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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.

 
 

El Camino Becomes Real

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El Camino Becomes Real -- Even though Camino has been in development and available in one form or another for several years, the free, open-source Camino Web browser celebrated its 1.0 birth on Valentine's Day (14-Feb-06). With its roots in the same Mozilla development project that brought us Firefox and connections to Safari (Camino was originally called Chimera, and one of the primary Chimera developers went to Apple to work on the browser that became Safari), Camino offers the fast, lightweight Gecko rendering engine and a suite of modern browser features that may make it a prime candidate for your primary browser. Camino 1.0 supports tabbed browsing, pop-up and advertisement blocking, page security warnings, large picture scaling, a clean downloads experience, and broad media player support.

<http://www.caminobrowser.org/>

Users who are happy with Safari, Firefox, or another favorite browser may still want to try Camino for its excellent rendering speed and integration with Mac OS X. Camino 1.0 is a universal binary, optimized for use on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later, and is available as a standard download (14.2 MB) or a multilingual download (19.5 MB) that supports Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese (for Brazil or Portugal), Russian, Slovak, and Swedish. [MHA]

 

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