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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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C Shells by the C Shore

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Last week's article on Ostrakon, an application shell for THINK C, garnered a response that we feel worth mentioning this week. We said then that compiler packages often came with skeleton applications for people to flesh out, but that Ostrakon took this idea one step farther by providing extensive documentation and commented code. For those who would prefer less external support and a non-existent price tag, there is public domain MPW and THINK C source code for Macintosh applications called TransSkel. TransSkel has been around for some time, and several other modules are available for added functionality. These are TransDisplay and TransEdit, for display windows and standard editing windows. According to Steve Hite, who informed us of our oversight, the TransSkel code is well thought out and structured enough to provide the base for a professional application.

It is available via anonymous FTP from sumex-aim.stanford.edu (see your system administrator if you are unsure if you have FTP or don't know how to use it). Ostrakon undoubtedly has some benefits, but you can't beat the price for TransSkel.

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Steve Hite -- ...gatech!uflorida!unf7!shite

 

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