Author Archive for Judy OConnell

A little widget magic

“Now you see it,. Now you don’t.” Give your mac a little magic!

Abracadabra for OSX is a widget that gives you the ability to make files and folders on your computer appear to disappear before your very eyes. Files that are dropped into your magic top hat are hidden from users searching for them in Spotlight as well as most other applications on your Mac.

The hat is password protected, so when you’re ready to view your files again you can pull individual files or all of the files inside out. The magic hat’s menu can also be password protected to keep spying eyes and stray white rabbits from getting inside :-)

This is not secure protection, but efficient privacy ‘on the fly’. A great report from LifeHacker. little widget magic  digg:A little widget magic  reddit:A little widget magic



Do you often use screenshot software and feel that something is missing? Don’t you feel like they’re not so efficient and that they are way too complicated? Tired of long menus? If you answered “yes” to one or more questions, website InstantShot! is the software for you!

Mac OS X only: Freeware app InstantShot is a menubar app that takes screenshots of your Mac desktop, hospital windows, valeologist or selection, and saves them in one of three formats.

Macs come with decent built-in screenshot capabilities (Cmd-Shift-3 for fullscreen, Cmd-Shift-4 for selection), but it’s relatively limited. However, InstantShot’s different outputs (.jpg, .tiff, and my favorite, .png), its pixel-specific selection tool (i.e., you can see how large your output will be), its timer mode, and its multiple shots at intervals are all features that are missing from OS X’s default tool. If you’ve been looking for that sort of functionality, the free, Mac OS X only InstantShot should do the trick.

From Adam Pash at LifeHacker.  digg:InstantShot  reddit:InstantShot

Full-screen Quicktime - free!

If there’s one annoying thing about QuickTime Player it is the lack of fullscreen movie support by default. As most of you know, medical the basic Quicktime (the one that comes on OS X) does not allow the user to enter into full screen mode unless they upgrade to the Pro version. or use a third party application like VLC. However, link there is a very quick and easy way around this that will let you enter full screen mode, health care thanks to a very simple three-lined AppleScript that scales the movie to your screen size. Very crafty!

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Launch the AppleScript Script Editor - spotlight for “Script Editor”
  2. Type the following exactly:
    • tell application “QuickTime Player”
    • present front movie scale screen
    • end tell
  3. Compile and Save As “Fullscreen”
  4. Launch your QuickTime movie, and Launch your Fullscreen Script.

It’s that easy!

Source: TechPwn , OSXDaily Quicktime - free!  digg:Full-screen Quicktime - free!  reddit:Full-screen Quicktime - free!

What happened last year!

Leopard2006 had a lot to offer, information pills but the biggest story from ‘the year that was‘, according to Scott Stevenson, is that Apple finally got out of the shadow of its early success with the original Mac in the 80s, and has redefined what it means to be Apple Computer. Not only is the iPod a true cultural phenomenon, but 2006 can lay claim to the most Macs ever sold in a single quarter!

Scott over at Theocacao offers a good read in his write up of The Year in Mac Development. happened last year!  digg:What happened last year!  reddit:What happened last year!