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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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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 14 February 2011

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Flash Player 10.2 -- With much fanfare, Adobe has announced the release of Flash Player 10.2. The highlight of the new version is Stage Video, which Adobe says offers “a full hardware accelerated video pipeline for best-in-class, beautiful video across platforms and browsers.” Also included in the release is support for custom native mouse cursors, new full-screen support for multiple monitors, and enhanced sub-pixel rendering that should result in improved typography. (Free, 5.54 MB)

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BusyCal 1.5.1 -- BusyMac has bumped its “iCal Pro” software BusyCal to version 1.5.1. The update fixes a bug with time zones and improves support for scheduling meetings when syncing with the new MobileMe calendar. CalDAV syncing is also improved. New features include added preferences for meeting organizers and support for sending email invitations through additional email clients. With this release, BusyCal also becomes available in the Mac App Store. ($49.99 new in Mac App Store, $49 direct from BusyMac, free update, 6.6 MB)

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TweetDeck 0.37.3 -- Twitterers who don’t fear Adobe Air may be intrigued by news of the release of TweetDeck 0.37.3. New in version 0.37.2 is support for deck.ly, TweetDeck’s new, semi-ridiculous system for allowing tweets longer than 140 characters (the 0.37.3 version, currently available only via direct download from TweetDeck’s Web site, adds an option in the preferences to turn off deck.ly). More satisfying is the software’s added support for Instagram image previews. Also new is an upgraded version of the Squiggly spellchecking library. The update fixes several bugs, too: problems where punctuation in searches prevented them from working, a bug with Facebook’s login screen, and an issue with Twitter lists not updating properly. (Free)

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