Changing the Default JPEG Opener
I would like to know how to change the default application for a JPEG file. Let me explain: If I have downloaded a photo from the Internet and my default application for JPEG pictures was QuickTime PictureViewer, it will be saved as a Picture Viewer file. But if I have now decided that I wanted to view this picture with Goldberg, which is a picture application that doesn’t allow any editing functions (except copy-paste, which I can’t use because it would be too long), how can I do it? Does all this have to do with what Internet Explorer calls the “file creator” (which is “pig2” for Goldberg and “ogle” for PictureViewer?
There are a few ways to tackle this. The least technical is to use the File Translation tab of the File Exchange control panel. Then, find a JPEG file set to be opened with QuickTime PictureViewer and map that file to Goldberg. Now, whenever you double-click a QuickTime JPEG file, it will open with Goldberg. (I have done this to make TeachText and SimpleText documents open in SimpleEdit.)
You can also go to Internet Explorer’s preferences and select File Helpers. Sort these by extension and scroll down to the jpe, jpeg, and jpg entries. Then assign those files to Goldberg.
Another solution is to use an AppleScript applet designed to change the creator of any JPEG file dragged on it to Goldberg. There are plenty of sample scripts that do this type of task. —Gregory Tetrault
A Simple Mac CAD Program?
Is there a design programme that would enable me to set up a grid on the page, and on that grid measure out and draw an object? The objects in this case are the various timbers of an old-time sailing ship. Ideally the programme would enable me to draw out one side of the frame and then ask it to add another, identical, side, reversed, on the other side of the keel. I am sorry to sound so vague. I know this could be done on a simple CAD programme, but such a thing doesn’t seem to exist in the Mac world. Your help and suggestions would be much appreciated.
You are correct that a CAD program would do this for you. One option is CADintosh, a shareware program by the author of GraphicConverter. Another option would be something along the lines of AppleWorks which has a very good, albeit basic, drawing component that should suit your needs quite nicely. —Eric Blair and Evan Trent
I was wondering if you happen to know where I might be able to download a QuickTime version (or whatever) of the think different ad “here’s to the crazy ones.” I have a friend that used to have it and lost it in a system crash. I was trying to find it for her again.
I appreciate your efforts to get this article online. I could not find the help I needed in several networking books and I find it for “free” right here.
Great asset to both the Mac and the PC-using community. Thanks!
Could I do this using a wireless network? What would be different in the setup? I know Apple has AirPort which is pretty fast (11 Mbps). AirPort cards only work on Macs, right? Could I use an AirPort card on the Mac and a compatible card (IEEE 802.11b) on the PC? Would they be able to communicate?
Yes, it works. The setup depends what type of card you have on the PC. I have an AirPort network here, and a friend uses his PC laptop to connect. However, with his card (Linksys) I had to disable WEP password protection to make it work. Since you can use a closed network with access control, and since WEP is easily breakable, it’s not such a big loss. —Evan Trent