Author: Fred Cranston
Date: November, 1987
Keywords: macpaint key caps stepping out macsbug
Text: Lon Poole's "Quick Tips", p. 273, November 87 issue of MacWorld, gives a hint on how to take a picture of Key Caps when Shift and Option are both pressed. He suggests that you open the Key Caps window, press the desired combination of Shift, Command, and Option keys to display the font set. While the keys are pressed, freeze the Key Caps window by placing the pointer over the Key Caps window title bar and then hold down the mouse button. Then release the keys; as long as you hold down the mouse button, the Key Caps display doesn't change. Now, while holding down the mouse button, press Command-Shift-3 to create a MacPaint image of the screen, and let go of the mouse button. If anyone finds that this works, please let me know. I followed his instructions exactly, and did indeed get a picture of the screen, but it was a picture of the screen which occurs when no keys are pressed. My folly of the month was to buy a program called Stepping Out. Stepping Out is a way to expand the small Mac screen and move around without using the scroll bars. It works fine unless you have a screen-saver. My screen-saver is called MacsBug and moves a clock around on the blackened screen. It will not work with Stepping Out. There is one screen-saver that does work with it, AutoBlack version 1.5. In no review of Stepping Out did I see any mention of its difficulty with screen-savers. In the documentation that comes with the disk is the first and only warning that I might have trouble, and I did. I really believe in obeying the copyright rules. I know I would be very upset if I discovered people were photocopying for personal use the book Jenny (my wife) wrote. But Stepping Out is a case in which, because I was following the ''rules'', I now have a piece of software which I won't be able to use because it is not compatible with other software which I already have. I have attempted to return it, but have been turned down. I should have tried it out first. But that is against the rules. What is the answer to this problem? Al Hayman, author of the Beverly Hills font, has had such a poor return from his shareware version, that his update (Version 1.5) is no longer shareware. Are you using Beverly Hills? Did you send him his shareware cost? His Version 1.5 is an excellent revision. I recommend it.
Copyright © november, 1987 by Fred Cranston