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If you're using Boom to increase the volume on your Mac, you can change the amount to which Boom increases the volume quickly in two ways. Either use the slider available from Boom's menu bar icon, or enable and set hotkeys (Command-Shift-+ and Command-Shift-- by default). Then, when you need that push to 11, more volume is available at the click of the mouse or tap of the keyboard.

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MacTech 25 Voting Open, VBA to AppleScript Guide Available

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MacTech Magazine is once again accepting votes for the 2007 MacTech 25, a roundup of the people who contribute the most technical assistance to the Macintosh community through their writing, speaking, and problem-solving. MacTech internal staff aren't eligible and Apple employees will be included only on an honorable mention list, so please, cast your votes for the people who provide you with the most useful technical information.

Last year, Tonya and I made the list because of our work on TidBITS and Take Control, but please let me encourage you also to vote for our colleagues, since Matt Neuburg has done great work in the AppleScript world, Glenn Fleishman is the preeminent journalist covering wireless networking, Joe Kissell has written our top-selling Take Control ebooks, and Jeff Carlson is well known for his books on video and Palm OS handhelds.

Also, if you don't currently receive MacTech and are interested in scripting Microsoft Office, you might wish to consider subscribing. For only $10 shipping and handling plus some answers to survey questions, you can receive six months of MacTech along with the 150-page "Moving from Microsoft Office VBA to AppleScript: MacTech's Guide to Making the Transition." The next version of Microsoft Office for the Mac won't support Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Microsoft's own scripting environment, and will instead rely on AppleScript, a move which will require changes in Office-based automation. The offer is good through 01-Apr-07.


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