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What file types can you convert from a Mac to Windows?

What types of files can I change from Mac- to Windows-based file types? What types "just work" on both systems? What types are simply non-transferable or won't work when moved between the OS types? ...
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How can i buy Sims 3 Mac platform?

as the title, already looking at EA store site at http://store.origin.com/store/eara/en_SG/DisplayProductDetailsPage/productID.105153500/pgm.64539100 But seems they only sale PC version only. But ...
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How to fully 'uninstall' an app on OS X

So, I've been a Mac user for about seven or so months now. And one thing I've been wondering is how to fully remove an application.. I know a lot of times applications leave extra junk on your ...
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Is there a native/cocoa REST client for Mac OS X?

I'm looking for a cocoa REST client for the OS X. I prefer something native so that I'm not in the terminal interface and not looking for any browser extensions.
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How to view Microsoft Document Imaging (MDI) files on a Mac?

I've received a bunch of MDI files which I need to open on a Mac Snow Leopard. Any way around this e.g. free readers available?
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Updating software from App Store not available for purchased items.

I have recently purchased Growl for handling my notifications. I had enabled my account from Greece since I was living there years ago before I got my mac. Now I have moved to Denmark and I followed ...
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How can I open port 80 so a non-root process can bind to it?

I want to run a web server on my Mac as a non-root process. Normally only root processes can bind to port 80 (or to any port below 1024). Can I open port 80 specifically so that non-root processes ...
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Is there an alternative Ventrilo client for OS X?

Are there any decent software packages for OS X that can connect to Vent servers? The Ventrilo for Mac client isn't up to much.
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How can I view (offline) the full English Wikipedia on OS X?

I want to download the complete English Wikipedia (not just the 45,000 article version floating around) for viewing offline on my Mac. I have downloaded Okawix, and downloaded a torrent with ...
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Preview in Lion fails when any document opened has changed

In Lion Preview.app, if I have many image files open in a single preview window (so that I can scroll through them) and one of them changes on disk (e.g., I remade the image with a plotting program or ...
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How can I use the half-qwerty keyboard layout in OSX?

I'd like to use the half-qwerty keyboard layout on my mac, without actually buying any (ridiculously priced) hardware. I found a auto-hotkey script, but that appears to be windows-only. Are there any ...
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How to convert Aperture license to app store license? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I update apps that I've already purchased through the Mac App Store? Long ago I bought the retail box version of Aperture and have been steadily upgrading until ...
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Numbers: How can I display negative values in a column chart?

I am using Numbers '09 v2.1 (436) and I have a table having positive and some negative values. When in my project I add a column chart mapping properly data from that table it displays a chart without ...
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Is there a CVS client for Mac OS X?

Could anyone recommend me a free tool to use on OSX for keeping my CVS projects? I am using the integrated SVN on OSX for all my SVN projects; maybe there are similar commands on the terminal to ...
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What's your favorite multi - editor on OSX? [closed]

I was wondering if you could post your favorite code editor on OSX. I'm looking for something lightweight (no netbeans or eclipse) for fast editing multi languages. tag highlighting and code ...
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Running windows on iMac updates system settings

When I boot my iMac onto windows partition and then reboot into Snow Leopard my system time is updated (reverted on hour back). This occurs even though I have 'locked' the system time on Snow ...
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How do I change Software Update server to official one on Lion?

I recently bought a new macbook pro with Lion, had some problems and had it checked by Apple people. It was returned to me but the software update server seems to have been changed and will not ...
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How can I keep apps “always on top” in Lion?

With past versions of OSX, I used Afloat, but ever since I moved to Lion, it stopped working for programs like Evernote & Chrome. Does anyone have a suggestion for a program that will let me keep ...
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Which version of Oracle is suitable for Mac OS X Lion?

I just bought my Mac few days ago and I am trying to install Oracle Express for work purpose on Mac OSX X 10.7.1. I've downloaded Oracle 10g R2 from here but when I run the installation shortcut,I ...
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Preload and preconfigure an iPad for someone else

I need to preload and preconfigure some software on an iPad, and then give the iPad to someone else. I thought about just buying the software with my App Store account, but is there a way that I can ...
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Adobe Creative Suite CS5 - One License Multiple Macs

As freelance web designer I have a total of four macs. I have an office I use during the day with an iMac and MacBook for taking to client meetings. And I also have a iMac and MacBook at home for ...
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How do I loop a video in MPlayerX?

I downloaded MPlayerX from the App Store and I would like to use it to play a video in loop. Is there a way to do that?
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How can I block programs from opening?

Is there a way I can stop programs from opening? I want to block Stacraft 2. I've tried blocking the servers using SelfControl but it didn't seem to help. Edit: I want to disallow access to Stacraft ...
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Is there an OS X equivalent to the web debugging proxy Fiddler?

I do web development on Windows for my day job, and I rely a lot on Fiddler, which is web debugging proxy. What is an equivalent tool for OS X?
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Can my Mac tell jokes?

Sometimes I just need a break from serious work. Can my Mac OS install tell me any jokes?
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Microsoft Excel formula or search?

I have four Microsoft Excel workbooks (excel spreadsheets). One is a list of Donors and the other three are separate campaigns which had click-throughs from an email blast. What I've been asked to do ...
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Lion and OpenGL support

Reading this documentation http://developer.apple.com/graphicsimaging/opengl/capabilities/ i get that Lion support only openGL2.1 This is a 6 years old version, the current one is the 4.2, Please ...
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Celtx unexpectedly quits

I am using Celtx for script-writing/movie production. Just earlier today, I used it with no problems at all. Now, when I open it, it bounces 2-3 times, then quits. If I open a Celtx file, the file ...
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How do I set up an IRC server on OS X for my local network?

Is there a nice way to set up an IRC server for my wireless home network, running on an old Mac Mini? On other forums people have recommended compiling IRCD-Hybrid for OS X. I have Homebrew installed ...
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Why do some OSX progams have an installer (mpkg) instead of drag-drop?

Most OSX programs can be installed by dragging the app to the Applications folder (or wherever the user wants them). However, some software must be installed by launching an .mpkg package, acting ...
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Is OpenOffice for Mac OS X ready for use?

I am helping a friend set up a brand-new MacBook. She is migrating from a Windows environment and is used to OpenOffice. I have very little OS X experience. OpenOffice 3.3 has a native Aqua port for ...
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How can I use LaCie USB Key “Private Volumes” with 10.6.8/10.7?

Today I purchased a LaCie iamaKey v2. When I first ran the included 'La-Private' software, it urged me to install MacFUSE, so I did. After going through the steps, I tried to open my Private Volume, ...
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Reinstalling software on a brand new (non-formatted) drive - MacBook

My sister gave me her old Macbook that had a bad hard drive. I replaced it with a non-Apple drive and tried to install her software on it, but had no luck at all. I did successfully load/run Ubuntu, ...
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What tools are people using to check for Lion compatible software?

I don't have a lot of extra software on my Mac, but wondered what tools people are finding useful for aggregating or checking that existing software is ready for Lion. I'm also wondering if I need to ...
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How useful is Motion 5 without Final Cut Pro X?

My video editing needs are very, very pedestrian and seldom. I have no real need for Final Cut Pro. When I do make videos, however, I like to customize titles a bit more than what iMovie allows. So ...
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Font properties of text layer in PSD file — possible to inspect without Photoshop?

I want inspect (and just that, without editing this layer) which font, size, color etc. were used in a given text layer in PSD file created with Photoshop. Is this doable without Photoshop.app? ...
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Why is this dialog being displayed when I start firefox?

I'm a beginner Mac OS user. When I open Firefox I receive the dialog below, why doesn't Firefox just start? What is the point of the below dialog?
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Does TechTool Deluxe still come with AppleCare?

I have always purchased AppleCare with new Macs, and I seem to recall TechTool Deluxe being an important part of the bundle. I bought an iMac at the beginning of the year and neglected to pop in the ...
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How are the sound effects in Final Cut Pro licensed?

What kind of license do final cut pro sound effects have? Can I put them into nonmovies? For example, can I use them in a Flash game? Hypothetical: If I'm distributing my own video editor, can I ...
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Sequential LiveFont display with different text sizes in Motion

I'm making some text-based animations in Motion, using LiveFonts to emulate handwriting. I want the individual letters to appear one after the other, so I set the "sequence" value in the inspector to ...
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Natively written packet sniffer / inspector for OS X

I am looking for a packet sniffer / inspector which runs natively on OS X (Cocoa) and not with some sort of compatibility layer like X. Ideally I am looking for an application with the following ...
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Two MacBook Pros display my webpage differently

I use em units in my CSS for a few links, and they are in the right spot on my computer, but they are shifted too far to the right on the other computer. They are both running safari 5.05 Any ideas? ...
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good dictionary which support text to speech or real voice pronunciation?

I have just switch to a mac recently. Trying to find some thing equivalent to Babylon on windows but haven't found any. I wonder if are there any good dictionary software which support real voice ...
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What's the best way to use IRC on the mac? [closed]

Question in the title basically. Not sure what else I can say!
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Installing the most recent version of Ruby on Snow Leopard

I downloaded and compiled the latest version of ruby 1.9.2 which was installed in /usr/local/bin/ruby, however the system officially recognizes /usr/bin/ruby which is only 1.8.7 which came installed ...
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How can I use the dvdbackup tool in Mac OS X?

I want to use 'dvdbackup' tool in my Mac OS X, however its specification is too simple. I would like to know how to back up my whole DVD, can anyone give my some example or advice step by step?
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ImageMagick Errors while installing dependencies

I'm using this script: https://github.com/maddox/magick-installer to install imagemagick and it's dependencies i have a few errors the first run for some missing files or borken links but now i have ...
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How should I submit bug reports and feature requests?

Inspired by Marco Ceppi's DS_store question, I became curious about what the current preferred mechanism for submitting bug reports and feature requests to Apple for their software. I'm aware that ...
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Application level volume control in OS X?

I recently switched from PC to Mac and one thing I miss is Windows' application-level volume control (i.e. mute Firefox, turn up iTunes, turn down Skype etc). How can I achieve the same on a Mac? Or ...
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Decrypt Keychain with Password outside of Keychain-App

so here is my problem: we all know that the osx keychain is located in ~/Library/Keychains/something.keychain now i've got this file and i know the master password for this keychain. is there a way ...