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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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TidBITS 2010 Holiday Hiatus

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We are once again approaching the end of the year, but with more of a sense of control than in some recent years, thanks to the capable efforts of the TidBITS staff, bolstered recently by the addition of Lex Friedman and Michael E. Cohen. Lex has done an outstanding job keeping us up-to-date with the latest Mac software releases, and Michael, who joined us late in the year, has relieved tremendous amounts of pressure on the Take Control side, thus enabling us to release a number of new and updated ebooks recently (all of which are 50 percent off through the end of the year!).

Tonya and I are no less thankful for the highly capable and amiable assistance of Glenn, Jeff, Joe, Matt, Mark, and Rich, along with the many Take Control authors and editors. We hear stories about jobs with awful co-workers, so we’re incredibly lucky to get to work with people we’d want to hang out with anyway.

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