OS X Quick Tip: High Quality Skype Video Calls

If you make video calls with Skype on your Mac, you know that the video, by default, is pretty low quality. You can fix this, however, pretty easily. First make sure you have Skype version 2.5.0.85 or newer. Make sure you don’t have Skype open, then navigate to “~/Library/Application Support/Skype/yourskypename/” Find the file called config.xml. Read more…

OS X Quick Tip: Quickly Change your Desktop Image w/ Safari 3

You can change your Desktop background image in a variety of ways…most of which require you to launch your System Preferences an use the Desktop Preferences panel, but – with Safari 3 – there is a much quicker way to do this. Simply take any image that you want to use for your Desktop Image, Read more…

OS X Quick Tip: Advanced PDF Options

It’s very easy to save to PDF in OSX, but did you know there are advanced options that allow you to encrypt, compress, and even save the PDF as a Post Script file? Just open any program that allows you to Print, and select File>Print. In the lower third of the Print window you will Read more…

OS X Quick Tip: Clean up your Dock using Folders

Your Dock can get out of hand quick. Sure you started out innocently enough, but then all of the sudden you had 25 Apps in there, and you only use a few of them with any regularity. There is a quick and easy way to clean this up, however….in fact, there are two ways. The Read more…

OS X Quick Tip: Secret Screen Capture Clipboard Copy Trick

Ok, you probably already know how to capture and image of your screen with your Mac. It’s Command-Shift-3. That will leave an image on your desktop, you can even hit Command-Shift-4, and get a little crosshair to select only a portion of your screen and do the same thing. BUT…if you’re like me, and you’re Read more…

OSX Quick Tip: Create Multipage PDFs in a Snap with Preview

UPDATE: This is a Leopard Only Tip. Sorry about that. Creating a multipage PDF document can be a pain in a program like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or Lineform. It almost always requires some kind of work around, but there is a much simpler way to create multipage PDF documents on your Mac. Simply open Preview, Read more…

OS X Quick Tip: Speed up your system by cleaning up your Desktop

The Desktop is a great place to just drop stuff. I’ve found myself dropping so much stuff on my Desktop sometimes there will be 50 things on their before I really notice that it’s a mess. Beyond the mess factor, though, having that many things on your Desktop can really slow your system down….and if Read more…

OSX Quicktip: Search Photoshop Layers via Spotlight

If you’re a Photoshop user this is a pretty handy trick. If you have files saved in PSD format, and your text layers are still text (i.e. you haven’t rasterized them yet) then you can actually search for them in Spotlight, to help you find the right file. Pretty slick, huh? Read more…

OS X Quick Tip: Add Special Character Access to your Menu Bar

Accessing Special Characters on OS X (©, â„¢, £, ¢, ‰, Æ’, and so forth) can be done in a variety of ways, but if you use these special characters on a regular basis, you may want quick access to them through your menu bar. Here’s how you do it. Go to System Preferences>International then Read more…

OS X Quick Tip: Send HUGE Attachments with iChat

Sending large files to your friends can be a real pain. Just try emailing your friend a 20 mb files. Or 100 mb. Or 1 Gb. It ain’t gonna happen. But…if your friend is a Mac user, it’s no problem at all. In iChat, you can send files very easily. Just got to: Buddies > Read more…