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Springy Dock Tricks

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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KeyCue 7.0

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Freshening up its look and adding new search and custom shortcut features, Ergonis has released version 7.0 of its KeyCue keyboard shortcut utility. KeyCue 7.0 now enables you to search for commands and shortcuts by entering a term in the search field that appears at the bottom of the shortcut table; all matching items are then highlighted. It also adds the capability to reveal hidden shortcuts that sometimes get filed away in help documents and printed manuals via user-definable custom shortcut descriptions. Additionally, these custom shortcuts can also include clicks and gestures with modifier keys. Ergonis has posted a number of these extended shortcut descriptions on its Download Extras Web page (for Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop, ProTools 9, and Sibelius 7, as well as a collection of OS X system-wide shortcuts) with more promised for the future.

But the most visible change is the addition of new themes, with eight new pre-installed themes, plus more available from the Ergonis Download Extras Web page (the bonus Blackboard theme is shown below). Ergonis also provides a downloadable manual that explains how to create your own themes or modify existing themes.

Other changes include the capability to invoke KeyCue via an Apple event, a fix for an issue that would incorrectly activate a previously selected menu command after dismissing the shortcut window with the Escape key, and adding a persistent way to access the settings window in all spaces. If you purchased a KeyCue 6 license on or after 1 January 2013, you can upgrade to KeyCue 7.0 for free. For purchases made before that date, you can upgrade to the new version for €9.99 for a single user license or €14.99 for a family pack license. (€19.99 new with a 25 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 3.4 MB, release notes)


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