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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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Firefox 3.6.8

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Mozilla's Firefox 3.6.7 is a minor maintenance update that addresses a handful of security vulnerabilities and a long list of stability bugs. The 126 stability issues addressed in this update are minor and/or exceedingly technical, though if you'd like to peruse the list, it's available on Mozilla's Web site. The critical security vulnerabilities addressed could result in the standard threats of arbitrary code execution and attacker-controlled memory. More specific security notes are available. Finally, the just-released 3.6.8 "fixes a single stability issue affecting some pages containing plugins." (Free, 17.6 MB)

 

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Comments about Firefox 3.6.8

Jeff Smith  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2010-07-27 09:36
WIth the update to Firefox 3.6, I have had a problem getting the software to stay opened. I click to move from the startup window to another location and I get the message window saying "Firefox has quit." So, I forwarded it to Apple, etc. and Relaunch.
Unfortunately, upgrading to 3.6.7 and 3.6.8 has not solved this continuing problem on my Mac Pro 2x2 Dual-Core Xeon. Running OSX 10.6.4
How can I clear off all of the related software and get a clean program installed? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
(By the way, Firefox 3.6.7 and 8, work fine on my MacBook Pro, so it must be related to the Mac Pro only.)
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-07-27 11:17
I suspect you have some corruption in a support file - check ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/yourprofile for the files.

You might move that entire profile folder out to the Desktop, relaunch Firefox, and see if that solves it. If so, you can try moving bookmark files and whatnot from the old profile folder back into the new one (while Firefox is not running).
John Elliott  2010-08-17 05:54
With Firefox 3.6.8, OS X10.6.4 file dialog boxes close after 7 to 8 seconds regardless of whether or not I am trying to find a file or a location for saving.

Any ideas what is causing this or if there is a setting somewhere to control this?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-08-17 05:53
That's really weird and is definitely not happening here. So, I can't say that it's not a Firefox bug, but if so, it's more likely some sort of interaction with your system.
John Elliott  2010-08-19 19:21
I finally found out what was happening. Some faulty javascript on this page www.snapnames.com was causing an error every five seconds. This error causes file dialog boxes to close.
You need to have Adobe flash player installed.
How to test: navigate to www.snapnames.com
On any web page choose an image and selcet "Save image as" the box will close without you taking any other action.
This problem seems to affect the MAC only.
Brandon Zaslow  2010-09-06 21:37
Yesterday morning, using Firefox, I downloaded several documents contained in emails to the desktop (pdf, doc, excel). I printed the documents, then shut the computer down to go to work. When I got to work the docs were no longer on the desktop.

(1) At school, I downloaded them again, restarted the computer, again they vanished.
(2) Fearing a disk problem, I created files and saved them to the desktop to see whether they would vanish (a problem writing them to the disk) and whew, they were there.
(3) Then, using Firefox, I tried to overwrite the "temporary" files to see whether they would remain. Firefox told me that they were read only files and I had to rename them.
When I renamed them, and restarted the computer, they were also there.
(4) Next I tried Safari to confirm that it was not a disk issue. Safari saves all documents appropriately and they remain on the desktop when computer restarts/shuts down
(5) After that, I deleted and reinstalled Firefox. The installation date continues to read July 22, when I first installed the program. Preferences and bookmarks remain from first installation.
(6) This morning I verified and repaired permissions and verified the disk with utilities running from an external Startup DVD. The disk is ok.
(7) Finally, after I changed the location for downloading files several times, office documents remain on the desktop, pdfs disappear.

Any ideas...
Brandon Zaslow  2010-09-06 21:39
Yesterday morning, using Firefox, I downloaded several documents contained in emails to the desktop (pdf, doc, excel). I printed the documents, then shut the computer down to go to work. When I got to work the docs were no longer on the desktop.

(1) At school, I downloaded them again, restarted the computer, again they vanished.
(2) Fearing a disk problem, I created files and saved them to the desktop to see whether they would vanish (a problem writing them to the disk) and whew, they were there.
(3) Then, using Firefox, I tried to overwrite the "temporary" files to see whether they would remain. Firefox told me that they were read only files and I had to rename them.
When I renamed them, and restarted the computer, they were also there.
(4) Next I tried Safari to confirm that it was not a disk issue. Safari saves all documents appropriately and they remain on the desktop when computer restarts/shuts down
(5) After that, I deleted and reinstalled Firefox. The installation date continues to read July 22, when I first installed the program. Preferences and bookmarks remain from first installation.
(6) This morning I verified and repaired permissions and verified the disk with utilities running from an external Startup DVD. The disk is ok.
(7) Finally, after I changed the location for downloading files several times, office documents remain on the desktop, pdfs disappear.

Any ideas...
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-09-07 07:37
No clue, I'm afraid. I've never seen any oddities downloading from Firefox before, but I just put things in the Downloaded folder by default.