This makes macs look bad....

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by killuminati, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    I wanted to make this my background and there was a set of instructions on the webpage for pc and for mac. {look at image}

    There should be an option in safari to ctrl click something and be able to select "set as background". It would be quite useful as I download a lot of backgrounds and it is a hastle to have to go into the system preferences to change it.
     

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  2. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    Maybe if you submit feedback to Apple they will put it in the next bulid of Tiger. Its really easy I would imagine.
     
  3. killuminati thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Good idea, I'll do that right now :)
     
  4. inlimbo macrumors 6502

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    Do you have to go through the same process if u r running Firefox? I dont own a mac yet so I dont know... If not, thats pretty stupid - i cant belive apple has not put this simple function into its OS.
     
  5. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Sure, that's one of the few places where a Macintosh takes a few extra steps.

    As a Windows user, I was never sure where those backgrounds went so I always downloaded them to a certain directory and used the Control Panel to set the wallpaper anyway. ;)
     
  6. killuminati thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I went to Apple's site to give them some feedback on safari. Apparently they dont care about our opinions on safari. Only these select programs: http://www.apple.com/feedback/
     
  7. dejo Moderator

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    Yeah, you do. Firefox doesn't have such an option either. And I wouldn't go so far as calling the lack of such an option stupid...
     
  8. Blackheart macrumors 6502a

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    Just go up to Safari -> Report Bugs to Apple...

    send the complaint as a bug
     
  9. generationxwing macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, that is odd. And I still can't believe that the scrolling trackpad is new to Apple. My schyttee - and I can't emphasize that enough - Compaq laptop that's 2 years old has that. C'mon Apple, you're innovators. These examples are weak!

    P.S I'm still getting my iBook, just now a few months later. Stupid car transmission died, so there goes $2000!

    sigh.
     
  10. killuminati thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Good idea, I'll try that
     
  11. killuminati thread starter macrumors 68020

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    :eek: Thats perfect for me, thank you!

    I'll evaluate it then decide if I want to purchase
     
  12. MacUser1 macrumors 6502

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    Maybe it would be under Mac OS X, then Internet/Web...not sure if that would work though. :confused:
     
  13. killuminati thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ahh, good idea. I just checked that out and it does work. I should have thought of that though. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Seriously, how often does someone change their desktop picture from images downloaded from the web?
     
  15. killuminati thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I do it quite often.
     
  16. jackieonasses macrumors 6502a

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    If You aren't planning on keeping the picture long, just drag-and-drop from the current location (on safari or equivalent) and drag to the desktop thingy in preferences

    kyle
     
  17. killuminati thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Where does that place the picture?

    I wouldnt like to do that though because I like to keep a folder with all my desktop pics incase I ever want to go back to something.
     
  18. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    How does this make the Mac look bad? The one-step download and installation of wallpaper is a serious security risk. Just because the website says that it's downloading wallpaper does not mean it is downloading only wallpaper.
     
  19. Mav451 macrumors 68000

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    ?

    If it is a JPEG, why would it be anything else?

    Unless its an .exe (and Macs don't have to worry about that), how is a JPEG, GIF, or any other picture format a security risk? All Windows does when you do that is download it, copy it in the User folder\Application Data, while converting it into a .BMP

    The only "risk" is if you are at work and put up an "inappropriate" picture. But other than a political/ethical standpoint, I don't see how "Set A Desktop/Wallpaper" is a security risk.
     
  20. sirius1722 macrumors member

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    Yeah, that was one of the things that miffed me about OS X when I switched. I change my background a lot because I download a bunch all the time (I have over 2000) and I found it cumbersome to go into Sys Pref, and all that.

    I did find a program on VersionTracker called [DesktopControl] that lets you drag any image onto the icon (I keep mine in the dock) and it changes the background for you. That DeskShade program looked cool, but I am pretty cheap and DesktopControl is free. :p Sorry if that sounded like a infomercial (its late, that's all that's in my head right now...). Hope some of you can put it to use....
     
  21. clayj macrumors 604

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    It's not any kind of security risk. You're simply telling the browser to dump the current image's bits into a bitmap file of some sort (JPEG, BMP, etc.) and then use that as wallpaper. This is all well-established and there's no way to create a bitmap that will somehow hijack the user's machine.

    That Safari doesn't offer this option is kinda lame.
     
  22. dejo Moderator

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    I guess you've all forgotten about the security issue with JPEGs that came up a few months ago.
     
  23. Platform macrumors 68030

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    Yes

    Some thing can be done a lot easier and it would not require a lot of work from apple either :rolleyes: hope it comes in Tiger :D
     
  24. Mav451 macrumors 68000

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    http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/200409_jpeg.mspx

     

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