On the end of March I stepped into the other world; the one where the people are Mac-users. Since I graduated as a Graphic Designer in ’97 I’ve never been working on a Mac, not that I did not want to, it was to expensive or everybody else worked on Windows or I had to check all my development in the well known ‘always have an issue’ browsers 😉
First of all you have to get used to working on a Mac (again) and that’s not really hard, it just takes a couple of days. The best thing are the gestures/swipes to navigate through the applications and with them! I also use the shortcut keys significantly more than before.
But there are things I did not figure out by myself, although a Mac is as userfriendly as it can be 😉
- Show hidden files 28-03-’13
Once and a while I need to change hidden files to get some things happen at the front-end of a website. I was taken to this article Show hidden files Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion to see them eventually.
Update 03-04-’13: Now I think it is too much clutter in my finder and in Dreamweaver CS6 there is the option the show hidden files (). Probably I’ll undo this tip.
- Open terminal in active directory 28-03-’13
The command line is one application I do not use very often; the commands won’t stick in my head for very long.
I just want to open the terminal from where I am in the finder and already be in the same directory as in the finder. Using the little programme cdto will do this for you.
- Switching windows within the application 02-04-’13
Finally used to the multiple desktops and switching between them (ctrl + left or right arrows) I did not figure out yet how to activate the window that I had opened before, like a mail I had opened in Outlook: it disappeared behind the ‘main’ window. The trick to get it in front/active again is the shortcut key combination: cmd + tilde (the left key just above the cmd key)
- Second screen not recognized 03-04-’13
It’s handy to use a second and bigger screen for development. Once connected my Macbook Pro recognizes it and their I have my big screen. I use the second screen as an extension of my desktop; twice as wide. But not today! I tried many options to get my screen the same resolution as my first screen… Had no luck doing it. Untill my collegue gave me a nice tip: “First open your Macbook and after that connect your second screen, not the other way around”. Disconnecting the second screen, waiting for SyncMaster to adjust and than connect it again: problem solved.
- .jpeg vs .jpg 03-04-’13
Had to save a mailed image (in MS Outlook) with the extension .jpg to my local directory and it forced me to use the extension .jpeg. As a front-end developer I need to use the extensions properly in my css files otherwise the file won’t show up. This will be an extra handling that I was not used to do before (on a windows machine) and the workflow should be as smooth/quick as possible; I need this issue to be fixed. Searching for the best tip resulted in the following: “… In the aforementioned Microsoft Outlook (14.2.4) dragging and dropping a .jpg attachment to the desktop retains the .jpg extension, …“.
source: OS X says “they standard extension is” .jpeg, but according to who?
- Generating SSH key 10-04-’13
- Clicking A Button With Your Spacebar 23-07-’13
Thanx to Onno, Maarten, Tim, Shura, Renzo & Peter and Google