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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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iCarols from the iBand

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Sure, we all know you can play music on an iPhone or iPad, but this YouTube video from the iBand, a group at the North Point Community Church outside of Atlanta, takes iOS device music to a whole new level, with an 8-member band playing a medley of Christmas carols entirely on iPads and iPhones. Thanks to reader Charles Reeves for the pointer!

Aside from the enjoyment of watching a bunch of guys in silly hats playing synthesized Christmas music on iPads, all I could think was that they really needed Hand-e-holders so they could rock around a bit more while playing without worrying about dropping their iPads (see “Palm Your iPad with a Hand-e-holder,” 29 October 2010).

 

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Here's a note from the band talking about the apps they used - http://reidgreven.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/north-point-iband-apps/
Tonya Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-12-08 11:46
I love the bit at the end when the singer sings right into an iPhone.
Ron Cook  2010-12-13 17:08
Very well done. We enjoyed the fact that it was good music and great use of technology.
May it sell some more iPads!
Nice novelty, interesting use of technology, but good music? Singing Feliz Navidad through an auto-tuned iPhone with notes that don't quite correspond to those composed for the song isn't exactly good music. Clever, entertaining, curious, but I don't think the term good music belongs in the mix. Musical sideshow maybe.. :)