Uncomplex has released Mailplane 3.0, a major update to the Gmail-specific email client that now supports Gmail’s new compose mode and integrates Google Calendar. Mailplane 3.0 supports up to 10 accounts and enables you to switch instantly between tabbed accounts. It can also now preview attachments with Quick Look, as well as automatically compress directories dropped onto Mailplane as attachments. Other additions include support for Retina displays and for Notification Center (including the Do Not Disturb feature), plus inclusion of plug-ins and 30-percent discounts for the Gmail-enhancement services AwayFind (helps urgent messages find you) and RightInbox (for scheduling and tracking messages). ($24.95 new, 20-percent-off upgrade discount or free upgrades for purchases after 1 October 2012, 3.4 MB, release notes)
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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