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Making iWeb Work with Firefox 3

If you recently updated your Firefox browser to version 3.0, you may have experienced some issues with Photo Album pages, Photo Slideshow pages, and with blog comments. Fortunately for iWeb ‘08 users, there’s an easy fix—make sure you’re running version 2.0.4 (or later) of iWeb ‘08. You can check the version number by choosing iWeb > About iWeb. If you don’t have the latest version of iWeb ‘08 installed, use Software Update on your Mac (available under the Apple menu or in System Preferences) to check for and install the update.

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Changing the Size of Things in the Sidebar

I recently received an email message asking, “Does your new ebook about customizing Leopard show how to increase the size of the icons in the Finder sidebar? Thanks.” Unfortunately, as far as Matt (and I) can figure out, there is no way to increase the size of the icons or of the text. However, if a way of customizing them does come along, we’ll certainly want to mention it here and in any future versions of the ebook.

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Syncing in Tiger with MobileMe

In order to take advantage of MobileMe under Tiger, you need to update to Mac OS X 10.4.11. (Yes, Tiger now goes to 11!) On top of that, to use MobileMe’s Web applications, you should run Safari 3 for Tiger or use Mozilla FireFox version 2 or 3. You can read more details about MobileMe, syncing, and Tiger in the TidBITS article, MobileMea Culpa: Apple Apologizes and Explains Tiger Situation. Scroll down a little to find the heading about Tiger.

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Giga Designs Kaput

On page 11, I mention Giga Designs, manufacturers of CPU upgrade cards for Macs. The company has apparently gone out of business, and the URL I included no longer works. Therefore, I would not recommend trying to install Leopard on a Mac that uses a Giga Designs processor upgrade, as you may have trouble getting it to work initially and will be unable to get any support in the future.

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More Custom iWeb Themes

Are you bored with the 26 themes that come with iWeb 2? You might want to consider trying some of the new third-party themes that are available:

  • In early June, Jumsoft announced ten new iWeb themes that can spark your Web design imagination. The themes are priced at $9.99 each, or you can buy the entire pack of themes for $69.99. My personal favorite themes from this collection are the sparse, paper-like Simple Info and the pastel-and-plastic Business.
  • iPresentee has a well-designed set of five new themes, each priced at $10 ($20 for the set of five). I liked the happy and bright Playable theme, and the animated Orange Light theme could be useful for a number of businesses.
  • Lamiavia has expanded on their line of custom iWeb 2 themes, now offering a total of 20 excellent designs.

All these third-party themes come in a number of page styles (usually six or eight per theme), and have special installer programs to make adding the themes to iWeb a snap.

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Transferring Files with iChat

Reader Jack B. wrote in recently to remind us that you can transfer files via iChat, though not with the iChat screen-sharing feature. To accomplish a transfer, just drag a file from your Finder and drop it on a buddy’s name in the AIM Buddy List window. (Presumably you could also drag a file to a name in the Bonjour List window.) In our email exchange, I commented that I’d found the iChat file-transfer feature to sometimes not work. Jack noted that he has to zip folders before he can transfer them and that JPEGs don’t seem to be working for him under Leopard, though they did previously. He also suggested if the drag-and-drop method doesn’t work, choosing Buddies > Send File or having one or both people involved in the chat quit and relaunch iChat.

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PureFTPd Manager

I’m embarrassed to say that I just now noticed that PureFTPd Manager, a Mac OS X package that allows you to install and work with a great FTP server, was updated last fall to work with Leopard. The software, which is donationware, lets you use PureFTPd, a high-quality FTP server with an enormous number of configuration options. PureFTPd Manager gives you a control-panel-like interface to set each of these many options. If you’re planning on setting up any Mac as an FTP server, I cannot recommend Leopard’s built-in FTP server due to its limitations. PureFTPd I recommend wholeheartedly.

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MobileMe

Apple has announced that as of early July 2008, the new MobileMe service will replace .Mac. Among other things, this means that you’ll be able to receive mail at your-.Mac-member-ID@me.com in addition to your existing mac.com address. More significantly, changes you make to email (as well as calendars and contacts) will be immediately “pushed” up to Apple’s servers and, from there, back down to your other Macs, iPhone, iPod touch, or even Windows PCs, meaning (I hope) the end to many syncing problems. The webmail interface will get some useful new features, too. Until MobileMe is officially released, I can’t say for sure how, if at all, it will affect the use of Mail, but my suspicion based on what I’ve read is that almost everything will continue working just as it did before. If that turns out to be incorrect, I’ll add new information here when the time comes.

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