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View Extra Audio Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, Option-clicking the Volume icon in the menu bar displays a list of sound input and output devices. Choose one to switch to it; it's much easier than using the Sound preference pane. Also, hold Shift and click the icon to set the system volume, which is separate from the general output volume.

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BBEdit 10.5.10 and TextWrangler 4.5.8

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Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 10.5.10 and TextWrangler 4.5.8, with both updates devoted solely to fixing a number of user-reported issues. The new versions address bugs like a Spotlight-related hang, a crash that would occur when using the New button in an FTP browser window while the item list was empty, and window-related problems when an external display was removed from a laptop. Both apps no longer claim to be able to edit “Java Web Start” files, which should prevent Mac OS X from opening them inappropriately after downloading, and both change Markdown handling so Quick Look should be able to preview Markdown files. BBEdit 10.5.10 also works around a display bug that would cause gray squares to appear in preview windows while resizing them. ($49.99 for BBEdit, free update, 13 MB, release notes; free for TextWrangler, 9.4 MB, release notes)

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BBEdit, from Bare Bones Software, is the preeminent text editor on the Mac thanks to its deep, powerful feature set. With this 199-page ebook, created in collaboration with Bare Bones, you'll learn how to take advantage of BBEdit's most powerful features whether you use BBEdit for prose, HTML, or code.


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