New switcher questions and comments

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Xenious, Aug 7, 2004.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 22, 2004
    Texas, USA
    So most of my standard questions have been answered by my "in a nutshell" book, but I have a few other questions and some comments which may help new switchers.

    1) My display seems like the gamma is too high or the contrast is too high. Is there a way to adjust this with some configuration file or hack?

    I do find it nice that Apple hides a lot of things that aren't needed, but I don't like that there aren't detailed video card adjustement options. It's not the monitor (new 23") because when it was plugged into my Windows box it wasn't this gamma high.

    2) Is there a weather tool that has live information and weather alerts/radar maps, etc?

    Coming from windows I'm used to Weatherbug which would pull live data from a weather monitoring station just down the road a mile or two. Right now I'm using Konfabulator's weather plug-in for basic information.

    3) Entourage 2004: Anytime I switch folders within the app it re-expands all the organized views (Last week, monday, etc). Is there any way to make it remember? Outlook always kept the last settings viewed.

    4) Fire: Anyone know of a skin to make it look like trillian?

    5) iPhoto: How does everyone use it? Just for pictures they took? As a picture browser?

    I'm disappointed that it isn't quite like an iTunes for pictures. I would rather it left all my pix in on big folder rather than copy them off to another one.


    So here's my comments and tips

    1) iTunes migration from a Windows machine: This is really really easy. All I did was copy over my iTunes music folder to my Music folder on the Mac. Once I started up iTunes it read in the database and was ready to go. I was very impressed on the cross platform functionality.

    2) Keyboard, Mouse: I found that for a switcher a Microsoft mouse and keyboard plus Intellitype and Intellipoint makes all the difference. Very nice and familiar. Yea 5 button mouse!

    3) Entourage: Microsoft needs to be ashamed at their migration tools. It would not be hard for them to make a .pst file importer or even have Entourage use pst files. They should be ashamed. I did manage to move all my email with the use of an IMAP server (very cool), but exporting and importing contacts via tab/comma delimited files really sucks. It can't seem to get it right.

    Thanks for any tips, I'm loving the new OS...
  2. macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    --> 1) My display seems like the gamma is too high or the contrast is too high. Is there a way to adjust this with some configuration file or hack?

    System Preferences > Displays (or Monitors for older versions of OS X) > Color > Calibrate...

    --> 2) Is there a weather tool that has live information and weather alerts/radar maps, etc?

    A bunch of applications/scripts to test
  3. macrumors regular

    May 25, 2004
    Mac gamma is always higher, as any graphic designer will always tell you. Mac users, of coure, feel that the Windows gamma is too low. You can, however, adjust it in System Preferences > Displays > Color. Choosing sRGB Profile will give you a Windows-like gamma. Alternatively, you can calibrate the screen yourself.

    WeatherPop is a toolbar application that will display the weather, real-time, for you. Get it at

    I use it just for the photos I took, or that others took, as you said. I'm somewhat confused about your next statement, because iTunes copies your music in the exact same way iPhoto does. You can always delete the source file in either program. Hope this helps.

    Mike LaRiviere
  4. jsw
    Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
  5. emw
    macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    I use iPhoto mainly for storing pictures I've taken and sorting them into meaningful categories.

    I also use it as a simple image editing tool for removing red-eye and other simplistic tasks that don't require the power of a Photoshop or something like that.

    I wish it were a little faster loading up - I should probably fork over the cash for iLife to get the newest version, but I've been too cheap.
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 22, 2004
    Texas, USA
    Cool thanks all for the tips. Per iTunes though you can tell it to keep your library in a different folder or can't you tell it to leave the file where it is on your drive?

    I'm getting there with OSX. As a very technical person (IT staff now IT manager) it's a bit of a change to let go and have a simpler interface (terminal and unix goodies set aside). It took me about a day to "move in" and I'm still getting things installed and setup, but I'm very very pleased.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    You can put your music in any folder/drive you want. Just tell iTunes where it is.

    iPhoto--I just use it to hold and organize my pictures. They go from the camera or the scanner into iPhoto and if I need to use of of them (adjust resize, print, whatever) I drag it out of iPhoto (which makes a copy) and work with that in Photoshop. It's just like keeping regular photos in a drawer. It's got more power than that, but I don't use many features (yet).

    Entourage 2004--Microsoft has a lot more things to be ashamed of than just this. But they're not ashamed and won't change so accept them the way they are or move on.

    "Moving in"--I like that.
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 22, 2004
    Texas, USA
    Ok one more question...

    Is there any way to have it sort folders then files? I don't want to sort by type, but I would like all my folders to be grouped together at the top of a finder view.

    So when you would normally see this:
    My Folder 1
    My Folder 2

    What I'd like to see is this:
    My Folder 1
    My Folder 2

    I realize this is probably blasphemy to OS X and Unix, but is it do-able?
  9. 7on
    macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    not really.

    you can name all your folders with a space (as long as they're not system folders/OS folders) at the beginning. But I don't recommend that.

    give it a couple of weeks and you'll grow into it. And if you think about it, having everything alphabetized together is more logical. Not to mention if Apple had folders organized at the top they'd be criticized for stealing from Windows.

    You'll get used to it.

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