As you reply to messages in Mail.app, recipients' names and email addresses are automatically stored in your address book. That's fine for people you want to stay in touch with, but I'm often writing to people just once and don't want them cluttering up my contact database. Apple built in a nice mechanism for dealing with this that doesn't require going through the list one at a time to remove unwanted addresses.
The secret is in the "Categories" function of the address book, and you'll need to adopt the Categories system for this hint to be useful.
Double-click an entry in your address book. If you've never categorized them before, you'll find they're in a "Temporary" category. When you decide to keep someone, assign them to a non-temporary category.
Now all you have to do is periodically view your address book by "Temporary." If there's anyone you want to keep, assign them to a different category. Otherwise, just hit Cmd-A and hit Delete all the deadbeats at once.
SnapzPro X includes the ability to specify a destination for the images you capture. The choices include the desktop, the clipboard, the printer, or the Pictures folder. It will also list any folders within the Pictures folder as avaialble destinations. For one of my current projects, however, I wanted all the images in the a folder outside of the "Pictures" hierarchy.
So I tried the obvious solution, and was quite happy to see that it worked: To save your Snapzpro X images into whichever folder you'd like, simply place an alias to that folder in your Pictures folder. Select that alias in the SnapzPro pop-up, and all your snapshots will wind up in the folder of your choice. No more dragging images around; now my screenshots go where I want them to go.
We have a Brother 1270N ethernet printer which works in OS X quite nicely most of the time. It will, however, occasionally fail to print PDF's in Preview. The printer spits out a page, but it just says "ERROR NAME: limitcheck ... COMMAND: Type42BuildGlyph ... OPERAND STACK". Not exactly what I was expecting to see. I just assumed it was a fault of the printer driver or maybe a graphic in the PDF file.
Not sure why I hadn't tried it before, but tonight I discovered that the bundled Acrobat Reader printed every one of my troublesome PDF files perfectly. Needless to say, I've now switched my default app for PDF's to Acrobat Reader!
Steve Harley sent the following around to Omni's OS X Talk list, and gave permission to republish it here. If you're using the (now fairly old) Eudora OS X beta, here's his tip to recover from a particularly type of crash:
although it's probably my most used app, i've had only about one crash per month since late summer from Eudora, and this is the first that caused any kind of harm -- when i attempted to restart Eudora, it drew some but not all of the windows i had open, then immediately quit. i did a little bit of juggling of settings and preferences files and found that my Eudora Settings file was the problem.
my backups are a little stale, so as an experiment, i set out to explore and possibly repair the resources in the corrupt file in ResEdit. but as soon as i opened the corrupt settings file, ResEdit informed me it had made "minor repairs". i just saved it and tried it out --
so if Eudora X gets in a state where it won't fully start up, try opening (a copy of) "Eudora Settings" in ResEdit.
In a follow-on email, Ben H. recommends not using command-W to close windows while Eudora is doing anything else. He's found that this almost always guarantees Eudora will crash.
Anyone have any word on when (if?) Eudora Final for OS X will be out?
Not sure if this is a new functionality, but users of Mail.app might be pleased to know that it supports pop-up windows, sort of. You can drag a message(s) from the main window to either side, the mailbox drawer will slide out. Continue holding the message(s) over an account title - the arrow will flash and open down (like list view). Continue holding/opening folders/mailboxes within that account until you've found the place you'd like to put your email...
Now if they'd just put that into the Finder!
[Editor's note: I also don't remember if it worked in 10.1 or not - anyone out there who has NOT upgraded yet who could test this?]
[Editor's note: I can't believe I never published anything about this before, but it appears that it's only been mentioned in comments. So now it's a full-fledged hint, thanks to Dan M, who submitted the following.]
After reading over some hints on this site, I've noticed that many direct you to open the XML plists (property lists) in a text editor and work from there. I very recently discovered that this is not necessary in many cases.
If you install the Developer Tools, one application that is included is called "PropertyListEditor". If you simply double click on the property list you wish to edit, it should open in ProperyListEditor, and it provides a very simple means for editing your plists. (If it doesn't open, the editor is in /Developer/Applications)
One help article I read on this site described how to go through the complex (painful) process of removing the preview from the column view of the Finder windows. I managed to do the same thing, without all the complexities (i.e. I opened the Finder's plist, went down to the column view prefs, and changed the 'Preview' boolean from 'yes' to 'no'. Logged out then in, and VOILA! no preview), and I did it in UNDER 30 SECONDS.
I think that this will have a drastic impact on the way I customize my system, and I hope it makes your world a little easier, too.
I don't remember seeing this app mentioned here and I think many might find it really useful. It is a java based application for connecting to a Windows Terminal server. Make sure you download the "for unix" version without Java VM, it contains only one file install.bin, execute it from the shell as
This will bring up a java based installer and after that it is easy. I didn't test it very extensively but managed to connect to Win machine in a first attempt and it looked fine and relatively fast (faster than VNC) on my Lombard. For more info visit the HOB web site.
[Editor's note: I'm unable to test this app, as I have no access to a Win2K server. It's a commercial package with a try-before-you buy eval that has no functional (only time) limitations -- which I applaud. If you need this connectivity, HOBLink may be a solution for you.]
People with Titanium Powerbooks have been trying to figure out how to watch a DVD movie only on an external monitor, instead of in "mirrored" mode which runs both screens and leads to slow and jerky movie playback. Dave P. mailed the following to the Titanium G4 mailing list, hosted by www.themacintoshguy.com:
To watch a DVD on an external monitor only, you need to start the TiBook in "clamshell mode". The steps to do that are:
Shut down the PowerBook as well as the TV (or VCR if that's what you connect the video to).
Hook up the cord from the S-Video port to the TV (I use my VCR's VIDEO IN port). Use the adaptor from S-Video to RCA jack, if necessary (which is what I have to use). That adaptor came with my TiBook.
Turn on the TV and/or VCR
Start the TiBook
As soon as the screen lights up (before you get the Happy Mac face), close the lid entirely
Watch the Apple on the lid (which usually lights up)
When that light goes out, open the lid back up
Your video will be on the TV, but not on the Mac's screen
Enjoy your DVD!
I don't own a Ti, but readers on the list report that this process works. For more Ti news, subscribe to the list...