I just discovered a neat little program that can work as a great little companion to iPhoto. While the basic tools in iPhoto are great for simple touchup, I know that I sometimes want to adjust brightness, contrast, color balance and all those good things. PixelNhance from Caffeine software lets you open an image and make those adjustments with a neat difference. There is a bar that splits the picture, that is movable and rotatable, so you can see a "Before and After" view of the changes you have made. I set it as my editor for pictures when I double click on them in the iPhoto preferences.
And one of the best things is it's FREE. And, I'm not the only one who thinks it's neat because Apple is including it with the new G4s they just announced.
Check it out!
[Editor's note: Based on a five-minute trial, this is an impressive piece of freeware! In addition to the adjustments listed above, you can also tweak levels, sharpness, noise, and saturation. Well worth a download!]
Below is an AppleScript that will open images in The GIMP (an X Windows graphical editing program). You can drag images onto it from the Finder, or from iPhoto. You can also use this script to edit from iPhoto directly, by changing the "Double-clicking photos opens them in:" option to "other", and pointing it at this script.
Note: This script requires the GIMP to be up and running. Also, the script assumes you are using the Fink installation of the GIMP (i.e., that your GIMP binaries live in /sw/bin. If you are using Gnu-Darwin or another installation, you will need to change the path.
I have found that periodically the Download Manager window in IE 5.1 just appears as white space without any scroll bars, title bar - nothing. I tried trashing the prefs but to no avail. I then discovered in my Explorer prefs folder (Users -> username -> Library -> Preferences -> Explorer) a file called Downloads.html. I trashed that and all was back to normal. It does still keep happening, but at least I know how to get it back again.
La Chose Interactive has released (to macosxhints' readers first!) a freeware application known as ProcessWizard. ProcessWizard is a menubar widget that, when clicked, opens a list of your running applications along with a priority slider for each one. Want to give an application more priority (ie more CPU time)? Move the slider to the right. Reduce the priority? Move the slider to the left. Need to force-quit an application? Control-click on the icon. All done? Click anywhere else and the menu vanishes.
I've had this installed for a few hours with no ill effects, and the background daemon takes basically zero CPU cycles. If it gives you any trouble, you just need to either log out or use ProcessViewer (in Utilities) or the Terminal to kill the daemon and the menubar widget.
If you downloaded this earlier this morning, please re-download to resolve a possible conflict with ASM.
This is a very handy little application, and thanks to dperetti (Dominique Peretti) for releasing it here first!
Will Clarkson has created a small Cocoa application that walks you through the process of setting up a Software Base Station on OS X. Using Sustainable Softworks' freeware IPNetShareX, Will's application takes you through each variable setting and provides some explanation as to what you are doing and why.
If you've been wanting to get the Software Base Station working in OS X, grab Will's application from his site and give it a try. Also make sure you read the FAQ for more information.
I love Entourage X, but I have had one constant problem since I have been using it, which has been driving me to distraction, until now.
Whenever I launched Entourage and I didn't have an active internet connection, Entourage would automatically dial my Powerbook's internal modem. Only problem is, I have an ADSL connection using my Ethernet port! I would have to cancel the modem's dial attempt, and then activate the PPPoE connection via the menubar manually. I figured it was an Entourage bug, until now.
I was recently playing with the Location settings in the Apple Menu, and stumbled across a section of the Network Preference Pane I had completely missed, up until now.
Simply launch the Network Preference Pane, and under the "Show" drop-down menu, select Active Network Ports. In my case, I only use the Built-in Ethernet port for my connection, so I moved that port to the top of the list, and deselected the rest. I saved my changes, and launched Entourage without an active internet connection, and to my great satisfaction found that Entourage automatically connected via my ADSL Built-in Ethernet connection!
I hope this is as helpful to someone else as it was to me....
This AppleScript maintains three backups of the Stickies file to compensate for the occasional lost Stickies problem in MacOS X.
Save this script as an application (from ScriptEditor) and use it to start-up Stickies in your Login items. It will rotate the backups before starting. I maintain multiple backups in case you log in more than once before noticing that your stickies file has been swiped clean.
I got sick of trying to join a Quake3 game from GameRanger and having to have Quake3 open up, quit it, open the GameRanger.cfg file, get the IP, etc so I made up a shell script to pretty much do that for me. This script will search your HD for your Quake3 folder and the GameRanger.cfg file, load in your settings, and launch Q3 with those settings while killing any other open copies. Enjoy!
I just realized that two lines of this kind are added every two seconds in my system.log (/var/log/system.log). They are shown on two lines each below to narrow the story width:
Jan 21 01:16:28 localhost mach_kernel: USB: 262.604: AppleUSBOHCI(0x188F000):: ReturnOneTransaction - found the end of the transaction(0x97C73F0)! Jan 21 01:16:28 localhost mach_kernel: USB: 262.604: -AppleUSBOHCI(0x188F000):: ReturnOneTransaction - done, new queue head (L0x97C8180, P0x80F1E801) V0x1E8F180
It stops if I kill background palm application...
[Editor's note: Strangely enough, I do not have this entry in my log file on either machine that runs the Palm Background app. It's probably worth a quick look to see if yours is filling up quickly, though -- command-tilde then /var/log and check the size of system.log.]