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Sep 19, 2006

My MacBook’s fixed… now what?

Yay! After about a week, Apple’s resurrected my dead MacBook and it’s now back in my hands. The 60GB hard drive was out of stock, so I lucked out and got a free upgrade to an 80GB drive. Of course, this means nothing if (and when) the drive fails again. Now that my computer’s working, […]

Sep 15, 2006

One-click downloads on VersionTracker

My poor MacBook is still in the shop, but I wanted to end the week with a little tip for you: Being a lover of exciting new software, I’m often trolling VersionTracker for the latest applications to download and try. What’s most irritating, though, is the number of clicks it takes to download a file. […]

Sep 12, 2006

My MacBook’s hard drive just died :-( Any suggestions?

The unthinkable has happened: my MacBook’s hard drive gave up and croaked. This means lost data, unrecoverable memories, and tears of pain. It’s been less than 30 days since I purchased the Macbook, so at least Apple is replacing the drive. But until it gets fixed, updates from me might be sporadic for the next […]

Aug 15, 2006

Data visualizations keep spreadsheets sexy

The Michelle Pfeiffer of software, Microsoft Excel manages to remain sexy despite its age. The blog at Juice Analytics is ripe with clever ways to keep those spreadsheets looking good. Several tips spread across three posts reveal clever ways to visualize data within spreadsheet cells. The first post covers showing bar graphs within cells. A […]

Aug 9, 2006

Create a photo montage poster using iPhoto

Mac community mini-celebrity, Mike Matas, shares an easy way to create a montage or “Life Poster” of your photos. You can order the poster through iPhoto. The 7-step process is simple enough for anyone comfortable using iPhoto. One quick step requires Photoshop. Find the Life Poster walkthrough on Mike’s blog. The 20″x30″ poster is composed […]

Jul 23, 2006

Project management made painless: OmniGroup announces OmniPlan

For creative professionals and project managers who work on Macs, the lack of decent project management software is quite frustrating. Most are complicated, ugly, and painful. OmniGroup, the makers of fine applications such as OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle, has just announced OmniPlan, a new application they describe as “project management made painless.” The details are still […]

Jul 20, 2006

Doodim + MenuShade: Eliminate distractions on your Mac

Doodim is a nice little freeware Mac application that dims everything behind the current application you’re working in. Combine it with MenuShade to dim your menubar and your Mac is now virtually distraction-free. In Doodim, a tiny delay occurs sometimes when switching applications. Dragging and dropping items onto the desktop also isn’t easy. Despite these […]

Jul 5, 2006

Strengthen your love of screenshots by adding a little control

For as long as I can remember, I have been in love with Command+Shift+3, the Macintosh keyboard shortcut for capturing a screen to a file. While this love is enduring, I must admit some dalliances with Command+Shift+4 (capture selected area of a screen to a file) and Command+Shift then Spacebar (capture a specific window, widget, […]

Jun 28, 2006

A world of brands at your fingertips

Brandsoftheworld.com collects downloadable logo artwork (usually in .eps format) of major companies world-wide. They also have a large section of corporate identity guidelines and manuals (.pdf format). The site’s especially handy for: Finding logos to use in design prototypes and presentations when clients are slow to send their own artwork Analyzing competitors when designing a […]

Jun 26, 2006

Five free ways to maximize screen space on your Mac laptop

At work, I have the luxury of having a large LCD display to do design work on. But at home, I have a cute 12-inch Powerbook. The size is great for fitting into my backpack, but the 1024 x 768 resolution can become a little tight. Here are the 5 things I do to give […]