Archive for the ‘OS: MacOS / iOS’ Category

iOS 7. Simplicity, Efficiency, Consistency

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Many people say that the new iOS 7 is barely inspired—in terms of design and interaction—by Android and Microsoft mobile operating systems. But there are a couple of subtle differences, part of which are highlighted in this article. I’m not sure I agree with all the points, but I do thins that simplicity and consistency are two key features that Apple systems have. And when looking at John Maeda’s Laws of Simplicity, you quickly realize why.

SVN GUI Clients For MacOS

Friday, April 29th, 2011

I’ve been using SVN in the command line for a while now, in multiple OS’s. But usually, for major coding projects, I prefer something lighter, more integrated… basically a plug-in for an IDE or a simple GUI-based SVN client. So recently I go to look over the available SVN clients that also offer a GUI in MacOS… and there are actually a couple of them!

So, I like to keep it short. Commercial SVN clients for Mac: Cornerstone, Versions, SmartSVN. Freeware alternative: svnX. Based on the tests I’ve done up until now with the demo versions and freeware, I’d have to say that Cornerstone and SmartSVN seem to be worth their money. While Versions works nicely and has a very appealing design, I simply can’t work with it the way I’d expect to. As for svnX, it’s quite simple and lite, which isn’t bad, but there still are some issues with it—I managed to freeze it up multiple times.

What Is .DS_Store?

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Each folder on MacOS has a hidden .DS_Store file. This file in created by the Finder to keep track of folder view options, icon positions, and other visual information about folders. A separate .DS_Store file is created in each directory to store information about that directory, so you’ll find them appearing all over the directory tree, in pretty much every folder you’ve visited with the OS X Finder. You can find out more about the .DS_Store files here.

Interested in other hidden files on Mac? Look here.

Invert Colors On MacOS

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Push Command+Option+Control+8. And done.

Some other useful keyboard shortcuts are here.

Cut & Paste On Mac

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

I write before about the fact that on MacOS there’s no possibility to cut & paste, so basically move, a file from one drive to another. Well, it seems there’s an exception to this, and that is when you want to move a file by drag and drop. If you hold the Command key pressed while dragging the file, at the drop the original file will be automatically deleted. Pretty sweet. Now I just need the same functionality for keyboard shortcuts exclusively. 🙂

NOTE: Cut & Paste is still available through Command+X and Command+V for text, of course.

Print Screen On Mac

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Yes, there are shortcuts for capturing the screen or a selection on Mac too.

Command + Shift + 3
– capture the entire display screen to a file
Command + Shift + 4
– capture a selection of the screen to a file
Command + Control + Shift + 3
– capture the entire display screen to the clipboard
Command + Control + Shift + 4
– capture a selection of the screen to the clipboard

Sweet, ei?

Blue Brain Supercomputer

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Can we reverse engineer the human brain? Some say yes, and even so early as in 10 years from now. And there’s important research being done in that direction too, at EPFL for example. In the mean time, here are the main ideas:

Here are a couple of extra videos from the Blue Brain project, visualizing the neurons and their structure in a way that gives you (well, at least me right now) a lot of new information and insight.

Type Any Character On MacOS

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Yes, it’s not difficult at all. You only need such a nice list of all key combinations that are required for a particular special character. Neat, huh?

MacOS Spellcheck & Suggested Words

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Most of you using Macs might know that TextEdit, and actually any application that allows text editing/writing on MacOS, support spell-checking by underlining falsely spelled words with a red doted/dashed line.

But what some of you might not yet know is that, when typing a word you can get suggestions for the spelling from MacOS, by hitting Option+Escape. Try and type for example “app” and hit the key combination. As a result, a drop down list will give you all the words that start with “app” and now you can simply select one. Useful, right?

Type Swedish Characters On Mac

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Here are the shortcuts for writing Swedish characters on MacOS. Hope it helps some of you 😀

  • å – Option ⌥ + A
  • ä – Option ⌥ + U, Option ⌥ + A
  • ö – Option ⌥ + U, Optinn ⌥ + O
  • € – Option ⌥ + Shift + 2