Tag Archives: osx

Setting some sensible defaults for OS X (Lion)

There’s some great tips here for improving the default preferences of the operating system:

OSX For Hackers — Gist

The ones I used were

defaults write com.apple.finder FXDefaultSearchScope -string "SCcf"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool true
defaults write com.apple.LaunchServices LSQuarantine -bool false
defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilte-stack -bool true
defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages auto-open-ro-root -bool true
defaults write com.apple.frameworks.diskimages auto-open-rw-root -bool true
defaults write com.apple.finder OpenWindowForNewRemovableDisk -bool true
defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableExtensionChangeWarning -bool false
defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu -bool true
chflags nohidden ~/Library
defaults write com.apple.mail AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool false

Lion tricks and treats

What tiny thing in Lion makes you smile or has caught you off guard?

Have you discovered all these subtle improvements in Lion yet?  My favourites:

  • emails lifting up to top of screen before whooshing off to be sent
  • animation from when a single email turns into a thread
  • ability to add contact thumbs to mail list view (not detail view)
  • loupe for preview
  • signature for PDFs
  • quicklook for spotlight results
  • stateful Terminal
  • swiping through page history in Safari
  • list of recent files in Expose

Data detectors in Lion

How good are data detectors on Lion?  Really good.  Check out this example of their integration in Apple Mail:

Inbox  13527 messages 3 unread

As in Leopard and Snow Leopard, anything that resembles a date or time is picked up if you hover the cursor over it.  But look at the dialog that appears when I accept the offer to add the event to iCal:


The app has read through the entire mail, noted the 2pm, associated it with my chosen date, and combined the two into a calendar appointment.  Not bad!

Bookmarks for August 2nd through August 17th

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