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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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Netscape 2.0b6a Available -- Netscape released beta 6 and then beta 6a of Netscape Navigator last week, including fixes for a b-tree corruption problem and performance improvements for JavaScript and plug-ins. The archive is about 2.5 MB, and the beta expires 01-Mar-96; see the release notes for additional information. Netscape2.0b6aInstall.sit.hqx relnotes/mac-2.0b6.html

Once again, Java support is not included in this release and Netscape's Marc Andreessen has been quoted as saying Java support may not be included in the final 2.0 release for Macintosh. itstwueitstwue_476.html

Netscape has made changes to its installer with this release so the installer attempts to connect to a setup page after installation. If you have more than one version of Netscape on your computer, the installer may launch the wrong one, possibly corrupting preference files or causing other potentially serious problems. I recommend connecting to these pages manually after installation is complete. [GD]


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