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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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ExtraBITS for 23 April 2012

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Two quick bits this week: Michael Cohen’s Tech Night Owl Live podcast appearance to discuss the antitrust lawsuit against Apple and major publishers, and an Apple promotion that gives copies of Snow Leopard away to Leopard-using MobileMe holdouts.

Ebooks and the DOJ Suit on the Tech Night Owl Live -- On the Tech Night Owl Live podcast, host Gene Steinberg and TidBITS contributor and Take Control author Michael E. Cohen discuss the Department of Justice’s price-fixing lawsuit against Apple and five major publishers and consider what it may mean for the future of ebook publishing.

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Free Copy of Snow Leopard for Leopard-Using MobileMe Holdouts -- Thanks to Macgasm for pointing out that Apple is now giving away free DVD copies of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard to MobileMe users still running on 10.5 Leopard. This is to aid those users in making the jump to 10.7 Lion (which must still be purchased from the Mac App Store for $29.99) and thus iCloud before MobileMe’s 30 June 2012 shutoff date. Of course, a copy of Snow Leopard won’t help those still using PowerPC-based Macs, which can’t upgrade past Leopard, but if you’ve simply been dragging your feet, this is a nice enticement to make the switch.

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