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Standard Function Keys – Great Tip!

Standard Function Keys

If you’re using MacBook keyboard, you will see a Fn key. When this key is pressed, F1-F7 keys will become standard function keys.

Fortunately, you can change this behavior so that without pressing down Fn key, F1-F7 keys are already functioning as standard function keys.

The good thing here is, you can easily perform keystrokes that include these keys, such as Control F1.

Here are the steps to change these function keys’ behavior:

  • Open Apple ▸ System Preferences..
  • Go to Keyboard & Mouse
  • Click on Keyboard section
  • Tick the last checkbox labelled Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys
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    The bad thing is, usually these keys come with Brightness and Volume Adjustment, i.e. after the changes you will need to press Fn to adjust brightness and volume.

    (Via USINGMAC.com – Home.)

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    Emailing a link! Cool Tip!

    E-mailing a link!
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    To email a url that is loaded in Safari with Mail, you simply have to drag the small icon at the left of the url and while holding on to it, pressing “Command-Tab” and dropping the url on Mail.

    (Via A New Mac Tip Every Day.)

    Customize Your Folder Icons

    Telling Folders – Customize Your Folder Icons

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    Telling Folders 1.0 is a free application for Leopard that allows you to easily customize or change your folder icons. You can drag and drop any image on top of your current folder icon. QuickLook is supported, so you are not limited to just images. If you accidentally change a folder icon, full Undo support is included in the application.

    Get it HERE!

    (Via Cool OSX Apps)

    Maintaining Battery Life

    Maintaining Battery Life

    If somehow you happen to hear someone said that it’s fine to connect your MacBook battery to power socket all the time, then it’s unlucky that you’ve got the wrong idea. Plugging your battery all the time will shorten your battery life.

    Checking Battery Condition

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    There is an application called Coconut Battery that can help you inspect your battery life.

    How is your battery condition?

    Fortunately, there is a quick tip that can help you maintain your battery life: by calibrating your battery every month or two.

    Calibrating Battery

    1. Charge the battery until it’s fully charged
    2. Keep the fully charged state for two hours or more
    3. Disconnect power adapter
    4. Use your battery until it goes to sleep (empty state)
    5. Leave it for five hours or longer
    6. Connect the power adapter and charge the battery until it’s full

    Source: Apple Support.

    (Via USINGMAC)

    Sync .Mac Bookmarks with Safari before June 30, 2008…or loose them FOREVER!

    Sync .Mac Bookmarks with Safari before June 30, 2008

    Right from the horses (Apples) mouth!
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    Sync .Mac Bookmarks with Safari before June 30, 2008

    Summary
    As part of the transition from .Mac to MobileMe, Web access to .Mac Bookmarks ends on June 30, 2008 (06-30-2008). After this date, you will no longer be able to access or update your bookmarks at (www.mac.com).

    To avoid losing any existing .Mac Bookmarks, sync them with Safari on your Mac before June 30, 2008.

    Products Affected
    .Mac, MobileMe

    (Via apple )

    Zooming in and out in Photoshop!

    Zooming in and out in Photoshop!

    B0CD8DBC-9513-4980-AAC1-B5BB76A90E00.jpgThis might be an easy tip for pro designers, but I think it is worth mentioning.  There is the standard shortcut for zooming in and out and that is “Command -” or “Command +”.  There is a much quicker and more precise way using the mouse scroll wheel.  The shortcut is “Option” and the scroll wheel.”

    (Via A New Mac Tip Every Day)

    “Arrange in Front” in Safari!

    “Arrange in Front” in Safari!

    A great tip:

    7BB0379B-CC95-41E8-B26C-3B79A1F28D02.jpgThis is a hidden feature from Safari’s “Window” menu. By default, it is “Bring All to Front”, but when you hold down “Option”, it switches to “Arrange in Front”. What it seems to do is align all Safari windows in an ordered manner.

    (Via A New Mac Tip Every Day.)

    AppFresh Keeps Your Applications Up To Date

    AppFresh – Keep Your Applications Up To Date
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    I have been using AppFresh for over a year now and I love it! So when I saw this article on Cool OSX Apps I had to pass it along…

    AppFresh 0.71 is an excellent free utility for OS X that keeps all your Mac applications up to date, by checking the internet for new releases. It provides one central place to keep your applications, preference panes, widgets and application plugins that you have installed on your Mac up to date. It works with Tiger and Leopard.

    Note: This is a development preview release.

    FEATURES

    Apple Updates,
    Sparkle Updates,
    Microsoft And Adobe Updates,
    Updates Widgets, Prefpanes And Plugins
    Snapshots Your Current Application Data
    Download And Install New Versions
    Much More

    (Via Cool OSX Apps.)

    force quit quicker! (say that 3 times fast)

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    Holding “Shift” changes another shortcut in the Apple menu. It is the “Force Quit” feature. The standard shortcut is “Option – Command – Esc” and loads the Force Quit window. Adding “Shift” will modify the shortcut and let you directly Force Quit the application that you are currently in. It bypasses the Force Quit window.

    (Via tips4mac.)

    RSS Readers For Macs

    Top 11 RSS Readers For Macs

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    A lot of people are subscribing to blogs and websites using RSS. (Did you know that you can find my RSS feed here). I think it is a great way to keep update with the latests posts and updates of your favourite sites. I have many RSS feeds, and I really enjoy reading through them. This post will be about some of the top RSS readers for the Macintosh operating system. Most of them are very similar in nature in what they do (there is not a lot of variation for RSS feeds). The list is organized in alphabetical order, but if you think I have missed one please leave a comment below.

    1) Cyndicate

    Touted as a next gen RSS reader it has a very similar interface to mail. It does have some interesting features such as a star rating system for articles, the ability to customize the CSS and HTML to your liking. So you change how it looks and feels. As well as this it also has a unique feature for having the “Share This” option, enabling you to share it with your friends or favourite sites. It does have a 21-day demo so you can try before you buy.

    Price: $29.95


    2) Endo

    Endo (very cool name) is made by the popular people that made the desktop blogging software ecto. This reader brings forward some of the simple interfaces and styles that ecto is so popular for. This is a simple reader, designed to bring you directly to your feeds. It has a “different” navigation bar at the top, but has all of the usual features of searching, smart downloads, flagging. This app also enables you to customize the look of your feeds but enables you to do it individually to different feeds through the use of a simple GUI.

    Price: Free.


    3) Firefox

    Although not an RSS reader in itself it does offer the ability to keep track of your feeds through its interface. Its not the best RSS reader in the world, it may not even be the “top” but it is good for anyone who is on a computer network and cannot install applications. Its all built in. Only ever good if you need to quickly check a site. There are various plugins which enable this function to perform slightly better.

    Price: Free. Download it here.


    4) Google Reader

    Probably one of the best online RSS readers, the other being bloglines, it has the similar Google interface we have come to know and love. It works in a simple way of letting you subscribe and view you feeds in the sidebar. It is great if you are always on the move, or want a site to keep track of all of your feeds so you can access them from anywhere.

    Price: Free


    5) Mail

    Personally, my favorite RSS client. Although it doesn’t have any of the fancy, advance features, it does work very well. It integrate well within your normal mailbox. You can easily apply flags, and filters, as well as easy folder organization to keep things in check. Best of all it is included with the operating system so you don’t have to download anything.


    6) NetNewsWire

    Probably one of the best, and popular RSS readers on the Mac, and rightly so. It has one of the easiest to use interfaces. Like many readers on this list, it has lots of features including a fast search engine, html archiving and picking up on favicons within the sidebar. It is now free, which is the best thing of all.

    Price: Free


    7) NewsLife

    A very simple RSS reader. Like many other reader it has a simple sidebar and colourful interface. Simple to use, although could have some more advance features.

    Price: Free

    8) NewsFire

    From the creators of xtorrent, a popular bittorrent software, the same guys have made newsfire. It is very simple to use and doesn’t have more of the advance features. It does have a very simple interface, so if you are only after a RSS reader that does just that, read. Newsfire is your choice.

    Price: Free


    9) PixelNews

    Like all RSS readers it offers the same basic format of sidebar plus entry. But this program has a couple of cool features. Such as the ability to show the latest posts feeds through the use of a “Breaking News” feature. It also links to the Pixelnews database which enables you to view and search other RSS feeds with other people. It does have a free 2 week trial.

    Price: $25

    10) Safari

    Another built-in RSS reader that is way better than Firefox. It gives you all you need to preview feeds. search through them and easily organise them from your menu bar. One very cool feature is the article length slider, than enables you to sort the lengths of your feeds, so you can either have the full view, a partial cut down view, or just the head lines. I would go for this one for a web based RSS reader.

    Price: Free


    11) Shrook

    A different method of viewing RSS feeds through the use of column views. Although slightly annoying it does have some good features to compensate. For example it runs through growl, which enables you to get easy on screen notifications. As well as the ability to store items later through the use of a scrap book.

    Price: Free.


    Hopefully that has enlightened you to some of the top RSS readers out there. There are hundreds of programs out there that could be the job, but I would be here all day if I was to list them all. My personal choice would be to go for Mail or Safari if you don’t want to download anything, and NetNews if you want to download an app. These are my choices. If you have any comments on ones I have missed out that should have made the list, or just any comments please leave one below.

    Edit: Due to unsurpassed popular demand:

    12) Vienna

    Similar to many RSS readers, Vienna does have some cool features that many people seem to like, due to untold number of comments. Including tabbed browsing, and Apple Script support. Apple Script support is a very cool idea. There have been many times I would have wanted a quick bit of Apple Script to do a repetitive job. I think I might have to give this program a try, it seems a lot of people like it.

    Price: Free