Free iLife and iWork apps also available for your older iOS devices

As you probably know the brandnew iOS devices like the iPad Air enable you to download the iWork and iLife apps for free. What I didn’t know is that once you downloaded them to your new device, they will also be available for free on your older devices.

In my case I bought an iPad Air and also got the apps for free on my older iPhone 5. It makes kinda sense, since the download is tied to your Apple ID, but I still didn’t think about that until I noticed them downloading on my iPhone. In my case Automatic Downlods were enabled. So if you have this unchecked you just need to download the apps manually. The will show the Cloud icon instead of a price.

No great hint, but maybe someone else didn’t think about that, too.

Source: Mac OSX Hints


Tweak the scrubbing speed in iOS 7's Music app

When you’re playing music in the Music app in iOS 7, there’s a thin red playhead that you can drag to adjust the song’s playback position. Tap and drag it around for what Apple calls “Hi-Speed Scrubbing.” (Why it’s not “high,” I can’t say. Maybe the programmers were hi.)

Here’s the hint: You can adjust the speed at which you’re scrubbing through the song, if you need finer-grained control: Tap and hold on the red line, and then drag your finger upwards.

As you drag up the screen, you’ll note that there three other gradations of scrubbing speed: Half-Speed Scrubbing, Quarter-Speed Scrubbing, and finally Fine Scrubbing; that last mode lets you scrub through the song second by second.

Source: Mac OSX Hints


Open QuickLook previews in other apps

In Mavericks, when you QuickLook files, there’s an Open In button at the upper right, which lets you open the previewed document in the default app associated with the file in question.

But what if you want to open the document in a different app? For example, you’re previewing a Microsoft Word document, but would prefer to open the file in Preview instead.

Just click and hold on the Open In Microsoft Word button, and a list of other, compatible apps appears. Choose the one you’re after, and you’re good to go.

Source: Mac OSX Hints


Show Additional Monitor Resolutions in Mavericks

Mavericks offers a lot less resolution options in the “Scaled” list than 10.8 or earlier did. This can be a particularly severe problem if the resolutions that it thinks your projector supports are not, in fact, supported by it at all, as was the case with my setup.The fix for showing the extended list of possible resolutions in Mavericks is undocumented, so far as I can find, but incredibly easy:

In the Displays preference pane, hold down the option key and click the “Scaled” radio button. This will toggle on and off additional resolutions for the device (including more scaled resolutions for the built-in display in MacBooks).

I’m not aware of any radio button ever having worked that way before, so it’s easy to miss.

If your external display isn’t showing an image at all because the OS got its “native” resolution wrong, you will of course have to click the “Gather Windows” button at the bottom of the preference pane to bring the w …

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Recurring "UI element scripting is not enabled." in Mavericks AppleScript

If you use AppleScript applets to interact with UI elements, you may quickly find out that in Mavericks all seems to be broken. Every run results in System Preferences being opened to the pane that used to control UI Element Scripting, and finding the new controls in Security & Privacy -> Privacy -> Accessibility seems to have no effect.
This is a result of Mavericks splitting UI control authorization into per-app settings, combined with the Lion feature of remembering what windows an app had open when it was last closed.

Mavericks recognizes the app uniquely only as long as the app doesn’t change.
WindowState information is stored in the app if you have permissions to modify it.
These two features end up caught in a fight.

The following Terminal command will prevent this by passing ownership of the applet to root and blocking you from editing it without authenticating.
sudo chown -R root:wheel …

Source: Mac OSX Hints


Assign apps to launch in specific monitors

Mavericks now considers each monitor a “Space”. As a result, apps launch and have their menu bar in whichever monitor they were launched from. However, it’s easy to assign apps to each monitor. Here’s how:

First, you need to create an additional space in Mission Control. You can add it to either monitor.

Having done that, then when you right-click on an app in the Dock, you will see the option to assign the app to All Desktops, Desktop on Display 1, Desktop on Display 2.

Source: Mac OSX Hints


Bring the old Spaces back to Mavericks

If you are a heavy user of Spaces with multiple displays, then you have likely found that the new “full screen improvements” in Mavericks are a giant leap backwards. To get the old behavior back, just go to Mission Control in the System Preferences and uncheck the box labeled “Displays have separate Spaces.”

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#SquareCMD Episode Eighty Two: Mavericks Documents

By brolloh Your workflow is about to get a bit of a spring in its step thanks to this trick for all you new Mavericks users!
When working on a document with Apple applications, hover your cursor over the name of the document in the title bar, a triangular menu icon will appear. When clicking on this a drop down menu will ask you to rename, tag and move the document if you wish.

By switching a document’s location from iCloud to Desktop for example, you’ll see how quick this process can be compared to manually moving files around.

Source: SquareCMD


Keeping copies of OS installer

I like to keep a copy of the OS X installer app on an external drive, so that I can reinstall or create a boot disk without having to download the whole thing again.

After doing this, I’ve discovered a non-standard behaviour which you might want to note.

If you decide to redownload the app, it doesn’t get saved to the Applications folder as before, but instead REPLACES the copy on your external drive.

This makes it hard to keep archive copies of older OS versions. You’ll need to zip them (or rename them?) or store them on a volume that can’t be accessed while the app store is downloading.

Source: Mac OSX Hints


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