Saturday, December 29, 2007

Reducing launch time for applications

Hi, found this on a video. By clicking info (command i) on any application, you can look to the languages arrow and by un-checking the boxes for other languages, keeping your native language only, you speed up the launch time for any application that holds many languages.
Take CS3 for example; what language do you speak? Just un-check all the others and relaunch your application. Watch how fast it loads after you do this.
I noticed that many third party apps have already done this for you; but Apple software has every language you can think of. JonL

Monday, December 24, 2007

Memory for the Mac

Everything you wanted to know about Ram
From Macworld: Upgrading Ram FAQ's
Understanding Intel Mac; reviews of memory sites.
Intel Mac RAM
Places to buy your Ram:
Memory to go
Data memory systems
And then there is Memory of all types:
Macbreaktech has some info on Ram. Last twenty minutes of podcast. Jon L

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Keyboard shortcuts

Incase you need to know what the shortcuts are; here's a list. JonL
Tiger keyboard shortcuts:
keyboard shortcuts
Leopard keyboard shortcuts:
Leopard keyboard shortcuts

Saturday, December 15, 2007

iphoto books

Hi, if your like me and have iphoto 08 and want to make a book from your images, here's some info to get you started. JonL
From Apples site:
Iphoto/Aperture books
The mac os hints forums:
Mac osX hints
by Aleta Todisco
iphoto book tutorial
DPI verses PPI
The myth of DPI
Some helpful stuff on iphoto with all kinds of hints and tips

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Webcams for mac's

I bought a mac mini and wanted to use a webcam for it; but came to find out how few there really are. So this is what I found out.
First Apple stopped making any for their mac's as most imac's and notebooks already have them built in-except the mac mini and macpro.
Good info from Macintouch reader reports.
The image usb webcam is probably the most compatible other than the original isight from apple; problem is it gets a bad review from arstechnica.
Here's image website if your interested.
Here is another I found; have no review thou.
TerraCam X2
Next, I called logitech and creative and found out they have webcams that work; but not with all mac applications-photo booth. Problem is, they don't seem to really know. So apon further investigation, I found that the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 and the creative Live! cam optia AF both work with Mac's; but what apps again? I looked at Amazon reviews and found out one guy stating that the Logitech works with most mac apps-iChat, Skype, Yahoo! Messenger, and Photo Booth. It doesn't work with iMovie.
Review of Logitech quickcam pro 9000, with it's carl zeiss optic.
Cnet's review of the pro 9000.
Logitech pro 9000
More on how the pro 9000 works with Mac specifically. Scroll to bottom of the page.
For Mac and OS X
cnet review
Creative's live! cam optia AF says mac compatible OS X v10.4.9 or higher.
Creative Optia
Again, Amazon reviews mixed; but says most mac apps work with the Optia.
So read the Mac reviews mixed in with Pc. You wont find any help from the two companies; makes you wonder about support?
Here is a review of the optia on cnet; the logitech comes out ahead!
cnet review
Next, here is a website called macam; has driver for most webcams with mixed results; here is the list.
You will find camera list; download software driver; and more.
Another one is iglasses: You will have to check which cams benefit from this software. iglasses
Some have mentioned the xbox 360 vision camera; you can get one on ebay. Quality is poor. Good luck, as I'm still looking. JonL