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SnapzPro and OS X 10.1 Apps
SnapzPro (the screen capture program from Ambrosia) works fine under 10.1, but the registration program does not. I had an issue where, after the 10.1 upgrade, my SnapzPro thought it was unregistered. The registration application crashed badly, though, so I was stuck with "Unregistered" tags on my recorded movies.

Ambrosia has now released an updated registration application that works on 10.1. If you'd like to register SnapzProX, it's now possible in 10.1. Also, if (like me) you lost your registration during the upgrade, simply send an email to and you'll receive a new code for use with the new registration program.

There's an update to SnapzPro in the works, too -- you can read about some of the changes on Ambrosia's SnapzPro 1.01 web board.
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Use DiskCopy to burn CDs Apps
In OSX 10.1, you can use DiskCopy to burn disks, straight from a .dmg image. This makes it possible to duplicate cross-platform CDs properly, and also means you can keep the disk image after you have burned it - a lot more flexible than the standard Burn tool.
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Passive mode FTP in IE on 10.1 Apps
If you use IE in 10.1, you may find that on some FTP links that IE will hang with a message stating "Set passive mode" at the bottom of the window. If this happens to you, you should be able to fix the problem through your System Preferences.

Load the Network preference panel, click on the Proxies tab, and make sure the checkbox that reads "Use Passive FTP Mode (PASV)" is checked.

This should allow passive FTP downloads within Explorer on 10.1.
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Scanning without supported device drivers Apps
I have a quite old UMAX Astra 600S (SCSI) scanner that I haven't even tried to use in OS X in over a year, as UMAX has not released an OS X driver for it -- and probably never will, given that it relies on SCSI and is very old. So I'd been rebooting into OS 9 whenever I wanted to scan something.

I'd seen occasional notices on the web about VueScan from Hamrick Software, but never paid it much attention as it was always described as an application for "film scanners". Still, I put it on the list of things I'd like to take a look at just to see if it might work ... of course, that list is quite long and there's always interesting stuff coming out that gets added, so it takes a while to get to everything :-).

This morning I finally got around to downloading and running VueScan for OS X ... and I now have a very functional UMAX SCSI scanner in OS X! VueScan is actually an incredibly capable general purpose scanning program which supports tons of scanners over a number of interfaces - SCSI, FireWire, and USB. There's a complete list (along with a short list of unsupported scanners) on the VueScan web site.

VueScan is a $40 shareware application which can be fully tested without registering - but all scans get a grey cross-hatch until you registor. So now I'm into research and decision mode between keeping my old SCSI scanner running or investing a bit more money in a newer, smaller, higher resolution FireWire model with OS X support (any thoughts on Agfa, HP?). But at least now I have a choice; until this morning, I thought new hardware was my only alternative.

If you've got an unsupported scanner, give VueScan's web page a quick look to see if they support your model.
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RNPL for Darwin Apps
I just compiled RNPL (Rapid Numerical Prototyping Language) for the Mac OS X command line.

This is a great tool that takes as input details about the form of an equation (usually a partial differential equation), and some parameters .. and then spits out a C or FORTRAN Code that solves the equation numerically using established iterative numerical techniques. RNPL can also be used for producing skeleton programs and for converting existing programs.

This is a package that is used by many physicists. The package includes some documentation too.

Available from this link along with other computation tools for OS X.
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Localize the Apple menu Apps
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!]
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Display centimeters in Cocoa apps' rulers Apps
To use centimeters in the ruler instead of inches in Cocoa applications, in the file .GlobalPreferences.plist located in ~/Library/Preferences/ add:
To see the effect, open TextEdit, make sure you have a Rich Text format document, and then hit command-R to show the ruler.

[Editor's note: I have not tested this, but I'm sure it works. To revert to inches, simply remove the entries from the .GlobalPreferences.plist file.]
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Image Capture and supported devices Apps
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.

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Easily print Finder windows Apps
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:
  1. 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.

  2. 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.
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Change IE's address bar search behavior Apps
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 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!
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