Alco Blom has released version 1.2 of Web Confidential, his $35 shareware utility for securely storing passwords and other confidential information using 448-bit encryption (see "Web Confidential: Securing Information of All Sorts" in TidBITS 441). Version 1.2 adds a number of preferences for saving automatically, confirming deletions, and sorting entries. It also includes a Contextual Menu Manager (CMM) plug-in that eases entry of data into Web Confidential for users of Mac OS 8.0 or higher. First install the plug-in (and Apple Data Detectors, which enable contextual menus in any application), then Control-click on selected text and choose a menu item to transfer the selected text to one of the fields of a Web Confidential card. Version 1.2 is free to registered users and is a 424K download.
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.