You can really shave time off tasks by using a keyboard-driven utility like LaunchBar ($35, www.obdev.at) or Quicksilver (see sidebar). Everything you can do in the Finder (copying, pasting, moving, QuickLook, launch apps, quit apps, search), you can do by calling up LaunchBar and pressing a few keys. Search the web, look up words, email a photo, run a script—the possibilities are endless. Here are three things to try first.
Mountain Lion strolled onto the scene earlier this year, with a lot of interest but no showy unveiling. Apple gave the world a better glimpse at its newest big cat at the World Wide Developers Conference, reserving a good chunk of the June 10 keynote for more details about the next iteration of OS X, which dropped in July in the Mac App Store for just $19.99, the lowest price yet for an OS X upgrade.
With Mountain Lion, Apple has brought a bunch of useful iOS features over to the Mac, including AirPlay mirroring, Messages, Reminders, Twitter, and iCloud support throughout the OS. Join our Mac safari to see 80 Mountain Lion features that you may have missed since you clicked Install in the Mac App Store. Some will make you more productive, while others are just fun and make your life a bit easier. Not everyone will fall in love with all 80 of these features, but together they’ll give you a lot to sink your teeth into.
As we get closer to WWDC we can expect the rumor mill to heat up and it's already started. Bigger iPhone, smaller iPad is the refrain you're going to hear until they don't and then we'll move on to something else. Pocket sized Steve Jobs! The Apple iApple digital fruit! Instead of that nonsense, let's take a look at some real news from the week past.
Smart Folders are virtual folders that, unlike regular folders on your Mac, can be organized based on criteria set specifically to the folder. The process of creating a Smart Folder is similar to creating rules in Mail or iTunes Smart Playlists. The possibilities for Smart Folders are unlimited, allowing you to organize files by type, size, and Mac App Store category.
After upgrading my MacBook Pro to Lion this past fall, whenever I leave a Finder window open and shut down the computer, the window will appear briefly on restart, but then disappear. This means that I have to reopen all of the Finder windows that I need to work with. Sometimes the windows will remain open after restart, but more often they don’t. Do you have any solutions?
Most of us think of the Finder as just another part of OS X; the window that pops up to help us find our files. But it's definitely got more use to it than just a file browser. Read on for a few tricks you can learn today to help you utilize Finder's hidden features.
As OS X has matured and iOS has entered the equation, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Apple’s vision of the future of computing aims to ditch much of the baggage of the past. The mouse is on borrowed time, replaced by gestural interfaces that enable you to manipulate content more easily. Also up for the chop is the entire file system, which Apple is slowly edging towards the exit, to be replaced by app-specific file sandboxes and contextual system-wide searches. If we look back at the history of Apple’s operating systems, this process began in earnest with Spotlight.
Apple is known for its supreme aestethics and design, though it's not exactly regarded as the most customizable of platforms. Luckily, there are some Terminal tricks that can be used to do things like disable icons from the Desktop, enable a simpler Finder window, and show X-ray-style folders. Read on to find out how!