Tag Archive: Debug


How to Monitor FPS (Frames Per Second) Live in Mac OS X with Quartz Debug

Whether testing performance of an application, OS X animations, or just out of general curiosity, you can measure the refresh rate in Frames Per Second of onscreen actions and animations on the Mac by using a free developer tool from Apple called Quartz Debug. Part of the Graphics Tools package of Xcode, Quartz Debug can … Read More

How to Enable a Hidden Debug Menu in Photo Booth for Mac OS X

Photo Booth icon Photo Booth is the goofy picture taking application in OS X that can take normal shots or apply a bunch of weird effects to distort faces. It’s not the most complex app in the world and that’s by design, but if you like to dig into things a bit more than the average Mac user, you can enable a hidden debug menu that can adjust some behavior of  [Read More…]

How to Enable a Hidden Debug Menu in Photo Booth for Mac OS X

Photo Booth icon Photo Booth is the goofy picture taking application in OS X that can take normal shots or apply a bunch of weird effects to distort faces. It’s not the most complex app in the world and that’s by design, but if you like to dig into things a bit more than the average Mac user, you can enable a hidden debug menu that can adjust some behavior of  [Read More…]

Enable Hidden Debug Settings for iMessage, FaceTime, and Bluetooth, in iOS

Hidden Debug Settings in iOS iOS developers and hackers should get a kick out of this. By downloading a few mobileconfig files, you can enable hidden debug settings for Messages, Bluetooth, and FaceTime that log activity and events for each protocol. What you do with that information is entirely up to you, but there’s definitely some room for learning and exploration here. To enable the debuggers, load this page on  [Read More…]

Enable iCal Debug Menu to Access 24 Additional Options & Tweaks

iCal Debug Menu iCal has a hidden debug menu with 24 additional options and features that can be accessed with the help of a defaults write command. Quit out of iCal and then launch the Terminal Enter the following command: defaults write com.apple.iCal IncludeDebugMenu 1 Open iCal again to find the “Debug” menu Many of the options are only useful for developers, hence the Debug label, but there are a fair  [Read More…]

Enable HiDPI Display Modes in Mac OS X Lion with Quartz Debug

HiDPI vs Normal display In what is some of the strongest evidence that Apple is working towards bringing higher resolution retina style displays to Macs, a series of hidden HiDPI resolutions can be enabled in OS X Lion. Much like how iPhone UI elements handles it’s retina screen, the HiDPI modes in Mac OS X double the resolution of many onscreen elements, which would make the elements look sharper on  [Read More…]

Enable Safari’s Hidden Debug Menu

Debug menu in Safari Safari has a hidden “Debug” menu that offers some additional features for debugging the browser, including stress and load tests, sampling, javascript error logging, the ability to intentionally crash a page, and more. Intended for Safari developers, the Debug menu is different from the Developer menu, which is geared more at web developers, although there are a few options in the Debug menu that general web developers  [Read More…]

Enable Hidden Secrets and The Debug Menu In Disk Utility [OS X Tips]

This tip is especially handy for Mac OS X Lion users, but it should even work with Mac OS X Snow Leopard too. You’ll be able to activate a hidden debugging menu and other hidden secrets in the Disk Utility app on your Mac in the folders Applications –> Utilities. In order to turn on these features launch the Terminal app in Applications –> Utilities.  If Disk Utility is running  [Read More…]