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)
Springy Dock Tricks
If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.
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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...