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Spin Through Toolbar View Options

Although many people never change their toolbars from the default settings, all standard toolbars on the Mac offer six states: icon only, text only, and icon and text, with all three coming in normal and small size. You can change them by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.

But there's a shortcut that makes it easier to check out each variant. Simply Command-click the toolbar lozenge at the upper right of a window, and the toolbar switches to the next view. Click it enough times, and you cycle back to the start.

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Adobe Flies from Creative Suite into the Creative Cloud

Adobe is leaving the boxed software game for a subscription-only model. Will it be good or bad for customers?Show full article Issues Passport iOS App

The messaging infrastructure service has released Passport, an iOS utility app that also enables signing up for a free-tier account without an invitation, but doesn’t allow posting or messaging. This is all part of’s support for developers.Show full article

What to Do When Your Web Browser Won’t Display PDFs

These days, most Web browsers can display PDFs with aplomb. But if you see a black or white screen instead of a PDF in your browser, you may need to remove an elderly plug-in or two.Show full article

FunBITS: The Deceptively Simple Games of Matt Neuburg

If you’re looking for more of a challenge from casual iOS games, then our own Matt Neuburg’s apps will hit the spot.Show full article

Marvin the Intelligent Ebook Reader (Almost) Gets It Right

Marvin, an ebook reader for iPad, offers advanced reading tools over other ebook readers, but its Achilles heel is faithful rendering of more complex book layouts.Show full article

Cloud Mate Brings Its Magic to Your iOS Devices

Cloud Mate’s developers have been so hard at work since our review a month ago that it deserves another visit. Along with an improved Mac app, there’s now an iOS version of Cloud Mate that magically shows you all your iCloud documents, even though that should be impossible.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13 May 2013

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.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 13 May 2013

With Managing Editor Josh Centers on the job, we have a nice set of ExtraBITS for you to read this week, including articles about how the iPad could interfere with pacemakers, how iOS encryption is slowing down law enforcement, concerns about Apple’s weak and confusing photo management story, Apple breaking into the Fortune 10 for the first time, and a nice overview of iPad writing tools.Show full article

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