concordegboad
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Mac Geeks - Enter

Tue Jan 23, 2007 2:04 pm

I know there are a plethora of Mac fanatics here, so I figured I'd ask for your opinions.

I got a Macbook Pro today. What cool stuff / software is there in the Mac world? It's been years (read: os9) since I used a Mac. I already have Parallels installed.

I'm looking for:

IM Client like Trillian for the PC (AIM/Y!/MSN - micro footprint)
Newsgroup binary downloader that supports .nzb files (Newsbin like on PC)

Any other cool software that make things nicer, etc.

Gracias
 
RichPhitzwell
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Tue Jan 23, 2007 2:07 pm

Quoting Concordegboad (Thread starter):
IM Client like Trillian for the PC (AIM/Y!/MSN - micro footprint)

Hate to say it, I really do...but Trillian has lost out in this area...Pretty much all the IM's will allow for the others... Im sure if you google Trillian, you can find it though.
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ChrisI1024
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Tue Jan 23, 2007 2:11 pm

Quoting Concordegboad (Thread starter):
IM Client like Trillian for the PC

Adium
 
concordegboad
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Tue Jan 23, 2007 2:21 pm

I use Trillian for the SecureIM feature. Does Adium offer this?
 
Mir
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Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:10 pm

A Mac thread has been open for 2 hours and Klaus hasn't posted in it yet?  Wow!

Pardon me while I check the temperature in hell....  Smile

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Klaus
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Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:36 pm

Hints:

• Folders and even entire volumes can be dragged to the Dock (right side) and can be navigated via context menu.

• It is a good idea to create a "navigation folder" in your Documents folder, populate it with links to your applications (organized in themed sub-folders) and to drag it to the Dock. It provides yet another way of starting applications (besides keeping the most popular apps in the Dock, opening the Applications folder in the Finder, using Spotlight and simply dragging the Applications folder to the Dock).

• Dock context menus often provide application-specific functionalities.

• Almost all document-centric applications have a proxy icon in each window's title bar to the left of the document name. This icon is dimmed when the document has unsaved changes and is bright when saved. The point of it is that you can drag and drop this icon as if it was the file icon in the Finder: To another application, to a Finder window or everywhere else a file can go!

CMD-click on a window proxy icon (see above) reveals the location and the full path of the file. You can select any of the enclosing folders to open it in the Finder.

• If you're using the Unix command line interface, dragging a file or folder into the terminal window automatically appends the Unix path to the command line. This also works with document proxy icons, of course.

• Use Exposé - it offers a huge productivity advantage if you regularly use a larger number of open windows.

• You can also drag and drop via Exposé: click-and-hold, open Exposé, drag to your target window (it will come forward automatically), drag to the intended insertion point within the Window, drop.

• Look for web sites which provide switcher support. Apple themselves do a pretty good job of that as well: Apple - Get a Mac and
Apple - Support
.

• Simply ask if you have specific problems!  Smile


Recommended utilities:

Little Snitch: A firewall for outgoing network traffic, with rule-based configuration and interactive control.

Witch: Switch between individual windows either within the current application or between all open windows.

SizzlingKeys: Control iTunes from the keyboard using global hot keys.

Butler: A multi-utility which offers global hot keys, launch pads and a clipboard stack.

FolderGlance: Navigate the file system via context menu.

MenuMeters: Monitor system parameters in the menu bar.

SMARTReporter: Monitor the physical health of your harddisk(s) and alerts you if a hardware failure appears to be imminent. WARNING: Do not rely exclusively on such an advance warning - it may come in time, but then again, it may not! Always have a recent backup of your data (preference settings, documents, photos, electronically purchased music etc.).

Flip4Mac: Codec for WMV playback via QuickTime.

MPEG Streamclip: Video converter utility.

VLC: Media player for almost any format.

TinkerTool: Apply various system tweaks.

Memory Monitor: Displays memory usage and - more importantly - swapping activity. If it displays frequent swapping activity ("Out"), you could use some more RAM for increased performance.

eyeTV: Hardware and software for analog and digital TV, including video recording.

GraphicConverter: Very versatile picture conversion and manipulation program.


Have fun!  bigthumbsup 
 
trav110
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Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:31 am

What exactly are the differences between Parallels and Bootcamp (except that one is free and one isn't), I know with Parallels you can open XP in a window inside OS X, but that seems like it'd tax the system's resources and be kinda slow. In Bootcamp, you can boot directly to XP or OS X, which seems like it would be better in the performance area. Are there any other significant differences?

Also, how are both Parallels and Bootcamp going to handle the introduction of Windows Vista?
 
Klaus
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Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:13 am

Quoting Trav110 (Reply 6):
What exactly are the differences between Parallels and Bootcamp (except that one is free and one isn't), I know with Parallels you can open XP in a window inside OS X, but that seems like it'd tax the system's resources and be kinda slow. In Bootcamp, you can boot directly to XP or OS X, which seems like it would be better in the performance area. Are there any other significant differences?

Parallels is actually very efficient since it uses the hardware virtualization technology built into the latest Intel CPUs. So Windows (or any other guest OS) will run natively on a MacOS host system without translation or emulation (software virtualization as used by VMWare and others imposes a certain emulation penalty).

Parallels does, however have some limitations in the current version:

- File system accesses are normally mapped to drive container files which keep Windows isolated but which also has to go through the MacOS file system. So there will be a certain performance penalty.

- Parallels can use only one core at a time right now. I'd expect that to change relatively soon, however. And of course the other core(s) can still be used by MacOS.

- There is no or very little 3D acceleration available in Parallels. But they are apparently working on a solution. This means games are mostly out.

Boot Camp, on the other hand, lets you boot natively into Windows. All cores are available and since Boot Camp comes with a set of Windows drivers for the Mac hardware you have full use of 3D acceleration.

But since the latest Parallels beta can actually boot an existing Boot Camp partition from within MacOS, you have a free choice of either using Windows in parallel(s) to MacOS X or shut down and natively boot into Windows if you really need to.

If Windows is a factor for you, I'd recommend you to get Parallels in any case and then decide which usage fits your need the best at any moment. It's the ultimate flexibility.

Parallels also allows you to run multiple separate Windows setups and other systems such as Linux (even concurrently!) while Boot Camp only supports one single Windows installation.

Parallels can also restrict network and other hardware access of a guest OS which Boot Camp cannot do.

Quoting Trav110 (Reply 6):
Also, how are both Parallels and Bootcamp going to handle the introduction of Windows Vista?

People have already installed Vista on Boot Camp and Parallels will of course support Vista as fully as they can.

All Intel Macs are "Vista ready", albeit to differing extent. The integrated graphics models (Mac mini, MacBook (black/white) and iMac 17" base model) will probably not be able to support Aero in Vista (although none of them have the slightest problem with the original Aqua in MacOS X).

I'd expect that Apple will provide official Vista drivers at the latest with the release of MacOS X 10.5 Leopard which will supersede Boot Camp (which has always just been a beta!) as well. A final version of Boot Camp is rumoured to cost about $30-$40 should you want to stay with MacOS X 10.4 Tiger, but I'd generally recommend the new OS version.

Parallels have already announced that they will support Vista as well; It is probably one of the reasons why they're working on 3D support to have Aero available.
 
trav110
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Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:42 am

Great info, Klaus  Smile

I've read about Leopard, when's it due for release? What about the final version of Boot Camp?
 
Klaus
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Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:25 am

Quoting Trav110 (Reply 8):
Great info, Klaus

You're welcome!  Smile

Quoting Trav110 (Reply 8):
I've read about Leopard, when's it due for release? What about the final version of Boot Camp?

"In spring" is the official word, whatever that may mean exactly.

Since Boot Camp is the preview of a presumably integrated Leopard component, my guess would be that the final version would have to come out at the same time.

If you upgrade to Leopard instead, it will most probably be included. Just another incentive...
 
Asturias
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Wed Jan 24, 2007 9:00 am

http://forums.macnn.com/82/applicati...9787/what-application-do-i-use-if/

Here is a helpful thread on useful Mac applications. Good luck on your new Mac!  Smile

cheers

Asturias
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Wed Jan 24, 2007 9:45 am

There are three websites I use religiously:

For researching/discussion on cool things you can do:

http://www.macosxhints.com/

When I wanted my Mac to answer with the fax only on the stuttered ring on my second line, osxhints had the answer.

For links to the latest versions of freeware/shareware:

http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx/

MacWorld magazine has a lot of interesting articles with tips and tricks in their archives:

http://www.macworld.com/

I learned how to setup a digital camera so the memory card could be browsed over the web with a hint from them, without having to download any extra software to do it.
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trav110
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Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:37 am

Quoting Klaus (Reply 9):

"In spring" is the official word, whatever that may mean exactly.

Ah, okay. I'm hoping my Dell can last me till at least the summer, I plan on getting a MacBook for college in the fall. Thanks again!
 
Klaus
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Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:52 am

If you can afford to wait, it may indeed be a good idea to hold out for the official release of the new OS version.

I wouldn't necessarily expect significant hardware upgrades in the near future for the MacBook lines; The Mac Pro is due for an upgrade from 4 to 8 cores and the Mac mini is sort of overdue to graduate to a Core 2 CPU, but the MacBook (Pro) should be pretty stable right now (except maybe for a minor speed bump).

Anyway, whatever questions may arise, just ask!
 
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Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:12 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 13):
If you can afford to wait, it may indeed be a good idea to hold out for the official release of the new OS version.

I couldn't, and yesterday I upgraded from my G4 Powerbook to the 20" Core 2 Duo iMac.

Fantastic performance, iLife is amazing (iWeb FTW), Photo Booth is addictive, I could watch the Front Row visuals all day, and Boot Camp runs Vista amazingly well for when I just need Windows. All I gotta do is get used to Open Office and I'm set.

Best...desktop...ever!
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Klaus
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Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:21 pm

Quoting AC320 (Reply 14):
I couldn't, and yesterday I upgraded from my G4 Powerbook to the 20" Core 2 Duo iMac.

Very nice... just slightly less portable...!
 
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Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:12 pm

If you need some basic productivity software, Neo Office is a nice (FREE!) version of Sun Open Office with an Aqua-based interface:

Neo Office
 
OlegShv
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Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:15 pm

Welcome to the club!

To add to the software list:

Great FTP/SFTP client: Fugu

Software for periodic maintenance: MacJanitor

Enjoy your new MBP!
 
concordegboad
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Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:16 pm

Thank you to Klaus, AeroWesty, and others that have offered their suggestions and your time.

They will definitely help me to get a jumpstart. The last time I used Unix was on an SGI Indigo running IRIX a few years back.

Today was another 14 hour day at work, so I'll revisit this thread when I'm able to think again and take a look at everything in more detail.

Thanks again!
 
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Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:43 pm

By the way: Please check your Software Update - a new security update has just become available.
 
trav110
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Thu Jan 25, 2007 4:24 am

Another question popped into my head the other night, one that I've been wondering about for a while now.

Is there an application, or a setting in OS X that can disable sleep mode on laptops? Say, for instance, you wanted to connect your laptop to an external monitor but have the laptop itself closed and out of the way. Seems like it'd be a pretty straightforward thing to do, is it possible?
 
Klaus
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Thu Jan 25, 2007 4:37 am

Quoting Trav110 (Reply 20):
Is there an application, or a setting in OS X that can disable sleep mode on laptops?

Say, for instance, you wanted to connect your laptop to an external monitor but have the laptop itself closed and out of the way. Seems like it'd be a pretty straightforward thing to do, is it possible?

You can of course disable "timeout sleep" in the Energy Saver preference panel by moving the top slider to "never"; That will prevent the MacBook from falling asleep after a period of inactivity.

If you want to use the MacBook with the lid closed, simply plug in an external monitor and an external USB keyboard & mouse. It will just work right away. Nothing else to be done.
 
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Thu Jan 25, 2007 5:16 am

Quoting Klaus (Reply 21):
If you want to use the MacBook with the lid closed, simply plug in an external monitor and an external USB keyboard & mouse. It will just work right away. Nothing else to be done.

Oh, really? I'd never tried that with my old iBook. Would the same condition apply if your mouse and keyboard were Bluetooth?
 
Klaus
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Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:06 am

Quoting Trav110 (Reply 22):
Oh, really? I'd never tried that with my old iBook. Would the same condition apply if your mouse and keyboard were Bluetooth?

Pretty much, apparently:

How to use your PowerBook G4, MacBook or MacBook Pro with the display closed and a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse

Interestingly, the iBook doesn't seem to have had this particular capability.

I can really recommend Apple's support site; It's a rather good source of all kinds of information.
 
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Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:21 am

Quoting ConcordeGBOAD (Reply 3):
I use Trillian for the SecureIM feature. Does Adium offer this?

Yes. It offers something reasonably equivalent. We have a public key encryption system with Adium called OTR (off the record) encryption - it's actually built on libgaim, so it has an even smaller footprint than Trillian. Not sure if "SecureIM" is just a branded up version of it.
 
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Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:26 pm

slightly off topic, what do I use to open a BIN file? It defaults to excel which clearly isn't the right program.
 
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Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:28 pm

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 25):
slightly off topic, what do I use to open a BIN file? It defaults to excel which clearly isn't the right program.

Stuffit Expander.
 
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Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:59 pm

While we're going over programs, anyone know of a good, free Mac-PC videoconferencing/chat program?
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Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:30 pm

Quoting AC320 (Reply 27):
While we're going over programs, anyone know of a good, free Mac-PC videoconferencing/chat program?

iChat on the Mac, AOL Instant Messenger on the PC seems to work. Usually.

I've gotten it to work with my brother's PC but not another friend (who admits she has a pretty bad camera). The quality isn't as good as iChat to iChat though, and you can only do one-on-one with AIM, while you can have up to four people in a video chat if everyone has iChat.
 
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Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:40 pm

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 25):
what do I use to open a BIN file

Someone correct me if im wrong, but..
.bin is used as a generic information file. In this case it would be very helpful to know what it is that you are trying to open.
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Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:48 pm

I have been using a mates new Macbook he got himself (windows convert as well). I had 6 Safari windows open and had to keep on draging them out of the way to be able to switch between them. This was very time consuming. Is there a quicker way to switch between windows of the same program in Mac OSX?
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Klaus
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Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:21 pm

Quoting RichPhitzwell (Reply 29):
Someone correct me if im wrong, but..
.bin is used as a generic information file. In this case it would be very helpful to know what it is that you are trying to open.

Well, you're both right and wrong at the same time...

Yes, .bin generally refers to "binary" data which ultimately can mean anything which isn't a plain text file (but you can even look at a text file as a binary file).

On MacOS, however, the .bin suffix is traditionally used for MacBinary files which generally are archives containing arbitrary Mac files. This format had been introduced in order to transfer classic MacOS files through media which weren't aware of the classic MacOS file organisation with data and resource forks.

MacOS X generally doesn't use resource forks any more, so the MacBinary format has largely fallen out of use by now.

Among others, Stuffit Expander will unpack MacBinary files

More Information: http://kb.iu.edu/data/aeix.html

Quoting Tmatt95 (Reply 30):
I have been using a mates new Macbook he got himself (windows convert as well). I had 6 Safari windows open and had to keep on draging them out of the way to be able to switch between them. This was very time consuming. Is there a quicker way to switch between windows of the same program in Mac OSX?

Indeed there is, you just need to know where to look:

Exposé is a standard feature since MacOS X 10.4 Tiger and allows you to see all windows or only the windows of the current application at a glance for easy navigation.

Exposé can be activated by F9-F11 by default. Additional activation methods would be to assign "hot corners" of the screen or to assign additional mouse buttons to it.

There is also a "window" menu in the application's menu bar at the top where you can select the target window.

Also by default, every multi-window application has a list of all its windows in its Dock context menu.

CMD-< and CMD-> will also switch between the open windows of an application. The CMD key is the one with the Apple symbol and the "propeller": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_key

Witch is a neat utility to navigate between windows by window title with global hotkeys, but it's not installed by default.

One of the main differences between Windows and MacOS is that if you've got multiple windows open in the same application, Windows will usually create mutliple independent incarnations of the application which don't know about each other, while a Mac application can only run once at a time and will hold all windows in that same incarnation.

It can take a bit of getting used to, but it works quite well once you know what to look for.
 
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:55 am

Just a neat trick I thought I'd share:

Ever wish your monitor just looked better? You know; more saturated, more vibrant, and so forth. Well, I have an easy solution that won't cost you a penny!

Go to System Preferences > Display > Colors and click "Adobe RGB (1998)." There you go! Now doesn't that look better?  Smile

By the way, I went around the Annapolis Apple store today and did that to all the display models. I consider it doing them a favor!  mischievous 
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:41 am

Quoting AC773 (Reply 32):
Go to System Preferences > Display > Colors and click "Adobe RGB (1998)." There you go! Now doesn't that look better?

Or you could do a proper calibration. Just click on Calibrate from the Colors menu listed above, and follow the directions. It's very easy.
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AC773
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:48 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 33):
Or you could do a proper calibration. Just click on Calibrate from the Colors menu listed above, and follow the directions. It's very easy.

Didn't know about that - thanks!  bigthumbsup 
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:12 pm

Tmatt95, press F9 to see every open window at once.

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