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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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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.