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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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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 26 September 2011

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Thunderbolt Software and Display Updates -- If you have a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac or a Thunderbolt Display, you’ll want to install Apple’s just-released Thunderbolt Software Update, available for both Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (60.3 MB) and 10.6 Snow Leopard (65.5 MB). Apple says it provides support for the Thunderbolt Display and bug fixes for Thunderbolt devices. Also new is the Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update (923 KB), which improves the stability of the Thunderbolt Display. This last update comes in the form of an updater application that will be installed in /Applications/Utilities and will be launched automatically. (Free)

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Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1 -- Apple took a lot of fire from the professional video editing community when it released Final Cut Pro X. The software was a dramatic rewrite that introduced many improvements but lacked some core features that pros demanded from a high-end video application (see “Apple Starts Over with New Final Cut Pro X,” 22 June 2011). The latest update, Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1, may seem like a minor increment based on its version number, but it’s actually a hefty update that reveals Apple is listening — and prioritizing — based on that feedback. Project and event information can be exported and imported using an XML interchange format. A new Roles tag enables editors to identify and export selected “stems” (media elements) from a project. Support for Xsan returns, too, enabling teams to work on assets stored on a shared server. A Camera Import SDK will make it easier for camera manufacturers to streamline import of media from several types of cameras. Apple also notes that two important feature omissions, multicam editing and broadcast-quality video mirroring, are coming in “early 2012.” Also significant: A 30-day trial version of Final Cut Pro X is now available from Apple’s Web site. The company also released ProApps QuickTime Codecs 1.0.1 for users of Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4. (Free update from the Mac App Store, $299.99 new)

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