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by MacHugger / April 8, 2006 2:47 PM PDT

Alright, I'm being lazy here by asking the forum instead of doing the legwork but... does anybody remember the Mac's pre-OSX ability to make sounds when you open/close/move a folder and various other things on the desktop? I can't remember the name of the control panel for the life of me.

Anyhow, it was usually annoying but sometimes kind of fun, especially since I think you could use different sound sets like Star Trek sounds. It's all a foggy memory now but I kind of wish OSX could do that. Does any third party utility exist?

I saw this Acura commercial where a dude is sitting in a cafe and typing away on an old school IBM typewriter. I thought it might actually be kind of fun if, as you type on your Mac, the keystorkes would make an old-school typewriter sound. And if you hit "Return" (Enter) then it would make that long carriage return sound with the "ding" at the end. Happy

Alright, so it would get old after like 17 seconds but I want it!

-Kevin S.

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Too bad it's not free. Wait a second - it is FREE!
by jemsbarr / April 8, 2006 3:58 PM PDT
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by jemsbarr / April 8, 2006 4:00 PM PDT

"Free" if you don't mind pop-ups, according to their site.

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It works!
by MacHugger / April 9, 2006 4:46 AM PDT

Yay, Jemsbarr! Thanks for doing the legwork on this. I was wrong about being tired of it after 17 seconds... it only took about 15. Happy

Actually it's not so bad and in fact, puts you in a different state of mind when writing.

The Return key sounds more like a cuckoo clock than a carriage return and by default, the shift key made a sound when it was pressed but I was able to turn that off in the software. So, all in all, pretty fun.

To register it costs 15 euros - (about $18 and some change U.S.).

-Kevin S.

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I remember
by rtemp / April 8, 2006 7:34 PM PDT
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At first, it was the coolest thing ever, then it got to where it haunted me every time I sat down on a different computer (I will say, though, that I can do a pretty good impression of the Platinum Sounds on my own). It was in the Appearance control panel under the Sound tab.

Unfortunately, I have no idea of any way to do the same thing in OS X. I'm sure it exists, I just don't know about it.


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you can use old star trek sound sets found online (OS7,8,9)
by Ravensblood / April 9, 2006 5:06 AM PDT
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as long as they are .aiff files, it'll work. all you have to do is add the aiff files to your sound folder (user/library/sounds). The only difference is that in OSX natively I can only figure out how to set the sound for the Alert sound in the Sound control panel in preferences. at least you can use one great Star Trek sound.

I loved the swishing door sound whenever I opened a window.

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