I realised when I was getting my system back to normal (HD faliure – probably post on this at some point) that I have not written any posts about any of the really great freeware I use on my Mac.
I realise that a lot of people do these top ten lists for interesting software or fun software for Macs. And a lot of them list programs you have to pay for.
My list is for USEFUL SOFTWARE I USE ALL THE TIME.
And of course all software listed here is 100% FREE SOFTWARE.
There is NO payware or shareware included.
So here’s my up to date list of all the software I consider indispensable for my happy Mac life. These are vaguely in order of how often I use them. Continue reading
Categories: Essential OS X Freeware: Top Ten, Free Software, Mac & OS X
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Personally I never use iPhoto. For me, using iPhoto is like bashing my head repeatedly against a brick wall. Gods forbid that something straightforward like organising my photos into simple user-friendly folders should be anything other than incredibly fantastically complicated!
Having tossed iPhoto back unto the blackest pit from whence it came, for any image editing needs I use Preview instead. Of course for complicated graphics and painting related image editing I use GIMP or MyPaint or similar, but for easy tasks Preview works just fine. Preview is simple, straightforward and user-friendly which is all I ask. Continue reading
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Sometimes you want to move a file or folder from another computer to your Mac. And every time you want to change the information, move it or change it in any way it wants you to give Admin permission.
Every single time!
This is because the permissions for whatever reason are set to Read only. A good way to check is to see if you can rename it by clicking on the name. If you can’t it’s probably Read only. You can also check by right clicking on the file or folder and clicking Get Info. Check the Sharing & Permissions at the bottom of the window.
a.) Changing the Permissions for a File or Folder
To change your Permissions/Privileges just click where it says Read only and change the settings to Read & Write.
b.) Changing the Permissions for multiple files or folders
So method a.) is fine for one or two files or folders but what if you have ten or twenty or a couple of hundred? For months I did this painstakingly for each file and folder, muttering dark curses against stupid user privileges for ordinary files… until I found out that there is actually a way of doing this!!!
To change the Permissions of multiple files or folders:
- Open a finder window showing the folder CONTAINING all the folders/files you want to change
- Right click on the folder and select Get Info
- Unlock all Settings by clicking on the lock in the bottom right corner and type your Admin username and password
- Click where it says Read only and change it to Read & Write
- Click the Settings button and choose Apply to enclosed items
- It will ask if you are sure and warn you that you can’t undo this action, so click OK (if you are sure)
- Click the lock again to lock the Settings again
Now you can change the name and extension of all the files in that folder and move them wherever you want without being asked for your Admin details all the time. Hurrah!
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