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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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TidBITS AutoCorrect Dictionary Tips

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Since I released the TidBITS AutoCorrect Dictionary for Eudora (see "An ATypoKill Eudora Hack" in TidBITS-546), several people submitted corrections that prompted me to do additional cleanup. So, if you download a new version of the dictionary from the same location as mentioned before, you'll get a slightly cleaner file with some capitalization corrections, a few spelling corrections, several more terms, and some problematic two-letter entries removed. I recommend you get the updated version unless you downloaded it after 01-Oct-00.

A few readers had trouble getting the auto-correction feature to work at all; although we haven't yet tracked down a definite response, it's likely that this is related to not having the "Automatically as you type" setting in Eudora's Spell Checking settings panel selected. Or just double-click this URL (you'll need to paste it into a Eudora message if it's not there already):


Barry Wainwright made the trenchant comment that you must not use Eudora's own text-editing capabilities to edit the TidBITS AutoCorrect Dictionary or else all of the incorrect words will immediately be corrected. Just use any other text editor like BBEdit or a word processor that can save a file as text.

Several people moaned - albeit softly - about wanting the same functionality in the Windows version of Eudora. You're in luck: the spelling checker code is cross-platform, the auto-correct functionality is present, and Curtis Wilcox passed along the necessary instructions for Windows users on TidBITS Talk.

Finally, just a reminder that you can use this file in any way you want, so, for instance, I've imported it (via a custom macro) into the just-released Nisus Writer 6.0, which now sports an auto-correct feature but lacks a large auto-correct dictionary.


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Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-05-21 12:31
Since the link to Curtis Wilcox's old TidBITS Talk post is no longer available, I'm posting the relevant text of his message in the next comment.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-05-21 12:31
Curtis wrote:

For the other multi-platform folk out there, this feature is also available in the Windows version and is not completely undocumented (page 278 in the 4.3 manual). The file uchange.tlx is a part of a standard Eudora installation (4.2 or later I think).

To move your auto-correct file from Mac OS to Windows, just rename it uchange.tlx and use a program to change the line feeds from Mac to DOS format (BBEdit Lite or another of many programs). Uchange.tlx belongs in the same directory as your settings file, eudora.ini. Actually you probably don't have to rename the file, just add .tlx to it.