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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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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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