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15

Apr
2007

One Comment

In Apple

By Ryan Feeley

How to know when the bands you listen to are coming to town

On 15, Apr 2007 | One Comment | In Apple | By Ryan Feeley

If you house your music collection in iTunes for OS X, and like going to concerts, this little chain of tips will be worth its weight in gold records.

  • Download iConcertCal for iTunes – iConcertCal will send your artist names to JamBase and create a calendar of shows for the city you specify
  • Set the preferences to Sync with iCal
  • Get an account with icalx.com. They’ve been providing free hosting for iCalendar data since 2002.
  • Publish from iCal to icalx.com
  • Subscribe from the calendar in Google Calendar
  • In the Google Calendar settings click HTML button and you can generate a customized auto-updating calendar.

12

Mar
2007

One Comment

In Apple

By Ryan Feeley

Quicktime Quick One

On 12, Mar 2007 | One Comment | In Apple | By Ryan Feeley

Captain Jobs, give me a break. There is nothing “Pro” about playing full screen video. I’m not buying it.

Quicktime Pro

OS X’s Spotlight: The modern Whack-A-Mole

On 22, Feb 2007 | 9 Comments | In Apple, User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

SpotlightI love how Spotlight in OS X can find information I need inside files I had long forgotten about. All I need to do is type in a few letters of what I’m looking for and then prepare for the unpleasant experience of modern Whack-A-Mole. Spotlight returns files immediately in its pulldown menu, but also begins sorting, reordering and removing them before the loading is complete. Much bobbing and weaving required. What’s worse, if I have the patience to wait for the results to fully load, I am unable to reveal a selected file with the typical ⌘-R shortcut. I don’t always want to open files I’m looking for, and if i do, I don’t always want them opened in their default applications. I need to bring up a separate window, then perform ⌘-R. Why can’t I just have my right-click? And can’t the sorting and grouping be optional?

Apple, how did you ship Spotlight like this?

Full screen playback. A basic human right?

On 14, Feb 2007 | 2 Comments | In Apple, User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

Actual 2007 screenshot

Full Screen Dialog

Dear Steve,

Thanks for all of the great video stuff that comes with my new iMac. iMovie HD, iDVD, Front Row, all free. Heck, even a remote control! So many amazing ways for me to not only watch my video files but also make some!

But I have to ask… with all this great video stuff, why not also include full screen video playback for Quicktime? Seems like something that should have been included long ago. Every other OS I can think of offers this feature, and often from within the web browser. Why not Apple?

Ryan