Archive for July, 2010

I found out about this text selection technique by accident, but found it to be very useful.

Let’s say you are writing a document in TextEdit —or any other text editor, for that matter—, and all of the sudden want to change the style of the headings or paragraphs in your document. If your text editor does not have styling build into it, that formats all of your headings, paragraphs and quotations, etc., you probably know how tedious it is to go through each of these elements, changing their style independently.

To do this more efficiently, you can use a keyboard command, which selects text in a non-linear fashion. Try selecting a piece of text, like say a heading. Headings are usually not ordered in your text side-by-side, meaning that there is probably text in between them. Hold down CMD + OPTION + SHIFT, now you can select another heading, regardless of whether or not there is any text between the two headings you have selected. You can now bring up the text formatting tools and format all of your selected headings accordingly.

This becomes particularly useful when dealing with text editing applications, that lacks a document styling features — like TextEdit.

Another technique, which inverts your selection, can also be quite useful at times. Holding down CMD + SHIFT will select text, just as regular SHIFT-selection. However, if you do this over already selected text, the previously selected text will now be omitted from your selection.

There are a few other related keyboard commands for text editing available. Some of which, I do not know the application for, but try them out for yourselves:
Box Selection: Hold down the OPTION key.
Box Invert Selection: Hold down CMD + OPTION.


Hello, World!

Posted: July 18, 2010 in Announcements

.. well, it took me a while, but here it is. I have been wanting to do a blog for quite some time now, and yet not much has happened – until now, that is.

Those in the know, would probably point out that I just might be a programmer. Judging by the entitlement of my very first posting here.

Let me start by introducing myself. You might just have figured out my name by now, but just in case some numb-nut didn’t catch that; my name is Casper. I live in Denmark —shivers—, and at 22 years of age I went back to school, to get a bachelors degree in software. I am an avid Apple-fanatic and I do a lot of creative things on my Mac, many of which I’ll be talking about here — programming, music production, etc.

My passion for creative development is primarily driven by coffee consumption the intellectual challenges it presents and of course being able to say ’I made that’, which is just so incredibly rewarding.

So, What Gives?
I am writing this blog for a couple of reasons; one being that I read a lot of blogs myself, and find it to be a good source for information — hopefully I can provide you with some good information on the topics I am knowledgable in as well.

Right of the Bat
The very first things I have added to the blog, are sections on my projects and tutorials I have written. There is currently one project listed, and one tutorial being written at this time. Quite a few tutorials are foreshadowed in the tutorial section, but for now the only one up and actively being written on is the ‘C-Programming’ tutorial — once the basics of this tutorial have been written, I’ll begin writing on the ‘Objective-C Programming’ tutorial as well.