Easy access to diacritical marks is often required when typing, especially when composing content in European languages and others that use them. On the Mac, the default method for accessing these marks with the US keyboard layout is to hold the "Option" key, followed by pressing a vowel that represents a specific accent character and then pressing the target letter's key; however, this may take time to get accustomed to. Therefore, for many US users the easiest way to use accents is to open the keyboard viewer pallet, and then press and hold the "Option" key to see available accent marks.… Read more
Here's a feature you'll like for capturing screenshots on your iPhone. You can use it to capture displayed error messages, images, or practically anything you see on your iPhone's screen.
Simply press the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons simultaneously and immediately release them. The screen will momentarily flash, and the iPhone's current screen contents will be saved to your Camera Roll.
Even more interesting is the fact that when the app or screen you are in supports the zoom feature you can simply zoom to the desired depth, then trigger a screen snapshot using the same … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature from MacFixIt in which we answer questions e-mailed to us by our readers. We have been getting many questions from our readers, and we hope to share our correspondence so everyone may benefit from and contribute to them. This week we have questions about monitor calibration with multiple graphics cards, window minimization options, screen zooming, and question mark symbols at bootup.… Read more
Are you having problems with the responsiveness of your touchscreen on your iPhone or iPod Touch? Apple has detailed the symptoms and offers suggestions on how to test it and what to do to get it fixed in a recent knowledge base article.
According to Apple, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have problems with your touch screen:Multitouch display (or touch screen) does not respond Portions of the multitouch display do not respond Multitouch display is very slow to respond
Apple suggests the following advice on how to improve or avoid damage to the … Read more
Are you having problems with apps that close unexpectedly on your iPhone or iPod Touch, returning you repeatedly to the device's Home screen? Apple has detailed both the cause and the suggested cures in a new knowledge base article.
According to Apple, the primary cause for apps closing unexpectedly is a device running low on memory allocated for applications--a bigger problem on the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G, since each had only 128MB of application memory. (The iPhone 3GS was released with 256MB.) The problem has nothing to do with how much data is stored on the device, … Read more
Many people using the Mac these day are recent converts from Windows, and may have developed an affinity for some of the interface features in Windows. One of these is the capability to maximize windows to full screen using the windows' maximize button; however, the analogous button in OS X performs a slightly different default function.… Read more
If you have one of the newer 15-inch or 17-inch "Unibody" MacBook Pro systems, you may run into problems where the system seems to run out of available RAM more than expected, especially when running programs that can reserve large amounts of memory. These include graphically intensive applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, and applications that use a lot of RAM such as virtualization solutions.… Read more
One of Safari's useful functions is being able to manage tabs either by organizing them in the same window, or by dragging them off into their own windows. Though this allows for some organization, one missing feature is being able to consolidate specific windows into the tabs of one window. Safari has options to do this for all windows, but not for individual windows.… Read more
The iPhone accelerometer is, for all practical purposes, a good addition to a handheld device. However, sometimes it can be annoying, especially when trying to show off your favorite picture. The picture can flip between portrait and landscape modes over and over again as you move the phone or hand it off to a friend. The orientation change is enough to make you dizzy, but not if you use this tip.
Go to the Photos app and select a picture and while it is displayed, in either landscape or portrait mode, just tap and hold onto the picture with one … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature from MacFixIt in which we answer questions e-mailed to us by our readers. We have been getting many questions from our readers, and we hope to share our correspondence so everyone may benefit from and contribute to them. This week we have questions about application names being announced on launch, managing the boot chime volume, and properly implementing Web exports from iPhoto and Aperture.… Read more