Get the classic MacOS wallpaper tiles

Wednesday August 24, 2016

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Some people say to me, “What do you do in the long Summer months when you can’t think up a decent tip for Mac Kung Fu?” And I say…

Here’s how to get the classic MacOS wallpaper tiles. I’m not sure which version of MacOS these are from (7? 9?) but they’re a lot of fun, even if they are a little like a cheese grater on the eyes. On a Retina screen they still look very good.

  1. Head over here and download the archive file offered. Unarchive it on your Mac.
  2. And then head over here and download ClippingSticker.
  3. Open ClippingSticker by right-clicking it and selecting Open, then Open from the dialog box that appears.
  4. Set ClippingSticker to GIF or PNG (up to you), then drag all the wallpaper images on top of it.
  5. The tile wallpaper images will now be converted to image files. Just open System Preferences, click Desktop & Screensaver, then drag the one you like on top of the screen preview and select Tile from the dropdown list alongside.


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How to install the Microsoft "C" fonts (Calibri, Candara etc) on a Mac

Wednesday August 24, 2016

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If you lack Microsoft Office then you might also lack the very popular Microsoft “C” fonts:

  • Calibri
  • Cambria
  • Canara
  • Consolas
  • Constant
  • Corbel

Here’s how to install them, entirely legitimately via a Microsoft converter app.

  1. Click here to download the Microsoft Open XML Converter app from Download.com.
  2. Click the downloaded DMG file to mount it, and then right-click the installer package and select Show Package Contents.
  3. Open the Contents folder, and then open the Packages folder.
  4. Right-click the OpenXML_all_fonts.pkg file, and select Open.
  5. Follow the installation steps.

This installs version 2.0 of the fonts, and I believe the current release is something like 5.0+. However, 2.0 is good enough for basic use on screen and in printing.

Note that if you have Office 2016 installed then the C fonts WON’T appear systemwide (i.e. they won’t appear in Font Book). This is because each Office app is sandboxed and has its own font folders within each individual app package. However, you can still follow the steps above to install the fonts system-wide.


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Reader offer: Get all 3 Ottm hard wood Watch bands for an incredible price

Thursday July 28, 2016

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Remember our first look at the Ottm hard wood Apple Watch bands a few days ago? Ottm has got in touch and is offering 25 lucky readers the chance to buy all three bands – maple, zebrawood and sandalwood – for just $99 + shipping. This is equivalent to the early bird offer which expired virtually straight away when the original IndieGoGo page opened for business.

This saves $30 on the usual price of buying all three as a bundle, and an amazing $56 on the cost of buying all three separately.

Just click on the link below – but be quick, because this is sure to be popular.

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Amazing tip: Swipe on iOS pop-up menus

Thursday July 28, 2016

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You may have noticed that, on pop-up menus that appear when you tap and hold text while editing on the iPhone or iPad, arrows sometimes appear at the left or right to indicate further options. Tapping these then scrolls the list of options left or right to allow access.

But did you know that you can also swipe left or right across the menu options to reveal these other options, removing the need to tap those fiddly little arrow buttons? Give it a try. It saves a lot of time and effort.

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