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Copy Before Submitting Web Forms

Filling in Web forms (like the one used to submit this tip) can be a bit of a gamble - you put in your pearls of wisdom, perhaps only to lose them all if the Web page flakes out or the browser crashes. Instead of losing all your text, "save" it by pressing Command-A to select all and then Command-C to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Do this periodically as you type and before you click Submit, and you may "save" yourself from a lot of frustration. It takes just a second to do, and the first time you need to rely on it to paste back in lost text, you'll feel smart.

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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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