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Apple Mac OS X FAQ
Friday, September 26, 2003
 
Is there a Mac version or conversion for MS Access?
Is there a Mac version or conversion for MS Access?


Omnis Studio will allow you to make an ODBC connection to the Access database whereupon you can extract the schema via simple drag and drop in the IDE. You can do the same with the data in the tables. Just drap and drop from the Access database to your target, whether you choose an Omnis data file or an SQL back end like Oracle, Sybase, MSSQL Server, FrontBase, etc. If you want to port the whole application, you can easily reproduce the SQL from Access in the Query classes in Studio. Ultimately, you will end up with an application that has greater stability and flexibility plus the ability to deploy on Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris.
 
Single iPhoto library shared by the two users.
Single iPhoto library shared by the two users.

1. You have to change iPhoto's umask setting. After backing up iPhoto, type the following commands:
% mv /Applications/iPhoto.app/Contents/MacOS/iPhoto /Applications/iPhoto.app/Contents/MacOS/iPhoto.bin
% printf '#!/bin/sh\numask 002\nexec $0.bin\n' > /Applications/iPhoto.app/Contents/MacOS/iPhoto
% chmod +x /Applications/iPhoto.app/Contents/MacOS/iPhoto
2. Make one of the users launch iPhoto. This will create a /Users -> toto -> Pictures -> iPhoto Library directory. Quit iPhoto and type the following commands:
% chmod g+s "/Users/toto/Pictures/iPhoto Library"
% mv "/Users/toto/Pictures/iPhoto Library" /Users/Shared
3. Launch iPhoto and tell it to use the iPhoto Library at its new location (it will ask when it can't find the one it originally created).
4. Have the other user launch iPhoto. Quit iPhoto. Delete the /Users -> tata -> Pictures -> iPhoto Library directory. Lauch iPhoto and again tell it use the shared iPhoto Library.
If you have more than those two users on your computer, and you don't want that these other users to be able to change data in the iPhoto Library, it gets a bit more complicated.
1. Change the NetInfo database to create a group named "iphoto" and make toto and tata members of this group.
2. Change the group ownership of the shared iPhoto Library by typing:
% chgrp -R iphoto "/Users/Shared/iPhoto Library"

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