Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.



Pick an apple! 
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.

Visit plucky tree

Submitted by


Discount Prices

Send Article to a Friend

Last week we threw in a table of suggested retail prices for a number of Macintosh models mostly because we had it on hand and thought it might be interesting to read and to refer to in the future. Charlie Mingo promptly sent us a table of published discount prices from various vendors listed in 15-Sep-92 issue of the New York Times, and we added in a couple from the 20-Sep-92 Seattle Times. The different vendors account in part for strange differences in prices, but one way or another, we think you'll find this table more interesting. Please note that we are not pushing any specific vendors here, so you'll have to find a dealer yourself, and that dealer may not have the volume of a New York City or Seattle store to match these prices. But next time you're in the city...

                                    Suggested Retail  Street Price
     Macintosh Classic II 4/40            $1699          $949
     Macintosh Classic II 4/80            $1849          $1049
     Macintosh LC II 4/40                 $1699          $1089
     Macintosh LC II 4/80 w/512K VRAM     $1849          $1299
     Macintosh IIsi 3/40                  $2499          $1399
     Macintosh IIsi 5/80                  $2999          $1649
     Macintosh IIci 5 MB w/Cache Card     $3299          $2089
     Macintosh IIci 5/80 w/Cache Card     $3999          $2249
     Macintosh IIci 5/230 w/Cache Card    $4599          $2599
     Macintosh Quadra 700 4 MB            $5199          $3299
     Macintosh Quadra 700 4/80            $5899          $3999
     Macintosh Quadra 950 8/230           $8499          $5799

Information from:
Charlie Mingo --


Make friends and influence people by sponsoring TidBITS!
Put your company and products in front of tens of thousands of
savvy, committed Apple users who actually buy stuff.
More information: <>