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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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Savescreenie 2.0

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Long ago, our article "How to Change Screen Capture Formats" (27 June 2005), prompted Christian Franz to create a small utility called Savescreenie to ease the process of changing Mac OS X's default screenshot format. Five years later, Christian's cf/x Software has released the free Savescreenie 2.0. It now supports a number of additional file formats (10 in all), and enables you to set the default location and base name for screenshots. Savescreenie 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later and works on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs. So if you prefer a screenshot format other than Mac OS X's default of PNG, or would prefer that your screenshots end up somewhere other than on the Desktop, give Savescreenie a try. (Free, 1.0 MB)


 

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Comments about Savescreenie 2.0
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Bob Battles  2010-09-22 02:28
I tried this savescreenie 2.0 on my home computer running 10.6.4 and it worked great!! Installed it on my work computer running 10.5.8 and not only did it not work, but it disabled the keyboard shortcut for capturing selected area and my menu clock disappeared and system preferences cannot bring it back! Any way to reverse it?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-09-22 05:58
That's very odd, since I wouldn't think that Savescreenie would even have the capability of affecting those settings. I'll ask Christian about it. I presume you've restarted to make sure everything is starting fresh?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-09-22 11:50
After talking with Christian, it seems likely that something else happened at roughly the same time, since many of these settings are simply unrelated. To undo everything that Savescreenie does, issue the following command in Terminal:

rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.screencapture.plist

and then reboot the Mac.
Bob Battles  2010-09-23 02:44
Will give it a try and report back. Thanks.
Bob Battles  2010-09-23 09:54
The command in Terminal brought everything back to normal - menu items, keyboard shortcut - everything seems back to normal. Problem machine: iMac 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM - Model Identifier: iMac6,1 - will email more info later.
Thanks,

Bob