ok, this is great stuff, i hope developers will read this and change their apps accordingly...
when you run mac os x in any of its localized versions, the apple menu switches from your preferred language to english if you happen to start a program which is not yet localized.
i just found out that by simply creating a folder inside "/contents/resources" (within the application) and naming it "Yourlanguage.lproj" - where "Yourlanguage" is ...uhm... your language ;) ... the apple menu shows up in your language (in the "patched" application, that is).
now, i don't want to patch all my english-only apps just to add consistency to my german system. but i do think all developers should simply add all language-folders to their apps, even if they don't have translated resources and thus have to leave these folders empty...
[Editor's note: Interesting. I tested this and it worked as described - I switched my International panel language setting to German, and then put an empty "German.lproj" folder inside a non-localized program called "Flame" ... when I launched it again, I had a German Apple menu!]
While searching through Apple's Knowledge Base for something totally unrelated, I came across article 106523, titled Cameras and Devices Compatible With Image Capture. This was published just yesterday, and contains a list of cameras and card readers which work with Image Capture. So if you're thinking of buying a new camera, take a look at the list and see if anything you are considering is on the supported list of devices.
One of the things that's (currently?) missing from OS X is the ability to quickly print a list of files from a Finder window. In prior Mac OS's, a simple command-P would get you the list. In OS X, though, you have to use a workaround. I use three different ways of getting a directory listing:
Open a terminal, "cd" to the directory, then "ls" the contents. Highlight the output, then select Shell -> Print and choose "Selection". This worked, but it was a bit convoluted and the output wasn't pretty.
In the Finder, open the directory and select all (command-A) then switch to a text editor (command-tab) then paste (command-V) and then print (command-P) the resulting list. This was my preference, as it was all keyboard based and quite fast. But still, it's just a list of files and I had to hand-type the name of the directory at the top of the list.
But yesterday, Searchware Solutions released Print Window. This slick piece of freeware does just one job, but does it well - it prints Finder windows. It will output the name of the directory, filenames, and optionally the file icons, and it has some nice additions, such as automatically expanding sub-folders, and controlling how many columns are used for output and the size of the printed icons.
To run it, simply place it in your dock, select a Finder window (in column view mode, highlight the folder to print), and then click the dock icon. Very simple and elegant.
Until (if?) Apple gets around to restoring "Print Window" capabilities to the Finder, I'll be using PrintWindow as a stand-in.
You may not have even known this (I didn't until I read about it today!) but if you enter "? some_search_term" (without the quotes) in the address bar of IE, IE will search for the term using the MSN search engine and return the results in the browser window.
Over at MacSlash, they've written a great article that explains how to replace MSN with the google.com search engine. It's a fairly simple hack that involves editing a text file and saving the changes. I just tried it myself, and it works as advertised! Of course, I'm not using IE all that often any more, but that's another story!
If you use a language other than English (what, there are Mac users outside of America? ;-), you might want to give ObjectFarmSpell a look. ObjectFarmSpell adds the ability to spellcheck the German, French, Spanish and Italian languages from within most any Cocoa app.
How does it do this? In an example of the benefits of putting a full UNIX core under a consumer OS, ObjectFarmSpell is simply a set of hooks that connects Cocoa apps with ispell, an international spell checker for UNIX that's been around since 1971.
If you want to spell check non-English languages within Cocoa apps, try ObjectFarmSpell. Note that this is still a beta release, and there are more languages and features planned in the future.
Here is a working solution in how to setup Tomcat 4.0 on 10.1 to run locally:
Before you start with the steps below put your current version of Stuffit Expander into the trash can. You can put it back after you are through with the installing. [Editor's note: I think you could also just make sure that you uncheck "tar" and "gz" files in Expander's "Internet" prefs, but haven't tested that myself.]
Read the rest of this article for a step-by-step on getting Tomcat running locally. I am working on a solution to set up Tomcat with Apache at the moment and will post a follow up on this. If anyone has Tomcat 4.0 with Apache on 10.1 running, please post a solution or any helpful comments.
Are you annoyed by the three default notes that pop up if you don't have any open Stickies when you launch the application? These three default notes come up even if you close them (which deletes typical Stickies notes) and get a little bothersome after a while.
They're easy to remove (and just as easy to restore!). If you'd like Stickies to just come up with a simple blank note if it doesn't have any active content, here's what to do.
First, quit Stickies if it happens to be running. Then, in the Finder, control click on Stickies in the Applications folder. Select "Show Package Contents" from the pop-up menu. When this new window opens, navigate to Contents -> Resources -> English.lproj. Drag the file called "StickiesDefaultDatabase" out of that window and put it somewhere safe - I keep a folder of 'hacked source' files in my Documents folder for future use. Close the package window(s) you've opened.
Now when you launch Stickies with no active notes, you'll just get one blank note. If you ever want the default notes back, just reverse the above instructions - drag the file back into the English.lproj folder.
International users should substitute the correct "language.lproj" for "English.lproj"; it looks like it should work the same way.
In previous versions of mail.app, if you wanted to resend a sent message, it was quite easy. You simply double-clicked the message in the "Sent messages" folder, made any changes you wanted to, and then hit the "Send" button.
In 10.1, when you try this you'll notice there's no "Send" button. To resend a sent message, highlight the message in the "Sent messages" folder and then select File -> Restore from Draft. This works even if you didn't save the message as a draft in the first place. Restore from Draft will bring up the original message and recipient, along with the send button.
Not quite as easy as before, but it is still possible.
I don't know if any of the GUI utilities still work in 10.1, but I was able to pin my dock to one side (or top/bottom) by taking the original code for pinning from the 10.0.4 version of DockMenus.plist and adding it to the DockMenus.plist file in 10.1. Refer to the original instructions for editing this file in "Move and Corner your Dock".
The code I added to the 10.1 DockMenus.plist file (~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist) after the closing [/dict] tag for key 1013 (as this was its original position) is as follows:
[Editor's note: The easy way to do this (but what fun is that?) is to get TinkerTool 2.0 Preview Release. Under 10.1, it installs as an additional preference panel - quite slick, actually, and still free!]