One Media Player to Rule Them All

Posted March 20, 2007 by Mac RPh
Categories: OS X, Self Service

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

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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Posted March 20, 2007 by Mac RPh
Categories: Diagnostics, OS X

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

Posted March 20, 2007 by Mac RPh
Categories: OS X, Self Service

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

Posted March 19, 2007 by Mac RPh
Categories: OS X, Self Service

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

Posted March 18, 2007 by Mac RPh
Categories: OS X, Self Service

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

You’ve Got to .wmv it, .wmv it.

Posted March 17, 2007 by Mac RPh
Categories: OS X, Self Service

On Window PC’s, Windows Media Player comes standard. Mac OS X has no standard way for playing Windows Media files. Quicktime can’t handle all the different video types that are on the Web, it needs help to play Windows Media files. The help that Quicktime needs comes in the form of Windows Media® Components for QuickTime, by Flip4Mac™.

With Windows Media® Components for QuickTime, by Flip4Mac™, you can play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a Web browser. If you have a new Mac, this is a must download.

Windows Media Components for QuickTime
Windows Media Components for QuickTime

Lifehacker Top 10: Free Mac Downloads

Posted March 17, 2007 by Mac RPh
Categories: Mac, Periodicals

One of the drawbacks of switching from Windows to Mac is the smaller selection of free software available for OS X. Sure there’s tons of fantastic Mac software out there, but most of it isn’t free – unless you know where to look, that is.

This week’s Top 10 highlights our favorite free Mac software, available right now for your installation pleasure. Click on through the gallery of free Mac goodness to take a look and get to downloading – and tell us if this would have been your list, and what you think of each choice in the comments. — Gina Trapani

Free Mac Downloads

Lifehacker Top 10: Free Mac Downloads