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Option-click to Hide Apps Quickly

This trick has been available in the Mac OS for years, but many people still don't know it. If you have too many windows cluttering up your screen, you can hide specific ones easily as you work. When you're in any application, hold down the Option key and click on another app's window, on the Dock, or in the Finder to switch to that other app and simultaneously hide all the windows in the previously current app.

 
 

LetterRip 2.1.1 Released

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LetterRip 2.1.1 Released -- Fog City Software has released LetterRip 2.1.1, the latest version of their easy-to-use mailing list server software. Version 2.1.1 adds a number of small but welcome improvements, including increased performance accessing subscriber lists (necessitating a new internal subscriber list format - you cannot revert to previous versions without exporting and re-importing your subscriber lists) and reduced memory usage for searches using Apple events. In addition, the LetterRip Administrator Connect dialog defaults to the Password field if the Domain field already contains default text, and the Email Admin processor adds a find command for finding subscribers based on any string in the email address. LetterRip costs $295; upgrades for previous owners are free. Fog City recommends that all users upgrade, particularly those using LetterRip's processors. [ACE]

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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>