Archive for August, 2008

Can’t attach a file in Mail.app? Enter a message first.

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Yesterday, it seemed as if Mail.app wouldn’t allow me to attach a file to a message all of a sudden. I created a new message to send a small file to our senior chemist, but the file just snapped back to the desktop. I quit and re-launched Mail, opened a new message, and got the same results. Logging out and back in, restarting, trying different files… all with the same results. I was baffled, and I was preparing for drastic measures like rebuilding my mail accounts or re-installing Mail.

It turns out, there’s a small bug in Mail.app that prevents attaching a file to an empty mail message if you have “Always Insert Attachments at End of Message” selected. If you drag the attachment, the icon will snap back, and if you use the menus or toolbar button to attach the file, it will appear as if nothing happened.

You might also see this in the log in Console.app:

*** Canceling drag because exception 'DOMException' (reason '*** NOT_FOUND_ERR: DOMException 8') was raised during a dragging session

As a workaround, just be sure you enter some text in the message body before attaching the file. Alternatively, you can uncheck Edit > Attachments > “Always insert attachments at end of message.”

In the end, my own faulty troubleshooting method was affecting my results. The reason it kept happening to me all the time, all of a sudden? I was so focused on testing the attachments, I never typed anything into any of the messages first. When I finally typed “ARGH” in frustration before attaching the file, I had the eureka moment.

“It’s the ants!” — Dr. Robert Campbell

Fix black video with Flip4Mac and Quicktime 7.5

Friday, August 8th, 2008

If you’ve updated to Quicktime 7.5 and your Windows Media videos are coming up black, go back to the Flip4Mac preference pane and check “Open local files immediately” under the “Player” tab. There appears to be an interaction between Flip4Mac and the latest version of Quicktime that breaks video playback during the background conversion. Having the video converted completely ahead of time takes care of it.

Hopefully this will be fixed in updates from one or the other!

What the Red Green show could have been

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008