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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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BeLight Software Sponsoring TidBITS

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We’re pleased to welcome as our latest TidBITS sponsor BeLight Software, an unusual firm in the Mac market largely because they’re based in Odessa, Ukraine, giving them a leg up in those “Who traveled the furthest for Macworld Expo?” competitions. Founded in 2003, BeLight has made their name by creating clean, elegant software for graphics and publishing. But where most companies set their sights broadly, aiming to create a program that could be used for many different undertakings, BeLight has focused most of their products on a particular task.

That accounts for Business Card Composer, which simplifies designing and printing business cards and similar objects; Disc Cover, which is aimed at creating labels and covers for CDs and DVDs; Art Text, a graphics program for creating textual graphics, logos, icons, buttons, and the like; and Labels & Addresses (formerly Mail Factory), which helps you print a wide variety of labels and envelopes. Slightly more general are Live Interior 3D, which is 2D and 3D interior design software, and Swift Publisher, a page layout program aimed at flyers, brochures, letterheads, newsletters, and other short publications.

We haven’t used all of BeLight’s software, but Labels & Addresses has become a staff favorite this time of year for bringing sanity to the process of printing labels for holiday cards (see “Labels & Addresses Restores Holiday Card Sanity,” 12 December 2008), and whenever we need to print new business cards, we turn to Business Card Composer (see “Comparing Business Card Design Software,” 3 April 2006). Plus, although our more graphically inclined staffers rightly never allow me to do anything public with graphics software, I love playing with Art Text every now and then.

Despite their far-off location in Ukraine, I had the pleasure of meeting a few of the BeLight folks at Macworld Boston in 2004; we had corresponded previously and they kindly brought me a few small presents to remember them by, including some excellent Ukrainian vodka and a tiny statue of the Duc de Richelieu, a French nobleman who is considered one of the founding fathers of Odessa and subsequently became Prime Minister of France. He still stands on my desk, reminding me of just how small the world has become.

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Brian S.  2010-11-29 21:57
The "Labels and Addresses" app might be wonderful ( haven't tried it ). However, it was simple to use Address book to print out mailing labels for my Xmas cards this year. Created the group and added those I wanted to print to the group. Selecting the Avery 5160 3-column labels was also flawless. My labels were created in only a few minutes and were perfect for me. Possibly someone with more sophisticated requirements would need more than Address Book but for this use was excellent.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-11-30 05:34
I'm glad Address Book met your needs. If you look at Jeff's article about it though ("Labels & Addresses Restores Holiday Card Sanity", linked above), you'll see some of the things that Address Book does wrong, such as dealing with married couples, children, and at least some common label formats (it's possible Apple fixed the label format problem Jeff hit).
Thanks for the heads up on this company. Simple, easy to use, nice looking programs.
Don King
New York