How to reverse default scroll behaviour on Mac OS X Lion
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A lot of users seem to be annoyed by the scroll behaviour on Mac OS X Lion. There are complaints about it not being intuitive and difficult to adapt. The scroll behaviour in Mac OS X Lion which is termed by Apple as “natural scroll” can be easily reversed and set to what it was in Snow Leapord.

Follow steps below based on whether you have a Magic Mouse or a Magic Trackpad.

For Magic Mouse

1) Go to System Preference

2) Select Mouse under Hardware in System Preference

3) Uncheck “Move content in the direction of finger movement when scrolling or navigating”

 

For Magic Trackpad

1) Go to System Preference

2) Select Trackpad under Hardware in System Preference

3) Uncheck  “When using gestures to scroll or navigate, move content in the direction of finger movement.” (in Old Macs)

OR

Under Scroll & Zoom;  Uncheck “Scroll direction: natural” (In New Macs)

 

 

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Mac Essentials: NameChanger
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NameChanger

NameChanger

NameChanger, as the name suggests is a simple to use tool to change names of multiple files at the same time. You must have come across many situations when you have a list of files on your Mac machine and wish that they were all named in a particualar format or that they all had the same name with a sequential numbering. NameChanger is a handy tool that helps you do exactly that.

It gives you different options by which you can change names of files. The interface is very simple to use. You can drag and drop files that you need to change names and watch the changes take place as you type them. It also contains Image browser for visual re-arrangement of photos, quicklook and an ability to save the rename for a later use.

It offers a variety of ways by which you can modify names which includes wildcard, prepend, append, character removal, sequence, date, replace by occurrence etc. It is possible to write a script on Mac to be able to do the same thing for you. But como’n, how many of us can actually do that? and moreover, how many of us actually want to do it that way?

Click here to download

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How to create an install disk / USB drive of OS X Lion
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Disk Utility

Disk Utility

Please remember: This method is not an upgrade method but a fresh install method. Installing Mac OS X Lion on your Mac through this process shall result in a fresh install of the operating system. It’ll wipe everything from the hard drive. You need to have taken a backup of your entire machine and need to have verified your backup before you go ahead with the install process described below.

1) Download OS X Lion from the Mac App store

Since this is a 4 GB download, it is expected to take some time before the download completes. You may want to plan your download time based on download speed available to you.

2) Copy the install file in a different location.

Once the download is complete, it’ll take you through the installation procedure and ask you to press continue to install. Stop right here. Do not hit continue. Go to the Applications folder instead. Application folder can be found by clicking on finder. It generally appears in the list of folders under places in the left hand bar.

  • Locate the file that says “Install Mac OS X Lion”
  • Right click (ctrl+click) on the file
  • Select “Show Package Contents”
  • Expand the folder “Shared Support” by clicking on the small arrow on its left to view its content
  • You’ll find a file called “InstallESD.dmg”
  • Copy the file to your Downloads or Documents folder

3) Create install disk

  • Start the “Disk Utility” application
  • You should see all Hard drives, optical disks and thumb drives connected to your machine in the left hand bar
  • Insert a blank DVD in the DVD slot
  • The blank DVD should show up under SuperDrive
  • Click “Burn” icon on top of the screen
  • It should ask you for file location
  • Select the “InstallESD.dmg” file that you copied in Downloads or Documents folder before

Allow burn to complete. That’s it! You now have an installation disk for OS X Lion

To install on USB Drive:

Repeat step 1) and Step 2) as described above

3) Create installable USB drive

  • Start the “Disk Utility” application
  • You should see all Hard drives, optical disks and thumb drives connected to your machine in the left hand bar
  • Connect USB drive with more than 4 GB capacity to your machine
  • Select the USB drive from the left hand menu
  • Under Restore tab enter the source and destination
  • Source = “installESD.dmg” copied in Downloads or Documents before
  • Destination = Drag the USB drive from left hand menu to the space for destination
  • Remember to select “Erase destination”

Please note that this action shall erase everything on the USB drive and re-write it with the Mac OS X Install program. If you are sure you want to use this drive then go ahead and click Restore at the bottom of the screen

Allow restore to complete. That’s it! You now have an installation disk for OS X Lion

To install Mac OS X Lion from the newly created USB drive/DVD, you need to restart your machine by holding down the option key. You will be given options to boot from DVD or USB drive. Go through the installation process. Once installation is complete, you can then restore your applications, folders, documents from the backup you had taken earlier.

 

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+Thunderbolt –Optical Drive = New Mac mini
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Mac mini

Mac mini

Apple today launched new version of Mac mini desktop with Thunderbolt support. This is in line with other new hardware launched today that support Thunderbolt

Other than Thunderbolt, new Mac mini also come installed with faster new processors, graphic cards and Mac OS X Lion. The Thunderbolt on Mac mini replaces the mini display port. Mac mini retains the size and form factor of the previous generation of Mac minis but one striking change to the exterior is the omission of optical drive.

Apple has made notable changes in the models available. Or one could put it as Apple has gone back to the original price point and two model option similar to what it was before the current generation of Mac minis. Mac minis are now available in two versions. The entry level Mac mini with 2 GB RAM, 2.3GHz dual core Intel i5 chip, 500GB Hard disk drive and Intel HD graphics 3000 processor with 288 MB of DDR3 SDRAM is priced £529 ($599). The other Mac mini comes with 4 GB RAM, 2.5GHz dual core Intel i5 chip, 500 GB Hard drive and has a superior AMD Radeon HD 6630M processor with 256 MB of GDDR5 memory and is priced at £699 ($799)

There is also the Mac mini server version available which is made of 4GB RAM, 2.0GHz quad core Intel i7 chip, dual 500GB 7200rpm hard drives, Intel HD graphics 3000 and is priced at £849 ($999)

By removing the optical drives from Mac mini, Apple seems to have made clear about their stand on optical drives. They seem convinced that the future for optical drives is not long and that the App store is the way forward and that is what they want to go with.

 

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Apple Xcode available for free on Mac App Store
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Apple Xcode

Xcode

With an update to version 4.1 of Xcode Apple has made it free on the Mac App store. This application was initially made available on the App Store at $4.99 and was widely downloaded both by developers and users who wanted the feature of additional multi-touch gesture on their iPads

It is apparent that this move from Apple is to invite more and more developers including amateur, hobbyist and just the curious ones to code for the Mac & iOS platform. One will be able to develop and use his/her own application outside the Mac App Store. To be able to sell your application on the Mac App store you’ll still require a developer registration which will cost you $99 per year.

Originally, Xcode was always free even if you had registered as a free developer with Apple until it was made available on the Mac App Store with the release of version 4.0.  If you were registered as a free developer with Apple, you would get all tools for free but would not be able to post the app on iOS App store (Mac App store had not come to existence yet).

Through Xcode, one can create apps for Apple’s entire platform. Creating apps in this case covers all of interface design, coding, testing and debugging within a single window. It also has the full screen support which has been made standard with Mac OS X Lion

 

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Mac OS X Lion launched on Mac App Store
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Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Today, 20 July 2011 is a historic day in the world of desktop operating systems(OS). Apple today announced the launch of their new OS called Mac OS X Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) on their Mac Appstore. It is the first time that an OS is made available to upgrade straight from the net without use of external device.

The OS is currently only available for download on the Appstore for £20.99 ($29.99). The other interesting thing about this distribution is that since it is distributed through the Mac Appstore is falls under the Appstore policy through which one purchase can be installed on up to 5 devices owned by you. This makes the cost of OS @ £4.20 ($6) per machine

Apple claims to have more than 250 new features, including Multi-touch gestures, full screen apps, iOS (iPad, iPhone) like home screen, Mission control to give you bird’s eye view of all open apps, launchpad, Resume, autosave, version control, Air drop etc to name a few.

OS X Lion requires a Mac notebook or desktop with Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Xeon processor, snow leopard 10.6.6 (Preferably 10.6.8), at least 2GB RAM and minimum free hard drive space of 8GB.

 

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White MacBooks disappear from Apple website
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Plastic MacBook

White MacBook

Apple today made announcements about the launch new version of Macs with Thunderbolt support and new operating system Mac OS X Lion. But, they also quietly discontinued the plastic body MacBook popular as the white MacBook.

White MacBook when first launched in 2006 were a very popular range and brought in truck loads of new Mac users to Apple. The design was deemed revolutionary and was an instant hit in the creative world and students alike. It was launched with a black sibling which was discontinued when the unibody MacBook Pro model were first launched. But the white MacBook stayed around. They stayed for around 5 years and considering the fast pace of change in the world of IT, it is definitely a feat in itself.

After the introduction of unibody MacBook Pro the white MacBooks were mostly popular among students and people on a tight budget who wanted to buy a Mac notebook. It served well as an entry level MacBook.

Apple now seems to want to move to MacBook Air as their entry level MacBooks. MacBook Airs are aggressively priced at $50 cheaper than MacBook and are beefed with better feature. According to me, they make a perfect replacement for their outstanding predecessor and will certainly make them proud.

For those buyers who are still interested in white MacBook can head to the refurbished section of the Apple website and buy them as refurbished.

 

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New MacBook Airs Launched with Sandy Bridge processors, Thunderbolt and backlit keyboard
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Sandy Bridge MacBook Air

MacBook Air

Apple today revamped its MacBook Air line of notebooks by adding Sandy Bridge processors, Thunderbolt port and the much awaited backlit keyboard as standard feature for the entire range of MacBook Air. The MacBook Airs also come pre-installed with Mac OS X Lion

Apple has retained the shape and two sizes that were introduced with previous generation of MacBook Airs. Both the 11.6” and 13.3” model now come with Intel dual-core i5 processors as default with a configuration option of i7 for both models. Out of the two 11.6” models, only the one with 128GB hard drive is configurable to i7. In terms of specs, the high end 11.6” inch and the low end 13.3” are almost identical in specs with the screen size and additional SD slot in 13.3” model being the only two differences.

Of the two 11.6” models the lower end(entry level) which costs £849 ($999) consists of 1.6 GHz dual core Intel i5 processor, 2GB DDR3 memory, 64 GB flash storage, Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory. The high end 11.6” model which costs £999 ($1,199) comes with 1.6 GHz dual core Intel i5 processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, 128 GB flash storage, Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory. Both the models are said to have a battery life of 5 hours.

Of the two 13.3” models the lower end which costs £1,099 ($1,299) consists of 1.7 GHz dual core Intel i5 processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, 128 GB flash storage, Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory. The high end 13.3” model which costs £1,349 ($1,599) comes with 1.7 GHz dual core Intel i5 processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, 256 GB flash storage, Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory. Both the models are said to have a battery life of 7 hours.

 

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Apple launches new 27 inch diplay: Thunderbolt Display
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Apple Thunderbolt Display

Apple Thunderbolt Display

Apple today launched three of its products with Thunderbolt support. One of them being 27 inch  LED display.  Apple has now renamed the 27” Cinema display to call it 27” Thunderbolt display.

Thunderbolt display now comes equipped with a thunderbolt port in addition to the other ports USB, Firewire 800 and ethernet port that were available on Cinema display. It is possible to connect up to six devices to each Thunderbolt port. It supports two channels of 10-Gbps throughput in both direction.  Apple claims it to be 12 times faster than firewire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0

Thunderbolt display also includes a MagSafe connector that can power your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air straight from the device. By doing so,  it would not only help charge the device but also ensure that there are not too many loose cables around.

The LED backlighting takes no time to brighten up. This means, no waiting time after you turn on your Thunderbold display. It is practially instant on and ready to go as soon as you connect a device to it. The display features a cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio with 2650 x 1440 resolution.

It comes with built in FaceTime HD camera and microphone. You can choose to use the camera and microphone in place of the connected Mac desktop or notebook. This is possible even with the notebook in closed state.

System requirement to connect to this display is a Thunderbolt enable Mac device computer including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and iMac that runs Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

 

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Mac Essentials: Chipmunk
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Chipmunk

Every one of us has come across this situation where you are frantically trying to find something on your machine but you literally cannot. This may occur not due to a file not found but multiple versions of the file being found. You would take the pain of arranging the files on your machine every once in a while and ensure that files are arranged in the best possible hierarchy and under the right folders so that they are easier to find in the future. But, in spite of all the efforts you still find multiple version of the file when you are actually looking for one.

Chipmunk is a small and effective tool to help you in such situations. Chipmunk will take the pains of comparing files and identifying any/all files that are identical. It does a byte by byte comparison to determine if any two files are true duplicates of each other. Chipmunk not only looks for duplicate file name but also looks for files and folders with similar contents on all mounted volumes on your machine. You can configure Chipmunk to auto delete duplicates that exist outside a particular folder or vice versa. Chipmunk also allows you to view each file in finder and do a quick look of the file.

To download Chipmunk : click here … Mac App Store, Developer’s Site

 

Chipmunk

Chipmunk Screenshot

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