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.]
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.
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...]
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.]
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!]
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.
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!]
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! ;-)]