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Open URLs Quickly from BBEdit

If you're working on a bit of text (HTML or otherwise) in BBEdit, and you see a URL that you'd like to open, the fastest way is to Command-click it. Most BBEdit users probably already know this tip, but if you don't, it's a huge time-saver. (The same trick works in BBEdit's free little brother, TextWrangler.)

 
 

Bonus Stories for 15-Dec-08

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Converting from Now Up-to-Date to iCal and BusySync -- After many years of relying on Now Up-to-Date, Adam and Tonya make the jump to using iCal, bolstered by the syncing capabilities of BusySync. The process is not a simple one, though, and although the new capabilities are welcome, iCal presents some annoyances as well. (Adam C. Engst, 2008-12-12)


Caffeine Helps Video-Playing Macs Stay Awake -- Keep your Mac awake with a useful utility that temporarily disables normal power-saving measures while you're watching Web-based video. (Adam C. Engst, 2008-12-11)


Minimize Desktop Distractions -- Ever find yourself distracted by your own Mac, with windows from your Web browser or sounds generated by incoming mail preventing you from getting down to your real work? Doug McLean set out to find some programs that can help you focus on what's important. (Doug McLean, 2008-12-04)


Printing Shipping Labels from PayPal's Shopping Cart -- PayPal's label printing service does not currently support Mac users with label printers, but Mac consultant Dennis Wurster has come up with an easy workaround for those in need. (Dennis Wurster, 2008-12-04)


New Mouse Pad Is Solid Aluminum -- The new MacPadd is a solid piece of anodized aluminum, and well, that's about it, other than it being patent pending and having a gratuitous D in its name. (Adam C. Engst, 2008-11-24)


EtherPad Brings Simultaneous Writing to the Web -- With EtherPad, the Mac's SubEthaEdit finally gains some company in the realm of collaborative writing, in which two or more people can edit a document and see all the edits in real time. EtherPad's difference: It's a Web application that de facto supports many platforms without the need for a central Mac OS X host. (Glenn Fleishman, 2008-11-20)


Top 10 Screensavers for the 21st Century -- Want something to enliven your Mac's screen when you're away from the mouse for 15 or 20 minutes? Doug McLean went hunting for the most interesting screensavers he could find. Here are his top 10. (Doug McLean, 2008-11-04)

 

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