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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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Mac OS X 10.6.7

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Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.7 to fix a variety of bugs in Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server. Most notably, it’s aimed at improving the reliability of Back to My Mac, resolving problems with transferring files to certain SMB servers, and addressing various minor Mac App Store bugs. If you’ve missed earlier updates to Mac OS X 10.6, they’re included as well, along with Safari 5.0.4 and the latest raw image compatibility updates.

Also included are security fixes for numerous system components, including AirPort, Apache, AppleScript, bzip2, Carbon, ClamAV, font handling, HFS, image handling, Installer, Kerberos, the kernel, Mailman, PHP, Quick Look, QuickTime, Ruby, Samba, Subversion, and Terminal.

Finally, a number of highly specific bugs are also fixed, including a window resizing issue with X-Plane 9 on Macs with ATI graphics, improved brightness on external displays and projectors, problems opening afp:// URLs, and more. See Apple’s release notes for the full list.

As usual, Mac OS X 10.6.7 comes in a variety of forms, including one specific to the recently released MacBook Pro. They include:

It’s probably most important to install this update for the security fixes, unless you’ve been troubled by one of the now-fixed bugs. That said, it may be worth waiting briefly to make sure the update doesn’t cause additional problems.

 

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Comments about Mac OS X 10.6.7
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Wandering Willy  2011-03-24 17:16
My first attempt to upgrade to 10.6.7 was not entirely successful. These notes may assist others who, like me, don't keep a "standard" system. Specifically I have iCal, Address Book and Mail on a second partition, not the same one as the system is installed on. This upgrade installs new versions of these three apps IN THE SYSTEM APPLICATIONS folder only, and furthermore what it installs seems to be only the modifications, not the complete apps, they won't run. What I had to do was move the earlier versions of those three apps to the System/Applications folder and re-run the upgrade. And then move the upgraded apps back to where I wanted them. So far they seem to be running flawlessly. So if you've had problems with this upgrade, consider if this might be the cause. (By SYSTEM I mean the partition or volume that MacOS X is installed on.)
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-03-27 15:57
Note that we're seeing reports of font rendering problems introduced in Mac OS X 10.6.7; see this article for more information.

http://tidbits.com/article/12078
Kurt J Meyer  2011-03-28 22:37
Since I updated my MBP 13" (Mid 2009) to Mac OS X 10.6.7, the internal SD card reader has stopped working. PRAM reset, maintenance and re-applying the 10.6.7 Combo Update did not change that. I sent a bug report via iPhoto's feedback option.