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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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Delicious Library 3.1.6

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Delicious Monster has released Delicious Library 3.1.6 with a number of bug fixes. The media cataloging app now ensures that duplicating items with custom covers doesn’t render the cover in low resolution, fixes an issue that prevented some collections from being exported to XML, addresses a crash that occurred when publishing collections without a defined type, provides a workaround in OS X 10.9 Mavericks for failed lookups that occurred due to a user’s region being set outside the United States, and improves Spotlight updating speeds. ($25 new from Delicious Monster and the Mac App Store, free update, 77.5 MB)

 

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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