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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

Bugs & Fixes: Spin Doctor, Heal thyself

Ted Landau runs into some problems using Spin Doctor to make audio files from his favorite LPs. And he's not the only one.

Move BBEdit's documents drawer to the other side

Learn how to move the documents drawer in BBEdit from the right-hand side of the window to the left-hand side of the window.

Hands-on with HandBrake 0.9.4

Everyone's favorite free DVD-ripping application for the Mac makes some major strides forward with the 0.9.4 release.

Photoshop tip: Vignettes add focus and character to photos

The vignette effect can add style to your photos. Here's how to create a vignette in Photoshop CS4.

Ten quick Calculator tricks

You may have used Apple's Calculator to calculate a quick sum, but did you know it's got a lot more tricks up its sleeve? From converting units of measurement to taking advantage of the paper tape, Sharon Zardetto shares ten of her favorites.

Release a minimized window using the application switcher

Learn how to free a minimized window from the Dock using the Command-Tab application switcher in certain circumstances.

Eight steps to better holiday cards, books, and calendars in iPhoto

Get a jump start on your holiday projects by using iPhoto to design and print one-of-a-kind cards, books, and more. These tips will help you avoid some of the common pitfalls.

Holiday newsletters with iWeb '09

Save on paper and postage this season with a holiday-inspired Website built with iWeb '09.

Third-party screensavers return to Snow Leopard

After a little wait, many third-party screensavers are now compatible with Snow Leopard. But there are glitches. Ted Landau has details.

Toggle sidebar visibility in all open Finder windows

Using an AppleScript, create a Service (in 10.6) that will let you toggle the visibility of the sidebar in all open Finder windows. This also works in 10.5, but it's not quite as useful there, as the script can't fully hide the sidebar.

Use Tab key in Snow Leopard keyboard shortcuts

Learn how to include the Tab key in user-created keyboard shortcuts in Snow Leopard -- something that wasn't possible in previous OS X releases.