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afterglow's picture
571 pencils

CB Widget Pageant 2005

With the advent of OS X 10.4, people have been introduced to the concept of widgets as an extra layer of GUI goodness on top of the normal OS. Freed from the Aqua design constraints, these widgets are allowing people to alter the interface to fit the purpose and style of the widget. From the ridiculous (we're looking at you Dancing Homer) to the utterly useful (WidgetMail) there seems to be a growing momentum to build new funsize applications which do increasingly cool things in new ways.

Ivan's picture

Arabic calligraphy

In a previous post someone well spoted that I was playing with "Arabic" numbers, which are in fact Indian numbers (the circle means 5 and the dots are zeros.) It's the Westeners who use Arabic numbers such as: 1,2,3.

Arabic calligraphy

I'm fascinated by the look of the Arabic script. It's out of this world. If Spielberg would have invented a writing for a new planet it may have been similar in looks to the Arabic script.

Ivan's picture

Moving to PHP5

With the kind help of our member and Drupal guru kbahey we've completed the move of creativebits to PHP5. Although Dreamhost recently introduced PHP5 as an optional engine we decided to compile our own PHP. This was done in order to avoid some small glitches we were experiencing before and to lay out the foundation for some future developments.

Ivan's picture

Finder window corner icon

If you ever wondered what those little icons meant in bottom left corner of the Finder window here is the answer.

Finder window corner icons

They tell you if the Snap to grid option is turned on or off. The 4 tiny folders (right) mean it's off and the grid (left) means it's on.

JimD's picture
2626 pencils

Font Management: Apple Font Book

The following is the second installment of a 3-part series on font management applications. Part one covered FontAgent Pro from Insider Software.

Apple graciously provided some form of font management in OSX with Font Book. Alec Fromm, a Canadian designer and small business owner, offered to post his findings and experience using Font Book in a professional environment.

Read the rest of the story here.

afterglow's picture
571 pencils

One Computer to Rule them all...

The world has been going through a bit of a bumpy patch in the past few years. Old orders are being shaken up and new situations are making old enemies into uneasy allies.The computer world has been experiencing it's own upheavals though nothing that would get CNN into a lather.

Apple's news that they were switching to Intel chips has been dissected in huge detail, with much handwringing and predictions of gloom. Maybe the doomsayers are right but while they furiously shake their magic 8-balls, we can speculate on the implications for the power user. Since Macs now run on the most used chip architecture for desktop operating systems , there is quite a profound new possibility with these new machines.

Josh's picture
151 pencils

Enable 'ls' Colors in Tiger

Termincal Colors Image
Ever use a Linux or non-Mac UNIX machine and notice the fancy colors different file names have when using the ls command in the terminal?

Well now you can have the very same thing in Tiger's terminal :-)

William's picture
187 pencils

Quick tip for anyone running Java Apps

Just a quick tip for anyone here that uses Java Apps, and finds them a bit sluggish. Have you installed the latest Java 1.5 update ? Or as Sun calls it Java 5.0. It really makes them snappier!

If haven't got the update, go over to the Apple OSX Java page and grab the files from

Install the package and then run the app in:
Application > Utilities > J2SE 5.0 > Java Preferences

Use the following settings:

William's picture
187 pencils

Tweaking PHP 4 on Tiger

I'm going to give a very brief article about improving the PHP setup that comes with Tiger. This is a two step operation:

  1. Install Marc Liyanage's PHP
  2. Install Eaccelerator

I will do some basic benchmarking using phpMyadmin and ab.

Ivan's picture

Commit text changes shortcut

cancel and accept iconsWhen you're working with text in Photoshop you may loose changes because you're in the Flash/Illustrator habit of hitting Esc to 'get out' of editing mode with the text tool (while saving changes).

You probably know there's the little "Commit current edit" check mark in the properties toolbar or alternatively, you can switch from the text tool to the V tool, but if you're looking for a shortcut you can just press Apple(Cmd)-Enter to commit changes.


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