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Articles posted in September, 2011

Mail 5.1: Removing attachments still an issue

Friday, September 30th, 2011 • 8:59 am

What is it exactly that Apple’s engineers have against people wanting to remove attachments from their e-mails? Ever since Apple added the “Remove Attachments” command to Mail’s interface, back in 2003, it has been plagued with problems. It has always been, and still is, impossible to undo the command. Given that it is quite a […]

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Lion’s Finder: Auto Save deselects files in list view

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 • 12:10 pm

Further proof, if needed, that Apple continues to treat the list view mode in Mac OS X’s Finder as a second-class citizen. In Lion’s Finder, open a folder in list view that contains, for example, a Numbers ’09 file that you currently have open in Numbers and are in the process of editing. Select a file […]

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Lion’s iCal 5.0.x and Full Keyboard Access

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 • 7:11 pm

Here is how much Apple cares about compatibility with its own Full Keyboard Access feature in Lion’s version of iCal: This is the windoid thing you get when you try to edit an existing event in your calendar, and what you get when you try to tab through all available controls when Full Keyboard Access […]

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Pages ’09 in Lion: ‘Save As’ macro with Keyboard Maestro

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 • 4:49 pm

A couple of weeks ago, I asked in a blog post why Apple had decided to ditch the “Save As…” command in its Lion-optimized applications, including Pages ’09 and Numbers ’09. Today, I decided that I was not going to wait for an answer (which in all likelihood will never come) and that instead I should design […]

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Mac OS X’s Mail: Beware the shortcut for erasing deleted messages

Thursday, September 15th, 2011 • 9:41 am

Sometimes, as a Mac user, I can be my own worst enemy. As reported earlier, I installed Lion on my main machine last month, and since then I have of course encountered a number of bugs that I have been reporting to Apple through the appropriate channels. But any major system upgrade can also cause […]

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Mail 5.1: Favorite mailboxes and Keyboard Maestro

Friday, September 9th, 2011 • 6:51 pm

As Matt Gemmell notes, in Lion the Mail application now has a “Favorites” bar at the top, underneath the toolbar. This bar can be customized like the one in Safari, except that you can only add single mailboxes as buttons, so you are limited by the space available. One of the side benefits of this […]

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Safari 5.1: Fails to include PDF metadata when saving PDF file from Safari display

Thursday, September 8th, 2011 • 12:24 pm

I’ve already written about the fact that Safari 5.1 no longer lets you disable the so-called “native” support for display of PDF documents. If you enter the URL for a PDF file in Safari’s address bar and press Return, Safari automatically loads the PDF in the browser window, and the only way to force Safari […]

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Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion): New shortcut for ‘Don’t Save’ button in ‘Save As’ dialog

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 • 6:21 pm

When I installed Lion and started using it, one of the first things I noticed is that command-D no longer worked as a shortcut for the “Don’t Save” button in the dialog box you get when you attempt to close an unsaved document. At first, I thought it was a bug. But I soon realized […]

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Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion): Always uses compact ‘Save As’ dialog when closing new, unsaved documents

Monday, September 5th, 2011 • 3:40 pm

Mac OS X has long had two different formats for the standard “Save As” dialog that appears in various applications when saving an unsaved document or closing a document with unsaved changes: the compact version and the expanded version. The compact version is the one you get by default when you first install the OS, […]

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Lion’s Finder: ‘Don’t Replace’ no longer an option when copying multiple files

Sunday, September 4th, 2011 • 11:47 am

In Snow Leopard’s Finder, when you selected multiple files and tried to copy them to a folder that already contained some files with the same names, you would get this dialog box: The key thing to note here is the “Don’t Replace” button. This button effectively gave you the option to go through all the […]

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InDesign CS5 and footnotes: When the next page goes blank

Friday, September 2nd, 2011 • 2:29 pm

There is a bug in recent versions of InDesign CS (including CS5 and CS5.5) which causes problems for people who have footnotes in their publication. When you have consecutive pages that contain footnotes, editing the text on one page (changing its formatting in various ways, for example) can causes the text frame on the next […]

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Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion): Why ditch the ‘Save As…’ command?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 • 4:11 pm

TidBITS has recently published a column entitled “Subtle Irritations in Lion” and I am in full agreement with its contents — although in my book some of the irritations described are far from “subtle.” There is one thing in Lion that I find particularly irksome: Auto Save can’t be turned off in applications that support […]

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