HyperDock for Mac review

HyperDock for Mac lets you take a quick look at the windows you have open in each program when you hover over icons in the Dock. See thumbnails of both open and minimized windows in the same place, and quickly access the programs you need with one click through this app's intuitive and convenient interface.

When you install HyperDock, it will run from the System Preferences menu. To customize your user experience, you can set Preferences for Enabling Window Previews and Activation Delay Time in milliseconds. It's also possible to select whether or not you want to include … Read more

How to get to Expose view from the Dock in OS X

One of the more convenient features Apple has put in OS X is its Expose view for showing all windows of an application. While the implementation of this view has changed a little, its utility has been fairly consistent, allowing you to use a swipe gesture or F-key press to see what windows you have open and switch between them.

One early option Apple adopted for invoking Expose view was to click and hold an application's Dock icon; however, this was replaced with a contextual menu option that persists through the most recent versions of OS X. While this … Read more

Fix a Mac stuck in Expose view

One of the features in OS X is the Mission Control window management system, which will show you various views of current windows for a single application or all applications. The view for all windows for a single application is called "Expose," and as with other Mission Control features it should smoothly toggle on and off when triggered. However, there may be an odd occurrence or two where this view may get stuck and not shut off.

When this happens, it may appear that no application (including the Finder) will reactivate. While applications like iTunes may continue to … Read more

Fine-tune the Expose transition speed in OS X

Apple's Expose is a window-previewing feature where you can see a full-screen spread of every open document within an application. In this view you can select a desired document to bring to the front and work on, instead of having to switch applications and use the Window menu, or shuffle windows around to uncover a hidden one.

Expose is by default set up to smoothly transition windows from their default positions to the fullscreen layout with an animation that should take a little less than a second to complete.

However, some people may wish to have an instantaneous snap … Read more

Fifteen tips and tricks for OS X Mountain Lion you need to know

Whether you have been using Apple's latest operating system for the Mac, OS X Mountain Lion, for a while now, or you are just installing it, you'll benefit from reading through some of the tips below. Some of them are ways to improve on the overall experience, while others will bring back past functionality. Let's get started, shall we?

Preparing your Mac When upgrading the operating system, no matter your platform of choice, it's always a great idea to not go into it blindly. Be prepared, and more importantly, make sure you computer is prepared. Some … Read more

Restore classic Expose behavior in Mountain Lion

A new setting added to OS X in Mountain Lion restores a classic Expose behavior for viewing all windows on the screen.

Apple's Missions Control feature in OS X is an evolution (or perhaps devolution, depending on your perspective) of the Expose and Spaces feature that was introduced in OS X 10.5 Leopard. While options for multiple desktops are great for organizing work, in some of Apple's decisions with the move to Mission Control it left out some of the simple approaches to Spaces that users became accustomed to.

One of these features is the ability to … Read more

Photographer exposes MMORPG gamers in the meatspace

Photographer Robbie Cooper explores the modern convergence of personal and social identities in a portrait series that pairs gamers with their virtual avatars.

Cooper traveled around the world for three years, visiting places like Korea, China, France, and Germany to capture the online and in-person lives of MMO participants.

His photo project evolved into a photo book called "Alter Ego" that further scrutinizes the role of absorbed fantasy in the gaming metaverse through interviews, biographies, and essays.

The book also paints a range of identities behind the avatars. It's not just a bunch of oily adolescents mashing keyboards in a basement; Cooper's subjects range from a gold farmer in China, a paraplegic in Texas, and even an octogenarian who all teach a valuable lesson to never judge a gamer by his or her avatar.

Plenty more pictures of gamers and their avatars after the page break.… Read more

Mission Control in OS X: Don't forget the pinch

Apple's preferred methods for making use of its Mission Control feature in OS X are multitouch gestures that can be set up in the trackpad system preferences. The problem with this is that without exploring the multitouch options in OS X, then people may resort to common gestures and miss some options that Mission Control has to offer.

If you watch people at Apple Stores using the trackpads on Mac systems, it becomes rather apparent that most try it out by swiping their fingers all over it in one direction or another, using varying numbers of fingers to see … Read more

Preview window contents in Lion's Mission Control

Apple's Mission Control option in OS X Lion is useful for keeping track of windows and open applications, but its default view can be a bit limiting, especially if you have multiple applications and windows open.

For instance, if you open a few windows in Safari and TextEdit, then Mission Control will group both Safari's and TextEdit's windows and stack them on top of each other, making them difficult to see. If you then open a few other programs, the stacks of Safari and TextEdit windows in Mission Control will become even smaller, sometimes to the point … Read more

Are concrete speakers a solid idea?

If you thought your typical tower speakers were heavy, wait until you get a load of the Exposed concrete speakers. As a graduation project, Israeli industrial and product design student Shmuel Linski molded a pair of floor-standing speakers based on horn loudspeaker technology. The construction of the speakers is very basic, with the driver (full-range, we presume) at the top and the bass port at the bottom. The driver and port are linked by a 38-inch pipe, which isn't lined with any sound-absorbent material. Their weight: a hefty 123 pounds a pair.

We aren't sure what sort of impact concrete would have on audio fidelity, so it may be a good thing these aren't for sale yet. The designer is also a fan of making other stuff out of concrete. A coffee maker and a canoe--yes, you read that right--count among his other notable projects.

Solid idea? We'll have to wait till some audiophiles get their hands on these for a verdict.

(Source: Crave Asia via Stereophile) … Read more