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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.

 

 

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iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iSight See Updates

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iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iSight See Updates -- Apple last week released updates to three of its iLife '05 applications, providing a small but welcome collection of bug fixes. iPhoto 5.0.2 (a 5.5 MB download) gains stability and improved performance, especially on PowerPC G3-based Macs. It also allows resizable thumbnails in book layout mode and improves slideshow performance. iMovie HD 5.0.2 (a 2.7 MB download) addresses audio and video synchronization, adds better support for pass-through devices (such as analog-to-digital converters), and improves exporting HDV (high definition) video back to the camera. It also seems to fix a bug where titles would disrupt DV video clips, and better handles iMovie 4 projects that used speed-adjusted clips. iDVD 5.0.1 (a 2.6 MB download) improves stability and compatibility with iMovie HD and with iPhoto slideshows. Lastly, Apple updated the iSight software to version 1.0.3 (a 1.1 MB download), which improves the audio recording capabilities of the tiny video camera. All four updates are available via Software Update, or as separate downloads. [JLC]

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