I’m a fan of tricks and helps lists, that’s why I find the one created by MacLife really spectacular. The guys at the blog have gathered in one entry the incredible amount of more than 100 tricks, helps and features of Snow Leopard , many of them are also compatible with previous versions of Mac OS X.
Commenting on 100 tricks seems a bit complicated so I have summarized in this post the ones I found most interesting and novel. The rest of the tricks are also interesting but if you have been using Mac OS X for a while you will know most of them.
- Recordings with QuickTime X. With the arrival of the new QuickTime some of the options we had before disappeared, but new ones arrived as well. This is the case of the video and screencast recordings made from the program, which has some options that can be edited in real time. These options are located in a small arrow within the QuickTime X advantage context menu, from it we can select the input camera, the default microphone, the quality and where we want the content to be saved.
- Exposé + Tabs. The new Exposé has a somewhat strange quality, it has more hidden options than those that can be easily accessed. At Apple we already talk about a few shortcuts, but from MacLife they show us another one, it’s the possibility of changing with the keyboard the application that shows Exposé, that is, once we press the Exposé button of our Mac, we can press Tab to go jump between the open applications.
- Start in 64bits mode. Apple gave us all a great lesson with the release of Snow Leopard, you can have a system with a 32bits kernel, running applications at 64bits and also without giving a single failure or headache as in other operating systems. If for any reason you don’t want to change the kernel to 64bits forever, you can boot the operating system in 64bits mode with a keyboard combination, to do so you have to press the “6 and 4” keys during the boot.
- Network scanner. Many people asked at the entrance about network printers how they could use their scanner remotely, the solution is much easier than we all thought. We just need to open Preview and select the option “Fileimport from scanner-include network devices”. It’s as simple as that.
- Change and save several images at once. If we work frequently with images and need to resize a few quickly, this can be done comfortably from Preview. To do this we need to open all the pictures from Preview, select them, resize them from the corresponding option and finally click on the option “Save all pictures”.
- TumblrMás información More than a help, it’s a feature of Snow Leopard, which by the way is being used very little. That “nonsense” that seems that the Mac can locate us and update the time autonomously according to the country where we are, goes a little further than that. The technology used is called “Location support” and is actually available to any programmer who wants to make use of it, I have not yet been able to find any program that makes use of it, but we could have a screensaver that updates autonomously according to the city where we are.
- Screenshots from Preview We’re so used to shortcuts that sometimes we forget the most trivial things, which is the case with Preview and screenshots. From the program we can take screenshots from the “FileScreenshot” menu. The options are identical to those we all know with the difference that the screenshot opens automatically in Preview for later editing.