Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Microsoft Messenger for Mac 7.0 Now Available

Microsoft's little chat program for Mac is not dead. In fact, it is very much alive, so much alive that it is now part of Windows Live.

The new version supports bonjour networking within your LAN. There is also a new search function inside the contact list that mimics Spotlight search. That's about all for the consumer side of it. The corporate features are a little bit more exciting, but I find them largely irrelevant to most Mac users.

So here's the thing: for all you iChat and Adium users out there, do you really care? As for me, I will stick with Adium, thank you very much!

But I would really like to know what you think, so I am running a little poll to find out what IM clients most people use on their Macs. Look for the poll at the sidebar to throw your lot in, if you are interested in adding your numbers to it. The poll will be held till May 16, 2008.

If you are so inclined in trying out Windows Messenger for Mac 7.0, by all means do so. You can download the program at Mac BU official website.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Note-taking in Preview 1: The Highlighter

We all do a little article research once a while. Whether you found the articles from online journals or through the course reserves in your college library, chances are, they come in PDF format. If you are like me, you wouldn't care to print the articles out; reading them in Preview does it, thank you very much.

When reading on paper, we like to make the black-and-white printouts a little more exiting by highlighting and note-taking at the side. Well, we can do just that in Preview.

In this series, I will share a couple of tips on article reading using Preview, starting with the virtual highlighter.

Text Highlighter in Preview

Let's say you have your text PDF file opened in Preview. Here are the steps to mark up a snippet of the text:

  1. Use your cursor to select(highlight) the text snippet.

  2. Look for the "Mark Up" function in the toolbar or under "Tools" in the menu bar.

  3. If you want the mark up to stay permanent, remember to re-save the PDF document.

That's it!

Use Different Colors

If you don't like the default color Preview assumes, or you like to use multiple colors just like you have many different highlighters in the physical world, you will love the color palette.

Goto Tools in the menu bar, and select "Show Colors". The color palette will show up on screen. I like to keep the color palette open side-by-side with the article I am reading, since I like change the mark up colors all the time. It is super handy!

That's it folks, more tips on Preview are on the way. Stay tuned!

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