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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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Apple Data Detectors 1.0.2

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Apple Data Detectors 1.0.2 -- With Mac OS 8's contextual menu technology and the combination of Apple Data Detectors and Internet Address Detectors (ADD/IAD), you can highlight a block of text in almost any application, then choose actions for any URLs, email addresses, newsgroup names, or other particular items the text contains. The release of ADD/IAD 1.0.2 optimizes performance and adds actions for interacting with FileMaker Pro and QuarkXPress. Additionally, users can disable contextual menus in selected applications by choosing an item from the Help menu when the application is active. Although Apple steered developers away from Control-click combinations for years, Mac OS 8's contextual menus can still interfere with some programs. Some applications that implement their own contextual menus (such as BBEdit) may not offer the exclusion option, and some applications don't know how to handle a change to the Help menu. ADD/IAD 1.0.2 requires a PowerPC-based Mac and Mac OS 7.6 or higher, and is a 1.9 MB download. (You'll need DiskCopy 6.1 or Aladdin's ShrinkWrap 3.0 to access the disk image.) Information is available from Apple if you want to build your own actions using AppleScript. [JLC]

<ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple.Support.Area/ Apple_SW_Updates/US/ Macintosh/System/ Other_System/ADD-IAD_1.0.2.img.hqx>
<ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple.Support.Area/ Apple_SW_Updates/US/ Macintosh/Utilities /Disk_Copy_6.1.3.sea.hqx>
<http://www.aladdinsys.com/dev/shrinkwrap/>
<http://applescript.apple.com/data_detectors/>

 

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>