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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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Apple Event on 23 October 2012 Could Announce Smaller iPad

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As we approach the last few months of the year, the holiday season looms large — not just because decorations start to appear early in stores, but because companies like Apple need to release the products they hope people will buy in vast quantities as gifts. Unlike last year, where the iPhone was the last push for the calendar, Apple is following up the iPhone 5 release with a media event on Tuesday, 23 October 2012, where a smaller “iPad mini” is expected to be announced.

We don’t focus on rumors at TidBITS, but the murmurs of a new iPad model have been hard to miss over the past several weeks. My guess is that we’ll see a 7-inch or 8-inch iPad that’s designed to compete with devices such as Amazon’s Kindle models and most Android tablets, emphasizing a lightweight design and Apple’s app and media ecosystem. Other rumors also suggest revisions to the Mac mini and possibly the introduction of a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display.

We’ll know for sure on Tuesday. I’m flying down for the event and will offer hands-on impressions, while the rest of the TidBITS staff will follow various liveblogs and write up the news as it happens.


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Comments about Apple Event on 23 October 2012 Could Announce Smaller iPad
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Ready to buy it. It will be hot
Phil R from Australia  2012-10-21 03:22
I think that the iPad Mini, if it comes out, will be absolutely fantastic for vertical markets including retail - these would be much less of a block between sales person and customer than the current iPads. Will be big for Apple in the Enterprise space as well. Just hope that the price is low enough so that it's a no-brainer to get one for every family member!!
Dennis B. Swaney  2012-10-23 10:48
Maybe Apple will FINALLY release iTunes 11. After all, there are only 8 days left in October.
Dennis B. Swaney  2012-10-23 17:12
They didn't. But they DID kill the iPad 3 after only 6 months and release an iPad 4
Glenn Fleishman  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-10-23 17:26
Why are people angry that they bought a perfectly good device that continues to function as promised when it was purchased?
Dennis B. Swaney  2012-10-23 19:29
I think it is the short time frame; you should read all the invective up on Apple Discussions. It'll be interesting if the iPad 5 is released in the Spring of 2013.

Kinda reminds me of the uproar when something similar happened to a Macintosh II model.