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Copy Excel Selection as a Picture

Want to show someone a chunk of an Excel spreadsheet via email or iChat? You could take a screenshot, but if you want to show just a portion of the Excel window and you don't use a utility like Snapz Pro, you can do this right from within Excel 2008. Make a selection, hold down the Shift key, and choose Copy Picture from the Edit menu. You can select whether the selection will be rendered as though it was shown on screen or as though it was printed. Then just switch to your desired destination and paste.


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)

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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.


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