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Open Files with Finder's App Switcher

Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.

In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).

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Firefox 4

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Mozilla has released Firefox 4. The upgrade sports a revamped user interface and runs atop the Gecko 2.0 engine. According to Mozilla, that means it’s up to six times faster at running JavaScript than the previous version of the browser, and now offers vastly improved support for HTML5 and CSS3. Firefox now supports the Do Not Track header, enables Firefox Sync by default, supports Google’s WebM video format, and handles plug-in crashes more gracefully. Lengthy release notes are available at Mozilla’s Web site. Note that Firefox 4 requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or higher, running on an Intel-based Mac (those who are still running 10.4 Tiger or with PowerPC-based Macs should stick with Firefox 3.6) (Free, 26.8 MB)

 

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Comments about Firefox 4

John Horigan  2011-03-28 18:59
After D/L firefox 4.0, I get a window that says I already have a newer version (3.6.16) installed. Also, have not been able to get Firefox to reply to any questio or email. WHAT'S UP ?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-03-29 06:16
I'd try downloading Firefox 4 again, and be sure to replace the old Firefox app in your Applications folder. Sounds like you might have multiple copies installed.
John Horigan  2011-03-29 13:51
Adam: Thanks for your reply-- I have talked to you on phone about your book for iPhoto
I have D/L ed 4.0 3 times now, and always the same answer-- " do you want to download this older version, you have 3.6.16 installed which is a newer version"
I have a .jpg on my desktop of this window and can send it if you tell me how.
My computers are-- MacBook Pro OS 10.6.7, and this iMac OS 10.6.7 , all apps and files are up to date as per TeckTracker except Firefox 4.0.
This iMac has Office 2011, and Aperture 2.1.3 installed.
I have tried to red comments in Firefox help, and do find a few about this very same problem -- BUT no replies to any of them. And as I stated above, 3 emails to Firefox and Mozella but no replies to date.
So that's my story now, and I'm sticking to it!
Thanks-- John Horigan
Dennis B. Swaney  2011-03-28 19:10
You should mention that Firefox 4 is Intel ONLY. For PPC, you need to either stay at the last version 3.6.16, or move to the open source TenFourFox from http://www.floodgap.com/software/tenfourfox/
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-03-29 06:17
A good point, thanks. I have a longer review coming soon...
Singlestar  2011-03-28 19:42
Version 4. seems to require Leopard or higher. This unhappy Tiger had to delete and reinstall version 3.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-03-29 06:17
Yes, it does - I'll update the article for these system requirements (should have caught that in editing, but I was sick yesterday).