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 »

My Backup System, And A Retrospect Dilemma

My old Retrospect 6.1 doesn't work under Lion, but Retrospect 8 won't back up to DVD. I've been using Retrospect for many years as a core component of my multi-layered backup plan. My normal backup plan consists of the following: Retrospect Runs automatically every day. Backs up all changed and new files to DVD. I have quite an accumulation of Retrospect backup DVDs (and CDs from years past). I back up to 2 backup sets, on alternating days. I really like knowing that I have a set of backups on removable optical media, sitting in my office supply closet, completely… 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 »

Firefox & WordPress: Frequent Updates Are Too Frequent

I like Firefox, but I don't want to update it constantly. Lately, it seems like every time I launch Firefox it tells me there's an update. I had updated to Firefox 4 fairly recently — version 4 had only been out for about 3 months, and I hadn't rushed to update because there were some plug-ins that I depend on that were not yet compatible with Firefox 4. So I waited until those were updated, or acceptable alternatives were available, before updating Firefox to version 4. No sooner had I updated to v4 than v5 was out. Now v6 is… 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 »

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 »

Lion: First Impressions

I finally got Lion downloaded, and it's installed on my MacBook Pro. The upgrade was as simple as Apple said it would be, and there doesn't seem to be anything major broken — although I have yet to take some of my most important Apps for a test drive. Launchpad Upon restarting after the upgrade was complete, I noticed the new "Launchpad" and "Mission Control" in my dock. I had been wondering how those would work in practice, so I clicked on Launchpad. It turns out, Launchpad is well-nigh unusable. Launchpad apparently grabs every single thing it can find anywhere… Continue reading »