Friday, 17 June 2016

Tips and Tricks for your MacBook


  • Keyboard shortcut to lock your screen
    • Control+Shift+Eject is the keystroke for Macs with an Eject key, and for external keyboards.Control+Shift+Eject is the keystroke for Macs with an Eject key, and for external keyboards.
    • Control+Shift+Power is the keystroke for Macs without the eject key, like the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina.
  • set host name in mac
    • sudo scutil --set HostName name-you-want
  • Take screenshot
    • Press Command + Shift +3 (for whole screen)
    • Press Command + Shift + 4
    • Move the crosshair pointer to where you want to start the screenshot.
    • (for window screenshot) Press the Space bar. The pointer changes to a camera pointer
    • Drag to select an area. ...
    • When you've selected the area you want, release your mouse or trackpad button. ... 
    • NOTE : screenshots will be saved on your desktop 
  • Install  Homebrew - Package manager for OS X.Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t.
  • Install gradle -  brew install gradle
    • To upgrade any brew module do following -
      • brew update
      • brew upgrade gradle 
     
     
  • Install nodejs and npm - brew install node 
  • Enable and Use the ‘locate’ Command in the Mac OS X Terminal - Run following in console
    •  sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist 
    • NOTE :  It will take time for database to build
  • Show Desktop : The default is F11. On a MacBook you will have to press fn + F11, as the keys are used for controlling volume by default. OR Use ⌘ + F3 on Mavericks and newer Macbook Pros. You can find more keyboard mappings in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts
  • To set environment variable for your user you can add it in ~/.bash_profile file. If it is not present you can create one. You can also set aliases here
    • vi  ~/.bash_profile
    • -------file content start-------
    • export ANDROID_HOME=/Users/athakur/Library/Android/sdk
    • export JAVA_HOME=/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk/Contents/Home/
    • export DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH=/Users/athakur/Documents/Softwares/instantclient_12_1
    • export PATH=$PATH:$ANDROID_HOME/platform-tools/:$DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH/:/usr/local/Cellar/subversion/1.9.4/bin/
    • alias ll='ls -la'
    • ------- file content end-------
    • Lastly don't forget source ~/.bash_profile to reload profile.
    • To verify you can execute echo $PATH
  • If you are not able to see external drives in your Finder go to Finder -> Preferences -> Sidebar and make sure External Disks are ticked under Devices section.
  • If you want to change default applications your  files open with you can follow my separate post - How to change default apps to open files with on the Mac(OSFG)  
  • If you are not able to access links while converting doc to pdf in mac refer - Resolving issue of losing links when saving word document to PDF in Mac (OSFG) 
  • There are multiple ways you can arrange and sort files in your Finder. You can right click and select "Show View options" and customize as per your wish -




  • Unlike the ZIP files, Apple’s MAC OS X does NOT include a built-in archive utility tool that you can easily use to open RAR files. Apple’s archive utility upports a number of file formats like ZIP, TAR and GZIP. It does not support RAR files.
    • You can use unrar utility for this. To install it using homebrew type following commands 
    • install : brew install unrar
    • unrar : unrar x <filename>
    • list files : unrar l archive.rar
  • Cider : TransGaming Technologies has developed a product called Cider which is a popular method among publishers to port games to Mac[citation needed]. Cider's engine enables publishers and developers to target Mac OS X. It shares much of the same core technology as TransGaming's Linux Portability Engine, Cedega. Public reception of games ported with Cider is mixed, due to inconsistency of performance between titles; because of this, “Ciderized” games are neither seen as the work of cross-platform development, nor as native, optimized ports. Both Cider and Cedega are based on Wine. Electronic Arts announced their return to the Mac, publishing various titles simultaneously on both Windows and Mac, using Cider. 
  • To Show hidden files and folders in Finder (Youtube)
    • run 'defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES' in command prompt 
    • relaunch Finder (Hold option button + right click on Finder and select relaunch)
  •  Soundflower : This is an Inter-application Audio Driver. Soundflower is a virtual audio device that provides an easy and simple way for Max/MSP and other applications
    to send and receive audio to and from any other application.  Running with very low latency and cpu usage, Soundflower allows each client application to use its usual buffer size.
    • You can get it here.
  • TBC...

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