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Opening a Folder from the Dock

Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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Scrivener 2.4

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Literature & Latte has released Scrivener 2.4 with an abundance of refinements and fixes for the word processor that’s focused on long-form writing projects. (To learn how to use Scrivener to write scripts, novels, academic works, and more, check out Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of Scrivener 2.”) The update adds support for Retina displays, separate global and project-based compile presets, an option to include a standard Adobe Digital Editions page template when compiling (this can be unchecked to avoid errors with its inclusion in files destined for iTunes Producer), an option to start Kindle books after the front matter (or at the very first page if left unchecked), support for the Fountain screenplay syntax, support for dragging Scapple notes into Scrivener’s freeform corkboard mode, and larger text fields for the Find and Project Replace panels that also display invisible characters. The list of fixed bugs include a critical data-loss issue where edits made in scrivenings mode could fail to save if the project had been open for more than two days, a crash that occurred after creating a new project and immediately applying a layout, and a problem with the sandboxed Mac App Store version where projects couldn’t be saved as templates.

Scrivener 2.4 is available in two versions from the Literature & Latte Web site’s downloads page — one for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and later (also available from the Mac App Store) and one for 10.5 Leopard and 10.4 Tiger. As of this writing, Scrivener is still stuck at version 2.3.1 at the Mac App Store. However, you can download the demo from the Literature & Latte site and replace the Mac App Store version on your system, where the demo will run as though it were registered normally. ($45 new from Literature & Latte and the Mac App Store, free update, 35.7 MB (31.4 MB for the 10.4/10.5 version), release notes)

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Compose a masterpiece with Literature & Latte's Scrivener. Whether you're writing science-fiction, a historical novel, or a zombie travelogue, you'll learn how Scrivener's powerful tools can take your work to the next level. Kirk McElhearn shows you how to collect notes, organize your work, arrange and rearrange sections, and more.

 

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