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How do I combine two or more images to get a single pdf file?

Say I have some image files (for instance, the result of scanning some sheets) and I want to combine them into a single pdf file, each image on a different page. Is there a faster / more convenient ...
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Safari 6 rendering issues/artifacts (on Mountain Lion)

Final update I just received an email from Apple confirming this bug has been fixed in OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 I've been having rendering issues with Safari 6 on different systems all running ...
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How can I batch convert image files and PDFs to TIFF?

I have a lot .jpeg, .png and .pdf Files and I want to convert all of them to .tiff all at once. How can I do this?
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Where is my Skype profile picture stored on OS X?

I took a profile picture for Skype using the "Capture a picture from a video camera" button found in the Skype profile dialog. Now I want to use the picture for other things but I cannot find where ...
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What is the best way to deal with a large iPhoto library?

I just migrated from Wndows and imported all my pictures from my external hard drive into iPhoto. I have around 100GB of photos. I wanted to see if this is going to scale or if there is a way I should ...
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Where does OS X store the profile photo it takes when you first create an account?

When you first create your OS X login account it takes a picture of you. Where does that picture get stored? I can't find it in ~/Pictures or ~/Library.
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Changing the default screenshot filename

Is there a way to change the default screenshot filename prefix (the Cmd-Shift-4 type screenshot) to something other than the default? The default name looks like this: Screen Shot 2011-08-30 at ...
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OSX Second monitor/display background

Is it possible to change the display default image on a second display connected to an Apple running OSX 10.6. ? I can see all the display options for the desktop, but the 2nd display has the Apple ...
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Mac Pro (mid 2010) grinds to a halt when display is rotated to portrait

I have a Mac Pro Mid 2010 with two ATI Radion 5770's driving 6 Dell U2412M's. Problem is, when even just one of these displays is rotated to portrait, the entire system grinds to a halt. CPU usage ...
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Is there any way to upload a screenshot from an ipad to this site (or other StackExchange sites)?

So I capture a screenshot with my handy "[HOME]-[POWER]" combo, and draw freehand arrows on it in Adobe Ideas (because I like their line smoothing) to highlight my problem, but: I can't find any way ...
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Any tool to tell me the exact color value at a point on a png image?

I want to get the exact color value(RGB, HSB, or any other color space value that can be converted to RGB value) at any given point(preferably the point under the cursor) on a png image. Any tool for ...
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How can I generate iOS/Flurry style icons in OS X?

As some of you might know, the iOS treatment of app icons is ruthlessly strict. It forces a certain roundness of the corners and allows no transparency, hence enforcing a unified look. I think that's ...
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Desktop Background is blank

I change my background in system preferences and it says my background is a picture, but my desktop is still a blank gray. How can I fix this?
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How do I kill the Application Switcher?

All of the sudden the Application Switcher's graphics breaks: Restart does help, but became a nuisance. How can I kill it? Restart it? UPDATE: Logging off fixed this. UPDATE 2: I came to a ...
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Animations are choppy and jerky after a day (Mountain Lion)

After my 13" MacBook Pro (2010) has been on/sleeping for a day, the changing desktop animation and mission control gets choppy. Only a reboot fixes this problem and it stays good for several hours. ...
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Why is Safari displaying scrambled graphics?

When I click on "new tab" in safari, I see this flicker often as a new tab is opening: Any idea why this is? It seems to be a scrambled cache of my graphics card... (In case you're wondering, the ...
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What does a CUDA driver do?

I've heard talk of installing a CUDA driver for the new unibody mac (Nvidia 330M) to possibly resolve graphics problems (though it seems it actually doesn't do so). I'm not having problems but I was ...
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Fix bad image quality in dark images in iMovie

I have an iMovie project (stop motion animation). Everything is fine, except for a dark scene. The photos get pixelated and blocked, and really ruined. The original image is very sharp and clear, yet ...
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Animated GIF images are slow on iOS

Animated GIF images seem incredibly slow since iOS 4.3ish. Prior to that, animated GIFs worked just fine and had the same speed as on a computer. I don't mean loading the GIF, but the speed of the ...
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Is there a built-in text-to-graphic utility for OS X Lion?

I believe I've seen one or more utilities, possibly command-line or Applescript, which will take a string and create, for example, an image containing that text with the specified font size, etc. I ...
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Fake rectangle/window visible under some windows

tricky question here. I don't know how long this has been going on, but I noticed it only recently. My semi-transparent windows have a “fake” square/window beneath them, which is visible (it also ...
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Extract images from a pages document

I want to extract all of the images out of a large pages document. I found an article about it from 2006 ( see http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20060324033125571 ) which states you can open ...
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Where can I find the gray linen texture that's used as the Lion login screen background?

My company just updated to Lion, and I really like the gray linen texture that's used as the initial login screen background. I'd like to use it for my desktop background, but it's not one of the ...
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simplest way to open all images in a directory in Finder

When I have (and browse with Finder) a directory with a bunch of photos and videos (from e.g. my camera), I often want to open all the pictures in it. How can I do that? Right now, I select all ...
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Do games need antialiasing on the Retina MacBook Pro?

Since the pixels in the new display are dense enough that they're imperceptible at a normal distance, doesn't that obviate antialiasing? (Assuming that the game is running at full 2880x1800 ...
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iOS7 Moving Backgrounds - file type and creating your own

iOS7 comes with parallax backgrounds. My questions are: Are these a standard file type? Does anybody know what it is? Is there a process to create a custom one? -- EDIT Thanks everyone - I was ...
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How to diagnose a graphic looking bug?

I got the following strange image on both low corners of 2 application windows: Firefox (22) Preview (MacOS X) This strange image is following the windows corners when I move them. This is ...
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How to permanently disable (defective) graphics card in MacBook Pro?

My graphics card has malfunctioned and is preventing my MacBook Pro (2011) from booting. Based on my research I will have to otherwise have the logic board replaced. The defective ATI graphics card ...
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Why is my Macbook Pro 2011 video garbled after sleep?

Occasionally when I open my new (April 2011) Macbook Pro I'm greeted by an unusable system with a garbled display. Most often I have to force a reboot (hold down power button for 10+ seconds), but ...
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Striped Macbook mouse pointer

For a few months my Macbook (white, 1.83Ghz Core Duo, OS 10.6.recent) has been showing the mouse pointer in a strange way. It's as if alternating vertical rows of the pixels making up the pointer are ...
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Tool to find duplicate images in a directory structure

I'm searching for an application to find duplicate images. In my Linux days, there was a nice Gtk+ application which I could provide some folders and which would list all duplicate images based on ...
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Tile Finder background image in Snow Leopard

I have seen a guide/tip on the internet to make Finder tile it's background by editing ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist however the guide is now outdated and no longer works on Snow ...
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How do I draw an arrow in Acorn?

Yes, I know Acorn isn't Visio, but still let me ask the question: How can you draw an arrow with Acorn? I am talking about the kind of arrows that Skitch or Jing would draw, and that you typically ...
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Why does Automator need the discrete GPU?

My 15" MacBook Pro with Retina was getting quite hot while I was just browsing the web, so I opened Maverick's Activity Monitor to see what was using so much energy. I discovered that the discrete ...
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Macbook Pro Battery / Discrete Graphics Card Issues in 10.8.2

I am posting because I currently have a 15'' Macbook Pro (Early 2011 edition) and have suffered from poor battery life since upgrading from Mac OS X 10.7 to 10.8. Before the upgrade, I could use my ...
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A good (and inexpensive) images manager for Mac?

I'm dealing with a huge variety of image files (photos, vectors, icons, cliparts, etc.). I've organized them in folders and subfolders, in order to find theproper sort of image, but I don't find a ...
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Mission Control slow and jerky on 2011 MacBook Pros: any fix?

Mission Control has been horribly slow on my 2011 MacBook Pro 15" (2GHz quad i7, 8GB RAM, 256MB graphics, SSD) -- swiping up usually freezes the screen for 2 seconds, before showing me the Mission ...
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How can I set the background image the same on all master slides without editing each master slide individually in Keynote?

In PowerPoint the master slides have inheritance, so you can set common elements on all the master slides easily. I don't see anyway to do this in Keynote. For example, if I want to set the background ...
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Vector Software for Drawing and Diagramming

What software is available for Mac that is good for drawing cartoons and diagrams? These are some features it should have: Edit any component easily after drawing it. Easily add and edit text ...
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Mac OS X Finder filter image by orientation

How can I filter images by orientation in Finder to show only portrait/vertical images or only landscape/horizontal images?
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Can a Mac with Thunderbolt effectively use a PCI Graphics Card using an external cage?

I was wondering how good thunderbolt is for adding a beefier PCI graphics card to my MacBook Air. If I use a PCI enclosure like this, will the card integrate with the Mac to enhance the performance ...
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Can I use a Mid 2011 27 inch iMac (Thunderbolt) as a display for a PC?

There are other questions on here that are similar, but I believe they relate to older models. If this is a dupe please close it though - I just want to find out if this can be done. I bought a 27 ...
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How can I stitch a set of images together?

I have a set of images that are named foo-N.jpg, where N is a number from 0 to 100. I'd like to stitch them together such that I have one long image, where foo-0.jpg is at the left and foo-100.jpg is ...
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Which graphics chip on MacBook Pro?

My MacBook Pro has two graphics chips and automatically switches between them. How can I tell which one is currently in use? I'm just curious really; it's plenty fast enough whatever it's doing by ...
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What does no chime on boot mean?

My MacBook Pro is having some issues. It boots. But the graphics card doesn't get detected. You can remote in to it but looking at the Displays dialog in System Preferences, no graphics card is shown: ...
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Use the power of the graphic card on a MacBook?

Is there a way to use the processor of the graphic card on a new MacBook Pro to do some long and repetitive calculations?
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How to use Scale Action to scale up an image in Keynote without loosing quality?

If I have a really high resolution image in Keynote, and I shrink it down to start out small, and then use the scale up action (animation) to make it big the resulting image is pixelated and low ...
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Is there a way I can share a disk image as a remote DVD drive?

I would like to upgrade one of my laptops to Snow Leopard but the DVD drive doesn't work. So can I share a disk image to use it with Remote Mac OS X Install tool?
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3ds Max alternative for Mac

Is there a good alternative to Autodesk's 3D modeling software 3ds Max that works on a Mac? I like 3ds Max because it's very powerful and easy to use for someone who is not an expert in 3D modeling. ...
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Faulty graphics card or maverick's issue?

I've started to get strange artifacts on my 2010 MacBook Pro after updating to Maverick's. I'm not sure if they occur systematically -- I am running a CPU intensive script this time, but have run the ...