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Open Files with App Switcher

Using the Application Switcher to open files can sometimes be faster than hunting for an Application's window or searching through a jam packed Dock for an Application's icon. First grab your file, press Command-Tab, and then drop the file onto the desired application's icon to open it within that program.

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DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Disc Cover 3

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Speaking as someone who’s not particularly skilled with graphics software, I appreciate programs that simplify specific layout tasks, such as iPhoto’s calendar-creation tools, BeLight Software’s Business Card Composer, and to the point today, BeLight’s Disc Cover.

Disc Cover, now at version 3, offers a clean interface for arranging text and graphics within the limitations of CD/DVD disc labels (along with jewel case covers, multi-page booklets, and even odd items like mini CDs/DVDs, business card CDs/DVDs, and VHS labels). Helpfully, it shows alignment lines as you move objects around, integrates the image editing features from BeLight’s free Image Tricks, and offers a slew of backgrounds and other images you can use. There’s also full integration with iTunes, iPhoto, Aperture, and iDVD, plus the capability to pull in MP3 information and pictures from folders in the Finder. And if you’re not feeling creative, Disc Cover offers a bunch of pre-designed templates you can customize. Disc Cover can even burn designs to LightScribe and Labelflash discs, if you have the proper drive.

In this week’s DealBITS drawing, you can sign up to win one of five copies of Disc Cover 3.0.1, each worth $34.95—just enter at the DealBITS page. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you’ll receive the same prize as a reward for spreading the word.

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