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Mighty Mouse as Application Switcher

Looking for an easier way to switch between multiple applications? Within Keyboard and Mouse Preferences under System Preferences, you can configure the scroll wheel to act as an Application Switcher. Press the scroll button to bring up Application Switcher, scroll to toggle to the application you want, and hit the scroll button again to switch. You can also double-click the scroll button to quickly switch to the previously active application.

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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.1

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With the release of version 6.1 of PDFpen and PDFpenPro, you can put away your ink pad for good… at least when it comes to PDF-based business documents. The latest update to Smile’s all-purpose PDF editing apps adds a library of standard business stamps such as Confidential, Sign Here, and Approved, and it offers the capability ot add your own stamps to the library. You can find the new range of stamps by choosing Window > Library (Command-Y) and clicking the stamp icon in the Library palette.

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Both updates also bring the capability to add pop-up notes to PDF annotations such as highlighting and drawing objects, add support for saving PDFs to Evernote Business notebooks, and enable the opening of PDF documents with missing or incorrect extensions. PDFpenPro 6.1 now lets you create form fields for an entire PDF document (in addition to per page), and adds a command to detect and create links from URLs automatically, as well as an option to display source URLs on pages when creating a PDF from a Web site. ($59.95/$99.95 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update from version 6.0, 51.5/52.3 MB)

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Produce and polish PDFs with aplomb using Smile's PDFpen, for a fraction of what Adobe Acrobat costs! Michael E. Cohen explains how you can create, combine, edit, annotate, and protect PDFs. Also learn how to perform OCR, fill out forms, sign forms digitally, make interactive forms, and much more. Covers Mac and iOS versions!

 

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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