Articles posted in May, 2012

Mac OS X 10.7.4 and Grand Robert: An even better workaround

Thursday, May 31st, 2012 • 8:01 am

Mac OS X 10.7.4 and Grand Robert: An even better workaround Last week I wrote about a temporary workaround for the incompatibility between Mac OS X 10.7.4 and the Grand Robert application. The workaround, submitted by a Betalogue reader, consisted of editing the css files inside the Grand Robert application package to force the application […]

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Word 2011: Clickable area for styles control in toolbar

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 • 10:03 am

Microsoft Word’s user interface for paragraph and character styles (as opposed to manual formatting) has become so bad over the years that you cannot help but feel that everyone at Microsoft would be happier if no one used styles at all and everyone did what most Word users already do and used manual formatting exclusively […]

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Grand Robert and Robert & Collins: Tip to fix the double-click behaviour in the search field

Monday, May 21st, 2012 • 11:47 am

Nearly three years ago, I wrote (in French) about the absurd design of the user interface for the Grand Robert and Robert & Collins CD-ROM-based dictionary applications, which uses the double-click as a shortcut from jumping from entry to entry in the dictionary, whereas the universal convention in OS X is that a double-click on […]

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Mac OS X 10.7.4 and Grand Robert: Temporary workaround

Friday, May 18th, 2012 • 9:32 am

Last week I wrote about an incompatibility between Mac OS X and the Grand Robert application introduced by the 10.7.4 update. I then wrote an update about the fact that the Grand Robert developer is working on a solution. Since then, I have received some feedback from Betalogue readers, indicating that, since the Grand Robert […]

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Grand Robert and OS X 10.7.4: Update on the way

Monday, May 14th, 2012 • 1:06 pm

Last week I wrote about an incompatibility introduced by the OS X 10.7.4 update with the French dictionary application Le Grand Robert. I have since received a couple of e-mail responses from the developer, indicating that they blame the problem on Apple and on version 5.1.7 of Safari more specifically, rather than the OS X […]

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Adobe: Now that you’ve upgraded, would you like to upgrade?

Monday, May 14th, 2012 • 12:52 pm

Last week I wrote about my experience upgrading my Adobe CS5.5 Master Suite of applications to Adobe CS6. While I didn’t mention this in my original post, I also made sure my newly installed Adobe CS6 Master Suite was properly registered with Adobe under my existing Adobe ID. And now look at what I got […]

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Mac OS X 10.7.4 Update: Breaks compatibility with French dictionary Le Grand Robert

Friday, May 11th, 2012 • 11:31 am

With the release of the 10.7.4 update, I can now report on this bug that I have been living with for the past several weeks, with my prerelease copies of the update obtained via the AppleSeed program: Yes, that’s the search field in the top-left corner of the application’s main window. It’s the singlemost important […]

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Adobe CS6 Installer: Continuing a proud tradition of user hostility

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 • 5:19 pm

It’s that time of the year again… Against my better judgment, I have opted, once again, to upgrade my current version of the Adobe Creative Suite (5.5) to the new version (6.0). I am not quite ready to embrace Adobe’s version of cloud-based computing, so I ordered the disk-based version, and it was delivered today. Regular […]

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iTunes Performance Tip: Stay away from separate windows for playlists

Monday, May 7th, 2012 • 5:05 pm

I have a very large music collection and for years now I have been struggling with iTunes’s poor performance levels. Things have been fluctuating somewhat over time, with some releases being nearly unusable and others somewhat better. Switching to an SSD drive as my startup volume has also helped somewhat. (There is of course no […]

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iTunes and the temptation of ‘good enough’

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 • 8:35 am

There has been a fair amount of grumbling lately about iTunes lately: “iTunes: Time to right the syncing ship” (Jason Snell, Macworld) “iTunes’ ball and chain: Windows” (Allen Pike) I myself have done a fair amount of grumbling about iTunes over the years. With every year that passes, it seems that we are getting closer […]

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