MacInations: Day 11
â—Š Country Living: It has its downside. After a young possum failed to move all day in spite of occasional benign torment from the dog, we decided it was ill, possibly infectious and apparently determined to die in place over days. We shortened that period. And of course this has nothing at all to do with PC vs Mac but I thought I’d throw it in.
â—Š iPhoto: Should I remove it? It seems to have reproduced ALL of my images (vs making aliases of them) and then won’t let me get directly to them through iPhoto. And yet Spotlight finds those images but the ones in dated folders (the way I’ve been organizing for years) are invisible. This is a real disappointment.
â—Š Word Processor: For the first time, I’ve needed to send formatted text to someone and resorted instead to cutting and pasting into an email since I don’t as yet have a designated word processor other the trial of Scrivener I’m using.Â (And I wasn’t able to save as pdf which, having the full version of Acrobat 8, is another problem to deal with.) Today I’ll be at Best Buy to get a USB cable for the “free” Epson printer. Should I get iWorks?
â—Š Victory: Find out just now how to set default for visible columns in folder windows AND how to make the folder click open a NEW window so I can have two side by side for files transfer. What a small thing, but how very limiting when you don’t know how to make it happen! I’m frankly disappointed with Mac’s file structure navigation. I’m wondering if there are not add-ons that will let a person set up Explorer-like double panes. Sheesh.
â—Š Grayscale: I can’t find a way to control my Canon Pixma 5000 printer to make it print grayscale. Should I load the CD that came with the printer even though Leopard seems to be able to control it at least mostly? But I’m sure the CD is for PC. Hmmm.
â—Š PhotoShop: When I open PS or InDesign, I see the controls around a “workspace” that is my background desktop image or whatever programs were open in it–versus the clean white empty space I’m used to. How to I change that? It’s gotta be DopeSlap simple. So go ahead. Give me a slap.
So. I may be coming out of the thicket of early confusion in this mega-move to Mac. I managed to actually get some work off this morning–a 500 word piece for Evince, the arts and entertainmentÂ flyer down in the Danville area. I already had a piece on the “nature gap” from the purported future book and an accompanying image (that I converted to BW). Wish I could have dressed it up a bit. Got to get that word processor decision worked out.