My first Mac: QuickSilver and Safari

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nsheikh80, May 2, 2005.

  1. nsheikh80 macrumors regular

    nsheikh80

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    Just want to thank everyone for posting on this forum, it has helped a lot!

    I'm the owner of a brand new Powerbook 12" running Panther.

    So far, I think I've been doing OK with finding my way around OS X. This is the first time I'm using a Mac since 1996!

    However, I have 3 questions regarding QuickSilver and Safari.

    1. I downloaded and installed QuickSilver. It is now in my Apps folder but double clicking on it doesn't do anything. How do I know if QuickSilver is

    2. Safari auto completes URL's as I key them in. I really don't like this feature and always turned it off in IE and Firefox. Can anyone tell me how I can do that in Safari? I tried turning off all the Auto Complete features but no luck. I would still like Safari to remember my usernames and passwords though.

    3. I saved my Bookmarks in Firefox as HTML. I cannot figure out how to import them into IE. My Firefox bookmarks are in a single HTML file.
     
  2. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    Re QuickSilver: It should just launch when clicked. Go to their forums. They can better help you there. (By printing this somebody will likely help you here.)

    Safari only auto fills addresses from the history and the bookmarks. Clear the history, but really this dosn't bother me. Turn off the autofill for forms. Safari->Prefrences->AutoFill.

    You may not be able to easly improt your bookmarks from FireFox to IE. IE is frozen in development for OSX. It dosn't look like MicroSoft will make it easy for you to import your bookmarks. Just put an IE bookmark to the HTML file that contains your FireFox bookmarks.

    Anybody correct me if I am wrong.
     
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  4. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    Not to answer for nsheikh80. Some web pages don't show up right on any other browser. Some versions of Outlook Online require that the browser be IE (or at least they only work "well" on IE). Some companies require certain browsers to access certain portals. Lastly, hey- it's another tool in the tool box. Here is another browser to add your world. iCab. Once feature I like is that you can select TextOnly. The Omni Group has OmniWeb. It's a good browser. (Not all browsers are created equal, and before Tiger, screen readers were pretty finicky.)

    I have looked around the internet, and it dosn't look like there is free thrid-party application. Search VersionTracker or HypperJeff. Perhaps even Tucows.com may have a solution.

    Try this. It may sute your needs. Url Manager App
     
  5. nsheikh80 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all your help guys. Unfortunately I still cant get Quicksilver to work, when I double click the icon nothing happens. Does it do something in the background that is so subtle that I don't recognise it?

    Also, is there any way to make certain apps the default apps in Mac OS X? For example, everytime I click on a URL I want Firefox to open and not Safari. Your help is appreciated.
     
  6. nsheikh80 thread starter macrumors regular

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    No worries guys, I figured it all out.

    I'm using this for default apps: http://www.rubicode.com/Software/Bundles.html#RCDefaultApp
     
  7. Peyote macrumors 6502a

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    Quicksilver doesn't do anything until you want to use it. I think the default hotkey for using it is pressing "Control-Space".

    This should bring up the Quicksilver panel. The number of ways you can use it are too numerous to list, but for instance if you wanted to look up a phone number of someone in your Address Book you would do the following:

    Control-Space to bring up QS.

    Start typing any part of the person's name

    If they are in your Address Book, QS will find it and show you the results in the "object" window. Pressing the Right Arrow key will show you all the info on that vCard.


    Another example would be if you wanted to email a file to someone using Mail:

    bring up QS

    type in file name

    when the file you want is selected, press tab to go to the action panel

    press down until you select "Email To...(compose)"

    Press Tab again to bring up the target panel

    type the recipient's name or email, if it's in your Address Book, it will appear

    Press Return, and an email will open up addressed to them with the file attached.

    If you had selected "Email To...(send)", the file would automatically be sent without opening up a new message for you to edit or add to.
     
  8. Peyote macrumors 6502a

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    Open Safari, click preferences...under the General tab you will find "Default Web Browser" click to change
     
  9. nsheikh80 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your help. Figured out how to configure each file to open with a particular app, right click and go to Get Info.

    I still can't get Quicksilver to work but I shall persevere.

    Can anyone recommend good CD/DVD burning software? Does Mac OS X come with native CD/DVD burning support. I know you can burn inside iDVD and iTunes but I want to be able to make and burn images as well as individual files.
     
  10. nsheikh80 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have a 160GB External HD which is formatted to NTFS. Mac OS X can read it fine but it wont allow me to write to it. Any ideas?
     
  11. nsheikh80 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Don't worry guys, I figure this one out. Mac OS X can't write to NTFS. Will format to FAT32.

    Would appreciate some advice on burning CD/DVD.
     
  12. Rocky3478 macrumors regular

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    From what I've heard, Roxio Toast is the app of choice.
     

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