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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 Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 26 September 2011

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Thunderbolt Software and Display Updates -- If you have a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac or a Thunderbolt Display, you’ll want to install Apple’s just-released Thunderbolt Software Update, available for both Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (60.3 MB) and 10.6 Snow Leopard (65.5 MB). Apple says it provides support for the Thunderbolt Display and bug fixes for Thunderbolt devices. Also new is the Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update (923 KB), which improves the stability of the Thunderbolt Display. This last update comes in the form of an updater application that will be installed in /Applications/Utilities and will be launched automatically. (Free)

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Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1 -- Apple took a lot of fire from the professional video editing community when it released Final Cut Pro X. The software was a dramatic rewrite that introduced many improvements but lacked some core features that pros demanded from a high-end video application (see “Apple Starts Over with New Final Cut Pro X,” 22 June 2011). The latest update, Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1, may seem like a minor increment based on its version number, but it’s actually a hefty update that reveals Apple is listening — and prioritizing — based on that feedback. Project and event information can be exported and imported using an XML interchange format. A new Roles tag enables editors to identify and export selected “stems” (media elements) from a project. Support for Xsan returns, too, enabling teams to work on assets stored on a shared server. A Camera Import SDK will make it easier for camera manufacturers to streamline import of media from several types of cameras. Apple also notes that two important feature omissions, multicam editing and broadcast-quality video mirroring, are coming in “early 2012.” Also significant: A 30-day trial version of Final Cut Pro X is now available from Apple’s Web site. The company also released ProApps QuickTime Codecs 1.0.1 for users of Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4. (Free update from the Mac App Store, $299.99 new)

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