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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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Default Folder X 4.3.7

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St. Clair Software has released a maintenance and stability update to the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility Default Folder X. Version 4.3.7 brings drag-and-drop capabilities to the Default Folders list in System Preferences, enabling users to add folders and applications more easily. Also, several shortcuts for working with preferences have been added, and support now exists for the AppleScript commands GetCurrentFolder and GetCurrentSelection, which return the current folder or selection when the file dialog is open. Finally, the update resolves several compatibility issues with FileMaker 11, Word 2008, MacPyMOL, and Apimac's Compress Files. A full list of changes is available on St. Clair Software's Web site. ($34.95 new, free update, 9.9 MB)

 

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