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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 29 March 2010

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Security Update 2010-002 -- In addition to releasing Mac OS X 10.6.3 (see "Mac OS X 10.6.3 Update Delivers Range of Fixes," 29 March 2010), Apple has incorporated that update's security fixes into Security Update 2010-002 for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard owners. It corrects dozens of vulnerabilities related to maliciously crafted files, Web sites, and email messages, and also updates many core components (such as PHP and MySQL) to make them more robust against potential attacks. The update requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 and is available via Software Update or as a standalone download: Security Update 2010-002 (Leopard-Client) (78.39 MB) and Security Update 2010-002 (Leopard-Server) (361.4 MB).

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Mailplane 2.1.6 -- The just-released Mailplane 2.1.6 from Uncomplex adds built-in support for the highly interesting Rapportive plug-in (see "Rapportive Plug-in Replaces Gmail Ads with Sender Info," 27 March 2010). Mailplane 2.1.6 also now works with the Share > Send via Mail menu items in the iWork '09 applications. With them, you can email your document via Mailplane in its native format or as a Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or PDF document. A few minor bugs have also been fixed, some of which were related to Gmail changes. ($24.95 new, free update, 6.7 MB)

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iMovie 8.0.6 -- Aperture 3, Apple's pro photo application, has had a bumpy start since its release in February 2010. Unfortunately, one of the early casualties was iMovie '09, which could crash when building thumbnails of movie files in Aperture's library. iMovie 8.0.6 fixes the problem. (Free, 35.84 MB)

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Aperture 3.0.2 -- Apple has been moving quickly to address issues that have plagued Aperture 3 since its release last month. Aperture 3.0.2 touches on several important areas, such as upgrading and importing libraries from earlier versions of the program and iPhoto, duplicating metadata presets, improving compatibility with IPTC metadata, making adjustments using the Curves, Straighten, and Retouching tools, and more. ($199 new, free update, 69.83 MB)

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SpamSieve 2.8.1 -- 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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Panorama 6 Preview -- The new version of ProVUE's Panorama lacks updated documentation, so it's billed as a "preview." The lightning-fast, RAM-based database application (used by Matt - see "Seeing the Light with Panorama," 19 November 2001 - and Adam - see "When You Need a Panoramic View," 14 March 2005) is now even lightning-faster because it runs natively on Intel-based Macs. Some older parts of the interface have been heavily revamped to appeal to new users. Automatic data recovery after a crash, and the capability to revert easily to recently saved versions of your data, will encourage confidence and experimentation. Release notes and an introductory video are available; the trial version limits your database to 250 records. ($299, $139.95 upgrade, 51.6 MB)

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