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Six Colors: Attack of the 50-foot Save Sheet

This morning I tried to save a file in BBEdit, only to discover that I couldn’t see half of the save sheet—it was so large, it went off the bottom of the screen.

It turns out—and thanks to Jon Gotow of St. Clair Software, maker of the excellent Default Folder X, for the answer to this—that there’s a bug in Yosemite that causes a sheet to grow taller by 22 pixels every time you use it.

I hadn’t noticed this, but, sure enough, when I tried it out, I saw that each time I invoked the Save sheet – by pressing Command-S – it got a bit longer. Try it, even with Safari. Press Command-S, note where the Save sheet ends, then press the Escape key, or click Cancel. Then do it again a few times.

Read the article on Jason Snell’s website Six Colors to find out how to fix it.

This is a stupid bug. Stupid bugs like this shouldn’t be in shipping software.

via Six Colors: Attack of the 50-foot Save Sheet.

When Handoff and Continuity on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Don’t Work

Handoff and Continuity are the biggest gee-whiz features in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The ability to start composing an email, view a web page, or work on a document on one device, then switch to another, could actually merit the use of the word “magical,” which Apple has applied to a number of […]

Turn Off Software Updates for OS X Yosemite Betas

If you have an OS X developer account, or if you participated in Apple’s public beta program for OS X Yosemite, you might be seeing update notifications in the App Store app for new beta releases of Yosemite. This seems to be new in Yosemite, and is most likely the case only if your Mac […]

RIP Mac OS X Hints, Nov 4 2000 – Nov 4 2014

Dearly beloved…

On this, the occasion of its 14th birthday, we’re gathered here to mark the passing of Mac OS X Hints.

While it can be hard to tell exactly when a web site has died, the signs are fairly obvious. It’s been over 45 days since the last new hint appeared on the site. There is no way for new users to sign up for an account. There’s been one new comment posted in the last two days. A sidebar box proudly proclaims Latest Mountain Lion Hints. The site design, logo, and icons were last updated when I worked for Macworld, over four years ago. To paraphrase a Star Trek character, “it’s dead, Jim.”

I worked on the Mac OS X Hints web site for many years. I got to know Rob Griffiths, who founded the site, way back when, probably a couple of years after he launched this site. I worked with him writing a few chapters of a book which collected hints (whose title was so dumb, I won’t mention it). Subsequently, I filled in for Rob when he took vacations, took time off when his kids were born, and then, when he left Macworld, I took over as site editor for a while.

I’ll miss the site. It had lots of great information.

via RIP Mac OS X Hints, Nov 4 2000 – Nov 4 2014 | The Robservatory.

OS X: Prevent iPhoto from Opening Automatically When You Sync an iOS Device

By default, when you sync an iPhone or iPad, OS X opens iPhoto, asking you if you want to import photos. I had this setting turned off in Mavericks, but it seems to have been turned on again in Yosemite. Yet when you look in iPhoto, there is no such setting. Tricky of Apple to […]

The AirDrop Mess on OS X and iOS 8

I recently wrote about my problems with Handoff and Continuity features in Apple’s new operating systems. Many people I know have similar problems, and another feature that causes grief is AirDrop. This allows you to easily send files from one iOS device or Mac to another. You don’t have to open a network share, or […]

How to Use iCloud Drive

Much as you may have been satisfied with the way iCloud synced your data in the past, if you’d hoped for comprehensive file syncing between your Mac, iOS devices, and the cloud, you were likely frustrated. Prior to OS X 10.10 Yosemite, iCloud’s file storage was sandboxed, meaning that you could only access files created […]

Apple Design and Hard Drive Icons

With all the work Apple has done on the design of the Yosemite interface, you’d think they could do something a bit more original with hard drive icons. If I look at the top level of my Mac, I see the following: There are three types of disks connected to my Mac. The first is […]

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