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Enabling Auto Spelling Correction in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, the automatic spelling correction in applications is not usually activated by default. To turn it on, make sure the cursor's insertion point is somewhere where text can be entered, and either choose Edit > Spelling and Grammar > Correct Spelling Automatically or, if the Edit menu's submenu doesn't have what you need, Control-click where you're typing and choose Spelling and Grammar > Correct Spelling Automatically from the contextual menu that appears. The latter approach is particularly likely to be necessary in Safari and other WebKit-based applications, like Mailplane.

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BBEdit 10.5.1

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Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 10.5.1, a maintenance release devoted exclusively to fixes after the recent release of 10.5 (see “BBEdit 10.5 Adds Versions and Brings Web Sites into Projects,” 4 December 2012). Amongst the voluminous bug squashes listed in the often humorous release notes, the update ensures the Markup menu’s H1 through H6 commands render the correct heading level, fixes a bug that would reinstall command line tools if they were already present and up to date, adjusts behavior for the clippings system to avoid a crash at startup, corrects line spacing for printed documents, and fixes a bug in which attributes couldn’t be removed from existing markup by using the Markup Builder panel. ($49.99 new from Bare Bones or the Mac App Store, free update, $39.99 upgrade from pre-10 versions, 12.6 MB)

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BBEdit, from Bare Bones Software, is the preeminent text editor on the Mac thanks to its deep, powerful feature set. With this 199-page ebook, created in collaboration with Bare Bones, you'll learn how to take advantage of BBEdit's most powerful features whether you use BBEdit for prose, HTML, or code.

 

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