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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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Airfoil Speakers Touch Back in App Store without AirPlay Support

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Rogue Amoeba has released a downgrade to Airfoil Speakers Touch, the app that enabled an iOS device to act as an AirPlay receiver. The downgrade was necessary because Apple pulled the app a few weeks ago, and the only way Rogue Amoeba could get it back in the App Store was by removing the AirPlay capabilities. Airfoil Speakers Touch can still receive audio from a Mac or a PC (and from an iOS device or iTunes through one of the above), but it can no longer appear as an AirPlay destination for iOS or iTunes directly. In this blog post, it becomes clear that Apple chose to restrict the app purely for unspecified and capricious reasons rather than any rule infractions.favicon follow link

 

Comments about Airfoil Speakers Touch Back in App Store without AirPlay Support
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Donald Burr  2012-06-11 23:40
I have no inside knowledge about the matter, however a possible reason why Apple might have pulled this functionality because it could be based on some work done by hackers to reverse engineer the cryptography used in AirPlay:

http://isource.com/2011/04/11/airplay-private-key-reverse-engineered/

(again I don't know anything about how Rogue Amoeba chose to implement this feature, this is merely a possibility)

Such reverse engineering (I believe) is prohibited by Apple's developer policies; plus it is in fact a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), since the private key that was reverse engineered is a form of encryption.
Glenn Fleishman  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-06-12 00:00
I'm not sure precisely what they did, and speculation may be futile. Apple didn't cite reverse engineering or breaking encryption either in its replies or in a note Phil Schiller sent (and that was forwarded) via email to a customer who asked him the question.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-06-12 08:47
I hadn't seen the post Glenn referred to, but for those who want to see what Schiller claimed (and Rogue Amoeba refuted), check http://rogueamoeba.com/utm/2012/06/08/in-response-to-mr-schiller/