Concerning the operating system and applications or programs that run under it, as opposed to matters concerning computer hardware. In troubleshooting, it is essential to distinguish between problems concerning software and problems concerning hardware.

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How do I uninstall a program completely on a Mac?

I come from a PC background... every time I want to uninstall an application, I must use add/remove programs. On the mac, you can simply run a .app file from wherever you want, and many say that the ...
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Is it generally advisable to get anti-virus software for Mac OS X?

Is it worth to buy an anti-virus software for Mac OS X? I heard both opinions like "it's not possible to get a virus on Mac OS X" and "Mac OS X is also vulnerable against virus... " Which is true? ...
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Is it possible to launch a program in a specific language?

I'm a developer, and my primary language is French, so I use Mac OS X in French. However, I need on a regular basis to open an application in English to do support. Right now I'm going to the ...
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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 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 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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How do I install an application from a disk image?

I've downloaded Firefox and it's now sitting on my desktop as Firefox.dmg. When I double click on Firefox.dmg it opens up a window with Firefox in it so I can use it - does this mean the application ...
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Is it bad or unhealthy to put my Mac to sleep?

I am wondering if it is bad or unhealthy to always put my Mac to sleep or should I shut it down instead? What I mean by putting it to sleep is that the display and hard drive are sleeping. The reason ...
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What is time machine backing up?

Is there a way to find out what time machine is backing up? My time machine has been running fine, but it suddenly started to back-up 20GB a few days ago when I have not changed that much since last ...
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Is there a image editor like Windows' Paint for OS X?

I tried out several image editors mentioned on this site but I tested some of them like (Pixen and Seashore) I was very disappointed. These apps were so simple and was too low level. What do you ...
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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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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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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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How can I ditch iTunes and find a suitable audio player?

With the recent features added to iTunes player I find it to be pretty heavy and resources consuming, just to do just what I would like it to do, which is play music. It is almost becoming a full OS ...
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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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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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Centralized update for third party apps

I kind of hate it when applications, which I start, at first search for updates. It's not the updates. Well I fire up an app because I want / need to use it (now). I liked the centralized, system wide ...
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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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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 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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Why doesn't Microsoft Office/2008(& later) support RTL languages?

I have Microsoft Office/2008 on my MacBook Pro. Office doesn't support RTL languages like Farsi and Arabic, and I know that Office/2010 (for Windows) also has the same problem. Do you think the lack ...
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Macbook Pro wont open apps or download content due to Error Code: -50.

My Macbook Pro ran into a problem and reported Error: -50. I cannot open applications such as Chrome, Word, and others. I cannot download content or move content to the trash because it says the ...
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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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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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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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iPad 2 restarting intermittently and very slow to operate and charge

I have an iPad 2 (Model MC769B/A) running on iOS 6.1.3 (10B329) and over the past few days I have experienced very slow charging times when plugged into the usual source - the main wall socket. Also, ...
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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 ...