Mac Os X

Dash Mac Application

Dash is a small application which is actually a catalog of different APIs. You select which APIs to be downloaded and displayed. You could search within the downloaded APIs. You can integrate Dash to PopClip which is another useful application that could performs various actions with the selected text. You could also save your own code snippets. It is a free application but it tries to annoy you from time to time to convince you to purchase it. Today they have %60 percent discount so I decided not to be annoyed anymore. You can access all of these APIs online but it is good to have them in a common place.

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RCDefaultApp Freeware Application for Mac OS X

Recently I wanted to change default terminal application from Terminal.app to iTerm.app. While searching how to do it, I come across a very helpful application to adjust all kind of application defaults on Mac OS X, RCDefaultApp. Installation is very simple, just double click on the RCDefaultApp.prefPane file and System Preferences pane will prompt to install it. After the installation it will be added to Preferences pane as a new icon. Just open it and set the iterm as handler of ssh, telnet and x-man-page URLs. If you need to set an application as a default for certain type of extensions you can also do it here.

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Blogging Softwares for Mac:MarsEdit 3.5.9 vs Metropolis 1.0.2

I have been using MarsEdit during last month and during that time I have posted several posts using it. I have been using trial version and I was considering to buy it, though it’s $40 price is expensive for a blogging software. I have come across Metropolis from CHIARO Software. I think Metropolis is only for wordpress though. Both of them are very good applications and have very similar functions.

Common Functions:
  • HTML and Rich Text editing
  • Previewing post
  • Local Drafts
  • Setting post properties (Publication date, tags, categories, turning comments on/off, allowing/disallowing pingbacks)
  • Inserting images into posts
  • Allows editing of posts and pages
  • Allows custom stylesheets for previewing your post
  • Spell check
  • Retina display support

Pros of Metropolis:

  • Twitter integration (automatically publishes your post on twitter, allows tracking who tweeted your post)
  • Allows directly seeing comments on your site and approving, deleting them etc.
  • Cheaper, $20 is half of the price of MarsEdit
  • Formatting toolbar in Rich Text Editor
  • Allows setting slug for post
  • Allows editing of excerpt of your post

Pros of MarsEdit

  • Media manager, allows resizing of images within the application
  • Blog This bookmarklet to reblog something you have seen on the web
  • Supports other blogging sites other than wordpress
  • Integrates with other text editors for editing HTML Text, like BBEdit
  • Allows javascript and plugins on preview screen
  • Support for WordPress Private and Pending Post status
  • Macro support for repeated actions
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Snapping Windows and Moving Them Between Screens in Mac OS X

One of the best features of Windows’ user interface is its ability to snap windows to edges of the screen. Mac OS X does not have this capability natively. There are several applications that could do this and all of them are paid applications. Some of them provides just snapping capability and some also provides capability to move windows between screens. After trying a few of them I decided to go with BetterSnap Tool. It has 5 star rating in the Mac App Store. Also it is very cheap when compared to other alternatives. 

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You could drag windows to edges to snap them, a preview screen will be shown to indicate the window size and position after snapping it. I suggest you to auto start it when your mac starts.

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BetterSnap Tool is also keyboard shortcut friendly. I have defined shortcuts to maximise, snap to left, right, top and bottom using cursor with a combination of control, option and command buttons. It is really difficult to find a suitable empty shortcut combination. I have also defined a shortcut to move current window to second monitor. I have gone with maximise on next monitor option, because my second screen’s resolution is significantly lower. If I choose the move to next monitor option window may not fit the available space.

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Switching Mac OS X from Windows

In the past I have mostly used Windows as my main operating system. Some times I have used Ubuntu, especially as file server with ZFS port of ubuntu. I had tried it on my work laptop but it was very unstable mainly due to 3D Nvidia drivers used for composite desktop effects.  Later I have used a Mac Mini my home file server, it is connected to LCD TV and host all pictures, musics. But am not using it as a desktop computer.

Last week I have bought my first Macbook pro laptop. I have very satisfied with it. Nearly all of the programs I have used to in Windows have Mac OS X ports. I have performed following adjustments to my Mac since last week:

  • Install XtraFinder: I have used to TotalCommander in Windows. Which mainly adds side by side dual panel and tabbed view besides other productivity features. 
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  • Installed sparrow for mail. It has unified inbox for your multiple mail addresses. Supports every feature of Gmail, including labels, archiving etc.
  • Installed iterm 2 to replace mac terminal. It provides dual pane and tab support.
  • Installed TextMate2 for text editing.
  • Installed Parallels 8 for running Windows virtual machine. See below, office application.
  • Installed MarsEdit 3 for blogging. See below, problems section.
  • Installed IntelliJ 12 for my software development projects. Although it is not a native Cocoa application it has no problems with retina display.
  • Installed gfxCardStatus application to track which graphic card is being used, and which application is using it.
  • Installed iStatMenu to display CPU, Temprature, Memory, Network, Disk statistics in status bar.
  • Installed Chrome and disabled flash plugin. It uses a lot of cpu. Since it i disabled most of the sites offering html5 content. If I need flash absolutely, I open that site in safari.
  • I am reading a few books on Mac OS X safari books. You could discover most of the features by yourself, but there are some advance features, like AppleScript and Services which may be difficult to learn by yourself.
  • Installed Android File Transfer to transfer files between my android phone and Mac OS.
  • Purchased and installed BetterSnap Tool. It is very chip and effective program when compared to other alternatives like Cinch.

Problems so far:

  • Different Shortcuts: Applications has different bookmarks than I have used to in Windows. This is especially a bigger problem in shortcut heavy applications like IntelliJ.
  • Skitch: It is causing discrete graphic card to be used even when it is running in the background. This significantly reduces laptops battery life. I have submitted a bug report on this problem. I have traced which application is using gfxCardStatus application as shown below. Actually a lot of simple applications are causing Macbook to switch discrete graphic card.

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  • Blogging software. Mac has nothing comparable to Windows Live Writer. Finally I have decided with MarsEdit but it is costly, $40. Windows Live Writer is superior to it and it is free. But MarsEdit is also causing discrete graphic card to be used which significantly reduces battery life. 
  • Maximize button (the green plus icon) does not work well.
  • I could not use my office key for Mac, this mean I have to purchase Office again. I do not want to do this, because I use it rarely. 
  • There is nothing comparable to Fiddler2 to debug http. Even the paid applications are not as capable as Fiddler2. I think I will use Fiddler2 on Windows using parallels.

 

 

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