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If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

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Apple Motion Ignored after Lodsys Patent Troll Settlements

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Since 2011, patent troll Lodsys has been shaking down small iOS developers over patents. Apple attempted to intervene, arguing in a 2011 motion that it had already licensed the patents in question and developers were covered under Apple’s license. However, U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap has now dismissed Apple’s motion because the defendants in the case have all settled. Help us, Martha Stewart, you are our only hope. Unless, that is, Apple were to go on the offensive, as Gilstrap suggests: “Nothing about the Court’s decision prevents Apple from filing an original declaratory judgment action, in a venue of its choosing, whereby each named developer and patent holder have an opportunity to defend themselves in open court.”favicon follow link

 

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David Emery  2013-10-01 07:33
The Ars article represents a misunderstanding of the legal situation. IANAL, but I have some understanding of "intervenors" (don't ask why, it's an unhappy place.) Apple was applying to intervene on the behalf of some app developers. But those developers previously signed settlements with Lodsys. The court ruled that, since the app developers had already settled, -Apple had no standing to intervene-.

All it takes is for Lodsys to sue a new app developer, for that developer to not settle, and then Apple will have standing to apply to intervene.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-10-01 08:43
Yes, although Apple is saying that the Lodsys technique of suing and then settling quickly makes it difficult or impossible to intervene. It's possible that the Martha Stewart case would be a good one, since she seems unlikely to settle.

Or, as I've now edited the piece, Apple could sue Lodsys directly, as the judge suggests.