Finder button to reveal or collapse sidebar and toolbar

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When you mount a DMG file for example when installing an app, the default style of Finder window displayed is one without the sidebar and toolbar as shown above. You can easily show the sidebar and toolbar by clicking on the button on the top right corner of the Finder window.

You can hide or display the sidebar or toolbar individually from the Finder View menu. The inconspicuous top-right button allows you to hide or show both sidebar and toolbar together with a click. Hiding both sidebar and toolbar makes the Finder window much cleaner to work with.

What to expect next week: Mac OS X Lion, new MacBook Air, Mac Pro and LED Cinema Display

This is a rumor roundup of what can we expect from Apple next week:

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

A Gold Master (GM) build of Mac OS X Lion is delivered to Apple developers July 1 and Apple has publicly mentioned that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will release in July. Apple has also started accepting Lion apps into its Mac App Store starting this week July 13, suggesting a public release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is very near.

LED Cinema Display

Picture of  a MacBook Pro connected to two LED Cinema Displays daisy-chained via Thunderbolt suggested great possibility of a refresh of LED Cinema Displays sporting Thunderbolt connectors.

Mac Pro

The last Mac Pro refresh happened on August 2010. It’s about time for a refresh as the current Mac Pro is sporting the last generation Intel CPUs and lacks the high speed Thunderbolt ports expected in high-end Macs. All signs point to a debut of new Mac Pro together with Thunderbolt equipped LED Cinema Display.

MacBook Air

There has been rumors of a MacBook Air refresh ever since Intel debut its Sandy Bridge processor beginning this year. The last AirBook Air refresh was October 2010. Many expect the new MacBook Air to sport the latest Sandy Bridge processor, bigger RAM and disk, Thunderbolt port and backlit keyboard.

Apple releases Aperture 3.1.3

Apple updates Aperture to version 3.1.3, a point release that contains lots of improvements. Released ahead of the impending Mac OS X Lion, Aperture 3.1.3 undoubtedly contains compatibility fix with Lion.

This update supports general compatibility issues, and also addresses overall stability and performance. Minor issues addressed include the following:

  • Improves reliability and performance when syncing web-published albums
  • Slideshow exports are now handled as a background operation
  • Crop tool now correctly supports use of gestures to define crop size
  • Gesture support can now be enabled or disabled in Preferences
  • Fixes an issue that could cause a blank sheet to display when placing a book or print order
  • Published MobileMe, Facebook and Flickr albums now appear in a Web section in the Projects Inspector
  • Shift-clicking snapshots on the Faces corkboard now allows you to make contiguous selections
  • Metadata presets are now correctly applied to imported audio files
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when trimming audio in full screen mode
  • Resolves various issues when adding names to Faces using accented, Japanese, Korean or Simplified Chinese characters
  • Improves stability when browsing video clips
  • Addresses reliability of library repair and rebuild

The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3.

If your Aperture is purchased on retail boxes, the update is via Software Update. If you purchased Aperture from the Mac App Store, update is available within the Mac App Store app.

Aperture 3.1.3 Support Document

OS X 10.6.8 available for your Mac

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Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.8 update for Snow Leopard via the usual Software Update.

The 10.6.8 update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

  • Enhance the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion
  • Resolve an issue that may cause Preview to unexpectedly quit
  • Improve support for IPv6
  • Improve VPN reliability
  • Identify and remove known variants of Mac Defender

14 Differences Between Windows and OS X For Mac Beginners

If you are new Mac users coming from years with MS Windows, some minor adjustment is necessary due to the differences in respective operating system, but none is too intimidating. The following 14 differences highlights the essential ones to get you up to speed with Mac OS X.

### 1. [Command ⌘] Key

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There is no [Windows] key in Mac off course. Instead you have the [Command ⌘] key. Usage however is entirely different.

In Windows, the Ctrl key is used for keyboard shortcuts for the graphical user interface elements. For example [Ctrl-c] to copy, [Ctrl-x] to cut and [Ctrl-v] to paste. But Mac has kept the Ctrl key to its default usage as per its Unix heritage, and use the Command ⌘ key instead for graphical user interface. Thus you use [⌘-c] to copy, [⌘-x] to cut and [⌘-v] to paste.

If you’re coming from Unix background, it is more logical and less confusing by not mixing Ctrl key for graphical usage. This is especially true for those who are used to using Ctrl keys, for example [Ctrl-c] to end a process, [Ctrl-a] to move to beginning of line, [Ctrl-e] to go to end of line, [Ctrl-k] to erase line etc.

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