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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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My home MacBook's Address Book is finally, blissfully, in sync with the rest of my datasphere. As I wrote about in "MobileMe Fails to Launch Well, But Finally Launches," 2008-07-12, my work Mac Pro and my 2G iPhone both seemed to cope with the changeover for MobileMe without a hitch. Once the Web applications started to work, I could see the same data either instantly or within moments at, on the Mac Pro, or on the iPhone.

Not so with my MacBook. I tried everything. Reset the sync. Unregistered all computers with MobileMe and restarted. Deleted files in my Application Support directory. Used Console to read log files. Talked (unofficially) with some folks at Apple. Posted to the Apple forums. Nada. I even imported all my data from the Mac Pro into my MacBook's Address Book just to see if a corrupted record might have been the problem. Nope.

And, then, last night it just started to work. Nothing to see here, move along now. With all my systems synchronized, I am finally starting to appreciate the new push and semi-push (15 minute delay on desktop) efforts that Apple made. I updated some phone number information for my parents, and by the time I checked on my MacBook, the details were updated. I deleted some garbled contacts via, and a few seconds later, they were gone from the iPhone.


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