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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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CrashPlan 3.5.2

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Code 42 Software has released CrashPlan 3.5.2, a small maintenance release for the popular Internet backup software that does make one major change — dropping support for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. (To learn more about CrashPlan, check out Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of CrashPlan Backups.”) A CrashPlan support page notes that current backups and restores will continue uninterrupted, but it does recommend upgrading to a later edition of Mac OS X in order to take advantage of features in future versions. CrashPlan 3.5.2 adds support for Retina displays, support for Java 7, and localizations for Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified) and Chinese (Traditional). It also fixes an issue with Web restore that affected some users, improves cross-platform computer adoptions, and ensures the menu bar no longer disappears after the system wakes from sleep. There’s no need to download CrashPlan 3.5.2 manually, as the app will automatically upgrade on its own on Macs running 10.5 Leopard and later (though it might take a few days). (Free with a 30-day trial of the CrashPlan+ online backup service, 21.2 MB, release notes)

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

We love CrashPlan, but making the most of its many options can be daunting. Backup expert Joe Kissell teaches you how to devise a custom CrashPlan backup strategy, start backing up to multiple destinations, achieve optimal performance, manage CrashPlan PRO users, and access backed-up files with CrashPlan Mobile apps.

 

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