After repeated delays, 3Com/Palm Computing has posted a public beta of its Macintosh Palm Desktop 2.1 on its Web site. We typically don't report on beta releases, but in this case Mac-based PalmPilot and Palm III users have waited for months for the new software, which replaces the awkward Pilot Desktop 1.0 (see "Palm Organizer for Macintosh: Details Emerge" in TidBITS 432), and has troubles with Mac OS 8.5. In addition to offering the ability to synchronize data with Palm organizers, Palm Desktop 2.1 includes Claris Organizer features not available on the Windows version, such as the ability to link records, advanced data filtering and viewing options, and customizable background patterns. Most significantly, the package also includes new HotSync conduit software, allowing third-party developers to write synchronization modules that work with their software's data (for example, a conduit is in the works to translate FileMaker data to the JFile format on the Palm OS). Keep in mind that this is beta software, so back up your handheld's data (one good method is to use Florent Pillet's PalmBuddy) before installing, and consult the installation ReadMe file for known problems in this build (such as turning off File Sharing before installation, and rebuilding your Mac's desktop before running the application). The Palm Desktop 2.1 beta is available as a 8.9 MB download, and requires a Power PC-based Mac.
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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