OS X users, try this: Turn on your printer, open your web browser and go to this URL:
You'll see all your printers on your network listed, including any "virtual" printers (such as Adobe PDF). From here you can print a highly useful test page (including if it's PostScript 1, 2, or 3), modify or configure the printer, even delete the printer (for those "ghost" printers which are no longer on your network).more >
Apple's latest version of OS X — 10.3, aka Panther — was released on October 24, 2003. Going against all instincts that were screaming "wait till it's been out a while!" I upgraded one of my design workstation Macs that had been happily purring under Jaguar for months. I had no choice, I had to update all the info and screen shots for the OS X seminar I do for Dynamic Graphics Training.more >
Over the past few months I've been reading, bookmarking, and testing everything I could get could my hands on as far as OS X's impact on design and publishing networks is concerned. I needed to create a full-day, lecture/demo-based seminar on the topic of "how to keep a design network running smoothly while moving from OS 9 to OS X" for Dynamic Graphics Training (be careful what you pitch!) and so I wanted to be as prepared and accurate as possible.more >
If you go to Apple's Panther preview page :
… you'll see a "Buy Now" link. Apple's charging $129.00 for a single copy and $199.00 for a family pack of 5 users, the same price it charged for Jaguar (10.2). Unless you purchased a new Mac or a copy of Jaguar after October 8 (in which case you can upgrade to Panther for shipping and handling after it's released), there is no discounted upgrade price for current OS X owners.more >
If you're happily using OS 9 or you're a Windows user, I apologize for not having any relevant content for you in this issue! I've just been in an OS X frenzy recently, as you can tell, and it's spilling over to all areas of my life. Now that the first seminar's over, I can start thinking about other things.
I have a backlog of great tips for DesignGeek that I'm going to try and clear out in upcoming issues, as well as information about Adobe Creative Studio and QuarkXPress 6. So stay tuned!
It took me a while, but I've really grown enamored with the "column view" (the one with the side-by-side columns that all appear in the same window) in Finder windows in OS X. It's a relief not to have to continually open new windows to find what I want in my 60GB hard drive.
I like columns even more so these days, since I discovered how to navigate them via the keyboard instead of always having to drag the jellybean scrollbars around.
In addition to Finder windows, most of the same keyboard shortcuts I'll talk about also work in the OS X's Open/Save dialogs (technically they're called "sheets" now btw) which you may have noticed don't support any view of your hard drive's files other than column view.more >