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Show Recent Items in Snow Leopard

The Recent Items submenu in the Apple menu is handy, but what if you want to work with a file in there in the Finder, rather than open it? Just press Command when that menu is showing, and all the Applications and Documents change to "Show ... in Finder." This feature is new as of Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard.

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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.2

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Smile has released version 6.2 of PDFpen and PDFpenPro, adding the capability to export plain and rich text, an option to select Word export languages for increased accuracy, the capability to drag documents from Thumbnail view and drop Word documents into Thumbnail view, a page count field in the document inspector, and support for removing owner passwords. PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.2 also now support Automator workflows in the scripts menu in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and later, and include many additional fixes and improvements. The Mac App Store versions are still at version 6.1.5. ($59.95/$99.95 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, 55.2/56 MB, release notes)

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

Produce and polish PDFs with aplomb using Smile's PDFpen, for a fraction of what Adobe Acrobat costs! Michael E. Cohen explains how you can create, combine, edit, annotate, and protect PDFs. Also learn how to perform OCR, fill out forms, sign forms digitally, make interactive forms, and much more. Covers Mac and iOS versions!

 

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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