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Re-enable Mail plug-ins in OS X 10.8.4 Apps
With OS X 10.8.4, Apple has updated Mail, which means that plug-ins that are not up-to-date won't work, and will be placed in a ~/Library/Mail/Bundles (Disabled) folder. In order to get any plug-ins to work, you'll need to find the new UUIDs and add them to the plug-ins' info.plist file.

We ran a hint about this back in 2010, but it's good to remind people how to do this. You want to run two commands in Terminal to get two different UUIDs:
defaults read /Applications/ PluginCompatibilityUUID

defaults read /System/Library/Frameworks/Message.framework/Resources/Info PluginCompatibilityUUID
For OS X 10.8.4, the UUIDs are:


Look inside your plug-in's folder, and find the info.plist file, in a Contents sub-folder. Double-click the file to open it with Xcode, or use a text editor. If using Xcode, click the disclosure triangle next to SupportedPluginCompatibilityUUIDs, then click + to add each new UUID.

If you're doing this with a text editor, you want to add the new UUIDs in the end section of the file, which looks like this:
Move the plug-in back to the ~/Library/Mail/Bundles folder, quit Mail, then relaunch it, and the plug-in will get loaded. However, this doesn't mean that the plug-in will work; there may have been changes to Mail which require further updates to the plugin. YMMV.
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Move Dropbox sub-folders to other disks or volumes Apps
If you have a Mac with an SSD, and limited storage space, and use Dropbox, you may want to think about how much space your Dropbox folder takes up on your disk. Jeff Carlson, writing at TidBITS, had this problem, wanting to use Dropbox's Camera Upload feature on his MacBook Pro, but not wanting to have the space taken up on his SSD.

The solution he explains is relatively simple: it involves creating a symlink for the folder in question after moving it to another disk or volume. After moving the folder, open Terminal, then type:
cd ~/Dropbox
Type ln -s, then drag the folder from its new location into the Terminal window, which will add its path; press Return.

This symlink lets Dropbox use the Camera Uploads folder, as if it were in the main Dropbox folder, yet the files are stored on the external disk.

You can do this with other Dropbox folders as well. For me, I use Dropbox's Selective Sync (Preferences > Advanced) to choose which folders get copied to my MacBook Pro, and have everything on my Mac mini, which has more storage.
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FaceTime not logging in? Check your Mac's serial number Apps
Have you ever found that FaceTime won't let you log in even though your Apple ID and password are correct? I had that problem with a client's Mac, and nothing I tried did work. After eliminating all the obvious things, such as testing with other IDs, user accounts and even other systems, I discovered the reason.

As it turns out, FaceTime is dependent on a correct logic board serial number. This is also true for other services like iCloud. This particular Mac had its logic board replaced a long time ago, and the technician forgot to set the serial number on the new board. So instead of the regular serial number it said SystemSerialNumb in System Profiler. After setting the serial number to the correct one, which can be found on every Mac's housing, FaceTime would log in and work flawlessly.

In case you are wondering: every Apple Authorized Service Partner has access to a bootable image which contains a tool to write the serial number to the logic board.

[kirkmc adds: Interesting point. I recall having had a logic board change some years ago, and the serial number was not set (as I discovered when the Mac needed to go into service again). This was around the time that FaceTime was launched, and I could never get it to work on that Mac. It's too far in the past to be sure, but this might have been the cause.]
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Quick way to get artwork from currently playing iTunes track Apps
iTunes makes it easy to retrieve the artwork from the currently playing song. Just drag & drop the artwork displayed in the iTunes LCD (the bar at the top of the iTunes window, showing artwork, progress bar, etc.) or the MiniPlayer to the Finder, or to any other application that you can drag images to. You'll get a graphic file of the current artwork.
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Control iTunes AirPlay streaming with AppleScript Apps
iTunes 11.0.3 provides AppleScript support for controlling AirPlay devices. Below is a basic script that illustrates how AirPlay devices can be selected and applied using some of the new iTunes AppleScript classes and properties:
tell application "iTunes"
	set apDevices to (get every AirPlay device whose available is true)
	if apDevices is {} then display dialog "No Airplay devices available." buttons {"Cancel"}
	set apNames to (get name of every AirPlay device whose available is true)
	set selAirplayDevices to (get name of every AirPlay device whose selected is true)
	set chosenNames to choose from list apNames default items selAirplayDevices with prompt "Select Airplay device:" with multiple selections allowed
	if chosenNames is false then return
	set apChoices to {}
	repeat with i from 1 to length of apNames
		if item i of apNames is in chosenNames then set end of apChoices to item i of apDevices
	end repeat
	set current AirPlay devices to apChoices
end tell
The AirPlay device class has several useful properties, including selected and available used above (check the iTunes sdef to see them all). The kind property could be used to generically select a device:

tell application "iTunes"
	# possible values for kind are computer/‌AirPort Express/‌Apple TV/‌AirPlay device/‌unknown
	set newAirplayDevice to (get some AirPlay device whose kind is computer)
	set current AirPlay devices to {newAirplayDevice}
end tell
I've also been able to use "first AirPlay device" to reference "Computer", but that may not be consistent for all users. Of course, if you have more than one of a particular kind of AirPlay device (two or more Apple TVs or AirPort Expresses), you'll need to augment that snippet, possibly by hardcoding the name of the device or by filtering for additional properties.

[kirkmc adds: This was submitted directly to me by Doug Adams of Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes.]
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Save disk space by deleting copies of Mail attachments Apps
By default, Mail will keep file attachments that you've opened or viewed in your ~/Library/Mail Downloads folder, until you delete the associated email. You can save disk space by making the following switch:

In Mail's preferences, go to General, then set Remove unedited downloads to When Mail Quits. This does not remove the attachment from your email, just from your local cache of Mail Downloads.

On one machine I've got, I reclaimed nearly half a gigabyte after using the system for only a few months! I can't wait to see how much I get back on a system I've been using for 5 years!

[kirkmc adds: I find it odd that Mail keeps these attachments after you view them, since they're still in the emails. This is only an issue, however, if you save emails with attachments; if you delete them, then the default setting deletes the cached files as well.]
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Set up Facebook chat in OS X Messages Apps
You can set up Facebook chat in Messages. Since Facebook uses Jabber, all you need to know is your user name, and you can create an account.

Open Messages' preferences, and click on Accounts. Click on the + icon to create a new account. For Account Type, choose Jabber. For your account hem, you'll need to find your Facebook user name; this is the text after The account name for the Jabber account should therefore be Enter your Facebook password in the Password field, and click on Done.

Messages should log into the account, and you should see a message saying:

You are now Online to Chat | You are now Online to Chat. Please note that this also marks you as Online on

You can check Facebook to confirm this; you should see that you are online for chat when you visit Facebook.

H/t mactuts+
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Disable swipe gesture to go back and forward in Chrome Apps
A Stack Exchange user asked a question a while back: is it possible to turn off the swipe gesture in Chrome that goes back or forward a page? If you're not familiar with this gesture - which works in most browsers on OS X - you use a two-finger swipe to the right to go back to the previous page you've viewed, and a swipe in the opposite direction to go forward again. But this use found it got in the way.

Fortunately, another user found a Terminal command that turns this feature off. Run this in Terminal, then relaunch Chrome for it to take effect:
defaults write AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool FALSE
If you wish to reactivate it, run this command:
defaults write AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool TRUE
Apparently you can issue this command for other apps, replacing the with the appropriate file name. I've only tested this with Chrome, but if you feel like testing with other apps, post in the comments to say which ones work and which don't.
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Quickly display SVG files in OS X using Firefox Apps
Quick Look uses WebKit to render SVG (scalable vector graphics) flies, and Safari has a bug that mis-renders any isolated horizontal or vertical line segment making it useless. Most SVG graphics programs like Inkscape or Illustrator are very slow to launch. Fortunately Firefox works correctly and opens SVG files instantly. So if you need to view SVG files, you can drag them into a Firefox window, or onto the Firefox icon in the Dock, to view them.

[kirkmc adds: I tried opening some SVG files in both Safari and Firefox, but didn't find any that had isolated horizontal or vertical lines, so I haven't seen how this issues displays. YMMV.]
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Sync files across computers with BitTorrent Sync Apps
BitTorrent Labs has released BitTorrent Sync, a tool for syncing files across computers, using the BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol. This app lets you choose a specific folder (or folders) to sync, and have it automatically synced on one or several computers. It runs on OS X, Windows and Linux.

I find this an interesting tool. While I use Dropbox regularly, and depend on it for collaboration, and to sync a number of files between my two Macs, there is a limit in the amount of space available. (With the free version, it's 2 GB; paid subscriptions are available if you want more storage.) But also, Dropbox requires that anything you sync be put in its own folder. You can use symbolic links in a Dropbox folder, but if you want to sync the contents of a specific folder on your Mac to another Mac, this gets a bit complicated.

With BitTorrent Sync, you choose the folders to sync, and store them wherever you want. You could conceivably sync your entire home folder, though I'm not sure I want to try that yet. There are no space limitations, because you're not storing the files in the cloud; they're merely getting moved from one side to the other. And you can sync files in both directions, or only one, using read-only folders.

Dropbox has many advantages. You can access files on an iOS device, and Dropbox stores multiple versions of files. But if you want to simply sync one or more folders across computers, BitTorrent Sync could be the way to go.

If anyone else has tried this out, feel free to post comments on how you've found it.
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