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Animate still photos in the Finder Apps
Suppose you have a folder full of photos taken in rapid succession. These might be images from an MRI or ultrasound, or simply a sequence of shots snapped at a celebration of some sort. Either way, you've ended up with a series of photos that would likely look good animated—but they're all simply stills.

There's an easy way to put those photos in motion. Single-click on the first one in your folder, and then press the Spacebar to bring up the Quick Look preview of your image. Now, simply hold the down arrow. The Finder selection will cycle through all the photos in your folder, and the Quick Look preview will instantly update in real time.

If your folder contains photos that work as a flip book, you can see the animation right there in the Finder using this method.
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Create an unread badge for a Feedbin Fluid app Apps
Now that Google Reader is dead, it's time to find a replacement news-reading solution. If you, like me, land on Feedbin as your answer, you might not be happy with any of the current Mac apps that can connect to the service. And thus you might—again, like me—choose to set up a single-site browser for Feedbin using Fluid.

In general, Fluid and Feedbin get along fine. I tweaked settings to that I could open any URL within my Feedbin Fluid app, so that I could more easily open links to whatever sites I stumble across using the service. But I missed my "unread articles" badge, which NetNewsWire had long sported in my Dock.

Getting a similar badge back isn't too tough. Launch your Feedbin-specific Fluid app. Then, go to Window -> Userscripts, and the top, default Userscript in the left pane will be for Google Reader. Underneath the Patterns pane at the top right, click on the plus (+) button, and add a new pattern: *feedbin.me*. The same JavaScript already present for figuring out the unread feed count from Google Reader (which uses a regular expression to parse the number from the title tag) will work for Feedbin as well.

Of course, to make the whole thing work, you'll need to enable putting that unread count in the page title, which is a setting available on the Feedbin website's Settings screen.
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Avoid triggering Hot Corners accidentally Apps
The truth is, our old friend Rob Griffiths posted a version of this hint years ago. But that one was enough incarnations of OS X ago that we felt it's worth a refresh.

Many of us use Hot Corners (accessed from System Preferences -> Mission Control or System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen Savers) to trigger various actions. On my Mac, slamming the mouse to the bottom right corner reveals the desktop; the bottom left corner triggers Mission Control. You can also use the corners to trigger things like Notification Center, Launchpad, starting a screen saver, or putting your display to sleep.

But anyone who uses Hot Corners (which OS X refers to interchangeably as Active Screen Corners) triggers those mouse-controlled shortcuts accidentally sometimes. The solution is this: When you're choosing a Hot Corner setting from one of the drop-down menus, hold down your preferred modifier key or keys. You'll see the options change from, say, Mission Control to Option Mission Control" instead.

From then on, your corner will only work when you're also holding down the modifier key(s) you specified. Now, trips to the Apple menu won't trigger your Hot Corner shortcut—unless you're pressing your selected modifier key, too.
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Hide apps on the Apple TV Apps
As the Apple TV gains new apps, some users may find that the device's home screen is getting a bit cluttered. For example, I don't care to watch sports on my Apple TV, and it'd be nice if I didn't have to see those apps.

David Chartier, writing on Finer Things in Tech, has pointed out an easy way to clean up excess apps. Go to Settings > General > Parental Controls, turn on Parental Controls if it's not already activated (you'll be asked to enter a 4-digit PIN), then scroll down and click on the apps you want to hide to toggle their visibility.

David also points out, in his article, how to move apps around on the Apple TV's home screen. We posted a hint about this last year.
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How to repair damaged disks that crash Disk Utility and DiskWarrior Apps
Some damaged disks do not show up with Disk Utility and DiskWarrior, and may hang and crash such repair utilities. Yet, there is a trick to repair such broken disks using Disk Arbitrator.

1. Open Disk Arbitrator and select "Activated - Block mounts." This prevents the damaged disk from crashing the repair utilities and allows such disks to be displayed by these utilities.

2. Connect the damaged disk.

3. Open Disk Utility or DiskWarrior. The damaged disk should show now and it should not crash the repair utility.

4. Deactivate Disk Arbitrator (uncheck the Activated box). This allows the repair utility to handle the damaged disk properly (mounting it once repaired).

5. Run Disk Utility or DiskWarrior.

Then, the utility should repair the disk, or at least, mount a Preview disk (DiskWarrior), allowing you to inspect and even copy or backup some files or the full disk, reformat it and restore it.

[kirkmc adds: Well, I guess I'm fortunate that I can't test this. If anyone has any severely damaged hard disks around, and wants to try, feel free to post in the comments whether or not this works.]
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Another Dropbox permissions errors problem, and fix Apps
Some time ago, I posted a hint about fixing Dropbox Permissions Denied errors. This fix works in many cases, but I came across another, similar issue this weekend which Dropbox couldn't fix.

In addition to using Dropbox to sync files across two Macs, and access them from iOS devices, I back up my home folder (with the exception of my media files). I have a selected of folders in my home folder that back up: these include my Documents folder and others, and only parts of my Library folder. I back these up because of settings that would be useful to have in case of local data loss.

Recently, I found that there were some files that couldn't sync. The Dropbox menu showed a Permissions Denied error, so I tried the solution in the above-mentioned hint; it didn't work. Not only were these files not syncing, but Dropbox was in an endless loop trying to sync them.

After much searching, I finally found the culprits. I use Acorn for image editing, and this app creates a folder in ~/Library/Application Support with a number of files. in the ~/Library/Application Support/Acorn/Acorn Actions folder are several aliases to iPhoto, Mail and Preview. It turned out that these were not syncing, because Dropbox follows aliases to copy the original files. Apparently the apps were getting sent to Dropbox, and the permissions issues were caused by this.

The moral of the story, then, is to look for any app aliases that may be getting synced. But it's also worth noting that Dropbox doesn't sync aliases, but rather their targets, and this could also lead to issues in the amount of space you use in your Dropbox folder.
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Access old Dropbox menu with Option-click Apps
You can access the older version of the Dropbox menu by Option-clicking the Dropbox icon in the menu bar. This saves you an extra click, because with the newer version, you have click on the gear icon on the lower-right corner of the new menu to access the same information.

[kirkmc adds: I do find myself accessing that information at times, and it's nice to know that there's a one-click way of doing it.]
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Send selected text to Evernote Apps
A colleague asked if anyone knew how to migrate his vast collection of Mac Stickies notes to the cloud. I suggested he get an Evernote account while I did some quick research. I didn't find any existing solution, so and I came up with an Automator workflow that copies the selected plain text into a new Evernote note.

Launch Automator, and create a new Service. Set "Service receives selected" to TEXT in "any application". Drag the Run Applescript action into the main part of the window. Paste this code in that window:
on run {input}
	tell application "Evernote" to activate
	synchronize
	repeat with selectedText in input
		tell application "Evernote"
			if (not (notebook named "Stickies" exists)) then
				make notebook with properties {name:"Stickies"}
			end if
			try
				create note with text selectedText notebook "Stickies"
				synchronize
			end try
		end tell
	end repeat
end run
Save as Send selected to Evernote.

Now, when you highlight text in any app (including Stickies), right-click and select Services > Send Selected no Evernote, it will copy the plain text into a new note (with a title of "Untitled Note") in the Stickies notebook in Evernote.

The nice thing about this Automator service/action is that it will work with plain-text in any application.
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Access Wireless Diagnostics app in OS X 10.8.4 or later Apps
New to OS X 10.8.4 is a Wireless Diagnostics app, which you can access from the Wi-Fi menu extra in your menubar (press the Option key, click the Wi-Fi menu extra, then choose Open Wireless Diagnostics), or by double-clicking the app in /System/Library/CoreServices.

Apple provides information about this app, which generates an archive of log files for troubleshooting. Wireless Diagnostics also features a number of informational sections. After you've generated a log, a Summary screen offers you information about Wi-Fi Best Practices, and provides information about any issues you may have.

A Utilities window (accessible from the Window menu) provides more information about your Wi-Fi network. It lets you scan all available Wi-Fi networks, offers a performance log, and much more.

This is a powerful tool, which can be very helpful if you are having Wi-Fi problems.

[kirkmc adds: I found, after posting the hint, that this isn't new. It's been available at least since Mac OS X 10.7. I didn't find it when searching the site because it used to be called Wi-Fi Diagnostics. OS X 10.8.4 brings version 2 of the app, a "major revamp," according to my Macworld colleague Dan Frakes.]
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