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Single Time Machine Backups

Tired of Time Machine running all the time? You can turn it off in the Time Machine preference pane, but still initiate a single backup by choosing Back Up Now from Time Machine's menu bar icon. Of course, your backup is much less likely to be up to date, but Time Machine won't be taking any resources while you're trying to work.

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Bookle 1.0.3

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Stairways Software has released Bookle 1.0.3, the recently debuted EPUB reader for the Mac that was developed in collaboration between TidBITS’s own Adam Engst and Peter Lewis of Stairways Software (see “Introducing Bookle, an EPUB Reader for Mac OS X,” 6 February 2012). This update fixes an issue where EPUB files could have “-Temporary” added to their display name as well as a bug that could cause the table of contents to disappear after resizing the window when using Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Additionally, this release improves the discovery of display names for older EPUB files. ($9.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update, 2.6 MB)

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

This free ebook is the definitive documentation of the new Bookle EPUB reader for Mac OS X, which we created in collaboration with Stairways Software. You'll learn how to add EPUBs to your Bookle library, navigate among and within EPUBs, change fonts and colors, and listen to EPUBs. There's also a chapter on finding books in EPUB format and creating your own EPUBs.

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>