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Option-click to Hide Apps Quickly

This trick has been available in the Mac OS for years, but many people still don't know it. If you have too many windows cluttering up your screen, you can hide specific ones easily as you work. When you're in any application, hold down the Option key and click on another app's window, on the Dock, or in the Finder to switch to that other app and simultaneously hide all the windows in the previously current app.

 
 

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.9.5

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Smile has updated PDFpen and PDFpenPro to version 5.9.5, a small maintenance release for the PDF-manipulation programs that should provide relief from a few glitches. The release improves its handling of the current zoom level when entering Full Screen mode, avoids a potential crash during internal notification, fixes a rare problem of following page links, and fixes sidebar initialization on window restoration at launch. For full documentation, see Michael Cohen’s “Take Control of PDFpen 5.” ($59.95/$99.95 new with a 20-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 47.5/48.5 MB)

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

Smile's PDFpen 5 offers many of the features of Adobe Acrobat Pro at a fraction of the price. With this 132-page ebook, written in collaboration with Smile, you will learn the best ways to use PDFpen to fill out and sign PDF forms, comment on shared PDFs, edit text and graphics, and even scan documents to editable PDFs.

 

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
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