Dropbox Officially Supports Mac OSX Preview Icons

I’m a HUGE fan of Dropbox, the file syncing/sharing/versioning service that does an amazing job while completely getting out of the way. One annoyance, though, is that in order for Dropbox to put status icons on top of file thumbnails, the thumbnail previews in OS X were disabled. This made it frustrating to work on files stored inside of a Dropbox synced folder. A while ago, I wrote about some manual tweaks I had found that could get your icon previews back.

Today the official Dropbox Twitter account posted a tweet linking to this post on the Dropbox forums, announcing a new beta build that brings official support for Quicklook preview icons in OS X while retaining Dropbox status badges. I loaded it up and in the few seconds I’ve clicked around my Dropbox files everything seems to be working perfectly.

Old Dropbox with no preview icons

Dropbox with status badges and preview icons

This change makes it so much easier to work within my Dropbox synced folders, and I can’t express how happy I am that the Dropbox team pulled it off. If you haven’t checked out their service before, please head to their website and watch their video ASAP.


Google Quick Search Box is Quicksilver Reincarnate

Via: The Apple Weblog

Google has released a beta of it’s open source search box application for the Mac, Quick Search Box [Google Blog Post]. From the looks of things, it shares a lot with Quicksilver, the amazing application launcher (and more) that was recently abandoned by developer Nicholas Jitkoff and made open source. It makes sense, because Nicholas Jitkoff is one of the developers of Google’s latest effort.

Google Quick Search Box

It’s great to see the project going forward, even in a new skin under a new name. With the resources and exposure it will get as a Google Project it will have the opportunity to attract a lot more users.

Get Netflix on the Mac

If you have Netflix and a Mac, surely you’ve been frustrated that you’ve been locked out of Watch Instantly since it was launched long ago. Today Netflix started allowing Mac users to opt-in to the Mac streaming beta. To get your account added, head over to http://www.netflix.com/silverlightoptin and install the Microsoft Silverlight plugin. Apparently there is a 5 device limit to the beta, so keep that in mind as you activate computers. Hopefully it will go away after the beta is over.

Via: VentureBeat

Adobe Lightroom: Aperture Alternative

Like most people, I was pretty excited when I heard about Apple’s Aperture photo management/editing program. However, 90% of my photo work is done on my Windows Desktop, as the 12″ display on my Powerbook isn’t all that great for dealing with a lot of high resolution images at one time. The 60gig hard drive is also an issue, compared to the 600+ gigs I have in my desktop.

Today Adobe shed some light my way, with the release of a beta for their Aperture-esque app, Lightroom (free download), as read in this macrumors.com post. Lightroom seems to work in a lot of the same ways as Aperture. Adobe has released it as a public beta for OSX, and a Windows version is on the way. I’ve put the OSX beta on my Powerbook, and it looks like a slick interface. It is cluttered and sluggish on my 12″ though. The big deal for me personally is the promise of a Windows version to follow, because until I get a large Apple Desktop, an Aperture-like program hasn’t been a possibility for me. I’ve been using RAWShooter combined with a manual file management system, but I’m looking forward to the way Lightroom and Aperture use metadata to find images, instead of dates and thumbnails like I currently use. (I should investigate working Picasa into my workflow in the meantime…)

Well that was a bit ranty. In any event, if you’re a photographer using OSX, check out the beta and see what you think. This is our opprotunity to give Adobe feedback on how to make this the best app possible. I’m very excited by what I see right now, and I’m looking forward to the near-future for digital photo management/editing software.

To get much more info on Lightroom than I can give, check out this excellent preview/user-guide.