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Opening a Folder from the Dock

Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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ShareTool 2.0

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Yazsoft has released a major upgrade to its secure Bonjour remote networking utility ShareTool, which enables users to access local resources over the Internet. While similar to Apple's Back to My Mac service, ShareTool also enables users to print to local printers and use iTunes Music Sharing, iPhoto Sharing, and SFTP, in addition to basic file and screen sharing. (And, of course, it doesn't require a MobileMe account.) Major changes in ShareTool 2.0 include support for connecting to multiple networks simultaneously, the capability to save login information to the Keychain, and improved security, performance, and reliability. The latest version also adds transparent SOCKS/HTTPS proxy support, doesn't require users to remember IP addresses or port numbers, introduces on-the-fly compression for improved performance, and ensures secure Wi-Fi hotspot Web browsing. ($15 new per computer, free upgrade for users who have purchased in the past month, 9.3 MB)

 

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Comments about ShareTool 2.0

Adam Bell  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2010-05-18 07:27
"...doesn't require users to remember IP addresses or port numbers" comes at the cost. ShareTool 2 phones home to establish its connection, so you are relying on an external server.
Olof Olsson  2010-05-30 17:45
Blatant self-promotion: You could also try Slink:

http://slinkware.com/

Slink has a number of advantages over ShareTool. Happy to answer any questions.
Mikel Djebusson  2010-07-12 06:26
Having tried both these apps on a 15 user network, I find Slink's interface a lot worse than ShareTool's and Slink is A LOT buggier. ShareTool performs like a speeding bullet and is very reliable. Slink's connections are a hit and miss and crashes at the slightest extra push. Judging by the version history of both apps it strikes me as if you're following in there footsteps as far as functionality is concerned.