Attempting an Aqua Icon

19 February, 2008
Final:
Can’t forget the gradients!

I noticed lots of round glares and different-but-related-color edges:
Originals:


Here’s a try. Looks more Windows XP-ish, though.

Quotes from some #macsb people on freenode:
perfectspiral: oh no, it’s a mugshot of the AOLman made out of aged jade
Arden: eek
Here’s another try. 

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Carbon Programming Tutorial

15 February, 2008

Apple removed the Carbon Moon Travel Planner tutorial from their website, but thank goodness for caches! In the upper right corner of this website, you can get the tutorial for Carbon programming in various file formats!

It’s sorta weird how Apple didn’t completely port Carbon to 64-bit, but the Finder is written in Carbon. Want proof? /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/AboutWindow.nib
If you open the inspector, you’ll see various Carbon-only things, like Controls, Commands, 4chr, etc. And most of the library things are HI*.
Note: you need the Developer Tools to view nib files

Office 2008 and Chinese Don’t Play Well Together

15 February, 2008


Sadly enough, Office 2008 and Chinese don’t play at all well together. As you probably know, the new versions of Office (for Windows and OS X) use Microsoft’s new Open XML file type, making the file extensions be docx, pptx, xlsx, etc. Being that I’m taking a Chinese class where the teacher has Office 2003, the teacher often sends us (the students) “legacy” Word documents and PowerPoint presentations to help us review or to assign as homework. However, since I upgraded to Office 2008, it seems that the Chinese characters get garbled. TextEdit to the rescue! TextEdit is finally becoming somewhat of a real word processing application with tables, fonts, styles, links, lists, and even a ruler! The first TextEdits didn’t really have all that. Anyway, I’ve included a screenshot of the same document in Word 2008 and TextEdit, and I plan to send a bug report to Microsoft. 

I got my dock on the right using TinkerTool, in case you like it.