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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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Retrospect 11

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Retrospect Inc. has released Retrospect 11 for Mac, a major update to the backup software that’s used primarily by small and medium-sized businesses with mixed-platform networks. (In addition to the Mac update, Retrospect 9 for Windows was also released.) The big news for Retrospect 11 is that it adds a block-level incremental backup option, which should boost performance as it backs up only those portions of files that are modified since the previous backup. This option needs to be enabled in your backup scripts or in the backup wizard while using existing selectors or rules.

Retrospect also adds a new high-level dashboard, which provides a weekly backup summary and a visualization of recent backups to help identify storage usage and ensure complete data protection for your network. Additionally, the improved email reporting includes the operations log for a view into the complete details of your backup process. (For more details on these new features, see this What’s New overview at the Retrospect Web site.) Many bugs are also addressed, with version 11 fixing several intermittent cases of Past Backups not refreshing; correctly displaying server-specific changes when connected to multiple servers; correcting the days of the week in scripts for the German, French, and Italian localizations; and allowing the sorting of media sets that are in the Busy state.

Retrospect 11 pricing ranges from $119 for Retrospect Desktop (for a single non-server computer and up to 5 additional networked computers) to $499 (single-server with up to 20 workstation clients), all the way up to $2,199 (for multiple servers and unlimited clients). ($119–$2,199 new, $69–$1,299 upgrades, 362 MB, release notes)

 

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