April 2006 Double Click Main Meeting ReportDocument Transcript
April 2006 Double Click Main
by Jim Macak
The April 23rd Double Click meeting was opened by Double Click President
Jim Macak who again presented the “Beginners SIG” demonstration in
Steve Parker’s absence. (Steve hopes to resume his presentations at the
May meeting.) Jim discussed the concept of different users of one
Macintosh having their own accounts and consequently having the ability to
customize their Macintosh environment differently than users of other
Jim tied this in with his demo of the freeware utility “FolderGlance.”
FolderGlance is a small Contextual Menu Plugin for the Finder. When it is
installed, it allows one to control-click or right-click on folders to see and
open their contents, as well as examine the contents of sub-folders down to
an unlimited number of levels.
The manual installation of FolderGlance requires copying two files from the
install disk image. One file needs to be installed into a “Contextual Menu
Items” folder and the other into a “PreferencePanes” folder. However, there
are potentially three of each of these folders visible to every Macintosh
user. Their location is in each of the three different “Library” folders.
The “Library” folder within the OS X “System” folder is sacrosanct and is
consequently off-limits to users. The “Library” folder at the “root” level of
the startup hard disk drive holds items that are available to any and all
users of that Macintosh. The third “Library” folder is within a user’s “Home”
folder and it holds items particular to that user. Thus, depending into which
of the latter two “Library” folders the FolderGlance files are installed, the
FolderGlance utility may be available to all users of the Macintosh or just to
the individual user who installed FolderGlance.
The latter two “Library” folders contain other folders that may be used to
allow access to functionality to all users or just one user. An example would
be the “Fonts” folders that are in each of these two “Library” folders. A font
that is unique to an individual user’s “Library” folder will only be available to
that particular user.
Jim installed the FolderGlance components into his own account’s “Library”
folder and then proceeded to demonstrate FolderGlance.
The main functionality of FolderGlance provides a hierarchical cascading
view of folder contents by control-clicking (or right-clicking with a two
button mouse) on a folder’s icon. Doing so, you get a view like this:
FolderGlance offers many other options, including:
• Adding your own custom folders to the contextual menu, enabling
FolderGlance to act as a very versatile launcher
• Moving, copying and making aliases of the currently selected files in a
folder you browse to
• Control-free popups: Open the contextual menu without holding down
the control-key or using a two-button mouse
• Drag-and-drop of files and folders
• In-menu preview of arbitrary files
• Opening files with an application different than the default by using an
"Open with..." menu you can tailor to suit your own taste
• Changing the font size used in contextual menus
• Disable the menu fade effect, for a more speedy menu experience
• Browsing into package contents
• Optional display of custom file and folder icons
• Customizable sorting and customizable display of hidden files and folders
• Trash files directly from the contextual menu
Requires: Mac OS X 10.3 or later (Universal)
Freeware (donations encouraged)
The second “File of the Month” that Jim demonstrated was a widget.
xCuts widget 1.0
xCuts puts a full reference of Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts at your
fingertips in the Dashboard.
This widget is powered by an external database that will be updated
periodically with new information, allowing you to easily browse or search
its contents. The benefit of this is that you will not need to update the xCuts
widget by downloading a new version of it when a new keyboard shortcut is
added. The downside is that xCuts requires an active Internet connection to
obtain its database information.
The xCuts are organized by Category, Scope, and Object, and you can even
drill down to a second cross-referenced level if you need to. Or just use the
fast live search form!
xCuts includes tips on the use of certain shortcuts, and it’s designed to let
you copy and paste shortcuts to external documents. The widget is
resizable and, when you’re done checking it, you can click the title to
compact xCuts down to a tiny lozenge for later use.
In this version 1.0, xCuts covers shortcuts for the following “scopes” only:
Finder, Screen, Dashboard, App Switcher, Dock, Spotlight, Startup, and
“Universal.” It does not cover universal accessibility shortcuts or special-
character shortcuts at this time. Future versions will expand the range of
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4
Question & Answer Session
Our Q & A session included an active discussion of many different topics.
A moderate amount of time was devoted to Apple’s new “Boot Camp” beta
software that allows users of the new Intel Macs to install and start up their
Macintosh under the Windows operating system. This was contrasted to
“Parallels,” another beta software offering from a third party company.
Parallels works more like “VirtualPC,” in that it allows one to run the
Windows OS within a window of Mac OS X. For more information on these
Another software utility that was noted during the session was “PopChar X,”
which some of us may remember from its pre-OS X version. PopChar X
makes "typing" of unusual characters easy without having to remember
Whenever you need a special character, PopChar X is there to help. Click
the little "P" box (next to the Apple menu) to display a table of characters.
Select the desired character and it instantly appears in your document.
Price: $30 (a free "trial mode" is available)
Double Click Elections
Our April meeting agenda also included the annual Double Click business
meeting and officer elections. The incumbent officers all stood for reelection
save for Treasurer Pat Thompson, who will be moving out of state later this
year. After some pleading for a nominee for Treasurer, Mal Bertsch
volunteered for the position and the now-complete slate of officers was
elected by unanimous consent.
Thus, the Double Click, Inc. officers and board members for 2006-2007 are:
President: Jim Macak
Vice-President: Gene Braun
Secretary: Jerry Smaglik
Treasurer: Mal Bertsch
Director: Bob Stone
Director: Chuck Floading
Director: Patricia Lidicker
The Double Click board wishes to extend its gratitude on behalf of all
Double Click members to our “retiring” Treasurer, Pat Thompson, whose
noble and capable service to Double Click over the past several years is
Presented by Jim Macak, Double Click President and an Apple Certified Help Desk
Specialist and Macintosh help consultant for the Milwaukee area. His website is
After the mid-meeting break, Jim Macak also presented the main demo for
the April meeting.
iWeb is the new component of Apple’s iLife software suite, having been
added with the debut of iLife ’06 this past January. iWeb is a website
creation application and it excels in its integration with other iLife
components and Apple’s “.Mac” Internet service.
iLife retails for $79. Its system requirements are:
• a Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G4, G5 or Intel Core Duo processor
(733MHZ or faster required for iDVD); 256MB of RAM
• Mac OS X v10.3.9 or Mac OS X v10.4.3 or later
• DVD drive for installation
• 10GB of disk space to install iLife ’06 applications
Producing a basic website with iWeb couldn’t be much easier. Jim said he
created the photo site that he later showed as a part of his demo in about
10-15 minutes using iWeb, having never used iWeb in the past! Thus he
found that iWeb fulfilled its billing of being easy to use, intuitive and well-
integrated with iPhoto, etc.
Jim noted that there are a few quirks to iWeb. When one “Saves” a website
in iWeb, no “Save” dialogue appears. Rather, iWeb auto-saves its file in one
particular location under a file name that the user cannot change. This
behavior limits the user to working on one website at a time and even
keeps one from saving different websites without performing a few “tricks”
behind iWeb’s back.
Jim started up iWeb and proceeded to create a “new baby” photo site. Upon
startup, iWeb presents a choice of various templates for basic themes of the
website. After choosing a theme that fits the style of the website you will be
creating, one selects a page template and then iWeb opens to the page
creation screen. You can then start customizing the page, replacing
“placeholder” text and pictures with your own content.
iWeb’s Media Browser
Using the “Media Browser” tool of iWeb, you can access all your iLife
content — photos, video, audio — without leaving iWeb. Jim used the Media
Browser to select several pictures from his iPhoto library for use on the web
pages he was creating. Adding photos is a simple matter of dragging a
photo from the Media Browser and dropping it onto the placeholder photo
on the iWeb creation page.
Text font size, color, formatting and style can be customized and photos
can even be adjusted from within iWeb.
The “Publish” button
Once the new website is created, if you have a .Mac membership (even a
60-day free trial membership), you can publish a site to .Mac by clicking the
Publish button. If you don't have a .Mac membership, you can publish your
site to a folder and then upload the site to the server of your choice.
If you don't publish your site to .Mac, these features are unavailable:
Slideshow with viewing controls
Once you publish a website to your .Mac account, to delete the first site,
you publish another site to replace the first site. (You can't completely
delete a site if it is the only one in iWeb.)
Websites published to .Mac are available to others using any browser at:
The website that Jim created for his demo can be viewed (for the next
couple of weeks) at:
At the end of his demo, Jim was about to show some iWeb related links
when the Double Click PowerBook decided to become uncooperative. (The
PowerBook seems fine now…) Here are those links:
This site offers a blog with some iWeb tips:
The following site offers some extra iWeb templates:
Here is a review comparing iWeb to some other web page design programs:
Here is another author’s opinion of iWeb:
May Meeting Preview:
“Email with Eudora” and “Email Tips and Etiquette”
The next Double Click main meeting will be Sunday, May 21st.
The Eudora application
Louise Dahms will demonstrate “Eudora,” an email application that tends to
engender a “love it or hate it” relationship with its users.
For the second part of the email demonstration, Jim Macak will talk about
email tips and etiquette.
Check the Double Click website for more meeting information.