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File Email with a Key in Apple Mail

In Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or later, you can use the simple and fun MsgFiler Mail plug-in to file Mail messages using keyboard shortcuts.

New in Apple Mail 4 (the 10.6 Snow Leopard version), to assign a keyboard shortcut to any mailbox on the Move To or Copy To submenu, you can also open the Keyboard pane of System Preferences, click Keyboard Shortcuts, and select Application Shortcuts in the list on the left. Click the + button, choose Mail from the Application pop-up menu, type the name of the mailbox in the Menu Title field, click in the Keyboard Shortcut field, and press the keystroke combination you want to use. Then click Add.

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Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 4 / Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 9

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Apple has released Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 4 and Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 9, which the company says provide improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0-24. (On Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 that aren’t 64-bit capable, Java is updated to 1.5.0-28.) Apple suggests that you quit any Web browsers and Java applications before installing the update. (Free, 75.81 MB / 119.83 MB)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>
 

Comments about Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 4 / Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 9
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Stefaan Vanderheyden  2011-03-11 09:55
Sadly, the latest Java update from Apple breaks my development environment!

Launching a GWT app in the SpringSource Tool Suite crashes the JVM with an exit value of 138...

I don't seem to be able to replicate this problem with any other Java programs, but I recommend doing a full system backup before installing the update - there is no way of removing the update once it is installed!