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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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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16 August 2010

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VMware Fusion 3.1.1 -- VMware Fusion, which lets you run Windows and other operating systems on your Intel-powered Mac, has been updated to version 3.1.1. The maintenance-focused update now supports VMware vSphere 4.1 as a guest operating system, enabling you to run ESX without needing spare hardware - though this feature is currently labeled as experimental and the company warns against using it in production environments. The update also addresses an issue with some iSight cameras, removes an incorrect disk error message after a host crash, and corrects an issue where audio recording worked only at 44.1 kHz. VMware Fusion requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher, and of course a copy of Windows if you plan to install that operating system. The download is accessible from within VMware Fusion itself, or from the VMware Web site. ($79.95 new, free upgrade, 434 MB)

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Things 1.3.5 -- Cultured Code has rolled out a series of fixes to its flagship task management app Things. The 1.3.5 update resolves several crashing bugs, including crashes when rescheduling to-dos in the Today view. Other improvements include fixes for an issue with iCal calendars not being visible when using Custom iCal Sync, an issue where double-clicking a to-do could open the wrong item in certain views, and an issue with resorting to-dos when filtering by tag. Rounding out the detailed release notes are other fixes addressing localization quirks, toolbar icons, Daylight Saving Time, project tags, and miscellaneous user interface issues. ($49.95 new, free upgrade, 8.0 MB)

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Office 2004/2008 Security Updates -- Microsoft has released a trio of software updates addressing various security issues in its Office suites. The updates - Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.6 Update, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.6.0 Update, and the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.1.6 - patch an issue where maliciously crafted files opened in Excel or Word could enable an attacker to execute code on your Mac. The Office 2008 update also updates Microsoft Entourage's time zone information and fixes some Excel crashes that could occur on launch, when sorting merged cells, or editing cells. The updates are free, and Microsoft recommends Office users install them as quickly as possible. Be sure not to cancel or interrupt the installation process, or your Office installation may be left in a non-functional state (if this has already happened, reinstall from your original media and then install all necessary updates before using Office again).

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