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Go Back and Forth Fast in Preview

If you're reading a PDF in Apple's Preview software, and you follow a bookmark or an internal link to move around within the PDF, you can quickly return to where you were by pressing the keyboard shortcut Command-[ (that's Command-Left Bracket). Or, you can choose Go > Back.

The command works iteratively, so you can go back to just the previously viewed page or if you issue the command again, to the page before that, and so on. There's also an equivalent Go > Forward (Command-]).

 
 

Disinfectant 3.7.1

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Disinfectant 3.7.1 -- On the heels of last week's Disinfectant 3.7, John Norstad has released Disinfectant 3.7.1, which corrects an error that could cause a crash while scanning some rare types of large resource files. This release does not respond to the discovery of a new virus. If you aren't having problems scanning files using version 3.7, you probably don't need version 3.7.1.

<ftp://ftp.acns.nwu.edu/pub/disinfectant/ disinfectant371.sea.hqx>

We also heard from a few readers last week who were confused by the overloaded FTP server at Northwestern University. The server allows twenty simultaneous FTP users, but a new release of Disinfectant generates a lot of traffic. If you get an error, check your FTP transcript for a message, and try again in a few minutes. You can also get Disinfectant from mirror sites like the Info-Mac network. [GD]

<ftp://mirror.aol.com/pub/info-mac/vir/ disinfectant-371.hqx>

 

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
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>