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Font Book vs. Suitcase

Fontbook v1 pros:
- Remembers what fonts were activated when shutting down and starting up
- Won't duplicate fonts in your set
- Search is pretty quick
- Preview pane auto-sizing
- Sets are somehow easier with this...

Apple basically just took the things about the current crop of Font tools that we like the least and addressed them, but left a lot to fill in. Here are a few examples:
- You can type a lot (with returns) in the preview field - mimicking a page if needed, before activating. That is awesome.
- Scrolling through fonts in preview mode is actually faster - which is largely helpful.

Not pro:
3 min to startup???
1 min to activate font???

Suitcase 10 Pros:
- Stability
- Checks for corrupted fonts

Cons:
- Self-replicating startup item
- Slow
- Forgets font activation on shutdown

Posted by Aaron R. Deutsch on February 9, 2004 | Comments (0)

Hotmail in Apple's Mail.app, possible.

Remember how Outlook and Entourage used to get your hotmail for you
and you were sad to switch to mail.app because then you'd have to use
twice the effort to get all of your mail? No more. This plugin lets you
collect hotmail. Bonus: you also get to use mail.app's (industrial-strength) spam filter to keep it clean.

httpmail plugin

Posted by Aaron R. Deutsch on February 9, 2004 | Comments (0)

M$ Entourage vs. Mail.app

Entourage: Better:
- Integrated calendar, address book, note pad - good for Palm sync
- Attachments make a bit more sense
- Different accounts are "accounts" in the menus not "preferences" as they are in Mail.app
- Address book keeps records of letters sent to peeps

Mail.app Better:
- Easier on eyes (text smoothing, clean menus (more customizeable - can hide re:, fw:, etc. buttons if you know the keyboard shortcuts)
- Faster searches and receiving of mail
- WAY better junk mail filter
- Better GNUPG integration (encryption)
- Can check mail from dock, shows how many messages "in"
- Shows % progress on sent messages (good when large attachments)
- Threaded view is AWESOME

Just different:
- Entourage checks spelling on send, mail.app as you type. As you type is better if you like the speed, on send is better b/c it offers a good last chance before it's out

Posted by Aaron R. Deutsch on February 9, 2004 | Comments (0)

Batch Printing in OS 10.2, 10.3 - Loose Files

keywords: batch print, print from Finder

If you have a bunch of text files, .pdfs, ect. in a folder and you don't want to open them all individually to print, but you'd like them all on paper, try this:

(1) Open "Print Center" (OS 10.2) or "Printer Setup Utility" (OS 10.3) in Applications/Utilities
(2) Double-click the icon of your selected printer - this will bring up the print dialogue box that you see when something is printing
(3) drag your files into the window and they'll start printing - often w/o opening the related application (Photoshop will open for .psd files, though)

Posted by Aaron R. Deutsch on February 7, 2004 | Comments (0)

Batch Printing in OS 10.2, 10.3 - Email

keywords: batch print, print mail folders

Say you are printing out your email receipts from '03 for your taxes or correspondence from your long lost friend living in Madrid -- and there are hundreds of letters. No problem.

(1a) If you have the group of letters in their own folder in Apple's Mail.app just single click on the folder...
(2b) single-click on a letter in list to select it
(3c) type Apple-A to "select All"
(4d) type Apple-P to print them.
You'll see a flurry of print windows pop up and it will get to work. I've found the print center has a limit of somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 simultaneous letters - at which point you'll get an error message -- just wait for a few dozen letters to print then hit "ok" and you'll be able to carry on -- only refilling the printer. :-)

(1b) If you DON'T have your letters grouped (say they are all in your inbox mixed in with others) you can create a temporary print group by holding down Apple while you click from letter to letter. This allows you to skip over the ones you don't want to print (while holding down "Shift" will select everything from point A to point B (from the first click to the second click).

Posted by Aaron R. Deutsch on February 7, 2004 | Comments (0)

All About Bronzefinger

Saturday February 7, 2004: The Rolling Apple is a terrible name. I'm going to change it as soon as I can think of something better.

I created this blog after creating a handful of "Mac Tips" newsletter letters to close friends (a few of whom are switchers).

Some of the entries are simply helpful comparisons between applications (like what's the best email program to use on OS X?), others are tips that can save you a LOT of time by using Apple's built in software. Sometimes the things you can do are so simple that you would never think to try them, like drag-and-drop printing...

So I'm posting the tips here for Google, you, the world, to find. Feel free to post related comments to make the site even more useful. If you post comments about penis enlargement I will kill you.


Monday April 5, 2004: Yes, Orchard. Orchard is much better. From this day forth, this blog shall be called Orchard. You can even call it (Apple) Orchard if you like.


Sunday February 6, 2005: The time has come to make another evolutionary step forward and give the old Orchard it's own proper domain name and identity. No longer shall it lay hidden behind the duck(stop). Only problem is, all of the names I wanted were taken (apple orchard, applecore, etc.). So Bronzefinger it is. It is a domain that I've owned for quite a while and haven't been able to put to use. It also isn't the worst match in the world; it's part secret-agent, part spy, and a part (the keyboard) of one of the best PowerBooks ever released by Apple Computer -- the year 2000 Firewire (or "Pismo"). This blog, then, is a deep look into technology; what makes it go, what works and what doesn't, and more.

April 30,2005: Bronzefinger isn't a news site on technology. It's much more of a journal. If I come across good ideas, I generally don't post them until I've tried them myself. There is plenty that can go wrong with computers and with more and more of our lives living on them, just the right placed bug could spell disaster. So as the wave of technology hurles forward, Bronzefinger will be there reporting on the good, and often times - finding ways to make it even better.

--
Aaron 'strayduck' Deutsch

Posted by Aaron R. Deutsch on February 7, 2004 | Comments (0)