Posts Tagged ‘mac os x’

How to Batch Change Photo Keywords in iPhoto ’09

January 15, 2010 10 comments

I’ve been frustrated with iPhoto ’09, thinking that there was still no way to edit the keywords for multiple photos in one step. I don’t understand why Apple hasn’t made this more obvious, but I fortunately discovered it while wading through the menus yesterday.

The most logical place for it would be under the Photos menu, where you’ll see the Batch Change option. But if you want to start adding keywords, you first have to bring up the Keywords window.

  • Press Command-K or click on the Window menu and choose Show Keywords.
  • Now select photos from your library that you want to tag, using the shift or command key to make multiple selections.
  • Click the tag or tags that you want to apply to these photos.  Tags become highlighted once you add them to the selected photos. If you click a highlighted tag it will be removed from the photos you selected.
  • You can also use the keyword window to add, edit, or remove keywords by clicking on the “Edit Keywords” button.

Here’s a screenshot of the window:

Click for larger


Thinking of Switching from Windows to Mac?

July 14, 2008 Leave a comment

Two terrific articles for those of you considering a move from a Windows PC to a Mac.

First, Walt Mossberg posted a helpful article with some basic tips to help a new Mac user who has been accustomed to the Windows way of doing things.  It’s at All Things Digital.

Second, if you want a more complete article about making the switch, Peter Bright is in the middle of a multi-part series at Ars Technica about his “conversion” from Windows to Mac.  If you want the behind-the-scenes story, including some Apple and Microsoft history, check it out.  It is lengthy, but so far it has been worth the read.

Speaking of TextEdit

April 21, 2008 1 comment

Since I’m talking about TextEdit, I’ll point out that I just discovered the capability to create tables and lists, using the Format/Text menu…

See example (click for larger):

If you do a lot of writing, but you think that Word is like trying to water your flowers with a fire hydrant, you should give TextEdit a try. I have also used Bean, another great word processor for writers, and
also free.

Obsessed With Stickies

March 8, 2008 1 comment

I’m experiencing a personal inner conflict due to the fact that I despise paper sticky notes, yet I love the Stickies that are in the Dashboard app in Mac OS X.

To resolve this torment in my soul, I am facing it head-on by placing as many sticky notes on my Dashboard as possible. If you can’t beat them, become obsessed with them.

Lately, I’ve eliminated various dashboard apps, one by one, in favor of adding another Sticky. As you can see above, they have begun to take over all my Dashboard real estate.

Guess it’s time for a larger monitor. 😉

Leopard Update Straightens Stacks

February 13, 2008 Leave a comment

If you haven’t noticed yet, there is a 10.5.2 update awaiting you in Software Update. It has the usual under the hood tweaks to the operating system, but it also makes a significant change to the way the Stacks feature works in the dock.

This feature allows users to click on folders in the Dock and see the icons of its contents either fan out across the desktop or show up on a grid. I was one of those who wasn’t thrilled with the feature because of the number of items I have in those folders; most of the time I ended up opening up the folder instead of using Stacks. Also, the look of the icon in the dock was a little sloppy. It appeared as a pile of icons with only the topmost icon showing. I prefer a more consistent look, where it simply shows the icon for the stack folder.

Both of these issues have been addressed. Now we can control click on a Stack to reveal new options, such as making the Dock icon appear as a folder and setting the folder’s contents to appear as a list, which is better for folders with a lot of items. I’ve set each of my stacks to do something different, based on how I like to access that folder and based on how many items are there (for example, I have my Applications stack expand as a traditional menu, because I have so many of them).

And who says Apple doesn’t listen to their users! See the complete list of changes included in the 10.5.2 update here (including the ability to turn off translucency in the menu bar!).

New Feature: Mac Tips!

January 8, 2008 Leave a comment

I’m adding a regular feature to 98 Pound Geekling where I share tips on using the Mac OS and the applications therein. I am going to try and keep it to tips that I have discovered as I’ve fiddled around with the Mac (going on 19 years now). However, when I find a tip at another site, I’ll give credit and linkage where it is due. Just know that if I post it here then I must have just found out about it. 🙂

I’ll post the first one tomorrow (I know, you are on the edge of your seat).

List of Open Source Mac Software

December 22, 2007 Leave a comment

There is a nice list of some of the best open source software available on the mac at There are some on here that I have yet to discover, so this will satisfy my incessant craving to try out new software for a while. Check it out!

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