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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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“Take Control of Pages” Adds Lists, Sections, and Tables of Contents

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We have now posted the second significant update to our “Take Control of Pages” pre-book at Leanpub. The update, available for free to purchasers of the pre-book, offers a new chapter on organizing your work by using sections, tables of contents, and list styles, including how to use list styles to create headings in structured documents. Subsequent free updates to the pre-book will include chapters on layout tools, file exporting, templates, and using objects in Pages documents.favicon follow link

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

Work effectively in Apple's Pages word processor with essential guidance from author Michael E. Cohen. You'll learn the best ways to create short and long documents, master the layout tools, and deal with compatibility issues, whether you want to work in Pages 5 for OS X 10.10 Yosemite on the Mac, Pages 2 for iOS 8, Pages for iCloud, or a combination of those apps.

 

Comments about “Take Control of Pages” Adds Lists, Sections, and Tables of Contents
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Derek Currie  2014-03-14 13:57
Just a thought, but donning my flame proof jumpsuit anyway: Considering that this is a vaporous book, how about charging less than $15 for those willing to, essentially, invest in the possibility of the book? I personally see nothing attractive about this situation, as is. I've personally been burned by similar situations in the past and am reluctant to participate again.
Michael E. Cohen  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-03-14 14:15
Virtual, perhaps, but hardly vaporous: the book already comprises over 140 pages, 90 figures, and more than 34,000 words. I've delivered two update installments to the original release already, and am working on the third (or would be if I weren't responding to this comment at the moment 😉).

Nor would the book cost you $15: as a TidBITS member, you can purchase it at a 30% discount.

Furthermore, when you purchase a book through Leanpub you can get a complete refund for 45 days from the date of purchase, so there's pretty much no risk of getting burned.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-03-14 15:14
And further yet, we have always offered a full satisfaction guarantee with all of our books, regardless of anything else.

Put simply, we wouldn't have done the book in this fashion if we weren't entirely comfortable that we'd be able to deliver.