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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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Imaging an Address -- Brandon Munday <mundayrb%am4@mr.nawcad.navy.mil> offers a suggestion for displaying your email address on a Web page in a manner that prevents automated spiders from sucking it down:

I used an image editing program to create a graphic image of my email address, in a font and size similar to that used by most browsers. I saved it as a GIF with a transparent background. Then I placed that image on the Web page anywhere I needed the email address, and used something like "Email address" as the alternate text for the image. Further, I removed all "mailto:" links, and added an apology that there was no clickable link, and asked for the reader's understanding. This way, anyone looking at the Web page with a browser with images enabled sees my email address in clear text. But the address does not exist as part of the page's text, so no spider or robot can glean the information automatically.

 

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