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!
Do you know any Terminal tricks or third-party apps that can bring these three things back to Lion? First, the winding gear in the lower-right corner of a Finder window that lets me know the information is being accessed, just not visible yet. Second, the line of info at the bottom of the Finder window that tells me the number of items and disk space remaining. And third, the translucent QuickLook window, instead of solid gray.
If you've enabled File Sharing in the system preferences, you may be wondering how to connect to external Macs within a network via AFP. It's easy with a little Finder trick. Plus, we'll also show you how to connect back to your Mac from anywhere around the world.