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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 7 April 2014

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Paprika 2.0.2 -- Hindsight Labs LLC has released Paprika 2.0.2, fixing bugs and tweaking the popular recipe manager (see “FunBITS: Paprika Recipe Manager for iPhone, iPad, and Mac,” 14 March 2014). Paprika 2.0.2 fixes problems when editing recipes from the meal planner, reduces space between items in printed grocery lists, restores the capability to drop images from the browser into the clipboard tools, and fixes serving sizes in scaled recipes when printing, emailing, or exporting them. ($19.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update, 3.5 MB)

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Type2Phone 2.4.1 -- Houdah Software has updated Type2Phone to version 2.4, adding a welcome Compose window to the utility that lets you type on your iOS devices from your Mac. We haven’t covered minor releases since my review a year ago (see “Type2Phone: Use Your Mac as a Keyboard for iOS Devices,” 10 April 2013), but most of the new features until now have revolved around automatic device connections and keyboard shortcuts. Notably, though, version 2.2 gained a Send Using Type2Phone option that’s available from the Apple menu’s Services submenu when you select text in many applications. Type2Phone 2.4 goes one step further and adds a compose window (look in the Window menu) that enables you to write on your Mac and then send the results to your iOS device with the click of a button. A quick 2.4.1 release restores compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and lets you invoke the iOS Spotlight search with F6 on the Mac. ($4.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update, 800K)

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Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3 -- Apple has released Safari 7.0.3 for users of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, with improvements to credit card autofill, a new preference to disable push notification prompts, and support for Web pages with generic top-level domains. Safari 7.0.3 also fixes issues that could block receipts of push notifications from Web sites and cause the search and address field to load content before the Return key was pressed. The update also brings a number of security improvements, notably strengthened Safari sandboxing. Among the security fixes are quite a few identified by the Google Chrome Security Team.

Simultaneously Apple released Safari 6.1.3 for users of 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.7 Lion with improved Safari sandboxing, support for generic top-level domains, the search field bug fix, and the same security fixes. Both updates are available only through Software Update. (Free)

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