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Tag Archives: OSX

Organising your sequences using Smart Folders

OS X’s Finder has many features for quickly finding and working with your files. Spotlight Search is one such tool that most Mac users are familiar with. However, Smart Folders is a tool that is very useful but often overlooked. Smart Folders allow you to create a dynamic folder whose contents are derived from a […]

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Trial download and updating issues!

Over the past few weeks we’ve had a few reports of trial downloaders having problems installing the trial. We also had a few calls from users with problems updating to the latest release of MacVector 14.5 (14.5.3). The problem manifests itself by showing an error message that the file is “damaged” and cannot be installed. […]

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Opening matching sequences from an Align To Folder search

You can use the Database->Align To Folder menu function in MacVector to quickly search any set of folders on your hard drive for matching sequences. Its like having your own personal BLAST search that just scans files of interest to you. The great thing is, when you find matching sequences, you can easily open them […]

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Smart Folders and MacVector

OS X’s Finder has many features for quickly finding and working with your files. Spotlight Search is one such tool that most Mac users are familiar with. However, Smart Folders is a tool that is very useful but often overlooked. Smart Folders allow you to create a dynamic folder whose contents are derived from a […]

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MacVector 14.0.4 is OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatible.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan was released last week. We’ve been testing MacVector on the developer releases of OS X EL Capitan in the run up to the official release. However, as usual we prefer to fully test on an official release of OS X before saying that MacVector is supported. We’ve now done so […]

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Smart Folders and MacVector

OS X’s Finder has many features for quickly finding and working with your files. Spotlight Search is one such tool that most Mac users are familiar with. However, Smart Folders is a tool that is very useful but often overlooked. Smart Folders allow you to create a dynamic folder whose contents are derived from a […]

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UNIX line endings for plain text files

Sometimes you may need to export data out of MacVector for further analysis with a command line tool or sending a file to a colleague who does not have MacVector). For example exporting the VCF report out of a reference assembly or exporting a sequence into Genbank format. If these files are plain text, then […]

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MacVector and Yosemite

OS X Yosemite was released today. As you no doubt already know Yosemite has a new flat look. The system font has changed to Helvetica as well. All in all after a few hours of using it we think the interface looks superb. As usual we’ve been testing MacVector on developer editions of Yosemite since […]

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MacVector and Mavericks

OS X Mavericks was released last week. As usual we’d been testing MacVector on the prerelease developer previews. We did come across a few issues, however, these all seem to be working fine now it’s officially released. So far we’ve done plenty of informal testing with MacVector 12.7.5 and we’ve not come across any major […]

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101 things you (maybe) didn’t know about MacVector: #20 – Customizable Toolbars

This is more of a Mac OS X tip than anything specific to MacVector. However, it does come up again and again and it illustrates just one way that MacVector is tightly integrated into the Apple operating system. If you right-click on the toolbar of any MacVector window, a drop down menu will appear (ctrl-click […]

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