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Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus

If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.

The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.

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DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of PDF Shrink 4.5

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One of the aspects of PDF production to which we pay careful attention when creating Take Control ebooks is the size of our PDF files. It may not seem as though a few megabytes matter in today's Internet, but you'd be surprised how many people still work on limited bandwidth connections, and, in fact, the increased use of cellular data connections for iPhones and iPads has made the problem of unnecessarily large files even worse. Plus, email servers often reject attachments over 5 MB, providing yet another reason to compress PDFs. Image-heavy PDFs generated from programs like Keynote and PowerPoint tend to be especially massive, but it's nearly impossible to predict when a PDF might balloon in size. Some of our Take Control ebooks have hit 100 MB before we shrink them to between 1 and 5 MB.

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Sandy Brockmann  2010-07-20 06:51
PDF SHRINK sounds like my long lost savior! My home job and 6 grandchildren mean I have manuals, instructions, letters, recipes, greeting cards, and help files, galore, all in PDF form. Keeping them organized is accomplished with TOGETHER; keeping them from over-running my 160GB drive is a thankless, impossible task. In addition, my job takes me to Scotland twice a year for a total of three months. Scotland is known for having the worst Internet connectivity in the civilized world (Scottish Government publication, "The South of Scotland was generally recognised to be the worst in terms of current and future commercial telecoms infrastructure provision.") For instance, where I stay, one can't carry on a phone conversation while simultaneously accessing antthing on the Internet at the same time. Bottom Line? The smaller the file, the more likely that file is to get where it's going without encountering either overflow or Internet obstacles. PDF Shrink to the rescue!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-07-20 11:42
You sound like a poster child for the product - anything to save a few bytes! :-)