Get Detailed iPhoto information on your photos

For our summer vacation my parents bought a new camera and we wanted to test it against 2 other cameras. So we headed to the beach with the 3 cameras and took the same shoots. Long story short I came back to the beach house and uploaded all the shots to iPhoto. I then wanted to see all the information about each shot so I knew which camera too the best shoots. I kept hitting "Command+I" but all I got was a gray window with a map. No camera data. Then I found out to get the detailed information,or  Extended Photo Info, you have to use the option key modifier. So to get to the detailed [...]

I Forgot My Admin Password – How Do I Reset It.

This morning I got and e-mail from the site.  Doug has forgotten his Admin password for his make ( or it was changed by mistake) and he needed help figuring out how to reset it. Bellow are the instructions for Snow Leopard. If you need the instructions for a different version then scroll to the bottom of the page for the link to the apple support articles on this subject.

This is a 2 step process because your user password and your keychain password will both have to be reset. The first step is to reset the user password from your OS boot disk. (more…)

Resize several items in Preview all at once

I needed a quick way to resize images in batches, and was pleased to find that Preview has that functionality. Open the whole batch of images in Preview; the images will all open in the same window with thumbnails visible in the sidebar.
Select all of the thumbnails in the sidebar (with Command-A, or click the first and then click the last while holding Shift). Next, from the Tools menu, choose Adjust Size. You'll be presented with a dialog containing options to resize to all the common 4:3 and 16:9 screen sizes, as well as the option to define custom dimensions. Images are scaled [...]

Hide less-important alarmed reminder events in iCal

iCal's alarms come in handy for those of us who tend to forget the various little things we always need to do. However, you may find iCal getting cluttered with such regularly-scheduled events, pushing other events out of view. But there's a simple solution to this problem.

Go to File » New Calendar » On My Mac, and name the new calendar Reminders or something similar. Put all of your reminders in this calendar, and make sure they all have alarms. Then, simply click on the checkbox next to the Reminder calendar in the sidebar to hide the calendar. Alarms for the hidden calendar will [...]

Use Quick Look in Mail.app from the keyboard

For longer than I care to admit I have been using my mouse, or track pad, to Quicklook Mail.app attachments. Well that stops today. If you have an e-mail with an attachment and want to Quicklook the item don't reach for the mouse, instead type the Command + Y key. This will Quicklook the attachment just like hitting the space bar does in finder. I hope apple looks at this and changes the Mail.app Quicklook  in Snow leopard but for now this will help keep my fingers on the keyboard and off the mouse.

Create a Simple Contact Sheet Using Quick Look

To  create a quick and dirty "contact sheet" of images using Quick Look, three simple keyboard shortcuts, and one mouse-click to use:

  1. Open the folder containing the set of image files.
  2. Press Command-A,
  3. Command-Option-Y
  4. Click the Index Sheet button
  5. Then use the shortcut to create a screenshoot, Command-Shift-3.

Know any more good quicklook shortcuts? Put them in the comments and we will feature then here on New Mac User

Manually Add Websites To Safari 4 Beta’s Top Sites Page

There isn't an obvious way to add sites to Safari 4 Beta's new Top Sites page, but this is a Mac after all, so it occurred to me that drag and drop might work, and it does:

  1. Open the top sites window.
  2. Click the Edit button.
  3. Open the web site you'd like to add to Top Sites in another window.
  4. Drag the want-to-add site's site icon (it appears to the left of the URL) from the URL address bar into the Top Sites window. You can position the site while you're dragging it, too.
  5. Drop the site when it's in the position where you'd like it to stay -- the site will be pinned to this position [...]

Quickly Print Files Without Opening Them

Okay so thats a bit of a lie. With these 2 methods the program will open, print the item, and then close the file.  

The first way is to select Print in the Finder s File menu.  This only works if you have the file selected in the Finder window. For example I have a Numbers document named Bills in my documents folder. If I wanted to print that, with this meted, I would open a Finder window navigate to the file and select it. Go to the Finder File menu and select Print. This will open numbers, print the document, and close the file. It does not close the application though. This [...]

Add a Bookmark To The Downloads Folder

After downloading something, I usually want to go to my downloads folder. I've discovered recently that you can put folders into your Safari bookmarks bar. This means that instead of having to click on my downloads folder in the dock, I can simply hit a Keyboard Shortcut and it will open up the Downloads folder in Finder. 

Step 1: In Finder, locate the folder you want to be able to open up from the bookmarks bar.

Step 2: Open up Safari and make sure the bookmarks bar is visible. (Cmd-Shift-B)

Step 3: Drag the folder from Finder into the bookmarks bar. 

Step 4: To access the [...]

Baseline 1.4 adds support for scanning Time Machine backup volumes

MildMannered Industries today announced Baseline 1.4, an update to their highly rated disk usage utility for Mac OS X. Baseline features include directory, browser and graphical treemap views, QuickLook support, duplicate file detection, and comparison against previous scans. Version 1.4 adds support for hard links, allowing Time Machine backups to be scanned efficiently.