Tuesday, 03-Mar-2015 14:15:25 EST

OS X 10.10 Yosemite



  1. 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.
  2. Meteo(rologist) is my favorite weather menu item. (I don't even display Dashboard in Mission Control.)
  3. Music:
  4. TexShop: Front end for MacTeX. (Doc: select by hand file:///usr/local/texlive/2012/doc.html.)
  5. 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.
  6. Xcode (from the Mac App Store, also in  menu) includes:
  7. In case you lost them, here are some ancient Mac system sounds.
  8. Feedly for RSS (because it syncs with my iPad).

Safari 8

  1. History shared with other devices, can be cleared for various recent periods. Tabs, too.
  2. Scrolling tab bar.
  3. Customize Toolbar has a Favorites Bar item for toggling it.
  4. iCloud Keychain: can AutoFill even when websites resist, if password required after period of sleep
  5. Power Saver blocks Flash ads
  6. Safari Extensions (link in Safari menu) install automatically from Apple's site:
    1. Franker translates selected text/whole page, inserting translation following original.
    2. Tabletoy allows floating table headers & sorting by columns.
    3. ClickToPlugin:
      1. Blocks flash.
      2. Replaces it with HTML5 when available (e.g., on YouTube), & allows downloading it. (Also Media Center downloads HTML5 stuff more generally.)
    4. YouTube Lyrics shows lyrics for YouTube music videos.
  7. 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)".
  8. Ad blocking: GlimmerBlocker (Java), http proxy (in System Preferences; for all all browsers, & even RSS readers).
  9. MathML: pretty good now, except for some big delimiters.
  10. QuickTime (7) Plug-in will view QuickTime Virtual Reality & MIDI files, which QuickTime (X) Player won't. (GarageBand will import & edit MIDI.)


  1. Vector graphics ("draw"): LibreOffice (Draw)
  2. 3D graphics (raytracing, etc.): Art of Illusion (Java); saves as JPG (e.g.), but Preview will convert to PDF.
  3. Bitmap graphics ("paint"):
  4. JaxoDraw (Java) draws Feynman diagrams with just the trackpad/mouse. (Others require programming & specifying coordinates.)
    FidoCadJ (also Java) does the same with circuit diagrams.



  1. Unicode characters (e.g., math in Mail/Messages):
  2. Editing tricks:
  3. Text selection:
  4. Preview form input. (But for reading the output in Acrobat, save by printing to PDF, or see this article.)


  1. Batch renaming: "Right-click" multiple selected files for menu item.
  2. In a home folder window, View > Show View Options > Show Library Folder.
  3. Screen Sharing (also in Messages) allows remote control of your Mac (even over the internet).
  4. ⌘⇧4 to select portion of screen for snapshot, or hit space for camera to select window (or dock, menu bar, or desktop for all).
  5. To create an alias while dragging, hold down ⌥⌘. (⌥ alone creates a copy.)


  1. News/rumors: 9T🕘 5Mac (RSS).
  2. Apple keynote coverage (or maybe it's this one now)
  3. Automatically install OS X updates: System Preferences > App Store.
  4. Preview lets you create signatures using the trackpad instead of the camera.
  5. To get to the Dock in Full Screen mode, go "past" the edge.
  6. Enlarge cursor: System Preferences > Accessibility > Display.
  7. 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.
  8. In LaunchPad, drag an item on top of another to create a folder; hold ⌥ to get wiggly icons with X's for deletion.
  9. 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.
  10. Quicktime Player does screen video capture.
  11. If you get bored watching a new installation of OS X, hit "⌘L" to see the log.


  1. Preview ("features"?):
    1. No more bookmarked files (just bookmarks in files).
    2. I have to reset to Table of Contents after going to FullScreen.
  2. 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.)
  3. If you get disconnected from Ethernet, try turning WiFi on & off.
  4. General, simple fixes for new bugs, not associated with system/app upgrade, not described on the Web:
    1. Restart the app. If the problems persist,
    2. Restart your Mac. If that doesn't work,
    3. 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.
    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.
  5. When a file won't delete because it claims it's in use, Secure Empty Trash.