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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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SpamSieve 2.8.1

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Spam started to get you down again? It's a constant battle, but the good guys keep working too, and if you're seeing more spam than you'd like, check out SpamSieve 2.8.1, the latest version of C-Command's powerful Bayesian spam filter, which works with a variety of email clients. Along with changes to keep up with the latest spammer tricks, SpamSieve 2.8.1 resolves several crashing bugs and clarifies certain parts of the documentation. Most other changes revolve around integration with Apple Mail, most notably:

  • The Train as Good command now works harder to move selected messages to an appropriate account's inbox.
  • SpamSieve is now launched sooner by Apple Mail in order to speed up processing of the first received messages. Another bug fix prevents some of these initial messages from being skipped when running in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
  • Support for server-side spam mailboxes has been improved.
  • SpamSieve now warns if its Apple Mail plug-in has been damaged by an application slimming utility, in order to avoid constant incompatibility alerts from Apple Mail.
  • SpamSieve now alerts the user if the Apple Mail plug-in has been installed in an incorrect folder (which could happen in manual installations, though not when using SpamSieve's installer).

Other minor changes include improvements to the Software Update window and code, a fix where a newly added rule might not be auto-selected, and the removal of some out-of-date localizations. ($30, free update, 6.4 MB)

 

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Andrew Leonard  2010-04-02 15:37
I've been using spamsieve for about 3 years and it's saved me hours of hassle trawling through endless garbage every week. Just check your spam folder every few days to check you've not missed something you want to have.