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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Adobe stunned the creative world this week by dropping boxed versions of Adobe Creative Suite 6 in favor of the subscription-based Creative Cloud. Josh Centers digs into the details to see if Creative Cloud is good or bad for users. In other news, Glenn Fleishman profiles the new App.net Passport iOS app, which is a directory of App.net apps and users, and as a bonus, we’re giving away free App.net accounts! On a practical note, Michael Cohen tells you what to do when your Web browser won’t display PDFs, and he examines Marvin, a new ebook reader for iOS with some amazing features but an Achilles heel. Matt Neuburg wraps up the issue with a review of Cloud Mate for iOS, which brings even more of the power of Dropbox to iCloud. Notable software releases this week include Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1.2, Alfred 2.0.3, Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.4, and Fission 2.1.3.
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