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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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Java for OS X 2013-004 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 16

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Apple has released Java for OS X 2013-004 for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.7 Lion and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 16. Both update Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_51, but they have different effects on the built-in Java browser plug-in. The update for Snow Leopard enables per-site control of the plug-in, while the update for Lion and Mountain Lion removes Apple’s Java plug-in entirely, directing you to download Oracle’s plug-in if you need it. Apple’s security page notes that these updates address several critical vulnerabilities that could cause arbitrary code execution outside of the Java sandbox, as well as 33 other vulnerabilities. The updates are available via the App Store app or Software Update and direct download, and Apple reminds you to quit any Web browsers and Java applications before installing either one. For more information about Java on the Mac, see “FlippedBITS: Java, JavaScript, and You,” 2 May 2013. (Free, 64.01 MB for 2013-004 and 69.48 MB for Update 16)


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Comments about Java for OS X 2013-004 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 16
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czbbflier  2013-06-22 20:37
I am not an advanced techie and found that recent updates of Java on my Mac rendered using many sites utterly useless. I dove in and followed instructions to the letter to reinstall Java 6.

What are the odds this most recent update is going to give me the same problems?
Bill Gruber  2013-06-26 11:20
Apple re-released Java for OS X 2013-004 about a day and a half after initially releasing it. The first release caused major issues for many enterprise applications (e.g. PaperCut). Trouble is you won't learn this from Apple -- the re-release is not mentioned in the KB article and the download page still has the original June 18th release date listed. In short, Apple screwed up big time and while they fixed it quickly, they did not care to admit their screw up. So much for Apple's openness and integrity.

To check if you have the old or new Java installed, type "java -version" from within terminal. The old release was build "1.6.0_51-b11-456-11M4508". The new, working one is "1.6.0_51-b11-457-11M4509".

If you need to download 2013-004 again to get the proper one, go to