Learning how to use my Canon Digital Rebel properly is proceeding slowly. Recently I had the bright idea of creating an outline document with headings for all the possible topics and then I would add text from the manual to each topic. Then I could study and practise each topic until I’d grasped it.
After visiting the Canon website I was able to download the manual as a PDF. Excellent start. I opened the manual, located my first area of interest and selected the text. That’s when I discovered that the file’s all locked up. No copying. What, are they scared I’m going to pass on information about how to use the camera? Heaven forbid!
After much casting around on Google I gave up on “breaking in” to this file. Once again my photography learning had met an obstacle.
Now today I have progress again. This Tip from Mac OSXHints.com is exactly the solution I’ve been looking for:
Highlight the text, then from the application menu choose Services — TextEdit — New Window containing Selection. The text loses its formatting and images don’t come along, but at least I get something.
I note it also works with other applications which offer a similar function in the Services menu. I’ve had success with Copy to Tex-Edit Plus, Make new VooDooPad page, clip to NoteBook, Open Selection in iSpeakIt, Summarize and View in Columns (ie in Tofu).