Graphic Arts IT guy

I’ve had a lot of questions about Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, so rather than present them separately I will present them together.

Connecting to servers is not simple, at first

With Leopard, Apple has simplified the way we connect to servers and other computers that have enabled file sharing. However the simplification has also confused a number of users.

In past versions of the system, you would connect to another machine from the Finder with the Go menu. You could either choose “Connect to Server” or press “Command K” on the keyboard. Then enter either the server’s IP address or local name. You click the “Browse” button, which took you to the “Network” window where Macintosh computers would be grouped under My Network and Windows computers would be grouped under the workgroup name.

There is a new “simplified” way to connect to remote computers. In the Finder, open a new Finder Window (Command N) where you will see a list of resources on the left. (If you don’t see the list on the left press the white lozenge in the upper right corner.) Normally the list shows “Devices”, “Shared”, “Places” and “Search For”. Under the “Shared” items you should see the various computers and servers that appear in your network. To connect to another computer, simply click on the name. If Guest access is turned on you will instantly “Connect as: Guest”. However, Guest access is usually limited.

To connect as an authenticated user with more privileges, you can click the “Connect As‚Ķ” button in the upper right. Then you will get the familiar login prompt. You then enter your login name and the password on the remote computer. Now you have more privileges than a guest.

Mysterious Black Boxes abound

A user recently reported that she had black boxes appearing in her QuarkXPress document and that it had spread to the Mac. The real culprit was Universal Access’s Voice Over feature. In order to make Macs more accessible, Voice Over reads dialog boxes and menus to users with impaired vision. To aid the user, the feature also adds black boxes around the currently active area.

The mysterious black boxes appeared when the operator pressed “Command F5”, which in the past was the QuarkXPress short cut key to “send to back” and move a selected object to the back of a layout. In Mac OS X 10.5, “Command F5” turns on Voice Over. To get rid of the black boxes simply press “Command F5” again. The “Send to Back” command in QuarkXPress is now “Shift F5”.

Fixing printing with QuarkXPress and Acrobat Pro

It may seem that printing in Leopard is not ready for prime time. Many users have found that in order to get QuarkXPress to print in Leopard they have to make a PDF and then print the PDF. Printing directly doesn’t work for them…but then there are others who cannot print with the Adobe PDF virtual printer. Apple has also changed the printing functions in Leopard—the PPDs that control how printers are sent files have been moved, causing confusion.

Released before Leopard, Acrobat Professional initially was not compatible with Mac OS X 10.5. Adobe has since released version 8.1.2 of Acrobat Professional. Run, don’t walk to install this update and your PDF printing problems will vanish.

Additionally Quark has made their “Quark CUPS Filter” available to fix printing issues with their QuarkXPress application. Installing this patch and restarting the computer will correct many issues that prevent pages from printing directly.

Suitcase Con-fusion

If you are planning to or if you have upgraded to Suitcase Fusion you may be surprised to find that many of your fonts are “Missing” or cannot be “previewed”. There is an issue with the database or font vault that Suitcase uses. This problem most often occurs when you use the Migrate option to move to a new Mac.

Before you move to the new Mac, download the “Export Suitcase Sets” AppleScript from squarecirl . It will allow you to export your Suitcase vault and then import it onto the new Mac.