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10.5: Spaces and multiple windows from the same app System 10.5
One of the nice things about Spaces is that when you click on an app in the dock, you automatically go to the correct space for that app. I just discovered if you have multiple windows from the same app spread out over several spaces, each click of that program's dock icon will switch you, in turn, to each space that contains one of its windows.

This could be pretty handy for Sys Admins who may be monitoring several processes in different terminals from different machines in each space. Each click of the Terminal icon in the dock will take you to the next "machine." One click access to different spaces, rather than ctrl-# (or arrow), or using the mouse to select a space.
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10.5: Learn more from the Dictionary System 10.5
Open, and then select Go » Front/Back Matter from the menus. You'll then see a list of helpful items, each of which can be explored with a click. Here are some of the more interesting sections:
  • Language Guide
  • Rules of English: Understanding Grammar
  • Words: Making the Right Choices
  • Clichés
  • Proofreader's Marks
  • The History of English
  • Countries of the World
  • Chemical Elements
[robg adds: I almost hate to spill the beans about this no-brainer, as it really puts me in hot water relative to writing: The handwriting is on the wall for me, and it's a real fly in the ointment for the phrases that fit like an old shoe in my writing. Why oh why did they have to reveal all those great clichés? :) Just kidding; there's some really interesting stuff here, and you can copy and paste into other documents for easy future reference.]
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10.5: Include additional data when using data detectors System 10.5
Data detectors in Leopard are cool. In Mail, for instance, you simply hover over a piece of data, and an arrow appears allowing further action (if the system recognizes the data). Hover over an address, and you can add that address to your Address Book.

What is not obvious is that if you also highlight some other text in the email, and then hover over the address data, the address will get added to the appropriate fields, and the highlighted text will get added to the Notes field. Very cool!
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10.5: How to update raw.plist modifications in 10.5 System 10.5
All the previously hinted changes to the Raw.plist file will still work in 10.5, with two little modifications:
  1. Raw.plist has moved to /System » Library » CoreServices » RawCamera.bundle » Contents » Resources/.
  2. Mac OS X 10.5 hashes many resource files and checks the hash to make sure the resource is intact before accepting it. So, after you've made your changes to Raw.plist and saved, you'll need to run the following command in the terminal:

    openssl dgst -sha1 /System/Library/CoreServices/RawCamera.bundle/Contents/Resources/Raw.plist

    This will print out the new hash you need, which you can then put into /System » Library » CoreServices » RawCamera.bundle » Contents » CodeResources. This file is a standard XML Property List, and has the various hashes entered in it as data.
Read on for the details on how to modify this file...
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Quickly shift diagonally between spaces System 10.5
If you're using a multi-space setup with Leopard's spaces, you can easily move diagonally in any direction by hitting Control and then two arrow keys at once. This works on any space scheme that includes more than one row and column, and if you tap all three keys twice, it'll move you diagonally twice. OS X will still shift the screen vertically then horizontally each time, but the end result will have you where you need to be.

An example of this in action would be, using the default 2x2 setup, to move from space one to space four by pressing Control and both Down Arrow and Right Arrow.

[robg adds: This may seem intuitive, but I've been so ingrained to not press multiple keys at once that I'd been pressing each key separately.]
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10.5: Boot Camp 2.0 and Answer files don't mix System 10.5
I was tearing my hair out at this one.

If you use an answer file to install Windows XP, you might find your install completely fails. This is mainly because Apple does some funky stuff to the partition map, and doesn't format the partition properly. As a result, you may get errors about a corrupt hal.dll if you repartition to NTFS, or a disk error if you use the default FAT32 partition that Apple creates.

The solution? Rip out the answer file and do a reformat of the Boot Camp partition before you install.

[robg adds: I had no idea what an answer file is, so I included the link to Wikipedia's entry on the subject. An answer file seemingly automates the Windows XP installation process.]
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10.5: Watch and listen to the 10.5 intro movie System 10.5
Did you enjoy the Leopard intro video that played after your install completed? You can find the source audio and video buried in the Finder:

Navigate to /System » Library » CoreServices » Setup Assistant. Control-click on Setup Assistant and select Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu, then navigate into Contents » Resources. Play the Control-click game again on TransitionSection.bundle, then navigate into Contents » Resources. Whew. As a shortcut, just copy the following text (triple-click to select it all), bring up the Go » Go to Folder box, and paste:


Here you'll find, which contains the video, and intro-sound.mp3, which holds the audio. Enjoy!

[robg adds: The audio is separate from the movie because it's longer -- 55 seconds vs. 34 seconds. Can anyone identify the band? The version that leaked to the net earlier this year had 10.4's audio, but the final release has a new tune that isn't one in my collection!]
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10.5: Use new or changed keyboard shortcuts immediately System 10.5
One nice touch I noticed in 10.5 is that you no longer have to quit active applications to modify their keyboard shortcuts -- any changes made to the Keyboard & Mouse System Preferences panel are now instantly reflected in the application in question.

Whatever change Apple made, they made it at the system level, as this affects all programs -- even old ones that haven't been updated specifically for Leopard. This change is especially welcomed in the Finder, where you no longer have to force it to quit and restart to use your new shortcuts. (Sadly, they seem to have broken (fixed?) the ability to create a shortcut for the Archive command in the Finder. The menu item is called Compress now, but even with that change, the referenced hint doesn't seem to work in 10.5.)
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10.5: Change the 'active app' dock indicators System 10.5
If you don't like the new golwing blobs under a running application's icon you might want to change this sooner or later. Choose Finder » Go » Go to Folder, type the following, and click Go or press Return:
This will navigate you right into the resources of the Dock. We are interested in these files:
  • indicator_large.png
  • indicator_medium_simple.png
  • indicator_medium.png
  • indicator_small_simple.png
  • indicator_small.png
Here's what to do:
  • Copy these files to your Desktop or any folder you have access to.
  • Make an backup of the original files by compressing all five of them.
  • Open these PNG graphics in Photoshop or any other graphics editor capable of handling transparency.
  • Change the color as you like it, or change both the form and color. You should not change the pixel size of the images. How about yellow arrows or red squares?
  • Save the changes back as PNG with transparency on.
  • Copy all the edited graphics back into the Resources folder you opened earlier. You will be asked to enter the administrator's password before you are allowed replace the originals with your versions.
  • In the Terminal application, enter the command killall Dock to restart the Dock in order to make your changes visible.
[robg adds: If you're using the 2D dock everywhere, you only need to change the "_simple" indicators. I would also suggest running Disk Utility's Repair Permissions when you're done, as your modified files will have different settings than the defaults. It's not necessary, though, as the Dock will work just fine without doing so.]
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10.5: Disable certain Front Row menu items System 10.5
With 10.5 came the Front Row once only known as the AppleTV, which we found used plug-ins for each menu item. So it was no surprise, when doing a quick search, to find the same plugins in almost the same spot. This means, of course, that we could see new plugins for things like EyeTV. However, this hint is all about disabling some of the menu items that have been added, or hiding the Photos menu item from friends, etc.

Simply navigate to /System » Library » CoreServices » and then select Front Row. Control-click on it and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu, then navigate into Contents » PlugIns.

Drag a copy of the menu items you'd like to remove to a safe location -- in case you want to add them back later. Then delete those you don't want from the PlugIns folder; you will be prompted with a password dialog, as they are owned by root. Open Terminal and type killall "Front Row" then press Return.

And there you go: next time you load Front Row, it will no longer have the menu items you removed.
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