Mac Tips

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina On The Way?

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Rumours are abounding that Apple are developing a 13" version of the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display.  It is suggested that they will be released with 8gb of RAM and a 2.7Ghz Intel Corei7 just like it's big brother the 15".  References have been unearthed inside configuration files on the new Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Operating System that refer to a new MP60 model which has not yet been released.  Let's hope it's true, I'm in need of an upgrade myself try our!

The Beauty of PDF Integration

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If any of you have used Windows, you will know that creating PDF files usually requires installation of extra software etc.  On the Mac, this is not the case.  PDF has been very nicely integrated with the Operating System (Mac OS X) so that all you have to do in order to create one is tell your Mac that you want to print.

But - instead of actually printing the document, you select Save As PDF... from the menu located at the bottom of the print dialog box.

This allows you to save the file wherever you like, naming it as you like and it is automatically created in PDF format.  You can then email it or whatever you wish to do with it.

PDF stands for Portable Document Format and it's a lovely way to exchange data as it saves your document in a read-only format that can be viewed on just about any device.  Almost all users would have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed nowadays, which is what you generally use to view PDF files.  The Preview app that comes with Mac OS X is also an excellent choice and very easy to use.

The Secret Camera (Mac OS X)

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Many people are unaware of the fact that their Mac actually has a built-in digital camera for taking screenshots and screen grabs.  It really is a magical little tool and deserves to be noticed! It's very simple to use really.  Just press the CMD and SHIFT modifier keys at the same time and while you are still pressing them, press the number 3 on the top row of keys (not from the keypad if you have one).  You will hear a click like the shutter of a camera and the next thing you know - there's an image file on your desktop which contains a full screenshot of exactly how your screen was when you pressed the '3' key.  This can be very useful in many situations, such as sending in a screenshot to help diagnose some Mac problem that you are experiencing. Furthermore, bigger and better in my view, is the screen grab feature.  In exactly the same way, you press the CMD and SHIFT modifier keys at the same time - but this time you press the number 4 from the top row of keys.  A small cross-hairs will replace the arrow on the screen and you can then draw a box around whatever it is you want to grab.  As soon as you let go of the mouse button, you will hear the camera click sound and another image will appear on your desktop.  This time it contains only the area you selected on the screen. Now that you know about this little trick and you know how to use it, I bet it comes in very handy on a regular basi 🙂