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Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus

If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.

The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.

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CloudPull 2.1.7

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With CloudPull 2.1.6, Golden Hill Software has updated its Google-data backup application to reflect changes in how Google exports documents and spreadsheets. Specifically, the new release ensures that filename extensions and formats reflect changes Google has made to documents (switching from the .doc format to .docx) and spreadsheets (changing from .xls to .xlsx). After installation, CloudPull will download current versions of spreadsheets and documents as new versions. (Presentation files also get updated, even though Google has not changed the file extension from its current .ppt. Golden Hill notes that CloudPull will be ready for a switch to .pptx should Google make that change.) Additionally, CloudPull now updates its record of special mail folders to reflect changes in account language between backup iterations. A separate CloudPull 1.5.8 update brings these changes to the pre-Lion version of the utility.

Shortly after version 2.1.6 was released, Golden Hill issued version 2.1.7 to fix a bug that crashed the app if the user selected a Google Drive folder that contained at least one subfolder. ($9.99 through 31 December 2012 via direct download or via the Mac App Store, free update, 8.4 MB, release notes)

 

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>