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Mysteriously Moving Margins in Word

In Microsoft Word 2008 (and older versions), if you put your cursor in a paragraph and then move a tab or indent marker in the ruler, the change applies to just that paragraph. If your markers are closely spaced, you may have trouble grabbing the right one, and inadvertently work with tabs when you want to work with indents, or vice-versa. The solution is to hover your mouse over the marker until a yellow tooltip confirms which element you're about to drag.

I recently came to appreciate the importance of waiting for those tooltips: a document mysteriously reset its margins several times while I was under deadline pressure, causing a variety of problems. After several hours of puzzlement, I had my "doh!" moment: I had been dragging a margin marker when I thought I was dragging an indent marker.

When it comes to moving markers in the Word ruler, the moral of the story is always to hover, read, and only then drag.

 
 

VLC 2.0

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VideoLAN has released VLC 2.0 (nicknamed Twoflower), a major release for the free, open-source multimedia framework and player that offers wide support for various video formats. At the user interface level, the new release moves to a completely overhauled single-window design. Under the hood, the update provides faster decoding on multi-core processors, improved decoding for MKV and MOV formats, additional codec compatibility (including ProRes and AVC/Intra), and improved subtitle rendering to better fit the displayed window. It also offers support for Blu-ray playback (though this is noted as “experimental”). View a lengthy list of features and format compatibility on VideoLAN’s Web site. (Free, 24 MB)

 

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Comments about VLC 2.0

Ray Thompson  2012-02-22 13:33
I just now checked my VLC and it doesn’t know about 2.0.
Glenn Fleishman  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-02-20 20:01
If you're using 1.x, the update isn't automatic, from my experience. You must go to the VideoLAN Web site and download 2.0.
Laine Lee  2012-02-22 09:01
I could find 2.0.0 rc1, but no 2.0.1. Are you sure there's a 2.0.1? Where is it?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-02-22 13:33
It's just 2.0, available from the VideoLAN Web site.
Dave Sacher  2012-02-22 09:41
I love the new VLC Player 2.0. It handles every audio or video file I've thrown at it, with ease! Only snag I found was that the version listed for "Snow Leopard +" is compiled for 64-bit machines; I had to grab the "Leopard/Intel" version, which works great on my Core Duo-based iMac.