Apple Breaks Dvorak in Carbon

What the crap is going on with Dvorak in Carbon apps like Flex Builder and Eclipse :'( very very sad.

It seems that when apps utilise Carbon in Mac OS X 10.5.6 the keyboard mapping reverts to QWERTY instead of dvorak. However, this seems to be only for some keys.

Command+S is still Save
Command+W still closes a window
Command+Q still quits

However, copy and paste are totally screwed.

LittleSnapper Review

LittleSnapperIcon.pngLittleSnapper – a fantastic way to Snap, Organise, Edit and Share screenshots, designs and other images.

http://www.realmacsoftware.com/littlesnapper/

Snap – CapturingLittleSnapper Menu Bar Item
This all works great. There’s a fantastic Toolbar Menu item for mouse-driven snapping. Mac OS already has great capturing built in for capturing: Full Screen, Area and Window. LittleSnapper adds Web Snappshots. It will grab an entire web page even if it’s out of view.

No ‘New from Clipboard’

My biggest gripe with the “Snap” part of LittleSnapper is that there is no pasting an image in to the Library or (similar to Preview.app’s ability) New from Clipboard.

The only way to get images in to LittleSnapper is by either dragging them or taking a “snap” using their capture tools.

Organise

This is done quite well. Definitely could be better, but is relatively smooth. I’m loving anything these days with easy tagging ability. Unfortunately tags currently do not auto-complete to pre-existing tags.

It has all the usual ways of filing: Folders, Collections and Smart Folders.

Folders – can contain Folders, Collections and Smart Collections.
Collections – can only contain Snapshots.
Smart Collections – can only contain Snapshots based on the rules below.

Edit

This is one the best bits. The actual controls are quite clunky, however, the end product is fantastic. I love that you can draw outside the border of images. This is fantastic for when you’ve got a smaller screen shot that you still want to mark up with arrows, highlights, text etc. I sure hope better control is coming here.

Share

This is probably where I find the most problems (other than some UI things I’d love to see tweaked). Don’t get me wrong Realmac Software have done a fantastic job at in integrating LittleSnapper with their QuickSnapper website, Flickr and the ability to upload to FTP or SFTP.

Sharing Annoyances

My problem comes more from how I use LittleSnapper. I work with a software development company where I take screen shots for inspiration, records of current work and in particular letting the developers know how I want something to look.

LittleSnapper is fantastic for taking a screen and marking it up … but then all I want to do is email it or or save the file.

Now, you can Export the image, you can also drag an image out of the main Icon View, however the exported image does not include any visual mark-up that exceeds the border of the original image. So if you’ve got a smaller image and created a Text box and an arrow pointing to an element you loose it all except the bit that overlaps the existing image.

Furthermore, sharing by email means exporting the image to say the desktop and then dragging it to mail. Even though the Edit menu has Cut, Copy and Paste in the Icon view they do not work for sucking an image in to the Clipboard for pasting in documents or email.

Summary

Overall, as a Version 1 it’s fantastic. It’s instantly become an “Open at Login” item on my mac. Some things in the UI bug me (at some stage I hope to write about them) but overall it’s a great concept and quite well implemented. I was initially put off by the cost … but after trying it for 20mins I just had to have it.

Apologies for no images … weird stuff with the latest WebKit nightly build and WP. (trying ecto shortly)

The Top 500 Worst Passwords – Why I use 1Password

Here’s a great list of the top 500 worst (most commonly used) passwords.

The Top 500 Worst Passwords of All Time

1Password
1Password

It’s another great reason why I use 1Password.

One of it’s best features is the Password Generator.

1Password's in-built Password Generator
1Password's in-built Password Generator

For any site or service I sign up for I use the Password Generator to create something nice and random. 1Password then remembers it all for me. So I only remember my “1 Password” and 1Password remembers the rest.

I thoroughly recommend it. It’s integration in to all major browsers is fantastic.

Apple Mail auto-link troubles when composing

UPDATE

I still seem to be having some problems with the below. So it would seem I haven’t solved it. I’ll attempt to take a screen cast of it happening.

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For I can’t remember how long I’ve had the most annoying problem when composing a message in Apple Mail where if I type a URL it will randomly attempt to turn the URL into a clickable link. Unfortunately, being a fast typer invariably what would happen is the cursor would be moved to a crazy location (ie. before the url, highlighting a block of text or any other location other than the one I had previously been typing at) thus resulting in gibber-gabber.

More annoying was that undo did not undo what I expected. It would randomly change large blocks that were most definitely not the most recent chunk of text … furthermore, redo would not work either. So by undo, redo, undo, redo would result in insanely screwed up content.

I stumbled across the fix today while looking in the ~/Library/Mail/Bundles directory. I came across ODMailBundle.mailbundle in which I cannot remember installing or what on earth it’s from.

Google reveal several cases of people removing it to fix various problems. Thus I removed it too and everything works really well now. YAY!

Product Request: Apple Gesture Pad

Apple has fantastic new track pads on their MacBook and MacBook Pro products. What would rock is taking this track pad and making a stand alone USB or Bluetooth version of it … or, attaching them to one of their Aluminium Keyboards in some way.

I’ve been experiencing a little RSI lately and have been trying to work out if I go for a Wacom Tablet, Track Ball or this morning was looking at the FingerWorks Gesture Pad … which is sadly unavailable :'(

Apple Keyboards in the real world

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Apple keyboards look fantastic, feel fantastic and I love using them. However, with every day use in busy, messy developer office are they practical?

Don’t mix with water (or coffee)
All it takes is a few too many crumbs and a small spill of coffee and it’s all over. Not only do the crumbs make their way to the bottom of the keyboard, where they take up permanent residence, but the smallest splash of water (or any liquid) and it’s all over. Most likely the spacebar will stop working all together.

There is talk on the internet of being able to put your keyboard in the dish-washer to clean it. There is absolutely no way that would be possible with the mac keyboard.

The company I work with (Smartpath) has had 2 apple keyboards die from the smallest amount of water and the second with coffee. By small amount I’m talking about 2 tiny drops.

The water is enough to make it’s way to the bottom of the keyboard and seemingly instantly corrode some of the connectors.

Fixing the keyboard is no easy task. Most PC keyboards have a rubber membrane that covers the entire keyboard. However, the Apple Keyboard has an individual rubber nipple beneath every key. Don’t go loosing those suckers!!

Bluetooth dyslexia
I’m yet to find out if this is a problem that happens with all bluetooth keyboards … or just the Apple one. Every now and then (at least every second day) while typing the keyboard will actually jumble the letters up when sending it to my lappy.

eg. if I slowly type “Business” I’ll sometimes get a short pause half way through and I’ll get rendered to screen something like “Ubsinses”.

I know you’re all thinking it’s just me … but it’s definitely happened even at times when I’ve been typing slowly and deliberately.

Another problem is often using the SHIFT key modifier. It will occasionally either be sticky or capitalise the wrong letters.

eg. nEWspaper