December 2007 Archive

31 12 2007

Hey everyone, I am pleased to announce the first monthly edition of Leopard Tips archive. All the articles you find on our homepage every day have been compressed and edited into PDF format which allows easy reading and printable view. Here it is: (click this link >  LEOPARD TIPS December 2007 Archive

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Saving Documents as PDFs

31 12 2007

Adobe’s PDF format allows great ways of formatting, communication and ability to send letters and electronic documents. But there really is an easy way to transfer documents using Microsoft Word and TextEdit including other word processors to PDF format. Simply hit Command-P as you would go to Print but click the PDF dropdown menu instead of printing and then click the option, Save as PDF… and a dialog windows opens, enter the name of the document including Author, Keywords and Subject and be sure to save the file in the right place you may then search for the file in Finder or Spotlight, your choice and ta-da you have created a PDF file!





Emailing Web Pages

30 12 2007

This isn’t a Leopard Tip but applies for Tiger, too. So, listen up! If you come across a web page in SAFARI that you want to share with a friend, don’t send a link send the entire webpage for easy access. Just press Command-I and a dialog will appear, just enter the recipient’s email address along with your subject and text and click Send. The complete webpage sends in an email format (complete with graphics, fonts, link, e.t.c.) EASY! 





Selecting Items

29 12 2007
picture-6.png key will give you the effect of toggling; It means that you can change the select/deselect status of certain items.

When keystrokes A is pressed, all items will be highlighted. It’s powerful, isn’t it? And one more thing, with this keystrokes, all highlighted items won’t be marked as Read, they will stay in their current condition. It’s all about using  key.





Get Info

27 12 2007

Leopard offers a great new Get Info tool which Tiger previously boasts but Leopard adds to it. To view info about a specific photo, file, document or music file just single click on it while on Desktop or Finder and go to File and click Get Info. A window appears something like this depending on the file: 

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Trouble running applications?

26 12 2007

picture-4.pngI was confused and yet troubled to why iPhoto was not responding and co-operating and while tampering with preferences and after a bit of agrivation, called Apple who said to go to Finder/Macintosh HD/Preferences/com.apple.iPhoto.plist and drag that file to the desktop and then try opening iPhoto. Guess what? It worked beautifully and no trouble any more, Thanks to Apple! Try it yourself… 





I hate kernel-panics…

26 12 2007

picture-4.pngHave any of you ever received any similar error messages like this? 2007-04-09_osx_kernel_panic.pngThis has happened to me numberous times, probably about 4 or 5. From what I hear they are called kernel-panics. Rumors report that this is because of airport issues which may have an interference with Software Updates because Apple connected Software Update with Apple’s online software update downloads page available at http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/ to view some of Apple’s new software update releases. I just learned that this very minute. I was running the current version of Leopard, 10.5.1 and just installed the MacBook Firmware Update and after re-booting a screen shown in the picture above appeared fading any activity on the screen, You need to restart your computer. Hold down the Power button for several seconds or press the Restart button. I experienced black-screen issues forcing my computer an erase of my hard-drive. I currently own and owned a Western Digital 160 GB external hard drive for my MacBook which the latest backup was on 11/11 a week ago. My disapointment was that I had created some extremely important files including new pictures and music. But it was too late, I was into my erase process of the hard drive @ The Apple Store. When I got home I had to take my Mac OS  X Install DVD 1 which traveled with my computer in the factory and do that which was installing Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger which at the time I bought my computer was the latest version which this took about 1 and a half hours. Now I have to download 20 Software Updates (3 h)  and then I have to install Leopard (1 h 10 min.) Once I am running OS X 10.5 I have to download and install all of my software programs again taking a good 2 hours including photo programs, iLife ’08 the latest photo, movie, music, DVD software bundle, Microsoft Word 2004, The Print Shop 2 and more (4 h) and then the longest part, restoring files (photos, movies, documents, emails and music) (5 h). This was a pretty serious job and re-run causing much trouble for my computer and I. WHEW!    Share your computer troubles with us by visiting Contact Us page, we may even post them on this very website! email-grey.gif