Articles posted in February, 2010

Mac OS X’s Preview: Needs to be smart about word selection and quotation marks

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 • 5:27 pm

The version of Preview (5.0.x) included in Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) features welcome improvements in the area of text selection in PDF files. More specifically, it is significantly smarter when it comes to enabling the user to select and copy text that is laid out in a multiple-column format. Apple even has a […]

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PowerPoint 2008: Problem when displaying same presentation in two windows

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 • 6:43 pm

For a long time, Office applications have had a feature where you can view the same document in two different windows at the same time, which enables you to view and edit two different sections of the same document or view the same document in two different view modes at the same time. It’s a […]

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Mac Pro Audio Update 1.0 fixes Mac Pro CPU heating issue

Monday, February 15th, 2010 • 10:53 am

I am pleased to report that Apple has just released a software update called Mac Pro Audio Update 1.0 that addresses the problem with excessive CPU heat in 2009 Mac Pro computers during audio activities. I first wrote about this problem a month ago, but this is a problem that has been plaguing 2009 Mac […]

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Pages ’09: Bookmarks affect text selection

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 • 1:24 pm

In Pages, you can select any text string and turn it into a bookmark using the “Bookmark” tab in the “Link” inspector: This can be handy when you need to add cross-references inside your document. The problem is that, even though the creation of a bookmark is an invisible process (you can view bookmarks but […]

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Firefox 3.6: Contextual menu items do not blink

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 • 11:11 am

Safari is my main browser in Mac OS X. Sometimes I have to use another browser, and Camino tends to do the trick. (It’s based on the same underlying engine as Firefox.) While I keep a current copy of Firefox on my hard drive, I hardly ever use it. Why? Because, even after all these […]

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Desperately seeking smarter word processor

Monday, February 8th, 2010 • 3:39 pm

Take the following excerpt from a simple word processor document: Note where the insertion point is located (at the beginning of the second paragraph). Now what do you think will happen when I start typing from that insertion point? More specifically, do you expect the inserted text to be in bold or not? Well, here […]

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Mac OS X’s Finder: Moving locked files

Thursday, February 4th, 2010 • 12:32 pm

Try the following. Create a test folder called “Test.” Inside that folder, create another folder called “Enclosed.” Inside the “Test” folder (next to the “Enclosed” folder), put two files of any kind. Let’s say the files are called “text1.txt” and “text2.txt”: Select “text1.txt” and bring up the information for the file. Check the “Locked” option […]

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Mac OS X’s Address Book: Can’t ‘Go to My Card’ during a search

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 • 1:32 pm

Address Book has a useful command called “Go to My Card” (in the “Card” menu). Why is it useful? For a variety of reasons. For example, you might want to copy your own mailing address from your own card in order to paste it somewhere else. Or, as often happens to me, you might need […]

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