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  • Create Mail accounts manually in Snow Leopard

    Posted October 18, 2009 - 9:07 pm

    When setting up new accounts in Mail, OS X 10.5 included a feature that would, if enabled via a checkbox, attempt to automatically set up the new account based on the preliminary information you provide. In the Snow Leopard version of Mail, however, the automatic setup checkbox option is gone, and automatic setup is now the default. While this works well most of the time, there may be times when you'd rather set up an account by hand.
  • Inside Snow Leopard's Guest account data loss bug

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 2:12 pm

    Since Snow Leopard's release, a few users have reported a scary data loss incident related to using the Guest account.
  • 7 useful Snow Leopard keyboard shortcuts

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 9:44 am

    To take full advantage of Snow Leopard’s speed, you’ll want to run in 64-bit mode, says Wallace Wang, author of My New Mac, Snow Leopard Edition. When your computer starts to boot up, hold down the 6 and 4 keys. This will boot Snow Leopard into 64-bit mode. Read on for more handy keyboard shortcuts.
  • Snow Leopard hungers for your data

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 7:07 pm

    Usually, Microsoft makes the big security blunders, but with Snow Leopard Apple shows they can also compete with Microsoft when it comes to making awful security mistakes.
  • Apple Slow To Promise Snow Leopard Fix

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 10:17 pm

    Apple says it is now working on a fix for a rare--but very serious--bug afflicting some Snow Leopard users. Apple's announcement came after the media this week ratcheted up coverage of the flaw, first noticed in early September.
  • Gain more control over QuickTime X playback speeds

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 12:51 pm

    In Snow Leopard's QuickTime X, the A/V Control palette has gone missing (along with any number of additional user-friendly features). In its place, we have just the Fast Forward and Rewind buttons. But you can get better control over the fast-forward and rewind speeds.
  • Recording screen activity with QuickTime Player

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 8:27 am

    QuickTime Player may not be the most sophisticated screen capture program available, but since it comes free with every copy of Snow Leopard, you might as well take advantage of it. Here's how.
  • Bugs & Fixes: Font problems in Snow Leopard

    Posted October 4, 2009 - 9:14 pm

    Did the spacing between characters of certain fonts in at least some of your documents change after updating to Snow Leopard? If so, you're not alone. A thread on this topic in Apple's Discussions Boards currently has more than 8,000 views and 135 replies, all more or less confirming the problem.
  • Quicksilver lives again on Snow Leopard

    Posted October 4, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    Upgrading to Snow Leopard was a step forward for making Macs leaner, meaner, and snow-ier. But for many users who rely on productivity Swiss Army knife Quicksilver and its many useful plug-ins, Snow Leopard was really two steps back. Fortunately, a beta build from the community may help users get back on their feet.
  • Snow Leopard can once again Growl

    Posted October 1, 2009 - 11:57 am

    Being the operator of your computer is like being the captain of a ship: you need to be aware of what's happening on your boat in order to steer it right. Well, that and you always need to keep an eye out for pirates. Growl helps you stay informed: it's a notification framework that many of the applications you run today can use to display messages about what they're doing.
  • Eight amazing Image Capture tricks

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 2:12 pm

    Image Capture is one of OS X’s best kept secrets. This photo-savvy program, which lives in your Applications folder, may not have iPhoto's beautiful interface, nor its vast feature set. But it does a great job of grabbing a quick shot and performing complex actions without having to first add the images to iPhoto's library. And in Snow Leopard, Apple completely overhauled Image Capture to make it even more useful.
  • The case for Entourage on Snow Leopard

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 10:18 pm

    With last month's release of Mac OS X 10.6, much has been made about the potential impact of the included Exchange support in Snow Leopard. Many pundits have even gone so far as to say that with Mac OS X 10.6, you won't need to deal with Exchange clients like Microsoft Entourage, or even the upcoming Outlook for Mac OS X ever again. Exchange support is already in there! The reality of course, is a bit more complicated.
  • Tracking Snow Leopard's upgrade rate

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 5:17 pm

    How quickly are Mac users adopting Snow Leopard? It's hard to tell, but everyone's got a guess. In general, Mac users are much faster to upgrade than their Windows counterparts. But Snow Leopard's got one aspect that should drive upgrades (its $29 price tag) and another that might cause upgrades to lag (its relatively scant list of major new features).
  • See hidden files in Snow Leopard's Open and Save dialogs

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    Many of OS X's files and folders are hidden when working with the system--most of the Unix-only folders, such as /usr, /etc, and /bin, for instance. If you want to always see these hidden files and folders, you can do just that.
  • Snow Leopard sales roar out the gate

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 4:57 pm

    Sales of Snow Leopard during its first two weeks on the shelves far exceeded those of the last two Apple operating systems -- Leopard and Tiger -- a retail research analyst said today.
  • Keyboard navigation of Snow Leopard's Stacks

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    If you like using Stacks in Grid view mode in OS X, and you prefer using your keyboard to your mouse, Snow Leopard adds some new keyboard-based navigation ability to Stacks.
  • USB Overdrive 3.0 adds 64-bit Snow Leopard support

    Posted September 16, 2009 - 3:02 pm

    If you're one of those folks whose collection of USB devices is slowly creeping throughout your home like a glacier of gadgetry, then, well, we can't really help you--you may want to consider running for your life. But we also have some good news in the form of a new and updated version of that essential utility for dealing with those myriad devices, Alessandro Levi Montalcini's USB Overdrive--now in 3.0!
  • Apple missed security boat with Snow Leopard, says researcher

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 1:59 pm

    Apple missed a golden opportunity to lock down when it again failed to fully implement security technology that Microsoft perfected nearly three years ago in Windows Vista, a noted Mac researcher said today.
  • How 10 Famous Technology Products Got Their Names

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 2:34 pm

    Coming up with a great technology product or service is only half the battle these days. Creating a name for said product that is at once cool but not too cool or exclusionary, marketable to both early adopters and a broader audience, and, of course, isn't already in use and protected by various trademarks and copyright laws is difficult—to say the least. The makers of these 10 tech products—the iPod, BlackBerry, Firefox, Twitter, Windows 7, ThinkPad, Android, Wikipedia, Mac OS X and the "Big Cats," and Red Hat Linux—all have displayed certain amounts marketing savvy, common sense and fun-loving spirit in settling on their products' names. Here are the intriguing, surprising and sometimes predictable accounts of their creation.
  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.1

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:01 pm

    Less than two weeks after it rolled out Snow Leopard, Apple released the first update to its new OS. Included in the OS X 10.6.1 update are a number of stability and compatibility improvements as well as patches for security issues, among them including the more recent version of the Flash plug-in for Safari.
  • How to use text substitution in Snow Leopard

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 3:54 pm

    One of the potentially more useful new features in Snow Leopard is the ability to create (nearly) system-wide text replacements. If you open the Text tab of the Language & Text System Preferences, you'll see a number of predefined replacements, including (c) for ©, (r) for ®, and TM for ™.
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard: What's new for all users

    Posted September 4, 2009 - 2:30 pm

    Take InfoWorld's in-depth visual tour of the new Mac OS features that every user will want to know about
  • Snow Leopard's (partial) Gem substitutes

    Posted September 4, 2009 - 9:41 am

    One of the goals of Mac Gems is to find inexpensive software that makes Mac OS X even better--system tweaks and add-ons, productivity tools, and anything else that helps you get more out of your Mac. But as I've noted in the past, sometimes the features provided by third-party software are so useful that Apple decides they should be part of the OS itself. As a result, after every major new version of Mac OS X, I take a brief look at past Gems that are no longer necessary--or, at the very least, are less necessary for some people.
  • Snow Leopard fixes Expose

    Posted September 3, 2009 - 12:10 am

    And you probably didn't even know it was broken!
  • Snow Leopard: First impressions

    Posted September 1, 2009 - 2:22 am

    No big surprises, though one bit of puzzlement.
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