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Switching between low/retina resolution on Preview?

I spend a lot of time reading academic PDFs, and have found that using a retina Macbook Pro has significantly reduced eyestrain. However, many papers have complex vector images which cause Preview to hang/crash. A workaround is to run Preview in low resolution mode, but I have to constantly close the program and check/uncheck the box for subsequent PDFs in a reading session. Is there a way to set the resolution on a file-by-file basis, or a terminal command/script I can run to change Preview’s resolution?
posted by angst on Feb 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Replace a Mac MD313LL/A 12" Macbook Pro keyboard

Replace a Mac MD313LL/A 12" Macbook Pro keyboard for a handicapped neighbor and I know very little about recent Mac tech. [more inside]
posted by Samizdata on Feb 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Combining 2 iTunes Libraries

Two macs, one old, one newer. Trying to combine to distinct iTunes libraries into one, without losing playlists. [more inside]
posted by Bohemia Mountain on Feb 1, 2013 - 1 answer

Help me prepare for a complete reinstall of OS X

I need to do a complete reinstall of OS X on my iMac, and I'm looking for advice on how to back up to make sure that I don't accidentally lose anything in the reinstall process. I'm running Lion 10.7.4, and I have an external drive doing Time Machine backups. What should I check before going back to square one? And do I need to do anything special with apps that required online activation (I'm thinking specifically of Microsoft Office or Adobe Creative Suite)?
posted by philosophygeek on Feb 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Renting or borrowing Macs - Bay Area

Is there an avenue in the Bay Area for renting or borrowing a Mac, especially for (grad) students? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 31, 2013 - 7 answers

bulk slide scanner for a mac - without breaking the bank

I'd like to buy a bulk (i.e., 20+ in a stack) slide scanner that will work with recent-model (usb/firewire/thunderbolt) macs. I see prices ranging from $1200 for used Braun scanners, to some real cheapies that look like a mistake waiting to happen for under $200. What's in the middle? Most of the used Nikons in the $500 range on ebay are SCSI only; I'd love something that works with current hardware (i.e., NOT SCSI) and has a pretty wide gamut - something approximating the RAW quality I get from my digital SLR. Is there hope for me?
posted by luriete on Jan 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Macs stick around. What about other laptops?

I would like to save up for a new laptop. My current laptop is an original (2006) black MacBook. Should I save up for a new/refurb MacBook [Pro/Air], or are there less expensive but high-quality PC laptops out there? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jan 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Do some fonts render more smoothly than others in MacVim with retina?

Monaco 14pt in MacVim seems to me to look much better on retina than Anonymous Pro 14pt. Why is this? Is it just me? [more inside]
posted by doteatop on Jan 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Trouble free switching to external monitor and back (OSX)

OS X has spaces. I can assign programmes to different spaces. What I can't have (it seems) is one of those spaces/second desktops show up on the external monitor, it is always an extension of the desktop I am using. So I get a double-wide desktop A (Mac + monitor), then swipe across and get a double wide desktop B (Mac + Monitor) when I go to a different Space. I want A on my Macbook and B on my monitor. [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Jan 24, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I upgrade Mac OS 10.5.8 to 10.6 with a broken CD drive?

I would like to upgrade my Mac OS 10.5.8 to 10.6. I've been told that the way to do this is to order the CD from apple. However, my CD drive is broken (all else is fine with my Mac). How can I upgrade to 10.6 another way?
posted by figTree on Jan 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Why won't Spotlight find things?

I do a Spotlight search for "foo." I have at least a dozen files with "foo" in the name. I do the search while looking at foo.pdf, foofighting.pdf, etc. right in the Finder right in front of me. But when running the search, none of them show up. Why? Under System Preferences for Spotlight, I have Folders, Files, and PDF Files all checked. Any idea why Spotlight is blind to these files?
posted by megatherium on Jan 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Can I take advantage of $40 Windows 8 if I don't have an older Windows?

I currently don't have any version of Windows installed on my PC (it's a Mac). I would like to install Windows on a Bootcamp partition. I noticed that Microsoft has a special offer where they are selling a Windows 8 download for $40 through Jan. 31. That's a good price for me. The possible catch: Microsoft seems to be saying that I need to have an earlier version of Windows installed in order to use that download. I can't quite tell whether they are serious about this. Do I really need to have a preexisting Windows install to take advantage of the $40 Windows 8 offer? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jan 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Opera doesn't want me wasting my time

Opera won't load Facebook on my computer about 75% of the time. It tells me "Internal Communication Error: You tried to access the address http://www.facebook.com/, which is currently unavailable." I am using a Mac. Facebook is not down, and other browsers work fine. [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Jan 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Will these Macs play nice together?

I have an iMac desktop running OS X 10.6.8 and a newly acquired MacBook Air running 10.8.2 and I want to make them be as friendly with one another as possible. Can you hope me? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Java exploits in Mac - how do I get rid of it all?

After running Avast, I discovered some infected Java files on my macbook (10.5.8). I deleted them in Avast, but how do I know if I've gotten rid of it all? Is it on my Time Machine back up? Do I need to change my passwords? Do I need to take this to a Genius Bar, or can I fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by min on Jan 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Does this feature which exists for Word for Windows exist in Mac Word?

If I'm using Word for Windows, I can double click at the bottom of a page to create one big page. But if I double click at the bottom of a document inside Word on MacOS it opens up the footer prompt. Does Word for Mac have a similar "join pages" feature?
posted by professor plum with a rope on Jan 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Is there a IrfanView alternative for Mac for a specific design task?

My WineBottler version of IrfanView has stopped working for some reason, I need this for just one task: Click and drag on a picture and get the X/Y coordinates of the selection and size in one quick view. An example: [more inside]
posted by ts;dr on Jan 10, 2013 - 9 answers

What are your experiences with the Mac App Store in a small business?

I’m an IT Consultant / Sysadmin and my clients are Apple-centric small businesses of 1-25 employees, with most falling between 5 and 10. I prefer purchasing software direct from publishers, but I’m now running into some software that is Mac App Store only and I’m not finding a good way to manage this. [more inside]
posted by ridogi on Jan 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Mac screen sharing via Messages

Three friends are using Messages on MacBooks running Mountain Lion. Friends A and B are both able to use video chat and screen sharing with Friend C. Yet Friends A and B are unable to use video chat and screen sharing with each other (the video chat/screen share menu items are grayed out.) What gives?
posted by skidoom on Jan 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Keeping files if switching to a Mac

Thinking of switching from PC to Mac: how best to handle old files/drives etc? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Jan 3, 2013 - 8 answers

MacOSX: Create a new user, move safest bits over from my old user?

MacbookProFilter: I migrated my old user onto my new macbook, and carried with it a bunch of problems (slow startup, rapid battery life loss, etc.). Is there a clever, systematic way to migrate chunks of my user account to a new user? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jan 2, 2013 - 3 answers

OSX game me

Are there any well-crafted, engaging, easy-to-learn games for the Mac? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jan 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Installing Mountain Lion

I'm selling my mid-2010 iMac on eBay. In the ad, I want to say that I'll include a copy of Mountain Lion on a USB stick so the buyer can install the OS once they take possession of the computer. What I don't know is what will happen if the buyer doesn't yet own a copy of Mountain Lion and they try to install the copy I give them which was downloaded using my Apple ID. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jan 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Use a Mac to install Windows on a formerly Linux nettop box

How do I make a bootable Windows USB flash drive using a Mac? [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Dec 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Rename my files

Is there a Unix command (Mac OS X Terminal) or a command-line program that will rename a series of plain-text files based on the first line of each?
posted by megatherium on Dec 29, 2012 - 13 answers

The new iTunes is big and ridiculous. Help me make it small and snappy again.

Is there any way to make the new iTunes tighter and more minimalist? For example, I want my podcast and artist lists to be like the small-font, compact lists they used to be. Similar to the column browser, but on the side, NOT the top (which is all kinds of stupid up there). Basically, I want to see as many artists as possible with as little scrolling as possible. Any add-on or script or setting I'm overlooking that could take care of this, and perhaps other inefficiencies of the new iTunes?
posted by iamkimiam on Dec 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me name my new multi-app

Help me name my new product, which combines the functionality of popular existing apps, but is specialized with high-security features. [more inside]
posted by bfu on Dec 26, 2012 - 21 answers

Apple Tuning House

WebSite Filter: Looking for a website of a company who beefs-up Mac Pro and MacBook Pro computers and then leases them (with support) to studios. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Dec 23, 2012 - 2 answers

Can you annotate folders in OS X?

On my work computer (Mac OS 10.7.5), I usually organize my projects by putting all the files related to a single project in a single folder. I try to give the folder a descriptive name, but sometimes this is difficult if there are two projects that are kinda similar. Is there a way (either natively or using some tool that I can download/buy) to annotate folders with a longer description? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Dec 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Could you help me with my Applescript?

I am trying to batch convert a bunch of MS Word documents via Pages on my Mac. I have an Applescript that I believe will work, but I am getting hung up on a dialog box, and I am trying to see if someone could proofread the script for me. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Dec 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Copying between iCal calendars, Exchange to Google.

I have a work calendar in Exchange. I also have an Android phone and a Mac. For the last couple of years I've been using Spanning Sync to copy entries from my Exchange calendar to a Google calendar and then on my phone I can see all my calendars using the built in calendar program ( I also use Touchdown so I can see my exchange calendar on my phone if I have to, but it doesn't integrate with the phone calendars so I have to use two different applications to see my entire calendar, which is a pain). The problem is that Spanning Sync is going away. Is there any other application or service out there that'll automatically copy entries from one iCal calendar to another?
posted by Runes on Dec 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Finding the perfect Mac laptop for an indecisive Windows-based web developer

I'm a web developer / eLearning developer on Windows 7 looking to: 1) Get a Mac because I need to be able to test sites quickly and easily on my own; 2) Get a Windows-bootable unit that can act as my backup machine when my Asus throws a tantrum as it did this week; and 3) Get a reasonably portable Windows-bootable laptop that can handle Photoshop and other resource hogs so that I can work on it at client sites without having to barely squish the Asus (aka "The Clydesdale") into my largest backpack. Ideally, I could get all three in one machine that wouldn't cost the earth. Please join me as I anguish over the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, the Mac Mini, and other options. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Dec 15, 2012 - 16 answers

Looking for the name of an old-school, plaintext Mac setup system

Please help me track down an article (or documentation) about an OS9 Mac setup regime that was heavily text-based, emphasizing how to set up a Mac with keyboard macros, desktop-accessible text snippets and very specific keyboard macros. [more inside]
posted by mph on Dec 13, 2012 - 1 answer

HDD replacement macbook walk-thru

SSD Filter: Macbook Pro running 10.5.8 WLTM Solid State Drive, NSA [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Dec 10, 2012 - 30 answers

I cannot keep my deleted bookmarks in Chrome to stay deleted

I have a MacBook Pro with all software updated. I have been using Google Chrome as my browser for the last year or so. I also have Google Chrome installed on my Iphone 4s, but rarely use it. For the first 6-7 month, my bookmarks synced fine between the devices and my Google accounts. About 2-3 months ago, I have started to notice that bookmarks I have deleted have started to show up in Chrome again, sometimes multiple times... I delete the unwanted bookmarks again, and they re-appear several days later. I have 'googled' my problem and it seems many people have/are experiencing this issue... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Dec 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Are integrated graphics a mistake in a desktop purchase?

Is there any reason I'd regret purchasing a Mac Mini with intel 4000 graphics? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Dec 8, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me identify this source of this strange shape appearing on my Mac OSX chrome

Help me identify this source of this strange shape appearing on my Mac OSX chrome [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Dec 6, 2012 - 18 answers

Sending myself a message

I'm trying to send notes from my iDevice to my Mac, and I'm wondering if such software exists. I don't mean 'Note'-notes. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on Dec 4, 2012 - 14 answers

For the Love of Mac!

Mac Filter: I recently switched from a PC to a Mac at work and am having my first experience with Outlook 2011. So far, it has not been a good one, and now I'm totally stumped. Contact Group and Meeting Request question inside. [more inside]
posted by couchtater on Dec 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Vegan Cream Cheese Doesn't Start Out Expired

Adding recipes from a digital cookbook to a digital recipe universe: how to? (iOS 10 filter) [more inside]
posted by tigerjade on Dec 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Why is Time Machine trying to backup so much?

Why is Time Machine trying to backup 35 GB of data every single day when I'm only using 300 GB of my 500 GB HD and I know I have not changed or added that much in the time since my last backup? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on Nov 29, 2012 - 12 answers

Safari Bookmark That Controls Scroll Position

In Safari 6, I have a folder of bookmarks on the Bookmarks Bar that I visit each day by right-clicking and choosing "Open in Tabs". I'd like one of those bookmarks to open to a specific vertical scroll position on the page in question. Is that do-able? [more inside]
posted by boombot on Nov 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Help a relative server n00b keep his Mac Mini safe.

I'm planning on getting a Mac Mini with Lion Server. I don't have much experience with security or setup. Point me to some basic articles, sites, or books, please. I'll also take any advice the hivemind might have as well. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Nov 29, 2012 - 1 answer

IMAP Mail Checker for Mac OSX?

Is there a IMAP Mail Checker for Mac OSX? [more inside]
posted by mule on Nov 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 23, 2012 - 16 answers

NAS for a Mac home: Airport Extreme vs. Seagate GoFlex

I want to move to network-attached storage. I've got two Macs and am trying to decide between buying an Airport Extreme or Seagate GoFlex. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Nov 23, 2012 - 9 answers

iPhone, Mac and PC calendar and contact sync

I just switched to an iPhone 5 after years with an Android phone. My carefully constructed sync setup between my work Win 7 PC, my home Mac and my phone is no longer as useful. Details of my current setup within. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Nov 21, 2012 - 3 answers

I can't have imagined this computer game! Falling faces?

I'm trying to remember a computer game I had years back, but I can't for the life of me find it. It was a falling bricks game (like Tetris) but the pieces were one of four parts of several different faces - the hair, the eyes, the nose and mouth, and the chin and neck. The idea was to make a complete face that would then disappear from the board (again, like in Tetris). You could do mix and match faces, but you got more points for doing a whole matching face. If you let, for instance, too many mouths pile up on each other and reach the top, you lost. There were different levels, and the faces changed with each level. Does anybody else know of this? It would have been a Mac game, sometime during the 90's. I can't have just imagined this!
posted by dithmer on Nov 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Dad fails at first world problems: I can't make Spore run.

I can't make Spore run on my Macbook Pro. My 9 year old is nonplussed. Please help...he's getting pouty.... [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Nov 20, 2012 - 12 answers

This is your Mac. This is your Mac on lockdown.

Looking for best practices for home data security for an exclusively Mac household. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 20, 2012 - 4 answers

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