Posts tagged with ‘mac’

  • AC21 replacement icon(s)

    As every year new here are our alternative / replacement Logos / Icons for ARCHICAD 21 – this year we did not follow the official GRAPHISOFT colour (darkish blue) but instead opted for a version aligned with the black and white staircase from its physical packaging.

    All icons are available in full Retina Display glory…

    Click here for PC Download.
    Click here for MAC Download. 


    To install replace the original AC logo in:

    /Applications/Graphisoft/ArchiCAD 21/

    Please note the above was also posted on AC-talk.

  • AC20 replacement icon(s)

    For Graphisoft’s 2016 edition of ARCHICAD version 20 new replacement Logos / Icons with updated looks (once again in full Retina Display glory…).

    AC20 ICON matrix



    To install replace the original AC logo in:

    /Applications/Graphisoft/ArchiCAD 19/

    Please note the above was also posted on AC-talk.

  • Hardware Comparison Chart: Anti Theft Options

    Security sometimes only gets addressed when it’s too late. We have prepared an info chart that shows you a variety of options to stop or deter thieves from stealing your precious data.

    OPTION 1 : Wireless

    a) AirPort Extreme + USB HD
    b) AirPort Time Capsule 2TB or 3TB


    a) $249 + USB HD
    b) $349 or $449


    AirPort can be located out of reach and out of sight. No network cables to indicate where Backup device is located.
    Option a) can connect to an external HD, possible to swap and take off site.
    Facilitates wireless network access if not already present.
    Relatively cost effective.


    Slower USB 2.0 for external HD only (although wireless speed would be the limiting factor).
    Option b) internal HD can not be taken off site.
    Airport Extreme / Time Capsule are mainly intended to create a wireless network. Backing up to attached / included storage has a few known issues.

    OPTION 2 : Padlock / Floor Mount

    Some NAS devices have physical protection options included:


    a) Anti Theft Floor Mount kit (for example for IOSafe NAS for USD$199)
    b) Kensington Lock Slot for $90
    c) Anchoring Point $10 – $20


    Most cost effective way to secure a single Dedicated Backup solution.


    Kensington lock will only prevent grab ‘n go theft.
    Equipment is visible or traceable via network cable.
    Lock needs to be securely bolted to structure to be fully effective, i.e. loop around table leg discourages the quick thief but does not fully secure.

    OPTION 3 : Secure Cabinet


    Depending on size and quality needed from approximately $100 – $150 to upwards of $1000


    Cost effective solution to securely house a variety of equipment.
    Deters the quick thieves.


    Large Box attracts attention.
    Wall mounted construction.
    Determined thief will get access.

    OPTION 4 : MacMini + Security Mount

    A combination of both backup and redundancy.


    MacMini :  $749(,$999 or $1,249)

    + : $49

    maclocks : $79.95


    Macmini as a clone of your server, minimal downtime on server failure. Unplug the broken, plug in the backup.
    Cheap (keyed) sturdy lock can be bolted to desk or wall.


    Creating redundancy to limit downtime on server failure becomes more cost effective (or necessary) for medium to large offices.

    OPTION 5 : Cloud Storage


    Carbonite : from $229.99 p/yr

    Backblaze : $50 p/computer/yr

    SpiderOak : $10 / 100GB / month


    Offsite and impossible to physically steel, burn or drown.
    Data accessible from any computer connected to the internet.


    Pricey (>$500 p/m) high speed internet connection (such as the fibre optic) with high data allowance is essential.
    Conditions differ per service provider (e.g. not all file types may be backup up).
    No plug & play backups, i.e. backups need to be downloaded before you can use them.

    This chart is for information only. Note costs are taken from supplier’s website and are subject to change. Prices are in AUD unless marked otherwise. Macinteract does not guarantee that provided information is accurate.

  • control Time Machine

    Apple’s Time Machine is an excellent backup tool which is extremely easy to use and preinstalled on your mac – so really there is no excuse to not use it.

    However, the ease of use comes at the cost of control, e.g. Time Machine runs automatically every hour, thus at times interrupting what you do as it chews up valuable resources of your Mac.

    Luckily there are a few options to regain control, one of the easiest to use is TimeMachineScheduler by Klieme (who btw. also do the fantastic ScreenSharingMenulet for both donations are appreciated).

    TimeMachineScheduler installs as a System Preference and amongst other features enables you to change the backup interval to anything between 1 – 12 hours, to skip backups within a specified time range and to restrict backups to a defined network connection (e.g. to only run while you are connected via Ethernet)… it really does not get any easier than this and works on 10.5, 10.6 and 10.7.

    If you are on 10.7 / Lion Apple now also includes ‘tmutil‘ a UNIX command, enabling everyone comfortable with the command line (use Terminal) to tweak Time Machine’s settings to your liking.

  • preview tricks

    not too many mac users realise that apple’s preview can do most of their everyday basic image or pdf related manipulation tasks that they normally would use Adobe Acrobat or even Photoshop for…

    1. PDF manipulation

    a. Annotate text:
    under Tools > Annotate you can add ovals, rectangles, notes and insert links

    b. Highlight text:
    select the text that you wish to highlight, then go to Tools > Mark Up > Highlight Text… note you can also choose to strike through or underline text;

    c. Delete pages from a multi page PDF:
    select the page in the sidebar and hit delete;

    d. Add pages to a PDF:
    open PDFs at the same time, then drag and drop pages between the sidebars to add new pages;

    e. rearrange pages in a multipage PDF:
    simply select a page then drag and drop to rearrange;

    2. PDF & Image manipulation

    a. crop:
    click the select button, then drag & hold to select an are, then go to Tools > Crop;

    b. rotate:
    go to Tools > Rotate Left or Right

    All of the above can also be done in a multipage PDF, to do so simply select the page or pages you wish to adjust first.

    3. Image manipulation

    a. colour: You can also do some basic colour adjustments to PNGs JPEGs & TIFFs, go to Tools > Adjust Color

    b. size: again go to Tools > Adjust Size

  • Automate Mail with Applescript (up to 10.6)

    ever wondered how you can setup an automated mailing list to organise e.g. your sports team?

    our problem: not getting enough numbers for our weekly team sport and having to go down to the park in vain!

    our solution: setup our mac mini running 10.6 using apple script to send an invitation, collect and count replies then send a numbers email. and last but not least delete all emails so the script can do its thing the following week all over again.

    here the details…

    step 1
    get a google email for your team here.

    step 2
    amend your team’s contact entries in addressbook with an identifier in the notes field, e.g. soccer. create a smartgroup with the same name to collect them all, then right click on the newly created smart group and select ‘Edit Distribution List’ to select an appropriate email address.

    step 3
    using simple text create the body of your invitation email and save it as ‘invitation.txt’

    step 4
    fire up applescript editor (‘/Applications/Utilities/AppleScript’) and create the following 3 scripts (copy and paste):

    send invitation email (save as ‘invitation.scpt’)

    --enter the name of the account in mail you want to send from

    –enter your subject line
    set theSubject to “REPLACE WITH YOUR SUBJECT”

    –enter the exact path to the text file containing the message body, use the “HD:Folder:File” format
    set theText to “REPLACE WITH PATH TO INVITATION.TXT” as alias
    set theContent to read theText

    –enter the address you’re mailing to, if you want to send to multiple addresses make a group in address book and put in the group name for the address
    set theBccRecipient to “REPLACE WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS”

    tell application “Mail”
    set newMessage to make new outgoing message with properties {account:theAccount, subject:theSubject, content:theContent}
    tell newMessage
    make new to recipient at end with properties {address:theToRecipient}
    make new bcc recipient at end with properties {address:theBccRecipient}
    set visible to true
    end tell

    –comment this line out if you want Mail to make but not send the message
    send newMessage

    end tell

    count replies & send numbers email (save as ‘numbers.scpt’)

    --enter the name of the account in mail you want to send from

    –enter your subject line
    set theSubject to “REPLACE WITH YOUR SUBJECT”

    –enter the recipient(s)
    set theBccRecipient to “REPLACE WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS”

    tell application “Mail”
    check for new mail

    tell account theAccount
    tell mailbox “INBOX”
    –set sportParticipants to sender of every message of it
    –above line commented out, but can be used for adding a list of participants
    set sportNumbers to (count of every message of it) + 1
    end tell
    end tell

    set theContent to “team,” & return & return & “here this REPLACE DAY numbers: ” & sportNumbers & return & return & “EXAMPLE TEXT: if the above number is 6 plus, then see you DAY @ 0900h at PLACE. however, if it should fall below 6 it is simply not enough fun and sport is off until next week… ;0(” & return & return & “disclaimer:” & return & “even though we are grown up men and some say the weather should not keep us from having fun, and getting our gear real dirty – to ensure that you get notified on DAY morning if a snorkel is required, please provide us with an email address that you can check before coming down!”
    –adjust above text to suit your requirements

    set newMessage to make new outgoing message with properties {account:theAccount, subject:theSubject, visible:true}

    tell newMessage
    set content of it to theContent
    make new to recipient at end with properties {address:theToRecipient}
    make new bcc recipient at end with properties {address:theBccRecipient}
    end tell

    –comment this line out if you want Mail to make but not send the message
    send newMessage

    end tell


    run all rules in mail (save as ‘allrules.scpt’)

    tell application "Mail" to activate

    –Select Inbox
    tell application “System Events”
    tell process “Mail”
    keystroke “1” using command down
    end tell
    end tell
    delay 0.5

    –Select all messages in Inbox
    tell application “Mail”
    tell front message viewer to set selected messages to messages
    end tell
    delay 0.5

    –Run rules on all selected messages
    tell application “System Events”
    tell process “Mail”
    keystroke “l” using {option down, command down}
    end tell
    end tell

    step 5
    in ical create repeating entries (weekly) to trigger the above invitation & numbers scripts according to the deadlines provided in your emails.

    step 6
    to delete emails from your given account in apple mail, setup a rule (apple mail > preferences > rules) and use the ‘run all rules in mail’ script from above triggered via an ical event.

    IMPORTANT: be very careful that the rule in apple mail only deletes the intended emails by your sports team and nothing else!

    step 7
    ensure that apple mail and ical are running at all times on your mac hosting this setup and that the sending account is the first one in apple mail.

    please note the above is cobbled together from various freely available sources, amongst others also from the following:

  • little mac helpers

    here is our list of invaluable little mac helpers or utilities, which contribute immensely to our overall productivity…

    cinch (USD 7)
    allows for automatic resizing of finder and application windows, by defining hot corners.

    choosy (USD 12)
    to control in which browser links (e.g. from within an email) open, use choosy which allows to choose which browser a link will open in.

    flexcal (free, donations accepted)
    a systemwide shortcut to directly create tasks and events in ical – very quick and effective.

    alfred (free)
    no excuse to not use this magnificent quick launcher – toggled by a shortcut it opens apps, contacts, bookmarks and even does websearches when toggled with a keyword.

    dropbox (2GB free, then paid)
    simply the best to keep files synced across various mac’s or even pc’s – iphone app available here.

  • MacBook Pro i5 & i7 updates

    apple has updated its MacBook Pro range, macworld reports:

    Pricing has shifted somewhat on the MacBook Pro line as well: while the lowest 15-inch configuration is now USD 100 more expensive than its predecessor, the top 15-inch model now costs USD 100 less. And the 17-inch MacBook Pro now sells for USD 200 less than before.

    currently australian apple store prices range from AUD 1499 for the 13-inch: 2.4 GHz to AUD 2899 for the 17-inch: 2.53 GHz

  • export contacts from addressbook

    unfortunately, apple’s addressbook only includes the following two formats for export of your contacts: vcard (.vcf) or archive (.abbu).

    both formats serve their purpose well, however they do not allow for export into a plain text file or .csv for easy import into a list editor of your choice, google mail or mailchimp.

    fortunately, antonio lorè has created a little utility called ‘addressbook2csv exporter‘ and makes it available for free. ‘addressbook2csv exporter’ let’s you choose which fields to export and then creates a csv file which can be easily processed in a list editor for further import.

  • snow leopard server

    apple has improved, extended (unlimited client version only) and reduced the price to AUD 699.-

    john c. welch @ on 10.6 server…

    If Apple had only cut the price in half, and kept the core OS improvements for Mac OS X 10.6 Server, it would be an OK upgrade. But that’s not the case by a long shot. Apple has added quite a few brand new features that move this from an OK upgrade to an excellent one. There are some minor issues that keep it from being outstanding, but those issues won’t affect everyone.

    for the rest of his review of the most important features in mac OS 10.6 server head here.