Moon Phase Widget


Ever wanted to find out which moon cycle we are in? There's not very many resources online for finding out about the Lunar Calendar, but now there's a nice and simple Dashboard Widget called Moon Phase which shows the current moon cycle and how many days and hours until the next cycle.





It is available for download here. It requires Mac OS 10.4 or later.

Weather Radar Widget



You can use this little Dashboard Widget called Radar In Motion which actively pulls the latest Radar information from Weather.com or the NOAA, and displays the Radar images in various ways every time you look in your Dashboard. The Widget inclues a fair amount of options for displaying the latest Radar information.









You have the option of viewing the latest images by city or zip code, along with National Radar and National Satellite images. This latest version allows for the ability to search maps by 3-letter Airport codes. You also have the ability to adjust the size of the window by double-clicking on the window itself.

This Widget is available for download at the Official Website. It requires Mac OS 10.4 or later.

Note: Due to a change on the Weather Channel website this widget no longer shows radar information. The developer is working to get this back or find another radar feed.

Free SMS Dashboard Widget


You can send free text messages to any provider in the US or Canada by using this very simple little Dashboard Widget from txtDrop.com. No more looking up your carrier's website to send text messages if you don't have your cell phone handy. Just quickly bring up this little Widget and send your SMS instantly.






There's a Universal Binary available for download at their website. It requires Mac OS 10.4 or later.

Monitor Your Mac Widget


You can monitor many different statistics on your system using the iStat Pro Dashboard Widget. This handy all-in-one Widget seems to cover just about every statistic you would want to know on your Mac or Macs currently running and using different resources.




It features detailed information on CPU, Hard Drives, CPU and Hard Drive Temperature, Bandwidth, IP Addresses, Detailed Memory Usage (including Available RAM), Fans, Battery, etc. You can also filter specific disks and network interfaces.




The display of the Widget is very flexible, allowing you to shift around different panels of data. You can view in Graphs or Bars, change the panel length and style, display degrees in Celsius, Fahrenheit or Kelvin. The Widget can also be displayed in a variety of 9 different colors. It requires Mac OS 10.4 or later.

Show Random Desktop Picture After Restart

Those of you might already be aware that you can choose a folder of pictures to display in random order in the Desktop & Screen Saver section of System Preferences. But, sometimes when you reboot the mac, it reverts back to the default Desktop Image for the machine.



There's a handy way to get around this. You can go to the Desktop & Screen Saver section in System Preferences and choose Random Order for the Desktop Image. Then, create an Applescript file containing the following:



Now, go to System Preferences, choose Accounts, and then choose Login Items. Locate this new Applescript file on your mac and select it. Make sure that it is checked. Now when you shut down, power up or restart your system, your images should randomly display as they should.

Album Art For Dashboard Widget


Quickly displays the artwork of any currently playing song in iTunes. It also has the ability to fetch artwork from Amazon if no artwork is provided by iTunes.

It also includes a star rating for different songs. You can pause/play/skip songs in the same window or go directly to the iTunes Music Store.

Album Art Widget Version 2.9.2 can be downloaded here.

Instant Spell Check in any Application


You can instantly check the spelling or grammar of anything you write in Safari, Mail, TextEdit, or any Application which has a space to write text.

You can simply type the text out as you like, and then highlight the word or set of words and right-click, or type Control + left-click to bring up a window with a selection that says "Spelling and Grammar", then clicking the sub-selection "Show Spelling and Grammar" will bring up a window (without loading any external Applications) with possible corrections, if any need be, for your text.

You can also check the spelling and grammar of an entire document without having to select text by typing "Command + Shift + ;".

Save or Backup iPhone Notes


Want to have an easy way of backing up your notes from your iPhone 2.0 or 2.2.1 or any firmware prior to 3.0? Unfortunately, iTunes does not allow you to backup any of your notes you have saved to your iPhone unless you upgrade to the new 3.0 firmware. If you do not want to upgrade your firmware, but still want to have your notes saved, rather than transcribing potentially many many sticky notes, you can use this simple application instead.


It's a little app called iPhoneNotes. All you have to do is download the file, launch the installer, copy the application to your Applications folder. Now whenever you want to backup your notes from your iPhone, just launch the application first, and then connect your iPhone via USB and the iPhoneNotes will instantly recognize all of your notes.

The application will allow you to choose where you want to save your note files. You can also restore previously saved notes and put them back on your iPhone.

*Note, this application requires OpenSSH installed on a jailbroken iPhone.

Add and Remove Safari Buttons

You can remove the plus sign button for adding bookmarks, or remove the forward and backward buttons for page navigation. The layout in Safari is very flexible this way, you can even add buttons you perhaps were not aware of before, like a Downloads button or an Autofill button.



All you have to do is go to the View menu, and select "Customize Toolbar...". From there you can select and then drag and drop what you want or what you would like to remove from the Safari button layout.

Disable Safari PDF Viewing

You can use a simple Terminal edit to disable Safari from natively browsing PDF files, so that you can use Acrobat or any other PDF viewer that you might have available.

Quit Safari

Run Terminal, and type the following:

defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitOmitPDFSupport -bool YES

Restart Safari

If you want to revert this process, you can quit Safari, run Terminal and type the same command with the value "NO" instead of "YES".

Recall Windows When Restarting Safari

Want Safari to remember which web pages you had open so they will all appear when you restart the browser? If you do not have Private Browsing enabled, and you do not empty your Cache and History, you can easily recall all of your previously opened windows.

When browsing with several web page windows open, and/or tabs open, choose to quit Safari by right-clicking on the icon in the Dock or typing the shortcut
Command + Q.

Now, restart Safari. Go to the History menu, and choose Reopen All Windows From Last Session.

How To Always "Open With" One App

There are several kinds of file formats which you might prefer to always open in a specific Application. There's a way to natively set a file or set of files or all files to "Open With" one application. This seems to work uniformly on all formats, except when certain Applications override OS X associations.


To set one file to always open with one specific Application:

Select the desired file in Finder, and type Command + I. Under "Open With", choose the Application you want from the list, or choose "Other..." to browse for the file name.

To make a set of files always open with one specific Application:

Use the Spotlight search to find the files you would like to associate with one Application. Move them all to one folder, or go to the folder containing them all and select all of them together with your cursor. Type Command + I, and choose the Application you want under "Open With".

To make all files under one format open with one specific Application:

Select any file with the extension you would like to change to associate with one Application. Type Command + I, and choose the Application you want under "Open with", and this time, be sure to press the "Change All..." button.

How to Convert DOC to PDF

You might be wondering if you can easily turn your Microsoft Document files into PDFs on the Mac. But, it turns out that there's an easy way of converting your microsoft .doc files to the PDF format natively in OS X.

1: Open your Microsoft Document file with TextEdit.



2: Type Command + P, or go to File and select Print.

3: Look to the lower left of the Print pane and you will see a "PDF" button. Click on it to see a drop-down menu.



4: Choose "Save as PDF...".

5: Choose where you would like to save your new PDF file.

Hotmail Account and Gmail in Mail


As you probably already know, Hotmail accounts, for some unknown reasons, are not compatible with OS X Mail. I posted previously about a decent Hotmail plug-in for the Mac. But, I have been exploring another good alternative to accessing your Hotmail account with OS X Mail.


One way is to create a Gmail account (which has seamless integration with Mail), and use the Gmail Mail Fetcher. Once you have this feature active in your Gmail account, you will automatically receive any new mail from your Hotmail account. You will also benefit from Gmail's much better spam filter. And you can use IMAP in addition to POP3. And you will have several other nifty Gmail features missing from Hotmail.

A simple compromise to have the best of both worlds.

*Note: There are currently problems getting Hotmail servers to work with Mail in Snow Leopard.

Keep Application Position in Spaces


There's a way to retain your window's position when moving between different Spaces. This can be useful if you want the same window ratio without having to readjust or move in the next Space.

Press the shortcut key for the Spaces Overview.

Hold the Command key while pressing and holding a window when you drag-and-drop to another Space.

Simple! Easy!

Disable Volume Change Sound

Sometimes when listening to music or audio from a movie you might not want to hear the volume feedback sound when you go to adjust the volume on the audio. This can be especially annoying when you are trying to be a DJ, for friends or whomever they may be, and playing songs without disrupting the audio when adjusting the levels for each track. You can turn off the volume sound with a few clicks.

Go to System Preferences

Go to Sound

Uncheck the box that says "Play feedback when volume is changed"



Now you can change the volume noise-free!

*Note: You have the option turn off the sound temporarily by holding the Shift key before adjusting the volume. Also, conversely, if you have the feedback box unchecked in Sound under System Preferences, you can hold Shift to temporarily hear the feedback sound when adjusting the volume.

How To Change Icon Size


A quick easy way of adjusting your icon size is to select the icon for the file on your Desktop or somewhere in Finder, and type the key shortcut Command + J, in order to use the Show View Options command on the View menu in Finder. In this window pane you can adjust the pixel length-width ratio, space between file icons, Font Size, Label Position, and others.

Warp Quartz Composition

Warp 1.1 is a nice Quartz Composition of whirling stars from OurApples.com. It is another nice addition to your Quartz Screen Savers or Desktop.



Note: If you want to use any Quartz file as a Screen Saver, you can simply place the file in the Library/Screen Savers/ folder.

Quartz Files As Desktop

Do you have .QTZ files you want to use as your Desktop? There's a nifty little app that allows you to use any Quartz Composition files as your background in OS X. It is called Quartz Desktop. You can use any resident Quartz files, or download many others from other sources on the web. For example, "Quartz Compositions" is a good web-based source.

This version of Quartz Desktop is compiled as a universal binary.

Resize Multiple Pictures At Once


You can easily resize a batch of your image files in Preview. This is particularly useful when resizing the large files from the memory a digital camera. Here is the brief process:








1. Go to the folder containing all of your pics you want to resize.
2. Highlight all of the photos, and double-click to open in Preview, or right-click and choose Open With Preview.
3. Go to Edit and choose "Select All".
4. Go to Tools and choose "Adjust Size...".
5. Enter in your desired size for all the images.
6. Go to File and choose Save All.

Quick and easy!

Greater Volume Control

You know by now that you can use the F10, F11, F12 keys for volume controls. You know that the volume adjusts in squares. Sometimes when decreasing or increasing volume by keys, you will see that it either increases by too much volume, or not enough, in which case you end up adjusting the volume by another square, and that increases it way too much. So it can be quite difficult getting just the right levels at times, especially when using speakers.

There are two ways of adjusting the system volume within one square's worth:

Key Shortcut



You can use a shortcut by typing Option + Shift + F4 + F11 or F12. This will allow you to increase or decrease volume by only a quarter of a square to get that precise volume you desire.

System Preferences



Go to Sound. In this pane you can actually control the volume output by mouse or trackpad to get even more of a precise volume adjustment.

Schedule Startup and Shut Down

There are some benefits to to scheduling OS X to startup at a certain time: You can sleep-in while your computer is booting up and loading all your necessary apps to be ready for you when you finally get out of bed and look at your computer screen. You can also set it up to shut down at night to save electricity and also allow your machine to cool down, as well as give you a fresh and fast machine with more available RAM for use in the morning. So, if you have a pretty typical schedule for when you use the computer, this little scheduling tip would come in very handy.


You can set it up directly in OS X in System Preferences:



1: Go to Energy Saver

2: Click on "Schedule..."

3: Set the times for Wake Up, Shut Down, Restart, or Sleep. For example, you can even set it up to shut down and restart a particular day of the week, or to shut down and restart only on weekends.

Launch Application Shortcut in OS X

For a long time I have been trying to find a way to create a key shortcut natively in OS X to launch an application. It appears that there is a way to assign shortcuts to switch between already running applications, but nothing which allows you to assign a shortcut for a cold start of an app.

I think this is something which is very basic and Apple very much needs to hear your voice. You can leave a comment/suggestion on the official Apple OS X Feedback page.

Hopefully, aided with the help of people speaking up, we will see in the next version of OS X this very basic shortcut ability addressed.

Sync Address Book with Windows Mobile

I have been looking for ways to sync Safari Favorites, iCal, Address Book, etc. to a Windows Mobile PDA Wireless phone. I found a nice little app which does all of these things for free, but which also has a paid premium edition with optional syncing capabilities.

A free version of SyncMate allows you to sync your Contacts, iCal, Favorites, Address Book, Bookmarks, and Stickies on your Mac to Windows Mobile 5, 2005/2006 or higher. In addition, the app allows you choices of syncing over WIFI or USB.

The paid premium edition allows you to sync certain folders with your phone, as well as iTunes. Plus a few extra features.

Definitely a great application if you are looking for a free way to sync your basic Mac apps to your WM phone. You can download it here.

Show iTunes Artwork in other Apps

Sometimes when importing songs from your iTunes library into other audio players you will notice that all or some of the artwork is missing. Even after you have saved artwork in iTunes, and you still find that it does not load in the other application's artwork display.




You need to save all your ID3 tag information properly for your artwork to cross over into another application. You can save all of the artwork to every ID3 tag of every music file natively in iTunes, that way all the artwork will load as it should.

Here is how you do it:

1: If you do not already have artwork for a file, right-click the file in iTunes and choose Get Album Artwork. If it does not show up, you can find the artwork on the web and drag it over to import.

2: Now, once you have the desired artwork imported into one music file in iTunes, right-click the file and choose Get Info. Go to the Artwork pane and click on the artwork and type Command + C to copy.

3: Next, make sure you select all of the tracks of an album, ep, or single altogether. Then, right-click the group of highlighted files and choose Get Info. A window asking "Are you sure you want to edit information for multiple items?" will appear. Choose Yes. A window with the Info pane will pop up. Look for the Artwork square and click on it, then type Command + V to paste in the copied artwork. Then click OK to save to all files.

Once you have completed these steps with every one of your albums in iTunes, all of the artwork will be properly saved to every ID3 tag of every file allowing you to see the album artwork when you play the files in any other music player which features the ability to view album artwork.

Also, after you have used this method to add album art to every ID3 Tag of each file, you will be able to see the album artwork displayed as your file icons in Finder when viewing files as "Icons" or when viewing your file icons in "Cover Flow" in the Finder.

Gmail Dashboard Widgets




So far, there are several good Gmail Dashboard Widgets to choose from. I will list of these by my favorites in order of their usefulness. Hopefully we will see some updates in the near future for these releases.


1: Gmail
Google's own Dashboard Widget which allows you to see your Inbox on the fly in your Dashboard, and the ability to click on message to go directly to your account. This is probably the most efficient widget for Gmail I have used.

2: GMail Checker
This is a nice looking widget, much like Google's own Widget. It allows you to see your Inbox messages with brief summaries.

3: Gmail Inbox
Another preview Widget with a slightly different look, showing your Inbox in a nice looking albeit large window. I have encountered very few bugs with this one.

3: Gmail Counter 1.4
This Widget allows you to keep track of the storage on your Gmail accounts.

Upload iPhoto albums to Picasa

There's a new release of a plugin from Google allowing you to upload your photos straight from iPhoto's Export pane to Picassa.

You have options of uploading an entire album at once or selecting certain pictures. All your comments made in iPhoto will also be uploaded. You can set the quality of the picture to upload (rather than having to resize manually) or you can keep the original size.

The Google plugin can be downloaded here.

Spotlight Math



Let's do some Spotlight math!

For those of you who might not already know: there is the ability to input basic mathematical equations in Spotlight without loading up Calculator.app or any other application.

You can bring up Spotlight immediately by typing the default Command + Spacebar, or another shortcut you might have set in System Preferences.

Basic Math inputs include: + for addition, - for subtraction, / for division, * for multiplication, parentheses for formulas.

Example 1:




Example 2:


Use Hotmail with Mail in OS X

If you try to use your POP3 Hotmail account with Mail in OS X you will notice that the connection doesn't seem to work. For some time this has been a frustrating issue for people with web e-mail accounts, such as Yahoo, Gmail and others, that work perfectly fine with Mail, while MSN Hotmail accounts won't work.


Now, there's a new and improved hotmail plug-in for Mail, called httpmail, that allows you to retrieve your mail from MSN servers, and also allows you to send e-mail just like any other web-mail account in Mail. Unlike older versions, this one works with Jaguar, Panther, Tiger and Leopard.


Abilities

-Downloading E-Mail
-Sending E-Mail
-Deleting E-mail
-Folder synchronization
-Selection of transport encoding


Limitations

-Newer Hotmail accounts will more than likely have to be upgraded to Hotmail Plus
-There are a few bugs which cause Mail to crash sometimes
-Renaming folders
-Creating new folders
-Moving messages


You can find the version that matches your operating system and chipset here.

After downloading, there's a very easy point-and-click installation.

Create Ringtones in iTunes

Want to isolate a few seconds of a MP3 for a free ringtone without buying and using an audio editor? There's an ability to do this natively in iTunes, but it takes just a little bit of looking around to figure it out. You can select any song in your iTunes library and create a separate file of the portion you want from the original file for use as ringtones, or perhaps some other uses you might have in mind.



Choose time to split




Load up iTunes. Select the file from which you want to extract a portion. Listen to the song, and watch for the exact time you want to extract in the status pane. After that is done, with the file selected, type Command + I to Get Info. Go to the Options pane, and type in the Start and Stop times for the portion you want. Finish checking the boxes and entering the values, and then click OK.


Creating Ringtone File

Now, right-click the file and choose Create MP3 (or WAV or any other format you have selected in iTunes Preferences, where you can also set the bit-rate, quality, etc.). When it creates the new file it will use the Start and Stop times you selected for yourself in the Get Info pane. Name the new file and export it to your cellphone by using the software your cellphone requires, or by using the native OS X Finder to drag-and-drop to your phone. For iPhone users, you must go to Finder or Spotlight to search for your newly created MP3, and rename the extension to ".m4r" and drag it to your User/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Ringtones folder.


Reset Original File

After you are done creating the small ringtone file you will want to go back to the original file, and choose Get Info, and uncheck the Start and Stop values in the Options pane, so that you will hear the song normally from start to finish anytime you play it again in iTunes.

Free 802.11n Enabler for Mac


There's an update for $1.99 at Apple's website to enable 802.11n connections in addition to 802.11g/a/b. This Enabler works with the MacBook Pro with Intel Core 2 Duo, MacBook with Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac Pro with AirPort Extreme option, and the iMac with Intel Core 2 Duo (except the 17-inch, 1.83GHz iMac). It works very well with all of these Macs.


To my surprise, I have noticed it is included now as a free update when you upgrade your machine to Leopard 10.5.

There's an Apple Support page to look up if you already have the update installed on your machine. It is located here.

How to play WMV files in OS X

You might notice in your switch from PC to Mac that OS X has native playback for most video formats out there in MPEG and Quicktime MOV. But, you might still have some Windows Media Video files left that you want to play and notice that you can't play them! There's a few options out there.

Here are the best of the options:

Windows Media Player for the Mac

Microsoft did make a few applications for OS X, including a version of Windows Media Player, but it is not a very good video player in my opinion (on the PC or the Mac!), and it is not really worth the download.

Flip4Mac

This is a great free plug-in which allows you to view WMV files in Safari while web-browsing and lets you view WMV in the Quicktime movie player, and edit files in iMovie, Final Cut Pro and more. It includes conversion for iPod syncing and playback as well.

VLC

The VLC Player is probably the best video player out there for the Mac. It has the highest level of compatibility for videos that I've seen. It can play many many formats, including: WMV, ASF, WMA, DivX 4/5/6, AVI, MPEG, Raw DV, FLAC, FLV, MXF, MP4, MOV, 3GP and more.

In my opinion, the best combination is to download Flip4Mac for native viewing in Safari, and have the VLC app as your stand-alone video player for other videos as well.

Mail Tracking Dashboard Widget


There's a great free Widget called Delivery Status which allows you view the current status of tracking numbers for UPS, USPS, FEDEX, DHL, Royal Mail, DPD and many more with updates to come. This is especially handy because it eliminates the need to load up webpages and enter tracking numbers by hand or using copy-and-paste. You can set it up to show Growl notifications as well.

They also have a free version available for the iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store.

Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

There is a way to use iTunes to convert to Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) in iTunes. There are several music players which only use this format or that work better using this format instead of MP3 or WAV. The new upcoming Nintendo DSi is coming out soon and many are scrambling to find a way to convert their music files to AAC for playback on the new portable system. It is easy to convert music formats in iTunes, but not quite obvious how to do so.


Open iTunes. Go to Preferences, and under the General pane choose Import Settings.

From here you can choose which format you want for conversion. You can choose Apple Lossless Encoder, AIFF, MP3, WAV, or in this case we are choosing AAC. Specify the quality you want for the file. Click OK.

Now select one or more of the files you want in the main Library window.

Go to the Advanced menu, and choose Create AAC Version. Now it will quickly convert the file or set of files for you.

Sync Safari Bookmarks Without MobileMe

The ability to sync between Safari, Firefox, and IE bookmarks across multiple machines is very handy. Especially if you have to view certain content within different browsers and you want to access your bookmarks easily without creating more than one bookmark archive. Also, it is much easier for backup purposes to consolidate all your bookmarks to one archive.

There have been many attempts using Terminal commands and Automator to try to make this work, but the most easy, efficient and free way to do this is Foxmarks. It's a great little app you can install on each machine you want to sync. It has a nice feature which lets you edit your bookmarks on the fly from the web on a remote machine. You can view any of your bookmarks immediately from a cellphone or handheld device with a web browser. You can also decide which bookmarks you want to sync with certain computers if you do not wish to sync everything. The best part is that it is free.

Currently, there are downloads available for Firefox 2 and 3, IE 6 and 7, and Safari 3.

Backup iTunes Playlist

It is a good to routinely backup your iTunes playlists to an external drive or network drive, if you don't already have Time Machine running or a remote backup service. You might also want to use your playlists on another Mac. In any case, it is very easy to do this simple backup.


Backup/Export:

Open iTunes. Select the playlist you want to save. Click on File, Library, and choose Export Playlist.

Choose the XML format for easy compatibility. Name the backup file and Save.

You can repeat this process for all the other playlists that you want to backup.

Import:

Open iTunes on the machine with which you want to import your saved playlists.

Go to the File menu, and Library, and then choose Import Playlist. Select the XML files that you saved before.

Note, if you want to backup your entire iTunes library, which takes significantly longer, then you will have to make sure that you have the sufficient space to accommodate the size listed at the bottom of the main iTunes window. If you have enough space, you can go to the File menu, Library, and choose Back Up to Disc.

Search Partial Filenames in Finder


Unfortunately, there is currently no ability in Spotlight to search partial filenames. For instance, in the file: Janeplayingwithjack.jpg we can type any of the beginning letters of the filename, like "Janeplaying", but we cannot search with any of the characters in the middle or end of the file name, like "playingwithjack.jpg". There are times when you can only remember part of a filename, or you have a set of files with particular numbers or letters grouped with different titles before the end of the filename, or many other examples when this feature would be very handy.

Although you cannot find this in the Spotlight menu, you can do partial filename searches in Finder. Here's how to do it:

Open Finder.

Type Command + F

Search "This Mac", and choose "File Name". Then choose to search by "KIND", then select what type of file it is you want to search.

Now, when you type partial filenames like "withjack.jpg", it will display the file "Janeplayingwithjack.jpg" along with any other files containing "withjack.jpg" in the filename.

Boolean Logic in Spotlight

There are a few things you can do with Spotlight that you might not be already utilizing. In addition to being able to search by filename, content, metadata, or by date created, last modified, and file types, you can also use boolean logic in the search phrases.


Here's some uses of the commands:


NOT
You can search for files that contain the word "andrew" but not "alex" in the filename or content, by typing "andrew NOT alex"

OR
You can use this to find files that contain either "andrew" or "alex" by typing "andrew OR alex".

AND
Typing "andrew hikes at night AND alex goes to sleep early" you will find files that contain both phrases within a file.

iTunes Shuffle Frequency

Before iTunes 8, there was a great feature in Preferences, allowing users to set the frequency of how often you hear artists in Shuffle. This was a very nice feature to use because sometimes iTunes will play several songs by the same artist in a row or after one or two songs, and there's no other way to control it but to create your own playlist and shuffle from within that.

You can download the previous version of iTunes which has this feature at the Apple website. However, if you try to install it while you already have iTunes 8 on your machine, it will tell you that you cannot downgrade iTunes. There's a few things you can do to get around this and have iTunes 7.7.1 again.

Here is the process:

First, go to your iTunes music folder and move the iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Music Library.xml files to a safe folder somewhere.

Go to the Applications folder, and throw iTunes.app into the Trash. Empty the Trash.

Now, run the downloaded DMG file and install iTunes 7.7.1.

Once it is installed and running, go to the File menu, and choose Import. Choose the iTunes Music Library.xml you moved before. Now it will rebuild all of your library, playlists, etc.

Now in Preferences you will find the ability to set the frequency in how often you hear a particular artist on Shuffle!

Upload iPhoto Pictures to Flickr

Many times there needs to be a direct link between the apps we often use and the personal or professional websites we upload to on a regular basis. Flickr has their own uploading app for the Mac, but now there's a good free plug-in allowing you to upload pictures from your iPhoto albums to Flickr.

After installation you can access the plug-in within iPhoto itself under the File menu, and clicking Export. There will be a FFXporter pane available for exporting. You can resize your images, add titles, descriptions, and tags. You can set your privacy preferences: whether you want your photos to be public or private, from there you can choose to make them visible to friends or family. You can type in the Latitude and Longitude. You can choose the content type, and what quality of export you would like to use.

FFXporter0.4.4 is currently only compatible with iPhoto '05, '06, and '08.