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Open Files with App Switcher

Using the Application Switcher to open files can sometimes be faster than hunting for an Application's window or searching through a jam packed Dock for an Application's icon. First grab your file, press Command-Tab, and then drop the file onto the desired application's icon to open it within that program.

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Napkin 1.1.1

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Aged and Distilled has released Napkin 1.1.1 with stability and cosmetic updates related to OS X 10.9 Mavericks (see “Napkin Offers a Fresh Take on Visual Communication,” 16 February 2013). The image annotation and diagramming app fixes crashes related to opening documents with multiple imported images, dismissing the iCloud sharing dialog, and returning from redaction mode to a canvas with an arrow item. It also fixes a problem where an image item would draw the wrong content and bugs that inappropriately displayed an inverted canvas. ($39.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update, 8.8 MB, release notes)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>