Archive for the ‘OS X’ category

You Can, I Can, We All Can Switch Our Icon

April 6, 2007

OS X has a beautiful interface. Every volume, application, file, and folder on your Mac is represented by an icon. The default icons look great at any size. While uniformity can be good, it is nice to sometimes have the ability to customize; make your computer your own. One way to do this is to change the icons.

There is a manual way to change an icon. See this helpful Apple website for directions: Lesson 6: Change My Icons. There is also a program that simplifies the process, its called Micon.

Micon is a FREE program that gives you Drag & Drop simplicity for changing icons. It doesn’t supply you with the icons, but the icons can be gotton from other places for free also.
Micon Website
Micon Website

Make Everything “UNO”form.

March 26, 2007

One thing that is missing from OS X is an easy way to change the general looks of applications. Windows offers a built-in theme switcher; you can change the looks of your programs with the clicks of a mouse. In OS X there is a Appearance System Preference, but when you make a change there the results are not universeral. There is a Free program that can help change the way programs look, it is called UNO.

UNO is a theme that brings the sunken unified toolbar/titlebar look & feel to every single window on your system (cocoa or carbon, metal or aqua and already unified windows as well). On an higher level, UNO’s main goal is to enhance aqua interface consistence, by making all elements look&feel “as one”. UNO is aimed to those who want a clean and un-osbstructive interface while keeping the best of Aqua.

UNO Website
UNO Website

One Media Player to Rule Them All

March 20, 2007

Even after adding all the codecs you can find to Quicktime, there still might be some media files you still have trouble playing on your Mac. It is always a good idea to have a backup media player. VLC media player is a FREE media player that can also stream media to other computers.

VLC media player is a free cross-platform media player. It supports a large number of multimedia formats, without the need for additional codecs. It can also be used as a streaming server, with extended features (video on demand, on the fly transcoding, …)

VideoLAN Website
VideoLAN Website

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

March 20, 2007

Overall OS X is a very stable operating system. You can add new programs that increase your Macs usefulness and not have any problems. Once in a great while though, somethings just don’t mix. The bad thing about this though is it might not all be related to the latest program you just installed. It takes some detective work and luck to figure out where the problem comes from. A tool that can help deduce where your problem results from is called Diablotin.

Diablotin is a Preference pane which allows you to manage items which have been added to Mac OS X in the Library folders. Diablotin lets you disable and enable various system add-ons: contextual menu items, fonts, Internet plug-ins, iTunes plug-ins, menu extras, System Preferences panes, QuickTime plug-ins, screen savers, sounds, and StartupItems. If you’re an user with administrative privileges, you can enable/disable these items.

Diablotin website
Diablotin Website

Copy Me Now, Remember Me Later

March 20, 2007

Ever want to be able to be able to copy some text into the clipboard, and see something else you wanted to copy also into the clipboard. By default, the clipboard can only hold one item at a time. This means if you copy an item, the old item is no longer in the clipboard. There is a FREE program that will remember what you put in your clipboard, this program is called Jumpcut.

Jumpcut is an application that provides “clipboard buffering” — that is, access to text that you’ve cut or copied, even if you’ve subsequently cut or copied something else. The goal of Jumpcut’s interface is to provide quick, natural, intuitive access to your clipboard’s history.

Jumpcut Website
Jumpcut Website

You’ve Got the Whole World, in Your Mac

March 19, 2007

Imagine being able to see the Eifel Tower, the White House, and the Great Wall of China in one day. Get to see what your house looks like from outer space. Get to know the streets of a town you are going to visit, before you visit it. You can do all this and more with Google Earth. All that is required is a Mac less than 4 years old and a broadband internet connection.

From popular destinations like Maui and Paris to local restaurants and schools, Google Earth puts a wealth of Earth imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. See satellite images of your childhood home or read articles from Wikipedia. Google Earth is free for personal use. No registration is required.

Google Earth Website
Google Earth Website

It Slices, It Dices, It Cuts Through DivX

March 18, 2007

As an addendum to the previous post, Windows Media files are not the only video type that Quicktime can’t play without a little help. DivX and Xvid are also some other popular Internet video types that Quicktime can’t play. With the help of the swiss-army knife collection of Perian, Quicktime can play these video file types and more.

Perian is a free, open source QuickTime® component that adds native support for many popular video formats. Perian enables QuickTime® application support for additional media types including:
AVI and FLV, 3ivX, DivX, Flash Screen Video, MS-MPEG4, Sorenson H.263, Truemotion VP6, and Xvid.
AVI support for: AAC, AC3 Audio using A52Codec, H.264, MPEG4, and VBR MP3

Perian Website
Perian Website