Archive for the 'Macintosh' Category

OS X 10.10.3: Fixes major responsiveness issues on 2014 Mac Pro

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 • 6:03 pm

This has been a very traumatic few months for me as a Mac user. As indicated in several previous blog posts, I purchased a new Mac Pro along with a new 4K display back in July 2014. The machine shipped with Mavericks and worked pretty well until I upgraded to Yosemite. I waited until OS X 10.10.1 […]

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OS X Activity Monitor: Yet more evidence of Apple’s sloppy work in Yosemite

Friday, March 13th, 2015 • 5:00 pm

Here’s another example of Apple’s sloppy work in OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) that is very easy to reproduce (at least on my Mac Pro): Open the Activity Monitor application (in the Application/Utilities folder). Option-click on your desktop to hide the foreground application, i.e. Activity Monitor, and switch back to the Finder. Click on the Activity […]

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OS X 10.10 (Yosemite): Preview fails to keep up with fast window resizing (continued)

Monday, March 9th, 2015 • 1:31 pm

Since my original post about a bug with window resizing in Preview in Yosemite, I have received feedback indicating that not everyone is able to reproduce this bug on their system. This leads me to suspect that the problem might be limited to specific hardware configurations, like the other responsiveness issues that I have be […]

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OS X 10.10 (Yosemite): Preview fails to keep up with fast window resizing

Friday, March 6th, 2015 • 5:56 pm

Here’s a typical example of the many things that are wrong in Yosemite in terms of performance and responsiveness. When you first upgrade to Yosemite, you might notice all kinds of different responsiveness issues and it can be all quite confusing, giving you a general impression of unresponsiveness even though you cannot quite clearly pinpoint […]

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Word 2011 for OS X: Easily confused

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 • 3:44 pm

If you’ve ever felt like confusing the heck out of Word 2011 for OS X just for fun (and who wouldn’t, really?), try this: In the Finder, create a folder called “Confused Word” on your desktop. In Word 2011, create a new document and save it as “Test1.docx” in the “Confused Word” folder. Leave the document open […]

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Numbers 3.5 (iWork): Hijacks cursor keys when editing cells

Friday, February 27th, 2015 • 10:41 am

On February 25, 2015, I used Bug Reporter to submit the following bug report (#19951698) to Apple: Summary: When I select a cell and start typing, the cursor blinks inside the cell. Yet if I use the Left or Right cursor key, Numbers jumps to the previous/next cell, instead of navigating inside the current table […]

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Responsiveness problems in Yosemite: Menu-delay bug caused by ‘Reduce transparency’ option?

Friday, December 19th, 2014 • 7:09 pm

When I was young and careless, I used to love being an early adopter of new technology, including computer technology. This meant that I often installed new system releases as soon as they became available, come what may. I was even quite excited when I was invited to join the AppleSeed program back in the […]

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OS X 10.10 (Yosemite): Responsiveness problems not solved by clean install

Monday, December 8th, 2014 • 10:29 am

I just don’t understand. Last week I reported about noticeable responsiveness issues that I was experiencing with OS X 10.10.1 (Yosemite) on my 2014 Mac Pro: visibly slow drawing of the blue highlighting behind the “Help” menu heading in the menu bar; interruptions when scrolling down a Finder window with a long list of files (namely, […]

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Numbers 3.5: Keeps displaying time in date cells with no time

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 • 4:56 pm

At the same time I upgraded my Mac Pro to Yosemite last week, I decided to upgrade to the latest versions of Pages and Numbers. Because of the disastrous changes made by Apple in Pages 5 compared to Pages ’09, I have permanently switched to Nisus Writer Pro as my default word processor, and I have […]

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Mail 8 (Yosemite): Now includes attribution at same quote level as quotation itself

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 • 3:37 pm

Every so often (albeit with worryingly increasing frequency these days), Apple’s software engineers make changes that make you shake your head in disbelief. Now that I have upgraded to Yosemite (a not-too-pleasant experience), I have a fresh new batch of such changes to describe. Here’s one that has to do with the new version of […]

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OS X 10.10 (Yosemite): Unacceptable levels of responsiveness

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 • 10:32 am

In the summer, I bought a new Mac Pro. My previous machine (a 2009 Mac Pro) was getting long in the tooth. It would have lasted a while longer, but then one of my screens broke and I had to replace that, so I figured that, the 2013 Mac Pro having been out for a […]

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OS X Tip: Better than ‘Paste and Match Style’

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 • 11:48 am

Yesterday, Jason Snell’s Six Colors web site posted a tip about using OS X’s built-in keyboard customization features to create a universal shortcut for a command for pasting as plain text. While the tip is not useless, it neglected to mention the fact that the menu command labelled “Paste and Match Style” is not nearly as […]

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OS X 10.9 (Mavericks): Bug with ‘Secure Keyboard Mode’

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 • 10:26 am

OS X has a special keyboard mode that it switches to whenever the cursor is in a password field (in an OS X dialog, in a web page in Safari, Firefox, in apps that require password input, etc.). This mode, called ‘Secure Keyboard Mode’, is intended to protect your password input from any kind of snooping by […]

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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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