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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby driven » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:47 pm

Hi Aerillius,

have you managed to run SketchUp under crossover on linux?

I've tried on mac in the past and just reinstalled to try anew, but get a Bugsplat on startup, and cant locate openGL error, etc...

a working bottle may help
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Aerilius » Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:40 am

I am using it (for years), but until now with Wine, I will try CrossOver now.
The Bugsplat on the first start is usually because SketchUp first tries software rendering, but after setting it to hardware acceleration in the registry it usually works (not sure if CrossOver is different, but in your bottle you should find a Windows directory with regedit.exe).
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby driven » Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:25 am

Cheers,
I'll have a look tomorrow night
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:52 am

Hi Guys,

Are any of you missing the 'Save As' function after upgrading to Mountain Lion? If so the problems can be solved in seven easy to follow steps.

How to Restore 'Save As' Functionality to OS X Mountain Lion

http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=23596
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:59 am

Clean Memory App is good and free on the App Store.
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:24 am

Guys,

Productive Macs are doing a good deal on a bundle, here, http://www.productivemacs.com/f/847429

There is a total of 9 apps in the package for $29.99.

I have purchased and find Task Paper and Disk Aid and Desktop Shelves very useful.

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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:38 pm

I did a try and buy for LEAP by Iconic Software. http://www.ironicsoftware.com/leap/ I find it a huge time-saver :thumb:

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For those that like a video review, check this out, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FgWjLTYexo&hd=1
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby mwm5053 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:35 pm

If you use a Mac you know they love shortcuts for about everything this is a dashboard app that has lot of Mac apps only (wish the made one for SU) for you to look up from Finder to Mail and third part apps like Apature, Keynote and lots more.

http://dashkards.com/

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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby wind-borne » Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:37 pm

mwm5053 wrote:If you use a Mac you know they love shortcuts for about everything this is a dashboard app that has lot of Mac apps only (wish the made one for SU) for you to look up from Finder to Mail and third part apps like Apature, Keynote and lots more.

http://dashkards.com/

Enjoy


a couple that show Mac's hardwired SU shortcuts (different than those entered within SU) and the ones you make in System Preferences.
Neither allow editing as far as I could tell which limits their usefulness in my eyes.
You can click from items on both.


Free
http://www.grandtotal.biz/CheatSheet/

$
http://www.ergonis.com/products/keycue/

I have an older version of KeyCue, a little easier on the eyes than CheatSheet ;)
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby wind-borne » Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:22 pm

take control

I purchased this app immediately when it emerged from Beta, better price back then :!:

http://www.macbartender.com
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:46 am

WB, thanks for the heads-up on Bartender, I'm now using it ...... it makes things a lot tidier looking :thumb:

I have had a Mac Mighty Mouse wireless for some time but only recently started using it due to the death of my MobilityLab mouse. While the Mighty Mouse took a little getting used to, I now quite like it as the ball scrolling is easy on the finger!

I was having a few problems with 'right clicking' on SU but since installing SteerMouse http://plentycom.jp/en/steermouse/ my problems have been cured.


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SteerMouse is a mouse driver that lets you freely customise buttons, wheels and cursor speed. The app is not cheap at $20 but worth it I think as it really enhances the functionality of the MM :D
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Edson » Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:13 pm

mike,

can you tell me in what way is SteerMouse better than or different from the free app MagicPrefs?

on second thoughts, perhaps the difference is the fact that MagicPrefs is a for the MagicMouse whereas SteerMouse works for the Mighty Mouse.

(by the way, I still find the older MightyMouse much better for modeling in sketchup than the current touch mouse)
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:20 pm

Well, you answered your own question Edson ;)

Yep, I also prefer the wireless mighty mouse. I have only tried out the new touch mouse at my local Apple Store but as it doesn't have a scroll ball / wheel I gave up on it. I did however come across an article about a work-around for this which seemed to work. I will locate it and post here.

BTW, I use the wireless might mouse on my MBP which is on a stand which slopes. I initially found the mighty mouse a little heavy but then discovered that it would work perfectly with one battery! Removing a battery dropped the weight a little and as they same 'every little helps' :)

EDIT: Couldn't find the article I had in mind but found this, How to use Apple's Magic Mouse with CAD!

http://www.archicadmonkey.com/files/app ... e_CAD.html
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Edson » Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:11 pm

Mike Lucey wrote:Well, you answered your own question Edson ;)

Yep, I also prefer the wireless mighty mouse. I have only tried out the new touch mouse at my local Apple Store but as it doesn't have a scroll ball / wheel I gave up on it. I did however come across an article about a work-around for this which seemed to work. I will locate it and post here.

BTW, I use the wireless might mouse on my MBP which is on a stand which slopes. I initially found the mighty mouse a little heavy but then discovered that it would work perfectly with one battery! Removing a battery dropped the weight a little and as they same 'every little helps' :)

EDIT: Couldn't find the article I had in mind but found this, How to use Apple's Magic Mouse with CAD!

http://www.archicadmonkey.com/files/app ... e_CAD.html


thanks, mike. well, apart from a few tips for windows users, the article suggests one to use magicprefs, which I have been doing since I got my magic mouse.

actually, I use the magic mouse for everything except for modeling in sketchup. it is great for navigating the www and even for photoshop and its siblings. but magicprefs notwithstanding, nothing beats the good old little scroll ball of the mighty mouse for modeling.

the problem with the wireless mighty mouse is that it has been discontinued (although the wired one has not). one can still find a few lying around in big stores. because it is an extinct species I have been saving it for use with sketchup and let the magic do the rest.
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:33 pm

It might be an idea to pick up a wireless Mighty Mouse on eBay etc if they come up for sale!
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby driven » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:43 pm

Mike Lucey wrote:It might be an idea to pick up a wireless Mighty Mouse on eBay etc if they come up for sale!


Maybe I should sell mine there, the balls on both wired and wireless, 'bung' up and are a nuisance to clean...

It became a daily chore before I retired them...

I did really like them before they started failing.


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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:36 pm

How were you cleaning them? This video show the process involved, Cleaning the Mighty Mouse Scroll Ball
http://vimeo.com/338625

I think he could do with a tweezers though!
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby elmer » Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:10 pm

Mike,

Thank you so much for this video link!
Altough the first part, unsealing the bottom ring, is a little tricky, all the process
is very easy and efficient.
I was just going to buy a new mouse (the fourth one in a few years :cry:), now all I have to do is to clean my mouse stock :lol:

Thanks again.

Patrice

Of course, I also thanked Julian on Vimeo.
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby jeff hammond » Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:50 pm

(i'm not sure if this has been brought up in this thread yet or not but...)


i'm going on 3 months now using pixelmator..

http://www.pixelmator.com

it's 15 dollars.. seriously, the first application i ever used on a computer for content creation was photoshop.. and i used it for years and years..

and i'm saying, i don't miss a single feature in photoshop by using pixelmator.. (other than me being so used to photoshop's UI)..

it has all the tonal controls i need as well as very similar layers and blending modes.. good sharpening and selection tools etc.. a solid base set of tools that function very well for me..

but the main benefit for me at this point (besides the price point) is that it's a simple drag/drop type of instal (or via app store).. a nice&neat little app.. with photoshop, it installs all sorts of crap all over my computers and things are always launching/popping up (app managers!? or whatever)..

might not be a good 'downgrade' for some people that are photoshop maniacs but for people like me and what i need out of an image editor, it actually feels like an upgrade..
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby jeff hammond » Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:08 am

Jeff Hammond wrote:pixelmator



i spent some more time today familiarizing myself with it and found a couple of really nice features.
here's one

http://www.pixelmator.com/#alignment-guides

i think something like that would be nice to see in sketchup even.. (the relative spacing bit)
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:45 pm

Just got word that Twilight Render is now available for Mac users :thumb:

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Check it out here, http://twilightrender.com/downloads/upgrade
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby pbacot » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:59 pm

uh, I was just thinking about that again today... People saying "Twilight is great". Well not for me. Now, Maybe... thanks for the note, Mike!
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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Fri May 10, 2013 12:54 pm

I haven't pit something up here for a while.

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Yesterday I was cleaning up my BumpTop screen and thought it would be handy for have a floating Trash Bin! I located Bin-it http://peacockmedia.co.uk/bin-it/#download and having taken the two week trial. I like it and probably will buy at $5.
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Re: How to enable expanded save dialog as default

Postby Mike Lucey » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:31 pm

How to enable expanded save dialog as default

Most of you probably know all about this already but I thought I should mention it for those that don't.

Apple tend to keep things very simple and the default saving is such a case. This is what the default shows,

How to enable expanded save dialog as default.jpg


To achieve a more indepth setup the following needs to be down.

You will need to use the command line for this, so open up the Terminal and type or copy/paste the following commands.

Enable expanded save dialog
defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool TRUE

Disable expanded save dialog – revert back to Mac OS X default
defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool FALSE

http://osxdaily.com/2007/04/25/how-to-e ... s-default/
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Re: How to enable expanded save dialog as default

Postby wind-borne » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:15 pm

Mike Lucey wrote:How to enable expanded save dialog as default

Most of you probably know all about this already but I thought I should mention it for those that don't.

Apple tend to keep things very simple and the default saving is such a case. This is what the default shows,

How to enable expanded save dialog as default.jpg


To achieve a more indepth setup the following needs to be down.

You will need to use the command line for this, so open up the Terminal and type or copy/paste the following commands.

Enable expanded save dialog
defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool TRUE

Disable expanded save dialog – revert back to Mac OS X default
defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool FALSE

http://osxdaily.com/2007/04/25/how-to-e ... s-default/


for more fluidity, the shortcut ⌘=
does the same in a flash

on the other hand,
DefaultFolderX further expansion of open and save dialogs has been my companion for years :ugeek:
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SnapHeal free until the 3rd Sept '13

Postby Mike Lucey » Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:46 pm

SnapHeal free until the 3rd Sept '13

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Re: How to enable expanded save dialog as default

Postby jeff hammond » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:25 pm

Mike Lucey wrote:How to enable expanded save dialog as default

Most of you probably know all about this already but I thought I should mention it for those that don't.

Apple tend to keep things very simple and the default saving is such a case. This is what the default shows,

How to enable expanded save dialog as default.jpg


To achieve a more indepth setup the following needs to be down.

You will need to use the command line for this, so open up the Terminal and type or copy/paste the following commands.

Enable expanded save dialog
defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool TRUE

Disable expanded save dialog – revert back to Mac OS X default
defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool FALSE

http://osxdaily.com/2007/04/25/how-to-e ... s-default/


there's the expand button next to the 'save as' text field.. that will open the bigger window and it remembers its state.. (the osxdaily article is over 6 years old so a bit outdated ;) )
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Picturesque free for today on Paddle

Postby Mike Lucey » Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:01 pm

Picturesque is quite a nice application which I use occasionally for photo work. Its is also a past Apple Design Award winner. http://www.acqualia.com/picturesque/

picturesque.png



Paddle is making Picturesque available for free today. Pop over and grab it before its too late. The link is here, https://www.paddle.com/freebie/490660/picturesque/

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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby wind-borne » Thu Oct 31, 2013 5:35 pm

stumbled across this, free until 11/3

played around with a few images, powerfully simple and swift for minor tweaks...

DxO Perspective







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Re: Useful MAC Applications [Ongoing Updates]

Postby Mike Lucey » Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:21 pm

wind-borne, Good find and thanks for mentioning. I like apps that do one job well and DoX Perspective is one of those. I think it would be worth the $20 but better again to get it free.

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