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Category: Macintosh

Helping your Graphics Person when you Edit Documents

Editing for Publication:

When changing text docs that are used in formatted graph design docs, from version 1 to 2 to 3, etc, if possible leave the original text, but indicate changes (additions, deletions, corrections) with the following conventions

Example:This is the original text with no changes.

Below, using strikethrough shows what is out, and red shows what is now in.

Revision: This is the original revised text with no significant significant changes.

In many Mac programs, including Apple Mail, you can do ‘strikethrough’ with the Fonts palette (command-T, in Apple Mail)


And you can easily bring up the color palette (command-shift-c) for coloring selected text, such as the Red, I used.

Mac Color Palette

Sending a Web Page, Mac | Safari

appleIf you own a Mac and use Safari for surfing the Internet, occasionally you will run into an article you want to share with someone else. If you use the Mail application on your Mac, you’re all set. Try this:

While in Safari viewing the web page you want to send, do the keyboard shortcut Command-i (⌘-i) — that’s it!

Wait a moment, your Mail app will open and in another moment you will see [usually] the entire page reproduced inside a new message. (Sometimes, because of the way some pages are constructed they don’t look quite right in Mail, but it’s worth a try…) Address it and Send.

If you only want to send the URL (Web Address) from Safari via the Mail app, add the Shift Key to the mix. Shift-Command-i (⇧-⌘-i)

By the way, Send can be done with Shift-Command-D (⇧-⌘-D).

Handy stuff to know.

VisualHub Disappears. I am sad.

Tyler Loch, the funny, sassy, brilliant mind behind one of the most useful video conversion utilities ever made for a Mac just announced he is closing his website forever. Just a vague explanation as to why:

After much soul-searching (it’s not you, it’s me), for personal reasons, Techspansion is closing its virtual doors.

I think he’s being held by aliens, like Art Bell was a couple of years back.

I could be wrong.

This is sad, to me. For a brilliant mind to have constructed something that made it SO easy for the rest of us to do video conversions, he was also remarkably funny. His button for advanced settings, for example, produced an advanced settings control panel that starts with the warning “Don’t! You’ll screw it all up!” — which was usually true.
Visual Hub
Anyway, boom, it’s gone. Can’t buy it.

He posted backup instructions to users who have bought it, and also claims that the back-up instructions will soon disappear, too. So I am preserving them here.

In honor of a great tool by a great guy…

In order to get VisualHub working if you need to switch computers, you need to back up two things:

1: VisualHub itself
2: The conversion engine

To back up the conversion engine, Copy the folder at:
/Library/Application Support/Techspansion/

…for good measure, you can also back up your Preferences file, containing your registration info in case you lose the original purchase e-mail. It’s at:

As far as I can tell, VisualHub 1.34 will continue to work up to and through Snow Leopard. I obviously can’t predict the future and what Apple will do, though.

Thanks for enjoying Techspansion’s software. It’s been an amazing journey.

And here’s what you get if you cancel an operation in VisualHub:
VisualHub Cancel

Slow Death = Slow Resurrection


I am in a mess.

My hard drive problem is worse than I thought. Here’s what I now think: My drive is not going bad; my directory (catalog) is hosed.

While researching more about why my presumed solutions were not working, I ran into a MacFixIt Forums post that suggests that “If an HFS+ volume is more than 85% full and is heavily fragmented, any further data added to the disk can result in irreparable damage to the disk directory.” Both conditions were true about the time I started having trouble.

And copying everything over to a new, replacement hard drive has put me in the computer equivalent of the Stone Age.

I feel like I have a Timex Sinclair and a 2 x 4 mouse.

Choosing A Slow Death

My hard drive has a fatal disease.

I thought it was a mental condition, that, with the correct analysis and rigorous corrective treatments, could be remedied.

A month or so ago, I noticed my computer was acting differently. It started forgetting where it had put important things. Sometimes it would wake up ‘not in the best of moods.’ Other times it would just freeze, with a blank stare on it’s face.

But now, I am seeing paralysis take over other parts of the machine. The numeric keypad on my keyboard has ceased to take input—oddly, though, it’s only the numerals. The mathematical symbols all still function properly. That’s a plus (pun intended).

Two experts—one at Apple and one at Millennium Technologies—tell me that the symptoms indicate a physical problem. I have been having a variety of problems with my computer, requiring running Apple‘s Disk Utility, Symantec‘s Norton Utilities, and Micromat‘s TechTool Pro.

All to no avail.

Fortunately, I bought a 3-Year AppleCare Package when I bought my computer in December 2002. So I get a new, free hard drive today or tomorrow—whenever it comes in. I have already been backing up client data, applications, etc. in anticipation of having to have my Boot Drive put down. But after all, it’s 80, and it’s causing me problems. 80 gigabytes is too much to lose all at once.

Unlike my own death, which, if I could choose how it is to happen, I would prefer to die instantly in a crash, for my hard drive I choose a slow death. Like some science fiction mad scientist, I need the time to transfer everything it knows to a younger subject.

How sick is that?