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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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ExtraBITS for 14 March 2011

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We all do lots of things that aren’t directly related to TidBITS, and a number of them are coming to fruition, ranging from Adam’s upcoming MUG presentation and new books from Matt Neuburg and Jeff Carlson to an excellent article about dealing with an old iPad from Lex Friedman.

Adam Speaking at Syracuse MUG on 17 March 2011 -- If you’re in central New York, Adam Engst will be speaking at the Syracuse Macintosh User Group on 17 March 2011 at the Arrowhead Lodge at Oneida Shores Park. The discussion will focus on what we can expect in Mac OS X Lion, along with what we’d like to see.

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“Meet the iPad 2” Book by Jeff Carlson Available -- Our own Jeff Carlson scored the impossible: his 48-page introduction to the latest Apple iOS device, “Meet the iPad 2” ($1.99), is available instantly on the iBookstore. It’s an introduction to the device, and a long excerpt from his upcoming Pocket Guide to iPad 2. (The link to the book takes you to the iBookstore if you’re viewing on an iOS device; on a computer, you’ll get an error when the Web browser passes the link along to iTunes. But you can search within the iBookstore for “Meet the iPad 2” to locate the title, and then purchase the book or download a sample.)

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What to Do with Your Old iPad -- We were considering an article on this topic, but our own Lex Friedman had already worked through the possible options for an old iPad in an article for Macworld. So if you’re pondering what to do after upgrading to an iPad 2, check out his advice.

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Who Needs WYSIWYG? I Love Text! -- Matt Neuburg has been writing a book about iOS programming, entirely in good old-fashioned unformatted plain text — and loving it. He describes his workflow in this short essay.

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