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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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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 22-Sep-08

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  • iPhone Configuration Utility 1.0.1 for Mac OS X from Apple updates the utility used by system administrators to manage iPhone and iPod touch configurations. Apple doesn't specify what's changed in this revision, so we're assuming it applies bug fixes. (Free, 9.3 MB)
  • Final Cut Server Update 1.1.1 from Apple addresses performance, stability, and installation issues in Final Cut Server 1.1. A Final Cut Server serial number is required to download the standalone update. (Free, 55.3 MB)
  • Pro Applications Update 2008-03 from Apple improves performance and stability in Compressor and Apple Qmaster, and is recommended for owners of Final Cut Studio 2, Final Cut Server, and Logic Studio. The update is available via Software Update or as a standalone download; the latter requires a valid Final Cut Studio 2 serial number. (Free, 64.4 MB)
  • Gears for Safari 0.4.22.0 from Google is the official release of the software that enables offline use of otherwise online Web apps like Google Docs (for more information, see "How to Use Google Docs Offline in Safari," 2008-09-01). Google offers a bit more technical information in the introductory blog post. (Free)
  • BBEdit 9.0.1 from Bare Bones Software fixes a wide variety of minor bugs in the recently released BBEdit text editor. Areas of focus include text completion, dealing with documents that appear in multiple windows, and the new modeless Find dialog. It's worth browsing through the release notes to see if any of the changes fix any annoyance you've had, but this really is tweaky stuff. ($125 new, free update for 9.0 users or $30 from previous versions, 15.4 MB)
  • Coda 1.5.1 from Panic offers bug fixes for the just-updated Coda Web development tool. A number of crashing bugs have been squashed, the Terminal window can now prompt before allowing itself to be closed, drag-and-drop duplication now works for folders, and deleting a remote file while it's being edited closes its editor. Coda's release notes detail a number of other interesting changes - they're worth a read. ($99 new, free update, 19 MB)
  • Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.2 from Apple adds raw image file compatibility to Aperture 2 and iPhoto '08 for the following cameras: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/Kiss Digital F/1000D, Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n, Nikon D700, Olympus EVOLT E-420, Olympus EVOLT E-520, Olympus SP-570, Samsung GX-10, Samsung GX-20, Sony DSLR-A300, and Sony DSC-R1. Apple installs camera compatibility at the system level, so installing the update requires a restart. (Free, 3.5 MB)
  • Apple Remote Desktop 3.2.2 Client and Apple Remote Desktop 3.2.2 Admin from Apple improve the reliability of the Copy Items command, use unicast packets for improved performance while upgrading client software across a network, and apply fixes to the Force Quit All Applications and Copy items to Computer Automator actions. The updates require Apple Remote Desktop 3.0 or later. (Free update, 2.82 MB for the Client or 30 MB for the Admin)
  • Server Admin Tools 10.5.5 from Apple updates the collection of server tools by correctly enabling and showing the status of RADIUS or Kerberos authentication for PPTP VPN, reliably displays the primary IP address for 802.11n-enabled AirPort Base Stations, and fixes a number of other issues. (Free, 64 MB)

 

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