January 2006

TextMate

by Michael Alderete on 1/12/2006 · 10 comments

I’ve used BBEdit for many years, starting with version 3.5 and buying every version released since then. It’s a wonderful application, one where when I learn of a new version, I send them my credit card info before reading what’s actually in a new release. To say that I love BBEdit is an understatement; it’s been one of the core tools I’ve used to earn a living for more than a decade.

A little over a year ago, a new kid on the OS X text editing block appeared. TextMate was the first text editing application I’ve seen in 10+ years which has tempted me to leave BBEdit, mostly on the strength of a screencast for Ruby on Rails, where TextMate was (in theory) an incidental part of the demo.

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How do you take iPod screenshots?

by Michael Alderete on 1/2/2006 · 10 comments

I want to take screenshots of an iPod screen, to add more documentation and information to Aldo on Audiobooks, but I can’t figure out how to take them. Apple includes terrific screen captures from iPods — both old and new — in their iPod 101 site. How do you do it? Do you just take photos of the screen using a normal camera? The quality of Apple’s screens is too high for that…

I tried Googling around, but came up with nothing. Anyone know? Please tell me!

Update: The iPhone and iPod Touch both allow you to take screenshots without any special hacks; just press both the top Sleep button and the bottom Home button at the same time and, after the screen flashes, the screenshot goes into the Photos application. What I was interested in was how to take screenshots of the “classic” iPod user interface, which seems to not be possible unless you are Apple.

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