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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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In Memoriam: Bruce Fraser, 1954-2006

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We received the sad news that author and Mac expert Bruce Fraser passed away on Saturday after battling lung cancer. Bruce was one of those few people who can be honestly described as being the world's top expert in his field. In this case, that field was color management.

If you've not done much work with publishing or image manipulation, it might seem trivial to make the image on your screen output on paper - that's what computers do, right? Well, the steps required to accurately reproduce colors are numerous, complex, and bordering on mystical. Bruce knew it all. He wrote many books and articles on the topic, including several revisions of "Real World Photoshop," "Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop," "Real World Color Management," and "Real World Image Sharpening."

I worked with Bruce briefly in 1996 on "Real World Photoshop 3," which he co-authored with David Blatner. I was the newly hired managing editor for Open House Books, a little book packaging company run by Mac author and publishing guru Steve Roth.

I was still getting my feet wet in the book publishing process, so I didn't end up interacting directly with Bruce much, but one anecdote from that time sticks out. During an intense, sleep-deprived period of time working on the book, Bruce was making coffee at 4:00 AM and wondered why one of his faucets was labeled Cyan.

That's the kind of subtle, dry humor that characterized Bruce. The digital world and the real world are both a little less colorful now.

 

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