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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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MacTech Conference Adds Tesla Test Drives and Enterprise Bridge

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All work and no play makes for a dull conference, and the upcoming MacTech Conference 2013 in Los Angeles has plenty of useful, illuminating, insightful sessions aimed at IT professionals and developers, delivered by industry experts. On the play side of the equation, MacTech has just announced two special opportunities.

First, Tesla Motors will be at the conference, but not to give a session. Instead, attendees will be able to sign up to test-drive the award-winning Tesla Model S electric car. The fine print states that there are a limited number of slots, only one test drive per person, and you must be a registered attendee who is 25 or older and have a valid driver’s license. An online time slot reservation system will be available soon, and I promise to mention it… after I sign up.


Second, on the first day of MacTech Conference, the New Starship Foundation will install the center section from the bridge of the USS Enterprise-D from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” It’s not just a set restoration, though, since New Starship is working to turn the bridge into a fully operational educational simulation of the Enterprise, with touch-screen computers that can help teach science, technology, and engineering through the filter of the Star Trek universe. New Starship’s CEO and CTO will be on hand to answer questions. Our 14-year-old son Tristan is going to be incredibly unhappy about being left home when he hears about this. Sorry, kid.

MacTech Conference 2013 costs $1,399, with pre-registration pricing at $1,099, but TidBITS readers can knock another $100 off that, bringing the price to $999. The conference takes place November 6th through 8th at the Manhattan Beach Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, and the cost includes all meals. Space in the conference hotel is disappearing fast, so you should also reserve a hotel room soon if you want to attend.

 

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