Questions questions questions...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by liamski, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. liamski macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2007
    Hey guys

    I have a few random questions if you don't mind. I've had my MBP C2D for a week or so now, and am lovin it. I do need to 'reprogramme' my brain though... I still think like a Windows user :D

    -- Is there a quick way in Safari or Firefox to set a web image as your wallpaper? Rather than having to save it, then go into System prefs etc...?

    -- I find it a bit annoying that I can't have my Firefox, safari, Word etc... windows take up the WHOLE screen, and not just float as 75% of the screen space. Is there a standard OSX option to fill out the screen with a particular app?

    -- Can anyone recommend a decent audio capture / editing application? I used to use Wavelab on my PC, and Streambox ripper to save realplayer streams direct from servers.

    As always, thanks very much

  2. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild

    A PC user friend coined it "Macimize".

    Get used to it :)

  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    That is the Mac way, but there is a workaround:

    Make a new bookmark in your Bookmarks bar, name it appropriately (mine is called [F], then paste this into location (Firefox)/address (Safari):


    Voilà, you got yourself a full screen button...
  4. bartelby macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    If you CTRL - Click (or right Click) on the image in Firefox, isn't there a "set as desktop" option?

    I'm sure I did that the other day...
  5. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Indeed there is:

    Picture 3.jpg

    [Nevermind: brainfart]

  6. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild

    Learn something each day!
  7. bartelby macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    I'm not going insane quite as fast as I thought

    Thank you Mitthrawnuruodo
  8. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    The Safari bit was a bit premature... It's Firefox only.... :eek:

    (Though you can save the image directly to iPhoto from Safari, and there it's just one click away from becoming your desktop image... :))
  9. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Windows does this because it's descended from a single user system which doesn't do much with things like Drag & Drop. Wanting it to do this is how we know you're a Windows émigré. When you start exploring things like Drag & Drop and clicking on windows to bring them front the light bulb will go on.

    Until then, if you manually drag out the Safari window it will remember it. Some other applications do too. Word doesn't for reasons that are obvious if you ever work on more than one document at a time. Good luck. It will all come together eventually.
  10. smueboy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2006
    I use Audion - i can't compare with any others since this is the only one i've used, but it works well, has quite a lot of features, and is now FREE!
  11. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
  12. Nosebleed macrumors member


    Feb 10, 2006
    New Zealand
    Still beta, and I havent used it--but you may want to have look at Adobe Soundbooth (likened to Cool Edit 2000 which I have used)
  13. epochblue macrumors 68000


    Aug 12, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Tried Stoplight?

    As for maximizing windows, a lot of Switchers see this behavior as an annoyance in OS X (I personally think it's a better paradigm, but to each his own). One application I have heard of that will allow you customize how applications "Maximize" is called Stoplight.

    You might check it out; here's a thread on it:
  14. wwooden macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    I can't stand it when I see someone with a Mac and they have each program filling the whole screen. That is a very one dimensional way of working, it is counter productive. It is much more productive to have windows only as big as they need to be, it allows you to see other information on the screen at the same time without switching programs.

    I've never understood why some people like to make browser windows take up the whole screen, all that happens is that there are huge white bars on the side of the window that never fill up, seems like a waste of screen space to me.

    Even now, I am at work with a PC using a 20" screen. It would look ridiculous to have this window take up the whole screen. I tend to have it fill about half of the screen, that way I can see if I have new emails or IM windows next to it. I think I am the only here who doesn't have every program fill the screen, guess it is my Apple background.
  15. ready2switch macrumors 6502


    Apr 7, 2006
    I'm currently a windows user (yeah, still) and I can completely understand the need to go "full screen" in some programs or on some pages. I'm not saying this is always the best way, but I can understand it.

    This may be related or unrelated, but I can't stand it when windows users choose the "auto hide the taskbar" option. For me, THAT is where I look for all of my information, not at the actual window, and when it's gone I feel blind. I would liken it to a Mac user going "full screen" and not being able to see everything else open behind the top window. :p
  16. OldCorpse macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2005
    compost heap
    Regarding the full screen open window in your browser (Safari or Firefox), as has been mentioned, all you need to do is manually stretch the window (lower right corner) until it fills the screen... you do it ONCE and from now on, your browser will remember how you like your window set up, so every time you launch, it'll launch as full screen.

    Personally, since I'm on a 12" iBook, I do like to have my browsers take up the full screen when I'm surfing, otherwise it's too small.

    On other applications, it varies. Some word-processing apps specifically have a full-screen option, because many writers like the feeling of no distractions, only the open page to write. And if you have one of those apps, you're set as far as that goes (Ulysses, CopyWrite etc.).

    With other apps, the Mac way of not going full screen is better, because you can multitask a lot easier when you can see other windows at the same time.

    I like the Mac way, since it allows me full screen when I want (browsers), but gives me the option of multitasking when I need that. Choices. Always good.
  17. yadmonkey macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2002
    Western Spiral
    Wow, great tip - thanks!

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