Is scrolling really backward in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion?

In earlier versions of the Mac OS, dragging down the trackpad to scroll moved the page down. That really does not make sense. Put a paper on the table in front of you. Now, bring the bottom on the page into view. Did you move the paper down--or UP!

This is the logic behind the change in scrolling direction on the Mac. It is more “natural” to use the trackpad or the flat upper surface of the Apple Magic Mouse in this way.

Apple is slowly moving away from the mouse to the trackpad. This is a screen shot from the iMac page in the Apple Store. When we bought a new iMac a few weeks ago, we opted for the Magic Trackpad since both my husband and I are comfortable with trackpads in Apple’s portable computers.


If you don’t want to re-train your muscle memory (but you should), you can “fix” this behavior.

For the trackpad:


For the mouse:

mouse scrolling

There are more additions to mouse and trackpad behavior. Be sure to pay attention to the video lessons in the Mouse and Trackpad System Preferences.


Painting and Sketching on the iPad

I am working on a presentation for a meeting of an Interior Design group in this area. My topic is using the iPad as a part of their workflow. There are many areas of the topic that I know quite well, but I am no artist. While I understand the tools and techniques, my artistic skills are primarily in fiber arts.

I do know that the iPad is finding favor as a tool among many digital artists and design professionals. I see more and more works that have been produced or started on the iPad.

I keep a watchful eye for articles and application reviews that enable me to make good recommendations. Among my favorite sites is Macworld. They employ experts in many different areas and their articles and reviews are top-notch.

This link is for Sketchbook Pro for the iPad. It is mentioned in one of the articles below. I have several clients who tell me how good it is. One thing they like is the ability to save their work as a .psd file. Here is a Macworld review and another from idsketching

I also keep hearing ArtRage. It finds favor with artists who enjoy oil painting and water color because of its ability to truly mimic techniques they use on traditional media. Once again, here is the Macworld review.

Macworld also provides excellent how-to articles written by professional users. Be sure to check out these two written by Kyle Lambert.

How to use layers in iPad art

Understanding blend modes in iPad art

If you have a favorite article, technique or app, please add a comment below. Thanks!


Come to my party reinvented

We celebrated another family event this weekend, the first birthday of my youngest grandson. In the past, invitations were sent in the mail or by making telephone calls. Today, when my children plan a party, the invitations are frequently sent by using Evite. Using this free service, invitations are emailed to the guests. There are a wide variety of themes that can be used or you can upload your own photos or illustrations

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Click on the address, and you will be led to a Google map with the address already filled in, waiting to give you turn by turn directions.

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When a guest clicks to accept the invitation, the hosts will have a current response list. The hosts or any of the invited guests can go back to the web site to check up on the guest list at any time.

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Need to make a change to the party? Evite can handle that too.

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Perhaps, even better, Evite will send reminder notices to the guests.

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Evite is a free service. Although you do not have to sign up with them to view and respond to invitations, you do need to sign up to send invitations. The site makes money by selling advertising links. While there are plenty, they do not overcrowd the site.

While the older crowd may still prefer paper invitations, Evite has a lot going for it. Not only is it free, giving directions has never been easier and gently nudging your guests for RSVPs and sending reminders it very easy. Perhaps I will use Evite the next time I host a party!