Launchpad Kills Muscle Memory

Launchpad on Aug. 26 — I have my apps arranged just how I want them. I've been using Launchpad for a couple of months now, and it took me a while to figure out why Launchpad is so difficult to use as an application launcher. It turns out that after I spent all that time initially dragging apps around in Launchpad and getting them arranged in way that suited me, Launchpad on its own moves apps around within the Launchpad screen. What happens is, I drag a particular app to the first spot in the third row in Launchpad. I… Continue reading »

Resizing Windows in Lion

Hover your cursor over any window edge or corner to resize the window. Apple finally gave us the ability to resize windows from any edge or corner. For years, I've wished Apple would copy Windows on that feature; resizing only from the bottom right corner is so last century. It's one of the few things — possibly the only thing — that I think Windows does better than Mac. With Lion, we finally get that ability. Now, you can grab any edge or any corner of a window and resize the window by dragging that edge or corner. And it… Continue reading »

How To Add An Application to Launchpad

Some of you are probably wondering, like I did, why some of your applications aren't available in Launchpad. You launch Launchpad and wonder, "Why isn't Microsoft Word showing up in Launchpad?" or "Why isn't Quicken in Launchpad?" or "Why isn't my favorite app that I keep on my Desktop not in Launchpad?" There are a variety of reasons that an app may not appear in Launchpad. Apps Outside the Applications Directory Launchpad automatically grabs all applications in your root /Applications directory and in your /User/username/Applications directory. If you keep some of your apps in other locations, they won't appear in… Continue reading »

Making Application Groups in Launchpad

Launchpad, out of the box, is a jumbled mess, and if you're anything like me, you took one look at it, panicked, and decided you never wanted to go there again. You might want to give Launchpad another look. With a little effort, you can organize things to make Launchpad work for you. One of the biggest issues is how to make groups of applications in Launchpad, or to un-group already-grouped applications. Making Groups in Launchpad Grouping applications together in Launchpad is easy. Just grab an app with your mouse cursor and drag it on top of another app. A… Continue reading »

Classic Color Meter: Replacement For DigitalColor Meter

Classic Color Meter is a perfect replacement for the old Digital Color Meter I updated my two previous posts about the destruction of Apple's DigitalColor Meter, but I decided this is worth of post of its very own. Ricci Adams has released an app called "Classic Color Meter," a perfect drop-in replacement for the old DigitalColor Meter. It's available through Apple's App Store, and you can find more info about it here: Classic Color Meter CCM uses the exact same method of sampling a color from the screen. The exact same keyboard command to lock onto a specific pixel (command-L),… Continue reading »

Digital Color Meter Alternative

The Hex Color Picker provides essentially the same functionality as Digital Color Meter I went looking for an alternative to Digital Color Meter (R.I.P.), which Apple destroyed in the Lion update. There doesn't seem to be a stand-alone program that you can download and use, but there is a pretty easy way to get the same functionality back, by adding a hex tab to Apple's built-in color picker. I didn't panic, because I was pretty I'd find a solution. First, you need to download the Hex Color Picker. Don't worry that the "Requirements" don't mention Lion — Leopard & Snow… Continue reading »

USB Modem That Works With Lion!

USB Modem that works with OSX Lion. A link to buy it is at the end of the article, just scroll on down. My new USB modem that I ordered a few days from eBay arrived, and I can confirm that it does indeed work under Lion! Ah, victory is sweet! It came with one of those small CDs, which I popped into my computer, and I quickly discovered that no modem drivers were included for OSX. So I went Googling for an OSX modem driver for it, but without any luck. I didn't spend a lot of time looking,… Continue reading »

Apple Destroyed Digital Color Meter!

Digital Color Meter is a shell of its former self. OMFG, I just launched Digital Color Meter for the first time since upgrading to Lion. Apple has utterly destroyed it! The old DCM (Snow Leopard and earlier) was an incredibly useful little utility that allowed me to pick up any color from anywhere on the monitor, in any program, and get the hex value for that color. I could lock DCM onto any single pixel with command-L, copy the hex value to the clipboard, and paste it into a CSS file in my text editor. No longer. Apple has removed… Continue reading »

Lion Kills Apple’s USB Modem

USB modem that works with OSX Lion See this post for a USB modem that works with OSX Lion I was having problems with the new "Mission Control" in Lion. I could use Mission Control just fine, but I couldn't set or change anything Mission Control-related in my System Preferences. When I would try to access Mission Control's settings in System Preferences, SysPreferences would hang until I force-quit it, or else it would just crash on its own without waiting for me. <img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-148" title="Unchecking "Open in 32-bit mode" fixed Mission Control System Preferences for me — but killed… Continue reading »

More on Lion’s Launchpad

Launchpad thinks Word is DiskWarrior In yesterday's "First Impressions" report on Lion, I complained that Launchpad was unusable because it grabbed every single executable program on my machine, and that there was no way to get rid of them. It turns out, it's not as bad as I thought, but it's also worse. Losing the Windows Apps First off, there is a way to make Launchpad ignore the Windows executables. If I go into the virtual machine configuration settings and tell it not to share Windows applications with Mac, then Launchpad ignores all the Windows apps. Great! Launchpad becomes somewhat… Continue reading »