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Opening a Folder from the Dock

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 Pages” Adds Lists, Sections, and Tables of Contents

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We have now posted the second significant update to our “Take Control of Pages” pre-book at Leanpub. The update, available for free to purchasers of the pre-book, offers a new chapter on organizing your work by using sections, tables of contents, and list styles, including how to use list styles to create headings in structured documents. Subsequent free updates to the pre-book will include chapters on layout tools, file exporting, templates, and using objects in Pages documents.favicon follow link

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Learn about Apple's Pages word processor with essential guidance from author Michael E. Cohen. With this regularly updated “pre-book,” you'll soon master common and advanced word processing and layout tasks, whether you want to work in Pages 5 for Mac, Pages 2 for iOS, the Pages for iCloud beta, or a combination of all three.

 

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Derek Currie  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-03-14 13:57
Just a thought, but donning my flame proof jumpsuit anyway: Considering that this is a vaporous book, how about charging less than $15 for those willing to, essentially, invest in the possibility of the book? I personally see nothing attractive about this situation, as is. I've personally been burned by similar situations in the past and am reluctant to participate again.
Michael E. Cohen  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-03-14 14:15
Virtual, perhaps, but hardly vaporous: the book already comprises over 140 pages, 90 figures, and more than 34,000 words. I've delivered two update installments to the original release already, and am working on the third (or would be if I weren't responding to this comment at the moment 😉).

Nor would the book cost you $15: as a TidBITS member, you can purchase it at a 30% discount.

Furthermore, when you purchase a book through Leanpub you can get a complete refund for 45 days from the date of purchase, so there's pretty much no risk of getting burned.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-03-14 15:14
And further yet, we have always offered a full satisfaction guarantee with all of our books, regardless of anything else.

Put simply, we wouldn't have done the book in this fashion if we weren't entirely comfortable that we'd be able to deliver.