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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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MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 Adds Vocabulary Editor

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MacSpeech has released MacSpeech Dictate 1.5, a significant update to the speech-recognition and dictation software for the Mac. Most notable in MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 is the new Vocabulary Editor, which enables users to add, delete, manage, and train words. It also lets users customize how MacSpeech Dictate works with words in a user's profile, enabling tweaks to capitalization, pronunciation, and spacing behaviors.

MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 also promises to increase recognition accuracy, with the company claiming improvements of up to 20 percent over previous versions. That's due to technology improvements in the underlying recognition engine, and further improvements may be possible as well due to new profile options for regional accents: Inland North American, Southern North American, and Latino North American.

The update also brings additional compatibility with other applications, interface refinements, and significantly improved documentation.

The update costs $54.95 for current owners of MacSpeech Dictate, or $199 for new copies; anyone who registered MacSpeech Dictate after 01-Apr-09 will receive a free upgrade notice via email. MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later running on an Intel-based Mac.

 

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