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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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ScreenFlow 3.0

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New from Telestream is ScreenFlow 3.0, a major upgrade to the company’s screencast recording app. The new release brings a number of new features, including compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. ScreenFlow now allows users to create freehand callouts and annotations anywhere on a video using a brush or rectangle tool. The app’s timeline has received a facelift that provides additional flexibility in editing operations and is complemented by new audio quality controls and filters. Rounding out the update are new export settings, which now include an iPad preset and an option to publish to Vimeo. ($99 new, $29 upgrade, 14.5 MB)


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I have been using the v3.0 BETA version for a couple months now and the updates are a combination of really cool new features AND some obviously needed standards such as annotations. Bottom line, great product, well worth the cash.

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Brandon Zaslow  2011-08-28 18:40
You are lucky. I have used ScreenFlow 2 for some time. ScreenFlow 3 is so filled with bugs (not just on one computer but the 4 we upgraded) that it is unusable.