To make multi-session CD-Rs in OS X, you do not need the CLI or the hdutil (as explained in previous hints 1 and 2).
First burn a CD as usual in the "Finder" with whatever data you want on it. Then when you want to add data, just create a blank DMG (using Disk Copy) of whatever size you need to hold that data. Of course, the size you specify must fit on the partially burned CD. Put the files you wish to burn on the DMG. Unmount the DMG and then use "Disk Copy" to "Burn Image". Put in the CD to which you wish to add the data.
"Disk Copy" now says "Click the "Append" button to burn", and the button says "Append" instead of "Burn". And there you go, a multi-volume multi-session CD-R or -RW burned in OSX with no additional software required!
I just noticed today that you can drag your iPhoto thumbnails directly to applications in the Dock. I've been exporting my images and then opening them in Photoshop, but now I can just drag them right to the Photoshop icon in the Dock.
[Editor's note: I'd been dragging the thumbnails to my desktop to export, but I'd never thought to try dragging them directly to the application icon in the dock. Neat trick!]
To see the hidden MP3 files on your iPod, you can use the Terminal or the Finder. To do this using the Terminal, open a new Terminal window and then type cd and a space, and then drag the icon of your iPod into the Terminal window. Type ls to see the directories present within your iPod. Note the one titled "iPod_Control" -- this is where you're going next. Type cd iPod_Control to switch to this directory. Take a look at the directories present in the iPod_Control directory. You want to switch to the directory titled "Music" with cd Music.
You should now see a number of directories, probably with a letter and numbers naming each folder. You can navigate to any of the directories using the "cd" command in the Terminal. Once in a directory, to open a new window showing that directory's contents in the Finder, simply type open . -- note the trailing period!
Read the rest of the article for isntructions on using the Finder directly to view these files...
I just noticed when I press Command + F1, my PowerBook G4 goes into Mirror Display mode. When I press Command + F2, the PowerBook checks for an external monitor connection. I hadn't come across this before the 10.1.5 update.
I just noticed that if you open a document then delete it, it automatically disappears from the Recent Items menu in the Apple menu. This is on 10.1.5, but I don't know how long it's been around.
[Editor's note: In testing this simple tip, I noticed a "Clear Menu" option at the bottom of the Recent Items menu. I don't use Recent Items very often (hardly ever, actually), but don't recall seeing that option in earlier versions of OS X. Is this a relatively recent addition, or has it been there since the beginning and I've just missed it?]
I just discovered that the new version (1.0 b23) of the Logitech Control Center has been released. It lets you configure Logitech keyboards and mice and works quite nicely! It swaps the command and option keys on the Logitech USB keyboards automatically!
A small contextual menu addition (known as ittec, and currently free) has been made available today which allows you to display the contents of a folder by control-clicking it. You can find it on the ittec home page.
What is really neat about this utility is the PrefPane that comes with it (downloadable from the same page), which allows to customize it in all possible ways (display hidden or invisible files, treat archives or packages as folders, etc.).
One great option is the possibility to treat files with resources in them as folders, too, and display (even copy in the clipboard) these resources (for instance, the TEXT in a text clipping), directly from the Finder.
[Editor's note: Make sure you download both the program and the settings file. One of the options I like in the settings panel is "Show package contents". With this selected, you can drill down into any application bundle through the contextual menu item. The download page mentions that the program will expire at the end of June, but does not mention whether there will be a new version or not.]
I remember somebody posting here are about using the F3, F4, and F5 keys as shortcuts for System Preferences, and I think it's been expanded in 10.1.5. I used to get the system beep showing sound levels *and* System Prefs. Now, option plus F3, F4, or F5 takes you directly to the Sound PrefPane (with no System Beep, and on PowerBook keyboards, without the Fn key), and option plus F1 or F2 brings you to the Displays PrefPane.
[Editor's note: These key combos do nothing on my G4/733, so I'm not sure if this is hint is valid or not ... if it works for you, let us know!]
I found out by accident that you can close utility windows (e.g. Mail's Activity window, or the Force Quit window) by pressing Esc. I have a PowerBook, and "mousing" over these little buttons can be quite pesky.
This only works if the utility window is the frontmost window, I think.
The following was submitted to me via email, and it's an interesting tidbit. I'm sure everyone knows that you can play MP3's in the Finder's column view mode, but did you know that the volume was keyboard controllable and has a "super loud" mode? Here's the email...
I was listening to an MP3 in column preview mode and wanted to select it and some others using the keyboard. So I hit the shift and up arrow keys and the volume started to change! Playing around with it, the up and down arrows adjust the volume, but the shift and up arrow can make the volume even louder (think Spinal Tap's "11"). It appears that the quality starts to suffer using the shift key. Using the up or down arrow alone will return things to the normal scale.
I knew that the arrow keys would control the volume, but I had never thought to try a shifted arrow key. Since this is QuickTime at work, the same trick should work for movies or any other files that QuickTime controls.