# Tag Archives: leopard

January 21, 2008, 9:05 pm

My two weeks of poring through tenure and promotion portfolios, and writing recommendation letters for those up for tenure or promotion or annual review, are finally over with. It actually ended up being two weeks + 1 day. And those portfolio reviews, far from being dull, gave me tons of material that I would love to blog about — and never can. Oh well.

So I’m going to get back on the posting bandwagon slowly, starting with a three little tech-related  mini-posts.

1. I have finally got Maple 10 up and operational on my Macbook running  Leopard.  As I have written about before, this has been an issue from the day I installed Leopard. And it’s been an issue for many others as well, judging by the number of search engine referrals from queries like “Maple 10 Leopard FUBAR” or something similar. For some reason, the advice given in this email actually worked, although I had to do some …

December 17, 2007, 12:33 pm

# Possible fix for Maple 10 and Leopard

After getting some pretty lame advice from Maplesoft before, I emailed their tech support again regarding the Maple 10 vs. Leopard issue. (Namely, that Maple 10 dies a quick death every time I try to open it in Leopard.) This time, I got back some advice that actually seems to work. Here’s the text of the response email:

Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) is not currently supported by Maple. There are
plans on adding support for this OS to a future version of Maple, but
this does not include Maple 10 or Maple 11.

Users with Maple 10 and Leopard may find they need to edit the
info.plist file which is part of the Maple 10.app package. In order to
do this ctrl+click on the “Maple 10.app” and select “Show Package
Contents”. Then open the “Contents” folder. Open the info.plist file
with a text editor and search for “1.4+” and change this to “1.4*”. Save
this file and try to start Maple 10.

Note you may…

November 19, 2007, 11:51 am

# Leopard and OpenOffice

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I don’t run OpenOffice on my Macbook since I use MS Office or iWork for everything, but I have a ton of old OpenOffice files sitting around, left over from my Linux days when I did use OpenOffice. I just discovered that under Leopard, you can Quick-Look an OpenOffice word processing document (with the .odt format) even though OpenOffice is not installed:

And if you double-click an OpenOffice word processing document, it opens up — in TextEdit, fully formatted!

Maybe TextEdit played nicely with OpenOffice documents all along, but it’s still a nice discovery. Leopard’s got its quirks and flaws, but it also seems to have a lot of nice undocumented features like these…

November 11, 2007, 9:32 pm

# Icon soup

So I was trying to avoid thinking about how badly the Colts were playing tonight against San Diego by dinking around with Leopard some more. Specifically, I was trying to make a stack that contained aliases for my most commonly-used math-related applications: TeXShop, LaTeXiT, Excel, Sketchpad, and Maple. This way I could take five icons off the dock and replace them with a single stack that would fan out in that cool way Leopard does it.  So I made aliases for all five apps,  made a new folder, moved the aliases into the folder, and put it on the right side of the dock. The good news is that it works like it’s supposed to. The bad news is that the icon for the stack looks like:

It’s all five of the individual icons, layered on top of each other in an indistinct mess.

Is this happening because the icons are transparent? Anybody know how to make this go away, so that only one icon a…

November 7, 2007, 12:37 pm

# Riding in the Time Machine

As a sort of Part II of this post about my experiences with Leopard, I wanted to go into detail about Time Machine, Leopard’s always-on backup utility. When I first heard about this app coming in Leopard, I wasn’t excited; how excited can you possibly get about a disk backup utility? But this ended up being one of the Leopard features I looked forward to having the most, because it meant I could finally cross off that “Make backup of hard drive” task that had been sitting in my OmniFocus task list for… you don’t want to know how long.

It turns out that Time Machine does a decent job of what it is supposed to do — but there are some downsides and some things that aren’t working for me as advertised.

My plan was to put Time Machine to work using this 500 GB Iomega USB hard drive that I purchased over the summer specifically for archiving video, class files from the past decade, and…

November 5, 2007, 1:48 pm

# LaTeX-produced PDF's not looking right in Preview?

I’ve been noticing since upgrading to Leopard last week that PDF’s that are made using LaTeX do not always look right in Preview. Here’s the same PDF made using LaTeX (TeXShop, to be exact), opened three times in immediate succession using Preview (click to enlarge each):

The third one (rightmost) finally looks like it’s supposed to, but the other two have this strange-looking font substitution for text, and the math is just completely out of whack.

Again, this is the same PDF opened up, then closed, then opened again right after that, then again. No additional LaTeX builds were done. Also, the PDF viewer that comes with TeXShop had the same problems with fonts.
Anybody have a thought as to what’s going on here?

November 4, 2007, 8:33 pm

# A week with Leopard

Since I was sort of taking the week off from posting new material last week, I didn’t write much about my experiences with Mac OS X Leopard, which I put on the Macbook last Monday. The only thing was this report about troubles with Maple 10 on Leopard. As an update to that, I still haven’t gotten Maple 10 to fire up, and Maplesoft seems unwilling or unable to offer any substantive information on what’s happening. I only got one email that said they don’t support Leopard, and that I should reinstall the software. So, not really very helpful, and for all practical purposes the software is MIA.

Apart from that, Leopard has been an overall positive experience. The installation went fine, although stories about getting the Blue Screen of Death had me worried. I haven’t plumbed all 300+ new features of the OS yet, and perhaps I never will. But there are several standout features, which stand …

October 30, 2007, 9:10 am

I need to interrupt the stream of retrospective articles to throw out a question/bleg to the audience. I upgraded the Macbook to Mac OS X Leopard yesterday, and now Maple 10 is not working. I’ve always had troubles with Maple 10 crashing on startup — I usually have to force-quit and restart at least twice before it opens and stays open. But now, no amount of that is getting Maple 10 to open. It just tries to open and then does nothing.

This is a serious issue because most of the computer algebra system work I do in my classes is with Maple on the laptop. As you’d probably guess, there’s no mention of any Leopard-related issues in a Google search or on Maplesoft’s website. I have submitted a ticket to their tech support and was reassured that “within 2-4 business days” somebody would get back to me, but I have a feeling that the blogosphere is faster. (And I need a resolution sooner…

October 19, 2007, 8:00 am

• At Ars Technica’s Apple section, Jeff Smykil is wondering what the deal is with the shrinking size of Apple’s educational discounts. I’ve noticed this phenomenon too. They don’t offer discounts on iPods any more, and the discount for the forthcoming OS X Leopard is just $13 for the single-user license. Even Amazon.com is offering it for less.That’s a far cry from when I bought my iPod and Mac mini a couple of years ago, when I seem to remember getting a discount of something like 15%. (I should note that TUAW is reporting that college bookstores will be selling Leopard for around$69, and that Apple is moving away from offering educational discounts online, where it’s hard for a…