fixed : what’s the location of Apple’s official Mac icons in OSX ?

Question :

I want to change the icon of my hard drive into an icon-sized picture of my Mac.

How do I do that ?

Answer :

For (nearly) every model of Mac, iPhone, iPad & iPod, the ‘official’ icon is already included inside OSX. If you want to use it, e.g. as an icon for a hard drive or folder, or as a profile pic on a website (a.k.a. an Avatar), you just have to did a little inside OSX…

– in the Finder, select “Go” in the top Menu-bar, and select “Go to folder” from the pulldown-list

– in the screen that opens, paste the following line :

/System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources

– now the folder that holds all Apple’s hardware icons and system icons will open

Note : be sure not to mess things up in this folder ! do not delete anything ! deleting or messing up could mean you will have to reinstall OSX !

– in this folder the hardware icon of (nearly) any Mac can be found, the names start with “com.apple.”

– find the Mac-icon you’re looking for, some examples :

aluminium iMac 27″ = com.apple.imac-unibody-27

black MacBook 13″ = com.apple.macbook-black

MacBook Air 11″ (2010 and newer) = com.apple.macbookair-11-unibody

MacBook Pro 13″ (with DVD-burner) = com.apple.macbookpro-13-unibody

– then right-click (CTRL-click) on it and select “Copy” from the popup-menu

– then close the folder (to avoid messing things up, keep this folder open no longer than strictly needed)

– then return to your Desktop (in the Finder) and right-click (CTRL-click) anywhere there

– then choose “Paste” from the popup-menu, and on your Desktop a .ICNS-file with the selected Mac as it’s icon will appear

– then, on the Desktop, right-click (CTRL-click) the icon of your hard drive (normally a generic hard drive icon named “Macintosh HD”) and select “Get Info” from the popup-menu

– then in the “Get Info”-window that opens, select the icon so it will get a blue (selection) glow around it

– then drag&drop the .ICNS-file from your Desktop onto the icon in the “Get Info”-window

that’s it !

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Note #1 :

if you would also like to give your generically named Macintosh HD a different name, go to the chapter “Name & Extension:” in the “Get Info”-window ; if the small triangle icon in front of it is pointing to the right, click on it to let it point down and the chapter will expand to reveal an entry box where you can type the name you want to give to your hard drive

Note #2 :

if you do not see your hard drive on your Desktop, go to “Finder” in the top Menu-bar and select “Preferences…” from the pulldown-menu ; in the “Finder Preferences”-window that opens, click on the “General”-tab/icon and put a checkmark at “Hard disks”

fixed : getting the Places location-tagging to work in iPhoto 9 (iLife ’11)

Question :

Since my digital photo camera doesn’t support GPS, I was using the Places function in iPhoto 8 to add the locations to my photos. But since I upgraded to iLife’11 and iPhoto 9, I can’t get any photo to accept the location I’m trying to add to it when in Places-mode ; I type the location, then my entry immediately disappears and nothing happens. How can I fix this ?

Answer :

iPhoto 9 versions 9.0, 9.1 and 9.2 have a bug which prevents you form adding locations to individual photos, so there’s only 2 solutions :

1- upgrade to iPhoto 9.3 (because in this latest update this bug seems to be fixed… this is by far the easiest solution)

2- or you can use use this workaround, which is based on the fact that in iPhoto 9.0, 9.1 and 9.2 you can still use the Places-functionality on complete Events :

– in iPhoto, go to Library (on the menu on the left) –> Events

– open the Event in which the photos are that you want to tag with a location

– select all photos (and only those) that were taken in one specific location

– go to Events (on the menu bar on top) –> Split Event and you will then have a separate Event containing only these photos

– then select this new event, and click on the ‘black circle with an I’ icon (a.k.a. Info) in the lower right corner

– now the Faces & Places pane will slide in from the right

– now select ‘Assign a Place…’ just above the map, and type in the name of the location that you want to tag on these photos

– if one of the suggestions that come up in the pull down menu is the location you want, click it – else, just leave it at the name you’ve typed yourself (FYI- iPhoto gets these suggested locations from Google and form the locations that you have previously assigned)

– now make sure that the flag is on the right place in the map

– then correct the name that is indicated for that flag to the name that you would like to remember this location by and press the ENTER-key to validate

– now your photos have the right location tag to it (check this by selecting one and seeing where on the map the Places-flag is)

– then go back to the Events-view by clicking on the black All Events arrow in the upper left

– then select the ‘untitled event’ and drag it (back) onto the event that these newly-location-tagged photos used to be in, to merge the two events back together (you might need to set the ‘Key Photo’ event-icon again)

– then go through this process again for every location that you want to tag…

…as I mentioned before : this is just a workaround, upgrading to iPhoto 9.3 is far easier…