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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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Airfoil 4.5

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Rogue Amoeba continues to extend the wireless reach of audio with Airfoil 4.5, a major update to its popular wireless audio distribution utility. Most notably, Airfoil 4.5 adds full support for third-party AirPlay devices, enabling you to send audio to any AirPlay-enabled speakers or devices. AirPlay support has also worked its way into the free Airfoil Speakers extra, enabling Airfoil Speakers to receive audio from iTunes and iOS apps, along with Radium on Mac OS X. Also new in Airfoil Speakers is the capability to control playback in several new sources like Spotify, Rdio, and Radium. Airfoil 4.5 introduces support for Mac OS X Lion, opts out of ClickToFlash, and provides a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements. ($25 new, free update, 12.6 MB, release notes)

 

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Comments about Airfoil 4.5
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Jonathan horton  2011-07-07 11:10
Does anybody know if Lion will add system-level AirPlay support for Macs, brining feature parity with iOS (i.e. use AirPlay with apps other than iTunes in OS X)? Airfoil brings more to the table, for sure, but if something like the Rdio app were able to access AirPlay APIs, that would meet my basic needs.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-07-08 06:44
I don't believe there's system-level AirPlay support in Lion - I've not heard anything about it.
Be careful if you buy. I purchased and 42 days later the product was superseded and I didn't qualify for a free upgrade: Essentially the publisher doubled my price to keep current. I did complain and they were not sympathetic.
Glenn Fleishman  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-07-07 13:51
This sounds incorrect. Can you provide more detail? Rogue Amoeba has ridiculously long upgrade periods. Any owner of 4.0, which has been out for over two years, I believe, gets this 4.5 upgrade at no cost.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-07-08 06:41
Yes, Glenn's correct. In fact, I edited out a bit of Marco's text saying that it was a $10 upgrade fee for 3.x owners, since 4.x has been out for so long that it seemed unlikely any 3.x owners would still be out there who wanted to upgrade.