Posted tagged ‘Leopard’

10.5.2 Makes Me Happy

March 1, 2008

Finally – Apple released a major update a few weeks ago and I am just now learning about the changes that go easily missed if you don’t know the specifics of this update. So, I decided to share my favorite enhancements here for those of you who use Mac OS X Leopard.

1. You can finally get rid of the translucent menu bar in the Desktop/Screensaver preferences. I don’t know about you, but I did not like my desktop background showing through the menu bar.

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2. You can control how Stacks behaves in the dock. Now you can make your stack behave hierarchically in a list like you used to be able to do before Leopard. Just right-click on the stack to make this change or any of the changes in 3 and 4 below.

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3. You can also display the folder as a true folder instead of a stack. All this means is that the folder icon does not keep changing based upon what you put into that folder. I personally found this very annoying. Now my custom folder icons that help me distinguish one from another are back 🙂

4. Further in stacks, you can sort your hierarchical list display in the traditional manner of kind, name, date added, date modified.

If you want to get more information on this update (many issues were addressed here), visit Apple’s 10.5.2 update page or watch the Macworld video.

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Great QuickLook Plugin

December 7, 2007

For those of you who are mac users and have upgraded to the latest OS, Leopard, you have most probably been enjoying the built in quicklook feature that allows you to preview almost any document simply be selecting it and pressing the space bar. I think it just might be one of my favorite features because it allows me to browse through files without ever having to open them, including photos and videos! The only underdeveloped feature is when using QuickLook to view a folder rather than a specific file. The result was not all that informative. Well, there is a 3rd party plugin that you can download for free that really improves this functionality when viewing folders. You can download it here. After installing quickookit (very easy to do), the result is this. You get to preview the file names inside of that folder, including timestamp, date modified, file size, and file type. This is a huge timesaver for me as I graze though files, and now folders, looking for that bit of information that I have saved… somewhere. By the way, if you are interested, there is also a QuickLook plugin for .ZIP files that allow you to preview these same bits of information in a .zip file without having to uncompress it. Anything like this that helps me manage my information is great. As storage gets cheaper we are having larger and larger hard drives that allow us to be real digital pack rats. These types of features, along with Mac’s great Spotlight search engine, make finding my precious bits, bytes, megabytes, and now gigabytes all that much easier.