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How To Easily Take Screenshots In Mac OS X [Video How-To]

How To Easily Take Screenshots In Mac OS X [Video How-To]

Taking screenshots in Mac OS X can be a useful tool. Unfortunately, Apple never talks about this tool, so in turn, it is a relatively unknown feature. In this video, I will show you two easy methods of taking screenshots.

100 Tips #47: Make Template Files With Stationery Pad

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The Stationery Pad is an often overlooked feature of Mac OS X, designed to let you create your own template documents.

It’s a very flexible system – pretty much any document you create can become a template.

Here’s how you use it.

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We’ll Refund Your Old Purchase If You Switch To App Store – Developers

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Mizage, makers of the Divvy window management application, have come up with a clever way round the problem of migrating customers from traditional online purchases to official Mac App Store purchases: if you can prove you’ve bought their app twice, they’ll refund your original payment.

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100 Tips #45: What Are These Folders In My Home Folder?

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The Home folder in a new account will probably look like the one above.

These are the default folders automatically created inside the Home folder of a new account.

You can create more folders here if you wish – after all, this is your Home folder, for you to play with as you see fit – but I’d suggest that beginners stick to the hierarchy that’s set up for you by the system. In this post, we’re going to go through those folders one by one.

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50 Mac Essentials #26: Alfred

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Before I sing the praises of Alfred, allow me a moment to pay homage to its ancestors: LaunchBar and Quicksilver.

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50 Mac Essentials #25: Skype

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I need hardly explain this one. Love it or loathe it, Skype is found pretty much everywhere else, and millions of people are happy users of it on a wide range of computer platforms and mobile devices. Even if you don’t particularly like using it, it’s a good bet that some of your loved ones to – so it’s worth keeping around, just for those occasional video chats.

There are other benefits, too. Skype works on older Macs (even G4s) running older versions of OS X (right down to 10.3.9 with Skype 2.8), and will support a variety of external webcams, mics and headsets. If your hardware is modest, Skype’s still an option for effective videocalls (bandwidth permitting, of course).

Get yer normal Skype here; if you’re feeling brave, try the (rather different) Skype betahere’s Lonnie’s review from last November.

(You’re reading the 25th post in our series, 50 Essential Mac Applications: a list of the great Mac apps the team at Cult of Mac value most. Read more.)

Tune Into The World From Your Menu Bar With Radium [Review]

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Like a lot of Brits my age, I have grown up with the wonderful radio output of the BBC cooing softly in my ears, and now I can’t imagine life without it.

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How One Developer Is Handling The App Store Switch

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Even if you haven’t heard of Michael Göbel before, perhaps you’ve encountered his software. A prolific worker, Michael’s been building an impressive portfolio of applications over the last few years.

Like all developers, he now faces the new challenges of selling via the Mac App Store, and today sent out an email to customers explaining his plans for the future.

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50 Mac Essentials #24: AppCleaner

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AppCleaner is a freeware utility for deleting software from your Mac.

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Mac App Store: What Happens When You Buy Stuff You Already Own

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There’s still some confusion regarding the new Mac App Store, and how it works with applications you already own.

The App Store software tries hard to spot which applications you already have installed, but it doesn’t always get this right.

The result is that sometimes the Store will show you an “Installed” icon, but sometimes it won’t even when it ought to. In which case, it will offer you the chance to buy an app, even if you already own it.

As far as I can see, there are several likely scenarios…

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