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Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus

If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.

The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.

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Behind the Scenes at The Daily

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Few publications have made as splashy a debut as Rupert Murdoch’s iPad-only The Daily, generating digital reams of commentary and criticism across the Internet, including in TidBITS (see “Why The Daily Is So Yesterday,” 3 February 2011).

Nonetheless, now that we’re almost two months in from The Daily’s launch, it’s fascinating to see just how the $30 million in development funds and reported weekly budget of $500,000 are being spent. Thanks to The Daily’s commitment to transparency in publishing, we now have a behind-the-scenes look.

These pages not only show the technology that’s in use every day in The Daily’s state of the art newsroom, but also document the procedures used by The Daily’s staff in producing new content every day. (Don’t be put off by the simple layout of these Web pages; they’re just reproducing a far more advanced iPad presentation, complete with a photo slideshow and video interviews.)

Put simply, I remain astonished by what The Daily accomplishes, and I strongly recommend that anyone interested in what goes on at a modern publication check out The Daily’s story.

 

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Comments about Behind the Scenes at The Daily

crocket  2011-04-01 06:19
As a journalism major back in the 1970s, I half expected to see MY photo somewhere in that collection of photos! Holy lambchops and miniskirts, Batman!
Bill Dunphy  2011-04-01 06:42
Beautiful. Funny AND instructive.
Doug Ashley  2011-04-01 07:43
OK, that's gotta be the UW Daily. And judging by the photos, almost the same time that I was there. Uh, a little while back. Anyway, did Suki find these pix for you? :-)
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-04-01 08:27
Check the link at the bottom of the last page. :-)