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Springy Dock Tricks

If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

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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)

 

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