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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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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
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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.