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Spin Through Toolbar View Options

Although many people never change their toolbars from the default settings, all standard toolbars on the Mac offer six states: icon only, text only, and icon and text, with all three coming in normal and small size. You can change them by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.

But there's a shortcut that makes it easier to check out each variant. Simply Command-click the toolbar lozenge at the upper right of a window, and the toolbar switches to the next view. Click it enough times, and you cycle back to the start.


DealBITS Drawing: BeLight Software's Live Interior 3D

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I imagine that for all of us, there are things we'd really like to do, but somehow have never found the opportunity. For me, one of those things is to create a 3D model of rooms in our house for the purpose of playing with furniture placement, remodeling plans, or honestly, just the fun of having a digital model of a real-world house. And were I ever to build a new house, such a tool would be essential. Alas, time doesn't permit such experimentation at this stage in my life, but for anyone who does want to try 3D modeling of rooms, BeLight Software's new Live Interior 3D looks like it would be a boon. It comes with more than 1,000 objects you can place within your own plans or those you modify from the 50 or so editable templates included. It supports Google 3D Warehouse, and can import objects from other 3D programs. You can also work in 2D mode, where it supports automatic dimensioning, automatic floor and ceiling creation, and smart guides. In 3D mode, there's a walk-through mode with multiple adjustable cameras, and you can set the time of day, geographic orientation, and lighting. It's definitely worth a look.

In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win one of three copies of Live Interior 3D, each worth $79.95. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on Live Interior 3D, so be sure to enter at the DealBITS page. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Be careful with your spam filters and challenge-response systems, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you'll receive the same prize as a reward for spreading the word.


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