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Cull Graphics Quickly with Preview

You're faced with a folder full of images, and you need to sort through them, trashing some number and keeping the rest. For a quick way to do that, select them all, and open them in Preview (in Leopard, at least). You'll get a single window with each graphic as an item in the drawer. Use the arrow keys to move from image to image, and when you see one you want to trash, press Command-Delete to move it from its source folder to the Finder's Trash. (Delete by itself just removes the picture from Preview's drawer.)

 
 

MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3 Released

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Apple has released MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3, which "fixes a display issue on 2.2/2.4 GHz 15-inch MacBook Pro models," according to the minimal text on Apple's download page. MacFixIt speculates that this update fixes a color distortion problem introduced in the earlier MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0, which is required prior to applying the latest firmware update.

Apple also released Firmware Restoration CD 1.3. This utility (a 22.5 MB download) burns a CD that can be used to start up and repair an Intel-based Mac that won't work due to an interrupted or failed firmware update. The CD won't restore a machine's firmware if a firmware update was successfully applied. Needless to say, download the utility and burn a CD before applying the MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update.

 

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