Reading CHM files on Macs

The CHM format is popular but what’s the situation for us MAC users? Which is the best?! Let’s explore this topic together.

And then there were two

Today only two CHM readers for Mac are worth strong consideration because they are active, pretty (native to Mac), and work great. Introducing iCHM and ArCHMock:

I’ll only really review these two and quickly refer to the others later.

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macbook reinstall to one partition

Part of screenshot when viewing the disk with “disk utilities”

This weekend I deleted all partitions from my macbook (formatted the HD), created one partition for OS X, and installed. Before partitions also existed for Ubuntu and Win XP but no more, just one partition now. I use Parallels to operate the additional operating systems. Everything has gone smoothly so far as I backed up then copied over my old users home directory (/Users/phil) so all appears fine. This is one nice feature of OS X, most everything is kept within the users directory. Granted I now have settings/preferences for programs that no longer exist on my system but they’ll be there for future use (or simply continue take up space) so we’ll see, not a major problem. Copying the itunes directory was simple, I like how itunes uses XML for its database and keeps everything in one directory.

So what does this all mean? Aside from taking time it means setting up my environment once again, especially for developing livedocs. To install openjade I had to revert back to this opendarwin/openjade bug report, I just now submitted a patch to speed up the process of closing this minor bug. I like darwin ports so use it for setting up most tools, such as xsltproc. Haven’t used fink due to it not being “intel mac” friendly, yet. [Update: Fink now supports intel]. But I digress.