Whichever screensaver you've chosen in System Preferences now appears on the desktop, under your windows and icons! This feature is Jaguar only, and requires a video card capable of running Quartz Extreme (32 MB recommended). Performance was not good on my 16 MB card. You can hit Control-C (in the Terminal window to terminate the program.
This tip was mentioned by Ken Dyke at last night's BANG meeting.
[Editor's note: On my G4/733 with the GeForce3, this is simply amazing. The new "flurry" screensaver is running right now on the destop at 1600x1200 in thousands, iTunes is playing, the ink recognition floater is open, and yet the CPU utilization is averaging at or below 50% of thereabouts. Everything is smooth, including the iTunes playback, typing in this text box, and the screensaver. A very cool trick to show your friends the power of OS X if you have the hardware for it. I had closed and opened a new terminal window, so I had to use "ps -ax | grep ScreenSaver" and then "kill" the process ID number to end the effect.]
I saw this one in the premiere issue of MacBase magazine, mentioned here yesterday. The Finder has the nifty built-in search box for basic file searching, and you can also use command-F to bring up a more advanced search box with lots of boolean options.
To get to the advanced search box in a hurry, just click the word "Search" in the Finder toolbar, just below the input box for the basic search. Not what I'd call intuitive (one widget, two unique functions?), but very useful.
And the Jaguar hints have now officially started...
After downloading the last security update, I force quit the Update app since I did not feel like restarting at that moment.
A while after that, and without being able to confirm the connection between updating and the following issue, the folders I have aliased in the Dock would not pop open when clicked on them, and the Finder would not open a new window when clicked on its icon, even though there was no other Finder window open.
It affected the Trash too, and trying to open a subfolder via context menu in any of those aliases did not work either (the contents showed up in the context menu, but the subfolders would not open up when clicked on).
Logging out or restarting would not solve the problem. Deleting com.apple.finder.plist in Library/Preferences inside my Home folder and logging out did. The file is simply where the Finder prefences are stored and it is safe to delete it, since it will regenerate itself when logging in again.
[Editor's note: You could probably also force-quit the Finder to have the changes take effect without logging out.]
Control click on the Dock divider and ... presto!, a menu to change:
Position on screen
Goto Dock prefs
Especially helpful when the Hide/Show Dock shortcut (++D) isn't responding due to a problem of some sort. Quicker for me than the Apple Menu option.
[Editor's note: I know I've been on vacation for a while, but I thought for sure we had published this basic tip before, but I certainly don't see it while scanning the archives ... if someone can prove me wrong, please do so!]
Here is a script to change the desktop picture without relaunching the Finder (as was required in the method listed in this hint). I've included an example I use to get a webcam image and make that image the desktop. Customize at will. The trick is using osascript to run an AppleScript program. Here's the script:
rm -f ./BURLINGTONLARGE.JPG wget http://www.hazecam.net/images/photos-large/ BURLINGTONLARGE.JPG >& /dev/null set pic=BURLIGNTONLARGE.JPG set here=`pwd` set myFile=$here/$pic
/usr/bin/osascript <<END tell application "Finder" set pFile to POSIX file "$myFile" as string set desktop picture to file pFile end tell END
NOTE: The 'wget' line has been broken into two rows for easier reading. Enter it as one line with no spaces between the "/" and the "BUR..." bit. Save the script, make it executable (chmod 755), and it's ready for use!
This is not earth-shattering, but I like to listen to the RealAudio version of NPR's All Things Considered. However, I've grown tired of clicking on the web page to fire it up every time. Today I realized I could do this with a simple alias. In my .aliases file I added this:
alias realatc 'curl www.npr.org/atc3.smil > ~/Desktop/atc3.smil; open ~/Desktop/atc3.smil'
That's all one line, by the way, but it's been shown on two lines to narrow it for display purposes. Add a space after the > sign and enter the text on one row if you're adding this to your .aliases file.
Now when I type 'realatc' in the Terminal, it downloads the daily All Things Considered RealAudio file to my desktop with curl, then opens that file, which launches RealOne and plays it for me.
A free way to create BootPanels (and other image-sized PDFs).
Part One - Install Two Apps
First off, I had fink install ImageMagick, a command line program for converting a whole bunch of different picture formats, including Portable Document Format and Encapsulated PostScript Interchange. Unfortunately, converting to PDF doesn't work right, but converting to EPSI does.
Next, I downloaded Stone Studios' PStill application, which has a limited functionality Demo Mode. The limitation (a splash page is appended to multi-page documents) does not affect image-sized PDFs. The version I use is 1.8.4, and I haven't tested any newer versions than that.
I have been using eMusicAlbumDownload and TafKar for my eMusic album downloading for a while. Sometimes, when I download an .rmp file that will save without the extension, sometimes it saves it in the iTunes format. In iTunes 2.0, double-clicking it wouldn't do anything, but in iTunes 3.0, it actually opens the file and allows you to stream each music track like a radio station. Unfortunately, I don't see a way to use this method to download the music through iTunes, but an enterprising individual may find a way; I have already emailed both authors of the above-mentioned programs with this discovery.
Although I can't save the music to CD without actually downloading it, this means I don't have to store a lot of eMusic MP3s on my computer. I can just keep the RMP files of the albums I want (unless eMusic or Apple changes their formats). Big space saver! I hope others find this tip handy.
iTunes 3.0 is not able to directly downloaded eMusic MP3 albums or songs within iTunes, but dragging a song from the iTunes window to the Desktop results in an .html document. Opening up the document (in my case, with IE) will result in the song being downloaded. It didn't save it in an MP3 format though, but tinkering around with the MIME prefs would probably fix that. This is good for the users who want to preview a whole album without downloading the whole thing, only the tracks they want.
Otherwise, by setting up playlists instead of having the actual MP3 files on my hard drive, I have saved over 4GB of space! Remember, this trick works well if you have a broadband "always on" connection.
[Editor's note: I'm not familiar with the emusic service, but if you use it, these tips may be useful to you.]
If you need to copy a list of files you have in a folder to email somebody, or just for yourself, then do the following:
Open the desired folde in the finder
Select the items you need to list
Go to Edit / Copy
Then go to your e-mail or text-edit program and select Edit -> Paste
[Editor's note: When using this copy and paste method, make sure you've clicked into the destination app before pasting, otherwise you'll invoke the Finder's "other" definition of paste, and make a copy of everything you've selected!]