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.
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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