Proofing on the Mac
Cutting and Pasting rectangular blocks of text
On the mac, we can easily move around rectangular blocks of text, which is especially useful for Fixing run-on columns (and, in the Formatting rounds, for Formatting tables). Just hold down Option (=alt) and the cursor will change into a cross with which you can highlight an area of text, to cut and paste as normal. Just for fun, try editing this page and moving the following blocks one underneath the other:
AAAAAA aaaaaaa 111111 BBBBBBB bbbbbb 222222 CCCCCC cccccc 333333 DDDDDD dddddd 444444
The Built-In Dictionary
Sometimes during proofing you need to look up a word -- perhaps the scan is a bit splodgy, or perhaps you're just curious about the meaning. Anyway, you can look it up without leaving the proofing interface: just hover your mouse over the word in the text, and press cmd-ctrl-d. A little window will appear with the definition of the word. If you click More, then Dictionary will open.
Shortcuts for typing
There are a number of programs for the mac that allow you to define a sequence of keystrokes to be a shortcut for something. For example, I use Textpander and have it set up so that if I type !* I get ×. It can be useful in a lot of contexts (I have a shortcut for a lengthy regex that I can never remember, and one for ftping to dpscans) but in the proofing interface the most likely use is to make shortcuts for Latin-1 symbols that don't have built-in keyboard shortcuts. Programs to try: