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How to reset your applications to open in 64-bit mode for use with Spell Catcher X 10.3.3 and later.

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If you have a Macintosh that doesn’t support 64-bit applications (Intel Core Duo), there’s nothing to see here.

If you didn’t follow the steps in our Snow Leopard Quick Start Guide to set your applications to open in 32-bit mode, you don’t need to read this. Move along.

The Fastest and Easiest Way

NOTE: If you choose this method, you will lose any customized “Open With” changes you have made, specifying what application to use when opening files of a certain type (i.e. with the “Change All…” button in the Open with: section of the Finder’s Get Info window). If you’re not concerned about your customized Open with: settings, proceed.

  1. In the Finder, navigate to your home ~/Library/Preferences folder, and locate the file named “com.apple.LaunchServices.plist”.
  2. Move the file to the Trash—don’t Empty the Trash yet.
  3. Log out and in again right away. Empty the Trash once you’re logged in again.
  4. Done. Yep, you’re done. Really. That’s it. Enjoy your 64-bit apps with Spell Catcher X 10.3.3.

Keeping your “Open with” Settings

NOTE: This method requires that you are able to edit .plist files. This means you have (or are willing to obtain) the software to do this, and actually do it.

  1. In the Finder, navigate to your home ~/Library/Preferences folder, and locate the file named “com.apple.LaunchServices.plist”.
  2. Open it with your .plist-capable editor of choice and delete the “LSArchitecturesForX86_64” entry.
  3. Log out and in again right away. Empty the Trash once you’re logged in again.
  4. Enjoy your 64-bit apps with Spell Catcher X 10.3.3.

The Slow and Careful Way - Undo What You Originally Did

  1. In the Finder, choose Go > Applications.
  2. While holding down the command key, click to select:
    • Address Book
    • iCal
    • iChat
    • Mail
    • Preview
    • Safari
    • Stickies
    • TextEdit

    Feel free to omit any of the above applications if you know you didn’t set it to open in 32-bit mode, and include any other applications you did set to open in 32-bit mode.

  3. Press command-option-i, or hold down the option key and choose File > Show Inspector.
  4. Deselect the Open in 32-bit mode option, close the Inspector window.

Check Your Input Source Options!

In the Quick Start Guide, we advised folks to try setting their Language & Text Preferences, Input source options to Allow a different one for each document, to see if that worked for them. It seems that most Spell Catcher users want Spell Catcher to remain the active input source once chosen. If you’re one of them, you should make sure that Use the same one in all documents is selected.

Snow Leopard Input Source Options


What About the Spell Catcher Activator Utility?

If you downloaded and installed the Spell Catcher Activator Utility per our Snow Leopard Quick Start Guide, and added it to your Login Items, the first time you run Spell Catcher X 10.3.3, it will automatically remove it from your Login Items. If the Spell Catcher X 10.3.2 application is also in the list, it will be removed at the same time. There shouldn’t be anything you have to do—it’s pretty much automatic. However, deleting the Spell Catcher Activator from your hard drive is not done for you, and something you might want to get around to at some point.




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