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Option-click to Hide Apps Quickly

This trick has been available in the Mac OS for years, but many people still don't know it. If you have too many windows cluttering up your screen, you can hide specific ones easily as you work. When you're in any application, hold down the Option key and click on another app's window, on the Dock, or in the Finder to switch to that other app and simultaneously hide all the windows in the previously current app.

 
 
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Mellel 2.0 Ships

Mellel 2.0 Ships -- The Israeli company RedleX has released Mellel 2.0, a significant upgrade to their word processor with a slew of new features aimed largely at working with long and complex documentsShow full article

DealBITS Drawing: Sunatori.com Pen

And now for something completely different! Long-time TidBITS reader Simon Sunatori recently contacted us about doing a DealBITS drawing for a new pen he'd invented and patented, and while it wasn't Mac-related (other than coming in colors reminiscent of the original iPod mini), I was sufficiently intrigued to check it outShow full article

Apple Fixes Panther-to-Tiger AirPort Upgrade Problems

I've been asking Apple for a couple of months to let me talk to engineers or product managers about the problem I wrote about recently (see "Adding Tiger's AirPort Preferred Network List" in TidBITS-794 and "Tiger Still Resists Showing Preferred Networks" in TidBITS-795). In brief, some users who upgraded from Panther to Tiger did not see the Preferred Networks list in the AirPort tab of the Network preference paneShow full article

Cell and Dial-Up Modem Updates

If there's any question that TidBITS readers are {handsome|beautiful} and read what we write thoroughly, my mailbox from the latest issue is proof positive! Several folks wrote in to correct a few errors in my two modem pieces in last week's issue: one on Apple's dial-up USB modem; the other on the array of PC Card EVDO (high-speed cellular data) modems (see "Null Modem: Dial-Up for Macs?" and "Sprint Nextel Data Service Could Help Traveling Mac Users" in TidBITS-804). Apple USB Modem -- When I first wrote about the Apple USB Modem, it was available only as a build-to-order option with the new iMac G5 (iSight)Show full article

Audio File Concatenation: Driven to Distraction by DRM

As I wrote in "iPods Defeating Insomnia" in TidBITS-768, Tonya and I like to listen to audio books on our iPod to help us fall asleep at nightShow full article

Take Control News/14-Nov-05

"Take Control of Digital TV" Released -- Although many of us know a fair amount about Macintosh hardware, delving into the world of digital television is a humbling experience - it involves a baffling array of buzzwords and acronyms, and that's before you get into deciding between direct view and projection TVs and trying to tease out the relevant differences between LCD, plasma, DLP, and CRT-based setsShow full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/14-Nov-05

The first link for each thread description points to the traditional TidBITS Talk interface; the second link points to the same discussion on our Web Crossing server, which provides a different look and which may be faster. Course Scheduling Software -- A reader looking for software suggestions finds lots of possible solutionsShow full article

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