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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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At the keynote address at the Macworld Expo in Tokyo this week, Steve Jobs continued Apple's move to CD-RW (recordable CD drives) as the media device of choice in new Macintosh computers. Apple's iMac line still includes Indigo and Graphite models, and adds psychedelic Blue Dalmation and Flower Power designs. Available in a basic 400 MHz model ($900, with CD-ROM drive) and higher-end 500 MHz and 600 MHz models ($1,200 and $1,500 with CD-RW drives), the iMac family is now at the core of Apple's "digital lifestyle" push. The 450 MHz Power Mac G4 Cube ($1,300) retains its DVD-ROM drive. New models at $1,600 and $2,144 (with 128 and 256 MB of memory, respectively, compared to 64 MB for the base model) sport CD-RW drives, and the high-end unit features nVIDIA's GeForce2 MX video controller and a 60 GB hard drive.

Apple also announced a $1000 price cut in its 22-inch flat-panel Cinema Display, now a mere $3,000. Almost lost in the shuffle was word that Apple's top-of-the-line 733 MHz Power Mac G4 minitower, with CD- and DVD-writing SuperDrive, is now shipping.

 

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