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Extend Mac OS X's Screenshots

Mac OS X has a variety of built in screenshot methods. Here's a look at a few that offer more versatility than the basic full-screen capture (Command-Shift-3):

• Press Command-Shift-4 and you'll get a crosshair cursor with which you can drag to select and capture a certain area of the screen.

• Press Command-Shift-4-Space to select the entire window that the cursor is over, clicking on the window will then capture it. The resulting screenshot will even get a nice drop shadow.

• Hold down the Space bar after dragging out a selection window to move your selection rectangle around on the screen.

• Hold down Shift after dragging out a selection to constrain the selection in either horizontal or vertical orientation, depending on the direction of your drag.

• Hold down Option after dragging out a selection to expand the selection window around a center point.

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Make Your iPhone or iPod touch an Audio Receiver

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Audio software developer Rogue Amoeba has announced the release of AirFoil Speakers Touch, an app for the iPhone and iPod touch that extends the capabilities of the previously available AirFoil application. AirFoil, available for the Mac and Windows, enables users to share audio from their computers to AirPort Express base stations, Apple TVs, Macs, PCs, and Linux boxes. The application syncs audio playback across devices, and can share files from a variety of sources including iTunes, RealPlayer, Spotify, and even Web-based sources like Pandora or Last.fm. (Without Airfoil, you can play music wirelessly only to an AirPort Express or Apple TV, and only from iTunes.)

AirFoil Speakers Touch now extends those capabilities to the iPhone and iPod touch. You can plug in headphones or dock your device to a speaker to listen in on the wirelessly shared playback. This is great for listening to audio that comes from a source other than iTunes or for streaming audio from iTunes to an iPhone or iPod touch that lacks space for the audio files.

AirFoil Speakers Touch is currently available as a free download from the App Store, and works in conjunction with Airfoil for Mac or Windows (both $25), which are available for download via Rogue Amoeba's Web site. Whether you're already a fan of AirFoil or are newly searching for a way to untether your audio, AirFoil Speakers Touch is worth checking out.

 

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