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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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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 4 January 2010

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This week's discussions cover a broad range: getting Mail and Gmail to talk; pondering whether it's possible to use an iPhone as one's sole computer; replacing an aging Power Mac; using OpenType fonts between Mac and Windows environments; converting Eudora mailbox archives; distributing the multimedia project If Monks had Macs; keeping printer ink fresh when not in use; recording streaming audio; and buying a scanner.


IMAP, Gmail, and Apple Mail -- What should one do when Apple Mail stops syncing with Gmail? (3 messages)


G4 replacement recommendations -- A reader needs to replace an older Power Mac, but does he need all the power and expense of a brand new machine? Would buying a faster PowerPC model suit his needs? (36 messages)


The iPhone Nomad - Is He or She Possible? Travelers have wondered if an iPhone is sufficient computing power to take when on the road, but one reader is wondering if it's possible to use the iPhone as one's only computer. (7 messages)


OpenType .otf Fonts -- It should be possible to use one set of OpenType fonts for Mac and Windows, but experience suggests that problems arise. (10 messages)


Eudora archives to other email programs -- Readers report success with Emailchemy, a utility for converting Eudora's mailbox files for use with other email programs. (2 messages)


post-commercial software - best way to give my If Monks had Macs away? The author of the classic If Monks had Macs wonders how best to distribute the massive multimedia project for free without paying for a lot of bandwidth. The consensus: BitTorrent. (19 messages)


Inkjet printer on several-month hiatus: ink dries out - solutions? Is toting ink cartridges from one place to another the best way of ensuring that they don't dry out if not used for several months? Or perhaps a cheap laser printer would be better? (16 messages)


Anyone using Apogee One with WireTap Anywhere? A reader looks for assistance in recording incoming sounds such as Skype calls or streaming music. (4 messages)


Seeking advice on scanner to buy -- Readers share their opinions and experiences with scanners. (7 messages)

 

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