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Enable better font smoothing on some LCD displays in Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard removed some options for font smoothing, and some third-party monitors may suffer degraded font rendering as a result. This hint explains how to possibly restore the font smoothing on those monitors via a Terminal command

Another way to securely delete the trash in Snow Leopard

You can set up the Finder to securely empty your Mac's trash by default. But here's another, very simple way to securely empty the trash in Snow Leopard.

Photoshop tip: Masking 101

Chris McVeigh shows you three masking techniques that can be used in Photoshop CS3 or CS4.

Access old-style Dock contextual menus in Snow Leopard

Learn two ways -- one temporary, one permanent -- to use the 10.5-style contextual Dock menus in Snow Leopard.

Bugs & Fixes: Safe Boot fixes iWork and iWeb crashes

If any of the iWork components or iWeb '09 crash when you run Mac OS X 10.6.2, Safe Boot can help fix the problem.

Enable visual tab switcher in Firefox 3.6 beta

Learn how to enable a visual tab switcher, much like the OS X Command-Tab application switcher, in the Firefox 3.6 beta releases.

Blu-ray buying guide

It may have beaten out HD-DVD in the bloody battle to be the high definition optical drive standard, but in the roughly year and a half since the format wars ended, Blu-ray DVD has yet to gain any real traction in the desktop computer realm. That should change in the near future.

Safe fonts: Conquering the cross-platform divide

Font sharing across platforms, and even between previous Mac operating systems, can be tricky. Here are some of the problems you might encounter and some suggestions on how to solve them.

Printing font samples from Font Book

There are many ways you can preview your fonts in Leopard or Snow Leopard. But sometimes nothing beats printed versions of fonts so you can peruse your fonts the way most people will see them: on paper. In this excerpt from Take Control of Fonts in Leopard, Sharon Zardetto walks you through printing font samples from OS X's Font Book.

Holiday newsletters with Pages '09

Adam Berenstain walks you through the steps of creating a holiday newsletter in Pages '09.

Force Mail in 10.6 to only copy e-mail addresses

By default, when you use the contextual menu to copy an e-mail address in 10.6's Mail app, you get not only the address, but the user's name and angle brackets around the e-mail address. This hint explains how to force Mail to only copy the e-mail address.

E-mail and the advantages of deception

Despite what you learned at Sunday school, lying in the service of preventing spam is not a sin.

iTunes compilations: what holds them together?

The Compilations tag and functionality in iTunes, the iPod, and the iPhone can be confusing. Here's how it all breaks down.

Design basics: Repetition rocks

In this third part of our Design Basics series, Lesa Snider walks you through the concept of repetition.

Start a new Mail message from any application

Learn how to use an AppleScript to start a new Mail message from any application, in both OS X 10.5 and 10.6