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Springy Dock Tricks

If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

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Tonya Opines on Ebook Technology in MacNotables

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In this MacNotables podcast, Tonya talks with host Chuck Joiner about gizmos available at CES, how hardware ebook readers are breeding like bunnies, and where she thinks ebooks may be going in the future. She also speculates about the mythical Apple tablet.favicon follow link


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Tonya, just listened to this podcast and Joe's recent TC new book. I hope you are going to work on the new iPad version of ebooks or is it safe to assume that the current PDF will be read easily? I think the iPad will be great with your ebooks as I can use them as reference while working on the MAC. I think the possibilities are great even though it is not cloth and fordable.
Tonya Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-01-31 14:17
The current PDF will work fine in the iPad as is - my current favorite ebook reader on the iPhone is GoodReader. I like it because the internal links and Web URLs are hot, unlike most iPhone ebook reader apps. However, we are looking into what's required to get the ebooks for sale in the iBookstore and certainly plan to do so. Exciting times! (even if the iPad is not made of cloth... ;-) )
I just read the MacWorld article on the iPad from this morning. Infers PDF may not be available. That would be a dealbreaker for me. Hope to see the new TC books after MacWorld as you mentioned on Podcast.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-02-01 14:05
Since the iPhone and iPod touch handle PDF just fine, I'd be shocked if the iPad didn't, though how the iBooks app itself will deal, I have no idea. GoodReader does an awfully good job of PDF on the iPhone, and it will undoubtedly work on the iPad too, if nothing else.