Mac Screenshot Tips

I use the Mac screenshot utility a lot, but have never thought of using it as a ruler. I’ve always used a browser extension to measure pixels on the screen. If you’re not using this utility, you initiate it by pressing command + shift + 4 on your keyboard.

I learned a few other tricks from the thread. Once you start dragging your mouse to create the rectangle:

  • Press shift to lock in an axis as you continue sizing the area.
  • Press space to move the rectangle to a new location.

Do you have any other tips?

6-in-1 Utility Pen

Hitachi had a big booth at Maker Faire Detroit and was giving out these awesome pens. I may have walked by a couple of extra times throughout the day. 😉

I’d never seen anything like these. Some Googling found several variations. Some had a full length ruler instead of the knurled grip seen here. You can get one for $8-10 on Amazon. A bulk supplier, selling a version almost identical to this, has the pens listed for than $2 if you’re ordering a bunch. The features of all of the versions were common:

  • Pen
  • Ruler (inches and centimeters)
  • Stylus (use with a touch screen)
  • Level
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver

Since I got 3 of the pens, I put one in my car, one at my hobby desk, and one at my garage workbench.