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Open Files with Finder's App Switcher

Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.

In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7 April 2014

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Paprika 2.0.2 -- Hindsight Labs LLC has released Paprika 2.0.2, fixing bugs and tweaking the popular recipe manager (see “FunBITS: Paprika Recipe Manager for iPhone, iPad, and Mac,” 14 March 2014). Paprika 2.0.2 fixes problems when editing recipes from the meal planner, reduces space between items in printed grocery lists, restores the capability to drop images from the browser into the clipboard tools, and fixes serving sizes in scaled recipes when printing, emailing, or exporting them. ($19.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update, 3.5 MB)

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Type2Phone 2.4.1 -- Houdah Software has updated Type2Phone to version 2.4, adding a welcome Compose window to the utility that lets you type on your iOS devices from your Mac. We haven’t covered minor releases since my review a year ago (see “Type2Phone: Use Your Mac as a Keyboard for iOS Devices,” 10 April 2013), but most of the new features until now have revolved around automatic device connections and keyboard shortcuts. Notably, though, version 2.2 gained a Send Using Type2Phone option that’s available from the Apple menu’s Services submenu when you select text in many applications. Type2Phone 2.4 goes one step further and adds a compose window (look in the Window menu) that enables you to write on your Mac and then send the results to your iOS device with the click of a button. A quick 2.4.1 release restores compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and lets you invoke the iOS Spotlight search with F6 on the Mac. ($4.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update, 800K)

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Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3 -- Apple has released Safari 7.0.3 for users of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, with improvements to credit card autofill, a new preference to disable push notification prompts, and support for Web pages with generic top-level domains. Safari 7.0.3 also fixes issues that could block receipts of push notifications from Web sites and cause the search and address field to load content before the Return key was pressed. The update also brings a number of security improvements, notably strengthened Safari sandboxing. Among the security fixes are quite a few identified by the Google Chrome Security Team.

Simultaneously Apple released Safari 6.1.3 for users of 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.7 Lion with improved Safari sandboxing, support for generic top-level domains, the search field bug fix, and the same security fixes. Both updates are available only through Software Update. (Free)

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