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Open a Finder Window with the App Switcher

If you don't have any Finder windows open and want to switch to the Finder and open a window in one fell swoop, bring up the app switcher with Command-Tab and tab over to the Finder icon. While still holding down Command, press the Option key, and then release the Command key. You're switched to the Finder, with a new default window open for you.

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Simon 3.6.1

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Dejal has released Simon 3.6 with improved compatibility with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, plus new Notification Center and History plug-ins. Additionally, the system-monitoring tool brings a rewritten Twitter plug-in (along with a Twitter Update default notifier) that works with the latest Twitter API and uses Internet Accounts from System Preferences so you don’t need to enter your Twitter credentials in Simon. The update also adds support for escaping braces (curly brackets), square brackets, and custom date/time formats in report templates, adds a MySQL default service, and considers the check frequencies for successes and failures when calculating the Up Time percentages. A quick 3.6.1 release fixes a few minor bugs. ($49–$499 new, free update, 12 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>