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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While we all wait for Apple to release Mountain Lion, we have a slew of practical articles for you this week. Adam Engst explains how you can control your Apple TV with the same remote you use for your TV, and how to make sure you’re getting the bandwidth from your ISP that you’re paying for. Also, Agen Schmitz delves into the dark world of MPAA ratings and iTunes metadata to figure out how to apply them to videos he would prefer his five-year-old didn’t run across on the iPad. Plus, Adam covers the story about how Dropbox’s Public folder will be going away (but can be re-enabled) for new accounts, and we’re looking to find out which day of the week would be best for our upcoming TidBITS Presents: “Upgrading to and Using Mountain Lion.” Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.2.3, iPhoto ’11 9.3.1, and Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.4.
We’re getting ready for our next big live event, which will cover upgrading to and using Mountain Lion, with TidBITS editors Joe Kissell and Matt Neuburg presenting. Let us know which days of the week work best for you!Show full article
With users complaining after an announcement that the Dropbox Public folder would disappear from new accounts, Dropbox subsequently said that new users would be able to turn the Public folder on if they so wished, and that the Dropbox API would be extended to support developers who wanted to rely on the Public folder. All’s well that ends well.Show full article
If you’ve ever wished you could control your Apple TV with the same remote you use for your television, you’re in luck — it’s easy to do.Show full article
After being disappointed with the performance of his Internet connection, Adam Engst spent several weeks getting a new cable, upgrading to a higher service level, and swapping cable modems before Time Warner was able to provide the bandwidth he had been promised. It’s worth checking your Internet connection and making sure you’re getting what you’re paying for — read on for Adam’s advice on the best way to proceed.Show full article
After implementing iOS Restrictions settings to display only age-appropriate movies and TV shows on the iPad his five-year-old son uses, Agen Schmitz discovered the movies he had encoded himself were not filtered out because they didn’t include MPAA or TV Parental Guidelines ratings metadata. And there’s no way to add those ratings to a video file via iTunes. Here’s how he used the iDentify shareware app to protect his son from the evils of Louis C.K.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.2.3, iPhoto ’11 9.3.1, and Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.4.Show full article
Two quick ExtraBITS for you this week: news of Apple withdrawing from, and then immediately rejoining, the EPEAT program for environmental stewardship; and the strange story of a Russian hacker who figured out how to trick iOS into allowing free in-app purchases.Show full article