Archive for the 'Macintosh' Category

Fixing ‘Find Previous’ in Adobe InDesign CC 2014

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 • 8:51 am

Following my blog post from last week (‘Find Previous’ in Adobe InDesign), I actually got some feedback from Vipul-Bansal, an InDesign engineer, on the Adobe Forums: We had tried really hard to just provide two buttons “Find Previous” and “Find Next” but there were quiet [sic] a few design limitations because of which we can […]

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‘Find Previous’ in Adobe InDesign

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 • 8:56 am

Here’s a real-world scenario. (It’s very real in my world anyway.) I have a 200-page document in InDesign with lots of text in various frames. I need to review all occurrences of the word “department” in this document and change some of them — but only some — to “Department”. I cannot use a batch […]

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Disappearing cursor in Microsoft Word 2011: Affects .doc documents only?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 • 10:31 am

For years, I have been complaining about the I-beam cursor disappearing in Microsoft Word during text navigation: “Word 2004: New bug with blinking I-beam cursor” (June 19, 2004) “Word 2004: More on disappearing I-beam cursor” (June 28, 2004) “Word 2008: The case of the disappearing cursor” (July 13, 2009) “Word 2011: Disappearing cursor” (March 7, […]

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OS X 10.9 (Mavericks): Video corruption in Safari

Friday, February 28th, 2014 • 5:47 pm

For me, the problem started as soon as I upgraded to OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). I started seeing all kinds of unsightly video corruption artefacts on web pages in Safari, like this one (click to enlarge): The video corruption artefacts are static or sometimes “dynamic”, with actual flickering taking place in real time. (Needless to […]

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OS X 10.9’s Finder: Wrong text colour in selection highlighting in list view

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 • 3:02 pm

Ever since I installed Mavericks last fall, I’ve been trying to find a way to reproduce a problem that I was seeing with the Finder using the wrong text colour for the highlighted item in a Finder window in list view: The dark green is my custom selection colour (instead of the lighter sky blue […]

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Mail: Unable to update thread heading automatically

Saturday, January 25th, 2014 • 4:45 pm

Generally speaking, I don’t loathe OS X’s Mail as an email client like other people do. Yes, it does have a number of issues, including several that I have talked about myself on this blog. And I sure do wish that Apple would do something about them. But on the whole I find that Mail […]

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Finder: Inconsistent and nonsensical selection behaviour when deleting file

Saturday, January 25th, 2014 • 4:09 pm

In OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), take a Finder window in list view and select a file in the list: Now press command-Delete to delete the selected file. Here’s what happens: The Finder automatically selects the next file in the list. This is important. Now undo what you just did and, instead of pressing command-Delete to […]

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iOS 7: Unreliable sharing by email

Saturday, December 21st, 2013 • 4:42 pm

I recently bought an iPad Air to replace my old, first-generation iPad, and this means that I have finally been able to upgrade to iOS 7. iOS 7 is a very mixed bag as far as I am concerned (I have to agree with Jared Sinclair, for example), but if there is one thing that has been […]

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Streaming with iPad and Apple TV: Is it worth it?

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 • 4:56 pm

I’ve resisted the (moderate) lure of the Apple TV device for quite a while. First, I had the excuse that my Internet connection was not good enough. In the imaginary world of unlimited bandwidth in which Apple products appear to have been designed, 1.5 Mbps (local wireless service) did not quite cut it. For the past […]

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Troubleshooting an old Apple Cinema Display

Saturday, November 30th, 2013 • 3:48 pm

I had a pretty interesting troubleshooting experience yesterday. My wife has been using my old 2006 Mac Pro in her store, with my old 23” Apple Cinema Display. Now this is a display that I bought a long time ago, back in 2002 to be exact. Back then it was quite expensive (over $5,000 CDN […]

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OS X’s Mail 7: Can’t replace saved attachment in its ‘Downloads’ folder

Friday, November 29th, 2013 • 4:05 pm

It used to be that one of Apple’s distinctive features when it comes to computing was its ability (and indeed its willingness) to sweat the details. Nowadays, more often than not, its distinctive features include a newly found ability to mess up the details. In Mavericks’s Mail 7, as in previous versions of Mail, you […]

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Word 2011: Use Keyboard Maestro to fix command-G madness

Monday, November 18th, 2013 • 4:50 pm

I have finally had enough. Word 2011 might be highly customizable (compared to Pages ’09, for example), but there are still behaviours that are completely non-sensical and cannot be altered. One of my pet peeves is the non-standard use of the command-G shortcut. In most OS X applications, it means “Find Next”. In MS Word, it […]

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iBooks App: PDF documents treated as second-class citizens

Monday, November 18th, 2013 • 4:02 pm

Now that iBooks is also available as a desktop app in Mavericks, I find myself wanting to use it for more than just purchasing e-books from its store on the iPad. I also want to use it as an alternative to Safari’s “Reading List” feature, by saving long web articles as PDF documents for reading […]

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OS X’s Mail: How to manually restore plug-in compatibility

Saturday, November 16th, 2013 • 5:56 pm

Most of the time, when Apple comes up with system updates that modify the Mail application, the changes cause Mail to reject installed third-party plug-ins (known as “bungles”) by moving them from the “~/Library/Mail/Bundles/” folder to the “~/Library/Mail/Bundles (Disabled)/” folder at launch time. This happens even if there is no known compatibility issue between the […]

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Mail 7: Saving multiple attachments now requires multiple clicks

Monday, October 28th, 2013 • 9:11 am

Apple’s engineers have a strong tendency of being unable to leave good enough alone. In the previous version of Mail, if you received an email message containing multiple attachments, there was a way to save all these attachments with a single click. You could just use a single click on the “Save” button in the […]

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