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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.

 
 

Scrivener 2.5

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Adding compatibility with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Literature & Latte has released Scrivener 2.5, now with support for tags when saving and exporting. The word processor also bundles a Java runtime environment so that it doesn’t need to ask permission to install Java when running converters for .doc, .docx and .odt files, though it works only on systems running 10.7.3 Lion and later. (For earlier systems, you’ll need to install Java on your own.) Because of the Java bundling, Scrivener 2.5 more than doubles its file size (from 35.7 MB for version 2.4 to 76 MB for this update).

Amongst a lengthy list of changes, the update also improves imported notes from Scapple (Literature & Latte’s freeform text editing utility), ensures that the Kindle export no longer ignores differences between justified and left text alignment, adds the capability to strike out text in PDFs, enables you to drag images from the Scrivener editor to the Finder, and adds German, French, and Spanish localizations. ($45 new from Literature & Latte and the Mac App Store, free update, 76 MB, release notes)

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

Compose a masterpiece with Literature & Latte's Scrivener. Whether you're writing science fiction, a historical novel, or a zombie travelogue, learn how Scrivener's powerful tools can take your work to the next level. Kirk McElhearn shows you how to collect notes, organize your work, arrange and rearrange sections, and more.

 

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