Monthly Archives: September 2011

Enhance Your Scrolling Options

Scroll Reverser gives you several options to adjust the direction of scrolling in Mac OS X Lion to your personal taste. You may opt for reverse horizontal or vertical scrolling and set different scrolling behaviour for your mouse, trackpad or tablet. Scroll Reverser is free of charge and rests in the menu bar for quick access (if you want it to).

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Enable AirDrop On Unsupported Mac

So, officially you only get the benefits of easy file sharing (aka AirDrop), when you have any of the following Mac models:

MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer); MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer); MacBook (Late 2008 or newer); iMac (Early 2009 or newer); Mac Mini (Mid 2010 or newer); Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010).

However there is a way around this (kind of*). Meaning you have to tinker with the Terminal first. Just type the following into the Terminal: defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1 (that’s it!) Now non supported Macs will know how to “AirDrop” files *as long as the Macs are in the same network. Thanks, Mac OS X Hints! To find out which WiFi cards support AirDrop check out this web site.

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GoatUp Your Way To The Top

How retro cute is this! In GoatUp you’re a little pixel-goat trying to “raise a family” by eating lots of grass and kissing the billy goat. While doing that you should keep jumping and be careful not to fall of the screen. Also: be wary of various enemies! It’s fun, not as easy as it sounds and definitely worth the 2 bucks if you are into retro graphics and tacky sound effects.

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When You Visit New York…

…and want to know what is going on in the city that never sleeps, download the iPhone app Goings On: The New Yorker! Search “By Location” or “By Date” take a look at the “Critics’ Picks” and manage your “Favorites”. The app is a little slow but resourceful and packs all the events in a cute individual design. The “guide to New York City culture” is free. And thanks to the integration of Google Maps you know where you’re heading.

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Pick A Colour With Colors

Plain and simple colour picker (and free). You may need “Colors” to pull colours from images or websites in order to “extract” that colour and its colour value –> #rrggbb; rgba; r, g, b; hex; hsl. Of course you can also put in a css colour declaration directly to see the respective colour or simlpy chose your favourite colour to find out the right colour code. Download here!

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Check Your MacBook Battery

Mac users interested in the health of their MacBook Pro battery (such as full charge capacity and cycle count) find the relevant information via the “About This Mac” menu (upper left corner) and “More Info” in the “System Report”. For even more details on your internal power supply – like the battery temperature or your current battery power usage – turn to coconutBattery!

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dupeGuru Finds Them All

Digital cameras make it easy to turn even a short holiday trip into a photo frenzy, resulting in hundreds of pictures on your hard drive. After a few years thousands of pictures and duplicates are living all over the place… On backup disks, in apps like iPhoto and other places. Well, dupeGuru is there to put an end to the mess, sorting through folders and matching EXIF data to find all the duplicates. In the end you are left with cleaned up and much smaller folders and can finally start enjoying your pics again by actually looking at them. dupeGuru is freeware and there are different version for general files or photos. It’s not the most polished interface but a great tool!

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Test Your RAM In Mac OS X

Sometimes if you experience sudden programme crashes or a kernel panic on your Mac faulty RAM is to blame. To find out get yourself a copy of Rember and do the free memory test. Also useful if you bought new RAM modules and want to check they are O.K. It’s best to quit all other applications. By the way, testing takes a while!

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Pimp Your Mac Pro To USB 3.0

Feel left out of the action of a growing number of USB 3.0 devices? HighPoint comes to the rescue and offers you the RocketU Quad USB 3.0 for Mac. The PCI-E card brings 4x USB 3.0 ports (5GB/s, type-A) to your Mac Pro. It supports up to 4 external USB HDD/SDD and handles RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD. Of course the thing is backwards compatible with older USB devices. Unfortunately there’s no price tag yet.

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Create Folder For Multiple Files

Another helpful new feature in Mac OS X Lion is the option to create a folder for multiple files. By selecting two ore more documents the context menu offers you “New Folder with Selection.” This will create a new folder in the same location and put the chosen files right in there.

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Find Out More About Your Mac

Lion makes it much easier these days to find information and help for your specific Mac model. Go to “About This Mac” in the upper left corner of your screen (the Apple symbol) and you’ll find direct links to the user manual, specifications and hardware support. A good place to start if your want to upgrade or repair your Mac or just want to find out its noise level.

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Copy Pictures From iPhone To Mac

Copying pictures off your iPhone and onto your Mac can be a tricky process. The easiest way (though Apple is quite hush about it) is probably via the inconspicuous Image Capture. The tool lodges in your application folder. Just plug your iPhone into the Mac and open Image Capture (might take a few seconds till the iPhone appears). You can now copy selected images or all photos from the iPhone. No need to fumble with your sync settings in iTunes or iPhoto.

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Check Your Mac Storage

Not a major feature but still good to know is Lions revamped “About This Mac” info panel. You can quickly find out where all the storage on your internal drive went or how much memory (RAM) is installed. Plus there is a link to an Apple document describing how to upgrade your Mac’s memory.

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