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View Extra Audio Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, Option-clicking the Volume icon in the menu bar displays a list of sound input and output devices. Choose one to switch to it; it's much easier than using the Sound preference pane. Also, hold Shift and click the icon to set the system volume, which is separate from the general output volume.

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DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.5.2

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DEVONtechnologies has updated all three editions of DEVONthink (Personal, Pro, and Pro Office) and DEVONnote to version 2.5.2, a maintenance release that nonetheless offers a few additions. The Clip to DEVONthink browser extension now indicates if a selected Web address is already present in the currently open databases and reveals the first found document related to that address in the destination pop-up menu. The DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office editions also show favorites in the destination pop-up menu. For all three editions, both the browser extension and bookmarklets can capture selections as rich text and create rich text documents. Other common improvements include a boost in synchronization speed and reliability, smoother progress in the Activity panel (with less CPU usage), importing of QuickTime movies in 64-bit mode, and better recognition of duplicates. DEVONthink Pro Office now enables you to change comments via the Web interface Info panel, and importing images with OCR retains the original PDF file name. DEVONnote 2.5.2 also gets faster and more reliable synchronizing with DEVONthink To Go and text views no longer scale too large with attached images. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new, release notes; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new, release notes; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new, release notes; DEVONnote, $24.95 new, release notes; 25-percent discount for TidBITS members on DEVONnote and all editions of DEVONthink)

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DEVONthink 2 offers a slew of features for defeating information overload, but mastering its power is easier with real-world advice from DEVONthink power-user Joe Kissell. He helps you understand what DEVONthink can do for you, the best ways to put information into DEVONthink, and how to organize it so you can find it later.

 

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>