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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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Alfred 2.0.3

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Back in mid-March, Running with Crayons released Alfred 2.0, a major update to their keyboard-driven launcher that was overhauled to be faster and more efficient. While the app is free and offers the same basic functionality as version 1.x, purchasing the feature-enhanced Alfred Powerpack provides access to the most exciting new feature of Alfred 2.0 — the capability to create (and import) workflows that can connect keywords, hotkeys, and actions. Other additions to Alfred 2.0 available in the Powerpack include improved access to contacts and more flexible theme creation (a limited starter set of themes is included in the free version).

Last month, Running with Crayons released the Alfred 2.0.3 maintenance update with a lengthy list of changes (40 in total). Highlights include: user-set hotkeys and keywords are migrated when a workflow is updated; saved workflow sort positioning is more predictable upon initial no-knowledge ordering; positioning of Web searches and workflows are ranked higher in default results; and names instead of contact IDs are copied when using Command-C with contacts. (Free, £15 for Powerpack, 2.8 MB, release notes)

 

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