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  1. Neil

    Why would you want a Mac Tablet?

    Then what would be the point of a touchscreen? I can get the same experience from using my Wacom tablet (even though a Cintiq would be closer to a tablet). I think people wouldn't give much fanfare if it was *just* a tablet. However, unlike Windows, OS X was designed to not require a right click, so I think it would be better for a tablet then a Windows based tablet. If you want a good example of what I mean, try doing something that should be seemingly simple, like deleting your recent items in Windows without using a right click... it can be done, but it will take you a while to accomplish that.
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    Why would you want a Mac Tablet?

    So, assuming that the mythical mac tablet had multitouch... what use would it be? Right now OS X doesn't have any use for multitouch gestures, nor do any apps. They will have to do a lot more than provide an update to iPhoto to flick around my photos, iTunes music, and what not.
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    Firefox or Safari

    As I switched from Windows about 3 years ago, I was all for the whole Firefox movement. Unfortunately, Firefox on the Mac sucks. It just does. It feels like a horrible UI mess that was ported to OS X. I felt like I was using a program who's UI was the equivalent of a Macromedia app. So, I tried out Camino, but (maybe it's just me) it seemed to "lock up" and become unresponsive all the time. I was like "screw it" and I have been a avid fan of Safari ever since. Besides, the actual rendering component of Safari (webkit) is open source too. Not to mention it is more standards compliant than Gecko's rendering. The one thing I wish Safari had was a really good adblocker (like Adblock Plus and the Filterset Updater, because those 2 together rock).
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    UK Hotel with iMac in every room!

    Imagine how the resident apple fanboy who pushed that idea will feel when new models will come out...
  5. Does anyone know of a good program for me to jot down notes with my Wacom graphics tablet and have them all in one place? I suppose I'm looking for a OneNote alternative, but without the handwriting recognition and all the big organization features. I just want something that allows me to write down things on "virtual pieces of paper" I guess. Word's Notebook thing is sorta what I want (as you can freehand write on that, but it is too slow and not really geared towards graphic tablet use. Thanks
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    Good "Virtual Paper" Application

    Ya, it does, but that's not what I'm looking for. I don't want to take notes in a tiny panel and have saved jpegs of those lying all over the place. I would use Ink to actually convert what I write to text, but 1) it sucks at handwriting recognition (it's really pathetic), and 2) it is a hassle to mix converted text and diagrams. I basically want something like Circus Ponies Notebook or Mori, but instead of managing text documents I want it to manage hand drawn things (and still be able to write/draw on them later). It doesn't even have to have great page management. Right now, drawing diagrams with Ink's panel and dragging those into Mori is looking like the most effective thing, but again, once it is saved out, you can't draw on it again (not wit Ink at least).
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    Get File Off of iPhone

    OK, I guess it is something else and not permissions. Any suggestions on how to copy this over properly?
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    Get File Off of iPhone

    I did this a long time ago with an old version of iFuntastic, but I forgot to copy over one file and can't seem to do the same on my own (and iFuntastic doesn't view the Applications folder anymore)... I need to grab an image that is part of the MobileMusicPlayer.app on the iPhone. When I sftp into my iPhone I can see the file (/Applications/MobileMusicPlayer.app/repeat_on_1.png) and when I copy it to my Mac I can't open it in Preview or anything. I am 99% sure it is because of the permissions of that file. Does anyone know a way of how to grab this image properly. I have tried using "MobileFinder.app" and emailing the file to myself but that doesn't change anything.
  9. I really could care less about text messaging. Most of my friends just go on AIM and/or they are too cheap to get a texting plan. Out of my 200 included text messages I may, at most, use 5 text messages per month. Does anyone know of a good use for these extra text messages?
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    Get File Off of iPhone

    I think I have tried that. I've tried to change it in the get info panel and it says that I can read and write, but when I open it in Preview, it just gives me a question mark (leopard version).
  11. Is there any way to hide just the Time Machine drive/volume from my desktop? I can hide all external drives, but I don't want that. I can also hide just the Time Machine volume from my sidebar (dragging it off). I just don't know of a way (or if you even can), selectively hide an external drive/volume from the desktop. (And the Time Machine drive is really just a regular drive, but it has a different icon) Thanks
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    GMail gets IMAP!

    If this never ending rumor is true, then yes I'm excited. but seriously... no blurry spy shot? EDIT: I'm an idiot, forgot to check my MacRumors feed. This is true. And Gmail Help even has a tutorial on how to set up your Gmail IMAP account. https://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=77702
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    AppleTV and Lyrics

    lmao, i remember that. the sad thing: iPods already had that feature, the kid clearly didn't explore iTunes well enough.
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    AppleTV and Lyrics

    I think that, like on your iPod, that the ability to display lyrics on your AppleTV would be a nice addition. I know that getting the lyrics is a pain but there are some nice widgets that just pull that data into the iTunes song. My favorite is "Harmonic".
  15. If the install is like how it was with Tiger, you will have three options. 1) Clean install. As previously stated, it will erase your hard drive completely (ie, your stuff goes poof). Then it installs a fresh copy, as if you had just put in a blank new hard drive. 2) Upgrade. This will upgrade your existing OS to Leopard. Same as when you upgrade Windows to a new OS (but without the headaches and problems). This is what I recommend for most people. 3) Archive & Install. This is sorta like Clean Install, but you don't lose your user data. Basically what this is toss out the System folder and replaces with the Leopard folder. I can't remember, but this might also throw out your Applications folder. If you do this, you really should have a complete backup just in case. This is really good if your OS starts acting funny, and you don't want to do a clean install. Personally, whenever I upgrade, I am going to make a complete backup clone. Then do a clean install. Then copy over my data back from my clone, on a selective basis. I like doing a fresh start (just because I can't shake my Windows roots) every once in a while. Usually, whenever a new OS comes out, that is a good time to do it (especially if you haven't done it in 3 years like me.) Just to clean out all of the junk and start fresh. I also want to selectivly restore my files, as I most likely will use Time Machine, and I don't want it to backup useless files that are just hoarding space. I usually throw stuff into the documents folder (or pictures,movies, etc) and really don't know whats in there. I like to go through and organize everything into folders.
  16. There are so many things on that list that just really shouldn't be counted as a new "feature". It scares me when they consider screen savers new features. I also hate that they consider one (1) (uno) new feature as five separate things. Spaces for example. I'm sorry, but counting "add or remove spaces" as a feature seems a little cheap. Empty the trash button. While I'm sure that is nice and all, it shouldn't be considered an actual feature. That is more like a software update. Time Machine is interesting. It apparently has 11 new features, and it hasn't even been released before.
  17. idk, nothing in Leopard is like making me give it the "wow" factor. I am look forward to Time Machine, just because it seems to be a backup product that I actually will have on a schedule and not be an annoyance to me. Leopard doesn't seem to be one of those "big OS X" releases. There is nothing really groundbreaking. Probably the next "exposé" for me will be Quicklook. It will be one of those things you can't live without, and just take it for granite. I really hope they don't try and push things that are just "fluff", templates in Mail (I don't even use Mail) are not convincing or "amazing". I really really wish that they (I am pretty sure they didn't, as no one is reporting it) would improve things like Inkwell. Vista's handwriting recognition is far better, personally.
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    Write Directly on PDF

    I just got a Wacom tablet and does anyone know of a good app that allows me to annotate directly on a PDFs? I have Acrobat Pro but writing on that is slow and tends to not pick up the curves correctly.
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    Time Machine Question

    I agree, Time Machine is not designed to be a permanent or end all solution for very important data. It should really be thought as: a really big, nicely organized, trash can for your system. Even though it has stuff that is already on your hard drive, you aren't going to go through it to get those files. You are going to go through it to get the files that you don't have (or a working/good version of it). The one thing that I'm curious about: what if you want to delete a file from all backup? I know that kinda defeats the purpose. But lets say that it backed up a really large file that you forgot to exclude. Or something like that.
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    Write Directly on PDF

    I have Pages and love it. I also know what you are talking about, the commenting and track changes features. those things (which are also in word, but not as fast to use) work really well for text. however, in order to make an arrow to say move this graphic to this spot is extremly hard to do with just text. I suppose I could use Pages' shape tools... Still, I cant believe that no one really makes a decent tool to write directly on PDFs. i suppose I will have to stick with printing it out and whipping out the sharpies.
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    Write Directly on PDF

    Using Desktastic and stitching PNGs together isn't very practical. I really just need to get a document, write circles and comment it, like "bigger" "remove this" "more spacing" etc. For Word documents, Office 2004's Notebook view's Pen tool actually works fairly well. You can't write on PDFs, but I think I will just have my files come in as this. It is fairly responsive and not sluggish (even under Rosetta).It isn't perfect, but it is so far the best solution so far (I think). I hope that Office 2008 improves, because Office 2007 has some really nice annotation features. This doesn't really solve all of my problems as most of my files can't be exported as .doc files. The only problem with writing in all cursive (which I agree is the best solution for anything) is that most people can't read cursive or at least not mine (I know it is bad, because I usually can't read my own cursive).
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    Write Directly on PDF

    I already have Skitch and love it. However, it doesn't do multi-page PDFs. Other than that it is great for single page documents (sorta). I haven't used Gimp is a long time, but I doubt it does multi-page PDFs. I need to take a multi-page PDF, go through the pages without doing some wacky, "save a page at a time" (which is what illustrator does). PDFPen is pretty close to what I want. It has a "pencil" tool to freely scribble and white on it. However, it seems that it selects each line that you make, and then you have to go back to the menu to get the pen tool (kinda annoying). However, this is the closet thing to what I want, but is still clunky (and costs 50 bucks). Anyone else have any ideas? Or anyway to improve Acrobat to improve it when writing on it?
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    Write Directly on PDF

    Unless I missed it, I don't see any "pencil" or "pen" tool that allows me to write freely, within Skim. I don't really want to use predefined boxes and squares. I just want to circle something myself and just jot down a quick note.
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    Write Directly on PDF

    Adobe Illustrator and the pencil tool is the closet thing to what I want, but going a page at a time is really bad. I just wish Preview had a pencil tool.
  25. I really have always like the idea of using a tablet. I have never used one before. Is it worth buying one? I don't really do a lot of graphics, but I would like to do some basic stuff like use Inkwell recognize my handwriting, sign documents, control the mouse with it, etc. I think I want to get the Wacom Graphire4 6x8 Pen Tablet Bluetooth version. Does anyone else have a bluetooth tablet? Is there any lag? Is the Graphire Bluetooth as advanced as the Graphire4 line? Should I wait for a new model.I see that it was released on 4/15/05, that seems a somewhat old, should I wait for a new model?. Amazon has it for $207, that seems somewhat reasonable, for a reputable source. I really like the Wacom Bamboo, but the writing area seems small on that. And it isn't sold in the US yet, and it isn't bluetooth.
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