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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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TweetDeck 0.37.3

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Twitterers who don’t fear Adobe Air may be intrigued by news of the release of TweetDeck 0.37.3. New in version 0.37.2 is support for deck.ly, TweetDeck’s new, semi-ridiculous system for allowing tweets longer than 140 characters (the 0.37.3 version, currently available only via direct download from TweetDeck’s Web site, adds an option in the preferences to turn off deck.ly). More satisfying is the software’s added support for Instagram image previews. Also new is an upgraded version of the Squiggly spellchecking library. The update fixes several bugs, too: problems where punctuation in searches prevented them from working, a bug with Facebook’s login screen, and an issue with Twitter lists not updating properly. (Free)

 

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