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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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MacBook Pro Gains Faster CPU Option

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Unmentioned during Apple’s media event last week was the fact that the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models have gained a faster CPU option, a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7. In both cases, the 2.8 GHz CPU comes at a $200 premium over the 2.66 GHz chip, formerly the high end. Previous CPU configurations remain available.

There’s little more to say here, other than to note that if you’re buying a MacBook Pro because you want more performance than is available from the MacBook, MacBook Air, or 13-inch MacBook Pro, it might be worth ponying up a few hundred extra dollars to make sure you have the fastest available processor.

 

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Comments about MacBook Pro Gains Faster CPU Option

No mention? Just another indication that Apple is ignoring the Mac in favor of toys.

Apple Inc., the next great American TOY company. Watch out Mattel. Sheesh, how far will they fall under Steve? Probably not much, as America seems to be addicted to entertainment and eye-candy toys.
Glenn Fleishman  2010-10-23 17:03
You missed the introduction of new MacBook Airs, including the smallest (coolest) Mac Apple has ever made? Lion preview? Free ponies?
Jeff Carlson  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-10-23 17:44
This is the funniest comment I've seen on TidBITS in a long time. I hope that if I ever found a company, it will "fall" a fraction as much as Apple. "Toys," right.