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Activating audio in MyTV X Apps
If you aren't getting an audio with the alpha version of MyTV X, it may be that your Mac isn't activating the external microphone jack. With MyTV, video is transmitted to the Mac via USB, but audio is sent separately to the audio input jack.

Under OS 9, audio input sources were selected in the "Sound" Control Panel. But, under OS X, the "Sound" System Preference application does not provide this functionality. The input selection is found hidden away in the "Speech" System Preference application, under the "Listening" tab. Change the "Microphone" selection from "Internal Microphone" to "External Microphone/Line In".

Also remember that you may need to "enable" audio in the MyTV application itself. There is a check box for this under the "audio" tab.
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Print iPhoto books using PDF files Apps
For those of us in the unfortunate parts of the world that cannot order the gorgeous iPhoto books, we can still print those books on our own printers, or make them into equally gorgeous PDF's for sharing. It's easy to do, just choose "Print" in the 'Book' mode (not the preview view in Book mode, though), then hit the "Preview" button in the print dialog, and "Save as PDF" in Preview.

[Editor's note: It's actually even easier than this if you don't want to see the preview of the PDF file first. Just select "Output Options" from the print dialog box, click on "Save as File" and then select PDF as the file format.]
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Enable continuous music playback in iTunes2 Apps
mp3s are great for compressing your music collection, but sometimes you'd like to listen to a live CD the whole way through (e.g. Nirvana Unplugged, or some classical album). Before iTunes2, listening to consecutive songs always had annoying interruptions of silence between songs (as the computer loads the next MP3 into ram and begins decoding). Lucky for us, Apple's engineers have a solution to this problem: just use iTunes2 to set the crossfade playback to 0 seconds. You can't just turn crossfading off, you must enable crossfading, and then set the slider to 0 seconds. It works great!

To set this, select Preferences -> Effects -> Crossfade Playback, and move the slider to "0".
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Letter templates in Palm Desktop v4 Apps
In Palm Desktop v4, the instructions for creating your own "Letter Templates" (the letters you can automatically generate by clicking the appropriate button in a Contact's info screen) are somewhat erroneous if you are using OS X. While the Help file describes the location where these letters should be placed, the location doesn't exist!

Well, it does, sort of, but you have to "Show Package Contents" of the Palm application (with a control-click on the application itself). You'll then find the proper folder at "Contents -> Resources -> English.lproj -> Letter Templates".

By the way, if you are using AppleWorks, make sure your newly created letter exists as an AppleWorks word processing file and -not- as a "template"; otherwise, it won't show up in the selection box when you click the button (in Palm Desktop) to request the current contact's info be included in the letter.

Other than this little errata, Palm Desktop kicks butt!
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A few tips for importing photos into iPhoto Apps
As mentioned in this article about importing pictures into iPhoto, importing your entire collection can have some problems. However, if you import your album piecemeal, you might have better success. I had all of my photos arranged into individual folders. I imported one folder at a time and iPhoto associated each separate batch of imported files with a "roll". So, then in the organize view you can enable the view by Film Rolls option so you can see all of your photos segmented the way you originally wanted them.

A few notes:

1) Dragging a file or folder from the Finder onto iPhoto Organize view is the same using the Import menu command.

2) The time and date on the roll will be today, rather than when the pictures were actually taken. Therefore, you should import your pictures in chronological order.

3) I found a bug in the import command. Don't import pictures from a CD. Copy them to your hard drive first. Otherwise, the pictures will be copied as read-only and you won't be able to edit your pictures.
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Reverse iPhoto rotations via the keyboard Apps
Option clicking on iPhoto's Rotate button will cause the image to rotate clockwise (normal clicking results in an counter-clockwise rotation). Quicker than using the menu bar or shortcuts. This may be documented but there again I never read the documentation.

[Editor's note: The iPhoto help is actually very robust. If you select Help, then click on "More..." in the News section, you'll get a list of keyboard shortcuts, including this option-click on Rotate trick. As another example, did you know that option double-clicking a photo will open it in a separate, resizable window? There's more, too, so give the Help pages a quick read-through!]
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Change the modification date on iPhoto imports Apps
I have a bunch of old images I have been trying to load into iPhoto. Now I have spent more time than I should arranging these images into folders based on date, and was dismayed that iPhoto changed that hierarchy when copying the image hierarchy over. Closer inspection of the hierarchy revealed that iPhoto was using the modification date on the image file, and some of the images (either because I had edited the image or rotated it or something) had their modification date changed (duh!), which resulted in iPhoto putting that image in a different folder to what I expected.

I thought about writing a tool to fix the modification dates, but then I came across the shareware tool FileBuddy X (look for it on VersionTracker if link doesn't work).

After downloading and playing with this tool for a while, I found I could open up my images folder containing all my images (I backed up first - be smart!), load the top images folder into FileBuddy, select all, hit "Get Info", change the modification date to the creation date, change all, and then import the images into iPhoto.

Still have to live with the rather terse numbered folders of iPhoto, but at least now my images are arranged with other images taken at the same time, even though I have subsequently edited them.
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Add a missing search engine to IE 5.1 Apps
Here's a way to add a search engine to the search toolbar in internet explorer:
(Notes: Do this with caution! Also you can only do this using the single search engine option; I'm on my way to find a way to do this for multiple search engines.)

1. Download this page: http://ie.search.msn.com/en/srchasst/srchcust.htm

2. Open this in your favorite text editor or html editor

3. Search for the line: <OPTION VALUE="http://www.yahoo.com/search/ie.html">Yahoo

4.Insert above it or anywhere you like this line (I'm adding google):
<OPTION VALUE="http://www.google.com/ie">Google

5. Save the file, and open it in IE.

6. Change the option to use single search engine

7. Find google on the list. If you're having trouble seeing it, try and click on any remnants of the scroll bars to find the list.

8. Open a new window, and then the search tab.

To reset it, just click customize in the search tab the usual way.

[Editor's note: I have not tried this myself, as I haven't used IE in quite a while...]
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Usenet multi-part file tool available Apps
I just released MacPAR OS X for free download. MacPAR is an OS X user interface for the PAR utility, to easily create PAR archives or to recover missing files in a chain of multipart files (like .001, .002 etc.) by using .PAR files (like .P01, .P02). Nowadays everybody should add PAR files to their uploads of multipart split files on Internet newsgroups. With the PAR utility it is possible to recover any missing part (e.g. that didn't manage to get thru to your news server).

The code for Par has been developed in the Parchive open source project on sourceforge.net. I designed a user-friendly Mac interface for OS 10.1.2 or higher to make working with PAR very easy. This first release limits the creation of archives to batch-file mode only.

The MacPAR OS X project is part of the recently started Mutsu project on sourceforge.net for the development of Applescript Studio programs. Mutsu is a repository for Applescript Studio applications and code snippets, and you also can find MacPAR's source code there.

I hope people will enjoy working with Par as much as I do!
Loek

[Editor's note: I don't do much with usenet groups, but if you do, this PAR solution sounds pretty interesting.]
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Making iTunes imports unnoticeable Apps
Normally when I import music into iTunes, the whole system gets rather sluggish which makes it very awkward to work with it the while.

While iTunes needs to be highly prioritized by the system during playback operations to allow for smooth sound performance without any dropouts, there is no need for this during "pure" import-only activity. So I wrote a little script that will reprioritize the iTunes app. While this may result in bad play performance (occasional dropouts -- very rare), this makes background import almost unnoticeable. The whole system runs as smoothly as normal, and the only thing you'll notice is the CD drive running continuously. Here's the script:
  #!/bin/sh
ps -ax | grep iTunes.app | grep -v grep
renice 20 -p `ps -ax | grep iTunes.app | grep -v grep | cut -c1-5`
Just put the commands above into a file in your ~/bin directory and chmod +x the file. Whenever you just want to do background import, start iTunes and run the script in Terminal window afterwards. You'll see output like:
  500  ??  S      0:01.90 /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunes /Appli
500: old priority 0, new priority 20
To return iTunes back to original scheduling priority, just close the app and restart it.

I find myself running iTunes almost always at low priority because dropouts are very very rare (I use the "big buffers" setting).
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