One of the issues when using a new laptop or a new operating system, is remembering how to turn on everything you use regularly or sometimes turning them off.
I download images from my Flickr collection quite a bit, probably more so than using Photos or iPhoto. With a new Mac laptop I was getting very slightly annoyed that after downloading the images, they would open in Preview. I knew on my iMac I had turned this off, but could I remember how, no I couldn’t. I had done it a fair few years ago now, as I had migrated my settings to the new iMac (and I think I even did it before that one too).
I did do a quick Google search and saw that it wasn’t a Preview setting, but was a preferences setting in Safari. I was using search terms such as stop Preview opening downloaded images but I suspect a better search term would have been stop Safari from opening downloads.
So from the menu, Safari -> Preferences.
Click the General tab if isn’t showing already.
At the bottom is a check box, which says: Open “safe” files after downloading. “Safe” files include movies, pictures, sounds, PDF and text documents and archives.
I do like how Apple puts safe as “safe” which means they should be safe, but should be treated as “safe”.
Uncheck the box and Safari will no longer open files automatically.
What I usually do is if I do want to open them, say a PDF, is I drag the file from the Downloads folder onto Preview in the Dock.
Over the last few weeks I have had an annoying bug when using Safari on my iMac running Lion. Now and then when I add a new tab (to paste in an URL, or opening a link or image in a new tab) Safari just quits.
If I restart Safari it “kindly” re-opens all the pages I had open, not always convenient if I was logged into an e-mail service or my blog.
It must be a bug with Safari as more often than not I am opening a blank tab, not clicking on a particular link or something similar.
At the moment it is annoying and a search of the internet tubes seems that I am not alone. However there doesn’t appear to be a solution either.
Useful comparison of how the 512MB RAM in the iPad 2 makes a real difference to browsing using Mobile Safari with multiple “tabs” open.
If you rarely use the multiple “tabs” feature then this may not be of benefit, but this is something I often do, with multiple windows open. The refresh was quite annoying, especially if I had text entered into a text field.
However is this enough justification to upgrade from iPad to iPad 2?
One of the nice features of Snow Leopard is the 512 pixel wide icons – can you still call it an icon.
Cult of Mac has a wonderful gallery of said icons with Leander Kahney’s commentary on the detail Apple has in these icons is almost art in itself.
All the icons for folders and apps in Snow Leopard are now drawn in glorious 512 x 512 pixels. It’s a step toward making the operating system resolution independent, and perhaps also to make Snow Leopard a touchscreen friendly OS.
But it’s also obviously done just for the art of it. These icons are real beauties. They are full of great details and little surprises. One icon contains the words to a song, visible only if you blow it up to its full size.
See the gallery.
Though I do use .Mac to sync my bookmarks over several computers (with differing levels of success) I do also use the web version quite often on computers that don’t have .Mac support (eg PCs) or that I don’t own.
So you can imagine my disappointment when I received the following e-mail from Apple.
Dear .Mac member:
As you may know, your .Mac subscription is being upgraded to MobileMe, Apple’s new Internet service for your Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, and PC. This includes a new way to manage bookmarks across your computers and even push them over the air to your iPhone and iPod touch.
As part of the transition to MobileMe, web access to your .Mac Bookmarks will end in July 2008 and you will no longer be able to access or update your bookmarks at mac.com. Mac-to-Mac sync will not be affected.
To avoid losing bookmarks saved on .Mac, please sync them with your Mac before June 30. This will ensure that MobileMe can keep your bookmarks in sync going forward. Here’s how.
For more information on the transition, please visit the MobileMe FAQ.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
The .Mac Team
I can see that it may make things better, but for me losing the web bookmarks will be inconvenient.