A few weeks ago we wrote an article on built-in options for launching applications in OS X, which included creating a quick-launch or Windows "Run" equivalent with Automator, using Spotlight, and also using an application folder stack in the Dock. One reader e-mailed us about another option that we overlooked in the article, which is to use a Finder window's toolbar for launching applications.… Read more
As its name suggests, Extreme Picture Find lets you search for and download Web images. Though it took us a few minutes to find our bearings, this tool performed as promised.
Extreme Picture Find opens with a seemingly plain and straightforward user interface, but it took us a little while to get the hang of things. Menu and navigational commands run across the top of the window, and multiple panels take up the rest of the space. We opted to start by checking out the program's online project database, which included a long list of subjects, ranging from architecture … Read more
Apple has numerous "at your fingertips" options in OS X, including icon previews, coverflow and column-view previews, as well as QuickLook and Dashboard. Of these, QuickLook is one of the most useful in allowing you get a brief bit of information about an item that does not have a preview option, or a more detailed look at the contents if the item does have a preview. If for some reason the QuickLook feature stops working there are several things you can try to get it up and running again.… Read more
When you invoke QuickLook on a folder in OS X, you are shown the folder icon along with some information about the folder. While this is convenient, QuickLook has a hidden "X-ray" feature that lets you preview items in the folder, similar to the option in Windows where pictures are displayed in the enclosing folder's icon.… Read more
Looking for more folks to follow on Twitter? Google may be able to help.
The search giant unveiled on Wednesday a new feature dubbed Follow Finder, according to its blog. Revealed at Twitter's Chirp developers conference this week, Follow Finder tries to uncover more Twitter accounts, or tweeps, that you may want to follow based on the ones you have already accumulated.
To use the service, enter your Twitter username at the Follow Finder page. Google then looks at the people you already follow, finds other accounts who follow the same or similar people as you, and then conjures … Read more
Many people who are new to the Mac may run into some confusion when trying to apply file selection techniques in OS X. For the most part, icon selection in OS X is straightforward and designed to be intuitive, but there are some situations where the selection behaviors change, notably between icon and the various list views.… Read more
An ongoing issue that people have had with the latest 10.6.3 update is with changes to the Finder's handling of files when copying to mounted SMB shares. There have been errors stating the files cannot be copied either because the user does not have permissions to access them, or a Finder error -36 which is a basic I/O error.… Read more
For many purposes you may need to create documents in applications that will then be used as templates. Sometimes applications such as Pages will provide options to save templates in a library of sorts that can be accessed when creating a new document, but many applications do not have this feature. One of the long-standing features of the Mac OS has been support for Stationery Pads, which is a way to create templates out of practically any document using the Finder.… Read more
This interesting tool is basically a Web crawler with sophisticated search capabilities, though you might think of … Read more
As software reviewers, we install and uninstall a lot of programs, many of which leave bits and pieces behind. We're always on the lookout for a good tool to help us clean up after ourselves. Registry Trash Keys Finder is a simple program that does just that. This no-frills program identifies and deletes invalid Registry keys that take up space and contribute to poor system performance.
Once Registry Trash Keys Finder is launched, it automatically scans the computer's Registry, which for us took only a few seconds. The interface is pretty bare bones, listing the resulting trash keys … Read more