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Opening a Folder from the Dock

Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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LaunchBar 5.2

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Objective Development has released LaunchBar 5.2 with a vast number of improvements and fixes to the keyboard launching utility. You can now create calendar entries without iCal running as well as specify multiple alerts (separating each one with a space). It also offers improved performance with iTunes, including playback from large iTunes libraries, compatibility with iCloud remote tracks and iTunes Match, and improved detection of classical genres. The update improves the Recent Items list to include browsed folders, adds invoked text actions to the text input history for use in subsequent text actions, uses the Spotlight index for retrieving the locations of all installed applications, and retains the menu bar display of the currently active application when LaunchBar is opened via hotkey. The release also fixes placement of the LaunchBar window in full-screen mode, ensures the bar opens when switching to LaunchBar via Command-Tab, corrects an issue with displaying search results when the LaunchBar window is positioned at the bottom of the screen, and more. LaunchBar 5.2 now requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later (but LaunchBar 5.1 remains available for those running an older version of Mac OS X). ($35 new with a 20-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 2.1 MB, release notes)

 

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