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Open a Finder Window with the App Switcher

If you don't have any Finder windows open and want to switch to the Finder and open a window in one fell swoop, bring up the app switcher with Command-Tab and tab over to the Finder icon. While still holding down Command, press the Option key, and then release the Command key. You're switched to the Finder, with a new default window open for you.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11 April 2011

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GraphicConverter 7.2 -- Lemkesoft has released GraphicConverter 7.2. Among the many new features are a command to Select Last Selection, additional movie options for batch conversions, WebP import and export, Apple-Touch-Icon export support, and an option to cycle through open windows. Full release notes are available at Lemkesoft’s site. (Free update, $39.95 new, 100 MB)

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Boot Camp 3.2 Update for MacBook Pro (early 2011) -- According to Apple, Boot Camp 3.2 Update corrects just a few issues for 2011 MacBook Pros. The update addresses issues with shutdown, along with Japanese and Korean keyboards on those Macs when running Windows 7 via Boot Camp. (Free, 21.55 MB)

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ChronoSync 4.2/ChronoAgent 1.2 -- Econ Technologies has released ChronoSync 4.2 and ChronoAgent 1.2. Among the new features in these versions of the synchronization/backup software are new Trial Sync options, including additional file statistics, time estimates, and options for controlling and comparing files on both sides of the sync. Also, Econ Technologies enhanced scheduling options with Retry on Errors, which runs a sync again if errors occurred, and Sync Limits, which limits the number of syncs that can take place simultaneously to prevent too many from happening when a Mac rejoins a network. ChronoAgent also adds the capability to schedule ChronoSync Container Documents using the Sync When Available option. Full release notes for ChronoSync and ChronoAgent are available. ($40 new for ChronoSync, $10 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 21 MB, 3.2 MB)

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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>