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Fixing Save as Adobe PDF Crashes

There have been many reported instances of the "Save as Adobe PDF" workflow crashing regardless of application, but precious few workarounds or resolutions. In troubleshooting, I discovered that there were three instances of the "Save as Adobe PDF.action" in three different locations: /Library/Automator; ~/Library/Automator; and /System/Library/Automator. By eliminating all except the version in /System/Library/Automator, the workflow started behaving, and I was able to cut PDFs directly from the Print dialog.

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TextExpander 4 Fills in Fill-ins

The enhanced fill-in macros in TextExpander 4 make complex fill-in snippets easy to construct. Michael Cohen, author of “Take Control of TextExpander,” explains what they are and why they’re so useful.Show full article

AT&T’s Mobile Share Plans May Cut Costs

AT&T’s new Mobile Share plans seemed like a bad deal at first, but wound up the right fit for Glenn Fleishman’s family. Depending on your usage patterns, they may be worth a look for you as well.Show full article

Amazon Updates Kindle Fire with HD Display, Revamps Lineup

Amazon has strengthened its hand in the tablet sector with the Kindle Fire HD, which provides a choice between 7- and 8.9-inch models with dramatically improved screen resolutions while also adding a bevy of compelling software features and synergistic services. The company also debuted the Kindle Paperwhite, a revamped Kindle Touch e-reader. Show full article

Did Bezos Knock Apple or Android?

An offhand remark by Jeff Bezos during the launch of new Kindle models led industry watchers to wonder which hardware maker he was razzing.Show full article

New App.net Social Network Aspires Beyond Chat and Ads

App.net appeared from nowhere, raised $800,000 to launch a social networking system with huge similarities to Twitter, and has 15,000 people who have paid at least $50 for a year’s membership. Does it really think it can beat Twitter and Facebook at their own games? Not at all. Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 10 September 2012

Notable software releases over the past two weeks include ChronoSync 4.3.5 and ChronoAgent 1.3.6, VMware Fusion and Fusion Professional 5.0.1, SpamSieve 2.9.4, Dragon Dictate 3.0, iMovie ’11 9.0.8, Java for OS X 2012-005 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 10, Adobe Illustrator CS6 16.0.1, Adobe Photoshop CS6 13.0.1, Toast Titanium 11.1, Parallels Desktop 8.0, Hazel 3.0.12, Fantastical 1.3.3, and Firefox 15.0.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 10 September 2012

Getting back to school, or back to work after a summer vacation? If that means getting back to Apple Mail, check out the 30-to-50 percent discounts on a bevy of Mail-related products, including our “Take Control of Apple Mail” books. Other ExtraBITS this week include an explanation of why one of AT&T’s policies is bad for deaf iPhone users, an explanation of Dropbox’s two-factor authentication, and an interview with Tonya Engst on MacVoicesTV.Show full article

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