Maccast 2011.08.28

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 363. Steve steps down as CEO. 10.7.1 and iMac Graphic FW Update 3.0. More iPhone 5 details swirl. iPad 3? Later, not sooner. iTunes TV rentals permanently expired. Follow-up on saving OS X window arrangements. Scanning in OS X Lion (and earlier). You got to Move it, move it. How Apple will disrupt TV.

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  1. Alan | Aug 29 2011 - 12:53

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned it, but another app for sizing windows is BetterSnapTool.

    It’s available here for $1.99:

    I use it and it works great. The same author has a free utility called BetterTouchTool, which will customize your touchpad. I use it on all my Macs.

  2. Aitan Roubini | Aug 30 2011 - 08:44

    Just wanted to point out that moving files from one location to another across volumes has been possible in OS X for a long time, by holding down the command key prior to releasing the icon in its destination (the plus copy icon will disappear).

    Couldn’t have lived without it, so I totally appreciate your sentiments regarding the addition of an option modified version of command-v to move a file.

  3. Adam Christianson | Aug 30 2011 - 09:22

    Thanks Aitan. I got a few emails about this already too. I think I may have even known that trick at one point and forgotten it.

  4. Eoin | Aug 31 2011 - 01:07

    Hi Adam,

    I was just thinking about the problem one of your listeners posed with regard to sharing/moving data around on the iPhone, and it struck me that Dropbox might help.

    I suspect that one of the problems that users might have, even with Apps that are DropBox aware is that they often force you to use a specific folder name, which effectivly renders that apps files in an island (a bit like the local storage in the App) but what about using Symbolic links?

    I tried this out using the terminal, and using a command like

    ln -s

    I was then able to create files (or folders) in the first directory and access them as if they were in the second directory.

    When I look at the floders in the Dropbox web app – the link seems to be preserved and files uploaded to one folder ‘magically’ appear in the other directory.

    So how would you use this? Imagine you have two iPhone or iPad apps that support Dropbox but insist on using their own folder names… well simply rename one, create a new link with the old folder name that points to the directory you want to share… then copy (or move) the original contents of the renamed folder back into (either) directory. Since both directories now point to the same location, both apps now share that location. Of course the apps still have to play nice,but there are a couple of Text, and text markdown apps that all happily share one folder; e.g. Elements, TaskPaper, PlainText and so on…

    Would this help?
    Can your listeners think of other uses?


    (in London)

  5. Eoin | Sep 01 2011 - 04:02

    Hi Adam, you’re a Skitch fan right? Just noticed that Skitch is free (now from Evernote) and you can get it in the mac App Store – looking forward to seeing it integrated into all the Evernote clients!

  6. Adam Christianson | Sep 01 2011 - 07:44

    Thanks for the tip. That might work!

    Yes I am a Skitch fan and I also love Evernote. Hopefully the merging of the two ends up making them both even better.

  7. Janet Green | Sep 12 2011 - 07:42

    Maccast sounds cool. I bet a lot of Mac users will love your podcasts.