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  1. !!!-I have not used DropDMG so I don't know if this applys but a word of warning from similar types of solution.-!!! If you loose any of the segments or if they get corrupted then you loose the entire collection. What I would love to see is an app that breaks a file in to segments of the same type... ie if I have a 3.2G MPEG2 then I could break it in to 650M MPEG2 files... that way you can still use all non corrupt segments. Also, if the app that splits dumps to a format that is propriety then you will need to keep a copy of the version that you split with, this will allow you to rebuild your split collection. I did a quick run thru of the manual and I don't see any of these issues addressed. Though I think that the 'idea' is a good one, but it's one that should be used with caution. Happy Mac-ing! benh~
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    I second Bits on Wheels. http://www.bitsonwheels.com/
  3. 1) I dont want to ditch *all* played podcasts... only, lets say for instance, only just-played NPR: Technology podcasts. 2) Why wouldn't some one listen to sequential podcasts? There are audio books, what happens if you missed the last two MacCasts, or wanted to catchup on a newly found podcast ... 3) Some times. But the current behavior encurages users to only subscribe to one podcast. If I do a search for 'Mac' and find two or three podcasts that look interesting and want see if all the episodes are as good as the intro then I have to spend a few minutes doing what should only take a few seconds. It's just annoying and I've run into this a few times.
  4. humm... here are a few issues that I have with iTunes. I'm using v6 on a Powerbook. 1) I would love to be able to allow for specific event based actions per-podcast. This would allow me to auto-delete a file when I have finished listing to it. I listen to a fair bit of news and when I am done I spend time going in and deleting old episodes, it would be nice if there were event hooks for this. 2) Why are each podcast streams not treated like a play list? This would allow me to select a top level podcast (ie 'Maccast') and then hit play and listen to all the episodes, like it was a play list. Currently just the top episode is played and when thats done iTunes stops. I would love it I could jump to the next, or next unplayed episode. I get around this by dragging the top level from the podcast section in to the left bar, it creates a play list and then I play that... again it's not a huge issue, just would be nice to have this built in. 3) This is more of a gripe with the podcast directory but why cant I subscribe to the background? If I go to the Music store/ Podcast Directory and subscribe to a podcast I am taken to the podcast section in iTunes. I would like to have the option to stay in the Music store so that I could subscribe to more podcasts. Some of this might might be able to be solved via Applescript but looking to see if any one here has any ideas. benh~
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    jEdit my dream editor.

    I did some more digging and I found the posted fix for the MacOS.jar error that I wrote about. Just download the patched MacOS.jar here: http://community.jedit.org/?q=taxonomy/page/or/26 and then install that in your jedit/jars folder (replace the existing one) and all is well. it looks like the issue is due to the Apple Java 1.4.2 upgrade? ben~
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    jEdit my dream editor.

    I guess it would be helpfull if I included a link right? http://www.jedit.org/ sorry about that.
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    jEdit my dream editor.

    I was listing to the 8.12.05 show and there was the rundown of a few Text Editors. One that I found missing was my beloved jEdit. It's a free java based editor that has a lot of features I have never seen on any other editor, and now that I've used them I cant live with out. This will be a small overview, there's so much that this editor offers that I don't use and I'm sure many that I don't even know about. Just like any good editor you get language based color coding. You get to open multiple files in the same window and can switch between them. All the 'standard' editor features, but this is where things get really fun. By far and away the feature that I cant live without is bracket matching. I saw this first on SciTE where when your courser is on one end of a bracket then the other end gets hilited and there is a line that is drawn to show the link. If I lost you heres an example to show what's going on. Heres a code example: if (something) { Code Code Code } So if I have my text courser just past the '{' bracket (it would look like '{|' ) then the '}' gets a box draw over it. Then in the gutter (the side bar with the line numbers) has a line that marks the start and end and every line in-between. Sweet! No more run-away brackets. The other super feature is code folding. If you don't know what this is it allows you to 'fold' up sections of code that you don't need to see right now. This allows for you to only deal with sections of your file that your dealing with this right now. This is something that I've seen in a few editors but jEdit gives you two modes to do this. You can specify fold points but I find this tedious and unnecessary, though you might like it. The mode that I use is that you can fold based on indention, so in the if example above you can fold up that block and it would look like: if (something) { [3 lines] } This is a small example but because this works on indention, you can reduce your latest and grates 2000 line wonder to a manageable 200 line file. Along with the code folding you can also split the view port in to sections. They can be both vertical and horizontal splits and you can sub divide splits ad nauseam. These splits then act as a new buffer that you can edit the same file or a new file. This is really handy if you are working on your CSS doc for your home page and need to edit both at the same time, you can just copy and paste across then and see your edits. Also because you can edit at two points of the same file you can see all the functions that you have stuffed at the top of a file when you are working on the end. To add to this brilliant editor, there is also a plugin API. By extending the core with plugins you can now add features as you need them. The plug in that I use the most is FTP. This allows you to edit remote files on a FTP or SCP server. Now I never need to use Dreamweaver again, and you don't want to get me started on that topic. Other plugins include version control solutions, project management, spelling, XML code hints... the list just goes on and on. Ok I said this would be short so I'll wrap this up. Other features that are worth a mention: - macros - regex searching that works correctly - per buffer options - its java so it's portable and can be run off an iPod or FlashDrive on any java enabled platform. - Just check out there feature list: http://www.jedit.org/index.php?page=features Just like all the other reviews, Pros and Cons: PROS: - Bracket matching - code folding - plug-ins - window splitting - well everything CONS - it's java based, so you need to have java installed, this isn't an issue for my mac but I have jEdit installed on my iPod so I just keep the javaVM installer for when I find a windows box that needs the java VM. - The MacOS plugin that makes it act more like a true mac app has a problem. But I have not noticed this as a problem but every-time I open up jEdit i get an error. It's a known issue.
  8. If you have a Powerbook or iBook, and really miss having more buttons, or a scroll wheel (or scroll ball at this point) then Side Track is for you. Side Track (ST) is an alternate driver for your track pad. It allows you to map the corners as buttons and the edges as scroll bars. It's a clean install that does require a reboot to load things but once it's installed you set things up in System Preferences. ST, once installed, adds a lot of the functions that you would expect from a multi-button mouse driver. You can adjust the normal pointer functions like expected (acceleration and double click speed, pad tap ect.. ). Then this is where the fun begins, ST allows you to assign all four corners to button clicks, key strokes, or nothing at all. Also you can assign the four edges as scroll areas that act like a scroll wheel for vertical as well as horizontal scroll. The only issue that I can even think of about this is that I cant find any drag locking offered for the virtual buttons. This is not really an issue for me but is would be a really nice feature to have. Also if you are really trying to get the dual finger scrolling feature in the new Powerbooks and iBooks, this is not a solution, if you want that there is a project that solves this, though I have not tried it ( iScroll2 http://www-users.kawo2.rwth-aachen.de/~raz...zfazz/iscroll2/ ) Not much else to say about it other then it's price, totally worth the $15. It's nag-where so you don't have to pay for it but you really should support your developers. Just like my previous review, you get Pros and Cons: PROS: - you get to have a 5 button trackpad - you get to have a dual scroll trackpad - you don't have to lug a mouse around any more - it's only $15 CONS: - If you need virtual button drag locking, I cant find it. - not a two-finger scrolling solution. Download here: http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/sidetrack/
  9. One of the problems that I had when I got my 12" powerbook was the lack of screen real-estate, I know you really pay for the portability. Anyway, one of the features that I really missed from being a linux dork was virtual desktops. So off to google I went to find something that emulated this. The best solution that I found was the aptly named 'Desktop Manager' (DM). I guess I should start off by explain what virtual desktops really are, for any one who already knows you can skip this paragraph. Virtual desktops can really be best explained by thinking of desktops as groups of windows. Like right now, I'm writing this in TextEdit and I have firefox open. That is group one. Now if I switch to group two, Desktop manager 'hides' all the current windows and then focuses the windows that I have in group two. Then I can switch back to firefox and all the group two apps get hidden and then all the group one apps get focused. And so on and so on. Now just think of these groups as desktops and your there. Along with just a logical grouping of apps the best feature is that DM uses Apples OpenGL transitions between desktops. This gives you a big visual cue that you have switched desktops. DM also is really nice because it doesn't limit you to the number of desktops (the only limit is the amount of memory on your box), I use four and thats enough for me but some one might have a need for more or less. Also, in true apple app fashion, DM allows fully customizable key commands. You have triggers for switching desktops. You can also move windows to other desktops, this is done on an individual window basis. This allows you to have more then one instance of firefox, for instance, on different desktops. One problem that I found is that there really is not a way to cleanly move an entire app to a different desktop. Though I get around this by just hiding the app (CMD-h) and then switching to the target and then refocusing the app. Along with keystroke switching, DM also allows to use 'Active Edges', this allows you to move your mouse to the edge of your screen and the desktop will switch. I find this distracting. Though if your the kinda person that hides your dock, the mechanics are the same. It bothers me so I just disable it, but it would not be a good review with out mentioning it. Speaking of keystrokes, one of the easly missed features is the ablity to 'run' an app. Much like Quicksilver you can call up a text box via keystrokes (CMD-ALT-R by default) and then type out your app. I prefer Quicksilver as it does index your apps folder, where DM only rembers what you've typed before. This is nice if you only want quick access to a few know apps but if you want access to all your apps then you would have to call them all up at some point to get DM to add then to it's list of known apps. I should also mention that you get some other alternative desktop switching methods that DM offers. Like all good Virtual Desktop systems you have a little thumbnail pager that shows you what windows exist in what desktop. You can park this pager on any edge or corner of your screen. You can organize is, sort it, and size the pager as you need, you can even skin it. You also have an option to have a pager in your status bar, though for space reasons I don't use this feature but it's there if you prefer to have thing there. Lastly I should mention one of the gripes that I have about this app. For everything that I love about it sometimes it eats the keyboard access to apps. I notice this most when using jEdit (so it could be a java issue and not a DM issue). But when your switching desktops and if you start typing durring the transition you can loose keyboard access to your apps. It's not a hard solution, you just switch to another desktop and then back and your up and running, but I have to mention it. So heres the normal review Pros and Cons: PROS: - clean desktop grouping - customizable key strokes - great transitions - free and open source (GPL) CONS: - Run command is not very useful and there are better solutions (ie Quicksilver) - keyboard focus issue Download can be found here: <a href="http://desktopmanager.berlios.de/">http://desktopmanager.berlios.de/</a>
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