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Extend Mac OS X's Screenshots

Mac OS X has a variety of built in screenshot methods. Here's a look at a few that offer more versatility than the basic full-screen capture (Command-Shift-3):

• Press Command-Shift-4 and you'll get a crosshair cursor with which you can drag to select and capture a certain area of the screen.

• Press Command-Shift-4-Space to select the entire window that the cursor is over, clicking on the window will then capture it. The resulting screenshot will even get a nice drop shadow.

• Hold down the Space bar after dragging out a selection window to move your selection rectangle around on the screen.

• Hold down Shift after dragging out a selection to constrain the selection in either horizontal or vertical orientation, depending on the direction of your drag.

• Hold down Option after dragging out a selection to expand the selection window around a center point.

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Default Folder X 4.6.2

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Continuing to refine its Open and Save dialog enhancement utility, St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 4.6.2 with fixes for a few bugs and compatibility issues. The update corrects a timing bug that caused intermittent failures when rebounding and switching to your default folder, fixes a bug that selected a file when an app asked to choose a folder, reduces the load on the graphics processor during the app’s window animations and transitions, and fixes a compatibility issue with FileMaker Pro 13. ($34.95 new, $10 off for TidBITS members, free update, 11.2 MB, release notes)

 

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Comments about Default Folder X 4.6.2

David Cowell  2014-01-10 15:01
There’s a bug with 4.6.2 on 10.6.8 (I know, I’ll upgrade someday). Default Folder does not recognize any open finder windows except the desktop. It remembers recent folders, but you lose the ability to mouse over a hidden window and select it.
Jon Gotow  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-01-10 20:51
There was a problem with the initial build of v4.6.2, but that was replaced with a corrected copy shortly afterwards. If you're running Mac OS 10.6 or 10.7 and downloaded a copy of 4.6.2 early Tuesday morning, you may have gotten the bad build. Just download a new copy and install it to fix the problem.

I apologize for the goof.

- Jon Gotow (the developer of Default Folder X)
David Cowell  2014-01-13 06:30
That did the trick. Productivity will be back to normal levels today - albeit Monday morning levels, but tomorrow will be awesome.
David Cowell  2014-01-13 18:31
Thanks, again. It's so nice to have DF working again. It's been enhancing my open/save boxes since System 7, I think.