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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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Chapter 5 of “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” Available

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When it comes to your digital photos, it’s good to be judgmental, because you need to set up a practical workflow that will help you easily determine which shots you want to share with others, which need work in an image editor, and which should be hidden or deleted. Judging your photos also helps you become a better photographer, as you look at each shot critically to determine what you’re doing right and wrong. To help you come up with an approach that works for you, read Chapter 5, “Judge Your Photos,” from our streamed ebook — Jeff Carlson’s “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” — available now on the TidBITS Web site.

In it, Jeff begins by explaining why it’s important to develop a consistent rating system that you can apply to all your photos quickly and easily, and shares why you might want to apply labels and flags in addition to star ratings. Then he focuses on different ways to cull the photos that don’t rate — if you’re ruthless, you might wonder why people don’t just delete such photos, but not everyone can quite bring themselves to delete with abandon, and Jeff offers a few different possibilities from which to choose. And since Jeff is trying hard to offer general direction while remaining aware that his particular method won’t be appropriate for everyone, if you have a rating and deletion system that works well for you, please share it in the comments!

As with Chapter 4, “Best Practices for Importing Photos,” “Chapter 3, “Choose a Photo-Management Application,” and Chapter 2, “Shoot Smarter,” this chapter is available for free, but only to TidBITS members; everyone is welcome to read Chapter 1, “A Smart Approach to Photo Management,” to see where Jeff is headed. The full ebook will be available for purchase by everyone once it’s complete.

Publishing this book in its entirety for TidBITS members as it’s being written is one of the ways we thank TidBITS members for their support. We also hope it encourages those of you who have been reading TidBITS for free for years to help us continue to bring you carefully considered, professionally written and edited articles each week (for more details, see “TidBITS Needs Your Support in 2013: Join Our Membership Program,” 17 December 2012).

 

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