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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 ...
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Identify and tag music from iTunes library under OS X

I'm looking for a tool, preferably free, that would help me identify and correctly tag my itunes music collection.
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Optimizing system for installed software

What does it actually do when showing this message on the end of a installation?
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What's a good Mac app for making timelines (Gantt charts)?

What's a good native Mac app for making timelines on Macs? I'm looking for an easy-to-use program that I can use to create timelines easily without delving into graphics programs like Illustrator. ...
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Looking for USB-over-ethernet solution

I'm doing development with the Windows phones, but I'd really like to ditch my Windows box. I have access to a virtual Windows installation in the cloud, but I need to be able to deploy to, and debug ...
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software for autoslicing a song

I'm searching a program for slicing a song (MP3, wav, whatever) automatically in different patterns.
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How to access ProXPN's settings?

I installed ProXPN on my Mac and successfully used it. It installs an icon in the menu bar which you can use to enable and disable the application. I was messing around with the settings and clicked ...
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Does MoneyWell have a “jars” system?

Does MoneyWell have a "jars" system? I imagine if I have PHP 1000, I want to be able to "give every peso a job" like place it in a "jar" for example. Then I want MoneyWell to track that "jar" for me, ...
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Espresso Libre theme for MacVim?

I recently changed editors from TextMate to MacVim. Thanks in part to vimtutor, things are going pretty well. But I miss the Espresso Libre color scheme: Is there a place where I can get Espresso ...
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The application DGAgent quit unexpectedly — repeatedly pops up every time i “ignore”, “report” or “relaunch”

Before this problem occurred I have been trying to defrag my disk using Drive Genius 3 and repair using disk utiltity. Than I decided to delete it. Not sure if that was the reason or not but after ...
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How do I read .CHM files in OSX?

What software do I need to open and read a .chm document in OS X?
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App Keys (.plist keys)

Isn't there some wiki or apple documentation which shows which app keys can be used for apple software? NOTE: I searched the whole net and didn't find any databases on this topic, so if there isn't ...
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How can I rotate a video?

I just recorded a video on my phone, but when I play it on my Mac it's in the wrong orientation. How can I rotate the video by 90 degrees so that I can upload it to youtube? Free solutions are ...
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Do I need to have system administrator permissions to install from the Mac App Store?

Where does the Mac App Store install its applications to? Is this a system-wide location, or somewhere inside my Home directory? Is it possible to use the App Store on machines where I am not a System ...
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Tools or scripts for tracking a stolen or lost Mac?

Actually I do use the prey project but was wondering about other tools or scripts one could use to find back information about a lost/stolen Mac. With features like: -Getting the ip address or any ...
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NeoOffice extremely slow in Mac OS X 10.6.5

I've installed the latest version of NeoOffice 3.2.1 on my May, 2010 2.66 gHz Core i7 MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.6.5 (8.0GB RAM). Regardless of what I do, whether its Writer, Calc, or Impress, ...
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Application DRM

I wanted to know if there is a standard way of making licenses on Mac OS 10.6. For exemple, if I am creating an application and I want to create a licensing system, do I leave a file somewhere in the ...
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Should I use 32 or 64bit Mac OS X apps?

I have a 64bit Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro. A lot of times, software that I want to use is offered in both 32 and 64 bit. What version should I prefer? I know that even some Apple's apps are not ...
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How to completely remove Folx on Mac OS X?

I installed Folx download manager on my MacBook Pro. I didn't like it, so I removed it from the Applications folder. I also searched for its dependent files in /Library/Preferences, but I found ...
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Best resources on data recovery from corrupted OS X HFS+ partitions

My Macbook Pro won't boot from it's hard disc. If I boot it from CD, the drive will only mount sometimes. Where should I go to get hints and tips on data recovery? What are the best tools that should ...
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When will Endnote X4 for Mac be compatible with Word for Mac 2011?

In the meantime, how can one manage?
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Running a command line tool based on its extension

I use Leo for structured editing of my code, and Leo has the extension of .leo. In order to run Leo, I use the following alias alias leo='arch -x86_64 /usr/bin/python2.6 ...
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How can I choose to unrar with the default application?

I recently installed unrar for Mac Os X but i found it useless sometimes and bug-full. So i uninstalled unrar. Now if i open a .rar file, another application (VLC) open it. But i want the default ...
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Is there free software for recognizing a song when it plays?

I have few .mp3 file that have no name or have a wrong name(artist name and song name) is there any free software exist to recognized what exactly this song is(by playing the song and this software ...
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Converting a PDF for use with DVD Studio Pro

I have a client who want me to add PDF's to a DVD, so that people can view them through their televisions Can it be done?
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Can I use my Mac to re-create an inverted audio noise cancellation effect?

I would like to use my Mac as an audio cancelling device, like headphones that reproduce the outside noise in inverted form, so it cancels out (typically found in airports). With a normal pair of ...
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Good simple Clipboard manager

I'm used to using Ditto on windows, and need something similar on my mac mini. Any Suggestions?
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What are Mac OS replacements for Visio?

Visio is the most conspicuous example of a program that I found useful on Windows for which I have not identified a Mac-compatible replacement. Visio's primary function is as a flowchart diagramming ...
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Turn layout in Pages into a template

I have a layout in Pages that I want to turn into a template. Here is what I have so far: The green rectangle is an inserted shape. I'd like to use that as a title bar basically and put text on ...
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How can I enable invisible files with “Transmit” FTP client?

How can I enable invisible files with "Transmit" FTP client ? It asks me to show them only if I override one of them. I actually would like to always see them.
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Adding on my command to services menu or adding keyboard shortcuts

OnMyCommand allows commands to be added to the shortcut menu. Unfortunately, I can't add them to the services menu or add a keyboard shortcut for them. Is this possible?