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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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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11 January 2010

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Bonjour Update 2010-001 -- Apple has quietly released Bonjour Update 2010-001 via Software Update, saying only that "This update improves the reliability of connections between iTunes and Apple TV." Previously known as Rendezvous, Bonjour is Apple's implementation of the Zeroconf protocol for discovering network services. Oddly, Bonjour Update 2010-001 hasn't yet appeared on the Apple Support Downloads page. (Free, 959K)

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DocHaven 4.2 -- Some time has elapsed since our last check-in with Holy Mackerel Software's cross-platform document management software DocHaven, but the program is still going strong, having recently received a significant update. Version 4.2 lets users compress files into Zip archives, add User or Client photos, and provide distinct item descriptions for each Group, and it extends support for Ubuntu 9. Also, each Group now has a designated Administrator, a View option has been added to the Find menu, and the Transfer window now displays the estimated time remaining on the current transfer. The latest version requires you are running Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Full release notes are available on the Holy Mackerel Software Web site. ($40 per user new, free update, 18.3 MB)

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Firefox 3.5.7 -- In a classic example of why we maintain the Watchlist, Firefox 3.5.7 from Mozilla fixes a bug that could cause users to miss notification of major updates to the popular Web browser. The update also fixes an obscure DNS resolution problem and, only for Windows users, a crash-inducing bug. (Free, 17.6 MB)

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BusyCal 1.1.2 -- Those with long-standing birthday events in BusyMac's BusyCal will appreciate version 1.1.2, which now calculates birthdays before 1940 correctly when running in 32-bit mode. That's obscure, as is changing the Decade date range in List View to 2001-2010, but more welcome are fixes for crashing bugs that could bite when resizing events in the Week view, if an edit and conflict occurred at the same time, and if a calendar didn't have a name. Also improved is BusyCal's handling of deleted Google calendar feeds.

This release appeared shortly after BusyCal 1.1.1, which addressed a number of issues with Google sync, including a "could not delete entry" error, an error that caused calendars to be orphaned, and an error that caused calendar titles to be displayed as UIDs. Also, several other bugs have been fixed, including two that caused crashes, one related to corrupted fonts, and one related to undoing stacks. Bonjour and Google network efficiency has also been improved. A full list of changes is available on BusyMac's Web site. ($40 new, free update, 6 MB)

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HoudahSpot 2.6.2 -- Houdah Software has released a maintenance update to HoudahSpot, the file search tool that provides an alternate front end to Spotlight. Version 2.6.2 comes on the heels of the more major 2.6 release which included new Add Group toolbar items, Search Location service, the capability to narrow the search scope, adjustable icon sizing in grid view, available contextual menus in grid view, and improved integration with Mac OS X Services. The latest version refreshes the Help book, simplifies the display of file sizes, and fixes bugs related to column width. Full release notes are available on Houdah Software's Web site. ($30 new, free update, 2.3 MB)

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Corel Painter 11.0.1.42 -- Corel has released a maintenance update to its professional painting and illustration software Corel Painter 11. Changes include improved on-screen transformations when using the transformation tool, better transformation rendering during application, enhanced copy and paste capabilities, consistent sizing when switching between the eraser and brush tools, and more accurate color management when working on a second monitor. Also, color profiles will now be maintained in clones and user-saved profiles in the user folder, CPU load is less during idle times, and the smart-stroke autopainting system has been enhanced. A full list of changes is available on Corel's Web site. ($369 new, $169 upgrade from earlier versions of Corel Painter, free update, 103 MB)

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