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 Post subject: Useful Tips and Tricks
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 4:20 pm 
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I thought it might be good to have a place to pool information, an easy reference to stuff you had forgotten or perhaps didn't know about before.

This is (supposed to be ;) ) a thread for things that you like, or find useful - perhaps hints or tips, or apps that work really well for a specific job, and so on. If you have something that you find is helpful to you, you could tell us here. :D

Just posting a link is ok but it would also be great if you can add a bit of commentary, perhaps put pics in too.
They do say pics are worth a thousand words. :)


PS: :idea: Could you fill in the Subject line as well when you post, so that we can see what your post is about at a glance?

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 Post subject: Re: Useful
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 4:25 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Useful
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:00 pm 
 
This is a really good idea, and perhaps we could have a thread called 'tips and tricks'.


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 Post Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:14 pm 
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I've made the thread a "Sticky" and changed the title to include "tips and tricks" so folks, post away with your tips and tricks.

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 Post Posted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:08 am 
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Use the spacebar to chose an option in a dialogue box. If the option you want has a blue halo around it, hit the spacebar to chose it instead of using the mouse.

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If there are more than two options, press tab to move the halo between options.

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 Post Posted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:19 am 
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Disk Inventory X

Sometimes you find you're running out of room on your hard disk, and you wonder what is taking up all the space. Perhaps you think that the drive should have more room on it than it actually has. Perhaps you just want to find large files to remove from your drive to make space - there are some apps that can help. Whatsize is one of them but I prefer this one because it has a very visual interface and is highly practical in use. When you click on a folder or a file in the path display, it is highlighted in the main display. If you click on a file in the main display, the path to it is then shown. You can reveal a file in the Finder if you need to. You can enlarge the window to get a more detailed view, or zoom in to a particular folder. It then re-calculates and displays in the new size. The biggest files are easily identified and you can see the path to them. Invisible system files and folders are also plotted.

It's also possible to delete files from within the program, but you should be :!: really :!: careful not to remove any system files!

This can visualise any hard disk, not just the system disk. You can select the whole disk or choose any sub-folder on it to see more detail. It can look inside packages too.

http://www.derlien.com/

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 Post subject: Multiple clipboards
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Apple have always hobbled the copy/paste operation by only having one clipboard. It really is a pain if you have to make several copy operations.

Enter PTHPasteboard Pro 4. There are other multi-clipboards, but this is the one I use. It's called "Pro", but if you don't need the extra functions, you don't need to register it and the basic functions are just great. Click on the menubar icon, and a dropdown menu will show the recent clips and if you have a lot, it scrolls offscreen - but all are still available. I've got mine set to save the last 50 clips. It copies movie clips, pictures, text, text with formatting - anything, really. Just place the cursor then select the one you want to paste it into your document.

Copy the things you need first, then go to your document and choose them as needed. Easy.


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 Post subject: Re: Multiple clipboards
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:41 am 
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Leewave wrote:
Enter PTHPasteboard Pro 4. There are other multi-clipboards, but this is the one I use. It's called "Pro", but if you don't need the extra functions, you don't need to register it and the basic functions are just great.


I agree, PTHPasteboard Pro is a very useful tool, in fact I don't know how I would manage with the one Apple clipboard any more. I have read that the statement (in bold) above is no longer true for the latest version 4.5.4. It is certainly true for version 4.4.1 and earlier,(which looks like the version shown in Leewave's screen shots) and maybe true for some of the versions in between, but beware.

It would appear from reviews in places such as Mac Update that the latest version available from the developer (4.5.4) is a trial version and no longer has the restricted free option so they keep nagging you to pay $24.95.

If you are looking for the free version 4.4.1 (or a version in between) it may be available to download from here

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 Post subject: Re: Multiple clipboards
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Macdonkey wrote:
It would appear from reviews in places such as Mac Update that the latest version available from the developer (4.5.4) is a trial version and no longer has the restricted free option so they keep nagging you to pay $24.95.

Correct, the free version was plugged two years ago I think. I paid for it in the end, it's far too useful to lose.

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 Post Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 5:30 pm 
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Macdonkey wrote:
...it may be available to download from here

Thanks for that suggestion, Leewave, and the link, Macdonkey - I could get it to download 4.4.1 only by using the "External Download Mirror 1". I've often cursed hitting Command-C and at the same moment realising I'd just overwritten something I needed... :roll:

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 Post Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:36 pm 
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Typinator is a brilliant little app for turning a quick text shortcut into the fully expanded text.

Eg. type 'wbr' and Typinator will turn it automatically into"

'With best regards,

John Smith'

or whatever you want it to be (including formatting). It can even add images.

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 Post subject: Re: Multiple clipboards
 Post Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:17 pm 
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Macdonkey wrote:
Leewave wrote:
Enter PTHPasteboard Pro 4. There are other multi-clipboards, but this is the one I use. It's called "Pro", but if you don't need the extra functions, you don't need to register it and the basic functions are just great.


I agree, PTHPasteboard Pro is a very useful tool, in fact I don't know how I would manage with the one Apple clipboard any more.


Instead of using (yet another) app you can just use what OS X offers out of the box - Text Clippings. All you need to do is highlight the text you want to keep, and drag it to your desktop. Job done. To reuse it, drag it to where you want it and Bob's your Uncle.

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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:06 am 
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"Spark is a powerful, and easy Shortcuts manager. With Spark you can create Hot Keys to launch applications and documents, execute AppleScript, control iTunes, and more..."

This is a screenshot of my set up.

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 Post subject: Re: Multiple clipboards
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Fifth Decade wrote:
Instead of using (yet another) app you can just use what OS X offers out of the box - Text Clippings.

Well, I've learnt something else, great recommendation ... thanks

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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:52 pm 
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I use that a fair bit for storing vital snippets, but it's no good for humping graphics around.

Here's a useful (rather old now) tip for Text Clippings:
http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/index_files ... pings.html

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