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Remove unwanted text shadows in iWork programs

Learn how to remove unwanted, and occasionally doubled, shadows in iWork applications. This hint will also work in other programs that use both their own font styling features alongside the system-wide Fonts panel.

Bugs & Fixes: Apple updates disk repair advice

Apple has released a trio of articles that offer new or updated information regarding disk repairs. Ted Landau looks at all three.

Move cursor while paging through files

If you use the Page Up and Page Down keys to flip through files in TextEdit and other applications, learn how to also move the cursor location while doing so.

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.