Open Embedded Visio Flowcharts in Word on Mac and Windows

For some reason, on a Mac using Parallels Desktop to run Word and Visio in Windows, I cannot right click on an embedded Visio flowchart to open it in Visio. Usually, when you right click on an embedded Visio chart, you get the “Visio object” option, which includes an option to “edit”. But mine doesn’t have that option!!

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However, I figured out that a simple keyboard shortcut can let you open the Visio for editing.

In Word running in Windows, use alt+double click (or option+double click) to open the embedded Visio chart in Visio for editing. When you hold down the alt/option key while double clicking on the embedded flowchart, it will open in Visio. Sweet!

Simple, yet hidden!

Screenflow change video speed

Here’s how to change the speed of a video clip in Screenflow, either speeding it up or slowing it down. If you hover the mouse over the end of the clip, and press the Option button (Mac), then you will see a clock icon. Holding Option, drag the end of the clip right or left, making it slower or faster. You will see a popup with the time and speed hover over the end of the clip. Pretty easy right!

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Double Press Tab in Terminal for List of Options

I accidentally found a really cool Terminal keyboard shortcut yesterday.  You may already know that Terminal will autocomplete a file name or method name if you press tab after typing a portion of the word.  For example:

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You can see I typed ls to list the files and folders in the current location. Then I started typing cd Fi to change the directory to “FiveMinuteChinese”. As a shortcut I can now press the Tab key, and Terminal will autocomplete the folder name:

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Now what I just learned was that if you press the Tab key twice, Terminal will show you a list of possible options. See the screenshot below:

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Here I typed cd C, then pressed Tab twice, and Terminal gave me a list of all files or folders that start with the letter “C”. Pretty cool huh? If you’re using irb or another console type environment, you can use this same shortcut to give you a list of possible methods or autocomplete method names.

Hope this is useful!

Sublime Text Multiple Cursors Select Next

Did you know that you can use multiple cursors in Sublime Text?  If you want to auto select all of the instances of a certain text, simply highlight it, then press hold <code>Cmd</code> and keep pressing <code>D</code> to select all the instances of a word. Now you have multiple cursors, so you can edit all those instances at the same time. Pretty neat huh?

How to split a video clip in Final Cut Pro 10

Very easy – simply press ‘B’ and the cursor will switch to a blade icon.  Click on the clip where you want to split it, and done!  Press ‘A’ to switch back to the normal cursor.

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I couldn’t figure out how to get the blade cursor to show up in a screenshot – anyone know how to do that?