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Setup for iMac

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:47 am
by a blue tank
My bro - a new iMac (Leopard) user - is having touble app-switching between bzflag and, say, Skype. He's used to using Windows, where Alt-Tab would do this. He can't find the iMac equivalent. And he can't work out how to add a -window switch to the bzflag entry in his application menu. I can't help him either, since as a Windows and Linux user, I don't know where stuff is on the iMac (and I'm in a different country). I tried writing a bash script to start bzflag in a window for him, but then he couldn't make the damn thing executable, so that was a waste of time.

So, iMac users: Setup advice please. (And make it idiot proof please!)

Edited: s/Mac/iMac/

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:04 pm
by Tedius
There is no app-switching when BZ is in Full Screen Mode. To get out of Full Screen press F1, and then hit Command(apple)-Tab.

Of course you can also hit F9, F10, and F11, for cooler ways to switch programs.

As for creating an executable, your bash script should probably work just as in Linux, Terminal is in the Utililties Folder, type sudo chmod 777 <yourfile>

If someone has a cool way of making the .app file open automatically in a sized window, I'd love to hear it.

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:51 pm
by that exploding tank
Even in windowed mode (F1), though, you still can't move your mouse out of the bzflag window, making app-switching impossible. I don't know about F9-11, though.

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:57 pm
by Jefenry
that exploding tank wrote:Even in windowed mode (F1), though, you still can't move your mouse out of the bzflag window, making app-switching impossible. I don't know about F9-11, though.
To fix that, go to Options->Input Settings->Confine Mouse->No.

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:49 pm
by Ralph
Another iMac question: How do you lock on GM when you've only got one button on your mouse?

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:15 pm
by blast
Ralph wrote:Another iMac question: How do you lock on GM when you've only got one button on your mouse?
Use the keyboard equivalent. I believe the default is 'i'. This can be configured in the key mapping.

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:35 pm
by Tedius
Ralph wrote:only got one button on your mouse?
There only *appears* to be one mouse button. Go to Applications>System Preferences>Keyboard and Mouse.

You'll find that there are more things your mouse can do than you've ever imagined possible.

Edit: Also, even while you have mouse confined in the window, you should be able to Command-tab to different programs.

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:37 pm
by F687/s
> You'll find that there are more things your mouse can do than you've ever imagined possible.

Unless you've got a hockey puck.

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:00 am
by snick
that exploding tank wrote:Even in windowed mode (F1), though, you still can't move your mouse out of the bzflag window, making app-switching impossible.
Command+Tab will work in windowed mode
even if the cursor is confined.

Cheers,

Snick.

Re: Setup for iMac

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:23 am
by snick
a blue tank wrote: And he can't work out how to add a -window switch to the bzflag entry in his application menu. I can't help him either, since as a Windows and Linux user, I don't know where stuff is on the iMac (and I'm in a different country). I tried writing a bash script to start bzflag in a window for him, but then he couldn't make the damn thing executable, so that was a waste of time.
There are several ways of going about this. Here's one:

[1] Run "Script Editor". It should open with a two-paned view.

[2] In the upper pane type this single line:

do shell script "/Applications/BZFlag.app/Contents/MacOS/bzflag -window"

If BZFlag isn't in "/Applications", you'll need to specify a different
start to the path. Do not omit the quotation marks!

[3] Select "File->Save As..." from the Script Editor menu and
save the script. Be sure to select the "Application bundle"
file format and untick "Startup Screen".

You should now have a clickable app that will start up BZFlag
in windowed mode.

Cheers,

Snick.

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:14 pm
by a blue tank
Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

wow

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:13 pm
by Evanejk
to use the same shift+f1, f2, f3... functions on mac use fn+shift+f1, f2, f3... to lock on use apple click. fn+f1 makes the window small