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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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AppleJack 1.6

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The latest version of the open-source troubleshooting tool AppleJack offers a handful of new features and bug fixes, most notably compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. AppleJack is unique in that you can use it to identify and fix problems on your disk even if you don't have a separate startup disk or your Mac can't boot all the way to the Finder. It can repair disks, repair permissions, clean up cache files, validate preference files, and remove swap files. Along with Snow Leopard compatibility, AppleJack 1.6 simplifies the startup process in both Leopard and Snow Leopard, enhances the SMART status verification process, and adds blessing capabilities for system folders on attached volumes. The update also fixes an unspecified bug that affected user account lists. (Free, 372 KB)

 

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Comments about AppleJack 1.6

I have had a consistent problem with 10.6.0 thru10.6.4 crashing with the "You must restart Mac" message. Neither Cocktail, Snow Leopard Cache Cleaner nor Onyx helped. AppleJack did. YAY!!! All I can think of is that AppleJack runs "outside" of OS/X. Could that be it? Or is it doing something that the others don't?

Anyway, I'm glad it's back. Highly recommended!!!
Mac Carter  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2010-07-14 09:24
This is great news! It's been a long time waiting for this update to come out. Glad it's here.

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Of all the "Fixer upper's" It is simply the best! It has no peers that I know of.