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Testing Red Sweater

Red Sweater Software is making MarsEdit and few other products.

MarsEdit looks something that I was thinking about for sometime, it is blog publishing software (it is for Mac). Since a lot of posts are not being created for two minutes, it comes very useful. Moreover Safari 3 still does not work good with WordPress RTE, since I always forget to write right code and being lazy, I’m using Camino for RTE and WordPress.

1) It means now I can create offline posts (not keep all content in the head). There is local drafts options, so it means Internet connection is not required to make draft.

2) Options to add and upload media, there is even Flickr integration.

3) Tags, additionally plus Technorati tags.

4) Text/Content edit tools, regular user like me needs.

5) Easy to previous posts.

6) 29$

P.S. Thank you Normis for the tip 😉

Diagrams in Mac OS, OmniGraffle !

How many times I had in mind these thoughts ? Not easy to remember. Today about diagrams in MacOS

Some time ago one person said (c), translation,

when people are asking me about the specific software in Mac. The answer is that alternative program exists, that could make you to think about switch to Mac OS.

Omnigraffle is total “must-have” for people, who needs quality and stylish diagrams. I can say the easy way to great result (as usually).


This is just simple example (I hope author will not be angry about copyrights :D).

Very valuable feature of this program is simplicity, interface is user-friendly and very similar to iWork products. So if you are familiar with Keynote, Pages, stylish diagram should not be the problem for you at Mac OS.

Actually, there is no need to be familiar with iWork set, program usage is very intuitive – simple in other words.

Nice stencils, copy-paste any image to diagram, each device positioning and information about distance to other objects when moving, these are just few Omnigraffle features.

I do not believe that competitive products could be easier than that.

Especially, when I remember my titanic fights with few programs, when I promised to myself: “I will write my master thesis in Linux, completely”. But I missed application like this, when work was in progress.

Uncounted reason to switch…

Well, it is iLife08. There are few programs go with it. Some of them are really for specific cases.

For example iMovie is extremely handy, when you need to edit and finalize filmed episodes by private-camera. GarageBand to create music in the interactive way.

But today’s topic is not about these nice programs, today about iPhoto 08. Cheap ‘point and shoot’, not cheap ‘point and shoot’, professional cameras, almost everyone has camera and takes photos (isn’t it ? ).

So sooner or later there is requirement to manage photos, iPhoto is one of the easiest way to get things done (that I’ve seen).

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Rich Text Editor and Safari.

Rich Text Editor on WordPress does not work correctly on Safari 3 beta. It supposed to be known problem.

Rich Text Editor – Editor that is used to write Rich Text Format files. Rich Text Format is a proprietary document file format developed by Microsoft for cross-platform document interchange. Most word processors are able to read and write RTF documents. From Wikipedia.

In other words Rich Text Editor is ‘I see what I write’ or ‘I write what I see’. the opposite is the great tool Latex, where all text is entered together with commands, that are responsible for different settings borders, symbols, etc. etc. That allows to avoid ugly documents, that sometime are created by “standard” office programs.

It looks like Safary is mixing commands from WordPress, as spacing, paragraph, links, images are not taken in consideration.

So currently either ‘Code’ should be used to type post (similar way to Latex), when “all rules are set with commands”, or use other browser like Camino.

Latvian or non-standard spell-check on Safari and other Mac applications.

ALatvian spell-check issue is gone at Mac (partially). Thank to the Normunds and “Power of Google”.

Great feature of browser – spell-check. Firefox provides support for different non-standard languages, latvian support is available there too, but remember – the point is to use Safari.

So Firefox is not a solution, MacOS provides support for standard widely used languages (ok, probably languages of the countries, where Apple products are very popular). The nice thing is that spell-check is not hardcoded to any applications, but it works for applications like web-browser, text-editors, etc. The bad thing there is no Latvian, even Leopard does not have Latvian localization (like support for Russian and Polish localization is added), but it is not a big surprise, really.

Luckily, there is a solution, the bad fact that used dictionary is old, but it contains words to check-spell anyway and you can educate it.

Software cocoAspell is the key to our problem. Aspell software installation is very easy, installing dictionaries process asks more resources.

1. First of all you have download it, link for Intel Macs.

2. Installation process is on GUI, that’s why only read instructions and use ‘Next’ button.

3. After successful installation go to ‘System Preferences’ of your Mac, there should be new menu ‘spelling’, it does not contain correct dictionaries yet.

4. Different languages dictionaries are available to download, there is not only latvian, but a lot of different languages. I’m not sure about the dictionary freshness.

5. Most likely dictionary file will be archived, you have to de-archive it, then place files into the /Library/Application Support/cocoAspell/ directory.

6. Go to ‘System Preferences’ —> ‘Spelling’ and select language you need, Latvian my case.

7. Restart Finder, go to the ‘Force Quit’ menu, ‘Relaunch’ button is provided for ‘Finder’ application.

8. To enable your language spell-checking on the specific application. ‘Right-click’ on the text editor program Window —> ‘Spelling’ —-> Select your Dictionary.

That’s all folks, enjoy spell-checking feature.