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See All Your Books in iBooks

The iBooks app for iOS lets you assign your books to different collections, but does not have any obvious way for you to see all of your books, regardless of the collection you have put them in. There is, however, a workaround that can show you just about all of your books at once: reveal the search field at the top of any collection in iBooks and type a single space into that field.

With this search, iBooks lists all of the books that have a space either in the title of the book or in the author's name. Other than the rare book that has a one-word title and a single-name author, you end up with a list of all of your books.

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Michael E. Cohen



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BBEdit 10.5.4

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Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 10.5.4, another update that is focused on fixes for previously reported issues. As usual, the release notes are some of the best-written (and surprisingly colorful) in the Mac software landscape, such as these extremely specific examples:

Made a change to prevent the annoying system alert when trying to save a text document that doesn’t use one of the state-approved filename extensions.

Fixed bug in which page-guide-colored turds would appear in the scrollbar when changing the selection in windows that were narrower than the page guide width by less than the width of the sidebar.

Other highlights amongst the more than 50 listed changes include added support for using a mouse scroll wheel to make or drag text selections; improvements to the Wrap Around indicator and Clippings menu title art for Retina displays; a fix for the Undo state in Remove Line Breaks that led to lost content; and resolution to a problem with certain operations that prevented text from being placed in the Clipboard if done immediately after rebooting. The update also fixes several crashes, such as when comparing two large files with insufficient memory, having a file name change, using Move to Trash in a project list with multiple selected items, and when closing text documents while the Live Search box was visible.

While many of the changes are mirrored in the concurrent release of TextWrangler 4.5.2 (Bare Bones Software’s free text editor), several improvements are available only in BBEdit. The Counterparts menu is fixed to prevent the display of jumbo previews from Photoshop, scaling down the previews to a more appropriate size of 16 pixels. BBEdit 10.5.4 also fixes an issue in which using the $CWD Perl command would cause long stalls, along with an internal exception when encountering a link with no file name while checking links in a document or folder. ($49.99 new from Bare Bones or the Mac App Store, free update, 12.6 MB, release notes)

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

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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