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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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Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.2

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Bombich Software has released Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.2 with a change in notification support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion users, shifting from Growl to Notification Center. (Mike Bombich details the reasons for the switch and offers a workaround to generate Growl notifications before or after scheduled backups.) The update improves handling MacFUSE filesystems, displays a “bread crumb”-style indicator of the path to the folder selected as a source or destination, improves how Carbon Copy Cloner prevents a system from going to sleep during a backup, and fixes an issue with the OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update that prevented a backup from taking place. Additionally, the system requirements for a remote Mac are now the same as those for your Mac running Carbon Copy Cloner — notably, backing up to a PowerPC-based Mac won’t work anymore. ($39.95 new, free update, 10.7 MB, release notes)

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Comments about Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.2
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Years ago, the CCC developer put on his public "to do" list the ability to edit the backup/don't-backup file list attached to previously scheduled (typically recurring) backup tasks. You can retroactively alter a few minor configuration items for such tasks, but that's not the same thing.

AFAIK this still hasn't happened -- in fact you can't even see a read-only version of what's scheduled to be backed up -- and this is what stops me from buying this program.

If I'm mistaken and this ability has been added, please let me know. I'd also be interested to hear which competing backup programs are generally similar to CCC (probably front-ends to rsync) but that do have this ability. Thanks.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-01-08 09:15
I'm not certain if this feature is in the current version of Carbon Copy Cloner, since I haven't used it for a while, but I'm pretty sure SuperDuper does this, with its scripts.