Holding Your Breath? Apple is expected to announce this week that Copland (the codename for the next major version of the Mac OS) will not ship until mid-1997, some six months after the previous estimate. Apple also will not release Copland Developer Release 1 (DR1) to developers at the World Wide Developer's Conference (WWDC) next month. Although Copland DR0 has been available to selected developers since January, DR1 is to be a significantly wider release with a near-finalized API for managing backward compatibility with existing applications, a crucial component. Though this delay is not expected to impact third-party development significantly (it's too soon for products to be tied tightly to Copland), this is disappointing news. In the words of one Mac programmer, "Copland had better be cooler than hydrogen ice cubes if Apple expects me to wait any longer." For those keeping track, Apple originally announced plans in early 1994 to ship Copland at the end of 1995. [GD]
Open Files with Finder's App Switcher
Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.
In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).