Skype, now owned by Microsoft, has released Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X, adding compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and support for HD video calls when a sufficiently capable webcam is used. A number of other changes have reportedly been made to Skype’s user interface, but since there’s no list of changes, it’s difficult to know exactly what they are, though we did notice that the design of the contact list has changed. Given the obtuseness of the Skype interface (see “Skype 5 for Mac: A Huge Step Backward,” 2 April 2011), it’s worth reading the company’s tips and tricks page; we can guarantee you’ll learn some things you didn’t know. (Free, 23.3 MB)
Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus
If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.
The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.
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Just tried it just now for my desktop iMac and I now can't download without /logging in/ first - simply to download the installer/updater! No more anonymous downloads?
My previous comments relate to downloading the installer/updater from their web site.
I have since discovered that I can get the update from within the Skype application itself.
I know that meant that I was authenticated to them to get the download after all - the very thing about which I was just complaining. However, the subtle difference is that I accept that when I'm logged into their app. But not on a 'casual' visit to their web site.
Okay - I think that's all I have to say to the subject this time! We now return you to the InterestingBITS... :-)
Is there a secret to doing both at once?
Why, oh, why...