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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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Dropbox 1.1.40

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Online storage service Dropbox has updated its eponymous client software to Dropbox 1.1.40, bringing back to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion status badges on Dropbox-managed files and folders so you can tell whether or not they’re updated. It also fixes a rare problem where certain Mac OS X machines wouldn’t upload files automatically. In theory, Dropbox is supposed to update itself, but it often doesn’t, in our experience, so it’s worth getting this update manually if you’re using Lion. (Free, 17.6 MB)

 

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Alan Forkosh  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2011-08-19 20:13
Is the latest version really on the website? The version of Dropbox on my Lion-updated Macs is 1.2.27 with a modification date of 8/17/2011 (2 days ago).
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-08-19 20:15
The 1.2 branch is only for testing, from what I can tell from their Web site. 1.1.40 is now the latest stable build.
M. Perry  2011-08-22 16:27
Yeah, it can take a long time for DropBox to auto-update. I'm still at 1.1.35. I wish they'd give us an Update Now option.