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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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Open Transport 1.0 Woes

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Open Transport 1.0 Woes -- Orren Merton <orrenm@darkling.com> writes:

Open Transport, Apple Computer's highly-touted new networking system (currently only available on the new Power Mac 9500s - version 1.1 will reportedly appear this fall for the rest of the Mac line), in its current form does not allow for stable, consistent PPP connections. Apple has released a patch for Open Transport that supposedly improves SLIP and PPP reliability, and MacPPP 2.2 is supposedly more Open Transport-friendly than other versions, but these fixes do not work for everyone. Hopefully, enterprising freeware and shareware programmers can work with Apple to make programs work better with Open Transport, and to make Open Transport's MacTCP emulation work better with existing applications. It is also noteworthy that in my personal experience, the most Open Transport-friendly program has been John Norstad's NewsWatcher 2.0b27.

ftp://ftp.tidbits.com//pub/tidbits/tisk/tcp/ mac-ppp-22.hqx
ftp://ftp.support.apple.com//pub/apple_sw_ updates/US/mac/n_c/other_n_c_sw/Open_ Transport_1.0.1_patch.hqx

 

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