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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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LaserWriter IIf/IIg ROM Upgrade

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If you have problems with your LaserWriter IIf or IIg, you may be eligible for a free ROM upgrade. The upgrade fixes a bunch of problems, including:

  • Inability to place the LaserWriter IIg in different zones or to rename it on an EtherTalk network.

  • Inability to return proper font outlines to a limited number of font manipulation packages using the PostScript "pathforall" operator.

  • Incompatibility with spoolers, resulting in incomplete print jobs, printing errors, and the inability to capture the printer on the spooler.

  • Serial port errors because the printer echoes an extra, end-of-file indicator (Control-D). In this case, the printer shows the printer status as busy when actually it is idle.

  • Difficulty connecting some third-party hard drives to the LaserWriter IIf/IIg. When using the LaserWriter Utility, the user cannot "see" the hard drive attached to the LaserWriter.

Other enhancements we've heard of include improvement of page centering, inclusion of ITC Zapf Dingbats, the name being saved correctly on when the power is cycled, and better downloading of TrueType fonts by the LaserWriter driver.

The upgrade comes from your Apple dealer (part number 076-0452), and you can get it (for free) if you have one of the above problems.

Information from:
Mark H. Anbinder, Contributing Editor -- mha@baka.ithaca.ny.us
Doug -- brune@luther.che.wisc.edu

 

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