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Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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Take Control of Apple TV, Chapter 8: View Photos & Home Movies

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This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of Apple TV,” by Josh Centers, scheduled for public release in January 2014. Apart from “Chapter 1: Introducing Apple TV,” these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “‘Take Control of Apple TV’ Streaming in TidBITS” for details.


View Photos & Home Movies

The Apple TV is a great way to show off your favorite photos in the living room. With iCloud Photos, you can see photos and videos on the big screen as soon as you take them. The Flickr App lets you browse any Flickr user’s photos. Of course, the Apple TV can also display photos from your iPhoto or Aperture library, or from any folder on your computer. Then, you can use photos from any of these sources to Customize the Screen Saver or to Make Slideshows.

Note: Since the current versions of iPhoto and Aperture can share the same library, everything I say about iPhoto in this chapter also applies to Aperture.

Home movies are equally great on the Apple TV. I’ll show you how to AirPlay Photos & Videos directly from your iOS devices and even view iMovie projects in The iMovie Theater App.

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