Get the most out of Mojave!

Learn what's new in macOS 10.14 Mojave and how to put its numerous
great features to use with Take Control of Mojave by Scholle McFarland.

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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MyFonts.com: A Great Place to Shop

Ebook reader G.M. recently wrote in to tell us about his experience shopping with MyFonts.com, one of the vendors that Sharon recommends in her various Take Control ebooks about fonts. He wrote, “I have purchased numerous fonts through this site over the past several years. They have a policy (which may apply to only some vendors, but perhaps to all) of providing notices about free updates to any fonts that you have purchased. The most surprising such update came not too long ago for a font family (Rayuela) which had been upgraded with several additional weights, all of which was free, even though those weights did not exist when I purchased the family several years ago. Kudos to this online vendor.”

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Update to Take Control of Switching to the Mac 1.5

Take Control of Switching to the Mac version 1.5 covers Vista, Leopard, and more, while retaining information about Windows XP and Tiger. Look in the Read Me First section for a more detailed list of what’s new, complete with clickable links and page references for some of the new content.

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Make Sure Your User Account Password is Leopard-Ready

If your user account has no password, or if the password has 8 or more characters and was originally created in Mac OS X 10.2.8 or earlier, you could be unable to log in after installing Leopard. To prevent this problem, follow these steps:

1. Open the Accounts pane of System Preferences.

2. Select your account in the list on the left.

3. If the lock icon in the lower left corner of the window is locked, click it and enter your password to unlock it.

4. Click Change Password. Then:

  • If you previously had no password, leave the Old Password field blank; enter and verify a new password, and click Change Password.
  • If you have a password with 8 or more characters, and you think you might have created it in Mac OS X 10.2.8 or earlier, enter your old password, enter and verify a new password with 7 or fewer characters, and click Change Password.

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p>You can change your password back to what it was previously, after upgrading to Leopard. (This information was taken from Take Control of Upgrading to Leopard.)

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Make Sure Your User Account Password is Leopard-Ready

If your user account has no password, or if the password has 8 or more characters and was originally created in Mac OS X 10.2.8 or earlier, you could be unable to log in after installing Leopard. To prevent this problem, follow these steps:

1. Open the Accounts pane of System Preferences.

2. Select your account in the list on the left.

3. If the lock icon in the lower left corner of the window is locked, click it and enter your password to unlock it.

4. Click Change Password. Then:

  • If you previously had no password, leave the Old Password field blank; enter and verify a new password, and click Change Password.
  • If you have a password with 8 or more characters, and you think you might have created it in Mac OS X 10.2.8 or earlier, enter your old password, enter and verify a new password with 7 or fewer characters, and click Change Password.

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p>You can change your password back to what it was previously, after upgrading to Leopard. (This information was taken from Take Control of Upgrading to Leopard.)

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