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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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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23 April 2012

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Quicksilver ß67 -- The resurrected Quicksilver utility lives to launch another day with an update to version ß67. It has a smattering of additions and improvements, including monitoring of running applications and processes in real time, improved catalog search speed, and rejiggering and simplification of preferences. But ß67 is largely a maintenance release that squashes a number of bugs, including a fix for “odd behavior” when grabbing multiple items in the Finder, correct resolution of wildcards in paths and restoration of docked panels, and putting a stop to duplicating objects in the catalog when added to the object history. (Free, 2.4 MB, release notes)

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LaunchBar 5.2 -- 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 fullscreen 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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Suitcase Fusion 4 -- Font management utility Suitcase Fusion from Extensis has been updated to version 4 with a wealth of new features. It introduces the Extensis Font Panel to Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, enabling you to activate fonts on the fly. Additionally, WebINK users can use the Font Panel in Photoshop to create design comps and previews using WebINK fonts. An auto-activation plug-in has been added for Adobe InCopy CS4, CS5, and CS5.5, ensuring that shared InDesign documents will display the same fonts. Other additions include the capability to set font and background colors used in the Previews pane, easier selection of fonts for grouped sets and favorites, display of both PostScript font names and font names as they appear in your app’s Fonts menu, and free access to over 500 font families from Google Web Fonts. ($99.95 new, $49.95 upgrade from previous versions, 63 MB, release notes)

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>