How to show the Library in Lion | Reveal Library Directory in OSX

Show Library Lion


Don’t worry, your Library isn’t gone, it’s just hidden. It’s the exact same format as the Library folders in the previous versions of OS X, only with a hidden flag attached similar to an htaccess file on the server. Anyways there are a couple ways to get rid of that flag and show the library, or just its contents in Lion.

Show Library

  • You can remove the hide flag to reveal the folder permanently using the command line easily. Simply copy this command, paste it into the command line window and hit return (enter).
    chflags nohidden ~/Library

    If you get a premissions error then try using this command instead
    sudo chflags nohidden ~/Library
  • If you’d like to just access it for a single session then press Shift-Command-G on the Finder and then type ‘~/Library’ without the quotes in the “Go to the Folder” text input.Go to library folder lion
    You can also select the “Go” dropdown in the Finder and hold down the option key to reveal the user Library’s directory


FLAC Audio Files To MP3 for iTunes on Mac

Although Flac gives you a far superior sound quality, the files are large and impossible to transfer to most big market mp3 players. In order to get these cumbersome files into itunes on your mac we need to get a piece of open source software called Max which you can get here .
Decompress and open the application.
First we need to pick the format that we would like our flac files to be converted into. Along the top select Max>Preferences or simply press command+, to open preferences. In preferences select format, this is where we select what we would like to convert our .flac files into. Click on the MP3 option in the “Available output formats” list and then press the plus button to the left above the list as shown here:

Max Prefs

Max will drop down a set of quality options, I advise selecting best to retain as much audio quality as we can when we convert to MP3. Set the Encode Quality to best and select “OK” to continue. Now that we’re back to the Formats menu, click the check box to the left of MP3 in the “Configured output formats” and close the window.

From the File menu, select “Convert Files…” or press command+shift+O. This will bring up the file conversion screen. Find the files that you want to convert on your hardrive and select Open. You can change the meta data of the music; the album, artist, genre, ect that will show up in itunes along with the song, by clicking “Metadata.”

Convert Screen

Select the convert button in the top left corner of that screen to start converting your FLAC files into MP3. Max will automatically add the files to your iTunes library to be put on your ipod.

Screenshots on Mac OS X

For anyone used to taking screenshots on their PC, this explains how to do it all on your Mac.

Mac Screenshot Commands
Action Key Combination
Capture entire screen and save as a file Command+Shift+3
Capture entire screen and copy to the clipboard Command+Control+Shift+3
Capture dragged area and save as a file Command+Shift+4
Capture dragged area and copy to the clipboard Command+Control+Shift+4
Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and save as a file Command+Shift+4 then Space bar
Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and copy to the clipboard Command+Control+Shift+4 then Space bar