Mac OS X Leopard Server features

Apple, Macintosh, OSX, WWDC07
In addition to discussing several new features for the consumer edition of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), Apple has disclosed some new functionality for Mac OS X 10.5 Server, also scheduled to ship in October. Among them: a wiki server; Podcast Producer; Spotlight (find content stored on other servers); and a new iCal Server, based on the CalDAV open standard. Leopard Server can also automatically configure Leopard clients for use on the server, including file sharing, Mail, iCal, iChat, Address Book and VPN settings.There is also a built-in Network Health Check, a new Server Preferences application and a server status Dashboard widget.The new iCal Server can interface iCal 3 in Leopard, Mozilla’s Sunbird and OSAF's Chandler. Spotlight Server delivers search results of content stored on mounted network volumes. Content indexing…
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Alt-TAB application switching

Macintosh, OSX, Tricks
This is one of the only things I'd missed about windows, since I started using OSX....the Alt-TAB application switching behaviour. I know, you can do switching under OSX using Command-TAB, but it's just not the same. That's where witch comes in. It's a totally configurable donationware app that once loaded allows you to use Alt-TAB just like in windows. Download it now.
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Taking Screenshots

Macintosh, OSX, Tricks
To take a screen shot, hold down the following keyboard shortcuts. * shift + command (the Apple key) + 3 for a shot of the entire screen. * shift + command + 4 for a way of clicking and dragging around the area you want a shot of. * shift + command + 4 then press space to be able to click on a window or other interface element (menubar, dock, icons etc.) to take a screen shot of that.Easy enough. Each of these saves a file to your desktop named "Picture 1.jpg" (or a higher number if the file already exists).If you want to take a screenshot using the Terminal (Macintosh HD/Applications/Utilities) here is how. Just type the commands in (except the quotes). * "screencapture ~/Desktop/screen.jpg" Takes a full…
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Folder Actions…..Whhaaattt?

Macintosh, OSX, Tricks
So I've been wondering about Folder Actions for a while now....they are actually quite neat, if you know what they do. This is a feature of the Finder that very few people use, yet it is so powerful. Folder actions allow you to perform an action to any file that is dropped into the folder. What you can do is only limited by what you can script, or what scripts you can find.Start by creating a new folder and checking that folder actions are enabled by right-clicking (control-clicking) and selecting "Enable Folder Actions". If it says "Disable Folder Actions" then you are all right, and don't need to change anything.Next, attach an action to the folder by again right-clicking (control-clicking) on the folder and choosing "Attach a Folder Action...". A…
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Rectangular Selections

Macintosh, OSX, Tricks
Many Mac OS X applications allow rectangular selections. That is, selecting multiple lines of text, without having to select up to the end of each line. This can be useful if you have created a text formatted table, and want to select an entire column, or if you want to modify the same thing on every line in a document.To do this type of selection, hold down the Option (alt) Key while the cursor is over a block of text in a cocoa application. Notice that the mouse arrow changes to a cross.With the Option Key still held, click and drag to make a selection without the text up to the end of the line being automatically selected when you drag down over multiple lines.If you want to do something…
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Only on a Mac

Macintosh, OSX, Tricks
So all you Mac freaks....here is something to show your PC friends. Set your system screen saver to something cool (RSS Visualizer) and run the Terminal. At the command line type the following command (make sure your Desktop's background is not covered with windows):/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -backgroundNeat or what? You can stop it using Ctrl-C.
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Resizing Mac Partitions on-the-fly

Macintosh, OSX, Tricks
As of OSX 10.4.6 you get a extra bonus if you use the terminal and run diskutil. The new addition is the function resizeVolume. Note that this command works only on Intel Macs with hard disks formatted using the GPT (GUID Partition Table) format with a journaled Hierarchical File System Plus (HFS+) file system. This is the default for Intel Macs’ hard disks.To use the resizeVolume command, you need to get some information: you must be able to specify which partition you want to resize. You also need to know the partition’s size limitations, since it must be big enough to hold data already on the disk. To find the partition’s name, type diskutil list in Terminal. Press return and you’ll see a list of all the disks on your…
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Set/Change the default Umask…

Macintosh, OSX, Tricks
Open Terminal, and then type this command, followed by the Return key:defaults write /Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences NSUmask #defaults write -g NSUmask -int #The first sets the system default, the second sets the per-user default. The NSUmask may not be honored by software that has not been adapted for OS X. # is the umask (per umask(2)). It may, however, be in decimal instead of octal.
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