Avoid Simple Typos
If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.
It's time to vote in our annual Gift Guide survey! Also, Matt Neuburg returns to update his investigations into Snow Leopard problems this week, noting that Apple has made the increasing deprecation of creator codes official and explaining how to eliminate Snow Leopard's Finder-copying bug. Doug McLean revisits old territory too, covering how iPhoto 8.1.1 fixes the program's face recognition bug, while Adam looks at how Twitter has rephrased the question that greets posters to the microblogging service. Adam also describes a new interface to article summaries on the TidBITS Web site. In the Take Control world, Jeff Carlson contributes some of his favorite iPhone tips from his recently released "Take Control of Your iPhone Apps," and we announce the publication of "Take Control of Syncing Data in Snow Leopard." Notable software releases in the past two weeks include Server Admin Tools 10.6.2, 1Password 3.0, Snapz Pro X 2.2.2, WireTap Studio 1.1.0, PopChar X 4.3, Electric Sheep 2.7b19c, NoteBook 3.0v366, Camino 2.0, Mailplane 2.1, Apple Printer Driver Updates, and Fetch 5.5.3.
Apple's documentation at last officially admits that, in Snow Leopard, creator codes are ignored when deciding what application owns a document.Show full article
If you've ever been frustrated by trying to sync your data between different devices or by cleaning up duplicated events or contacts, our new "Take Control of Syncing Data in Snow Leopard" has all the answers you need.Show full article
We've been collecting ideas for this year's TidBITS Gift Guide, and now it's time for you to vote for which items appear in the end result!Show full article
Apple has updated iPhoto '09 with a fix for a bug that prevented the Faces feature from properly recognizing matches for already-identified faces. The update also addresses an issue with book ordering and improves iPod touch support.Show full article
Twitter has swapped its trademark "What are you doing?" question for "What's happening?"Show full article
To make the TidBITS Web site more easily scanned, we've introduced an optional way of displaying headline pages with pop-up balloons that show the article summary when you mouse over a headline. Click the Hide/Show Summaries link at the top of the page.Show full article
The latest release of TomTom navigation apps enables the original iPhone, which lacks a GPS receiver, and any iPod touch to work with the external navigation hardware in TomTom's car kit. Show full article
Certain files can't be copied from one computer to another via File Sharing in Snow Leopard. The cause of the bug has to do with permissions on symlinks. Here's how to detect troublesome symlinks and fix them.Show full article
While writing "Take Control of Your iPhone Apps," Jeff Carlson discovered a variety of iPhone and iPod touch tips and tricks new to him, despite owning an iPhone since its release. He shares a few of his favorites from the many that appear in the book.Show full article
Notable software releases in the past two weeks include Server Admin Tools 10.6.2, 1Password 3.0, Snapz Pro X 2.2.2, WireTap Studio 1.1.0, PopChar X 4.3, Electric Sheep 2.7b19c, NoteBook 3.0v366, Camino 2.0, Mailplane 2.1, Apple Printer Driver Updates, and Fetch 5.5.3.Show full article
Articles about Apple's missteps with the App Store approval process continue to attract our attention this week, but we also have links to a fun game for designers who are also foodies, a collection of manuals for the iMac and Mac mini, a pointer to a Microsoft Office Holiday Sale, and an interesting article on how volunteers are improving online maps.Show full article
We took a week off from publishing our email newsletter due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, but TidBITS Talk discussions continued during the break. In this week's roundup, we touch on working with small screens, creating slideshows and presentations, putting an old Apple display into service, getting an old scanner and HP printer to work under Snow Leopard, and dealing with Intuit (both positive and negative experiences). Readers also seek troubleshooting advice for a Mac Pro that wakes itself up and for pushing outgoing email through a gateway when traveling, wonder if Apple has officially dropped support for Tiger, and discuss the version of Mac OS X 10.6 Server that comes with the Mac mini server.Show full article