Category: Mac & OS X

Save time with Firefox 3 keyboard shortcuts

Firefox keyboard shortcuts

Firefox keyboard shortcuts

Firefox 3 has a lot of timesaving shortcuts if you just get used to using them. Below is a collection of standard keyboard shortcuts for the Mac OSX version of Firefox 3.

Back Cmd + [
Cmd + Left Arrow
Forward Cmd + ]
Cmd + Right Arrow
Shift + Delete
Home Option + Home
Reload Page Cmd + R
Reload (override cache) Cmd + Shift + R
Stop Loading Page Cmd + .
Current Page
Go to Bottom of Page End
Cmd + Down Arrow
Go to Top of Page Home
Cmd + Up Arrow
Move to Next Frame F6
Move to Previous Frame Shift + F6
Page Info Cmd + I
Page Source Cmd + U
Print Cmd + P
Save Page As Cmd + S
Zoom In Cmd + + (plus key)
Zoom Out Cmd + – (minus key)
Zoom Reset to 100% Cmd + 0 (zero key)
Find Cmd + F
Find Again Cmd + G
Find as You Type Link ‘ (apostrophe key)
Find as You Type Text /
Find Previous Shift + F3
Web Search Cmd + K
Windows & Tabs
Close Tab Cmd + W
Close Window Cmd + Shift + W
Move Tab Left
(when tab is focused)
Cmd + Left Arrow
Cmd + Up Arrow
Move Tab Right
(when tab is focused)
Cmd + Right Arrow
Cmd + Down Arrow
Move Tab to Beginning
(when tab is focused)
Cmd + Home
Move Tab to End
(when tab is focused)
Cmd + End
New Tab Cmd + T
New Window Cmd + N
Next Tab Ctrl + Tab
Cmd + Opt + Right Arrow
Cmd + }
Ctrl + Page Down
Previous Tab Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Cmd + Opt + Left Arrow
Cmd + {
Ctrl + Page Up
Open Address in New Tab
(from Location Bar or Search Bar)
Opt + Return
Undo Close Tab Cmd + Shift + T
Select Tab ( 1 to 8 ) Cmd + # ( 1 to 8 )
Select Last Tab Cmd + 9
Bookmark All Tabs Cmd + Shift + D
Bookmark This Page Cmd + D
Bookmarks Cmd + B
Downloads Cmd + J
History Cmd + Shift + H
Clear Private Data Cmd + Shift + Del
Select Location Bar Cmd + L
Select or Manage Search Engines
(when Search Bar is focused)
Opt + Up Arrow
Opt + Down Arrow
Full Screen Browsing F11
Delete Selected Autocomplete Entry Shift + Delete
Mouse Shortcuts
Back Opt + Scroll Down
Forward Opt + Scroll Up
Scroll Line-by-Line Cmd + Scroll
New Tab Double Click on Tab Bar

Quickly convert your .eps or .ai files to PDF without Illustrator

PreviewIf you need to send a copy of your Adobe Illustrator .eps logo to a client or someone without the ability to use .eps files, you probably want to send them a PDF. Don’t waste time firing-up Adobe Illustrator, Apple has made it easy with Preview (check your application folder). Preview is obscenely fast at opening PDFs, .jpgs, .eps and even .ai files. Open your .eps or .ai file in Preview and save the file. Preview will automatically choose PDF as the file format. The great thing about doing this is that the resulting PDF file can still be opened and edited in Adobe Illustrator.

Stuffit Deluxe 2009 takes advantage of Leopard features

Years ago, back in the days before OSX, file compression on the Mac meant using applications like DiskDoubler and Aladdin Stuffit. Stuffit was a staple of every Mac computer. Many applications required the Expander app just to install, and virtually any file you downloaded off the Internet for the Mac was compressed using the Stuffit format. You could make the argument that it was the single most popular non-Apple application on the Mac for years. Aladdin (later known as Allume) sold Stuffit to Smith Micro Software in 2005, at which time it was still the dominant file compression method on the Mac OS. Flash-forward to present day and we now have file compression built-in to the OS, via BOMArchiveHelper’s .zip format. So you might be wondering why you would need anything more. Read on to find out why. (more…)

Full screen Quick Look keyboard shortcut

One of my favorite features of Leopard (OSX 10.5) is Quick Look. Normally, selecting a file in the Finder and hitting the Spacebar invokes a small Quick Look window with a preview of your file. If you need a larger view of the file, you normally have to drag the corner to make the Quick Look window larger. But hitting Command + Option + Y will automatically open your Quick Look preview in full screen mode.

Extensis releases Suitcase Fusion 2

Extensis has released the newest version of our single-user font manager for Mac OS X, Suitcase Fusion 2. This release contains a whole slew of new features that we’re sure that you’ll find helpful and fun to use. Fusion 2 is compatible with the recently released Adobe Creative Suite 4 and Quark XPress 8. The following are the most prominent new features in Suitcase Fusion 2.

Modern technology

  • Built for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
  • Based on the Universal Type Client code base.
  • The Suitcase Fusion Core™ keeps fonts active even when the Suitcase Fusion 2 is not running.


  • Auto-activation plug-in installation is now a breeze with the Plug-in install options built into Suitcase Fusion 2.
  • To ensure a trouble-free workflow, the auto-activation plug-ins contain new features, including the ability to create document sets as well as check document fonts.
  • Selective global auto-activation allows you to select which applications to have Suitcase Fusion 2 automatically activate fonts.
  • Updated auto-activation plug-ins now include an XTension for QuarkXPress 8 and plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and Illustrator CS4.

Font organization

  • Improved search options allow you to quickly locate fonts using very granular font information.
  • Smart Sets dynamically filter and display fonts based on your own custom settings.
  • Font libraries allow you to organize fonts the way that you want.
  • A portable Font Vault allows you to quickly backup your entire font collection, easily switch to an entirely different database, and even move your Font Vault to another drive.

System font management

  • Improved system font management features help you avoid font conflicts and other problems with system fonts.
  • Easy identification helps you disable unnecessary fonts in your system folders.

Previewing fonts

  • Enhanced font preview options, including automatic encoding detection for most Roman and non-Roman languages.
  • Floating previews allow you to preview fonts as transparent document overlays.
  • Easily customized previews allow you to quickly display preview text as you want it.
  • Glyph View Window allows you to inspect the glyphs of a selected font and compare them to any other font in Suitcase Fusion 2.

Font corruption checking and repair

  • Enhanced font corruption detection and repair.

For more info, check out the Extensis website.

Top 10 Mac screen savers

UsingMac has put together a spectacular list of the top 10 Mac screen savers, which features several Flurry-like savers, an alteration of the OSX RSS saver, a Digg saver, and the incredible 3D photo wall saver seen in the screenshot above. I’ve tried them all, and found them all to work very well. Screensavers are more eye-candy than anything else, as screen burn-in really hasn’t been an issue for many years. All the screensavers on the list are free!

Extensis Universal Type Server: font management for large groups

Dealing with lots of fonts is no small task. This is especially true in ad agency, design firm and pre-press environments. Not only does everyone need to have the same fonts, but companies tend to want to make sure all the fonts are of high-quality, and legally owned. This is where font server management applications come into play. Where desktop font managers control fonts on an individual user’s machine, a server-based font manager handles it for many users over the network. Extensis Universal Type Server (UTS) is just the tool for the job. UTS picks-up where Suitcase Fusion leaves off, by managing large collections of fonts from a server, and quickly deploying them to users as needed. (more…)

Order your images when viewing with Quick Look

Reader RhymingDesigner sent me a great tip for arranging the order in which OSX displays files using Quick Look that I thought was pretty cool, so I thought I would share it with everyone. You can force Quick Look to display files in a desired order by Command + clicking on files in the Finder in the order you want to view them before hitting the space bar to launch Quick Look. Quick Look will then display the images in the order you clicked on them, rather than the order in which they appear in the Finder window. In the image above, I Command + clicked the stickynotes image first, then the other two files. So even though the Pages document is first in the folder listing, the stickynotes image appears first in Quick Look. Pretty cool!

Dropbox offers free file storage, syncing, and sharing over the Web

There are a ton of file-sharing sites out there. Most all of them force you to use a cumbersome Web interface, and few offer the ease of syncing your files between computers. Dropbox allows you to store, sync and share your files online as easily as drag-and-dropping your files or folders on the Dropbox folder on your desktop (or wherever else you wish to keep it). Files of any kind are automatically uploaded and made available online. Those files are also synced with any other Mac you have Dropbox installed on. But here’s where it gets interesting… (more…)

Glims offers cool Safari customization

There aren’t many plugins or add-ons for Safari, and even less since Leopard’s release. So when a new one comes along, I download it and give it a run-through right away. One that caught my eye this past week is Glims, by MacHangout. Glims adds a myriad of features to Safari, including Tabs, Thumbnails, Full Screen, Search Engines, Search Suggestions, Forms autocomplete on, Dated download folders, Type Ahead, and more. Unlike Saft, perhaps the most popular plugin for Safari, Glims is absolutely free. When I was using Safari as my main browser, I used Saft, and was completely frustrated with the quirky nature of it – as well as the fact that it broke every time Apple made the slightest little change to Safari, including Security Updates. So far Glims has been working perfectly, and has replaced all the features I actually used from Saft.

  • Adds thumbnails to search results
  • Adds thumbnails to search results
  • Adds search engines to the default Google search tab
  • Adds full-screen browsing capability
  • Adds Favicons to tab labels
  • Undo “Close Tab” (cmd-z)
  • Re-opens last session when Safari starts
  • Auto-Closes download window
  • Focus last selected tab
  • Always open links in a new tab
  • Type-ahead support (auto cmd-f)
  • Sets the focus on the search field when opening a new window
  • Adds Amazon’s information banner on search results
  • Adds Amazon’s information banner on search results
  • Adds a “Max Window Size” menu item to resize the Safari window
  • Forms autocomplete always on
  • Dated download folders
  • Glims works with Safari 3.0.4 (4525.18) or later in Tiger or Leopard. If you’re looking to customize Safari, Glims may be just what the doctor ordered!