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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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ExtraBITS for 28 October 2013

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This week in ExtraBITS, John Siracusa released yet another gigantic OS X review, Disney pulled some of its movies from iTunes users’ libraries, and TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers appeared on the Pulling the String podcast.

Josh Centers Pulls the String -- TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Benjamin Alexander on the Pulling the String podcast to discuss managing TidBITS, why Apple can’t get online services or podcasting right, rock concerts, being new parents, and the keys to success. Fair warning: there is some R-rated language.

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Disney Temporarily Yanks Purchased iTunes Movies -- Disney removed some of its movies, such as “The Lion King,” from sale from the iTunes Store. This wasn’t concerning in and of itself, since Disney regularly swaps movies in and out of its “vault,” but this time, a problem with iTunes prevented those who had purchased the movies from streaming or downloading them from iTunes in the Cloud. Thankfully, Apple and Disney soon fixed the issue, but it’s a reminder that cloud services can be unpredictable and that whenever possible, you should maintain local copies of important data.

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John Siracusa’s Review of OS X 10.9 Mavericks -- It wouldn’t be an OS X release without a lengthy, detailed review at Ars Technica from the hypercritical John Siracusa. Siracusa’s tenth OS X review weighs in at 24,008 words, 110 images, and 24 pages in the Web version. You can load page after page of the “canonical” Web version for free, or for $4.99, you can purchase an ebook version from the iBooks Store or Amazon’s Kindle Store.

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