Tricking out QuickLook

Found two great plugins to trick out QuickLook, for all you Leopard users!

Folder List

The Folder List QuickLook plugin is a plugin that allows you to view the contents of the folder, and information about all of the files (date modified, size, etc…). You can find out more about this plugin over here.

BetterZip

BetterZip Quick Look Generator 1.1 is a very similar plugin. It works the same way, only you view the contents of archived files. This is particularly useful if it’s a big archive, and you don’t feel like unzipping the damn thing to see what’s inside. More info about BetterZip over here.

Download Folder List plugin here.

Download BetterZip Quick Look Generator 1.1 here.

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Screenshots in Mac OS X

A complete and concise guide about screenshots in Mac OS X, and everything you need to know about them.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Full Screenshot: Fairly well known, by pressing Command () + Shift + 3 you will get a full screenshot.

Selective Screenshot: Much less known than the Full Screenshot, by pressing Command () + Shift + 4 your mouse will turn into a sort of cross-hair that will allow you to select the portion of the screen which you would like to capture.

Perfect Selective Screenshot: Barely anyone knows this sucker! Press the same key combination used for a Selective Screenshot, but before selecting the portion you want to capture, press space. Your mouse cursor will turn into a camera and simply mouseover whatever you want (i.e. windows, icons) and it will take the screenshot to the exact pixel!

Taking a screenshot of a webpage: While you can do this with a Selective or Perfect Selective Screenshot, sometimes, the whole webpage is just too big to capture the whole thing in one screenshot. That’s when Paparazzi! comes in. This handy freeware application will take a screenshot of the full webpage, all you have to do is enter the URL of the webpage, and leave the rest to Paparazzi! It also allows you to change the size of the image you want, and has a cropping feature.

Get Paparazzi! here.

Other information concerning screenshots:

Changing the image format: The default image format of screenshots in Mac OS X is PNG. However, you can easily change the format to any other image format with a customization/maintenance application. Might I recommend Onyx?

Get Onyx here.

For those who want to use an application to take screenshots, I recommend SnapNDrag, you can also select the image format you want when taking the screenshot.

Get SnapNDrag here.

Well, that’s everything you need to know about taking screenshots in Mac OS X!

Adding a custom message at Login

Did you know that you can add a custom message at your login screen? If you have multiple accounts on your Mac and you have to access yours via the login screen, then why not spice things up a little?

My welcoming message is “Welcome foolish mortals” 😀

ugh…right. Well, moving on, you can do this with TinkerTool or with Deeper, from the creators of Onyx.

Get Deeper here.

How to: Optimize your Mac’s performance in just eight simple steps

This is a list of ways for you to easily boost your Mac‘s performance. Some ideas were taken from other lists, and some are improved variations of existing methods.

1. Get rid of those login items. If you don’t use them, then begone with them. You can check what you have as your login items by going to: System Preferences>Accounts>Login Items. Seriously, this really cuts the lag of your computer, especially when starting up.

2. Look at the Other section of your System Preferences. If you don’t use those prefpanes, then disable them, or simply delete them. Also, Universal Access uses up precious RAM, so if you don’t use it, disable it in the System Preferences. Other things that you might not use is Internet Sharing, Speech Recognition, and Bluetooth. If you don’t, turn them off!

3. Macs come with lots of languages available for use. Like, LOTS of languages. As in odds are you’ll only be using one or two out of the available hundred something languages. Get rid of them, you save up a lot of Hard Drive space. A good app for this task is Monolingual.

4. Clean out all of that useless junk. Look, sooner or later, your Hard Disk will get full. I know, I’ve been there. Many, many times. Look for apps or files which you don’t need/use. Believe me, when you delete 4 GB of space in one go, you begin to feel a much faster load.

5. Run maintenance checks on your computer! Lots of computers slow down (and lose memory space) because they don’t have their cache cleaned out! Run maintenance apps such as MainMenu, or Onyx to clean out your cache, and to verify and repair disk permissions.

6. Widgets. Man oh man, widgets. Even if your dashboard is hidden, widgets will take up RAM. I emptied out most of my active widgets. Now, I only keep three running. Believe me, this helps. If you don’t use dashboard, then simply disable it with an application like MainMenu, Onyx, or TinkerTool.

7. Periodially check your Activity Monitor, which is located in the Utilities folder. See if there’s something that’s suckin up the RAM, yet your not using it. If there is, deactivate it.

8. Finally, if you really want your Mac to be powered up, and battery life is of no concern to you, then go to System Preferences>Energy Saver>Options and set your processor performance to Highest.

With these eight steps, your Mac will most definitely perform better. Always be sure to run maintenance checks every now and then, and check the Activity Monitor too!

OnyX- A cleaning, optimization, personalization all-in-one app

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OnyX is a super-cool nifty app with many functions. First off, it can run maintenance scripts, as well as cleaning up all of that useless hidden shi- uh, files and stuff like that. It’s third feature is definitely super-cool, as it allows you to personalize your computer, kinda like TinkerTool, only with a few features that TinkerTool doesn’t have.

Get OnyX here.