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Using intelligent text selection

From: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

Video: Using intelligent text selection

Selecting text in the version of Preview that ships with Snow Leopard has gotten easier and more accurate thanks to Preview's ability to analyze the structure of PDF documents and recognize not only words and paragraphs, but columns of text as well. This is especially useful if you need to copy text out of a PDF document that's laid out in columns, like this document I have open here. To select this text, I need to make sure I have the Text tool selected. Now in previous versions of Preview I wouldn't be able to properly select the text on this page. If I started dragging at the first paragraph, all of the text from across all three columns will be selected as I dragged down to the bottom of the page because Preview wasn't able to recognize the column breaks and just assumed that the text ran completely across the page.

Using intelligent text selection

Selecting text in the version of Preview that ships with Snow Leopard has gotten easier and more accurate thanks to Preview's ability to analyze the structure of PDF documents and recognize not only words and paragraphs, but columns of text as well. This is especially useful if you need to copy text out of a PDF document that's laid out in columns, like this document I have open here. To select this text, I need to make sure I have the Text tool selected. Now in previous versions of Preview I wouldn't be able to properly select the text on this page. If I started dragging at the first paragraph, all of the text from across all three columns will be selected as I dragged down to the bottom of the page because Preview wasn't able to recognize the column breaks and just assumed that the text ran completely across the page.

Not so in the Snow Leopard version of Preview. Here I can select just this first paragraph if I want to, or just move to the right and you can see that it is selecting the paragraphs in the proper order. Preview knows to keep the text isolated by column. Now I can copy the selected text, paste it into another application like TextEdit. And there it is. Of course this all is just gibberish, so we have a lot of spell checking to do. So there you have the new intelligent text selection capabilities of Preview.

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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

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  1. 3m 27s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Mac OS X Snow Leopard system requirements
      1m 44s
    3. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 5m 23s
    1. Overview of Snow Leopard
      2m 22s
    2. Understanding 64-bit support
      3m 1s
  3. 15m 13s
    1. Using text substitution
      4m 54s
    2. Updating printer drivers
      1m 43s
    3. Working with new fonts
      1m 17s
    4. Seeing improvements to AirPort signal strength
      1m 18s
    5. Using the new thesaurus
      2m 37s
    6. Reviewing new date and time features
      1m 42s
    7. Using screen locking
      1m 42s
  4. 9m 4s
    1. Restoring deleted items
      2m 1s
    2. Reviewing icon enhancements
      3m 49s
    3. Adjusting Spotlight view options
      2m 7s
    4. Using the better drive ejection feature
      1m 7s
  5. 6m 11s
    1. Using scrollable stacks
      1m 51s
    2. Activating Exposé
      2m 51s
    3. Minimizing into application icon
      1m 29s
  6. 9m 50s
    1. Storing top sites
      4m 19s
    2. Searching through your history
      2m 21s
    3. Using full page zoom
      1m 33s
    4. Using Google Suggest
      1m 37s
  7. 20m 20s
    1. Reviewing the new interface
      3m 3s
    2. Using quick video and audio capture
      1m 49s
    3. Setting up screen recording
      3m 37s
    4. Using quick trimming
      1m 46s
    5. Sharing movies
      8m 4s
    6. A word about QuickTime 7
      2m 1s
  8. 7m 14s
    1. Viewing contact sheets
      1m 44s
    2. Using intelligent text selection
      1m 11s
    3. Working with the Annotations toolbar
      1m 13s
    4. Opening multiple documents
      1m 8s
    5. Importing from a scanner
      1m 58s
  9. 7m 48s
    1. General improvements
      58s
    2. Using the flight data detector
      2m 16s
    3. Reviewing the sidebar improvements
      50s
    4. Working with Exchange support
      3m 44s
  10. 4m 41s
    1. Syncing with Google and Yahoo
      3m 4s
    2. Viewing and editing events
      1m 37s
  11. 7m 3s
    1. General improvements
      1m 11s
    2. Displaying past conversations
      2m 13s
    3. Marking and clearing transcripts
      1m 28s
    4. Using multiple status settings
      52s
    5. Working with Quick Look integration
      1m 19s
  12. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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