If you’re looking for a quick way to preview your fonts on a mac, Finder is here to help you. Assuming that you have OSX 10.5 Leopard, just open up Finder and browse to your fonts directory (they should be in the Library/Fonts directory by default). Select “Cover Flow” view and you can see the first letter of the alphabet rendered in the selected font.
Whether you’re a user interface designer, a programmer, or even a customer just trying to convey what you want done, Basalmiq’s Mockup is the best tool I’ve found for mocking up what a screen or web page needs to look like. Every once in a while I need to come up with a user interface design that I know will change the moment a few of us get into a room and start to talk to each other. I’ve done this on whiteboards, in Photoshop, on paper and even using real code. I’ve even tried software like Visio, and a freeware program called Denim to do these mockups. Each of these has its downsides, but most of all I end up thinking more about the tool than the design I’m trying to work on.
In a previous article (Show Hidden Files in Mac OS X Finder) Craig described how to change your Finder settings to always view all the hidden files on your system. If you would rather not leave them visible, then here’s a simple way to get to hidden directories when you need to.
In Mac Mail, when replying to an e-mail, the default action is for it to quote the entire e-mail that you are replying to. If you want to quote only part of the e-mail in your reply, then the fastest way is to highlight that portion of the e-mail in the original e-mail, BEFORE hitting the reply key.