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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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Yugma Provides Free Web Conferencing

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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard promises to provide screen sharing, but for the next few months, or when needing to share screens with people on other platforms, take a look at Yugma, which provides WebEx-like screen sharing in any Web browser. I ran across it a while ago, and have used it once successfully when getting a demo of SpotDJ, though on another attempt, Jeff Carlson wasn't able to get it to load. Basic features available for free (with ads) for up to 10 users include desktop sharing, free teleconferencing, annotation and whiteboarding tools, the capability to change who's presenting, and public and private chatting. You can pay to increase the number of simultaneous users, and also to enable features like the capability to share mouse and keyboard control with other attendees; scheduled sessions; 100 MB of shared file space; and Web session recording, playback, and hosted webcast (they're all available for 15 days for a free account). Honestly, I'm hoping that Leopard's screen sharing meets my needs, but if it doesn't, I'll give Yugma another try.

Oh, and if you were wondering about the thoroughly odd-sounding name, Yugma means "the state of being in unified collaboration" in Sanskrit, one of the classical languages of India.

 

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