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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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ExtraBITS for 2 April 2012

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Apart from looking for the best April Fools articles this week, we found a great piece from Wil Shipley about why the Mac App Store needs paid upgrades, Farhad Manjoo’s explication of Google’s newfound focus at Slate, and a solid rundown of iPad charging issues by Dan Frakes over at Macworld. Plus, listen in as Adam talks to the Diablo Valley Mac User Group on MacVoicesTV.

Why the Mac App Store Needs Paid Upgrades -- Wil Shipley of Delicious Monster feels the pain when he can’t sell a paid upgrade to his software through the Mac App Store, and he has sales graphs and logic to prove why Apple’s refusal to allow paid upgrades is bad for both developers and users. When will Apple realize this?

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Adam Talks to the Diablo Valley MUG on MacVoicesTV -- The third-generation iPad features heavily in Adam’s virtual Diablo Valley Mac User Group meeting with MacVoicesTV host Chuck Joiner, but other topics include the extent to which Apple should be held accountable for mistakes, Apple’s quarterly dividend and stock buy-back program, and a wide variety of answers to audience questions.

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Farhad Manjoo on Google’s Grand Plan -- Over at Slate, Farhad Manjoo has an insightful piece that looks at how Google has learned to focus its efforts on seven key businesses: search, advertising, social networking, Android, Chrome, YouTube, and local mobile commerce. We just hope they don’t give up on the self-driving car!

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Dan Frakes Explains iPad Charging Issues at Macworld -- In this article at Macworld, now updated for the third-generation iPad, Dan Frakes runs down all the possibilities for charging an iPad — wall chargers, high-power USB ports, and low-power USB ports. If your iPad takes longer to charge than you think it should, make sure you’re using the right port and giving it sufficient time.

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