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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Explaining the Big 3 Confusions with Messages: 14 November 2012
In TidBITS Presents "Explaining the Big 3 Confusions with Messages," Glenn Fleishman drew on his experience gained from writing "Take Control of Messages in Mountain Lion" and the discussions he has had with Messages users to explain the top three confusions that people have with the Messages app: dealing with the many email addresses and iPhone numbers that associate with iMessage, trying to convert a text chat into an audio chat, and understanding the connection between conversations and transcripts. Watch it via the embedded YouTube viewer below, or see a summary in TidBITS.
Our attendees provided great comments and questions via our embedded live chat, the transcript of which is still available.
Protecting Your Digital Life: 22 August 2012
In TidBITS Presents "Protecting Your Digital Life," with Rich Mogull, Joe Kissell, and Adam Engst, we talked about the recent high profile hack of technology writer Mat Honan and discussed best practices for ensuring that you don't fall prey to similar digital hijacking. In particular, we focused on the problem of password reuse, the importance of protecting your primary email account, the best way of dealing with security questions, what information about us is available online, the absolute necessity of backups, and who is most likely to suffer from hacking. Check it out!
Upgrading to and Using Mountain Lion: 1 August 2012
Sit down and check out this second TidBITS Presents "Upgrading to and Using Mountain Lion," with Joe Kissell, Matt Neuburg, and Adam Engst. It was a live presentation via Google+ Hangouts On Air, given on Wednesday, 1 August 2012, to TidBITS members and owners of "Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion" and "Take Control of Using Mountain Lion." We had about 200 attendees for the live presentation, and they provided lots of great comments and questions via our embedded live chat, the transcript of which is also available.
Please do leave us comments (on TidBITS, Google+, or YouTube) about the presentation, in terms of content, presentation style, length, technical experience, and so on. We're talking about doing more live online events, and we're curious about what you might like to see from us.
Thanks for watching, and we hope you find the content useful!
Adieu MobileMe: 16 June 2012
Please enjoy the first TidBITS Presents: Adieu MobileMe, with Joe Kissell and Adam Engst. This was a live presentation via Google+ Hangouts On Air, given on Saturday, 16 June 2012. We had about 200 attendees for the live presentation, and they provided lots of great comments and questions via Google+ and Twitter (hashtag #tbpresents).
Please do leave us comments (on TidBITS, Google+, or YouTube) about both the content of the presentation and (if you watched it live) your technical experience, since we heard from some people during the event that the video was either nonexistent or very choppy.
Thanks for watching, and we hope you find the content useful!
TidBITS Presents FAQ
Can I make the video larger?
If you hover over the player, controls appear, including a full screen button in the lower right corner. Click that to give us bigger heads, though then you won't be able to see the chat at the same time.
What should I do if I need to take a break during the live presentation?
If you need to step away, that's no problem. Just click the Play/Pause button to pause the playback and then resume it when you come back. We'll have continued on, and you'll be watching us in the past. It's just like pausing in TiVo. Be aware that you might be out of sync with the live chat.
What should I do if I have trouble loading the video or with it pausing?
There are three different places any TidBITS Presents event can be watched, this page, Google+, and YouTube. If one doesn't work, try another. Also, it's worth trying the Google Chrome Web browser, which has its own internal Flash support and which is undoubtedly tested more heavily against Google+ and YouTube than Safari or Firefox.
If I get kicked out and have to reload the page, how do I avoid starting at the beginning?
Click the Live button in the player to jump to the present.
How do I watch TidBITS Presents live on an iOS device?
The following steps worked for us during a dry run, but failed during the next actual presentation, so we're not sure what to say here. We'll keep investigating.
On your iOS device, tap Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions.
Enter a four-digit passcode; I recommend using the same passcode as for the device in general.
Tap the slider to turn YouTube off. Leave all the other settings alone and switch to Safari.
In the details for the presentation, tap the YouTube link; it should load in Safari, and you can make the video full screen by tapping the button in the upper right corner.
How do I download the video for later offline viewing?
We recommend trying MacTubes for downloading YouTube videos.
How can I find out when a TidBITS Presents event is coming up?
The best way is to subscribe to the TidBITS Events calendar using Calendar, iCal, BusyCal, or whatever other CalDAV-compatible calendar program you may use.
What's the best way to find a TidBITS Presents start time in my time zone?
We recommend the Every Time Zone site; just drag the slider at the top until the green line shows the start time in New York.