Archive for the 'Macintosh' Category

More on Pages 5

Saturday, October 26th, 2013 • 10:23 am

Since my previous post on Pages 5 was mentioned on Daring Fireball, I have received quite a bit of feedback, both directly and indirectly. I’d like to address some of the issues about my post and this situation that were raised in that feedback, in order to clarify, as they say, “where I am coming from” […]

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Pages 5: An unmitigated disaster

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 • 8:45 am

Dear oh dear. They really have done it, haven’t they? They have taken what had evolved into a rather decent word processor / page layout application and have eliminated so many useful features that it effectively is now a piece of useless junk, and I honestly have no idea for whom this latest version of Pages […]

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Safari in Mavericks: PDF downloading when native display is off is broken

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 • 5:56 pm

I have been posting small notes about my experience with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) on my Twitter feed, but this one warrants a longer post — if only to properly express my indignation. For months now, I have been testing the newest version of Safari 6 as part of my AppleSeed membership. And right away, I […]

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Word 2011: Issue with text selection in right-aligned table cells

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 • 10:21 am

In Word 2011, if you have a table with cells where the text alignment setting is “Align Text Left”, and if your cell in empty, when the cell is selected, the selection highlighting and the mouse pointer look like this: If you then click once anywhere in the cell, Word 2011 deselects the empty cell […]

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Adobe InDesign CC: Selection colour and responsiveness affected by transparency of linked PSD file

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 • 9:05 am

Yesterday, I wrote a post about a new problem introduced in InDesign CC that involves the presence of a link to a PSD file on the page. Thanks to the feedback of Betalogue reader and fellow InDesign user Lars P., I am now able to confirm that the problem is more specifically linked to the use […]

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Adobe InDesign CC: Presence of PSD graphic affects selection colour and responsiveness

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 • 3:38 pm

It’s an inevitability: Every new version of a major software title introduces new bugs. I’ve just encountered one in InDesign CC, and it didn’t take an inordinate amount of sleuthing to identify its source. The problem surfaced when I started working on a publication designed by a client, which I am expected to translate, with […]

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Fix for kernel panics on Mac Pro with multiple GeForce cards: ATI Radeon HD 5770

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 • 9:08 am

In the summer of 2012, Apple started seeding early builds of the OS X 10.8.2 update. As a member of the AppleSeed program, I was able to test these early builds. I quickly noticed (as one would) that they introduced a serious new bug that caused frequent kernel panics on my Mac Pro, up to […]

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Delicious Library 3: A major disappointment

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 • 2:58 pm

I used to have a custom-made FileMaker Pro solution for cataloguing my books, my music, and my movies. But when Delicious Library came about, with its built-in access to Amazon’s data, I quickly made the decision to switch to this particular tool. The user interface had a few quirks, but on the whole the experience […]

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Pages ’09: ‘The file format is invalid’

Thursday, July 4th, 2013 • 4:15 pm

Ever got this error when you tried to open a Word document in Pages ’09? I just did, and I now know why. See, Microsoft Word users in general and Windows users in particular are so confused about file extensions, and Microsoft’s user interface for dealing with file extensions is so confusing, that sometimes they do […]

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OS X: Sandboxing = more crashes

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 • 9:09 am

This is something that pisses me right off. Apparently, according to Apple, sandboxing is good for us. After all, it “provides a last line of defense against the theft, corruption, or deletion of user data if an attacker successfully exploits security holes in your app or the frameworks it is linked against”. Yay. As far […]

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Word 2011: Why does word selection still select the trailing space?

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 • 10:11 am

In Microsoft Word, there is a myriad of inconsistencies, behaviours that don’t make sense and are simply the way they are because they have always been that way and nobody at Microsoft bothers to use his or her brains to think about whether these things still make sense today. Take, for example, what happens when […]

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About the new Mac Pro

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 • 8:40 am

I am ambivalent about the upcoming new Mac Pro unveiled by Apple yesterday at the WWDC. Of course, I am relieved that Apple has finally given us something tangible to look forward to. I am also glad that the new model is a radical rethink and that heavy emphasis has apparently been put on keeping […]

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Word 2011: Constant repagination while typing in footer

Friday, June 7th, 2013 • 4:37 pm

If there is one thing about Microsoft Word for OS X that you can say, it is that it is never boring. For sheer entertainment value, no other piece of OS X software will ever give you a scene such as this one: Here’s the context: I am working on a Word document created by someone […]

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OS X 10.8.4: Yet another big disappointment

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 • 10:11 pm

What’s the point of submitting bug reports? That’s the question I used to ask myself when it came to Microsoft and its crappy software, but I must say I am increasingly asking myself the exact same thing with Apple and its own software offerings. The two pieces of Apple software that I use the most […]

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Swinsian: Fantastic iTunes replacement for music collectors

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 • 1:28 pm

As a music lover, I collect, among other things, lots of bootleg recordings of live Prince concerts. Back in the pre-Internet era, I actually spent some of my hard-earned cash on bootleg LPs, CDs, and VHS tapes. But thankfully, with the advent of the Internet, it has become possible to build a very decent collection […]

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