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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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The Future Beyond Tomorrow, Courtesy of Adobe

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Adobe wrote in to tell us that my article about GoLive CS2 being dropped from the the forthcoming Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 bundle and replaced with Dreamweaver 8 was incorrect. Sort of.

The press release for the announcement noted, "Future versions of Adobe Creative Suite will integrate Dreamweaver as a replacement for Adobe GoLive. Adobe will continue to develop GoLive as a standalone product." However, the future, according to the email I received, isn't just any time after the present point. Rather, the future is the time beyond the release of Creative Suite 2.3 later this year. Dreamweaver will be bundled with, but not integrated into, the 2.3 version of the suite.

Some other future release - we're talking about the future beyond the future now, most likely Creative Suite 3.0 next year - will integrate Dreamweaver into the suite, after which GoLive will become a standalone product.

Perhaps Adobe PR should have a group viewing of "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension," in which they can peruse the motto of Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems, "Where the future begins tomorrow." Bonus points for anyone who can figure out the other Buckaroo Banzai reference in this issue.

 

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