Slideshow within Finder and Preview.app

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slideshow.pngOne of the main concerns expressed by new Mac OS X users relates to Finder. On the Windows side, users can view thumbnails and slideshows of their images from their Windows Explorer window. On Mac OS X however, many new Mac users do not realise that they can have this very same functionality right from within Finder. 

Granted, Mac OS X also ships with iPhoto which is miles ahead of Finder or Windows Explorer for managing your photos.But nonetheless, sometimes it’s just convenient to be able to view a slideshow or thumbnails right from within Finder.

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Photo Thumbnails in Finder

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view-options.pngOne of the main concerns expressed by new Mac OS X users relates to Finder. On the Windows side, users can view thumbnails and slideshows of their images from their Windows Explorer window. On Mac OS X however, many new Mac users do not realise that they can have this very same functionality right from within Finder.

Granted, Mac OS X also ships with iPhoto which is miles ahead of Finder or Windows Explorer for managing your photos.But nonetheless, sometimes it’s just convenient to be able to view a slideshow or thumbnails right from within Finder.

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Preview.app: Multiple images in a single window

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preview.pngIf you enjoy using tabs in Safari or in Firefox, you will be glad to know that Mac OS X’s Preview.app offers a very similar feature for images. By default, Preview will open a window for each image that you open. However, Preview.app is also able to display multiple images in a single window. You simply need to set this in the Preview.app Preferences.
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Caring for your notebook battery

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battery.pngWhether it’s the battery in your iPod, MacBook or even iPhone, the fact is that the battery will eventually wear out in a few years and lose its ability to hold charge. In most cases, when this happens, you’ll either replace the battery or send it back to Apple to have them put a new one in or even replace the device altogether with a newer model. Each of these options cost quite a bit of money. Wouldn’t it be nice to prolong the life of your batteries as much as possible?

Well, here are some tips on how you can care for your batteries.
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Combine multiple windows into one in Safari 3

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The all new Safari 3 beta (also available for Windows), features tab-dragging capability; you can drag tabs in a Safari window either to re-arrange them or to convert a tab into a separate window.

This is all nice but what if you have multiple Safari windows opened on your desktop and you want to combine them all into one?

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Instant Full Screen Zoom on YouTube videos

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fullscn.pngDo you find yourself hesitating to click on YouTube’s full screen button because of the extra bit of time you will have to wait to watch the video? Or maybe you just wish the videos would play in full screen by default? Well wait no more. All you need to do is harness the power of the built in zoom function Mac OS X.

How-to with video after the jump.

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YouTube videos on your iPod or in iTunes (FREE)

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Downloading YouTube videos for offline viewing (on you iPod or in iTunes) is a lot easier than you may initially think. Of course, there are utilities like TubeSock that will copy videos from YouTube for you. This will however set you back $15. Why pay $15 when there’s a free and easy way to download videos from YouTube?

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Get your spelling right with OS X

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This is a quick and easy trick to get your spelling correct before you even type a whole word! Simply type the first few letters of the word whose spelling you’re not sure about and hit the ‘esc’ key. For instance, typing the letters ‘disap’ will quickly help you figure out whether you spell the word disappointment with a a single ‘p’ or with two ‘p’s.

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Fix for dark videos from HandBrake

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If you haven’t come across HandBrake already, it is a free utility for ripping DVDs. It converts DVDs to either the MPEG4 format or to the iPod friendly H.264 format. HandBrake is also very customisable in terms of the frame rate, language selection, target file size and even subtitles.

However as you may have noticed if you’ve used HandBrake before, the videos encoded tend to be significantly darker than the original. A quick fix for this is to load the video into iTunes and convert it for iPod. In the banner below, you can see the difference between the HandBrake file (on the right) and the iTunes converted file (on the left).



To get iTunes to convert the video for iPod, simply import the file into your iTunes library, right click on it and select “Convert Selection for iPod“. Somehow, re-encoding the video file with iTunes makes your video brighter again!

It is however worth noting that the new file that iTunes will encode will be optimised for the iPod and therefore may not be of high enough quality to watch on a bigger screen.

All Pictures from Nokia N70 to Mac in seconds

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OS X’s built in bluetooth file exchange utility seems to have been giving Nokia N70 users quite a bit of grief. In fact browsing the Nokia N70 from OS X is next to impossible. The only way to get your pictures across to your Mac so far has been by transferring them one at a time, which can be a painstakingly time consuming task.

There is however a work around that will let you transfer all of your pictures in one go.

Video after the jump.

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