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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).

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MacJury Podcast Pages through Electronic Readers

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Chuck Joiner interviews a slew of electronic book authors about electronic book readers, like the Kindle and Nook. Chuck talks to Michael Cohen, Glenn Fleishman, Joe Kissell, Kirk McElhearn, and Matt Neuburg, all Take Control authors who have strong opinions about print books, too.Generic Globefollow link

 

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Andy Baird  2009-12-18 13:34
The intro to this podcast asks the question, "Who better to pass judgement on the current state of ebooks and ebook readers than a MacJury of Take Control ebook authors."

Well, how about somebody who *actually owns one*? By their own admissions, not one of the six panelists does, so this discussion is comparable to asking a person who doesn't own a car what he thinks of the latest models.
Jeff Carlson  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2009-12-18 14:22
Except they've all written ebooks, have used ebook readers (including the iPhone, which many do own), and have a lot of interest and experience in the field. Ownership isn't a prerequisite for having an informed opinion.
Glenn Fleishman  2009-12-18 14:35
That's also incorrect. Nearly all of us use Kindle for iPhone, and most of us have tested or temporarily owned (and returned) various models of Kindles, as well as having read books on various computers for many years.

Also, I can pronounce Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, so that has to count for something.