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Socoder -> Hardware and Technology -> Jay Gets a Macbook

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Posted : Friday, 22 January 2021, 04:41
Jayenkai
Frequent Issue

Some of my spritesheets keep getting rotated 90 degrees, and I've just now realised why it's happening.
I'm coding in the text editor, Alt+tabbing over to the browser, hitting Alt+R to refresh and see the results..

.. except, sometimes it's accidentally Alt+tabbing to the explorer-folder window, instead.
And if I hit Alt+R on a highlighted image file, it rotates it...
GAWD!!!

(Explorer = Finder / Alt = Squiggly Circles)

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Posted : Saturday, 23 January 2021, 16:27
AndyH
Trackpads are a right pain in the palm for sure! I usually disable mine, although the one on the Surface is identical to apples. You can dull it down and disable the tap to click/select (it also does not have buttons, but you can physically click the whole pad at the top for left/right mouse buttons) which is good, becuase also like Apple's it has the two, three, four finger gestures - quite handy. This is one feature I did always like about my Macbook.

jay, I think you are enjoying all this misery really

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Posted : Saturday, 23 January 2021, 16:34
Jayenkai
...How are you guys typing?

My wrists are WAY over the top of the trackpad..

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Posted : Saturday, 23 January 2021, 17:57
steve_ancell
I'm typing with a nice clunky keyboard and using a normal mouse.
Posted : Saturday, 23 January 2021, 20:41
Pakz
I have no problems with the touchpad. The recent discovery that the volume can be set with it with 3 finger swipes is grand. I also set it to go to search with a 4 finger tap.
Posted : Sunday, 24 January 2021, 04:53
AndyH
There's a setting on mine (not sure if it is Window 10 or specific to this keyboard) to ignore palm touches and it works.

I can switch off 'taps' to click which was a right pain. I just wish I could switch off single finger touches and only respond the 2+ finger gestures which I use a fair bit, otherwise I would disable it completely (there is a setting to disable if a mouse is attached but that switches it off completely).

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Posted : Sunday, 31 January 2021, 05:00
Jayenkai
Ugh.. Can't open my old .psp layered image files in Pixelmator Pro..

Fortunately, it CAN open the incredibly oldskool .psd Photoshop exports that Paintshop Pro 7 can generate.
So, if I ever need old images (Like the original SoCoder ball image) I can open it in Windows PSP7, export it as Photoshop, then load that into Pixelmator Pro on the Mac.
.. Bit convoluted, but .. it works, at least.

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Posted : Monday, 15 February 2021, 16:13
Jayenkai
Still ToDo

1. I had to remote to Windows to get BlitzMax running, for that recent example I did.
Using Remote Windows is SUCH a pain in the arse, mostly because "Alt+Tab" results in MacOS flipping over to a different app, and you having to switch back all the bloody time.
Grrr.
Ctrl+Alt are flipped by the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, in some places, but not all, leading to a very frustrating experience.
In an ideal world, I'd have BMax or Cerberus or whatever, running on MacOS, but given the M1 and all of that gubbins, I'm not sure it can be done easily, or in a worthwhile way.

2. Related, I'm still occasionally having to flip over to use the odd little BMax tool, here and there. My weekly SmileBASIC games require a whole host of BMax scripts, like the one that converts jpgs to pngs and stuff. But a whole lot of that can and should be done in PHP. I need to rewrite those things, and see if I can once again reduce reliance on Windows.

3. I'm still having to flip over to Windows and PaintShop Pro 7 to fiddle about with a few artsy things. Most notably, Pixelmator Pro seems to have issues working with raw pixels when doing selections. It always makes the selection a vector based thing, which is of course extremely useful in places.. But doing pixel-based stuff can be a right pain.
As an example, trying to draw a none-anti-aliased text logo, and add a none-anti-aliased single pixel outline, has proven FAR too bloody difficult. Instead, I've found myself Copying in Mac, hopping over to Windows, pasting into PSP7, Ctrl-A, Ctrl-T, Expand 1pixel, Fill, Copy, Flip back to Mac, paste..
A LOT!!!
I mentioned it on Twitter, and the Pixelmator devs gave me an explanation as to "how to do it", to which I replied "no.. no, it doesn't.." and they went "Oh.. you're right!"
Hopefully they can figure something out that allows me to do what I want, without breaking what everyone else on the planet wants!!


.. But other than that.. I'd say I'm more or less Mac'd up, now.
I'm getting the hang of having to use Audacity, with it's bloody annoying "Save doesn't save where it loaded from" issues. Annoying as hell, but .. liveable.
FileZilla seems insistent on using Windows key commands, making it occasionally frustrating.
But .. yeah.. I'm coping.
Just about!

I should say, however, that even after 3.5 months of this, I've yet to properly attempt to make any use of Xcode, other than quick tests of things. I probably should, but everything's going so swimmingly, that I daren't spoil it all by screaming blue murder!!

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