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Copy Excel Selection as a Picture

Want to show someone a chunk of an Excel spreadsheet via email or iChat? You could take a screenshot, but if you want to show just a portion of the Excel window and you don't use a utility like Snapz Pro, you can do this right from within Excel 2008. Make a selection, hold down the Shift key, and choose Copy Picture from the Edit menu. You can select whether the selection will be rendered as though it was shown on screen or as though it was printed. Then just switch to your desired destination and paste.

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Thunderbolt Software Update 1.2.1 Released, Apple Apologizes

Apple has released Thunderbolt Software Update 1.2.1 to fix the boot failure problems caused by the 1.2 release. And, in a refreshing change, the company has acknowledged the mistake and apologized for the disruption.Show full article

MacBook Pro with Retina Display: Review Revue

The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display (say that 10 times fast!) is garnering positive reviews from most quarters for its centerpiece feature as well as its speedy responsiveness.Show full article

SOHO Organizer Syncs Contacts with iCloud in Snow Leopard

If you have a Mac that’s restricted to Snow Leopard, for whatever reason, you can still access your iCloud-based contacts from it using Chronos’s SOHO Organizer, which is a far better contact program than Address Book. Unfortunately, there’s no good connection between SOHO Organizer and other apps that look to Address Book for contact information.Show full article

Comparing 1982’s Future to Today’s Present

In June 1982, the National Science Foundation released a commissioned report describing how electronic information technology would transform America. Turn on your teletext to find out how accurate it was.Show full article

Answering Questions about Sandboxing, Gatekeeper, and the Mac App Store

The combination of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper and Apple’s recently enacted sandboxing requirement for the Mac App Store will provide Mac users with significant protection from attackers, but Apple will need to maintain the right balance of control and freedom or risk hamstringing the Mac platform.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 26 June 2012

Notable software releases this week include TextExpander 4.0, Skype, and Bento 4.1.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 26 June 2012

Only one quick hit this week, but you’ll find plenty to read, since it’s a collection of interesting responses to an NPR intern revealing that she has purchased almost none of the music in her 11,000-song collection.Show full article

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