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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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iTunes 10.2.2

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The changes may be minor in Apple’s release of iTunes 10.2.2, but they’re still welcome. The update addresses an issue when iTunes can become unresponsive when syncing an iPad, and a separate issue that could cause syncing photos with iOS devices to take longer than necessary. Also corrected is an issue with skipping video previews in the iTunes Store. (Free, 75.59 MB)

 

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Comments about iTunes 10.2.2
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John V Keogh  2011-04-19 16:26
The new Apple iTunes update is optimizing and re-synchronizing 7243 photos to my iPad. The other 3209 photos were in optimal form, presumably. This is better than the previous version of iTunes which would tell me there was not enough space on the iPad (untrue) and not wait for the optimizing to finish.
Solange  2011-04-19 20:35
I can't download this update on my macbook-keeps saying error occurred & wants me to close Itunes, which wasn't open. Any ideas?
is another user logged in via FUS (Fast User Switching)?

If you are willing to use the terminal, open it up and type in

ps auxww | grep -i iTunes

If there is one listed, then type

sudo killall iTunes