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OpenOffice 4 vs LibreOffice 4.1 for Mac

I noticed there's a new version of OpenOffice out and was wondering if the hive had determined what the best choice for a free, Microsoft compatible office suite for OS X is: Open Office, LibreOffice, or something else [more inside]
posted by gwint on Oct 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Misbehaving fonts in Office 2011 Mac

So the long and short of it is, I'm pretty sure that Meiryo UI is messed up or missing or something, and instead Office 2011 on my Mac has decided that it'd be totally cool to use Mart Futomaru Gothic instead for most Japanese text display, including all over Excel. Is there some way to reinstall just the font(s) or maybe clear the Office font cache?
posted by DoctorFedora on Oct 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Stop iPhone ios notifications for shared calendar

I subscribe to my boss' Mac calendars so I can keep up with his schedule at work, but I don't want to receive those calendar notifications on my phone. I just want to receive my own calendar notifications. Is there a way to turn off just the subscription notifications? We're using the built in Mac and ios calendar app.
posted by captainscared on Oct 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Macbook to media server.

What's the best way to utilize this busted up macbook (and other bits and pieces from the house) as a media hub/server? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Oct 10, 2013 - 2 answers

I need a new immersive game to play

I want to find an adventure game that's easy to become obsessed with and has tons to discover and explore. [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Oct 9, 2013 - 23 answers

Why is my MacBook screenlocking on unlocking?

My newly obtained MacBook has a minor but annoying behaviour. I have it set up to lock when the display goes to sleep. But when I unlock it, it relocks again. What gives? [more inside]
posted by outlier on Oct 1, 2013 - 14 answers

What is the best interactive anatomy atlas for OSX?

I am looking for an anatomy atlas to use on my Mac (running Mountain Lion) that lets me see the body in 3D, rotate it, peel away layers, and shows as much detail as possible. It must use Latin names. [more inside]
posted by blub on Sep 30, 2013 - 7 answers

3 Monitors, One mac mini

I'd like to have 3 monitors on my mac mini. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker on Sep 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Something like Audiosurf for OS X?

Is there a game like Audiosurf for OS X that doesn't involve shooting stuff? [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Sep 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Monkey pull lever, monkey get what?

Many years ago, I used to play a game on my elderly Mac called "Enigma", by Freeverse. Not the modern Oxyd clone, but a version of Mastermind, where you had to deduce a pattern of colored dots given a certain number of hints. You put in your guess and pulled a lever; the game would taunt you, make weird comments, or throw a monkey wrench into things and screw up your guesses. The premise of the game was that you were solving the puzzles in order to open a golden briefcase. I never did manage to get the briefcase open--can anyone tell me what was inside? [more inside]
posted by theatro on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Kerning on Mac for Text Tattoo?

I've finally decided on a tattoo. Yey! I'm trying to put together a mockup on my Mac, but Pages doesn't allow me to any kerning. This makes the text look weirdly spaced. Any suggestions for software on a mac that will allow me to kern? Freely, if possible? [more inside]
posted by percor on Sep 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Can I use Mainstage 3 instruments in Garageband '11?

My wife is a keyboard player (I play guitar) and we are trying to use our new MacBook Pro for our practice sessions. She got her MIDI keyboard to play through Garageband but wanted better piano sounds, so I bought Mainstage 3 for $30 (after Googling the question). Mainstage 3 has much better sounds like Hammond B3, Rhodes, etc. [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Sep 17, 2013 - 0 answers

How do I open port 8080 on my Mac?

I want to try the game Card Hunters. It requires port 8080 to run. No matter what I do, I cannot get it to run on my Macbook Pro running Mountain Lion. [more inside]
posted by starvingartist on Sep 17, 2013 - 34 answers

MAC will not print documents

Sorry to be asking this question here, I have tried the usual places but no luck. Just bought HP Officejet Pro 8600. I am running OS 10.6.8, ran a software update and installed my drivers online. Set up went well, I can wirelessly send commands to print diagnostic things like cartridge alignment, network status print outs etc. All that stuff works. I am supposedly successfully set up. Documents however do not print and just idle in the print queue. Went through same set up with pc and it works fine. I can't figure out what's blocking me, no error messages, all seems ok except for the silence of the printer. Any ideas?
posted by jdcasey on Sep 14, 2013 - 8 answers

How to correct "can't load Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) error"

I recently installed EndNote on my mac and have since been getting an error whenever I open Microsoft Word that says "can't load Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) error". How do I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by dubhemerak3000 on Sep 13, 2013 - 4 answers

How to fix iPhone photos upside down in iPhoto

I took a bunch of photos with my iPhone held horizontally, which when imported into iPhoto are now upside down. Last time I did this, and I rotated the photos in iPhoto, the photos then appear upside down when viewing them on the iPhone. Is there any way to get the iPhone to agree with iPhoto on which way is up? Or do I have to create duplicate photos and rotate one so that at least one version is properly viewable on each device? (Also, does anyone have a good trick for remembering what the right position is for the camera eye when holding the iPhone sideways so I don't do this again?)
posted by oh yeah! on Sep 7, 2013 - 8 answers

I feel like I'm in a very boring episode of Doctor Who

I'm having a weird problem with Dropbox, and googling is failing me because lots of people can't find their Dropbox files. But I can't find them in a very special and exciting way, involving differences between Finder and the command line. What am I dealing with here? [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Sep 4, 2013 - 15 answers

If I've upgraded PHP on my Mac, should I now avoid all OS X Updates?

If I've upgraded PHP on my Mac, should I now avoid all OS X Updates? I'm hosting a website on a Mac mini in a datacenter, and some of my software required a newer version of PHP than what's included out-of-the-box in OS X Mountain Lion. I keep getting the notification saying system updates are ready, and restart to install. But I'm scared it's going to overwrite my PHP upgrades and break everything. And it took me an insanely long time to get the PHP upgrade to work properly and play nicely with OS X Server.
posted by ferdinandcc on Sep 3, 2013 - 25 answers

Please recommend a good, cheap printer

I need a cheap, reliable printer with cheap(ish) replacement ink that can print in black even if other colors are out. Mac, if it matters. [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Aug 23, 2013 - 26 answers

How to capture clips from streaming video on a Mac?

Is there a good way to capture short clips from online streaming videos on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Aug 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Why is my MacBook so slow and will downgrading to Snow Leopard help?

(Late 2008 Aluminum Unibody MacBook. Currently running Mountain Lion. 2GHz C2D, 2GB 1067 DDR3.) Over the past year or so, it's been slowing down significantly. I'm getting lockups, especially with web browsers (I use Chrome most of the time, Safari on occasion) where I get the pinwheel for quite a while. It takes a decently long time to boot up. And when I open it up, it usually takes a minute or so to fully exit sleep mode and become usable again. [more inside]
posted by Modica on Aug 16, 2013 - 27 answers

Money, money, mon-ey. Mo-ney. (on a Mac and iPhone?)

I’m looking for a money management app for Mac that also syncs with iPhone. What do you use and why? (I’ve looked here on Metafilter and found little to nothing that’s recent). [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke on Aug 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Best screencasting app for Mac?

This question has been asked before, but long enough ago that I'd like to see if things have changed: What's the best screencasting app for the Mac? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Aug 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Sliding (mac) windows

I have a monitor attached to my iMac, which is running 10.8.4. I use the dock to switch between open windows and programs. Until this morning this was never a problem -- I could leave a pdf open on one screen to refer to, and open Mail on the other screen. This meant I could look at what I was writing about. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on Aug 12, 2013 - 4 answers

What Happened to ‘Save All Changes’, OS X Preview?

For years I opened dozens of photos at once in Preview on the Mac, cropped them all, and hit the button marked 'Save All Changes.' Since shifting to Mountain Lion I now have to hit the Save button dozens of times to accomplish the same thing. Is there a better way to do this, or a different, better program?
posted by LeLiLo on Aug 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking For a Duplicate (Image) File Finder for MAC. Free would be nice.

Software for Mac OS X that efficiently handles thousands of RAW, JPEG, etc. images files-- and any other file types-- with a nice, big viewer for the image files; but please keep in mind, the software should primarily be a duplicate file finder. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Aug 9, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I install Window 7 on a Mac that has no optical drive?

My goal is to install Windows 7 on a Retina MacBook Pro via Boot Camp. I have an official Microsoft Windows 7 installer DVD (OEM version) that I bought from Amazon. However, the laptop doesn't have an optical drive! How can I get Windows 7 onto there? [more inside]
posted by trevor_case on Aug 8, 2013 - 16 answers

iMac, Windows 7, and fan speeds

I have a 2008 24" iMac that I've used BootCamp to get Windows 7 running. Issue: the fans never come on. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Viable Mac setup?

What I want to do is get a Macbook Air, partition one of my externals for Windows and at least 1 Linux distro so that I can play with all three systems. However, my only concern is that I'm not forseeing some possible issues with getting a mostly basic level 13 in Air. Before you ask, I don't want a Pro since my current laptop is a beast, portability really is a concern for me for several months out of the year, and I want to experience the opposite end of the weight and ready-to-go spectrum. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

So, who's using a great foundation?

Women of MeFi, tell me what's better than MAC Studio Fix Fluid. [more inside]
posted by Salamander on Aug 5, 2013 - 25 answers

How to batch embed album artwork on a Mac

Can you recommend software to use to embed album cover artwork into mp3s on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by diamondsky on Aug 5, 2013 - 2 answers

How to set up this sort of automation on a MAC

A friend needs to sign his homeschooled child into "school" every day online. There are three or 4 steps: click this link, then click this link, then certify attendance etc I dont understand automator or apple scripts at all. I this likely something I can help them with easily so as to avoid this headache? Running 10.6.8 if that matters
posted by dougiedd on Aug 4, 2013 - 4 answers

MacBook for College Student?

My friend's daughter is going off to college to major in media studies. What would be the best MacBook -- new or used -- for her? Ideally it would be able to handle video editing, while still being light. It needs to be as cheap as possible, but it should run Mountain Lion so she can get through most of her college career without having to replace it. What do you suggest? (NB The "Mac" part isn't negotiable.)
posted by lore on Aug 3, 2013 - 22 answers

Why macbook wifi file transfer so slow?

Copying files between a macbook and a macbook pro over wifi is slow. Why? [more inside]
posted by SueDenim on Aug 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac

I want to buy a new Mac to replace my 2008 Macbook, but I'm overwhelmed by the options. What will best fit my needs? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jul 30, 2013 - 19 answers

Return not advancing to next line on Word for Mac

Okay, gang: I'm typing a very long document on Word for Mac (I'm on page 48). Everything has been working fine until now, but as of about thirty minutes ago, hitting return doesn't advance the cursor to the next line. It just jumps about four spaces away from the end of the sentence, as though I had hit tab. But when I start typing, the word immediately jumps to the next line below. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Jul 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Fight Planned Obsolescence!

We have an old Airport Express Base Station (model A1084), 2 Macbooks running 10.6.8, an analog receiver, and a set of analog speakers. Can we make these things play nice together? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Any way to remotely reboot a Mac that is NOT connected to the Internet?

I am trying to access my home Mac remotely from the office (I use RealVNC). Unfortunately, there was an Internet outage, which is restored, but the Mac is no longer connected to the Internet. It is however connected to the router, which is accessible from the Internet. AFAIK the only way I can get the Mac reconnected is to reboot it. Is there any way I can reboot the Mac via the router? Or is there some other way to restore the Internet connection to the Mac remotely? I am pretty ignorant on these matters. Thanks for your help.
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

How to Export All Sheets in an Excel File?

I am using Excel 2011 on Mac OS X Lion. I have a workbook created by a colleague with 25 worksheets in it. I would like to export all of these to individual csv files. Is there a way to do it all in one batch? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jul 22, 2013 - 2 answers

sticky-uppy, poofy, polished, soft, cool hair?

I am loving Tina Marjarino's hair in the new Veronica Mars Movie clips & promo pictures. How do I get my hair to do this (seen here as well)? I don't know what to even call it to use my google-fu! I just know that it is fabulous and I need to do it. Currently I'm growing out a pixie, so I should have the correct amount of hair. Sorry for such a silly question!
posted by firei on Jul 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Need a Crashplan plan.

I’m finally signing up for an unlimited Crashplan package this weekend. This is my first time using web storage for any of my backup needs. Can you let me know if I’m thinking correctly about 1) what I back up online and 2) what makes sense for backing up in the future? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 19, 2013 - 11 answers

Safari does not show xkcd images?

In my annals of bizarre tech questions this has to be the oddest. When I use safari as a web browser and try to view xkcd - the comic flashes on the screen briefly but then is replaced with an empty space. I tried reseting safari, manually deleting the cache file, disabling extensions but it keeps happening. More maddeningly it does not happen on any other website as far as I can tell. But - it also happens when i try to view xkcd images in newsblur (rss reader). and - when i open webinspector in safari the image displays in there just fine. (here is a screenshot ) I'm again going mad - what could be causing one website to blank its image? btw if i click "open image in new tab" then i can see the comic but not in a normal (or news blur) window. (running safari 6.0.4 on Mountain Lion 10.8.3)
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Jul 17, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I back up a diary?

I have a diary I write in every night. If it were to be lost or damaged I'd be sad, as I like to look back in it. Any advice on how to back it up? If I'm going to scan it, how do I organize it on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Cool things to do with a Mac mini server hosted in a datacenter?

I recently got a Mac mini server hosted in a datacenter in order to host my CRM server, and now I'm wondering what other useful things I can do with it. [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc on Jul 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Best hard drive solution for mobile audio recording

Trying to decide what to get, here. I've got an interal 750gb 5400 rm drive in the MBP that very occasionally throws up the dreaded "drive too slow" dialog in Logic at only 6 or 8 tracks of 24 bit 44.1 kHz. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Jul 12, 2013 - 16 answers

Better keyboard shortcuts on a Mac

I finally switch back to Macs a couple years ago after a long time using mainly Windows, and I really miss Windows-style keyboard shortcuts, particularly the multi-part type with trigger letters. Are there utilities or settings I'm unaware of that can duplicate this on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Jul 12, 2013 - 11 answers

What's the best 3.5 inch disk drive these days?

I need a 3.5 inch disk drive to read some old documents on my Mac. The SmartDisk drive I just bought on Amazon was not well made, and today after very little use the drive head just fell out the front like a broken tooth. Can anyone recommend a more sturdy floppy disk drive? Would it be better to just get an enclosure for an old PC drive?
posted by steinsaltz on Jul 8, 2013 - 7 answers

What are the gotchas of triple booting a current-gen Mac?

I'm about to buy a new MacBook Pro and there's only one thing I want to do when I first get it: "Ultimate" Triple Booting. But those instructions pre-date the OS X recovery partition introduced in 10.7 Lion. What do I need to know to get this working on 2013 hardware? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jul 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Identifying MAC addresses on your network

So I used to have a router running Tomato firmware, which would show me the MAC addresses of every machine connected to the router. I have since switched to a faster ROSEWILL| RNX-N300RT router, but cannot locate the MAC addresses of connected machines. Is there a good, free utility for OS X or Windows 7 that will show me the MAC addresses of connected machines? [more inside]
posted by craniac on Jul 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Best use for a Mac mini

I've been given a Mac mini and I'm dying to put it to fun or geeky use (already have a laptop so don't need to use it as a 'main' computer) but now that I'm staring at it I'm lost for inspiration. [more inside]
posted by dance on Jul 7, 2013 - 9 answers

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