Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Lion introduces a long-requested 'copy and move' command in Finder, similar to 'cut and paste' in Windows Explorer.
To move files in Finder first press Command+C to copy the selected files, then press Command+Option+V to move the copied files to the current folder.
Lion by default opens the Dashboard as its own space, which means you can't see the desktop 'through' it like you could in 10.6. You can return the Dashboard to its former transparent splendor by telling Mission Control to not open the Dashboard as a space.
To return the Dashboard to its pre-Lion behavior:
- Open System Preferences.
- Click the Mission Control panel.
- Un-select the 'Show dashboard as a space' check box.
- Close the System Preferences.
Not only will the Dashboard return to displaying as an overlay above the desk, but as a bonus, you will have back the cool 'ripple' effect when adding new widgets.
Friday, July 22, 2011
By default, the ~/Library folder is hidden in Lion. This is a big problem to many of the readers of this site, as many hints involve this folder (especially any involving hidden preferences).
You can easily un-hide this folder for easy access. Simply run the following command in Terminal:
chflags nohidden ~/Library
If, for some reason, you want to re-hide it, you can run the same command using 'hidden' instead of 'nohidden'.
You can actually use this command to hide or unhide any folder. Just put it's path in place of ~/Library.
Apple has created lots of new speech synthesizer voices for Lion. It's easy to download them, but the fact that they exist isn't very-well advertised in System Preferences (or otherwise in the OS). Here's how to get them.
- Open System Preferences » Speech » Text to Speech.
- Click on the System Voice: menu and select Customize.
- You're presented with a huge list of voices to choose from.
- Click on a voice and press Play to preview it.
- Check the boxes to the left of the ones you like. Then click OK.
Software Update will open and download your voices. Be warned, some of the files are huge.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Creating Your US Amazon Account
Firstly, to use the Amazon Appstore you need an Amazon.com account; it should be completely separate from your main account with a different e-mail address. To sign up just visit this sign in page and select ‘No, I am a new customer’, then enter the email address that you wish to use.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Apple has announced that with the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, the operating system will be available only via download from the Mac App Store. Past versions of the Mac OS X operating system have always been available for purchase on a bootable DVD and with some systems like the MacBook Air, they’ve been included on a bootable USB drive. To create your own bootable USB device using your own flash drive (note that the device must be at least 4GB or larger), follow the instructions below.
1) Purchase and download Lion from the Mac App Store on any Lion compatible Mac running Snow Leopard.
2) Right click on “Mac OS X Lion” installer and choose the option to “Show Package Contents”
3) Inside the Contents folder, you will find a SharedSupport folder and inside the SharedSupport folder you will find the InstallESD.dmg. This is the 10.7 Lion boot disc image.
4) Copy InstallESD.dmg to another folder like the Desktop. To do so, simply click and drag the file to the desired location while holding down the Option key.
5) Plug in the flash drive and launch Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities).
6) Make sure the flash drive is properly formatted highlighting the flash drive at the left (make sure to select the device and not the volume shown under it) and clicking the Erase tab across the top right. Then ensure that theFormat drop-down menu is set to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and click the Erase button. Confirm the dialog ensuring that you want to erase the device and all information on it (make sure you backup any existing information on the flash drive before this point).
7) Select the Partition tab on the top right.
Using the drop-down menu for Volume Scheme, choose 1 Partition as the partition scheme.
Highlight the partition by clicking on it in the space it is shown below the Volume Scheme drop-down and then click on Options underneath it. Select GUID Partition Table and click OK. This will allow the Mac boot from the drive.
You may now name the device in the Name textbox. Insure that Format is set to Mac OS X Extended (Journaled). When you have finished, click the Apply button to format the USB device. A warning will pop-up asking if you are sure you want to partition the media. Click the Partition button to continue.
9) Click on the newly created volume listed under the USB device on the left. This volume will have the name of the device you set in the previous step. Click the Restore tab at the top right. In the Source area click the Image… button. Select the disk image InstallESD.dmg and click open (you may also drag-and-drop the disk image into the Source area).
In the Destination area, make sure that the USB device’s name is showing. If it isn’t, simply click and drag the volume from the list at the left into the destination area. Click Restore and confirm the dialog informing you the volume will be erased. You will be prompted to enter the admin password for your Mac and the process will begin.
The bootable USB device will be created and a progress bar will show the current status of the operation at the bottom of the screen.
10 ) When the operation is complete, you can verify that the flash drive is now bootable by selecting it and clicking the Info button in the upper left corner of the Disk Utility window. Bootable status will show as Yes.
To boot from the USB device, simply hold down the Option key while your Mac is booting up. A screen will appear asking you which volume you would like to boot the system from. Click on the OS X installer USB drive and the system will boot using the USB stick. You will see faster boot speeds using the USB installer compared to a DVD installer disc.