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Download QLab for Mac - Create media sequences for theatre, dance, composition, more. MacUpdate.com

QLab provides live show control for your Mac. Create media designs for theatre, dance, composition, installation, and more. Play back audio, video, and MIDI from a single workspace. 

The basic version of QLab is free and provides a powerful audio playback environment. If you require advanced functionality licenses are available to unlock additional features.

Dashboard Widget - Deep Sleep

Deep Sleep

About Deep Sleep
The default behavior of Mac OS X is to put sleeping computers in “hardware suspend” mode, during which the RAM is still powered on. This widget allows the computer to enter “software suspend” mode. Software suspend is a feature similar to what windows call “hibernation”: the computer consumes no power while sleeping, however the wake up process takes more time to complete. Hibernation is made possible by the Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.3 update. This operating system version is required. 

Only the computers with “safe sleep” feature are officially supported. The computers with this feature are the Powebook “HD”, Macbook Pro and Macbook lines of Apple laptops, and every Apple desktop computer equipped with an Intel processor. Please read the included documentation for more information, including the possibilty to use this widget on unsupported computers.

What’s New in this Version 
- Worked around an issue which caused a significant time delay before sleep under Mac OS X 10.5. 
- Fixed a rare synchronization issue which could cause computers with secure virtual memory to enter incorrect hibernation modes. 
- On the password backpanel, put the focus on the password field by default.

A couple of additional SafeSleep tips and tricks

If you've been using Safe Sleep (see these two hints on it), you should probably also be aware that resetting the PRAM (Command-Option-P-R at boot, or through OpenFirmware) will clear the NVRAM property that enables Safe Sleep. 

This is both good and bad: if you're unable to boot the computer because of a corrupted sleepimage file (such as happens if you use the hibernatemode pmset option for encrypted swap when your swap isn't encrypted, or vice-versa), it's a quick-and-easy way to get the computer booting again. It's bad because I'm sure somebody will set up Safe Sleep, come to rely upon it, reset the PRAM for some other reason...and really, really get upset when the computer did a normal sleep rather than a Safe Sleep! 

Also, somebody might find the following shell script handy:
#!/bin/sh

PATH=/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin;

sudo -v

sudo nvram nvramrc='" /" select-dev
" msh" encode-string " has-safe-sleep" property
unselect
';
sudo nvram "use-nvramrc?"=true;

if sysctl vm.swapusage | grep -q 'encrypted'; then
  sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 7;
else
  sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 3;
fi

echo "You must restart your computer to finish enabling Safe Sleep."
It'll automagically take care of figuring out which hibernatemode to use; just run it (remember to make it executable) and (assuming your hardware supports it), Safe Sleep is enabled. (And reboot, of course.)

Fluke: iFLAC your Mac

How It Works

  1. Download and install Fluke.
    Follow the installer steps and punch in your admin password when asked for it.
  2. Restart iTunes.
    If you've got iTunes or QuickTime running, restart them.
  3. Listen to your FLACs!
    Right-click/Ctrl+click on the FLAC files you want to add to iTunes and choose Open With > Other. Locate Fluke under your Applications and press OK. Or simply drag your FLACs onto Fluke's application icon.
  4. Set as default.
    If you would like to use Fluke for all your FLACs by default, in theOpen With dialogue mark the "Always Open With" checkbox.

Under the Hood

Fluke is really quite simple. The installer you download installs the components necessary for it to work: XiphQTFLACImporter, and Set OggS. Fluke itself is an AppleScript saved as an application bundle. I kept the script inside the bundle editable so it's all nice and open-saucy.

gTuner - Tune your guitar with your Mac

Guitar tuning made easy

 

Application Screenshot

gTuner has many features macintosh users and guitar players really need: first of all it helps you to tune your guitar - either in auto-mode, in which gTuner finds the matching string or in the manual-mode, where you can select the current string and tune guitars that are badly out of tune.
With Dock Tuning enabled, you can see if your guitar is tuned up even while you work with other applications. And this is possible because gTuner 
does not use much CPU power, too.

Application Screenshot
Download gTuner for free.

HTTPMail Plugin

HTTPMail PluginJaguarPantherTigerThe HTTPMail plugin is a plugin for the standard Apple Mail application that provides access to any web based mail that supports the HTTPMail protocol. Currently this includes Hotmail and MSN mail.

The HTTPMail plugin is open sourced and is available for download from both this siteand Sourceforge.

macam : USB webcam support for Mac OS X

macam is a driver for USB webcams on Mac OS X. It allows hundreds of USB webcams to be used by many Mac OS X video-aware applications. The aim is to support as many webcams as possible.

In addition, macam also supports downloading of images from some dual-mode cameras. macam especially tries to support those cameras not supported by Apple or by their manufacturers.

macam consist of an application and a component. Run the macam application to verify whether your camera works with your Mac and your USB setup. The component is the actual driver that allows other applications to access the video-stream. (note: iChat does not recognize most USB webcams unless you install iChatUSBCam - this is shareware unrelated to macam)

Many thanks to the spca5xx/gspca Linux webcam driver project, especially Michel Xhaard and friends. Their hard work and helpfulness have made many of the recent advances possible.

 If you have a camera and Mac OS X, please help out by testing and reporting the results. Thanks!

How to view Hulu videos outside the US

If you want to view the videos on hulu.com, or on sites that embed hulu videos outside the United States you’ll get the following message:

If you want to view them, you either need to move to the states or use a slow proxy, isn’t it? Well, not exactly. You can view those video’s at normal speeds (aka. about the same as you max internet speed) with a free program called Hotspot Shield. The name may sound a little bit strange in this context, and it isn’t made for this purpose, though it works perfectly. Hotspot Shield will create a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which prevents hulu to see that you’re outside the sites, while it doesn’t decrease your internet connetion speed! To install it, just follow the instructions on http://anchorfree.com/downloads/hotspot-shield/ and you’ll be able to see those hulu videos within a few minutes!

And as you maybe already guessed, this works for all US-only sites (so you can finally use Pandora again)!

Beware: it has a 10 G limit a month so you can't watch everything... but enough to follow your TV shows ;)

Characters and fonts in leopard - Mac Tips

Many-faceted Characters

When you select a character in the Character Palette you really only see its shape. There’s more to learn though, by looking at the Character Info and Font Variation panels.

Open a TextEdit window and press Command T. The Fonts window appears.

Choose Characters... from the gear menu in the Fonts window.

Now click the gear icon at the bottom of the window and choose Characters…. The Character Palette appears.

 

Select a character in the Character Palette and click the disclosure triangles beside the Character Info and Font Variation panels. The panels open up and display detailed information.

The screenshot shows that I selected a lower case letter n from the Phonetic Symbols palette. The Character Info pane tells me its name is Latin Small Letter n, and shows me related characters that all appear to be the letter n, some with accents.

The Font Variation pane shows me character variations.

Meanwhile the Font Variation pane shows me how that character looks in fonts I have installed on my system. In the screenshot you can see a few that I’ve inserted into a Pages document. They differ wildly — some don’t even look like a letter of the alphabet.

It’s long-winded to browse for a character in the Character Palette and then find information.

If you’re looking for alternative forms for a particular character first type it into your document then click on the gear icon at the bottom of the Character Palette window. Choose Show Character Selected in Application. The Character Palette finds your character and displays it in context, with its name, along with its related characters and representations in the fonts on your computer.

A list of possibilities for my search term.

Search for a character by entering text into the Search box at the bottom of the Character Palette. A list of possibilities should appear, from which you can select the character you’re looking for.

Create A fully functioning Bookmarks bookmark in your Dock - MacTips

Make a bookmark in your Dock that will bring up all of your bookmarks with Safari.

First, you may not know it, but you can enter bookmarks:// in the Safari address bar and it will bring up all of your Bookmarks, just as if you pressed the Bookmarks button in the Bookmarks Bar.

If you try to drag this down into your Dock, though, Launches Services doesn’t quite know what to do with it, so it won’t actually launch your Bookmarks.

Here’s how to fix that.

1) Create a new Safari bookmark for the URL bookmarks://
2) Drag it to your Dock
3) Download and install the freeware application MisFox.
4) In this program click on the Protocol Helper tab.
5) Now press the New button.
6) Enter the protocol bookmarks, and for the Helper choose: /Applications/Safari.app

Now the Bookmarks bookmark in your Dock will correctly open your Safari bookmarks page when you open it.

Select Files and Folders using the Keyboard in leopard

An easy way to select a file or folder while in Finder is to begin typing the file or folder name.

For example, in the following image you can see there are multiple Applications that begin with the letter “T” (TextEdit, TextWrangler and Transmit):

Finder-Type-Name-1

By typing “T”, Finder selects TextEdit, the first application that begins with a T.

To select TextWrangler or Transmit, you would type “TextW” or “Tr” respectively.

To cancel the current select, hit the escape key. This clears the completion and lets you begin a new one if necessary.

Press to open.

Play Tetris in Leopard for free - no installation - no downloading


Play Tetris in Terminal.

First, open a new Terminal.app (/Applications/Utilities) window and type "emacs," then hit enter. After the screen loads, press "escape," then "x." Type "tetris" (lower-case) and hit enter. There you have it, a fully playable game of Tetris. Use the arrow keys to control the blocks and the space key to drop them.

While you're at it, try ESC-x dunnet for a complete text adventure.

Another neat trick is to do the same thing, only instead of typing "tetris", you type "doctor" (without the quotes). See what the psychotherapist has to say!

You can also try with "snake" and "life". 

Create A fully functioning Bookmarks bookmark in your Dock - MacTips

To make a bookmark in your Dock that will bring up all of your bookmarks, there is a way to do it with Safari.

First, you may not know it, but you can enter bookmarks:// in the Safari address bar and it will bring up all of your Bookmarks, just as if you pressed the Bookmarks button in the Bookmarks Bar.

If you try to drag this down into your Dock, though, Launches Services doesn’t quite know what to do with it, so it won’t actually launch your Bookmarks.

Here’s how to fix that.

1) Create a new Safari bookmark for the URL bookmarks://
2) Drag it to your Dock
3) Download and install the freeware application MisFox.
4) In this program click on the Protocol Helper tab.
5) Now press the New button.
6) Enter the protocol bookmarks, and for the Helper choose: /Applications/Safari.app

Now the Bookmarks bookmark in your Dock will correctly open your Safari bookmarks page when you open it.

How to connect from Mac OS X Leopard to a protected/shared printer via a Windows XP printserver

Sometimes you are embarrassed to conntect Mac OS X Leopard with a Windows XP printserver. It should work the Mac plug-and-play way … but it isn’t. So here is the howto, so you don’t need to trouble your head about it.

Context:
In the first corner: A Mac OS X Leopard (10.5.3) machine
In the second corner: A Kyocera 2000D laser printer connected to a Windows XP printserver which is protected by password and username.

Problem:
Adding the printer via the standard Apple-way as a windows printer works - but printing does not work because it is not possible to authenticate against the printserver.

Solution:
You need to add the shared printer via the hidden “Advanced” printer feature in the Print & Fax preferences.

  • Open “Print & Fax” in “System Preferences”
  • Click “+” to add a new printer
  • Control-click (or right-click) on the toolbar at the top of the window and select “Customize Toolbar…”
  • Drag the “Advanced” icon to the toolbar and select “Done”
  • Click on the “Advanced” icon … and be patient … after a moment or two, you can select “Windows” from the “Type” dropdown-menu
  • Enter the SAMBA URL of the shared windows printer in the “URL” textfield:
    smb://USERNAME:PASSWORD@WINDOWSDOMAINNAME/PRINTSERVER/PRINTERSHARENAME or
    smb://USERNAME:PASSWORD@IPADDRESS/PRINTERSHARENAME
    If the shared printer does not need a password, you can use smb://USERNAME@…
  • Fill out the other fields “Name” and “Location” as you prefer
  • When printing the first time you will get prompted for your USERNAME and PASSWORD. Fill in your windows printserver username and password and enable the “Add this to your keychain” checkbox.

… it’s nearly plug-and-play ;-)

Startup key combinations for Intel-based Macs


These are the startup key combinations you can use on Intel-based Macs:

  • Press C during startup Start up from a bootable CD or DVD, such as the Mac OS X Install disc that came with the computer.
  • Press D during startup Start up in Apple Hardware Test (AHT), if the Install DVD 1 is in the computer.
  • Press Option-Command-P-R until you hear two beeps. Reset NVRAM
  • Press Option during startup Starts into Startup Manager, where you can select a Mac OS X volume to start from. Note: Press N to make the the first bootable Network volume appear as well.
  • Press Eject, F12, or hold the mouse button Ejects any removable media, such as an optical disc.
  • Press N during startup Attempt to start up from a compatible network server (NetBoot).
  • Press T during startup Start up in FireWire Target Disk mode.
  • Press Shift during startup Start up in Safe Boot mode and temporarily disable login items.
  • Press Command-V during startup Start up in Verbose mode.
  • Press Command-S during startup Start up in Single-User mode.
  • Press Option-N during startup Start from a NetBoot server using the default boot image.
  • Buzzer

    Icon Buzzer2 1.01

    BuzZer is a Polyphonic Stereo SoftSynth AudioUnit for Mac OSX. It emulates a analog synthesizer layout. The whole project is a learning by doing thing and i am happy that in the end it does make some noiZe at all. Buzzer2 is the final release of buzZer. It's basically buzZer with a feature updated DSP engine and a new userfriendly GUI. buzZer and Buzzer2 can be used together in one host application.

    Perfect tone

    perfect tone screenshotperfect tone title
    version 1.0.1

    Perfect Tone is the third software release by Line of Sight. It is an advanced tone generator, allowing the creation and simultaneous sounding of up to 64 waveforms. 


    Perfect Pitch

    perfect pitch screenshot
    perfect pitch title
    version 1.1

    Perfect Pitch is a powerful and diverse tuner application. It is simple enough for the casual instrumentalist to use, yet contains advanced features for tuning based on harmonic series, quarter tones, and any other even division of the octave.


    Crystal VST Instrument

    What's Crystal?

    Crystal is a semi-modular software synthesizer featuring both subtractive synthesis and frequency modulation (FM) synthesis. It offers abundant modulation control with over 90 parameters which may be modulated, multi-stage envelopes with graphical editors, extensive tempo sync of envelopes/lforates/delay times, built-in effects for chorus/flanging/comb filtering/echoes, and a band splitter for effects processing by frequency band. Not only that, Crystal has wave sequencing, granular synthesis, program morphing, MIDI learn, and imports soundfonts. The musical applications for Crystal are literally boundless.

    Crystal is a plugin, which means it runs within a host, such as Cubase, Orion, Logic, Fruity Loops, etc.

    Listen to examples of what kinds of music people are making with Crystal by visiting the Demos page using the link at the top of this page.

    Mac Tip: Leopard's Additional Screen Capture Options

    Mac OS X Leopard only: You already know that Cmd+Shift+4 will take a screenshot on your Mac, but a few more key combos give Leopard users more features. While you hold down Cmd+Shift+4, you can also hit the:
    • Spacebar to drag the selected capture region around the screen.
    • Shift key to vertically or horizontally lock the capture region.
    • Option key to expand or reduce the size of the region proportionately.

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