Monday, 16-Mar-2015 13:44:54 EDT
- BetterTouchTool assigns more stuff to trackpads, etc. I use it to allow tapping in the corners to replace the Home & End keys (which don't exist on my new wireless keyboard), closing windows (⌘W), ⌘-click in Safari & Mail, & Enter Full Screen (⌃⌘F) elsewhere.
- Meteo(rologist) is my favorite weather menu item. (I don't even display Dashboard in Mission Control.)
- GarageBand will convert ≤ 40 sec. segments of videos into ringtones.
- Singer Song Reader adds lyrics to metadata of iTunes music.
Front end for MacTeX.
(Doc: select by hand file:///usr/local/texlive/2012/doc.html.)
- SyncTeX: ⌘-click on input/output to find same spot in other window; works with Full Screen.
- Auto Save & Versions.
- Safari extension arXivTeXifier (included in spires.app) TeX's in the arXiv listing abstracts of people too lazy to get rid of all those $'s.
- Flashmode automatically TeX's while you're typing. (Haven't tried it yet.)
- Installation of new version of OS X gets extended from about ½ hr. by an extra 1¼ hr. (stuck on "2 min. remaining") by reinstalling TeX in /usr/local.
- MacFusion is an interface to
FUSE for OS X (OSXFUSE; include MacFUSE Compatibility Layer), which
mounts (s)ftp volumes as the Finder should, so you can add files, & edit with TextEdit.
- MacFusion has a bug : You can't delete entries in the server list. Instead, go to ~/Library/Application Support/Macfusion/Filesystems & delete them there (by date).
- Xcode (from the Mac App Store, also in menu) includes:
- FileMerge compares 2 text files (& merges) with a nice interface. (If you want to access it directly, you can make an alias to the file in Contents/Applications; as usual, access Contents of an app by right-clicking & selecting Show Package Contents.)
- iOS Simulator shows what your web pages look like in iOS. (Separately found in Contents/Developer/Applications.)
- Note: Simulators & Command Line Tools now need to be downloaded separately via Preferences... > Downloads > Components. (Requires free developer account.)
- Also available: various versions of Fortran;
CERNLIB & other HEP.
- In case you lost them, here are some ancient Mac system sounds.
- Feedly for RSS (because it syncs with my iPad).
- History shared with other devices, can be cleared for various recent periods. Tabs, too.
- Scrolling tab bar.
- Customize Toolbar has a Favorites Bar item for toggling it.
- iCloud Keychain: can AutoFill even when websites resist, if password required after period of sleep
- Power Saver blocks Flash ads
- Safari Extensions (link in Safari menu) install automatically from Apple's site:
- Franker translates selected text/whole page, inserting translation following original.
- Tabletoy allows floating table headers & sorting by columns.
- Blocks flash.
- Replaces it with HTML5 when available (e.g., on YouTube), & allows downloading it.
(Also Media Center downloads HTML5 stuff more generally.)
- YouTube Lyrics shows lyrics for YouTube music videos.
- If audio is played as Flash instead of HTML5, it can be saved using Soundflower & QuickTime Player: Set the sound output in System Preferences, & the microphone in New Audio Recording in QuickTime Player (but leave its volume @ minimum), to "Soundflower (2ch)".
- Ad blocking: GlimmerBlocker (Java), http proxy (in System Preferences; for all all browsers, & even RSS readers).
- If there is a Java vulnerability specifically affecting web browsers (i.e., @ certain web sites), you can disable Java in Safari Preferences... > Security. This won't affect GlimmerBlocker or the other Java apps listed below.
- When subscribing to filters, note the preference "Automatically update subscription".
- Reinstall after major system upgrades.
- MathML: pretty good now, except for some big delimiters.
- QuickTime (7) Plug-in will view QuickTime Virtual Reality & MIDI files, which QuickTime (X) Player won't. (GarageBand will import & edit MIDI.)
- Vector graphics ("draw"):
- Allows editing of PDF (including conversion to PS).
- Lots more tools than basics: e.g., gradient shading, transparency, primitive 3D.
- Returns to Select tool after use of any other tool (unlike Inkscape).
- Includes text editor (Writer) that's better at reading MS Word files than TextEdit (but so is Quick Look).
- Bitmap graphics ("paint"):
- Gimp is more powerful but more awkward.
Now native (no X11/XQuartz). Compiled by:
Simone Karin Lehmann or
- Due to interface bugs, you may want to use Windows > Single-Window Mode for now.
- If you want more themes (e.g., Aqua), you can install them the hard way in
Contents > Resources > share > gimp > 2.0 > themes.
- Java apps:
- 3D graphics (raytracing, etc.): Art of Illusion;
saves as JPG (e.g.), but Preview will convert to PDF.
- JaxoDraw draws Feynman diagrams with just the trackpad/mouse. (Others require programming & specifying coordinates.)
- FidoCadJ does the same with circuit diagrams.
- After installing new versions of OS X, reinstall Java. (See System Preferences.)
- If newly downloaded Java app won't run, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General.
- Unicode characters (e.g., math in Mail/Messages):
- Substitution (useful also in iOS):
- Built-in (e.g., 1/2 → ½), or
- Added (e.g., ^2 → ²):
System Preferences… > Keyboard > Text.
Use menu item Edit > Substitutions > Text Replacement.
- Character Viewer:
- Edit > Special Characters..., or add directly to Title Bar by selecting in
System Preferences… > Keyboard > Input Sources.
- For more characters, Customize List from Action pop-up menu (gear).
- STIX fonts (now included in OS X) have TeX characters, useful in figures, MathML, etc.
- See also my Unicode page.
- Editing tricks:
- ⌥⌫ deletes words.
- 2-finger single tap (right-click on mouse) on a typo to choose a correct spelling is easier than retyping.
- ⌃T between 2 letters to transpose them.
- Also note the menu item Edit > Spelling and Grammar > Correct Spelling Automatically.
- Hit esc to complete word or guess next one.
- Text selection:
- 3-finger swipe (click & drag with mouse) to select text as contiguous letters.
- 1-finger double-tap (-click) to select word, 3-finger swipe (drag with mouse) for contiguous words.
- Triple-tap (-click) for paragraphs.
- Preview form input. (But for reading the output in Acrobat, save by printing to PDF, or see this article.)
- Batch renaming: "Right-click" multiple selected files for menu item.
- In a home folder window, View > Show View Options > Show Library Folder.
- Screen Sharing (also in Messages) allows remote control of your Mac (even over the internet).
- ⌘⇧4 to select portion of screen for snapshot, or hit space
for camera to select window (or dock, menu bar, or desktop for all).
- To create an alias while dragging, hold down ⌥⌘. (⌥ alone creates a copy.)
- Apple keynote coverage (or maybe it's this one now)
- iCloud Drive (5 GB free) makes all of iCloud easily accessible from all apps, Finder, iOS, Windows, & iCloud.com.
- Automatically install OS X updates: System Preferences > App Store.
- Preview lets you create signatures using the trackpad instead of the camera.
- To get to the Dock in Full Screen mode, go "past" the edge.
- Enlarge cursor: System Preferences > Accessibility > Display.
- To add a keyboard shortcut for a menu item, System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts. If you want to add a shortcut for something with an ambiguous "last name", you need to give the full Menu Title, separated by "->" (not ">") w/o spaces.
- In LaunchPad, drag an item on top of another to create a folder; hold ⌥ to get wiggly icons with X's for deletion.
- Grapher (in Applications > Other) also does equations nicely;
for arithmetic, just delete the "x=" (or whatever) & type.
You can even export the equation as (La)TeX: Use the secondary click & select the menu item.
- Quicktime Player does screen video capture.
- If you get bored watching a new installation of OS X, hit "⌘L" to see the log.
- System Preferences > Extensions:
- Actions: Markup gives new image editing options in any viewer (Preview, Mail, ...).
- Today: widgets to customize Notification Center. (In the Today window, besides the Edit button there's also ⓘ buttons on rollover.)
- I found I need Safari set to "Allow from websites I visit" instead of "Allow from current website only" for me to be logged in to blog sites that use my google ID. That means more ads, but @ least only from places I already shopped.
- Preview ("features"?):
- No more bookmarked files (just bookmarks in files).
- I have to reset to Table of Contents after going to FullScreen.
- You might have the misfortune of opening a web page in Safari (most other browsers have fixes for this problem) that gives an apparently ∞ (but really only 150) loop of popups. The easiest escape is to (normally) quit Safari & reopen it with the ⇧ (Shift) key held down. (Any tabs/windows you still wanted can be found in your recent History.)
- If you get disconnected from Ethernet,
try turning WiFi on & off.
- General, simple fixes for new bugs, not associated with system/app upgrade, not described on the Web:
There are many other techniques (restart in Safe Mode, reinstall the system, use Disk Utility, zap the PRAM, etc.) that occasionally work but take more time.
- Restart the app. If the problems persist,
- Restart your Mac. If that doesn't work,
- Delete the preference files for that app in ~/Library/Preferences/ after quitting. Empty the trash.
You may also need to restart, if it's system-wide.
Of course, you'll lose all your preferences.
- When a file won't delete because it claims it's in use, Secure Empty Trash.