Mac Tiger quirks

I've upgraded to Tiger, and now I have problems changing the default to open
pic files with Photosphere
What I do:
select a .pic file - Get info
it will open with Preview - I tell it to open with Photosphere
I select "Change All" to make all my .pic file to open with Photosphere
I get a pop-up and I confirm that's what I want to do
I go back to the get info screen - and its set to open with Preview.

i can do it one at a time, but I can't get it to change all.

Anyone have any ideas?
I trashed ~Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist
Also ran Disk utlilty and repaired permissions
Any ideas?

here's some screenshots
http://homepage.mac.com/rastermon/PhotoAlbum2.html

BTW - Preview now opens hdr and exr files - which may be part of the problem

Rob F

Out of interest I did a small search in Apples support section and
found how to do it on a OS X server:

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On Tue, Aug 16, 2005 at 10:08:31 -0700, Fitzsimmons, Rob wrote:

I've upgraded to Tiger, and now I have problems changing the default to open
pic files with Photosphere
What I do:
select a .pic file - Get info
it will open with Preview - I tell it to open with Photosphere
I select "Change All" to make all my .pic file to open with Photosphere
I get a pop-up and I confirm that's what I want to do
I go back to the get info screen - and its set to open with Preview.

i can do it one at a time, but I can't get it to change all.

Anyone have any ideas?

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This article describes how to change the default application for
opening a particular a file.

The default application is the one which opens when you open a file.

Mac OS X Server matches applications with files they can open
automatically. You can't influence the available default applications
for files in any way other than by installing or removing applications.

To change a file's default application, follow these steps:

      1. In the Workspace Manager, select the file by clicking on it.
      2. Open the Tools menu and choose Inspector.
      3. Choose Tools from the Inspector pop-up menu.
      4. Select an application's icon from the center of the window.
      5. Click Set Default.

Don't know if this is any help on a workstation.

I trashed ~Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist

            ^ looks like this is in your HOME directory

If you only deleted your private copy Preview will use system defaults.
You need to change those but as far as I can tell Apple does not want
anybody to mess with the *.plist file(s). They look like some kind of
mime-type definition to me and would be the right place to do it.

BTW - Preview now opens hdr and exr files - which may be part of
the problem

"Opens hdr and exr" ... successfully? If so, *.plist definitions have
been replaced (I saw in an article that this would happen during the
update) and OS X simply does not know any more that there is another
application for these file types.

If it doesn't work, I think the *.hdr extension gets missinterpreted
as HDRI TIFF files and the default for TIFFs (Preview) is started.
I don't know *.exr; some species of JPEG?

OT: I was going to buy an iMac in the near future. But this short
    trip into Apple user information did put me off a bit. Everthing
    that looked halfway technical wasn't even mentioned on any of
    the pages. But that's exactly the kind of information I'm looking
    for when I have to consult manuals.

    I know there are a few MaxOS X user out there. How are your
    experiences with Radiance etc. on OS X? Do the Unix apps work
    in a one-mouse-button environment?

Any feedback is welcome,

Thomas

Hi Rob,

Did you try doing a "Get Info" from the Finder on a .pic file and telling it to set the default application for all files of this type to Photosphere? That's what I would try. It's better to use the .hdr suffix, because Macintosh PICT files sometimes use .pic rather than .pict as their suffix, and this confuses OS X no end. In particular, Tiger is always running it's mdimport application on .pic files, which takes forever to figure out that it's not actually a PICT file at all but a Radiance picture. The details of why this is are hard to explain and I'm not sure I understand them myself, so it's just better to use .hdr for Radiance pictures on the Mac. I should probably change rad to use this suffix by default, but it's hard to change a convention like that without breaking a lot of things other people have built on it.

-Greg

P.S. Regarding Thomas' comments *.exr is the OpenEXR format, and *.hdr is usually interpreted as Radiance format under OS X. The latest mouse from Apple is 3-button, and there is generally good support for third-party three-button mice. The one-button mouse works using the control- and option- keys, but it's a pain that way. There is a good set of OS X books available from O'Reilly, which may even be found as free PDFs online. My favorite is "Mac OS X for Unix Geeks," which I found on the web somewhere. I have the hardcopy as well, but I can't seem to locate the link at the moment -- maybe it was a fluke.

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On Tue, Aug 16, 2005 at 10:08:31 -0700, Fitzsimmons, Rob wrote:

I've upgraded to Tiger, and now I have problems changing the default to open
pic files with Photosphere
What I do:
select a .pic file - Get info
it will open with Preview - I tell it to open with Photosphere
I select "Change All" to make all my .pic file to open with Photosphere
I get a pop-up and I confirm that's what I want to do
I go back to the get info screen - and its set to open with Preview.

i can do it one at a time, but I can't get it to change all.

Anyone have any ideas?

Some idiot wrote:

Did you try doing a "Get Info" from the Finder on a .pic file and telling it to set the default application for all files of this type to Photosphere? That's what I would try.

Duh. You said you tried it and it didn't work, and I just tried it myself just now and it didn't work on my Mac, either. I guess they must have built the .pic recognizer in at some low level that can't be overridden. A mistake on their part, I would say. Once again, trying to protect the user from him/herself.

Sorry for the sloppy response -- trying to cram too many e-mails into too little evening again.

-G

Thanks for the tips, Greg.. looks like I'll b renaming my pics to hdr

I've been out on vacation and temporarily turned off delivery. San Juan
Islands were great, thanks for asking :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

So this is mainly a test to see if its back on.. I saw on the archives there
were messages that came after I turned it back on, (Aug29) but I have not
yet received any

Rob F

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-----Original Message-----
From: Fitzsimmons, Rob
To: 'Radiance general discussion '
Sent: 8/16/2005 10:08 AM
Subject: [Radiance-general] Mac Tiger quirks

I've upgraded to Tiger, and now I have problems changing the default to
open
pic files with Photosphere
What I do:
select a .pic file - Get info
it will open with Preview - I tell it to open with Photosphere
I select "Change All" to make all my .pic file to open with Photosphere
I get a pop-up and I confirm that's what I want to do
I go back to the get info screen - and its set to open with Preview.

i can do it one at a time, but I can't get it to change all.

Anyone have any ideas?
I trashed ~Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist
Also ran Disk utlilty and repaired permissions
Any ideas?

here's some screenshots
http://homepage.mac.com/rastermon/PhotoAlbum2.html

BTW - Preview now opens hdr and exr files - which may be part of the
problem

Rob F

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