# Thursday, 05 February 2015

Recently I was at a user group meeting about Xamarin. During the session several Macbooks were used. One of presenters wanted to zoom in on something on screen just like he would on Windows with the built in tooling. Turned out to be nobody in the room actually knew how to do it. To add a little disclaimer: we were all heavily Microsoft .NET users who usually spend 90% of their day in Visual Studio, on Windows.

As I didn’t know the answer either, but since a couple of months also use a Macbook pro at work as my main working machine I wanted to know as it’s a neat little feature while doing presentations. Just to step aside: why a Macbook pro when you’re doing .NET development? Well, turns out to be more and more developers are doing so as I noticed at work and not only there. The hardware is very nice and you can run Windows virtually pretty easily on it. I use Parallels myself at the moment but noticed others are making use of alternatives as well.

So how to do it?

1. Open System Preferences

And click the Accessibility icon.

SystemPreferencesMac

Proceed to step 2.

2. Zoom settings

Click on the Zoom item in the listbox and there you’ll notice different ways of turning on or off for easy zooming. You can either make use of scrolling (with 2 fingers on the trackpad while holding a key) or making use of a keyboard shortcut combination

ZoomKeyboardAndTrackpadSettings

Neat!

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 05 February 2015 03:37:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 03 November 2007

I just installed succesfully Vista Ultimate on my MacBook Pro with the bootcamp utility. Quite easy to setup actually. You just need to keep in handy your Vista install DVD and the Leopard installation DVD for the necessary extra driver installations to get the hardware to work. Aero works like a charm and the speed is also very nice. I still need to figure out where all the keys are located and which works and which doesn't but up untill now it looks promising.

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 03 November 2007 11:24:41 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 28 October 2007

Like the title says, I bought Leopard and installed it on my MacBook Pro. Works like a charm. 1 thing I already like is the new stack possibility. I'm eager to see how Windows 7, as it's codenamed for the moment, will also provide this feature in 2010 when it ships.

Another thing that I really like to try out in the coming weeks is Bootcamp, or the possibility to install Windows on a Mac. The reason I want this is because my MacBook Pro has a decent 3D video card while my DELL laptop has none (so no fancy Areo for this fellow at the moment).

The installation, or better stated update, of Leopard went smoothly. I'm not sure if I'll be using Time Machine for now as it's merely a play thing at the moment for me instead of a hardcore development environment. I guess we'll see what the future will hold.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 28 October 2007 01:15:24 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 20 October 2007

I was just working on my new macBook pro reading my blog news when I stumbled upon this news: Popfly beta by Somasegar. I had the Silverlight plugin already installed on my Windows Vista/IE7 but wanted to try it out on Mac OSX too. I tested with both Safari and Firefox and both worked very smoothly. Nice to see that Microsoft also provides their plugins for other OS.

Talking about Silverlight, did you know that on October 31st my friend Gill Cleeren will be presenting the next MSDN evening about Silverlight? If you didn't register yet you'd better hurry. I already played with some of the quickstarts but hope to start developing with Silverlight soon.

Also I obtained a copy of NDepend. I haven't played with it but after my next deadline, coming wednesday, I'm planning to let it loose on the code we produced during our last SCRUM iteration.

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 20 October 2007 18:31:03 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |