, I can tell you it works fine with my EI 200. I held off downloading iPhoto for quite a while because my camera wasn't on the list! Even tho' Apple _says_ the list is updated regularly, I've seen no change lately.

[Editor's note: They are updating the list at least occasionally. My Canon PowerShot now shows up, but it wasn't there when I bought the camera a month or so ago.]
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Use disk images for CD-free game playing Apps
Here's something I found out when playing my new Spiderman game under OS X. The game, like many others, requires you to have the CD in the tray to play the game. This is a pain, and it's a tad slower.

So, to override this, I opened up Disk Copy. Disk Copy allows you to copy a disk and make it into an image file. First select Image -> New Image from Device within Disk Copy. Next, and this is the tricky part, find the CD-ROM drive in the list of "disk..." entries in the dialog box. You're looking for something like "CD_ROM_mode_1" under one of the disclosure triangles. Click the name once you find it, and then click the "Image" button. Choose a destination drive for the image and then wait.

Once the image creation is complete, you can just mount the disk and open the game! Spiderman (and other games) think that it is the actual CD. This is handy if you have another CD in the tray and have enough disk space.

[Editor's note: It's also handy if you travel with a PowerBook and don't wish to carry around a number of CDs during your travels!]
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Use ProjectBuilder for PHP development Apps
Apple includes ProjectBuilder with the development tools package. Just for fun, I tried it with some PHP development I'm doing.

I really works well. PHP is close enough to C syntax that context-based coloring and structure pairing (quotes, brackets and parens) works as one would wish.

Additionally, the CVS integration makes CVS use almost easy. A nice surpise for those of us doing web development work in PHP on MacOSX.
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Replace the IE progress throbber Apps
Lets get this straight first, whether or not you like Explorer...you gotta hate the spinning "e".

There are some great throbbers at resExcellence and instructions on how make them and to put them into OS 9 but I didn't know how to do it in OS X. My thanks to the forum here (in this thread) and "ChaChi" for pointing me in the right direction.

You will need a copy of ResEdit (from ResExcellence) and ResConv (free from Black Diamond). Once you have these, read the rest of the article for the instructions.
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QuickTime scales printed images to page size Apps
You can print images from lots of apps, but many will want to print images based on how large they think they should be and are usually not optimal. Browsers and Preview are among those applications. However opening an image in Quicktime and printing from it will scale images to fill the printed page.

[Editor's note: I have not verified this myself, as my printer is currently awaiting a new ink cartridge!]
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Console.app auto-hide feature Apps
For those that don't know about it, Console.app is an application that allows you to monitor activities written to the system log (and other logs). It has a subtle feature which is very handy...

After you start Console.app, just do "Hide Console.app" from app menu. When an event occurs, Console.app appears automatically and stays for two seconds to allow you to read what happened, then re-hides automatically.

You can change how long the windows remain on-screen in the Console.app preferences screen.

[Editor's note: I just noticed that Quake3 writes the game logs to the console.log file ... I'm not sure if that's a bug or a feature! ;-)]
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Spiderman installation and usage tip Apps
This past weekend, I was looking to show my wife the new iMac at The Computer Store, my favorite local dealer. We had no luck with the iMac (later this week, they hoped), but they did have the [drool] dual 1ghz machine - very nice!. On the way out, I noticed that Aspyr's Spiderman game had been released. This game is based on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 engine, and has some interesting visual effects. Showing my background has a gamer and OS X supporter, the "Supports OS X" sticker on the box was enough to sway my purchase decision :-).

When I tried to install it, though, I thought I had made a Bad Decision. When you run the installer, it will look like it's hung up - all you see is the spinning beach ball. I would have force-quit it and become a little angry with Aspyr, except I happened to have a Finder window open to the target Games directory, and I noticed a "Spiderman" folder there while the installer was still spinning the beach ball. Opening it revealed that files were continually being added, so it was obvious the installer was doing something. A few minutes later, it finished normally. There should obviously be some sort of progress indicator in the installer!

This same glitch affects the game itself at times - when Spiderman goes to load a new level or new video, you won't see anything other than a black screen for up to 30 seconds or so. Eventually, though, the video will change and things will continue normally.

Outside of the installation and in-game lack of progress bars, I've had no problems with the game and it's quite fun (the semi-transparency when you're crawling along a roof is very interesting). There's even a kids-mode that makes it easier for young players to control the character and progress through the levels.
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Hide iDVD while encoding in the background Apps
After reading the previously published tip about hiding iMovie while rendering, I decided to see if there were any changes with iDVD. I started 'top' running after iDVD began encoding, and noticed two processes using most of the CPU time: EncoderSer and iDVD. Both were using around 50% CPU on a DP500. After hiding iDVD, it's usage dropped to 2% and the EncoderSer jumped to 163%.

Encoding went much faster!
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