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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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iPhoto ’11 9.3.1

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While MobileMe is officially gone, Apple continues to deal with its remnants with the release of iPhoto ’11 9.3.1. The update fixes a problem with MobileMe Gallery album migration that caused photos to be moved from their original events to a new event titled “From MobileMe.” It also fixes a rare bug that caused iPhoto to hang when upgrading libraries. Remember that starting with version 9.3, iPhoto now requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or later. ($14.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update through Software Update or the Mac App Store, 630.4 MB via Software Update or 599.65 MB via Apple’s support page)


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Comments about iPhoto ’11 9.3.1
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George Chase  2012-07-14 11:56
This didn't show up in Software Update, nor was it noted in my App Store Dock Icon. Had to go to the App Store where it was showing as an update.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-07-16 10:51
I presume that if you buy iPhoto through the Mac App Store, that's where updates will come too, but if you had it installed before then, I'm surprised by this behavior.
JerryNaples  2012-07-19 14:45
I had the same issue with the update. Software Update did NOT indicate there was an update. I had installed iPhoto from a purchased disk

I had a similar problem earlier this year with a Keynote update.

Somehow the "registry" of installed Apple applications is partially corrupted

Steve W. Jackson  2012-07-16 13:00
I had iPhoto pre-Mac App Store, and I noted the sudden appearance of multiple albums after MobileMe shut down. Only when I learned of this update with a bug fix did I discover that my pics had been MOVED from other events. After the update I could find no way to undo the damage, so I restored a backup from Time Machine. But with that, it doesn't repeat the MobileMe download, and my Photo Stream downloads which were done before are not being done again so that I end up with less in those events than I should see. This is a very poor job of communication on Apple's part...
Ron Boesl  2012-07-19 13:23
I went to app store for this update to download and it is less than 50 MB
bguion  2012-08-01 21:14
I purchased a new MBPro earlier this year. It has iPhoto 9.2.3 installed. As others have reported, Software Update didn't show anything, but I was able to download it from support.

However, when I double click on the package, I get a message that iPhoto 9.1 or later is required to install this update, and the update quits.

Any idea what I'm doing wrong or, more importantly, what to do differently to get the update installed?