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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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Mac OS X 10.6.7

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Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.7 to fix a variety of bugs in Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server. Most notably, it’s aimed at improving the reliability of Back to My Mac, resolving problems with transferring files to certain SMB servers, and addressing various minor Mac App Store bugs. If you’ve missed earlier updates to Mac OS X 10.6, they’re included as well, along with Safari 5.0.4 and the latest raw image compatibility updates.

Also included are security fixes for numerous system components, including AirPort, Apache, AppleScript, bzip2, Carbon, ClamAV, font handling, HFS, image handling, Installer, Kerberos, the kernel, Mailman, PHP, Quick Look, QuickTime, Ruby, Samba, Subversion, and Terminal.

Finally, a number of highly specific bugs are also fixed, including a window resizing issue with X-Plane 9 on Macs with ATI graphics, improved brightness on external displays and projectors, problems opening afp:// URLs, and more. See Apple’s release notes for the full list.

As usual, Mac OS X 10.6.7 comes in a variety of forms, including one specific to the recently released MacBook Pro. They include:

It’s probably most important to install this update for the security fixes, unless you’ve been troubled by one of the now-fixed bugs. That said, it may be worth waiting briefly to make sure the update doesn’t cause additional problems.

 

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Comments about Mac OS X 10.6.7
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Wandering Willy  2011-03-24 17:16
My first attempt to upgrade to 10.6.7 was not entirely successful. These notes may assist others who, like me, don't keep a "standard" system. Specifically I have iCal, Address Book and Mail on a second partition, not the same one as the system is installed on. This upgrade installs new versions of these three apps IN THE SYSTEM APPLICATIONS folder only, and furthermore what it installs seems to be only the modifications, not the complete apps, they won't run. What I had to do was move the earlier versions of those three apps to the System/Applications folder and re-run the upgrade. And then move the upgraded apps back to where I wanted them. So far they seem to be running flawlessly. So if you've had problems with this upgrade, consider if this might be the cause. (By SYSTEM I mean the partition or volume that MacOS X is installed on.)
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-03-27 15:57
Note that we're seeing reports of font rendering problems introduced in Mac OS X 10.6.7; see this article for more information.

http://tidbits.com/article/12078
Kurt J Meyer  2011-03-28 22:37
Since I updated my MBP 13" (Mid 2009) to Mac OS X 10.6.7, the internal SD card reader has stopped working. PRAM reset, maintenance and re-applying the 10.6.7 Combo Update did not change that. I sent a bug report via iPhoto's feedback option.