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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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Art Text 2.4

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BeLight Software has introduced Art Text 2.4, their application for creating textual graphics, headings, logos, icons, and the like. The new release provides compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, adds over 60 new templates and shading materials, and introduces two new transition types. BeLight has also improved the way Art Text handles shading and corrected bugs with the app’s assistant, shape editor, and layer management functions. ($39.95 new, $19.95 upgrade from 1.x, free update, 61.9 MB, release notes)

 

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This is a very fine app which has proven to be surprisingly useful. We use it for signs, ticket, and banners. It is steadily improved. The UI is a little funky, but the effects and the dgree to which you can control them is great. And the typography is good.